Bridge the Gap and Solve Complex Business Challenges
Next start date
October 9, 2017
The work of the business analyst is sometimes compared to building bridges — connecting the business side of the company with the IT side to forge a targeted solution to a specific challenge. The role requires solid interpersonal communication skills, business savvy and technical expertise, and those who possess this potent combination of talents are highly competitive in today’s job market.
In this three-course certificate program, we’ll learn how to analyze an organizational problem and develop business requirements to tackle the challenge. You’ll discover how to craft both IT and non-IT solutions that address business objectives and reduce risk, and you’ll complement your systems knowledge with communication techniques that can resolve conflicts and build consensus.
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Business analysts who want to advance in their field and other professionals who have business analysis responsibilities.
For a more detailed look at admission requirements, see our suggested preparation info.
If you're not a native English speaker, you’ll need to have at least basic English language skills to enroll. To learn more, see English Language Proficiency Requirements.
To enroll, international students 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.
Students must have access to the Internet and email. This program will be taught in a classroom without PC access. Consequently, students are expected to have access to a PC outside of class with the ability and privileges to install software. Students enrolled in the certificate program will receive a license for Microsoft Visio 2013 for the duration of the program.
You earn the certificate by regularly attending class and successfully completing all required courses. For more information, see Completing Your Program.
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.
You’ll take part in group simulations to handle typical business analysis problems.
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?)
Complete the courses listed below to earn the certificate. We offer this program in two formats: a standard version over three quarters, and an intensive version over two quarters.
Analyzing Business Needs & Requirements Planning
Faciliating 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.
Rod Achtmann, Retail Business Services Sr. Program Manager, Amazon
Melchor Antonio, Production Business Systems Implementation Manager, Boeing Commercial Airplanes
Debra Gorman Blount, Commercial Aviation IT System Manager and Business Strategy Analyst, Boeing Commercial Airplanes
Rovy Branon, Vice Provost, University of Washington Continuum College
John Clemmons, CBAP, Senior Business Analyst, T-Mobile
Christiane Fortin, Senior Business Analyst, Costco Wholesales
Art Frohwerk, Managing Partner, ClearPath, LLC
Holly Green, Principal Business Analyst, Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI)
Sara E. Hasan, Business Analysis Manager, Starbucks
Vicki James, CBAP, PMP, President, IIBA Seattle Chapter
Dawn Klinghoffer, Director — Strategic People Analysis Group, Microsoft Corporation
Scott Lloyd, Manager, Manufacturing Operations - 787 Supply Chain, Boeing
Paul Ortman, Operations Data Analytics Leader, Boeing Commercial Airplanes
Shaosong Ou, Senior Lecturer in Information Systems, Foster School of Business, University of Washington
Brian Paulen, Senior Director, West Monroe Partners
Chris Pawlak, CBAP, Senior Business Analyst
Piyu Roy, Professional Programs Manager, UW Professional & Continuing Education
Christian Stephens, Senior IT Business Analyst, Investment Management, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Matt Winiski, Senior Manager — IS Services Business Analysis, Expeditors
Download the application form (PDF)
Apply online, or submit an application packet that includes:
We’re currently accepting applications and will be reviewing them in the order they’re received. We’ll accept applications until the program closes.
We’ll contact you within two weeks of receiving your application materials to let you know if you’ve been accepted to the program.
If you’re accepted, we’ll send you details about your first-term course, including information on paying your course fee. Your course fee is due four weeks before the first class.
With the exception of the one-time application fee, certificate program fees are charged on a quarterly basis. Payment is due when you register.
Course fees do not include any costs for class materials such as textbooks and software.
Drops, Withdrawals & Refunds
Attend class in person at one of our convenient locations. You’ll engage face to face with your classmates and instructors as part of a highly interactive curriculum. An online learning management system may be required to access some course materials and assignments.
Our special blended programs combine the convenience of online study with the vibrancy of in-person classes for a unique learning experience.
Not available for this program
Enjoy the flexibility of online learning, which allows you to participate in class activities, assignments and discussions on your schedule, from anywhere. Experience cutting-edge technology and a supportive, diverse learning community.
Senior Business Process Analyst, Boeing Commercial Airplanes
Manager, Data Governance & Data Warehouse, Boeing Commercial Airplanes Analytics
Senior Business Analyst, Expeditors International of Washington
If you’re thinking about heading back to school, you’re probably also wondering how you’ll pay for it. To help you figure that out, we’ve put together a list of ways to help fund your education.
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