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Bridge the Gap and Solve Complex Business Challenges
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A business analyst is the quintessential problem solver. The business analyst's job is to decompose a company’s problems into their root causes so they can generate meaningful solutions. These solutions effect change to all aspects of the business, including processes, technologies, metrics and people. To be effective, a business analyst must have strong critical thinking, analytical and communication skills, as well as the business and interpersonal savvy to facilitate change across an organization.
In this three-course certificate program, you’ll learn the day-to-day methodology of the business analyst. You’ll start with defining the problem and gathering requirements, then developing and implementing solutions based on real-world examples. You’ll discover how to craft both IT and non-IT solutions that address business objectives and reduce risk. You’ll complement your systems knowledge with facilitation techniques that can resolve conflicts and build consensus.
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Business analysts who want to advance in their field, other professionals with business-side exposure who want to transition into business analysis and data analysts who want to complement their skills.
To apply, you must have one of the following
Including time in class, you should expect to spend about 6 to 8 hours each week on coursework.
If English is not your native language, you should have at least intermediate English skills to enroll. To learn more, see English Language Proficiency Requirements – Noncredit Programs.
International students are welcome to apply to an online offering of this program, which doesn’t require a visa. To enroll in a classroom offering, you must have a visa that permits study in the United States. This program does not enable students to obtain or maintain F-1 visa status. For more information, see Admission Requirements for International Students.
You earn the certificate by adhering to the program's attendance policy and successfully completing all required courses. For more information, see Earning the Certificate.
An instructor and a graduate of the Certificate in Business Analysis talk about how the program delivers the skills professionals need to advance in their careers.
This certificate program is an IIBA Endorsed Education Provider; by completing the program you will earn credit toward CBAP and CCBA certifications. (Why get certified?)
Alumni working in field
Amazon, Boeing, T-Mobile, Expeditors, Microsoft, various management consulting companies
Projected job growth for management analysts in Washington state (2018-2028)
Complete the courses listed below to earn the certificate. You may be able to take individual courses without enrolling in the certificate program; check the course pages for details.
Analyzing Business Needs & Requirements Planning
Facilitating Assessment, Modeling & Documentation
Synthesizing & Gaining Alignment for Implementation
Certificate in Business Analysis
Approved by the UW Foster School of Business.
View this program's advisory board.
Each of our programs uses an advisory board to review content, guide design and recommend updates to ensure the program remains current as the field of study evolves. By tapping the minds of the top thinkers, doers and leaders in the field, we offer a transformational learning experience. The following individuals serve as the advisory board for this program.
Ron Claude, Principal, R.D. Claude and Associates
John Clemmons, CBAP, Senior Manager Product Management, T-Mobile
Art Frohwerk, Managing Partner, ClearPath, LLC
Dawn Klinghoffer, General Manager, HR Business Insights, Microsoft
Scott Lloyd, Production Control & Logistics Functional Excellence Manager, Boeing
Andrew Miles, Senior Business Analyst, Expeditors International of Washington
Paul Ortman, Program Management Leader, Airplane Development, Boeing
Diana Rhodes, Principal Business Analyst, Marketing Systems, REI
Piyu Roy, Program Manager, International & Academic Programs, UW Continuum College
Matt Winiski, Business Architect, Expeditors International of Washington
Alum Frederick De Lara explains how the Certificate in Business Analysis gave him the skills he was looking for to improve in his professional journey.
“The program was great because there were other people who were in career transition, like I was, and really pivoting into a brand new world. So it was a great way for me to network with other people.”
Combine the convenience of online learning with the immediacy of real-time interaction. You’ll stream courses online and interact with your instructors and fellow students via chat, web conferencing or phone, all in real time. Learn More »
Attend classes part time at one of our convenient locations in the Puget Sound region. You’ll engage face to face with your classmates and instructors as part of a highly interactive curriculum. Learn More »
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Senior Business Analyst | Expeditors International of Washington
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