Data Analysis for the Modern Workforce

Transform your passion for numbers and critical thinking into a lifetime of career options.

Program Overview

If you are looking to acquire a skill that’s adaptive, in high demand and able to open doors in any industry or any 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, 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, you’ll have the ability to utilize and manipulate large data sets to make business decisions. You’ll understand where and how data is stored and ways to access data. You’ll gain a solid foundation in applied business statistics and develop skills using the analytical tools in Excel.

You’ll finish this certificate with a challenging capstone project, incorporating the full range of skills developed during the certificate to analyze a large data set, draw conclusions, make recommendations and present your findings.


Level Entry/non-credit
Class format Lectures, projects, guest speakers, case studies
Commitment 8 weeks plus capstone project / classes held two nights a week plus a full day for the capstone project on the main campus
How to Pass Complete capstone project / career coaching
Certificates University of Utah certificate, digital badge, transcripts
Scholarships Available


Earn a Digital Badge

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Careers in Data Analysis

“Forty percent of companies are struggling to find and retain data analytics talent, and the picture is starting to look even bleaker.”

Big Data, Big Problem: Coping With Shortage of Talent in Data Analysis
By Editorial Staff / / Human Resources

Certificate Director

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Matt Hilburn’s Bio 

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.

Meet All Our Instructors

Have a question? We have answers.  Contact Us!

For questions about how to enroll, scholarships or other administrative questions:

Andrea Miller – program director
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For questions about curriculum, career opportunities, class experience or the capstone: 

Contact Matt –

 Student Feedback Highlight

“A lot of what I do has been learned from googling questions I have, and seeing what others out there do. This certificate showed me ways to use the tools I had that I didn't know existed. That was the coolest part about taking this class. I already had a basic knowledge of excel and data analysis, but so many features and ideas were taught that I had never even thought to ask about. This certificate will take the basics you already have and exemplify them!”


  • Next certificate start date: 10/2 - 12/7
  • Classes held T/Th 6:00pm – 9:00pm & Friday 12/7 9:00am - 4:00pm
  • Introductory “Try-it” free course – 10/2
  • Registration opens - July 20, 2018

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Certificate Courses

Week #1

  • Introduction to the use of data in business
  • What is Big Data?
  • Data extraction, cleaning and organizing

Weeks #2 and #3 

  • Applied statistics for business
  • Advanced applied statistics for business

Weeks #4, #5, #6

  • Data analysis in excel
  • Advanced data analysis in Excel
  • Regression modeling and applications

Week #7

  • Data interpretation and visualization best practices / graphs
  • Presenting results and communicating recommendations

Week #8

  • Careers in data analysis
  • Interviewing skills for careers in data analysis
  • Capstone project and presentations


  • Communication
  • Critical thinking
  • Organization
  • Creativity
  • Innovation
  • Problem solving
  • Adaptability

Tuition - $1499

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Last Updated: 5/24/18