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Online Graduate Certificate in Analytics

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Cost Per Credit Hour


Application Deadline: August 12, 2024

Fall 1 2024 classes start on August 26, 2024

Provide Better Insights.

In a world that generates and collects massive quantities of data each day, learning to gather data and analyze for business applications is necessary. Advance in the growing field of business analytics with a Graduate Certificate in Analytics from LSU Online and the Stephenson Department of Entrepreneurship & Information Systems in the E. J. Ourso College of Business. This online certificate program is ideal for retraining professionals, scientists, and researchers in the use of big data, and can be completed in less than a year.


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Benefit from a flexible format

Students are able to complete the program 100% online, allowing them to balance work, family, and other life responsibilities. The program can be finished in less than a year.

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Earn a certificate from a top-tier university

LSU Online proudly continues to set standards for online learning. For years we’ve been helping students find their passion and equipping them to take action. The university is regionally accredited and ranked among the top.

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Continuous support

When you join LSU Online, you join a family that makes sure that your needs are met. You will have a dedicated Student Success Coach assigned to you from your application process all the way through to your graduation to support you in any way as a student. We help you along the way so that you can focus on performance in your classes.

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Learn from experienced faculty

Developed from the Stephenson Department of Entrepreneurship & Information Systems, the analytics graduate certificate is lead by LSU’s field-experienced faculty that understand the emerging trends and changes in analytics.

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Students enrolled in this program are eligible for membership in the Omega Nu Lambda (ONL) Honor Society. Created to recognize the academic excellence of online students, ONL provides access to exclusive networking opportunities, scholarships, and a lifelong community of like-minded achievers. Enrich your college experience and connect with peers globally through Omega Nu Lambda!

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Total credit hours per program: 12 credit hours

Cost per credit hour: $862

Total cost with fees: $10,344

LSU Online offers several ways to help you pay for your degree including credit for prior learning (PLA), financial aid, and veteran education benefits. Learn more.

The total cost above does not include transfer credit or financial aid. Cost per credit hour and fees are subject to change. Fee schedules may vary by program depending on course-specific fees for proctoring and/or books. Please contact a Student Success Coach for more information.

Course Listings

  • ISDS 7301 Descriptive Analytics | Credit Hours: 3
  • ISDS 7302 Predictive Analytics | Credit Hours: 3
  • ISDS 7303 Analytics Methods | Credit Hours: 3
  • ISDS 7304 Visual Analytics | Credit Hours: 3

Admission Requirements

LSU Graduate School Requirements:

  1. Bachelor’s degree from regionally accredited U.S. institution or equivalent from a foreign institution
  2. GPA – 3.0 on all undergraduate work (or last 60 credit hours) and a 3.0 on any graduate work already completed.
  3. Official transcripts of all previous college or university work
  4. Professional resume

Applicants who meet the Pinkie Gordon Lane Graduate School's minimum requirements are not guaranteed admission.

Any of these items may enhance your application package:

  1. Work experience in the field of analytics.
  2. An undergraduate degree or certificate in a STEM field, or analytics related.
  3. GRE/GMAT score is not required for application. However, a GRE/GMAT score may be requested at the department's discretion.
  4. A statement of purpose (one (1) page maximum) that summarizes your reason(s) for pursuing a Graduate Certificate in Analytics, and your reason(s) for applying to LSU. It may be helpful to draw attention to your specific experiences and education that make you feel that you will be successful in your pursuit of advanced graduate study in this field.

Applicants should have a working knowledge of statistics prior to entering the program (e.g., expected value, random variable, sample mean, median, variance, margin of error, correlation coefficient, sampling distributions, and hypothesis testing.). Applicants should be comfortable with accessing and using basic statistics and analytics software packages.  An updated Windows based laptop or computer is strongly recommended.

Additional information about LSU Graduate admission requirements are located here.

Career Opportunities

  • Data Analyst 
  • ‎Data Scientist
  • Analytics Manager
  • Director of Analytics
  • Chief Data Officer

What Will I Learn?

Students who graduate with an online graduate certificate in analytics will acquire the skills needed to understand data insights using available technology.

Topics covered in the program include:

  • Data warehousing; use of big data in business; storage and retrieval of data in business; descriptive analytics for business; business intelligence tools
  • Predictive analytics in business; business cases in predictive analytics; data mining use in business; industry solutions for predictive analytics
  • Advanced analytics in business; designed experimentation; regression trees; causal inference; uplift models
  • Data analytics; value proposition of data in business; advanced business intelligence; data visualization; dashboards in business

Why Choose This Program?

Why choose LSU’s online Graduate Certificate in Analytics?

A certificate in analytics can help you advance your career by teaching you new skills or helping to strengthen your current skill set. With online, flexible formats and a strong support system, LSU Online makes it easier to earn your certificate while you balance home and work responsibilities.

Equipment Requirements

The laptop requirements below are set forth so that students may not have any issue loading data or software to their machine.

  • Windows 10 Professional, Enterprise, or Education (Education is available through OnTheHub)
  • 4 Core, X64, 64 Bit processor
  • 16 GB RAM (16 recommended)
  • 500GB Hard drive
  • ATA 100/7,200 RPM hard drive is preferred but a 5,400 will work
  • A graphics card supporting higher resolution than 1024×768 (32-bit). (1 GB dedicated, non-shared, memory card is recommended.)​

By becoming familiar with the types of technologies taught in this program, students are given a head start in their field post-graduation. Apple Systems are not recommended as all software utilized in this course requires the Windows operating system. However, if you do decide to utilize an Apple computer you must have Windows (10 or higher) running prior to starting courses.​ This can be done through a partitioned hard drive or other means of split operating systems.

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  • Additional information on the Graduate Certificate in Analytics online program
  • Financial aid options (employer funding, military benefits)
  • Receiving credit for past education (transfer, professional development)
  • The admissions process and timeline

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