240.00 Hours Required

Business Intelligence (BI) is the field of combining data, technology, business processes and analytics to optimize business decisions and drive success. BI has become a technological priority for organizations, and its tools, approaches and methods are quickly becoming valued skillsets. Turning your data into valuable information is no longer a luxury – it is a necessity for our ever-changing markets.

The Certificate in Business Intelligence and Analytics focuses on the four pillars of the BI Body of Knowledge: people, process, technology and data. The four core courses will provide you with the fundamental knowledge and exposure to the technologies and processes essential to any BI project. You will learn to execute each stage of a project, from requirements gathering, to actual development of your solution, to exposing the data within your organization.

By choosing from an array of optional courses, you can tailor your certification to meet your specific needs.

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This program is perfect if you...

  • Work, or aspire to work, in the data analytics field
  • Are in the IT field but need to know the business user's data needs
  • Want to learn data analysis tools and explore data visualization tools and techniques
  • Need to understand basic programming skills to help handle the data load and automate workflows
  • Want to pave your way to career advancement

What will I get?

Students who complete this program will receive a Professional Certificate.


Program details

Online and In Class

Courses in this program are delivered online and in class. Courses are scheduled at convenient times, allowing you to complete the program at a pace that fits your life.

You should plan on studying and working approximately 6 hours per week per course.

Online learning fits into busy schedules by taking the learning experience out of the traditional classroom. Students have online access to instructors, fellow learners, and learning materials.

Before taking your first online course, we recommended taking our free course: Digital Skills for Learning Online

8 Courses, 240 Hours

All Continuing Education programs are developed with part-time learners in mind. The Certificate in Business Intelligence and Analytics is a 240-hour program.

The length of time it takes to complete this program varies by student. If you take one course per term (four courses a year), you will likely complete the program in two years. You will complete the program faster if you take multiple courses per term.

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$7,500

Depending on selected options and required prerequisites, the approximate cost to complete the Certificate in Business Intelligence and Analytics is $7,500 to $7,800.

This includes the $105 admission fee.

You do not require a degree or diploma to apply for admission to this program. You can take individual courses to start, and apply later.

The admission fee is $105.

To apply, you must meet the following requirements:

Programs change from time to time, so we recommend that you apply for admission as early as possible. Once admitted, your requirements to complete the program will not change – even if the program changes. You can be confident that completed and eligible courses will apply to your program.

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Prior learning from other post-secondary institutions

Advanced standing may be granted for equivalent, graded courses completed at other post-secondary institutions. Credit may be granted up to a maximum of 60 hours towards this program.

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Transferring credit from other Continuing Education programs

If you have completed requirements for another University of Calgary Continuing Education program, you may be able to transfer some credits to this program. For details, please review the "Credit towards other programs" information in the programs you have completed. To transfer credits, please contact a student advisor.


Maximum advanced standing and transferred credit

The combined total of advanced standing and transferred credits cannot exceed 120 hours for this program.

On completion of this program, you may wish to pursue studies in another.

Upon completing the Certificate in Business Intelligence and Analytics, up to 90 hours may be used toward the Certificate in Business Analysis, up to 60 hours of equivalent courses may be transferred toward the Certificate in IT Fundamentals, or up to 30 hours of equivalent courses may be transferred toward the Certificate in Office Applications.

If you wish to pursue another program:

  1. Complete the Application for Admission for your next program
  2. Contact us to request transfer of the equivalent course credits

The transfer of course credits will not happen without your request.

Each year, scholarships and awards are given to deserving students not only for their academic achievement, but also for community involvement. Award sponsors include both corporate and private donors.

To apply, you must meet eligibility criteria and submission deadlines. Students in this program may be eligible for the following awards:

It is the student's responsibility to ensure all requirements for graduation are fulfilled.

See Graduation for details.

This program does not qualify students to apply for an international study permit.

International students who wish to live and work in Canada should consider our International Professional Programs.

International students who wish to live and work in Canada can take this certificate in the one-year International Professional Program in Business Analysis, Intelligence, and Analytics.

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