Certificate in Business Intelligence: Techniques for Decision Making

Translate Data Into Actionable Business Insights


Program Details

  • Location: Online, Bellevue, Downtown Seattle
  • Duration: 5 - 9 months
  • Class Times: Self-Paced
  • Cost: $3,297

Next start date

March 27, 2017

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About this Program

Business intelligence is a software-driven process that uses powerful tools and techniques to analyze data and generate insights that inform key decisions. Professionals who know the tools and have the relevant skills to perform this process are highly valuable to their organizations.

In this three-course certificate program, you’ll learn how to help a business gather, store and interpret large-scale data in meaningful ways. We’ll explore statistics; data collection; analysis and mining; data shaping and modeling; optimizing storage solutions; and best practices for scorecarding and data visualization. Enhance your organization’s ability to make data-driven decisions and improve your own career trajectory.


Business analysts and others who work with BI reports and BI data. If you want a more technical skill set, consider taking our Certificate in Business Intelligence: Building the Data Warehouse.

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Video Overview

Two instructors from our business intelligence certificate programs explain how students can use the knowledge and skills they learn to advance their careers.

Duration 3:14


  • The latest software tools used for business analysis
  • How to use Online Analytical Processing (OLAP) technologies to bridge the data gap between business and technical data experts
  • Visual design concepts and visualization methods
  • Principles of data mining employing a range of techniques, from spreadsheets to specialized applications

Get Hands-On Experience

  • Use industry software such as Tableau, Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services OLAP and Microsoft Power BI tools (Power Pivot, Power View, Power Map and Power Query)
  • Practice with relevant data mining tools, including various Microsoft products and statistical programming languages such as R and SAS
  • Complete and present a data visualization project

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.

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Learning Formats


Attend class in person at one of our convenient locations. You’ll engage face to face with your classmates and instructors as part of a highly interactive curriculum. An online learning management system may be required to access some course materials and assignments.


Courses are offered 100 percent online. The flexible online format allows you to access course content wherever you are, on your own schedule. You simply need to complete assignments by their due dates. Lessons, assignments and other course materials are delivered through a Web-based learning management system, such as Canvas or Moodle, which also serves as a hub for communicating with your instructors and classmates.


Our special blended programs combine the convenience of online study with the vibrancy of in-person classes for a unique learning experience.

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