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Education for Working Professionals

Business Intelligence

Graduate Certificate

Engineering and business leaders must use data effectively to form strategy, solve problems, and support key decision making. It’s no longer an option. Operating conditions change quickly while intelligence accumulates mostly unused in every part of an organization. Now is the time to construct strategy around informed decisions you champion. The Business Intelligence Graduate Certificate prepares you to model the operation accurately, differentiate true intelligence from “hunches”, turn unknowns into knowns, and make the best use of data possible.

Online Application and Important Dates

Informational Webinars

Attend a participatory webinar with Rensselaer’s Education for Working Professionals faculty to fully understand the distinctions of these programs designed with you in mind. Webinar participants receive a $75 application fee waiver for attending. Let us know we can expect you with an RSVP.

Informational Webinar Schedule

Certificate Information

  • You can begin the certificate in January, May, or August
  • Each course is 3 credit hours, the certificate is 3 course, 9 credit hours to complete
  • The certificate’s blended online delivery reflects today’s dynamic workplace
  • Practitioner faculty guide the completion of project work that relates to your career objectives
  • The program results in a graduate level Certificate in Business Intelligence from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Courses are taken for credit, and successful completion requires a GPA of 3.0 or greater
  • As each of the courses build upon prior courses, courses must be taken in sequence.
  • Students completing the Business Intelligence certificate are not eligible to complete the Production Analytics (PAH) or Health Analytics (HAH) certificates
  • Students may choose to complete multiple certificates, or apply certificates to other degree programs, according to each program’s requirements (for eligible programs, see program web site at ewp.rpi.edu)

Course Coverage:

The Business Intelligence Certificate requires three courses:

ENGR 6200: Data-Driven Decision Making - Frame questions and resolve problems using data wrangling tools to prepare methods for analysis; employ models using linear/nonlinear multivariate methodologies using R, Python and Excel; validate results and develop algorithms that can be used to make recommendations and forecasts; and, work with stakeholders to scope and frame questions and problems so that actionable results can be achieved.

ENGR 6215: Business Intelligence Analysis - Use visualization and cluster analysis tools to gain deeper insights into complex business relationships; apply data analytic process to real-world business problems and questions, including pricing decisions, customer analysis, competitive analysis, financial forecasts, customer decision models, organizational performance dashboards; and, tune models to represent current-state and adjust them as underlying assumptions change.

ENGR 6216: Modeling Business Decisions - Working with a faculty member as your mentor, develop a big data inquiry model for a complex business issue, question or problem of your choice. Over the semester, frame the question to be analyzed, collect and prepare business data for analysis, perform the analysis and present actionable results and recommendations back to your employer.

Accelerated Application Process

A dedicated admissions officer will guide you through the process from start to finish as you prepare and submit all of the required application components.
An admissions decision will be made within 2 weeks of application submission.

Accelerated Application Requirements:

Application Component

Completed By Applicant

Requested By Applicant

Online Application

Official Transcripts


Personal Statement

Two letters of recommendation

$75 Application Fee

You are invited to apply online at https://ewp.rpi.edu/apply.html. Please make arrangements to have official copies of your transcripts sent to us via email at or by postal mail to: Graduate Admissions, Admissions Building, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 110 8th Street, Troy, NY 12180-3590. All other documents are received via the online application. We look forward to reviewing your graduate certificate application to Rensselaer!

For More Information

Complete an Inquiry Form: https://apply.rpi.edu/register/APSinquiry
The online application and important dates are found at: https://ewp.rpi.edu/apply.html
For More Information contact Bonnie Sofarelli, 860-548-5331