Graduate Certificate in Applied Business Analytics

Boost your career by complementing any degree with our Graduate Certificate in Applied Business Analytics.

Why earn your analytics certificate at Bellarmine?

Our graduate certificate in Applied Business Analytics prepares students to successfully design and develop business intelligence projects tailored to their specific business needs. Complete our convenient, four-course program to earn your Graduate Certificate in Applied Business Analytics. These Applied Business Analytics courses can count toward MBA coursework. 

Data are crucial to the development of robust, informative analytics and information system projects. Using leading relational database tools students examine the design and development of databases and warehouses optimized for transaction processing and query efficiency. To make sense of the vast amounts of data available, students employ concepts and techniques such as database analysis, forecasting, optimization methods, simulation modeling and network analysis in order to organize, analyze and make inferences about data from marketing, finance, the Internet, and social media.

Program Highlights

In order to complete the Graduate Certificate in Applied Business Analytics, students must successfully complete these four courses:

  • MBA 602 Business Analytics (fall or spring semesters),
  • MBA 661 Database Management Systems, Big Data and Analytics (summer),
  • MBA 663 Analytics Project Design and Implementation (fall semester), and the capstone,
  • MBA 667 Advanced Methods in Analytics (spring semester).

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I complete the Certificate if I already have a Master’s Degree?
Yes, the ABA Certificate will complement any graduate or undergraduate degree.

Do I need a Bachelor’s degree to complete the ABA Certificate?
Generally yes, although those with at least ten years of full-time work experience and a GMAT score of at least 600 may also be considered.

Can I transfer previous coursework towards the ABA Certificate?
With approval from the MBA Director, one may be able to transfer a course equivalent to MBA 602.

Is the ABA Certificate online?
The ABA Certificate is hybrid in nature. Classes meet on campus to facilitate mentoring and networking opportunities between students and faculty. Virtual access to lectures, labs and other materials allows students flexibility with work and family commitments when necessary.

Can I receive federal financial aid towards the ABA Certificate program?
Unfortunately, ABA Certificate students are not eligible to receive federally guaranteed loans or other federal financial aid. However, those completing the Analytics Concentration as part of the MBA program are eligible for federal aid.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Identify information technology and statistics/quantitative method impacts on business practices to include data creation, data sharing, data Analytics, data mining, data reporting, and storage between and across organizations, including related ethical issues;
  • Make sound decisions and exercise judgement under uncertainty;
  • Effectively communicate the results of analytic projects to decision makers;
  • Apply advanced Analytics methods to meet the decision-making needs of an organization; and • Work in a team environment to develop competitive intelligence for senior decision makers.

Faculty Profiles

Here is a quick snapshot of a few of our faculty members.

Dr. Francis E. Raymond

Dr. Francis E. Raymond

Dr. Raymond is Professor of Economics, Associate Dean of the Rubel School of Business, and MBA Director. He served as chair of the Department of Finance and Economics for over 12 years. He received his BA in Mathematics at The College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, his MS in Mathematics at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and his PhD in Economics at Indiana University-Bloomington. His research and teaching focus on issues in international development, macroeconomics and econometrics.  He has coordinated student consulting projects using econometric analytics with Schneider Electric, Sortino Advisory Partners, Papa John's, America Place Commercial Real Estate, Louisville Urban League, Jewish Foundation of Louisville, Brown-Forman and others.

Dr. Ida Kutschera

Dr. Ida Kutschera
Ida Kutschera is an Associate Professor of Management. She received her Ph.D. in Organization Science from the University of Oregon, and has earned an MBA from Washington State University. Dr. Kutschera’s professional work experience includes the German Economic Institute for Tourism Research (DWIF) in Munich, Germany, and the Fairmont Hotel Management LP in San Francisco, CA. Her teaching interests include organizational behavior, leadership, and human resource management. Her current research interests include social cognition and decision making, issues related to managing in extreme environments, and practical implications of executive and leadership coaching. Dr. Kutschera is a member of the Academy of Management, the Society for Human Resource Management, and the Institute of Coaching.

Admission Requirements

Interested students should possess a bachelor’s degree with the equivalent of a course in elementary statistics or comparable academic or professional skills as determined by the MBA Director. Applicants will provide a completed application form, two letters of recommendation and an essay describing how they expect this certificate to enhance their career options. A GMAT, GRE or other comparable graduate entrance exam is required for those with less than seven years full-time work experience. In cases where one’s previous academic or work experience using scientific or mathematical methods is unclear (as decided by MBA Director), we will require the GMAT regardless of years of work experience.

Note:  If an Applied Business Analytics Certificate student wishes to pursue the MBA at any point, he or she will be required to apply separately to the MBA program. Successfully completed MBA analytics courses will subsequently be applied to the MBA degree upon acceptance to the MBA program.


The W. Fielding Rubel School of Business at Bellarmine University is accredited by the AACSB International (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), which places it among the elite business schools in the nation. Not only is Bellarmine the first and only private university in Kentucky to achieve AACSB accreditation, but fewer than 5 percent of business schools worldwide have achieved this distinction.

Contact Information

Dr. Frank Raymond, Associate Dean and MBA Director

Alexandra Moro, Undergraduate Admission Counselor

James Standard, Senior Graduate Admission Officer

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