Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics

The Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics requires 15 units including required coursework and at least 9 units of coursework chosen from a list of electives with a GPA of at least 3.0 for all units applied to the certificate. The program may be completed on a full-time (8+ units per semester) or part-time basis.

Students who have taken master's-level managerial statistics at another institution or as part of another program at USC prior to application may petition to replace the managerial statistics. Such a replacement must be requested as an attachment to the application for admission and, if approved, will be included in the offer of admission.

Required Courses (should be completed first)

One of the following:
GSBA 506ab Applied Managerial Statistics or 3
GSBA 524 Data Science for Business  or 2 or 3
 GSBA 545 Data Driven Decision Making  1.5
DSO 510  Business Analytics 1.5 or 3

Electives (complete courses from the following list to total 15 units)

DSO 516 Probability and Data Modeling 1.5
DSO 522 Applied Time Series Analysis for Forecasting 1.5 or 3
DSO 528 Data Warehousing, Business Intelligence and Data Mining 1.5 or 3
DSO 529 Advanced Regression Analysis 3
DSO 530 Applied Modern Statistical Learning Methods 3
DSO 534 Discrete-Event Simulation for Process Management 1.5
DSO 536 Monte Carlo Simulation and Decision Making 1.5
DSO 545 Statistical Computing and Data Visualization 3
DSO 547 Designing Spreadsheet-Based Business Models 3
DSO 548 Emerging Technologies in Supply Chain 3
DSO 552 SQL Database for Business Analysts 1.5
DSO 559 Introduction to Python for Business Analytics 3
DSO 562 Fraud Analytics 3
DSO 565 Supply Chain Analytics 3
DSO 570 The Analytics Edge: Data, Models, and Effective Decisions 3
DSO 572 Strategies for Digital Analytics 1.5
DSO 573 Data Analytics Driven Dynamic Strategy & Execution 3

Additional Electives: Up to 6 units may be selected from the following

DSO 531 Digital Foundation for Business Innovation  1.5
DSO 543 Global Business Issues in the Networked Digital Industry 3
DSO 551 Digital Transformation in the Global Enterprise 3
DSO 554 Digital Strategies for Sustainability in Global Markets  3
DSO 556 Business Models for Digital Platforms  3
DSO 574 Using Big Data: Challenges and Opportunities 3
DSO 580

Project Management 

(not an option for students who have taken or will take ISE-515)


Please note: Many DSO 599 courses can also count for the certificate, but you must get approval for individual classes directly from

For USC alumni, courses completed in conjunction with the individual's prior degree may not be credited toward the certificate. Appropriate substitutions for required courses will be determined and documented by the program director.For current USC graduate students, courses credited to the Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics may be completed in conjunction with course work required for the program in which the student is already enrolled. Applicability of these courses to the student's primary degree program is determined by the student's home department. Current MBA students may apply all 15 units of the graduate certificate program to their MBA degree. (Note: conferral of the certificate and documentation on the transcript is not automatic. It requires that the individual formally apply to the program and be admitted. See the Admissions and FAQ pages for more information about this process.)

Successful completion of the program is documented on the student's transcript and acknowledged with a certificate (diploma) awarded by the university.

For additional information, write to or call (213) 740-3198.

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