About this Program
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
Experience working as a business analyst or in a profession performing the business analyst’s body of work, such as a supply chain manager, accountant, program manager, project manager, product manager or data analyst
Experience with business organizational processes such as budgeting, team management, governance and project management
Two years of college
Basic computing skills, including the ability to use spreadsheets
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
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. TECHNOLOGY REQUIREMENTS
Access to a computer with a recent operating system and web browser
Administrator privileges on the computer to install software
High-speed internet connection
Headset and webcam (recommended)
Earning the Certificate
You earn a certificate of completion 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.
Play WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
Knowledge areas and competencies as defined by the latest Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK) of the
International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA) How to use Unified Modeling Language (UML) and Business Process Modeling Notation (BPMN)
Approaches for synthesizing and presenting research and analysis to facilitate decision-making
Waterfall and Agile methodologies and other emerging approaches to IT development
Consulting skills that build trust, support authentic communication and ensure solution acceptance by stakeholders
GET HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE
Create and use work products like analysis documentation, solution approach and business case to ensure teams are solving the problems that matter to their organization
Take part in group and individual projects that simulate typical business analysis problems
Prepare for Certification
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
T-Mobile, Boeing, Puget Sound Energy, Microsoft, various management consulting companies
Projected job growth for management analysts in Washington state (2020-2030)
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