PennWest has partnered with SAS, the industry standard for advanced data analysis, to build the first undergraduate data science program in the U.S. that offers an SAS Data Science certificate. Through this unique program, you can become an SAS-certified data scientist, with the ability to understand, analyze and utilize big data.
You’ll acquire skills that employers need, such as computer programming, predictive modeling and analytics, inference, machine learning, optimization, data visualization and more.
This 15-credit course includes one three-credit capstone project and can be completed entirely online. Once you earn your certificate, you’ll be eligible to sit for two SAS exams to qualify as an SAS-Certified Big Data Professional. You’ll also receive at least a 50% discount on SAS testing fees.
A study by Money magazine and PayScale ranks SAS analytics the top career-focused skill in today’s job market, linking it to higher pay, job opportunities and career advancement.
Number of job sites around the world that utilize SAS software, considered the “gold standard” for data analytics.
PennWest’s SAS certificate complements any bachelor’s degree program or can be used as astand-alone credential with an associate degree.
Student-to-faculty ratio at PennWest
These days, big data is everywhere. Data analysis is widely used even beyond business and science.Data scientists with SAS skills are in high demand, finding employment in fields such as:
Data scientists typically need a bachelor’s degree or graduate education to enter the field. An SAS certification provides even more value. The median annual wage for data scientists was $103,500 in May 2022 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
PennWest’s three campuses, California, Clarion and Edinboro universities, have been delivering award-winning online programs for more than 20 years. You’ll graduate with a degree from Pennsylvania Western University, completely supported by the expertise and community of learners on our brick-and-mortar campuses.