Certificate in Business Intelligence & Data Migration

Transform Raw Data Into Valuable Business Assets


Program Details

  • Location: Online
  • Duration: 8 months
  • Times: Evenings
  • Cost: $4,116

Next start date:

October 2024

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About this Program

Business intelligence is a discipline that relies on ready access to a huge volume of stored data in well-structured databases. In this three-course certificate program, you’ll learn how to build and manage the databases and infrastructure for your organization’s business intelligence operations.

We’ll explore the entire life cycle of database development, from defining business requirements to analytical reporting. You’ll learn how to create, program and manage traditional relational and the newer non-relational databases, and we'll cover data migration techniques, or the ETL process — how to extract, transform and load data from one database to another. You’ll also learn how to build effective internal administrative dashboards and manage both on-site and cloud databases. All the material will come together in a comprehensive final project that you can add to your professional portfolio. 

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Professionals with some SQL and database experience who want to develop and expand their skills in the design and implementation of databases and BI infrastructure. Those interested in BI data analysis should consider taking our Certificate in Data Analytics: Techniques for Decision Making.

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Video Overview

Randal Root, an instructor for the Certificate in Business Intelligence & Database Development, discusses the skills students will gain from this certificate for this in-demand field.

Duration: 02:43


  • Methods for building professional end-to-end BI solutions, including planning, documentation and reporting
  • How to choose between architectures when building an advanced analytical BI solution 
  • Key terms and concepts of BI (snowflake and star schemas, OLAP, dimension and measures, and more)
  • Best practices for using Microsoft SQL Server, Integration Services and Analysis Server
  • How to assess implications for data scale and security


  • Architect, build, deploy and manage end-to-end BI solutions using a variety of technologies (SQL, NoSQL, on-site and cloud)
  • Create and refine data warehouses, ETL processes and reporting infrastructure
  • Implement BI projects that involve the construction of various data structures
  • Perform ETL with SQL, Python, Integration Services and Azure Data Factory
  • Create dashboard reports with Excel, Power BI, Tableau and Jupyter Notebook


You may be eligible to apply for a UW Certificate Scholarship or Rotary Scholarship to cover most of the costs of this program. Scholarships are awarded based on financial need and the potential of the program to positively impact your career. For more information, see the Scholarships page.

Career Stats


Projected job growth for database architects in Washington state (2020–2030)


Average salary for database architects in the U.S. (2021)


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Program Overview

Complete the courses listed below to earn the certificate. You may be able to take individual courses without enrolling in the certificate program; check the course pages for details.

Learning Format

Online With Real-Time Meetings

Online With Real-Time Meetings

Combine the convenience of online learning with the immediacy of real-time interaction. You’ll stream courses online and interact with your instructors and fellow students via chat, web conferencing or phone, all in real time. Learn More »

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