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Rider’s Graduate Certificate Program in Business Analytics helps business professionals to develop the skills and gain the knowledge of the technologies, applications and processes used by organizations to drive their decision making across all aspects of business including finance, marketing, accounting and operations.

SAS logoEndorsed by SAS, the leader in business analytics software and services, this certificate program has been designed with the valuable input of executives in the analytics field to ensure that the program meets the needs of employers.

A recent Money Magazine article, “The 21 Most Valuable Career Skills Now,” indicates that SAS Analytics skills are the most valuable skills in terms of salary boost a candidate can bring to the job market.


The Right Fit: Two tracks to fit your technical expertise. 

Rider’s Graduate Certificate Program in Business Analytics allows students to follow one of two tracks; one for business professionals and one for Information Technology (IT) professionals with advanced skills in programming, data management and a working knowledge of SAS software. 

Each track requires five graduate-level courses (15 credit hours) that are highly applied in nature, integrating project-based learning, simulations, case studies, and field experience with industry partnerships.

For Business Professionals For IT Professionals

PMBA 8051* – Statistical Analysis (3 credits)

PMBA 8312 – Data Mining (3 credits)

PMBA 8317 – Applied Data Management for Business Users (3 credits)

PMBA 8357 – Business Analytics for Managers (3 credits)

PMBA 8380 – Business Analytics Optimization (3 credits)

PMBA 8051* – Statistical Analysis (3 credits)

PMBA 8312 – Data Mining (3 credits)

PMBA 8357 – Business Analytics for Managers (3 credits)

PMBA 8380 – Business Analytics Optimization (3 credits)

PMBA 8902 – Independent Study in Business Analytics

*PMBA 8051 Statistical Analysis may be waived. See below.

The program is structured so it can be completed within a year on a part-time basis.  Students can start the certificate in any semester and courses are taught in the evening on Rider’s Lawrenceville campus and online.


Waiver of PMBA 8051  Statistical Analysis

A student may have PMBA 8051 – Statistical Analysis if they demonstrate statistics proficiency by satisfying ONE of the following conditions:

  1. Earn a grade of “B” or better in statistics coursework equivalent to Rider’s MSD 200-Statistical Methods I and MSD 201-Statistical Methods II at an accredited four-year institution within six  years prior to the semester admitted; OR
  2. Take the proficiency exam to test out of PMBA 8051 with a grade of “B” or better. 

Currently a MAcc or MBA student at Rider?

Current MAcc and MBA students can easily work the Business Analytics Certificate Program into their graduate degree programs without additional course work.  Meet with the Graduate Business Academic Coordinator to plan out you MBA or MAcc to include the Business Analytics Certificate.


Continue your education

Graduate Degree Programs
The completed certificate courses may be applied to the Rider University Masters of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Accountancy, (MACC) Programs, for those students who choose to continue their studies after being awarded the certificate.

AACSB accredited

Credentials That Count

Rider University is proud to hold prestigious dual accreditation in accounting and business by AACSB, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. It is the international standard of excellence in business education.

SAS, the leader in business analytics software and services, endorses the Rider Business Analytics Graduate Certificate Program.  

Certificate Completion

The certificate is awarded to students who complete all five courses of these courses in and

  • Receive a 3.0 overall GPA in all five* courses, and
  • No grades below a C.

*Four courses if Statistical Analysis is waived.


To learn more contact:

Jean Cherney
Academic Coordinator, Graduate Programs
Sweigart Hall 236
Chanelle Lester
Director, Graduate Business and International Admission