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Online Graduate Certificate and Diploma in Business Analytics

Advance your career quickly with business analytics skills

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AACSB accredited

Ranked second in Victoria*

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Duration

6-12 months

Cost per subject

A$3,775

Total subjects

4-8

Course benefits

  • learn from industry experts
  • stand out with analytic and communication skills
  • gain practical experience with big data and technologies
  • adapt your analytic skills to any situation.

Graduate Certificate

If you’re keen to give your business career a boost, La Trobe’s Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics is the perfect place to gain the latest knowledge in business, programming and artificial intelligence. You’ll grow your career in this fast-moving industry as you get inside businesses and understand what they need.

Learn how to solve business problems with data-based solutions. You’ll study with world-class academics and connect with research at La Trobe’s Centre for Data Analytics and Cognition (CDAC). Our CDAC staff teach in the Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics and work with international research groups to develop industry-leading research into artificial intelligence and advanced analytics.

You’ll also connect with business leaders at companies such as SAS, IBM, Microsoft, PwC and Coles and gain their insights through guest lectures. Designed to meet the needs of working professionals, you can choose to participate in lectures and tutorials remotely.

Graduate Diploma

Carefully designed to keep you ahead of the trends, La Trobe’s Graduate Diploma in Business Analytics builds on the skills in the Graduate Certificate course and will help you develop advanced knowledge in business, programming, data engineering and artificial intelligence.

Grow your career in this fast-moving industry and develop data-based solutions for real-life business problems. In this practical course, you’ll learn the latest tools from industry experts, including industry-standard programs like SAS, Power BI, IBM Cognos, Excel, SQL and R.

Get inside businesses and understand what they need. Learn how to solve their problems with data-based solutions. You’ll develop the highly sought-after skills required to bridge the gap between analytics and non-analytic professionals and craft innovative solutions for a range of businesses and organisations.

Career outlook: data analytics skills are in high demand

Looking to step into this exciting industry or pursue management or executive roles? Adding business analytics skills to your resume can quickly advance your career and salary. Companies are actively looking for professionals with these skills – a recent report by Accenture1 says 88 per cent of C-suite executives want to use data sets and analytics to drive success.

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Graduate Certificate

4 subjects

6 months to complete

Learn the fundamentals of using data in business by taking four subjects online that introduce the basic concepts and skills in artificial intelligence, programming, statistics and marketing. You’ll be able to assess critical business questions better and use these skills to start making evidence-based decisions.

Course subjects:

  1. BUS5PB Principles of Business Analytics
  2. BUS5DWR Data Wrangling and R
  3. BUS5VA Visual Analytics
  4. BUS5AP Business Applications of Analytics

You’ll exit the business analytics diploma course with a Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics in just six months.

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Graduate Diploma

8 subjects

1 year to complete

Whatever your academic or professional background, La Trobe’s online Graduate Diploma in Business Analytics prepares you with the practical skills and experience to pursue analyst and consultant roles with confidence.

Course subjects:

  1. BUS5PB Principles of Business Analytics
  2. BUS5DWR Data Wrangling and R
  3. BUS5VA Visual Analytics
  4. BUS5AP Business Applications of Analytics
  5. BUS5PA Predictive Analytics
  6. BUS5MIP Managing IT Projects
  7. BUS5 Customer Analytics and Social Media
  8. BUS5001 Cloud Platforms and Analytics

You’ll connect with business leaders at companies like SAS, IBM, Microsoft, PwC and Coles and gain their insights through extensive guest lectures.

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To enrol in La Trobe’s online Graduate Diploma in Business Analytics course, you’ll need:

  • an undergraduate degree in any discipline
  • transcripts from all prior universities.
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Fee details: invest in your future

$3,750 per subject

4–8 subjects

Subjects are $3,750 each. You’ll complete four subjects to earn the Graduate Certificate and eight subjects to earn the Graduate Diploma. Fees are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change. Scholarships are available.

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Graduate Certificate course outcomes

Upon completion of La Trobe’s online Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics, you’ll be ready to step into this exciting industry with the fundamental skills, knowledge and experience you need for entry-level positions.

