Data Analytics and Visualization Certificate

4 Courses
8 Units
Online Fixed-Date
28 Weeks

How Data Analytics and Storytelling with Data Can Enhance Business Performance – Fully Online

It is not an exaggeration to say that data analytics is changing the world. Each day, skilled analysts are working with data to discover, develop, and present insights that add value to the organizations they work for. As a result, there is strong demand for skilled data analysts to fill high-paying positions across nearly all industries.

Start your career enhancing journey today!

This online professional certificate program is designed and taught by expert instructors and faculty to provide practical statistical techniques and sought-after skillsets in Data Analytics and Data Visualization. The four courses in this program will prepare you to solve real-world data problems and develop insights that lead to more informed, data-driven decisions and business actions.

The four courses must be taken in order, but each one is offered three times per year so you will have the opportunity to begin your studies program in whichever semester works best for you (Spring, Summer or Fall). The courses are delivered in an asynchronous, fully online format, which provides considerable flexibility to complete the work on your own schedule as you earn your certificate in just 28 weeks.

You’ll start by exploring how to efficiently utilize data analyses techniques and apply in-demand tools, and then how to effectively present and communicate your findings. The valuable skills you will learn in this career-enhancing University of San Diego data analytics certification not only provide you with a powerful boost to your resume, you’ll also do hands-on exercises and project work that you can present to potential employers as part of your data analytics and data storytelling portfolio.

For those who are interested in advancing into data science roles in the future, it is important to note that successful completion of this Data Analytics and Visualization Certificate with a grade of B or better in each course can enable you to waive 6 units of prerequisites in the University of San Diego’s online Master of Science in Applied Data Science program.

certificate Requirements

To earn the University of San Diego’s Data Analytics and Visualization Certificate, students must complete each of the program’s four courses. In addition to the tuition for each course, there is a one-time $45 certificate fee.

Your Data Analytics and Visualization Certificate can be completed in as few as two semesters (28 weeks).

USD certificate programs provide a rigorous program of study that demonstrates a progression of learning and the mastery of a specific body of knowledge. Learn more about University of San Diego certificate programs.

Schedule & Fees

Required Courses – Start with DAV-X800 and continue in order

All courses from this stream are required for completion of this certificate
Course Date Units Price
Essentials of Analytics in Excel [DAV-X800] 10 Jan 202327 Feb 2023 2 $1375
10 Jan 202327 Feb 2023
Online Fixed-Date
Isabella Oakes

Take our Excel Analytics online course to get started earning a certificate in Data Analytics and Visualization

Once you have enrolled in your course, log in to your account to access the course Welcome Letter, which includes directions on how to access the Online Orientation and your online course.

Data Visualization & Storytelling with Tableau [DAV-X801A] See Course Options 2 $1375
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Online Fixed-Date
Ryan Dunn

Position yourself for a career on the cutting edge of data analytics and data visualization with our Data Visualization & Storytelling with Tableau course.

Data Analytics with Python and R [DAV-X801B] See Course Options 2 $1375
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Online Fixed-Date
Jose Estrada

Learn the fundamentals for data analysis and coding in our online Python and R data analytics course.

Data Analytics and Visualization Capstone [DAV-X802] See Course Options 2 $1375
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Online Fixed-Date
Azucena Faus

Online two-unit capstone course, the fourth of four for the Data Analysis and Visualization Certificate, that focuses on preparing a culminating project of preparing a data analysis with visualization presentation.


Scholarships for Business Professionals

A scholarship for this certificate and a selective group of other certificates is available. This scholarship was created in honor of an employee and lifelong learner here at the University of San Diego’s Professional and Continuing Education, Marcia Sue Rathfon.

On her behalf, we are offering scholarships to those individuals seeking to continue their education in the areas of K-12 education and business while encouraging the concept that learning never stops.

To apply, please complete the following application.

