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Help businesses make smarter decisions with a Business Decision Analysis certificate

Businesses now have another way to get a competitive edge: data. More and more companies are hiring data analysts to use the power of data to help them identify opportunities and solve their business issues. The Chang School is proud to offer a Certificate in Business Decision Analysis to give you the knowledge you need to join the fast-growing business analysis industry.

You can tailor the Business Decision Analysis certificate to your schedule, and complete the business analyst courses on your own time. Excited to enter the field as soon as possible? You can complete this program in just a year and a half, and do classes online or in-person, whichever works best with your personal learning style.

Our business analyst courses have been designed by seasoned analysts active in the field, ensuring that all classes provide the most up-to-date business analyst training, complete with real-world data sets and current business issues. Not only will you learn how to identify the most pressing issues for organizations, but you’ll master the must-have skills to inform critical business decisions, from data analytics and quality management to business optimization and forecasting techniques.

Soon, you’ll know how to harness all that business analysis training to support smarter, better business decisions – and start applying for jobs in this booming market, or boost the career you already have. So, are you ready to start your business analyst journey?

Who should take this Business Decision Analysis certificate?

  • You work in a sector – like health, finance, or retail – or job function – such as supply chain management – in which data analytics increasingly drives business outcomes and you want a better understanding to excel in your role or be promoted
  • You want to add valuable skills in business analysis to your current professional practice
  • You’re a recent graduate looking to increase your competitiveness in the job market by complementing your degree with business analysis skills

What will you learn while taking the Business Decision Analysis certificate?

You’ll learn how to:

  • Describe, summarize, present, and analyze statistical data, and create data collection and management strategies to support business decision-making
  • Ask the right questions to identify and define particular business issues, then leverage data from across the organization to improve business outcomes
  • Use data to develop priorities for investing limited resources to the best advantage
  • Analyze business problems using model formulation and problem-solving techniques
  • Apply time-series forecasting techniques and understand the practical problems of forecasting (data acquisition, model selection, and the interpretation of results)

Note: Effective Fall 2020, the Certificate in Business Decision Analysis has been revised. Students who were formally registered in the certificate prior to July 2, 2020 must complete the curriculum requirements that were in effect at the time of your registration. For curriculum details, refer to your year of registration in the archived calendar.

Certificate Requirements

  • 1 required course
  • 4 electives
  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 1.67+

Supplies required:

A calculator with specialized statistical features is integral to many quantitative methods courses. Software and calculator specifications will be announced at the first class.


Admission Criteria


  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent
    • With 6 Grade 12 U or M credits (including Mathematics)


  • Mature student status with relevant professional experience in business

If you’re an undergraduate student, you should be aware of possible certificate restrictions. For complete details, check Curriculum Advising.


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