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Certificate in Data Analytics

The Certificate in Data Analytics is a 4-course, affordable option for professionals who need to upgrade their IT skills to meet current market demands.

More and more organizations are collecting large amounts of data, both structured and unstructured. There is a real need for professionals who can analyze and interpret such data, detect patterns, identify new decision alternatives and make predictions.

Data analytics is the systematic analysis and interpretation of data using various computational and statistical tools in order to support decision-making based on the scientific method.

This program will prepare you to create, develop and implement data models as well as work with big data sets using a real-world data cluster managed in-house to derive insights and make recommendations.

An applied curriculum based on machine learning and statistical techniques, visualization tools and R language provides students the necessary skills to launch their careers into data analytics domain in any industry.


Application Process

  1. A completed application and non-refundable application fee
  2. Evidence of an interview with an admission counselor
  3. Official transcripts showing a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution. Normally, a grade point average of approximately 3.0 or higher in upper division undergraduate work is expected


Specifically, by completing the certificate program in Data Analytics, students will be able to:

  • Understand the general framework surrounding data management, analytics and big data
  • Assess organizational data and information requirements and construct data models
  • Develop an ability to effectively clean, manipulate and visualize large volumes of data
  • Apply machine learning and statistical tools to big data sets
  • Make data-driven decisions based on analytics techniques
  • Write professional reports and present findings to target audiences

Program Completion Time

The certificate can be completed in as little as six months, and is based on a sequence of four 3-unit graduate courses for a total of twelve credits. This requires enrollment for at least two terms, based on 11-week term schedules. The completion time does not account for any pre-requisite courses a student may need. 

Admission Requirements

The program requires a solid quantitative background rooted in probability and statistics as well as programming.

View Requirements

At a minimum, all students entering the program need to have completed the following courses which are pre-requisites into the program:

  • Probability & Statistics
  • Java/Object Oriented Programming

These courses are also offered at Cal Lutheran (and are not part of the certificate program). Relevant work experience in the IT field will also be considered.

An undergraduate degree in computer science, engineering, math, physics and other natural sciences, statistics, information systems, or a related field is required for admission to the program. Students with other backgrounds will be considered based on their work experience and/or completion of pre-requisite courses as noted above.

International students (who have completed a degree outside of the US) need to submit English proficiency requirements such as Toefl of minimum 88 or IELTS or minimum 6.5.



IT 509 Data Management

This is a required course that must be taken first in the certificate program. The course provides students with an introduction to the fundamental concepts, techniques and tools used in design, development and application of relational database technology in organizations. Topics include data modelling based on organizational requirements and data manipulation via structured query language tools.

Students will also choose any three of the electives below:

IT 530 Principles of Data Analytics

This course is an introduction to business analytics, defined as the extensive use of data, statistical and quantitative analysis, exploratory and predictive models, and fact-based management to drive decisions and actions. Topics include implementation of successful analytics platforms, big and little data, predictive analytics, social media analytics, mobile analytics and data visualization.

IT 531 Data Mining

This course is an overview of leading data mining methods and their applications to real-world problems. It is designed to provide students with the skills to conduct data mining and statistical analysis for dealing with analytical tasks such as prediction, classification, decision trees and clustering.

IT 532 Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence

This course introduces the principles and procedures related to the design and management of data warehouse (DW) and business intelligence (BI) systems. The course focuses on the data warehousing process including requirement collection, data warehouse architectures, dimensional modeling, extracting, transforming, and loading strategies, and creation of data marts. The course also uses data warehousing as a platform for BI applications, such as reporting, dashboards and online analytical processing (OLAP).

IT 533 Big Data Technologies

This course introduces students to the world of big data and associated technologies. The focus of the course is Apache Hadoop, which is an open source software project that enables, distributed processing of large data sets across clusters of commodity servers. Topics include Hadoop system architecture, Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS), MapReduce programming model and design patterns and technologies surrounding Hadoop ecosystem such as Pig, Hive and Oozie. The course will also introduce big data science concepts and NoSQL database technologies.

IT 582 Special Topics (Data Analytics)

Special topics courses vary and are used to introduce students to new topics in the Information Technology field.

Tuition & Fees

Fall 2020 - Summer 2021
Tuition Alumni: $450 per credit
Non-Alumni: $555 per credit
Technology Fee $55 per term
$275 maximum per academic year
Application Fee $25 online
$50 paper
Late Registration Fee
for registration submitted after the add/drop deadline
Late Transaction Fee
for employer reimbursement applications
received after the second week of the semester
Transcript Fee $5.00 minimum
Additional fees may apply, refer to the Registrar's site

All fees are subject to change without notice. The University reserves the right to change, delete or add to this pricing schedule as deemed appropriate. Transcripts and diploma will not be released for any student who has an outstanding balance owed to Cal Lutheran.