Learning Method Information

Online Fixed-Date

Online Fixed-Date: Online fixed-date courses offer a convenient, yet rigorous style of learning that enables you to collaborate with your instructor and other students in a shared, online learning environment. These courses have fixed start and finish dates, but as an online student you will have 24/7 online access to your classroom assignments, syllabus and course resources. Our online fixed-date courses allow you to work on your assignments anytime, although you are required to complete the assignments by specific dates.

How is the learning structured? In an online fixed-date course, you and your classmates will proceed through the curriculum together, collaborating in a shared learning experience. Each online fixed-date course is asynchronous, meaning that you can work on your assignments anytime, although required to complete the assignments by specific dates. The course is designed with seven learning modules where all of the content is grouped into weekly assignments. Each module covers one or more topics. Within each of the learning modules, you can expect the following components:

  • Module introduction that outlines what you can expect to learn in the module.
  • Required readings (textbook, articles, journals, etc.) and presentations (audio and/or video).
  • Assignments with due dates (which may include: written assignments, journal entries, research, blogs, etc.) based on the readings and presentations.
  • Discussion forum where you answer prompts from the instructor and interact with your classmates.
  • Module conclusion to review the topics and what you should have learned.
  • Typically, there is a final project, paper, or exam due in the last module that culminates all of the topics covered in each of the learning modules. You’ll find that the design of the learning modules has a rhythm to help you manage your time in the course.


The four courses in our program have been thoughtfully crafted to build your knowledge and skills, and position you for success in your career and in the employment market. Each course is seven weeks long. Let’s take a closer look (click on the individual course links for additional details):

Essentials of Analytics in Excel

Microsoft Excel is a very important tool in the world of data analytics. This course offers students a jumping-off point into the world of visualizations and data-driven decision-making while exploring how Excel is used in fundamental statistical concepts (i.e., descriptive statistics, statistical inference, and regression analysis). Participants will become adept at using such tools as Pivot Tables, the Data Analysis ToolPak, the VLOOKUP function and more.

Data Visualization & Storytelling with Tableau

This hands-on course introduces students to the process of developing meaningful data visualizations to provide actionable information for relevant audiences, using the visual analytics software platform Tableau — another essential data analytics tool. Participants will learn data ethics and theory of data storytelling, and use Tableau to visually analyze data and create meaningful dashboards 

Data Analytics with Python and R

Learn the fundamentals of utilizing in-demand programming languages Python and R for data exploration, data cleaning and data visualization. This course approaches data analytics programming in a practical and accessible manner, using a hands-on approach that assumes no prior knowledge of the subject. It is to enhance the ability of professionals from any field to utilize data analytics when making business decisions. Students will also develop a foundational understanding of machine learning.

Data Analytics and Visualization Capstone

The goal of the Data Analytics Capstone course is to integrate the knowledge and skills gained from the three previous courses to create a proposal, prepare and analyze data, create visualizations, and present a comprehensive hands-on project. Visualizations will include graphs and charts embedded in the presentation, as well as a final interactive dashboard, ideally hosted on the web for use in the student’s e-portfolio.

What You Will Learn

The four courses in our program have been thoughtfully crafted to build your knowledge and skills, and position you for success in your career and in the employment market. Each course is seven weeks long. Let’s take a closer look (click on the individual course links for additional details):

Who Should Attend

The USD data analytics certification courses are well-suited to a wide range of potential students, not just those who have related work experience or bachelor’s degrees in STEM, math or science fields. Mid-career professionals who have some experience working with data and technology will also be well-positioned for success. 

Ideal data analytics certificate program candidates include:


Students who complete the online Data Analytics and Visualization Certificate will: 


Professional development courses offered by the University of San Diego’s Division of Professional & Continuing Education are taught by faculty that possess a depth and breadth of academic and real-world professional experience.

Careers Outlook

Employment opportunities in the business and finance field are expected to grow by over 750,000 new jobs by 2030 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). With so many new and emerging opportunities, employers are going to have to compete heavily to attract and retain the most talented and educated business professionals.

