Why is this program needed?
Businesses are producing data at a faster speed and in higher volumes than ever before. It has become crucial that business managers and analysts not only understand business analytics and big data, but also are able to leverage that data to capture a competitive advantage for their companies. By obtaining an understanding of business analytics and big data, managers can be empowered to make data-driven decisions at an executive level that improve the overall performance of their organizations.
The Master Certificate in Business Analytics Leadership is comprised of 4-courses:
- 3-Business Analytics Leadership curriculum courses
- 1-Consulting Project course
Finish the program in 7 months:
- 7-weeks per Business Analytics Leadership curriculum course
- 7-weeks for the Consulting Project course
The Online Experience
To maximize the global learning experience, students participate in exclusive vClasses (virtual classes) instructed by accomplished leaders from global organizations and post-secondary institutions. Students work on case studies and projects with colleagues from around the world, allowing them the unique ability to grasp complex concepts from a global perspective.
Online learning can be unfamiliar for many students, and we understand that. If you have any questions, we recommend signing up for our next Information Session:
Business Analytics Leadership Curriculum:
BAL 8060 – Principles of Analytics
This course is the first in the Business Analytics Leadership stream. As such, the course is designed to familiarize students with both the concepts and processes of the analytics world. There is no mathematical content included in this course. The content is theory-based and will focus on what analytics is, and how it can be used as a means to develop an organization’s intelligence, develop solutions, and improve competitiveness.
BAL 8061 – Introduction to Prescriptive and Predictive Analytics
Prerequisite: BAL 8060 – Principles of Analytics
This course is the second in the Business Analytics Leadership stream. The course is designed to familiarize students with the concepts and processes of analytics, as well as with the advanced techniques and tools to support decision-making processes (including Regression Analysis, Forecasting Techniques, Simulation and Risk Analysis), as well as introducing the subject of Data Mining.
BAL 8062 – Advanced Topics in Analytics and Big Data
Prerequisite: BAL 8061 – Introduction to Prescriptive and Predictive Analytics
This course is the third in the Business Analytics Leadership stream; topics covered in this course will complement those already covered in the previous two courses. In this course, students will be involved in the understanding of technology, types of solutions, and attributes of Big Data. All of these aspects will be positioned around business objectives, the impact potential of Analytics work, identification, and description of analytics opportunities for matching problems with solutions. It will be important to learn how to differentiate what is possible (or not possible) with Big Data.
MC 9000 – Consulting Project
The Master’s Certificate consulting project is a capstone course undertaken individually or with one other student. Under the supervision of a faculty member, the student will cooperate with a current organization and identify one or more issues with which the organization needs help. The project will involve the integration and synthesis of relevant knowledge acquired during the three other courses in their Certificate program. The consulting project is practically oriented rather than academic, but the student will need to include a literature review and include a discussion as to why the project is important in their area of study and how they will be applying the new knowledge from their specialty. The final deliverable is an approximately 25-35 double-spaced report which identifies one or more issues the organization faces and well-justified suggestions for how to remedy this situation. Alternatively, the students can write a business startup plan analysis if they themselves want to start a company or a non-profit organization.
Tammy Wall, Executive MBA alumna
“I have had several people comment at work on how they see a difference in how I approach challenges and opportunities since starting this course. There are many courses that are so directly applicable to what I do it has been easy to incorporate it into my day to day work.”