SAS Data Science

SAS Data Science Online Graduate Certificate

About the SAS Data Science Graduate Certificate

Boost your career potential with SAS data analysis skills.

Gain expertise and strengthen your resume with a 100% online SAS Data Science Certificate from PennWest California.

A 2016 study by Money magazine and PayScale ranks SAS analytics as the No. 1 most valuable career-focused skill in today's job market.

Add the SAS Data Science graduate certificate to your bachelor's degree in any field and enhance your potential for career success.

Hands-on training to manage big data, 100% online.

PennWest California has partnered with SAS, the industry standard for big data analysis, to offer this graduate certificate entirely online. Through PennWest California Global Online, you can earn the SAS credential on your own schedule, without putting your work or family life on hold.

Students in this hands-on graduate certificate program manipulate real-world data and utilize the same SAS software used in 80,000 workplaces in Pennsylvania and around the world.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS: SAS Data Science Graduate Certificate

Career options: Economics and science are just two career fields that rely heavily on big data. Data scientists with SAS skills also have career opportunities in areas such as:

Accelerated learning: Earn the 100% online SAS Data Science Certificate at PennWest California in just three terms, or in one  summer session. Complete the certificate program and you'll be eligible for at least a 50% discount on testing fees when you sit for two SAS exams to qualify to be a SAS Certified Big Data Professional.

Faculty Expertise: Program director Dr. Melissa Sovak is a former market research analyst who holds a Ph.D. in statistics. She is also has industry-recognized SAS credentials, having achieved SAS Base Programmer and SAS Certified Advanced Programmer certification for SAS 9.

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Average pay boost associated with expertise in SAS analytics, ranked the most valuable career-focused skill in today's job market, according to a 2016 study by Money magazine and Payscale.
Number of professionals SAS expects to comprise the big data workforce by Demand for employees with SAS skills is high in Pennsylvania and across the United States.
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Certificate Benefits

SAS has reviewed and approved all coursework in PennWest California's 15-credit graduate certificate program. You'll gain the same SAS data science skills as you would in a comparable SAS residency program - at lower cost, and without leaving home.

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Program Outcomes

Statistics and big data analysis drive decision-making in the corporate, nonprofit and government sectors. Dr. Melissa Sovak, a PennWest California faculty member and a former market research analyst, has identified more than 100 employers that look for SAS skills when they hire.


Curriculum, Admission Requirements and Related Programs

The graduate certificate program in SAS Data Science adds value to your previously earned bachelor's degree and provides career-focused big data skills to expand job opportunities.



Course Credits
MAT 601  Data Preparation and Cleaning 3
MAT 602  Data Visualization 3
MAT 603  Big Data Tools 3
MAT 604  Big Data Analytics 3
MAT 605  Data Analytics Capstone Project 3
Total 15
Admission Requirements


Regular Admission Requirements

  • SAS Data Science Graduate Certificate:  A bachelor's degree in any major with a minimum of 2.80 grade-point average may register for the post-baccalaureate SAS Data Science Graduate Certificate program
  • SAS Data Science Undergraduate Certificate:  Applicants for the undergraduate SAS Data Science Certificate program must have completed an associate degree, or currently enrolled in a bachelor's degree program.

Conditional Admission Requirements

  • Conditional Admission may be granted with the following modifications of the Regular Admissions Requirements:  
    • GPA under 2.80 will be reviewed for a decision

Provisional Admission
Applicants who have provided unofficial documentation of test scores, prerequisite courses, transcripts or lack of letter(s) of recommendation may be admitted provisionally.

This policy also applies to undergraduate students who apply for graduate admission pending bachelor degree completion. Upon receipt of all official documents, a student will be changed from Provisional Admission to either Regular Admission or Conditional Admission. Provisional Admission students may take classes for one term but will not be eligible for Federal Financial Aid.

How to Apply:

School of Graduate Studies and Research
PennWest California
Box 91
250 University Ave. 
California, PA 15419

For additional information:
Phone: 1.866.595.6348

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Career Connection

The graduate-level SAS Data Science Certificate adds value in many career fields. SAS insists that students work with real-world data, so you can link your online learning to professional needs.

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Standalone Certificate

Students who graduated from any bachelor's degree program with a GPA of 2.8 or higher may apply to the graduate SAS Data Science Certificate program. Add the certificate to your graduate studies or or earn it as a standalone credential.

SAS Faculty

Dr. Mohamed Benbourenane

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Dr. Kaddour Boukaabar

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Dr. Maggie Habeeb
Associate Professor

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Dr. Leandro Junes
Associate Professor

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Dr. Bismark Oduro
Program Coordinator for P.S.M. Applied Mathematics / Assistant Professor

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Dr. Melissa Sovak

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