Online Predictive Analytics Certificate Program


Predictive Analytics is among the fastest growing fields in business today. Companies such as Google, Twitter, Netflix and CPG are recruiting predictive analytics professionals to mine the ever-growing mass of consumer behavior data to gain a competitive edge in the marketplace. Statisticians no longer need to be the back room number cruncher.
This eight-week Predictive Analytics Certificate Program will introduce you to many of the popular advanced statistical techniques used in the field of marketing science and predictive analytics. The course will teach multivariate techniques used to transform information from large data sets into actionable insights. You will gain hands-on experience using SPSS and prepare to be a part of this growing field.
The Predictive Analytics Certificate Program is available online and face-to-face. This online class will cover the same content, but the online format frees you from having to come to class at a set time and location. You can study at your own pace—any hour of the day, from any place in the world with Internet access. You get the same great class but on your schedule.

For More Information, Contact:

Jurate Murray
  • Email:
  • Phone: (312) 362-5913
  • FAX: (312) 362-6540

Who Should Attend

  • Professionals in fields such as analytics, marketing, management, business intelligence, data and marketing science, and operations research
  • Professionals wanting to improve their analytical skills
  • Individuals with a technical background interested in marketing or data analysis
  • Individuals with no technical background interested in exploring careers in data analysis
  • College graduates in the social sciences interested in furthering their data analysis skills


  • Hands-on experience: You will learn best practices in predictive analytics as well as how to use SPSS/SAS to analyze data and create an analytical story for a client.
  • Cutting-edge curriculum: The program will present innovative, proven predictive analytics techniques as well as a large variety of practical, current insights of analytics projects in a wide range of industries, e.g. consumer packaged goods, healthcare, city planning, finance, etc. Each time the class is taught the content is updated to include new developments and materials. Detailed analytics case studies are created for each class to meet individual interests in a variety of industries.
  • Feedback and peer review: You will receive constructive feedback from your instructor and classmates. All analytics cases will have solutions recorded so you can use them as templates for developing and implementing any analytics project.
  • Data/analytics story telling: Beyond learning the analytics techniques necessary to analyze data, this course will teach you the strategies to define/identify business problems/opportunities, to develop an analytics plan to answer them, to discover insights, and ultimately, to present a cohesive presentation to the client.


  • Overview of multivariate data analysis
  • Introduction to SPSS, SAS
  • Introduction to measurement scales and descriptive statistics
  • Using SPSS, SAS for graphical examination of data
  • Data summarization techniques, methods of association and correlation
  • Using SPSS correlation analysis to measure relationships between variables
  • Understanding exploratory factor analysis and principle components analysis
  • Using SPSS, SAS for data reduction and variable reduction
  • Multiple regression analysis; using SPSS, SAS multiple regression analysis to explain and predict casual relationships
  • Cluster analysis; using SPSS, SAS cluster analysis to create customer segments
  • Multiple discriminant analysis and binary logistic regression
  • Using SPSS, SAS multiple discriminant analysis and logistic regression to predict
  • Correspondence analysis; using SPSS, SAS correspondence analysis to visualize associations between variables
  • Understanding how to identify and formulate business analytics questions
  • How to design and implement an analytics strategy
  • How to discover insights and create an analytics story for the client


Frequently Asked Questions

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Are there course materials?
There are no required books for this program. Comprehensive lectures, presentations and video lessons will be distributed online for each class. Analytics case studies and associated datasets for analysis will be made available for each class. All can be downloaded from the course website. The cost of these materials is included in the course fee. Each class is recorded and made available as a video download.
Is there required software?
Projects will require the use of free software. Instructions on how to download and use the software will be provided before the first class.
Is this class very technical?
All instruction in this class is with a business/marketing analytics focus. Some topics need technical details such as statistics concepts or programming. However, these topics will be discussed such that a non-technical person can understand and perform. The class is intended to develop business/marketing analysts NOT technical data scientists. At every stage, theory is integrated with the technology. A wide variety of examples and applications is presented for each topic discussed. No technical/statistical knowledge is required to take the class. Upon completion, you will have a good and varied foundation of the major techniques used in business/marketing analytics.
Do I need a computer?
You will need access to a computer (Windows or Mac OS X) and a reliable (broadband) connection to the Internet. You will be given instructions on how to connect remotely to SPSS and SAS to run all the course analyses.
Do I get DePaul credit for these classes?
No, but some have been approved for continuing education units (CEUs). These classes are professional education classes, with different requirements than courses taken for academic credit.
How big is the class?
Class size is limited to allow for a more interactive environment. Most classes have about 10-15 students.
Will I have to write papers and take exams?
You will work a small analytics case study each week. You will not be graded, but you will receive feedback on each assignment. At the end of the course, you will have a business/marketing analytics project to complete successfully in order to receive a certificate.
How do I access the online course?
You will be sent a username and password the first week of class.
Will I have to go online at specific times?
No – the course is offered in an asynchronous format. You will be expected to go online at least once a week (preferably more frequently). The instructor will also be available online to schedule time with students to guide and answer any questions.
What is the difference between a certificate and a certification?
A certificate is earned after completion of a course or a series of courses. Certificates are usually awarded by a training provider or an educational institution. Certification typically includes an experience, an educational component and requires passing an exam. Certifications are awarded by governmental and/or professional agencies and often require recertification to remain certified.


Online registration is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Add the course you are interested in to your shopping cart and proceed to checkout. Registration is also available via phone, fax or mail. An Adobe Acrobat PDF of the registration form is provided for your convenience.

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