Total Courses6 required courses and 1 elective (from 3 options)
CEUs | Contact Hours6.0 CEUs | 60 contact hours
Time to CompleteAs little as 3 months
Hone your skills as the main liaison between business and IT departments. As a business analyst, you will gather and document business requirements and translate them into functional design specifications that can be executed by IT development teams.
- Identify business needs, and the costs and benefits of addressing them technically.
- Formulate business specifications to develop and implement technical solutions.
- Bridge the gap between business and IT with common project definitions and requirements.
- Use data modeling techniques to analyze and improve business processes.
Business Analysis Core Courses
You'll take six core Business Analysis courses and one elective (choices below) to complete 54 contact hours. We recommend starting with Introduction to Business Analysis. See the FAQs for the complete recommended sequence.
Introduction to Business Analysis
- April 6-7, 2023 | Online
Identifying Opportunities: Strategic Analysis, Building Business Case and Solution Scoping
- April 20-21, 2023 | Online
Collaborating for Success: Stakeholder Analysis and Eliciting Requirements
- May 3-5, 2023 | Online
Analyzing and Modeling Requirements
- May 17-19, 2023 | Online
Modern Requirements Communication, Documentation and Validation
- June 14-16, 2023 | Online
Choose one to complete the certificate.
- Jan. 26-27, 2023 | Online
- Mar. 28-29, 2023 | Online
Funding and Discounts
The U's professional development programs are affordable because they can be completed in relatively short order—sometimes within a few months—which can save you both time and money. What's more, there are other opportunities you can explore to potentially bring the cost down even further.
- CCAPS offers scholarships of $500 to $2,500 to Minnesota residents who meet eligibility requirements.
- If you're not employed, you may be able to take advantage of federal or state funding. Contact your CareerForce center to inquire.
- Your organization may have funds set aside for employee education. Read about the benefits of employer investment in career development.
- When you register and pay for all courses in the certificate at once, you'll get up to a 10% discount.
- University of Minnesota Alumni Association members receive a 10% discount.
- U of M staff get 50% off most professional development programs.
See Discounts, Scholarships, and Other Funding for more information and possible exclusions to discounts.
The cost of the Business Analysis Certificate is $4,530–4,580, depending on which elective you choose. But if you register and pay for all courses at once, we'll give you a 10% discount of up to $460!
If you have questions about the registration process, payment options, or need to transfer or cancel your registration, contact the registration team:
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- U of M employees: choose this option to receive your discount
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Frequently Asked Questions
Do the courses need to be completed in a certain order?
If you are new to business analysis, yes. Each required course builds on the topics addressed in the previous class. Here's the sequence: Introduction to Business Analysis; Indentifying Opportuniities: Strategic Analysis, Building Business Case, and Solution Scoping; Collaborating for Success: Stakeholder Analysis and Eliciting Requirements; Analyzing and Modeling Requirements; Modern Requirements Communication, Documentation, and Validation; Business Analysis Planning and Estimating.
If you are an experienced business analyst, the order is less critical. The elective course can be taken at any time.
If I complete this certificate, will I be ready to sit for the Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP) exam?
No. The CBAP exam is a rigorous test of your knowledge of the contents of the Guide to Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK™), requiring concentrated study. Our program provides practical skills that BAs can put into practice immediately. Earning the CBAP credential could be the next step in your BA journey.
Are classes offered at night?
Not at this time. The business analysis classes are currently offered only during the day.
Is this program recognized by the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA)?
Yes. All our courses are reviewed for alignment with the current version of BABOK™. We are an Endorsed Education Provider (EEP) with the IIBA.
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