SAS Joint Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics

The Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics provides the opportunity to acquire the skills, knowledge, and abilities required to enter the high demand analytics field. Jointly offered with SAS, a worldwide leader in data analytics software and the largest independent vendor in the business intelligence market, this certificate program allows students to differentiate themselves in the job market enabling them to bridge the gap between discipline specific knowledge and the ability to analyze relevant data for better-informed decision-making.


Post-baccalaureate students interested in obtaining an in-demand and valuable skill set without pursuing a full graduate degree.

Graduate and post-graduate students who are interested in achieving a competitive edge in the job market.  This certificate program complements many existing degree programs at Radford University.

MBA students interested in the fast-growing area of analytics are able to obtain the SAS Joint Certificate in Business Analytics as an area of focus in their program.  This certificate can be achieved within the 36 required hours for the program.

Certificate Curriculum Requirements

Students are required to take a total of 12 credits toward the completion of the certificate.

9 required core credits (3 courses - 3 credits per course)

  • Business Analytics Foundations - MKTG 625
  • Predictive Analytics & Data Mining - MKTG 630
  • Financial Analytics: Applications for Data Analysis and Portfolio Construction - FINC 651

3 restricted elective credits (1 course - 3 credit hours - choose from one of the following)

  • Quantitative Methods - MGNT 622
  • Business Forecasting - ECON 694


View the syllabi for these courses.

Admissions Requirements

Students must have earned a bachelor’s degree with a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 to be able to apply for the certificate program.

Students who already hold a graduate degree must provide proof of degree completion when applying for the certificate program.

Current graduate students must be in good standing to apply for the certificate program.

All students must also have (1) English language proficiency and (2) demonstrated foundational knowledge in statistics (which can be met through equivalent coursework from an accredited university, successful completion of an online preparation course through the Radford University College of Business and Economics, or sufficient demonstration of knowledge through work experience).

For more information, contact Dr. Can Dogan at 540-831-6712 or