Graduate Certificates

Our Graduate Certificates focus on developing new skills in a specific topic that will help you advance your career or make a career change. 

Business Fundamentals | Business Analytics | Supply Chain and Logistics Management

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Businesses want to better use information in operational, tactical and strategic decision making. The information value of both in-house and third-party data sets is leveraged using powerful, emerging technologies. Increasingly, organizations leverage advances in software interoperability, data exchange mechanisms and visualization techniques to better understand their operations, customers and markets. This trend has become known as data mining, business analytics, business intelligence and big data, and these skills are in high demand. 

Our program offers high-quality relevant coursework to students from a wide variety of professional backgrounds, including:

  • Those with an MBA seeking to refresh their skill set
  • Early career professionals looking to advance in the analytics field
  • Those from outside the analytics field seeking career opportunities in this rapidly growing space

The Job Market

According to a recent McKinsey Global Institute report, the United States faces a shortage of 140,000 to 190,000 individuals who possess deep business analytic skills and an additional 1.5 million managers with the skill set to implement the results. The certificate in Business Analytics at Oregon State will help students develop the analytical skills required to add value to organizations across several industries.

Graduates of the Certificate in Business Analytics will be able to:
  • Integrate information technologies with data science methods to extract value from data sets.
  • Think critically about the business implications, meaningfulness and applicability of observed data patterns and analytical inferences.
  • Identify opportunities, needs and constraints for data analytics within organizational contexts.
  • Select appropriate analytic tools for specific managerial issues.
  • Compose data-analytic tools and concepts to create innovative data-analytic solutions.
  • Demonstrate proficiency with several data-analytic tools.
  • Communicate clearly and persuasively to audiences with various backgrounds.
  • Provide leadership in analytics teams and projects.

Format and Length of Program

The Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics is offered as a hybrid option in Portland, an in-person option in Corvallis, and also fully online. It is a seven-course, 21 quarter-credit hour program which requires the completion of each of the following courses:

Data Analytics for Competitive Advantage. Case studies, hands-on data analysis experience and a class project will introduce basic concepts of data analytics, sketch the lifecycle of a data analytics project, and connect analytics to business consequences. Students will use representative analytic tools to support decision making.

Data Management. Familiarize students with the major activities involved in collecting and managing data for a data analytics project, including extracting information from relational databases, mapping organizational requirements into a data design, transforming data into information, exploring data warehouse concepts, and exploring basic concepts underlying Hadoop and other noSQL data management and analysis methods.

Data Exploration and Visualization. In this course, the concentration will be on the initial, exploratory phases of Business Analytics data analysis. We explore different types of data and the types of analyses they allow, aggregating and disaggregating data and issues of validity with both selecting and collecting data. We also start exploring one or more data sets relating to our Integrated Business Analytics Project (BA 577). (Prereq: BA 573)

Data and Text Mining. Examine how data/text analysis technologies can be used to improve decision making. The class covers the fundamental principles and techniques of data mining and text analysis using real-world examples and cases to place data mining techniques in context. Students will have hands-on experience with data/text mining software. (Prereqs: BA 574 and BA 575)

Integrated Business Analytics Project. Students will integrate what they have learned to solve industry-sponsored problems. The goal of the class is to provide students with opportunities to design, implement and evaluate analytic solutions for a real-world enterprise. Student teams will examine the data, technical, and organizational requirements necessary for the success of analytical solutions. The project will give students the experience of leading and managing an analytical team, much as a chief analytics officer (CAO) would be expected to do. (Prereqs: BA 555 and BA 574 and BA 575)

Practical Business Analytics. Advanced survey of quantitative business methods useful for aiding management decisions. Topics include a review of basic statistics, mathematical programming, business simulation, statistical process control, advanced regression analysis and forecasting.

Advanced Information Systems. The development, implementation and management of information technology applications will be addressed. Topics include the development and application of technology to support linkages within and outside of organizations. Projects will be assigned to illustrate the topics.

