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Evidence-Based Decision Making, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

In a media landscape where fake news, pseudoscience and alternative facts can sway public opinion—and important decisions—there has never been a greater need for evidence-based decision making. In pursuing a graduate certificate in evidence-based decision making through Saint Louis University's School for Professional Studies, you’ll focus on identifying quality evidence and using it as the basis to form sound conclusions, critically evaluating arguments for and against a particular choice, and applying sound, systematic processes for making ethical decisions.

If you complete the certificate, you also have the option of applying to any SPS master's program and, if accepted, have all of the certificate credit count toward the master's degree.

Curriculum Overview

As part of the School for Professional Studies, this 12-credit, fully online program offers technology-driven professionals like you a flexible option to meet your personal career goals. If you have obtained an undergraduate degree or higher, you may pursue a stand-alone certificate. All courses are offered in eight-week terms through SLU Online, making advanced education more accessible for working professionals. 


The evidence-based decision making graduate certificate can be applied to a wide variety of careers. Competencies gained through the certificate are focused on augmenting decision-making skills that can be tailored to your specific career path.

Admission Requirements

  • Completed application.
  • Official transcript from a degree-granting institution.
  • Most successful applicants have an undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or better.
  • At least two years of work experience is recommended (includes full-time and part-time employment, internships, co-ops and similar experiences).
  • Statement of professional goals (approximately 500 words suggested) articulating what attracted you to this program, and how a master's degree in this field will benefit you in your present or future career.
  • Resume or curriculum vitae.

Requirements for International Students

Along with the general admission requirements above, the following must be provided by prospective international students:

  • Demonstration of English Language ProficiencySome examples of demonstrated English language proficiency include minimum score requirements for the following standardized tests:
    • Paper-based TOEFL: 550
    • Internet-based TOEFL: 80
    • IELTS: 6.5
    • PTE: 54
  • Academic records, in English translation, for postsecondary studies outside the United States. These must include the courses taken and/or lectures attended, practical laboratory work, the maximum and minimum grades attainable, the grades earned or the results of all end-of-term examinations, and any honors or degrees received. WES and ECE transcripts are accepted. 

Application and Assistantship Deadlines

Students should apply for the fall semester by August 6 and the spring semester by January 7.

Review Process

Applications are reviewed by program directors.

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Scholarships and Financial Aid

For priority consideration for graduate assistantship, apply by Feb. 1. 

For more information, visit the student financial services office online at  

  1. Graduates will be able to utilize argumentation skills appropriate for a given problem or context.
  2. Graduates will be able to apply program-specific knowledge to address practical problems using an ethical, evidence-based framework.
ORLD 5050Ethical, Evidence-Based Decision Making3
AA 5221Applied Analytics & Methods I3
ORLD 5700Advanced Evidence-Based Decision Making3
Select one course from the following:3
AA 5222
Applied Analytics & Methods II: Survey Approaches
or AA 5223
Applied Analytics & Methods II: Experimental Approaches
or ORLD 5650
Future-Focused Leadership
or INTL 5250
Structured Analytical Techniques for Intelligence
or CYBR 5000
Cybersecurity Principles
or PMGT 5010
Project Selection and Initiation
or IS 5300
Ethical and Societal Implications of Technology
Total Credits12

Continuation Standards

Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 in all graduate/professional courses.

Roadmaps are recommended semester-by-semester plans of study for programs and assume full-time enrollment unless otherwise noted.  

Courses and milestones designated as critical (marked with !) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation. Transfer credit may change the roadmap.

This roadmap should not be used in the place of regular academic advising appointments. All students are encouraged to meet with their advisor/mentor each semester.  Requirements, course availability and sequencing are subject to change.

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
Fall 1  
AA 5221 Applied Analytics & Methods I 3
Fall 2  
ORLD 5050 Ethical, Evidence-Based Decision Making 3
Spring 1 or 2  
AA 5222 Applied Analytics & Methods II: Survey Approaches 3
AA 5223
Applied Analytics & Methods II: Experimental Approaches  
ORLD 5650
Future-Focused Leadership  
INTL 5250
Structured Analytical Techniques for Intelligence  
CYBR 5000
Cybersecurity Principles  
PMGT 5010
Project Selection and Initiation  
IS 5300
Ethical and Societal Implications of Technology  
ORLD 5700 Advanced Evidence-Based Decision Making 3
 Total Credits12

Apply for Admission

For additional admission questions, please call 314-526-2825 or email