SAS Data Science

SAS Data Science Online Undergraduate Certificate

About the SAS Data Science Certificate

Manage big data with SAS data analysis software.

Supplement your bachelor's degree or get ahead in your career with an online SAS Data Science Certificate.

PennWest California has partnered with SAS, the industry standard for advanced data analysis, to build the first undergraduate data science program in the United States that offers a SAS Data Science Certificate.

Add the undergraduate SAS certificate to your bachelor's degree program or earn the data science certificate as a standalone credential 100% online.

Learn SAS skills to expand your career potential.

Expertise in SAS analytics is the No. 1 most valuable career-focused skill in today's job market, according to a 2016 study by Money magazine and PayScale.

Earn your SAS Data Science Certificate by completing four 3-credit courses and one 3-credit capstone project entirely online. You can complete your certificate in just three terms, or in one summer session.


Hands-on training:  Utilize SAS software to process real-world information and make sense of data. No complicated math formulas or heavy coding needed.

Versatile applications: Data analysis is widely used even beyond business and science. Data scientists with SAS skills find employment in fields such as:

Faculty Expertise: Program director Dr. Melissa Sovak is a former market research analyst who holds a Ph.D. in statistics. She is also holds industry-recognized SAS credentials, having achieved SAS Base Programmer and SAS Certified Advanced Programmer certification for SAS 9.

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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 work sites around the world that utilize SAS software, considered the "gold standard" for data analytics.
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Certificate Benefits

Employers in Pennsylvania and throughout the United States are looking to hire individuals with SAS expertise. SAS expects the big data workforce to expand to 346,000 professionals by 2020.

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Program Outcomes


Earn your undergraduate SAS Data Science Certificate at PennWest California and you'll also be eligible to sit for two SAS exams to qualify as a SAS Certified Big Data Professional. You'll also receive at least a 50% discount on SAS testing fees.


SAS Data Science Undergraduate Certificate
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High Demand

Statistics and data analysis drive decisions in the corporate, nonprofit and government sectors. Faculty member Dr. Melissa Sovak, a former market research analyst, has a list of more than 100 companies that look for SAS skills when they hire.

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Connect to Your Major

The SAS Data Science Certificate complements many undergraduate majors. Psychologists and sociologists use data analysis to find patterns in human behavior; new media and e-commerce specialists rely on data science to spot trends.

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Standalone Certificate

PennWest California's online SAS certificate complements any bachelor's degree program. Students who already have an associate degree may complete the undergraduate SAS Data Science Certificate program as a standalone credential, 100% online.

PennWest California's undergraduate certificate program in SAS Data Science adds valuable career-focused skills in big data analysis to your resume or enhances you bachelor's degree program in any field.


Course Credits
MAT 207  Data Preparation and Cleaning 3
MAT 213  Data Visualization 3
MAT 251  Big Data Tools 3
MAT 261  Big Data Analytics 3
MAT 401  Data Analytics Capstone Project 3
Total 15



Admission Requirements

SAS Data Science Online Certificate


Additional Resources

Big Data -- It's Everywhere!

Data Science: One of the Fastest Growing Occupations

The PennWest California Advantage For Data Science

Benefits of an SAS Certificate

Please Note: All students who will be seeking licensure/certification outside of Pennsylvania should consult the State Authorization web page for more information.