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Undergraduate Certificate in Applied Data Analytics

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Earning an undergraduate certificate in applied data analytics will prepare you for or enhance your current employment using data in meaningful ways:

  • Improve decision-making
  • Enhance productivity
  • Realize significant cost savings
  • Capitalize on emerging trends

Students will engage in applied learning to acquire skill sets in data extraction, analysis, interpretation, and presentation.  

Built in flexibility allows each student to customize the program with electives. Additionally, students who have already taken courses in information systems, statistics, or areas related to data management can work with their advisor to apply as many as six semester credits toward their credential.

Current WKU Students

Download this program form and submit to advisor.

New Students

Minimum requirements for acceptance into an undergraduate certificate program are:

  • Application and Fee: Students seeking a certificate program must submit an online application with Undergraduate Admissions.  The completed form must be submitted along with a one-time application fee of $45.00 (non-refundable).
  • Transcript Record: Graduates/Transfers of accredited institutions other than WKU must submit an official transcript from that institution.
  • Applicants with fewer than 24 college credit hours will need to submit a high school transcript and either ACT or SAT scores. Students that are 21 or older are not required to submit ACT/SAT scores, but may do so if scores are available.
  • To be admitted, a student must have at least a 2.0 GPA on a 4.0 unweighted scale.

Admission Process for New Students

Starting your certificate program can be completed by following the steps below. Please note: These steps should be completed ONLY by those who wish to earn the certificate as a stand-alone credential. If you plan to earn a bachelor's degree at WKU, please follow the application process for that degree and submit the certificate program form to your advisor.

  • Apply for Admission
  • Submit Required Materials:
    • Beginning Freshmen: An official high school transcript (no faxed transcripts accepted) and ACT or SAT scores. ACT/SAT scores are not required for students over the age of 21.
    • Transfer Students: Send your official transcripts from each college attended to Undergraduate Admissions. You may request electronic transcripts through the National Student Clearinghouse. This speeds up the admissions process considerably. If your school is not listed with the Clearinghouse, please contact them directly to see if they have another process in place for electronic submissions or request that an official copy be sent by mail. Transfer students with fewer than 24 semester hours of college credit earned, must also submit high school transcript and ACT/SAT scores.

To apply to WKU and earn this certificate:

Complete the WKU Domestic and International Undergraduate Application

Under Planned Course of Study Section, if you are not enrolling in any other program, choose:

  1. Category of Study >>> Certificate
  2. Planned Course of Study >>> Applied Data Analytics
  3. Primary Location >>> Web (online)

Admission Application Deadlines

Kentucky and Out-of-State Residents

  • Fall Semester: August 1
  • Spring Semester: January 1
  • Summer Term: May 1

International Students

  • Fall Semester: April 1
  • Spring Semester: September 1
  • Summer Term: March 1 

Interdisciplinary Certificate in Applied Data Analytics (18 hours).


  • CIS 243: or equivalent
  • ECON 206: or equivalent
  • BDAN 310: Business Data Analytics
  • BDAN 330: Structured Data Analysis
  • And two approved BDAN electives (refer to list below) or two approved electives from your current discipline.

NOTE: If you have not already taken CIS 243 and ECON 206 (or equivalent courses at another institution), prerequisite college coursework and math test scores are required for enrollment. CIS 243 has a prerequisite of CSCI 145C or CIS 141 or CIS 241 or equivalent course in computer literacy. You will need to have credit for College Algebra or a higher level math or a Math ACT > 25 / MATH SAT > 610 AND ECON 202 (Microeconomics) or ECON 203 (Macroeconomics) or equivalent to register for ECON 206.

GFCB approved BDAN electives available through WKU Online:

  • ECON 307 Financial Data Modeling
  • MGT 313 Decision Modeling
  • MGT 314 Operations Management
  • BDAN 320 Web Analytics
  • BDAN 410 Decision Support Systems Analysis and Design
  • BDAN 420 Data Mining
  • BDAN 430 Data Visualization and Digital Dashboards

Department Contact

Program Director: Ray Blankenship
Email: ray.blankenship@wku.edu
Phone: (270) 745-5952
Visit the Website

WKU Online

Phone: (270) 745-5173
Email: learn.online@wku.edu
Toll-Free: 888-4WKUWEB / 888-495-8932


For more information about the cost of the program, average time to complete the program, and other important information, please visit this website.

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 Last Modified 8/30/19