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About the Business Intelligence Analysis Program

UC San Diego Extension remains committed to helping you achieve your educational goals. In an effort to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, we have transitioned our Accelerated BIA courses to a live-online format. Live-online classes are fully online with live virtual class meetings using the Zoom conferencing platform and will include an asynchronous component as well. Our non-accelerated classes are still online and include pre-recorded lectures each week and guided assignments from the instructor. We will resume in-person classes when it is deemed safe to do so.

As the amount of data companies collect continues to grow at a rapid rate, the ability to effectively transform that data into actionable information has become paramount for business growth and success. The expanding field of business intelligence (BI) is now fundamental to all facets of business across all industries. Business intelligence analysts support data-driven organizational decision-making and maximize the utility of accumulated data. Businesses also use BI analysts to determine how to improve processes, discover efficiencies, support customers, and reduce costs.

In this hands-on certificate, you will gain a comprehensive, working knowledge of the complete analytics cycle, from determining requirements to extracting and disseminating information through various visualization techniques. Advanced topics such as predictive analytics, SAS programming, R programming, Python, or SQL can be taken as electives for further specialization.

Our Specialized Certificate in Business Intelligence Analysis provides you with the skills to begin a career in business intelligence, transition from your current position into a BI analyst position, or add data analysis skills to your existing skill set.

  • All courses can be taken online, some also offer in-class options for added flexibility
  • Practical hands-on training
  • Taught by leading industry practitioners
  • Immediately applicable skills
  • Industry-neutral curriculum allows you to apply knowledge to your field of interest
  • Survey of popular BI tools
  • Using SQL to create, manipulate, and build reports from database tables
  • Using Excel for data analysis and reporting
  • Database design and data warehousing
  • Powerful data analysis techniques
  • Using Tableau to create dashboards and data visualizations
  • Introduction to predictive analytics & big data
Format: Online, Live Online

Traditional / Accelerated

Estimated Cost: $3,700 / $4,500

Traditional / Accelerated

Duration: 6-12mo / 11-14 wks

Traditional / Accelerated

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Science & Technology
Phone
858-534-9351
Email
unex-techdata@ucsd.edu

Courses

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Overview of BI and Data AnalysisCSE-41221

Units: 3.00

$695

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Introduction to SQL ProgrammingCSE-40933

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Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Advanced Excel for Analysis and Business IntelligenceCSE-41161

Units: 3.00

$725

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Dashboards and Data Visualization for Data AnalysisCSE-41222

Units: 3.00

$725

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Introduction to R ProgrammingCSE-41097

Units: 3.00

$695

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Intermediate SQL ProgrammingCSE-40948

Units: 3.00

$725

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Advanced Business Intelligence: Introduction to Predictive AnalyticsCSE-41288

Units: 3.00

$695

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LEAN Thinking for Big Data AnalyticsCSE-41296

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Units: 3.00

$725

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Units: 3.00

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Data Analytics Using PythonCSE-41204

Units: 3.00

$725

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Demand and Job Prospects

  • According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the median wages for a Business Intelligence Analyst are $86,510 per year nationwide and $91,680 per year in California
  • Business Intelligence Analyst is an O*NET “Bright Outlook” job: a new and emerging role in a high growth industry
  • According to Burning Glass, top companies hiring Business Intelligence Analysts nationwide in the past year include Accenture, Wells Fargo, Anthem Blue Cross, UnitedHealth Group, Oracle, JP Morgan Chase, American Express, General Dynamics, and Booz Allen Hamilton

Who Will Benefit

  • Individuals looking to learn basic data analysis and descriptive analytics skills using easily accessible tools
  • Individuals seeking to transition into a business intelligence analyst position
  • Individuals desiring to begin a career in business intelligence or data analysis
  • Anyone interested in learning high-demand data analysis skills

At a Glance

  • Number of courses: Five. Four required and one elective (a capstone course replaces the elective component for accelerated students).
  • Total units: 15
  • Estimated cost for traditional format: $3,700
  • Cost for accelerated format: $4,500
  • Time to complete (traditional): Flexible; most students complete the program in six months to one year.
  • Time to complete (accelerated): Typically 11-14 weeks, depending on course delivery format.
  • Course delivery (traditional): All courses offered online. Some elective courses also offered in-class or live-online.
  • Course delivery (accelerated): Students will attend live-online class sessions. Core curriculum is same as traditional format and includes a capstone project. Learn more.

For more information about the online and accelereted BI program, please contact: unex-techdata@ucsd.edu.

Conditions for Admission

Although programs are open to all adult learners, UC San Diego Extension programs are designed to best serve college-prepared working professionals. Where program capacity is limited, applicants with this profile will receive preference for admission.

Certificate Guidelines

You may enroll in the online certificate program at any time. However, it is recommended that you enroll as soon as possible. The program curriculum may be updated at any time; if certificate requirements change, you must adhere to the curriculum at the time of your enrollment into the certificate.

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Are there any prerequisites for this program?

There are no prerequisite required to enroll in the certificate program, however basic programming knowledge is recommended but not required for some of the courses.

How much does this program cost?

The program costs approximately $3,700 including the certificate fee, course fees, and required textbooks. This is an estimate of the full cost of the program. This estimate may vary based on a variety of factors. All estimated costs are subject to change. Program fees are paid on a per-course basis, when you enroll in a course, and current fees and textbooks are listed on the individual course pages.

Can this program be completed entirely online?

Yes! This program is designed for you to take it online in the convenience of your own home or office. Some courses may also have in-class options, but all program requirements can be completed online. For online courses, all assignments, tests, and quizzes can be completed online and submitted through Canvas, our online learning platform.

If I already have the skills taught in one of the program courses, can I skip that course?

If you have taken a course from an accredited university covering the learning objectives of a program course, you may be able to transfer your previous coursework to Extension. If you have not taken a course elsewhere, but already have the skills covered in a course, you may be able to substitute an alternate Extension course in its place. Please contact the program representative at unex-techdata@ucsd.edu or (858) 534-9351 for more information.

Is this certificate open to non-California residents?

Yes, the program is open to non-California residents, including non-US residents. The tuition is the same for all students. If you have questions about how enrolling in courses may or may not affect your visa status, please contact our International Department at ipinfo@ucsd.edu or (858) 534-6784.

How long is this program?

Most students complete the program in about a year and three months by taking one course per quarter for five consecutive quarters. If you would like to complete the program more quickly, you can take more than one course per quarter. You have up to five years to complete all requirements for the certificate.

How can I get more information about this program?

You will find a downloadable program flyer and program FAQs under "Related Documents" on the right side of the top of this page. If you need further information, please contact the program representative at (858) 534-9351 or unex-techdata@ucsd.edu.

Advisory Board

John Armentrout

Director Business Intelligence

Experian Consumer Direct

Natasha Balac

Director, Predictive Analytics Center of Excellence

San Diego Supercomputer Center

Andrew Cardno

Chief Technology Officer

VizExplorer

Angel Evan

Partner, Strategy and Analytics

Modus Operandi Analytics

Desmond Griffiths

Executive Program Manager

Teradata

Arshad Khan

Business Intelligence Architect

The Marlin Alliance

Kim Konotchick

Enterprise Architecture - IT Architect, Principal

Qualcomm

David Mahler

Vice President, Business Intelligence Systems Manager

Union Bank

Carey Moretti

Principal Consultant

Big Data Intelligence

Ben Sullins

VP of Data, Author

Pluralsight

Chris Tyler

Manager of Data Warehousing and Reporting Services

Illumina

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