Sports analytics

Undergraduate certificate University of Missouri
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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 undergraduate 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.

Quick facts

Official name

Undergraduate certificate in sports analytics


University of Missouri

Program type

Undergraduate certificate

Academic home

College of Arts & Sciences | Department of Statistics

Delivery mode

100% online


Higher Learning Commission

Credit hours


Estimated cost


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

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Career prospects

This program could increase your marketability when seeking career and internship opportunities. What you learn from the online undergraduate 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.

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

The online undergraduate 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.


100% online

Calendar system


Typical program length

1 year

Typical course load

2 classes per semester


The University of Missouri is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States.

Our faculty

Erin Schliep

Research interests:

  • Sports statistics
  • Spatial statistics
  • Multivariate statistics
  • Bayesian statistics
Erin Schliep
Assistant Professor, Director of Sports Statistics Program
Christopher Wikle

Research interests:

  • Sports statistics
  • Spatio-temporal models
  • Dynamical models
  • Bayesian hierarchical methods
  • Deep learning
  • Reinforcement learning
  • Environmental and ecological statistics
Christopher Wikle
Curators Distinguished Professor, Department Chair
Guanyu Hu

Research interests:

  • Sports statistics
  • Nonparametric bayesian methods
  • Bayesian computation
  • Spatial statistics
Guanyu Hu
Assistant Professor

Learn more about this program

This program is administered by the Department of Statistics