Business Analytics Essentials online short course

Course starts 2 October 2019

Course information

Registration Closes:
24 September 2019
Course Starts:
2 October 2019
8 weeks, excluding orientation
7 - 9 hours per week, entirely online
USD $2,800
Payment Options
Rice University's Jones Graduate School of Business
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According to Hugo Moreno, an editorial director at Forbes Insights, and co-founder of McParlin Partners, “Data analytics is no longer a nice option – it's the core of the enterprise.”1

As more business functions turn to data-driven analytics to make improved strategy-related decisions, analytical and quantitative skills are becoming more crucial for managers and business leaders to gain a holistic understanding of the health and performance of business.

In this online business analytics course from Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business, a highly respected and top-ranked university,2 students will receive a balanced understanding of the core quantitative subjects covered in a traditional MBA, and discover how to evaluate the overall financial health of a company using an essential quantitative toolkit.

1 Forbes (Jun, 2017).
2 U.S. News & World Report (2019).

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What will set you apart

Earn an executive education certificate from Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business in this online course and be empowered to:

    • Understand, analyze, and optimize business processes by learning key quantitative skills

    • Assess an investment based on its net present value by applying financial accounting principles

    • Apply fundamental economic principles such as market structure to influence decision-making

    • Apply key functions and commands to manipulate data and evaluate statistical predictions based on historical data

Course curriculum

Diversify your skill set and earn an executive education certificate from Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business as you follow your learning path through the weekly modules of this online course:

  • Orientation Module: Welcome to Your Online Campus
  • Module 1: Data analysis tools
  • Module 2: Business statistics
  • Module 3: Regression analysis for business purposes
  • Module 4: Financial accounting principles
  • Module 5: Corporate finance
  • Module 6: Capital budgeting and decision making
  • Module 7: Managerial accounting
  • Module 8: Managerial economics

A holistic approach to understanding business

This Rice University Jones Graduate School of Business online short course is delivered in collaboration with GetSmarter. Learn from industry thought leaders as you update your skill set with a quantitative toolkit.

Your Academic Director

The design of this online course is guided by Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business faculty and industry experts who will share their experience and in-depth subject knowledge with you throughout the course.



Associate Professor of Management (Marketing)

Borle is an associate professor of management (marketing) at Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business. His research interests include quantitative applications in the field of business and Bayesian econometrics. His teaching interests include business analytics, data analysis, marketing research, and Bayesian applications in marketing.

Borle has been a faculty with Rice University since 2003. He received an M.S. and Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University, an MBA from XLRI Institute of Management in India and a B.Tech in electronics engineering from the Banaras Hindu University, also in India. Prior to his academic career, Borle worked in India in the Department for International Development, Suzuki Motor Corporation and Network Limited.

When do I start?

Our next available short course starts 2 October 2019.

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