Terry College of Business

Executive Education

Essentials of Data Science: Core Skills For Analytics Certification

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Looking to boost your capabilities — and your career? Offered in collaboration with University of South Carolina and INFORMS (Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences), this training immerses you in the concepts needed to stimulate your data science and analytics journey. Sharpen your fundamentals and learn test-taking strategies to earn Certified Analytics Professional (CAP®) and other relevant credentials.

The CAP® credential is designed for early- to mid-career analytics professionals. Applicants need a bachelor's degree with 5 years of professional analytics experience or a master's degree with 3 years of experience. All candidates sign an ethics code, have their effectiveness confirmed by a third party, and take the examination.

Who Benefits

Individual contributors and senior-level managers—from data science and analytics and in areas such as marketing, operations, supply chain, e-commerce, digital, and other groups—seeking to leverage the power of data for enhanced and more systematic decision-making.


  • Understand the data science and analytics process from start to finish
  • Develop problem-framing strategies
  • Deepen your data science methods toolkit to broaden the appropriate application for a variety of business problems
  • Create a solid storytelling approach to improve the chances of operationalization of data science investment
  • Study many of the skills necessary to succeed at becoming a Certified Analytics Professional® by INFORMS

After completing this program, participants are eligible for a substantial discount on CAP certification exams as follows:

CAP® exam:  
$347 member (without course completion $495)
$486 non-member (without course completion $695)

aCAP® exam:
$200 member or non-member (without course completion $300)


To determine your eligibility, please visit the INFORMS website.


Certified Analytics Professional

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Spring 2022

This program is also available as a custom program.

Please contact Jason Parish for more information.


COST: $950

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Beverly Wright, PhD, CAP, Program Director

Beverly Wright has almost 30 years leading and delivering data science and analytics through corporate, consulting, and academic experiences. Currently, she serves Chief Analytics Strategies at Axis Group.

Hani Safadi, Assistant Professor

Hani Safadi is an Assistant Professor in the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia where he teaches advanced data management and analytics. He is interested in studying open-innovation, social media, healthcare information technology, and computational theory development. Hani is also a Research Collaborator at Mayo Clinic and he holds a Ph.D. in Management Information Systems from McGill University.

Robert Szymanski, Lecturer, Accounting

Robert “Bob” Szymanski is a lecturer in the School of Accounting at the Darla Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina and serves as the faculty coordinator for the SAP Academic Alliances program. Szymanski also works directly with Executive Education to deliver programs and to develop corporate outreach.