If you are looking to acquire a skill that’s adaptive, in high demand and able to open doors in any industry or functional area, then data analysis may be the right focus for you.
With a mix of hard and soft skills, data analysis is one of the fastest growing career areas in the country, if not the world. Data analysis is its own industry, but also has applications in nearly every field, particularly marketing, finance, and management and information systems.
This non-credit certificate will provide you with the skills and knowledge necessary to pursue careers in data analysis or even to bring data analysis to your current role to improve the way you do your job.
You’ll develop strategies to collect and organize data and understand the implications of data to an organization. You’ll learn to make data-driven suggestions and how to effectively present those suggestions and findings to management.
Upon certificate completion -
Program length – 8 weeks / students attend classes 2 nights a week from 6pm – 9pm.
Total hours of instruction: 56
Format: Classes are held in an in-person format with experienced instructors from local organizations.
Location: Classes will typically be held at the Continuing Education campus at 540 Arapeen Drive or on the main U of U campus.
Certificate offered: fall / spring
Pre-requisites: Well prepared students will have taken the equivalent of “Intermediate Excel” and / or would consider yourself intermediately proficient at using Excel. It is encouraged that you are comfortable with the following Excel tasks:
Equipment requirements: Students should have access to a laptop with Microsoft Excel for this class
Canvas: There is no text book for this course. Any course materials will be made available online by the instructor.. Regular and frequent interaction with the online course content is part of this course.
Attendance requirements: Attendance is required for certificate completion. Students may miss up to one class as long as supplemental reading and/or make-up activity is completed. Make-up assignments and deadlines will be given by the Certificate Director. It is the student’s responsibility to get in contact with the Certificate Director when missing a class.
Capstone project: A completed capstone project is required for certificate completion.
Grades: All certificate students will receive a satisfactory or unsatisfactory grade at the conclusion of each class and the certificate program. Requirements to achieve a satisfactory grade will be detailed in the class syllabus.
Drop Policy: More information including drop policy here.
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Matt is the Vice President of Research and Marketing for EDCUtah, a non-profit that assists corporations in relocating to Utah. Matt has experience performing economic and market research for government and private businesses and has provided guidance to C-Suite individuals with their toughest problems. His work has primarily involved finding business solutions utilizing advanced statistical analysis. Recent positions he has held have been as a Statistician, Market Researcher, Marketing Analyst, and Project Supervisor.
Matt has a Masters of Statistics Degree in Econometrics and Quantitative Economics as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics with a minor in Business, both from the University of Utah. A native of Salt Lake City, Matt loves the outdoors, music, movies, travelling to new places, and spending time with his wife.
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Adding targeted skills to your resume not only helps you stand out in a crowd of applicants but can also provide the power to negotiate a higher starting salary. And, the benefits only begin with getting the position you want. With your upgraded skill set, you’ll be able to quickly provide value to your employer resulting in rapid opportunities for advancement.
Program costs - $1499
This certificate is eligible for University of Utah staff tuition benefit for qualified employees. Just note your status during registration and make sure to apply for the benefit through the human resources form to request tuition benefit)
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