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Certificate in People Analytics

Certificate in People Analytics

Shape the work environment. Lead workplace evolution through data.

Next Enrolment

September 21st, November 11th




Discover how to leverage the power of data analytics to drive workforce solutions within your organization.

What you will learn

In the part-time Certificate in People Analytics, you’ll focus on data-driven methodology as a solution to many workforce challenges. This program will allow you to:

  • Develop your skillset in foundational analytics to leverage data-driven insights to address HR-related challenges
  • Understand how to effectively present visual data and use insights to craft the narrative
  • Identify HR-related business problems through an inquiry-based approach
  • Learn to apply ethical and legal concerns in implementing people analytics solutions
  • Develop cross-functional competencies such as critical thinking, persuasion, negotiation and public speaking

Program Benefits

  • Curriculum developed in collaboration with people analytics practitioners
  • Learn from industry expert instructors
  • Advance through the program with the same cohort of peers and build your professional network
  • Upskill on a schedule that works for you with an accelerated, blended delivery format
  • Develop your skills through experiential assignments and projects

OSAP-eligible format offered

Format: Part-Time, Online
Delivery: Online coursework
Program Length: 6 months

Format: Intensive
Delivery: Online coursework + required live-online sessions
Live Session Schedule: Alternate Tue evenings and Sat mornings
Program Length: 11 weeks

To review the detailed schedule for the Part-Time and Intensive delivery formats, please click on Enrol and then select “Course Details+” .

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Career Potential

Data analysis is quickly changing the way companies do business.

Data analytics is one of the most in-demand and fastest-growing skill sets today, with Canada facing a skills gap of approximately 150,000 data-literate managers and analysts.

While many organizations are embracing HR technologies, 46% of adopters do not have the fundamental data-driven skill set within their teams. By effectively using company data, the HR department can optimize its HR-related strategies, activities and cost savings.

Now is the time to commit to gaining a people analytics skill set in an accessible and practice-oriented environment.

Get Hired for jobs Like:
  • HR Analytics & Reporting Specialist
  • People Analyst
  • Insights Specialist
Gain These Cross-Functional Skills for:
  • Critical thinking
  • Persuasion and negotiation
  • Public speaking

Who should take this program?

The Certificate in People Analytics is ideal for:
  • Experienced HR professionals looking to upskill and advance their careers
  • HR managers wanting to steer their organization towards implementing people analytics solutions
  • HR generalist/specialist looking to improve data literacy, data visualization, and storytelling
  • Analysts wanting to focus on workforce analytics and better understand the needs of HR professionals


Enrolment requirements

The Certificate in People Analytics is a direct registration program. No application process is required; simply enrol in the session of your choice to get started.

Understanding Employee Needs During COVID-19

Rob Catalano – Certificate in People Analytics Advisory Council Member

Delivery Formats

Part-Time – Online (Asynchronous)

  • Instruction and peer interactions are done online through our course management system, Moodle
  • Course delivery is asynchronous, which means that while students have set deadlines to complete their work each week, they do not have any required “live” components
  • Students should expect to dedicate approximately 8-10 hours of effort per course, each week, for readings, discussions boards, practice opportunities, assignments, etc.
  • Students can expect to write exams/quizzes, complete assignments (individual and group), and participate in live and online discussions with their peers

Part-Time – Blended

  • Courses combine in-person learning, on campus at York or Live Online via Zoom plus online learning
  • The live components are held at a scheduled day and time, on campus at York or Live Online via Zoom
  • The online delivery is asynchronous, which means that while students have set deadlines to complete their work each week, they do not have any required “live” components
  • Students should expect to dedicate approximately 8-10 hours of effort per course each week for readings, discussions boards, practice opportunities, assignments, and so on

Part-Time – Intensive

  • Students will complete a full certificate in 11 weeks*
  • Courses combine Live Online and online learning
  • Up to 6 hours of scheduled live instruction each week
  • The online delivery is asynchronous, meaning students are free to work at their own pace
  • Students should expect to dedicate approximately 10-15 hours per course each week for readings, discussion boards and assignments

*Please note: courses that were typically completed in 8 weeks in a blended format will now be completed within 4 weeks in the intensive format


CSPA1000 Essentials of People Analytics

We live in a world filled with data and analytics can dramatically improve the way organizations identify, attract, develop and retain talent. However, many organizations still make those decisions based on instinct and intuition. In this course, you will learn how to apply analytics to identify HR issues and develop data-driven solutions. Topics include, but are not limited to: developing and presenting data-driven insights and solutions across each stage of the employee lifecycle; building a robust people analytics dashboard using sample datasets; and, identifying and calculating hr measurements and KPI’s across the employee lifecycle while maintaining ethical considerations.

2 Classes

14 Hours

CSPA1010 Advanced Applications for People Analytics

In this course, students will progress from essential to advanced people analytics by learning to: utilize a statistical methodology to rigorously evaluate and predict critical organizational outcomes; create maximum impact by diagnosing organizational issues and prescribing actions; create a strategic framework and comprehensive data map to guide their People Analytics strategy; develop a plan to build their organization's people analytics capability via tools/technology, and teams; and, explore the forefront of People Analytics methodologies and data sources. Successful completion of CSPA1000 is a prerequisite to this course.

2 Classes

14 Hours

CSPA1020 Analytics Project Design and Delivery

In this course, students will complete a people analytics project from end-to-end with minimal supervision. The course will facilitate the opportunity for students work closely with other students and gain exposure to real people challenges faced by organizations that can be solved with people analytics. Successful completion of CSPA1010 is a prerequisite to this course.

2 Classes

14 Hours



Arjun Asokakumar

Jessica Collins People Analytics Instructor

Jessica Collins


Justin Dashney

Farzeen Foda

Geoff Ho People Analytics Instructor

Geoff Ho

Miranda McKie People Analytics Instructor

Miranda McKie

Advisory Council


Arjun Asokakumar

Rob Catalano People Analytics Advisory Council

Rob Catalano

Andree Laforge People Analytics Advisory Council

Andrée Laforge

Carla Spina People Analytics Advisory Council

Carla Spina

Events & Webinars

Certificate in People Analytics

Fall 2024

(Online + Live Online Classes)

Course Details +


Certificate in People Analytics (Intensive)

Fall 2024

(Live Online Classes)

Course Details +


Policies & More Information

Online Delivery

In Ontario, gatherings are restricted, and universities are offering limited classes in-person for the foreseeable future. We have been successfully delivering many of our courses online for years. So please know that you will not be compromising on your learning experience. When the situation changes and it is once again safe to offer face-to-face instruction, full-time programs will make the transition back into the classroom.

Until then, this program will be offered in an online asynchronous format or “live online” format depending on the term. The Live Online format offers students the structure and group interaction of a face-to-face experience without travelling to York’s campus. Our live online classrooms enable students to hear and interact with the instructor and other students like in a regular classroom. Course materials and assessments vary by course but students can expect online articles, videos, practice opportunities, discussion boards, etc. to help learn the content.

Technology Requirements for Remote/Online Courses

Please review the technology and software requirements you will need to access our courses remotely.

Contact Us

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