Application and Admission FAQ
What are the academic requirements for admission into the Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics Program?
- A minimum cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 (or 2.9 in last 60 credits)
- Relevant work experience is required for admission.
How do I apply for admission?
Interested applicants may apply by completing the online application and mailing all official transcripts to:
Loras College Graduate Admission
Attn: Megan Henderson
1450 Alta Vista Street
Dubuque, IA 52001
The resume, personal statement, and 2 letters of recommendation can be emailed directly to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
What are the application deadlines?
Fall enrollment – all materials due by August 1
Applications submitted after these deadlines will be considered on an individual basis.
Does the Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics program require an undergraduate degree in business?
Full admission into the program requires that applicants have a familiarity with concepts in the areas of economics, accounting, finance, management and marketing. Applicants with an undergraduate business degree will generally meet these requirements. The academic readiness of an applicant who does not hold an undergraduate degree in a business field will be determined through an interview process, including a review of professional work experience, and in some cases, completion of business competency exams. Students who do not fully meet with academic readiness requirements for the program may be admitted on a provisional basis.
How long will it take to receive a decision regarding my application?
Immediately following receipt of all application materials, your file will be reviewed by the Program Director to determine whether to move forward with an interview. You will then be contacted with information about your next steps. After completion of your interview (or after review of your file), you will be notified of an admission decision via email within one week .
How will I be notified of the admission decision?
You will be contacted by email once a decision has been made.
How can I receive more information about the Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics program?
For more information about the application and admission process, please contact Megan Henderson: Associate Director of Admission for Graduate Programs, at email@example.com or 563.588.7140. For more information about the Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics curriculum, please contact Dr. Dale Lehman: Program Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Curriculum and Class Format FAQ
How many credits are required in the Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics degree?
15 credits are needed to meet the course requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics.
What is the format of the Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics classes?
The unique hybrid format offers the flexibility of online learning with face-to-face interaction on the Loras College campus. In this cohort model, students take one course at a time and each class is held just one night per week. The first six weeks of each course are delivered online in the evening via a live virtual classroom. The last week of the course has students come together for a full weekend on the beautiful Loras campus in Dubuque, Iowa.
Is there a preferred entry point into the Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics program?
We encourage students to begin the program in the Fall semester because the sequence of courses in our cohort format is specifically set up to enable students to immediately use robust analytical tools before any programming is encountered. However, applicants wishing to start in the Spring term could be accommodated if they have a solid background in programming (because the first course in the Spring term is Programming for Analytics Methods). If you think you may fit this criteria and are interested in a spring start, please contact the Program Director to discuss your options.
Does the Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics program accept transfer credits?
We do not accept transfer credits into the certificate program.
How long does it take to complete the program?
The 5-course program is completed in 10 months.
What benefits are available to alumni of the program?
As a professional development opportunity, all graduates are eligible for 50% discounts to take or re-take any courses in the program (on a space available basis) at any time. Please contact the Program Director for more information.
What is the time commitment outside of class?
Time commitments vary depending on the course and individual’s specific skill set. As a general rule, students will spend 4 – 6 hours per week outside of classroom instruction on class-related work for each class.
Where are classes held?
The face-to-face weekend classes are held on the beautiful Loras College campus on the 3rd floor of Keane Hall.
When do classes meet?
Each online live class meets one evening per week, typically from 6:30pm – 8:30pm. The face-to-face weekends typically meet on Saturday from 8am-5pm and on Sunday from 9am-5pm. For specific times and dates, see the course schedule prior to each academic semester.
Will there be an orientation prior to the first class?
Yes, students are required to attend the Graduate Student Orientation prior to beginning coursework so they can become familiar with the faculty, campus, services and their peers.
Is Loras College accredited?
Yes, Loras College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
What are current tuition rates for the Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics?
Visit the Graduate section of our Tuition & Fees page for detailed cost information.
Tuition and Fees are subject to change at any time.
Is financial aid available?
Federal aid is not available for the Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics.