Coordinator: Academic Adviser, Department of Operations Management and Information Systems
This certificate is offered in online format and is designed for all majors who would like to become data science professionals looking to harness data in new and innovated ways. The use of analytics is accelerating due to technological advancements, exponential growth in data, and increasingly sophisticated application by organizations. Analytics is embedded in all industries, business functions, and employee workflows. Data science professionals are the most advanced analytics professionals. They have advanced capabilities in programming, modeling, and machine learning.
The certificate brings together technology, data, and strategic decision making and prepares students to work in a data-rich environment in making more informed and actionable strategic decisions.
Students must maintain good academic standing within the university, achieve a minimum grade of a C in each course applied toward the certificate, and complete all certificate course work within a period of four calendar years. Only courses taken at NIU may be applied toward the certificate. Some courses may have prerequisites that are not part of the certificate curriculum.
Students interested in the certificate should apply no later than the beginning of their final semester prior to graduation. Applications are available in the Department of Operations Management and Information Systems.