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 requirement with a fourth elective. 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 (3)   or  
GSBA 524 Applied Managerial Statistics (3) or  
GSBA 516 and 
GSBA 545
Essentials of Data Analysis and Modeling (1.5)  and
Data Driven Decision Making (1.5)
DSO 510  Business Analytics 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 562 Fraud Analytics 3
DSO 566 Marketing Analytics (enroll in MKT 566)  
DSO 570 The Analytics Edge: Data, Models, and Effective Decisions 3
DSO 573 Data Analytics Driven Dynamic Strategy & Execution 3
MKT 566 Marketing Analytics (formerly DSO 566) 3

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.)

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.

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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