Analytics Education: Scholarships Available

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Data and analytics are at the core of just about every successful enterprise's plan for future success, so it makes sense that if you are a student, pursuing a career in data and analytics can open up a multitude of opportunities. For women interested in STEM fields, data and analytics could be an excellent choice.

Capella University is working to encourage women to pursue careers in data and analytics. According to Rhonda Capron, the university's dean, the job market is expanding for those pursuing analytics careers.

"Data has swept into nearly every industry and business function, so there is a need for trained professionals in order for organizations to take advantage of what data analytics can deliver when it comes to making well-informed business decisions," Capron told All Analytics

That's why Capella is renewing its commitment to helping women achieve their education and career goals when it comes to analytics.

"At Capella we are working hard to increase the number of women who pursue STEM-related careers," Capron said. While IT workers may have been stereotyped as "heads-down" workers, analytics offers a technology career path that encourages collaboration.

What's more, Capron said Capella is seeing more interest in the study of analytics.

"It is a new set of competencies that many in business fields need to acquire," she said. "To make smart, informed decisions, businesses need to stop just looking back and use data to find insights to the future."

To help enable some women to reach that goal, Capella University is partnering with SAS (the sponsor of this site) to offer four full-ride Women in Analytics scholarships to women who want to advance their education in the analytics field. Those interested in applying (here's the application) need to hurry. The deadline for submissions is May 15.

The four scholarships include two for new-to-Capella students who are starting the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology -- Data Analytics program in Oct. 2017, and two for those looking to continue their education at Capella or advance their degree with the Master of Science in Analytics program in Oct. 2017.

In a LinkedIn post about the scholarships, Capron writes: "Interested in breaking into the field of analytics? We are looking for driven, curious, creative women who want to change how analytics are viewed and inform business practices within organizations. If you have a desire to learn, lead, and mentor -- I highly encourage you to apply for these scholarships."

The scholarships renew a previous partnership by Capella and SAS to help the school's students get ready for careers in analytics. Capella partnered with SAS to launch an undergraduate data analytics minor in 2014 and an MS in Analytics program in 2015. This year the school launched two new graduate certificates, also in partnership with SAS.

Jessica Davis, Senior Editor, Enterprise Apps, Informationweek

Jessica Davis has spent a career covering the intersection of business and technology at titles including IDG's Infoworld, Ziff Davis Enterprise's eWeek and Channel Insider, and Penton Technology's MSPmentor. She's passionate about the practical use of business intelligence, predictive analytics, and big data for smarter business and a better world. In her spare time she enjoys playing Minecraft and other video games with her sons. She's also a student and performer of improvisational comedy. Follow her on Twitter: @jessicadavis.

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Certificate Programs - UT Dallas
  • 5/30/2017 4:39:30 PM

The University of Texas at Dallas has a similar Certificate program in Data Mining and Business Intelligence. It consists of four courses -

  • OPRE 6301 Quantitative Introduction to Risk and Uncertainty in Business
  • MIS 6324 Business Analytics with SAS
  • MIS 6334 Advanced Business Analytics with SAS
  • MIS 6309 Business Data Warehousing (ITM Majors Only), OR

MIS 6320Database Foundations (non-ITM Majors Only)


Cost on the UTD program is $8,000 for in-state residents.

SAS is a partner with both programs, so you'll be working with the the latest SAS technology.

Certificate Programs - Cappella
  • 5/22/2017 11:33:01 AM

Spoke with Cappella to ask some questions about their program.

The Business Intelligence Certificate includs five courses that are from their MBA curriculum:

MBA6018 Data Analysis for Business Decisions (3 quarter credits) 

MBA6131 Statistical Methods * (3 quarter credits) 

MBA6133 Management Decision Methods * (3 quarter credits) 

MBA6135 Data Mining and Reporting * (3 quarter credits) 

MBA6137 Primary Data Collection * (3 quarter credits)

The cost depends on how you take the courses.

GuidedPath is more like traditional schooling and is charged at $780 per credit hour or $11,700 total.

FlexPath is for independent learners, who likely bring some work experience to the program.  On FlexPath, the cost is $2,500 for each 12-week session. A motiviated candidate could easily complete the five courses in two 12-week sessions for a total of $5,000

The full MBA at Cappella is 16 courses, so by doing the certificate; you're about 1/3 of the way towards your MBA.

Re: scholarship
  • 5/17/2017 11:21:42 AM

Ariella, this is great in today's day and age so many are unable to afford higher ed even with an interest in pursuing their education. I especially like that these scholarships are dedicated to women who still are not represented equally in analytics and business overall.Bravo Capella! What are the criteria for the scholarship?

  • 5/12/2017 12:36:59 PM

It's great that they set this up. Tuitions can scare some people off, but this kind of education will pay off.