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IT Professionals Track

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The IT Professionals Track of the Business Analytics Graduate Certificate Program is designed for IT professionals with advanced skills in programming and data management who are interested in pursuing high-valued SAS® certification.  This certificate program prepares students for the SAS Base Programmer Certification Exam while earning the Rider Business Analytics Graduate Certificate.

Five graduate-level courses (15 credit hours)

PMBA 8051 Statistical Analysis (3 credits)*
Learn the basic statistical techniques useful in business decision making including descriptive statistics, event probability, random variables, sampling distributions, regression analysis and topics in statistical inference.

PMBA 8312 – Data Mining (3 credits)
Learn to solve problems/exploit opportunities by processing datasets, interpreting results, and deploying solutions. This course provides hands-on experience with these tasks, helping students to build a robust data mining methodology that can be applied to real-world investigations. Students will be using SAS Enterprise Miner software. 

PMBA 8357 – Business Analytics for Managers (3 credits)
Gain a broad set of practical data analytic skills by building analytical solutions on real data. These skills include accessing and transforming data, applying both supervised and unsupervised analytical frameworks and methods, conducting rigorous evaluations with business goals in mind, and understanding, visualization, and presentation of results. Students will be using both Excel and SAS software, including SAS Enterprise Guide and SAS Enterprise Miner

PMBA 8380 – Business Analytics Optimization (3 credits)
Learn how the practice of optimization is used for making business decisions. Develop skills for building graphical and mathematical models for practical business decisions and using computer software to optimize mathematical models, perform sensitivity analyses, and interpret results to make intelligent decisions. 

PMBA 8902 – Independent Study in Business Analytics (3 credits)
This course is designed for students who want to learn how to write SAS programs and data manipulation techniques using SAS DATA and procedure steps to access, transform, and summarize SAS data sets. The course also provides a review of the five exam content areas in the SAS Base Programmer Certification Exam, including importing and exporting raw data files; manipulating and transforming data, combining SAS data sets, creating basic detail and summary reports using SAS procedures, and identifying and correcting data syntax and programming logic errors.

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.

Program Prerequisites

Students must demonstrate technological proficiency by satisfying ONE of the following conditions before they can begin taking classes:

  1. Earn a grade of “B” or better in course work equivalent to Rider’s CIS 185 Information Systems Essentials at an accredited four-year institution within six years prior to the semester admitted; OR
  2. Complete PMBA 8010 Information Technology Proficiency with a grade of “B” or better; OR
  3. Take the proficiency exam for PMBA 8010 with a grade of “B” or better.

Certificate Completion

The certificate is awarded to students who complete all five courses in their program track and

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