Data analytics is among today’s fastest-growing and highest-paid professions as organizations increasingly rely on data to drive strategic business decisions.  The Data Analytics Certificate program is designed to prepare students to apply data analytics techniques to large data sets to support data-driven decisions across application domains. The courses are designed for learners with a quantitative background who want to advance their skills.  You’ll learn statistical and scientific methods for data analysis through hands-on exercises and video instruction from Saint Joseph’s University faculty experts, preparing you to make sound, evidence-based decisions that drive business performance in any function.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must hold a minimum of a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution in a quantitative discipline such as science, engineering, or business. Students from other disciplines will be considered based on prior coursework or significant industry experience. Applicants are generally expected to have a minimum combined junior/senior GPA of 3.0 (B) on a 4.0 scale.  Current Saint Joseph’s University students in quantitative programs are also welcome to apply and enroll in this certificate.


The Data Analytics certificate program requires completion of 12 credits with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better in courses taken at SJU. Students entering the certificate program must have strong background in business statistic and quantitative methods.  Specific prerequisites are required for core courses listed below and are met through the scheduled course sequence.

Certificate Courses

DSS 660 Introduction to Data Mining

DSS 665 R Statistical Programming

DSS 680 Predictive Analysis

DSS 740 Analytics with Machine Learning