Techniques for Decision Making - Certificate in Data Analytics

UW Professional & Continuing Education

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Who should attend

Professionals who want to learn to work with data to make strategic decisions. Those with programming skills who already have experience working with data should consider taking the more advanced Certificate in Data Science.

About the course

Translate Data Into Actionable Business Insights

Nearly every business and organization today is extremely dependent on data. Modern data analytics combines powerful software tools and statistical techniques to produce insights that can improve results in every field and organizational department. Professionals who are adept with these tools and have the latest data analysis skills are highly valuable and in demand.

In this three-course certificate program, you’ll learn how to make — and defend — critical business decisions by wrangling, analyzing, visualizing and interpreting large-scale data sets in meaningful ways. We’ll explore innovative approaches for generating insights and predictions that can boost sales, enhance operational efficiencies and drive qualitative improvements in your products and services. Improve your organization’s data-driven decision making and escalate your own career trajectory.

What you’ll learn

  • Data analysis and statistical techniques for knowledge discovery
  • Visual discovery and interpretation methods for large data sets
  • Information design, storytelling and presentation using visualization, pivot tables, graphs, charts, infographics and conditional data table formatting
  • Making predictions using decision trees, regression analysis, and supervised and unsupervised learning models
  • R and SQL programming practices

Get hands-on experience

  • Use industry-standard software such as Excel, SQL Server, Azure Machine Learning Studio, RStudio and Power BI tools
  • Utilize machine learning models and data mining techniques to create basic prediction, recommendation and classification systems
  • Develop and present a Power BI dashboard that allows users to leverage data in business decision making

Learning formats

Online, self-paced

Enjoy the flexibility of learning at your own pace, with instructor support along the way. Courses are 100 percent online, with no class meetings or fixed deadlines — so you can start anytime. You have up to four months to complete each course and up to two years to complete the program.

Online, group-paced

Start and finish your program with the same group of students, with frequent opportunities to interact with your instructors and classmates along the way. Courses are 100 percent online, with set due dates for assignments but no class meetings.


Attend classes part time at one of our convenient locations in the Puget Sound region. You’ll engage face to face with your classmates and instructors as part of a highly interactive curriculum


Reid Havens

Reid is the Founder of Havens Consulting Inc. and Microsoft MVP. He has a formal background in technology and organizational management, having obtained separate Master's Degrees in Organizational Development & Business Analytics. Reid has experience working with many of the Fortune 50, 100, ...

Marcelo Guerra Hahn

Marcelo Guerra Hahn has more than 15 years of experience in software development, testing and project management. He is very passionate about data and using data to facilitate decision making. He currently works at Tableau, where he focuses on internal development tools. Before joining Tableau, h...

Tamara Schiff

Tamara Schiff has 12 years of professional experience working at both Microsoft and Expedia as a software test engineer and a software test manager. Her passion for data steered her toward a managerial role at Expedia, where she leaded the Data Management Office test team. After taking 11 years o...

Michael Lisin

As vice president of data science at SilverLogic Labs, Michael Lisin is accountable for the implementation of data science solutions that predict human behavior. Before joining SilverLogic Labs, Lisin worked in information architecture at Disney/ABC Television, in program management at Microsoft ...

Stefan Schmitt

Experienced Technical Sales Strategist and Business Analyst with a passion for solving large and complex business problems with data. Developing holistic solutions that focus on People, Tools and Processes and guiding clients and business partners to address and solve business problems with the a...

Greg Weber

Greg Weber has more than two decades of experience in the tech industry, most recently working in a number of data-related roles at Microsoft. He’s currently a data scientist in the company’s Learning and Readiness group, which includes online learning, classroom learning and skills validation fo...

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