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Quick facts

  • Program type: Graduate certificate
  • Academic home: College of Arts and Science | Statistics
  • Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission
  • Delivery mode: 100 percent online
  • Credit hours: 12
  • Estimated program cost: $5,442.60*

*This cost is for illustrative purposes only. Your hours and costs will differ, depending on your transfer hours, course choices at Mizzou and your academic progress. See more about tuition and financial aid.

How an online sports analytics graduate certificate can help you

Big data in sports provide a unique and challenging opportunity for advanced statistical analysis. The goal of the sports analyst is to identify patterns from the data – to inform and optimize player and team strategy and to predict future outcomes in athletic performance.

The online graduate certificate program in sports analytics at Mizzou offers a unique opportunity for students to learn statistical methods and computational tools to perform analyses for sports. The program will help to prepare students for career opportunities in the exciting and growing industry of sports analytics.

Career prospects

This program could increase your marketability when seeking career and internship opportunities. What you learn from the online graduate certificate in sports analytics will allow you to communicate more easily with important stakeholders (administrators, coaches, players, etc.). Or if you are a coach yourself, you may be able to use the tools you receive through the program to better manage your team.

16%
Employment growth
$88,717
Average salary

Source: Burning Glass Technologies. 2020. Salary and employment growth numbers are based on models that consider advertised job posting salary, Bureau of Labor Statistics data and other proprietary and public sources of information for multiple occupations. A sample of selected occupations: Statistical Assistants, Social Scientists and Related Workers, Social Science Research Assistants, Statisticians, Mathematicians.

Potential careers

Sports data analyst positions working for:

  • Performance technology corporations
  • Professional sports teams
  • Sports analytics consulting companies
  • Sports betting companies
  • Sports video game developers

Program structure and topics

The online graduate certificate in sports analytics is 100 percent online: no campus visits required.

Courses are semester-based. Students typically take two classes in fall and two classes in spring and finish the program in a year.

Meet our faculty

Erin Schliep

Assistant Professor, Director of Sports Statistics Program

Research interests:

  • Sports statistics
  • Spatial statistics
  • Multivariate statistics
  • Bayesian statistics

Christopher Wikle

Curators Distinguished Professor, Department Chair

Research interests:

  • Sports statistics
  • Spatio-temporal models
  • Dynamical models
  • Bayesian hierarchical methods
  • Deep learning
  • Reinforcement learning
  • Environmental and ecological statistics

Ask us about this program

This program is administered by the College of Arts & Science Statistics Department.