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Data Analysis Certificate Online

Earn your data analysis certificate online

Curious. Explorer. Creative. Problem-Solver. Working with data requires a lot more than simply being detail-oriented. If data analytics is a critical part of your daily decision-making, or you would like to shift your career into a data analysis role, then you likely possess a strong desire to know more and dig deeper into puzzling questions, have a knack for pattern recognition, and drive towards finding meaningful solutions. These attributes are applicable in nearly any field that uses large data sets to inform decisions.

Use your strengths to gain an advantage in your industry. This online data analysis certificate can help you develop the practical skills to collect, analyze, and interpret data to make better decisions based on strong statistical techniques.

Advance in your career with data analyst training

This data analysis certificate is designed for practitioners looking to derive answers from raw data, including "big data" sets, using a comprehensive range of statistical analyses and methods. If you're responsible for organizing and analyzing complex data, even if you don't have a statistics background, the online Graduate Certificate in Data Analysis can help you:

  • Learn to effectively collect, analyze, and interpret big data.
  • Use tools to examine data to find valuable insights.
  • Drive decision-making with relevant results and analyses that influence positive outcomes.
  • Gain the ability to interpret and communicate results to technical and non-technical audiences.

With a focus on the immediate application of gained skills to your current projects at work, the online data analysis certificate is tailored to professionals who may be working with data and statistics in any industry, including:

  • Natural resources
  • Environmental agencies
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Healthcare
  • Business & finance
  • Any industry where the analysis of data and research results are required

Learn data analysis methods and software

With a convenient online format suited for working professionals, students learn core skills and choose elective options to gain specialized knowledge specific to their educational or career goals. You will learn to:

  • Use modern data mining techniques to summarize data collected through surveys and designed experiments.
  • Perform statistical analyses on different types of data.
  • Communicate results using graphs, tables and other formats to a variety of stakeholders with varying levels of technical skill.
  • Use SAS and R software for statistical analysis.

The skills you gain in this program are portable across industries, wherever your career takes you.

Data analysts collect, process, and perform statistical analyses of large amounts of information. Depending on your training and level of expertise, professionals who work with data may be:

  • Mining data from various sources.
  • Cleaning data to prune irrelevant information.
  • Analyzing and interpreting results using standard statistical tools and methods.
  • Finding correlations and trends in complicated data sets.
  • Identifying new opportunities for process improvement.
  • Providing data reports and data visualizations to management and teams.
  • Collaborating with IT teams, data scientists, and managers on meeting organizational goals.
  • Problem-solving coding and data-related issues.

Study with faculty known for innovative research and applied problem-solving

CSU's Department of Statistics faculty are active researchers and practitioners in the field. Often sought by companies and organizations for their expertise, our faculty consult outside the university in order to help solve current problems that require innovative solutions. These real-world scenarios are then brought into the online classroom, so students learn the most relevant and current practices and techniques.

Collaborate online with other CSU students

Students who complete the data analysis certificate online receive the same high-quality education and credentials as students on campus.

Online students have the added benefit of a flexible schedule that allows you to:

  • Watch courses either synchronously or asynchronously. On-campus courses are streamed live and online students can join in if they want. Later in the day, a link to the recording is shared for students to watch at a time that works for them.
  • Work within the same discussion boards and on the same assignments together with on-campus students.

The Department of Statistics takes a "students first" approach to communication and makes every effort to work with students on their schedule to help solve roadblocks or problems.

Note: The Graduate Certificate in Data Analysis provides you with a solid background in performing statistical data analysis and is not intended to lead into the Master of Applied Statistics degree. To be successful in this program, you should have completed at least an algebra course and a statistics course at the undergraduate level. Learn more about our admission requirements and how to apply.

Curriculum Open Accordion

This program requires the completion of 10 credits.

You must be admitted to this program for the certificate to appear on your official University transcript.

Please note that this certificate does not lead into the Master of Applied Statistics program.

Select 4 credits from the following:

Select 6 credits from the following:

*Not currently available online

Note: Additional coursework may be required due to prerequisites.

How to Apply Open Accordion

Application Deadlines

For full consideration, submit your application and supporting documents prior to the deadline date. The program starts each fall. Students who completed prior program coursework may be considered for admission in the spring term.

Fall semester June 1

Start your application online and upload materials directly into the online system. You can save your progress and return any time.

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1Review Admission Requirements

  • Undergraduate degree from an accredited four-year institution
  • One course in statistics
  • College algebra
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher from your most recent degree completed. GPAs lower than 3.0 may be considered as determined by the Graduate Program Committee. Please submit an academic performance explanation if your GPA was lower than 3.0.

Meeting the minimum requirements does not ensure admission to the certificate program. Admission is based on a number of factors, including prior academic and professional experience, your personal statement, and fit with the program.

2 Prepare Application Materials

Prepare the materials below and upload when you apply online.

  • Resume

3 Complete Online Application

Complete the online graduate application and pay the nonrefundable application processing fee (payable online). As soon as you have completed the required information, please submit your application. Your application will not be reviewed until it is complete and all required materials have been received.

  • Choose "Data Analysis (Certificate) – Distance" when choosing the Program of Study. (Note: You must first select "Certificate" at the top.)

4 Request Transcripts

Request one official transcript from the institution where you earned your bachelor’s degree. Transcripts must be received directly from the originating institution to be considered official. Transcripts from Colorado State University are not required.

Electronic (preferred):
Digital Transcripts must be submitted by the originating institution using a secure service such as parchment, eScrip-Safe, the National Student Clearinghouse, or e-Quals. Transcripts received via emails are considered unofficial.

Use institution code 4075 for Colorado State University or if the secure service requires an email address.

Mail (if necessary):
Graduate Admissions
Colorado State University – Office of Admissions
1062 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1062

Check Your Application Status

View your application status at any time to ensure your application checklist is complete or to check on updates.

Once your complete application, including supporting materials, is received, the department admission committee will review your application and notify you of their decision.

For International Applicants

Proof of English language proficiency is required for applicants from countries or United States territories where there are official languages other than (or in addition to) English. This includes the U.S. territories of American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and Puerto Rico.

Learn more about English language proficiency requirements.


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Program Details

$835 per credit
Same in-state tuition for all.
Learn more about financial aid and scholarships Tuition/fees are just part of the cost to attend CSU. Learn more about the full Cost of Attendance
Certificate Awarded
Graduate Certificate in Data Analysis
Admission Reqs.
  • Undergraduate degree from an accredited four-year institution.
  • 3.0 GPA on all undergraduate coursework
  • College algebra
  • Basic Statistics

Application Dates

Fall semester
June 1

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