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University of California, Irvine - Division of Continuing Education Accelerated Certificate Program: Data Analytics for Business
University of California, Irvine - Division of Continuing Education

Accelerated Certificate Program: Data Analytics for Business

Irvine, USA

3 Months


Full time

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Jun 2024

USD 7,900 / per course *


* approximate total cost: $14,100 USD, excludes airfare; internship tuition: $2,900



Highly successful businesses have shown that strategic business decisions need to be driven by data analyses. The ability to gather information from data is an in-demand skill that is valuable in any industry. This is why data analytics is among the fastest-growing professions today. Data analysis requires more than relying on reports and statistical analysis. It requires a balance of technical skills and analytical abilities to determine clear, actionable business solutions.

UC Irvine’s 3-month post-graduate level Accelerated Certificate Program (ACP) in Data Analytics for Business covers a wide array of topics; students will learn the fundamental concepts behind collecting, storing, and analyzing data. Through descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive analytics, students will also learn how to utilize analytic tools and models to reliably forecast trends and behaviors, effectively utilize visualization tools, and create effective strategies.


  • Define appropriate business goals for implementing better data-driven decisions.
  • Develop actionable plans from existing corporate data and initiatives to evaluate the effectiveness of current strategies.
  • Create and explain data visualizations to support data understanding.
  • Perform data analysis on various data sets using industry-standard tools.
  • Utilize a variety of analytics techniques for model training and validation.
  • Collect, select, describe, profile, and prepare data from various sources for analysis.
  • Explain the differences between descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive analytics and how each fits into the data analytics workflow.
  • Develop plans to deploy analytics models, including monitoring, maintenance, and formal review of the project.
  • Create decision plans to optimize business processes, mitigate risks, and guide decision-making.
  • Communicate model and analytics results to all levels of management.
  • Gain a competitive edge in the global job market through an internship in a U.S. company.

Certificate Requirements

To earn a certificate at UCI Division of Continuing Education, students must complete all required courses with a grade of “C” or better.


As an optional last course and for an additional fee of $2,900, you have the opportunity to apply academic theory and gain practical experience in a variety of businesses and industries for 10 weeks. A research project provides additional training. Also included in the internship are the Resume Development and Interviewing Skills workshops.


Students will be placed into a morning (9:00-12:00) or afternoon (13:00-16:00) schedule. Courses in the program are taken consecutively, completing one before proceeding to the next. Schedules are not guaranteed and are subject to change. A final schedule will be provided on the first day of the program.

*We recognize this is a challenging time for many of our students and their families, so we are pleased to offer 33% off of tuition for enrolling in the remote ACP courses for the 2021-2022 academic year, through the spring 2022 quarter.


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