Top-Ranked Online Business Analytics Certifications To Power Up Your Resume

As demand for business analysts grows, more business schools are creating programs to teach professionals needed data skills. (Darden Report photo)


  • Course: Advanced Business Analytics Specialization
  • Offered through:
  • Level: Intermediate, requiring some experience
  • Duration: 5 months with 3 hours of coursework per week 

This specialization by Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado-Boulder brings together academic professionals and experienced practitioners to help students grow their business, increase profits, and create maximum value through real-world analytical skills. 

Learners gain practical skills in extracting and manipulating data using SQL code, executing statistical methods for descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive analysis, and effectively interpreting and presenting analytic results,” reads the Coursera description. “Achieve a clear competitive advantage by using data to explain the performance of a business,  evaluate different courses of action, and employ a structured approach to business problem-solving.”

The specialization include five classes:

  • Introduction to data analytics for business
  • Predictive modeling and analytics
  • Business Analytics for decision making
  • Communicating business analytics results
  • Advanced business analytics capstone

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  • Course: Business Analytics for Data-Driven Decision Making
  • Offered through: edX, an online education platform offering courses from top universities for a fee or the ability to audit courses for free
  • Level: Advanced, requiring an elementary college course in statistics
  • Duration: 7 weeks, with 3 to 6 hours of coursework per week 

In this course, designed by Boston University’s Questrom School of Business, students will learn how to lead firms to better business decisions with analytic methods and how to create competitive advantages from data.

“Virtually all managerial and leadership positions in the digital economy increasingly rely on data-driven decision making,” reads the edX description. “Having a solid grasp of the end-to-end process of making effective decisions with data will give you an edge, both in performing such analyses yourself, as well as in effectively managing teams of business analysts and data scientists. In this course, part of both the Digital Leadership and Digital Product Management MicroMasters programs, you will learn the tools and techniques to become a data-driven or ‘evidence-based’ manager.”

This is an instructor-paced course lasting seven weeks. Next session begins in March.  Learn More.