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Applied Data Analytics undergraduate certificate

The undergraduate certificate in applied data analytics at Grand Valley State University focuses on understanding how to interpret, use, and apply data and statistics in the workplace.

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Program Overview

The certificate is designed to prepare you to:

  • Learn foundational computing and statistical skills like visualization.
  • Learn predictive analytics tools.
  • Learn computer coding in Python and R.

Why Study Applied Data Analytics at Grand Valley?

  • First-rate faculty that are passionate practitioners with years of experience in the field.
  • The degree has a strong emphasis in the fundamentals of data science.
  • The number of job postings for data science grew 57 percent for the first quarter of 2017. Data-related jobs are expected to grow by 11 percent from 2014 to 2024, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • With a certificate, you can create stackable credentials that enhance your degree and bolster your resume.
  • Courses are offered in six-week accelerated formats, so you can complete it in one year or less.

Location & Format

Classes for this certificate are offered on the Allendale Campus and downtown on the Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus.

  • Face To Face


The applied data analytics certificate is comprised of 18 credits:

  • STA 215 - Introductory Applied Statistics
  • STA 323 - Predictive Analytics
  • STA 340 - Statistics in the Media OR ECO 300 - Data Analytics for Economics & Business
  • CIS 160 - Learn to Code in Python
  • CIS 320 - Visualization of Data and Information
  • CIS 331 - Data Analysis Tools and Techniques OR MGT 477 - Applied Business Intelligence

Career Options

Individuals with data analytics skills sets are in high demand. Certificates are a good way for you to demonstrate you have the skills necessary to pursue a career path that includes data analytics without the time commitment toward a full degree. Typically, course credit from certificates can be applied toward a degree in the future. Earning this undergraduate certificate in applied data analytics will enhance your career skills by:

  • Improving decision making
  • Enhancing productivity
  • Predicting and defining emerging trends

For More Information

School of Computing and Information Systems

C-2-100 Mackinac Hall
(616) 331-2060

Admissions Office