Students starting in fall term can complete the Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics in one year. Below is a sample course schedule:

Fall

Winter

Spring

Summer

BA 573

BA 555

BA 574

BA 575

 

BA 576

BA 577

BA 572

 

Earning an MBA in Business Analytics

Current students and graduates of the Certificate in Business Analytics program have the option of transferring credits earned to the MBA in Business Analytics. The MBA in Business Analytics requires completion of all the courses included in the Graduate Certificate as well as seven core business classes and an elective. Students interested in this option should note that admission to the MBA in Business Analytics requires taking either the GMAT or the GRE and earning a score at or above our established minimums, (link to selection criteria page) as well as submission of three references and a current resume. Candidates for the MBA in Business Analytics who do not hold an undergraduate major or minor in Business may be required to complete Core-1 coursework. All coursework required for the MBA, including courses completed in the Graduate Certificate program, must be completed within seven years. Learn more about the MBA in Business Analytics
 

A strong foundation of business knowledge is critical if you are interested in improving your job performance and advancing your career.

A graduate certificate in business fundamentals will give you the skills to plan, organize and direct the functions and processes of a firm or organization. It includes instruction in management theory, human resources management and behavior, accounting and other quantitative methods, purchasing and logistics, organization and production and marketing.

Our Graduate Certificate in Business Fundamentals is an 18-credit-hour program for students in a wide variety of professional backgrounds including:

  • Those with degrees in fields other than business who are looking to gain strong business acumen
  • Those interested in pursuing an MBA who want an opportunity to first explore the foundations of business graduate education.

Graduates of the Certificate in Business Fundamentals will be able to:

  • Acquire a basic understanding of the fundamentals of business essential to any career
  • Develop an understanding of the language of business to be able to comprehend and communicate financial information
  • Learn marketing and operations skills
  • Build knowledge in financial accounting and corporate finance, including learning to analyze financial statements and read balance sheets
  • Develop networking and communication skills crucial to career success

Format and Length of Program

The Graduate Certificate in Business Fundamentals is offered in-person in Corvallis and fully online. It is a six-course, 18 quarter-credit hour program which requires the completion of each of the following courses:

Provides the essential legal foundation for business managers in companies operating in the U.S. Effective strategies for managers to prevent and resolve legal disputes will be stressed. Topics include legal issues related to corporate forms, creating and enforcing contracts, reducing exposure to tort liability and the role of employees as agents of a business.

Provides a foundation for business managers in statistics and operations management. Emphasis on quantitative tools for sampling, interval estimation and hypothesis testing as well as operations management concepts for processes, quality systems, supply chain management, inventory management, resource planning, and sustainable lean systems.

Develop business management skills by learning the principles of managerial and financial accounting. Emphasis will be placed on understanding financial statements, cost analysis, and funding decisions. Focuses on integrating the theoretical framework of accounting and finance with the “hands on” technical skills needed to evaluate financial decisions within an organization.

A graduate-level survey course that provides a foundation for business managers in the concepts of marketing. The student will develop an understanding of marketing principles and an awareness of marketing challenges.

Introduces students to the basic questions facing a financial manager and the tools a financial manager uses to find answers to these questions. Introduces the basic tools of finance and applications of financial theory in use today. Students will be introduced to legal, ethical, technology, and global issues facing a financial manager. The course is designed to enhance a student's approach to financial decision making and emphasizes technical analysis and quantitative approaches to decision making.

Elective

This elective can be any 3-credit, 500-level College of Business course for which you meet the prerequisites.

To compete in an increasingly connected and globalized environment, every industry needs leaders fluent in the complexities of supply chain and logistics management. It takes critical-thinking, hard-working, data-driven managers to get goods from all over the world to the consumer. We’ll give you the tools you need to master the intricacies of efficient, smart and sustainable global operations. The graduate certificate in supply chain and logistics management is a 21-credit-hour program and offers rigorous coursework to students in a wide variety of professional backgrounds including:

  • Those with an MBA seeking to refresh their skill set
  • Early career professionals looking to advance in the supply chain and logistics field
  • Those from outside the supply chain field seeking career opportunities in this rapidly growing space

Graduates of the Certificate in Business Fundamentals will be able to:

  • Effectively use concepts of operations and supply chain management and qualitative and quantitative methods to make appropriate decisions in international business contexts that include new and unfamiliar situations.
  • Design appropriate management plans for global supply chains that are lawful, ethical and environmentally and socially responsible.
  • Develop a global outlook that reflects changes experienced and anticipated by firms and industries and understand the requirements for effective change management in global operations and supply chains.

