Translate Data Into Actionable Business Insights
Next start date
September 29, 2016
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.
To participate in this program, you’ll need to have at least basic English language skills. To learn more, see English Language Proficiency Requirements.
International students are welcome to apply to an online offering of this program, which doesn’t require a visa. To enroll in a classroom offering, you must have a visa that permits study in the United States. This certificate program does not enable students to obtain or maintain F-1 visa status. For more information, see Admission Requirements for International Students.
You must have access to a computer, and we recommend a high-speed Internet connection.
You earn the certificate by regularly attending class and successfully completing all required courses. For more information, see Completing Your Program.
Two instructors from our business intelligence certificate programs explain how students can use the knowledge and skills they learn to advance their careers.
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.
Certificate in Business Intelligence: Techniques for Decision Making
Approved by the UW Department of Computer Science & Engineering.
View this program's advisory board.
Each of our programs uses an advisory board to review content, guide design and recommend updates to ensure the program remains current as the field of study evolves. By tapping the minds of the top thinkers, doers and leaders in the field, we offer a transformational learning experience. The following individuals serve as the advisory board for this program.
Saurabh Agrawal, BIDW & Analytics Consultant, Plaster Group Consulting
Emily Bender, Professor, Linguistics, University of Washington
Rovy Branon, Vice Provost, UW Educational Outreach
Ilya Buzytsky, Managing Director, Big Data Solutions, Society Consulting
Anja Canfield-Budde, Senior Manager, Decision Support Services, University of Washington
Jeff Cole, Principal Consultant, Ciber
Justin Emerick, Senior Business Intelligence Product Manager, IMS Health
Hilary Feier, Senior Director, System Integrators at Tableau Software
Hisham Gaber, Principal Manager, Microsoft Corporation
Patricia A. Gilson, Principal, PAG Systems
Karl Haberl, Practice Director, Business Intelligence, Logic20/20
Rick Heiges, SQL Server MVP and Principal Solutions Architect, DB Best Technologies, LLC
Jared Hennessy, Director of Development, Piraeus Consulting
Alvin Hui, Business Intelligence Data Analyst, Xtreme Consulting Group
Steven Humphrey, Principal, Parnassus Analytics
Noah Iliinsky, Senior UX Architect, Amazon Web Services
Santosh Iyer, Head of Analytics, IMDb.com
Courtney Jones-Vanderleest, Assistant Director of Academic Programs, UW Professional & Continuing Education
David Jorgensen, Director of Software Development, Core Transactional Services, Expedia
Lotus Kam, Business Intelligence Strategist, Amazon.com
Dru Metz, Senior Market Strategist, Kaiser Permanente
Emre Motan, Data Scientist, Facebook
Jandee Richards, BI and Data Architect, DB Best Technologies, LLC
Debbie Shapiro, Senior Consultant, Plaster Group
Cristobal Sierra, Senior Manager, Business Intelligence, Expedia
Date: Monday, August 22, 2016
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Pacific Time
Date: Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Download the application form (PDF)
Apply online, or submit an application packet that includes:
We’re currently accepting applications and will be reviewing them in the order they’re received. We’ll accept applications until the program closes.
We’ll contact you within two weeks of receiving your application materials to let you know if you’ve been accepted to the program.
If you’re accepted, we’ll send you details about your first-term course, including information on paying your course fee. Your course fee is due two weeks before the first class.
With the exception of the one-time application fee, certificate program fees are charged on a quarterly basis. Payment is due when you register.
Course fees do not include any costs for class materials such as textbooks and software.
Drops, Withdrawals & Refunds
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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