Graduate Certificate in Enterprise Optimization

Elmhurst’s graduate certificate program in enterprise optimization, or ‘CEO’ program, prepares students to tap the power of modern enterprise-level data to optimize quality, reduce risk, and create economic value for an organization.

This five-course certificate program, offered entirely online, combines two courses in the fundamentals of data mining, two courses in applying data-oriented approaches in a business setting, and a capstone project course.

With its current focus on project management, the certificate program is especially appropriate for individuals who are certified project management professionals or who have equivalent credentials. Students who complete the five courses for credit will receive the graduate certificate in enterprise optimization, or they may complete an additional five courses to earn a master’s degree in data science.

Required Courses

  • MDS 534 Data Mining and Business Intelligence
  • MDS 546 Quantitative Methods
  • MDS 549 Data Mining Project

Two courses from the following three options:

  • MDS 560 Business Intelligence for Enterprise Value
  • MDS 561 Data Analysis for Project Management Maturity
  • MDS 562 Data Analysis for Business Transformation Projects

If a student chooses to complete the master’s in data science, additional coursework will include MDS 523, MDS 535, MDS 556, MDS 564 and MDS 576.

How to Apply

To apply for the graduate certificate in enterprise optimization, complete the online application by following the instructions for non-degree students. If you wish to complete the additional five courses to earn the master’s in data science, you must apply following all of the admission requirements for the master’s degree program.

For more information, contact the Office of Admission at (630) 617-3400 or

Gainful Employment Disclosure

This graduate certificate program is approved as a Gainful Employment Program through the US Department of Education and is, therefore, eligible for Federal Student Aid. Disclosure Statements about occupations, on-time graduation rate, tuition and fees, and median loan debt for this program can be found here.

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