Certificate of Graduate Study: Data Science for Business

About the Program

Get ready to join the fast-growing field of data science with our graduate certificate. Our innovative program will show you how to use valuable insights from data to inform better business decision-making. You’ll develop skills in areas such as programming, data modeling and machine learning applications.

You can complete the certificate in as little as six months. Courses are offered in ten-week sessions in a flexible online format. All courses are taught by College of Business faculty members, who are experts in both research and practice.

Program Mode of Delivery

The coursework for this program is 100 percent online.


OMIS 645 —Applied Statistics for Business Analytics Using SAS (3)
OMIS 649 — Business Computing Environment (3)
OMIS 681 — Advanced Predictive Data Analytics for Business (3)
OMIS 683 — Business Applications of Text Mining (3)

Career Opportunities

  • Data Scientist
  • Data Analyst
  • Data Mining Analyst
  • Data Engineer
  • Business Intelligence Analyst
  • Business Analyst
  • System Analyst
  • Market Research Analyst

Applying to the Program

To get started with the certificate, email the program coordinator Russ Devereaux at rdevereaux2@niu.edu.


Why NIU Online?

We know you have responsibilities and commitments. It's just easier if you're able to take classes where you are without the commute. The good news is that with NIU, you're not alone. Your classmates and instructors are available via the same technology that helps deliver your classes. In our classrooms or in your living room, we want you to succeed academically because your future is our focus.

Program Type: Online certificate
College: College of Business, Department of Operations Management and Information Systems
Credits Required: 12 credits 
Tuition per Credit: $909.75 (Learn more about tuition and fees)

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Application Deadlines

For applicants residing in the U.S.

Term Deadline
Fall August 1
Spring December 1

For international students living abroad

Term Deadline
Fall October 1
Spring December 1


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