This makes furthering your education and diversifying your business skillset all the more important. With expertise in a wide variety of business concepts, you will not only be well suited for many job roles, you will also be in demand by the employer of your choosing.

Industry Insights

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Career Opportunities

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are the continuing education courses transferable to a Master degree program?

Unfortunately most of our courses do not count towards a degree, unless otherwise stated on the course website page. Credit earned in some of our courses may be accepted by some universities as applicable towards a degree but that would be at the discretion of the university.

Can the Division of Professional and Continuing Education help in the process of issuing the Student Int’l Visa (F1)?

Certificate programs offered through the Professional and Continuing Education (PCE) at the University of San Diego, are not supported with I-20 assistance (student visas) at this moment. However, PCE’s English Language Academy (ELA) offers I-20 assistance and students who are participating in ELA programs may also participate in other PCE programs. For additional information, please call 1 619-260-8887.

If you are interested in pursuing a degree program with the University of San Diego, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions can issue a Form I-20 to international students who have been accepted to degree program at the University. The application procedures, deadlines, and the Admissions Office contact information can be found on USD’s Undergraduate Admissions page.

What are the options regarding housing for the students that are coming from outside San Diego?

On-campus housing is subject to availability, for information please contact Residential Life at

USD is located 5 minutes from Hotel Circle which offers a variety of hotels/motels with varying price points to fit different budgets. There are also apartment options close to campus; for information about these options, please click here.

How long do I have to complete the Certificate?

You have five years to complete the certificate.

What if I can’t complete a course?

An Incomplete (INC) grade is available in some circumstances. The instructor makes the final determination of acceptance of assigning an incomplete grade based on the level of work already completed and the amount of assignments remaining. (Policies)

To receive an ‘INC’ grade, students must complete a Petition for Incomplete and forward it to PCE. PCE will then forward the Petition to the instructor for approval. If coursework is not completed in the agreed extension period, a final grade is assigned, all ‘INC’ grades convert to ‘F’ grades or ‘NG’ (No Grade). (Petition)

Is there an application or admission requirement?

No application is required. Unless otherwise listed within the program specific information, there are no admissions requirements.

Can I expect to receive an enrollment confirmation?

Yes, you will receive an email detailing the courses and their dates, times, and location, as well as directions to the classroom and other necessary information.

How much are courses?

Check the course section for current tuition fees.

Do you offer discounts?

No, unless otherwise noted.

How can I pay for the courses?

You may pay online with a credit card (we accept MasterCard and Visa) or call Enrollment and Student Services during business hours at 1 619-260-4585. Registrations must be paid in full prior to the first day of course.

What if I have to drop a course?

Students who need to drop a course due to extenuating circumstances may receive a refund, if the request is received prior to the first day or start date of the course. The refund of the course fee will be returned less a processing fee of 10% or $50, whichever is higher. There are no refunds once the course begins. Learn about our registration policies here. A full refund is provided if PCE cancels a course.

Can I transfer in courses to certificate programs from other colleges and universities?

Only University of San Diego courses count towards receiving the certificate from USD.

What if I can’t get into a course because it is full?

Prospective students can request to be placed on a waitlist. Should a space open up in a course, those on the waitlist will be notified. We encourage you to register early for courses.

What are your registration/refund policies?

Click here for complete details regarding our refund, drop and transfer policies.

What associations or organization would you recommend me to join?

Please contact your Program Coordinator for a list of associations related to the program you are taking.

Do you offer job placement services?


When do I become an alumni of a Program? Once I become part of a program, do I get any discount on courses?

Alumni are students who have successfully completed all the requirements of a certificate program. Find out more here.

Why USD?

PCE nurtures key partnerships on the local, national and international level to better serve working professionals who seek to enhance or build their careers, as well as with their employers to help achieve their highest value and potential. Contact us today to learn more.

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