By graduation, you can:

  • understand the unique needs of businesses and learn how to improve their processes
  • process complex data and use it for the advantage of businesses and organisations
  • build your skills with key programming languages

Graduate Diploma course outcomes

Upon completion of La Trobe’s online Graduate Diploma in Business Analytics, you’ll be ready for leadership roles in this rapidly growing sector with advanced skills, knowledge and hands-on experience.

By graduation, you can:

  • critically analyse the context in which analytics fit within an organisation
  • design, evaluate and apply advanced techniques of analytics in an industry-appropriate manner
  • explain advanced techniques of analytics, including how to apply analytics in business or management
  • evaluate and apply enterprise tools, including SAS, R and Python Graduate

Your teachers

Learn from experienced researchers and practitioners who can guide you through real-life examples and provide industry insights as you become immersed in research at La Trobe’s Centre for Data Analytics and Cognition (CDAC). Our CDAC staff teach in the Graduate Diploma in Business Analytics and work with international research groups to develop industry-leading research into artificial intelligence and advanced analytics.

Damminda is a Professor and Discipline Leader in Business Analytics and  Founding Director of the Centre for Data Analytics and Cognition at La Trobe University. Through research, industry engagement, curriculum development and teaching, Damminda has made significant contributions to the advancement of analytics, artificial intelligence and automation. Damminda has supervised 30 PhD students to completion and received the Vice-Chancellor Award for Teaching in 2019.

He has published over 100 research articles on theoretical research in self-structuring AI, human-centric AI, cognitive computing, deep learning, optimisation and applied AI research in industrial informatics, smart cities, robotics, intelligent transport, digital health, energy, sport science and education.

He is a visiting professor at the Lulea University of Technology Sweden and the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka.

Damminda has won over $5 million in external research funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council, ARC Discovery Projects, Data to Decisions CRC and federal government innovation grants.

Daswin De Silva is an Associate Professor and the Deputy Director of the Centre for Data Analytics and Cognition (CDAC) at La Trobe University, Australia.

Daswin’s expertise is in data analytics, automation, artificial intelligence (AI) and the ethics of AI, Data and Machines.

Daswin received national recognition for teaching excellence in Artificial Intelligence, with a citation for outstanding contributions to student learning at the Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT) 2021.

He has made significant contributions to curriculum development and pedagogical innovations at La Trobe, in undergrad, postgrad and executive education teaching across AI, analytics and automation. He is the academic lead of the Optus U micro-credentials in AI, delivered to all full-time staff at Optus, the second-largest network carrier in Australia. He has supervised six doctoral candidates to completion and supervises seven working on AI’s theoretical, applied and industry topics. He received the La Trobe Vice-Chancellor Award for Mid-Career Research Excellence in 2018 and the Vice-Chancellor Award for Teaching in 2019.

From 2015 to 2020, he received A$ 1.2 million in industry funding for research and development of practical AI, analytics and automation innovations. His research interests are diverse and include computer vision, autonomous learning, active perception, information fusion, cognitive computing, neuromorphic computing, natural language processing, deep emotions, psycholinguistics and intelligent cloud platforms.

He is a senior member of the IEEE, the world’s largest organisation of technical professionals. He hold the offices of chair of the Web and Information Committee, Chair of the Technical Committee on Big Data and Machine Learning, and Secretary of the Technical Committee on Technology, Ethics and Society.

He is an associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics, the IEEE Open Journal of the Industrial Electronics Society and Springer Discover AI.

What’s it like to learn online?

As an online student, you’ll work with the same accomplished teachers who deliver our on-campus subjects. You’ll receive one-on-one support and benefit from the same opportunities as our students on campus. However, you’ll get to learn where and when it’s most convenient for you.

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You can complete the course in just one year if you study full-time. To see the curriculum, view our subjects page.

The tuition fee is $3,775 per subject. You’ll need to complete eight subjects for the Graduate Diploma and four subjects if you’d like to exit the course with the Graduate Certificate. The total tuition for the Graduate Diploma is $30,200. For the Graduate Certificate it’s $15,100. You can review all fee details here.

The total tuition for the Graduate Diploma is $30,200. For the Graduate Certificate it’s $15,100. You’ll need to complete eight subjects for the Graduate Diploma and four subjects if you’d like to exit the course with just the Graduate Certificate. You can review all fee details here.

The La Trobe University online Graduate Diploma in Business Analytics is ranked second in Victoria by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) 2021.

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