Data Analytics for Decision Making

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Be part of the growing demand for data-savvy decision-makers with a one-year online graduate certificate in Data Analytics for Decision Making from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.


Is this program right for you?

As the amount of data available continues to increase exponentially, more data-savvy managers are needed to sift through the vast amount of information and analyze and interpret large datasets. The University of Wisconsin–Madison’s online Capstone Certificate in Data Analytics for Decision Making prepares you for that role in just three semesters.

Our program is designed for working professionals, and course assignments are designed to be immediately applicable in organizational management and project planning. You’ll develop research projects that address your organization’s current strategic goals, apply a range of quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis methodologies, develop better data management processes, and learn to communicate your findings effectively with your team. You will also learn about current organizational, public, and commercial data sources, and be able to explain the shortcomings of datasets and many data analysis methods.

Courses are taught by instructors from UW’s highly-ranked Information School and the Communications department, so you gain a highly marketable, interdisciplinary education.

Is this program right for you?

As the amount of data available continues to increase exponentially, more data-savvy managers are needed to sift through the vast amount of information and analyze and interpret large datasets. The University of Wisconsin–Madison’s online Capstone Certificate in Data Analytics for Decision Making prepares you for that role in just three semesters.

Our program is designed for working professionals, and course assignments are designed to be immediately applicable in organizational management and project planning. You’ll develop research projects that address your organization’s current strategic goals, apply a range of quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis methodologies, develop better data management processes, and learn to communicate your findings effectively with your team. You will also learn about current organizational, public, and commercial data sources, and be able to explain the shortcomings of datasets and many data analysis methods.

Courses are taught by instructors from UW’s highly-ranked Information School and the Communications department, so you gain a highly marketable, interdisciplinary education.

Admissions requirements

All applicants must:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree in any field with a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale on the equivalent of the last 60 semester hours.
  • Non-native English speakers submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 92 (Internet version) or better.

To apply:

  • Online application to UW–Madison as University Special Student.
  • Official transcripts.
  • A brief statement explaining why you are interested in the program and what you hope to get out of it.

Applications accepted for fall and spring enrollment.

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Program highlights

  • Our online and accelerated curriculum allows you to complete your coursework from anywhere in the world in just one year.
  • Courses are taught by instructors from UW–Madison’s highly-ranked Information School and the Communications Department, so you gain a highly marketable, interdisciplinary education.
  • There are no statistics, mathematics, or computer science prerequisites required—you learn all the sought-after data analysis and interpretation skills you need during the program.

How you'll learn

  • You complete the certificate entirely online in three semesters, making it easier to balance your workload, education, and personal life. You choose when you do most of your work each week.
  • Complete three courses of three credits each—one required course per semester.
  • We focus on activity-based learning methods that you can apply immediately at work.
  • Work on assignments both individually and with a group.

Sample curriculum

  • Introductory Analytics for Decision Making
  • Data Mining, Planning, and Management
  • Data Visualization and Communication for Decision Making

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