Business Analytics Certificate


Certificate (Federal aid eligible if certificate is combined with Associate of Science degree, Associate of Applied Science degree, or Bachelor of Applied Science degree. Not eligible for federal aid as a stand-alone certificate.)



To effectively meet increased expectations and help their organizations compete in this complex, uncertain world, BA Professionals will need to:

  • Learn new technology and how to apply emerging technologies in decision making business models
  • Learn product management and process management including developing skills that support improvement in operational processes and customer experience challenges
  • Learn and adopt agile approaches to business solutions to deliver value in shorter time increments that can be tested with customers

Students who would be interested in this certificate include those who are detail-oriented and enjoy working with data. This group includes:

  • Current Ensign College Accounting students (combined with an Accounting Certificate)
  • Transfer students - this certificate is designed as a stackable component to an Associate of Science Degree
  • Non-traditional students seeking specific skills to allow them to progress in their current jobs

Business Analytics is fast becoming the center of business. It was best described in a discussion with an industry expert when he said, “Data is the new currency.” The ability to analyze a business and extract relevant information from the incredible quantity of data being gathered is becoming a necessary skill. It touches every phase of business.

Career Opportunities

Business Analytics is a significant growth opportunity in every industry. Career opportunities include: Budget Analyst, Management Analyst, Financial Analyst, Operations Research, Accountants, Project Support Analyst, and many others.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the certificate, successful graduates will be able to:

  • Ask well-developed analytical questions related to the Business Cycle
  • Apply appropriate business analysis and data analytics techniques to resolve identified needs
  • Extract, Transform and Load relevant data (ETL)
  • Present results of analysis to stakeholders
  • Demonstrate abilities in team and project management

Course Requirements

Students are responsible to examine the course description of each course listed below for details of prerequisites, which must be satisfied before registering for the course.

Business Analytics Certificate

Course NumberTitleCredits
ACC 180Accounting for Non-Accounting Majors

3 credits

BA 140Tableau for Business Analytics

1 credit

BA 147Introduction to Databases and Structured Query Language (SQL)

1 credit

BA 350Data Analytics

2 credits

BA 370Advanced Business Analysis

3 credits

BA 380Advanced Data Analytics

2 credits

BAP 115Excel and Introduction to Technology

1 credit

BAP 130Advanced Excel

1 credit

ELEC Elective

1 credit

Total Credit Hours:15
*Students who complete ACC 101 and ACC 212 will have met the requirements of ACC 180

Graduation Requirements

1. Minimum of 15 total semester credit hours as outlined
2. Grade of C or higher in all program-specific courses

3. Cumulative grade-point average of 2.0 or higher

Recommended Sequence of Courses

Individual student circumstances, such as the need for a smaller course load or the number of preparatory English or Math courses a student must take, may require additional semesters to complete the program. Please see your academic advisor for assistance.

First Semester

BAP 115, Excel and Introduction to Technology, 1 credit
ACC 180, Accounting for Non-Accounting Majors, 3 credits
BA 147, Introduction to Databases and SQL, 1 credit

Total Minimum Semester Hours 5

Second Semester

BA 140, Tableau for Business Analytics, 1 credit
BA 350, Data Analytics, 2 credits
BA 370, Advanced Business Analysis, 3 credits
BAP 130, Advanced Excel, 1 credit

Total Minimum Semester Hours 7

Third Semester

BA 380, Advanced Data Analytics, 2 credits
ELECTIVE, Elective, 1 credit

Total Minimum Semester Hours 3

Total Business Analytics Certificate Hours 15