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Predictive Analytics

To achieve our goal of offering industry recognized skill development and high quality learning experiences, we are currently redeveloping curriculum and content for the Predictive Analytics certificate program. Some elective courses are currently available and redeveloped core courses will be announced when open for enrollment. Please contact your program representative with any questions about your academic plan.


Highly successful businesses know that the rules have changed. No longer can they rely solely on their product or service to grow; they must leverage their data (financial, customer support, web interactions, etc.) to better understand their customers and to learn from their collective experiences as an organization. Predictive analytics provides clear, actionable initiatives based on existing company data and is a natural extension of related corporate initiatives in areas such as web analytics, business analysis, and data mining. As Eric Siegel, Ph.D., chairman of the Predictive Analytics World often quotes, “Business is becoming a numbers game and Predictive Analytics is the way to play it.”

UCI Division of Continuing Education’s Predictive Analytics Certificate is a comprehensive online program designed for working adults within a wide range of professional backgrounds to develop the skills they need to succeed in this exciting, high growth field. Learn how to better understand customer needs and business processes in ways that drive business results. Optimize your marketing campaigns and website behavior to increase customer responses and conversions.

Who Should Enroll

This program is intended for professionals who are using or wish to use predictive analytics to optimize business performance at a variety of levels in a wide range of industries. The predictive analytics program is often the logical next step for professional growth for those in business analysis, web analytics, marketing, business intelligence, data warehousing, and data mining. The program is open to working adults within a wide range of professional backgrounds.

Program Benefits

  • Understand the art and science of predictive analytics to define clear actions that result in improved business results
  • Develop actionable plans from existing corporate data and initiatives to increase sales, reduce marketing costs, and improve customer retention
  • Select, prepare, construct, integrate, structure, and format data to ensure the predictive model meets the business goals
  • Learn how to predict which customers are least likely to respond to direct marketing campaigns
  • Define appropriate business goals for a predictive analytics implementation in a specific industry or business’ respective “language”
  • Optimize product development, manufacturing, testing, and maintenance
  • Understand the use of and assist in the selection of industry standard analytics tools
  • Learn to integrate powerful and traditionally untapped sources of information including social data, unstructured text and Big Data sets
  • Manage fraud by scoring and ranking data collected from customer interactions
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Course Schedule

Required Courses

I&C SCI X425.61
Introduction to Predictive Analytics (2.00 Units)
I&C SCI X425.61
I&C SCI X425.61 OR I&C SCI X425.92

I&C SCI X425.61 OR I&C SCI X425.92
I&C SCI X425.92
Predictive Analytics: Tools & Techniques (2.50 Units)
I&C SCI X425.92
  to be scheduled   Online
I&C SCI X425.62
Defining Business Goals for Predictive Analytics (2.00 Units)
I&C SCI X425.62
I&C SCI X425.63
Effective Data Preparation (2.00 Units)
I&C SCI X425.63
I&C SCI X425.64
Algorithms, Modeling Methods, Verification & Validation (2.00 Units)
I&C SCI X425.64
I&C SCI X425.65
Deploying and Refining Predictive Models (2.00 Units)
I&C SCI X425.65

Elective Courses

Predicitve Analytics
I&C SCI X425.83
Data Understanding for Effective Predictive Analytics & Modeling (2.50 Units)
I&C SCI X425.83
to be scheduled      
I&C SCI X425.20
R Programming (2.00 Units)
I&C SCI X425.20
to be scheduled   to be scheduled  
I&C SCI X427.01
Business Intelligence & The Data warehouse Development Process (2.50 Units)
I&C SCI X427.01
  to be scheduled   Online
I&C SCI X427.07
Big Data Analysis (2.50 Units)
I&C SCI X427.07
  to be scheduled   Online

Course schedules are subject to change. Individual courses may be taken without enrolling in the full program.

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Academic Calendar

Event Fall 2023 Winter 2024 Spring 2024 Summer 2024
Registration Begins (after 2pm PT) Jul 13 Oct 19 Jan 18 Apr 18
Courses Begin* (week of) Sep 25 Jan 8 Apr 1 Jun 24
Courses End* (week of) Dec 11 Mar 18 Jun 10 Sep 9
Administrative Holidays Nov 10, Nov 23-24, Dec 25-26, Jan 1-2 Jan 15, Feb 19 Mar 29, May 27 Jun 19, Jul 4, Sep 2

*Actual dates may vary by program.

Learn How To Earn Your Certificate

Earn a Certificate

Apply to become a candidate for the program: A Declaration of Candidacy is required to establish candidacy in this program. Complete the application and pay the application and candidacy fee of $125 (non-refundable). Learn more about the benefits of becoming a candidate. Candidacy is not required to enroll into individual course in a program.

A candidate in the program is awarded a certificate upon the successful completion of five (5) required courses and 6 elective units totaling 16 units, each with a letter grade of “C” or better. All requirements must be completed within five (5) years after the student enrolls in their first course. To receive the Certified Digital Certificate after the completing all the program requirements, students must submit the Request for Certificate to initiate the certificate audit process. Students not pursuing the certificate are welcome to take as many individual courses as they wish.

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Predictive Analytics World Business
Predictive Analytics World is the business-focused event for predictive analytics professionals, managers and commercial practitioners.
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Advisory Committee

  • Dean Abbott, President, Abbott Analytics
  • John Elder, Ph.D., Chief Scientist, Elder Research
  • Ian Harris, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science, Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences, University of California, Irvine
  • Gary Miner, Ph.D., Senior Consultant/Statistician, Statsoft
  • Bob Nisbet, Ph.D., Consulting Data Scientist
  • Ash Pahwa, Ph.D., CEO, A+ Web Services
  • Eric Siegel, Ph.D., Chair, Predictive Analytics World
  • Padhraic Smyth, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Computer Science, Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences, University of California, Irvine
  • Jim Sterne, President, Target Marketing, Chairman, Digital Analytics Association, Founder, eMetrics Marketing Optimization Summit
  • James Taylor, CEO, Decision Management Solutions

Career Advancement Network (CAN)

We are proud to provide our certificate students and alumni with newly enhanced career services that include one-on-one coaching, technology tools, webinars and workshops, networking events, mentorship/internship opportunities, and a rich collection of free online career resources. Learn more.

On-site Training Available

Our Corporate Training specialists can deliver this program or customize one that fits your organization’s specific needs. Visit Corporate Training or call (949) 824-1847 for information.

English Proficiency Requirement
All certificate programs at UCI Division of Continuing Education (classroom and online formats) require professional-level English language proficiency in listening and note-taking, reading comprehension and vocabulary, written expression, and oral presentation.