Format and Length of Program

The Graduate Certificate in Supply Chain and Logistics Management is offered via our hybrid format in Portland and fully online. It is a seven-course, 21 quarter-credit hour program which requires the completion of each of the following courses:

Focus on effectively using operations and supply chain management to make sourcing and supply decisions in international business contexts. Topics include purchasing/procurement procedures and policy, supply organization, specifications, sourcing strategy, supplier evaluation, competitive bidding, and e-procurement. Global contexts and environmentally and socially responsible supply management are emphasized.

Focus on the management of global service operations including designing and managing systems to coordinate global information and material flows within and between firms in a supply chain. Covers planning operations, evaluating system alternatives, designing and researching global supply networks, examining complex adaptive systems and evaluating value stream synchronization.

Prerequisites: BA 551 with B- or better and BA 555 [B-]

Equivalent to: BA 559

 

Analyze business cases that address global value creation and production/delivery systems. Complete integrated business projects to identify critical operations and supply chain management issues, apply multidisciplinary knowledge, analyze and evaluate alternative solutions and write and present reports recommending firm strategies. International business and cross-cultural competencies are emphasized.

Prerequisites: BA 552 or BA 559 with B- or better and BA 561 [B-]

 

Advanced survey of quantitative business methods useful for aiding management decisions. Topics include a review of basic statistics, mathematical programming, business simulation, statistical process control, advanced regression analysis and forecasting.

Students will learn key concepts, basic strategies, and decision-making tools relevant to logistics management, and apply them to real-world logistics problems faced by companies in the context of managing their global supply chains.

Prerequisites: BA 551 with B or better and BA 552 [B] and BA 561 [B]

Covers tools and concepts needed to manage the entire supply chain effectively. Topics include negotiation, purchasing, logistics operations, and applying e-business tools. Emphasis on creating integrated supply chains.

Explores modeling methods for design, analysis, execution and integration of supply chains. Introduces students to a variety of modeling and optimization techniques for the analysis of strategic, tactical and operational supply chain problems including demand forecasting, risk analysis, revenue management, distribution and facility location.

Prerequisites: BA 555 with B- or better

Admission Requirements

Application to the Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics requires the following documentation, along with a $75 application fee, payable by credit card:

The Graduate Certificate program uses the Oregon State University Graduate School’s online application form. The application form requires completion of several short answer questions detailing your motivation for admission and goals upon completion of the program. 

A transcript from the institution conferring your undergraduate degree is required. Transcripts from any subsequent degrees or coursework completed beyond your undergraduate studies are required as well.  Unofficial transcripts (a copy of an official transcript) may be scanned and uploaded to your online application. Applications will be reviewed with unofficial transcripts; however, admitted students will be required to submit official documents at the time of admission.

Admission adheres to the University’s minimum academic requirements for admission to graduate study OSU. These requirements pertain to previous degrees earned and prior academic performance.  Generally, the Admissions Committee is looking at least for completion of an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited (US) or recognized (International) college or university with a cumulative GPA at or above 2.75/4.0. Please review the Graduate Admissions Minimum Academic Requirements page for more detailed information and contact us if you have any questions about your background in relation to these requirements.

Students are required to have successfully completed at least 3 quarter-credit hours of college-level Statistics before they can commence their studies in the Graduate Certificate. 

If you are required to demonstrate English Proficiency by submitting scores from the TOEFL or IELTS, then please review the following minimum score requirements:

  •    TOEFL iBT: 91 total score with a sub score of at least 22 on each section.  
  •    TOEFL PBT: 575 A separate interview to assess speaking will be required. 
  •    IELTS: 7 

The OSU MBA program does not offer conditional admission.  If you are required to submit TOEFL/IELTS scores, then you must meet the minimum requirements to be admitted. For more information on who is required to submit TOEFL/IELTS scores, please read more details on the Application Process

 

Additional Education Options

Looking to make a bigger jump in your career? The College of Business offers both full time and hybrid MBA programs in Bend, Corvallis and Portland.

Full-Time MBA Program

Our full-time MBA program is offered in Corvallis. You'll forge connections with your peers, meet the right people (including alumni and other experts), engage in discussions on advanced concepts, and present project work for review and feedback.

 

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Hybrid MBA Programs

Our part-time MBA in Portland and Bend is delivered in a hybrid format: 80 percent of your coursework will be completed online at a time and place of your choosing, the rest will be in the classroom with faculty and peers. 

 

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