Linger at the intersection of business management, operations, and IT and you will likely encounter the business analyst, a multi-faceted team member who is fluent in both business and technology solutions. Business analysts are increasingly sought after as skilled problem solvers and this applied program will help set you on the path to professional success.
The award-winning UBC Certificate in Business Analysis is a part-time, 100% online program designed and facilitated by experts in the field, and is aligned with the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA®) body of knowledge. Previous experience in business analysis or information technology is not essential.
- Delivered part-time, 100% online
- Provides an in-depth learning experience with 288 hours of curriculum focused on case studies, problem solving and the application of business analysis techniques
- Aligns with the IIBA® A Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® (BABOK® Guide), Agile Extension to the BABOK® Guide, and PMI® The Standard for Program Management. Courses are eligible for PMI Professional Development Units (PDUs) and IIBA® Continuing Development Units (CDUs)
- Requires completion of seven courses over two years part-time
- Costs C$8155
- Accepts applications on an ongoing basis
- After this program you will gain an understanding of business analysis techniques and processes that can enhance your performance and ability to contribute to your organization's bottom-line results.
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Building on the IIBA® BABOK® Guide industry standard and through the examination of case studies, develop the skills to:
- synthesize organizational information
- define problems, analyze opportunities and provide recommendations
- build a shared understanding between stakeholders and the project team
- effectively facilitate solutions
- communicate courses of action to achieve an organization's goals.
This program aligns with UBC Continuing Studies project management and program management certificate programs, offering you the option to choose an educational path that follows your career path.
Who It's For
- Experienced business analysts facing new challenges
- Analysts who need to increase their requirements elicitation, stakeholder engagement, agile, writing, reporting and modelling skills
- Business managers adding business analysis expertise to their skill set
- New analysts just starting in the industry
- Anyone preparing to obtain IIBA® Entry Certificate in Business Analysis (ECBA®), Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP®) or Certification of Competency in Business Analysis (CCBA®), or Certified Business Analysis Thought Leader (CBATL®) designations
- Business managers looking to add business analysis expertise to their skill set, including:
- business analysts and business systems analysts
- project, product or program managers
- financial and operations managers
- usability, programmer and quality assurance analysts
- business process improvement specialists.
Prior experience in business analysis or information technology is not essential.
- 88% of program graduates felt that employers or colleagues recognize and value their certificate qualifications.
Delivered through seven 100% online courses in a part-time format, Certificate candidates are expected to complete all seven required courses within a two year period, beginning with the Fundamentals of Business Analysis (II850).
Find out more about online learning.
Each certificate course can be taken in one of two ways: regular part-time or fast track.
?Students register for each of the seven courses at their own pace and have two years to complete all courses in the program. The seven courses are provided in the recommended sequence under Curriculum.
Participants should plan to spend an average of six to ten hours per week in each course.
For people wishing to complete the UBC Certificate in Business Analysis in a shorter time frame, each Fast Track session offers a cohort delivery of select courses within a four month period, and the opportunity to complete the certificate program in only one year. In addition to saving time, you also save approximately 10% off the regular course fees. There are limited spaces so register early to avoid disappointment.
Participants should plan to spend an average of ten to fifteen hours per week in each course. Due to the intensive nature of these courses, we recommend registering for only one Fast Track session at a time.
Please ensure that your work, travel, or other responsibilities will not constrain your learning for the duration of the course.
Note: there are no changes or substitutions of courses allowed with Fast Track.
Students will need access to flowcharting software like Microsoft Visio®, PowerPoint® or SmartDraw® to complete some assignments.
Methodology and Assessment
The curriculum encompasses a significant amount of reading, including online lectures, books, case studies and white papers, in conjunction with online learning activities such as lectures, videos, group discussions and research. Students are assessed on participation, tests, assignments and projects.
Throughout the program, each methodology is woven together with planning, problem solving and critical thinking skills. Theory-based learning is grounded in case studies and other practical reality checks such as discussion groups and online lectures by subject matter experts on topics central to current industry practices and standards.
The UBC Certificate in Business Analysis is delivered through seven 100% online courses in a part-time format. Certificate candidates are expected to complete all seven required courses within a two-year period, beginning with the Fundamentals of Business Analysis (II850).
The following seven courses should be taken in the recommended sequence, as listed below. Fast Track courses bundle certain courses together; please view course descriptons for full details.
Note: Fundamentals of Business Analysis (II850) is a prerequisite for all courses except Change Management and Process Implementation.
|Required Courses||Format(s)||Next Offering||More|
|Fundamentals of Business Analysis (II850)||Online||
Oct 24-Dec 4, 2017
|Business Analysis Planning and Project Management (II852)||Online||
Oct 17-Dec 11, 2017
|Written Business Analysis Communications (II853)||Online||
Jan 23-Mar 19, 2018
|Requirements Gathering, Analysis and Documentation (II851)||Online||
Oct 3-Nov 27, 2017
|Management, Leadership and Team Building for Business Analysts (II855)||Online||
Oct 10-Dec 4, 2017
|Stakeholder Engagement for Business Analysts (II854)||Online||
Nov 14-Dec 11, 2017
|Change Management and Process Implementation (II856)||Online||
Oct 24-Dec 4, 2017
|Business Analysis Fast Track 1 (II870)||Online||
Jan 16-Apr 23, 2018
|Business Analysis Fast Track 2 (II871)||Online||
Mar 20-Jun 11, 2018
|Business Analysis Fast Track 3 (II872)||Online||
Sep 26-Nov 27, 2017
Note: To postpone or waive the prerequisite, you must fill out the Prior Learning Assessment form to request permission.
Curriculum and fees subject to change.
The courses in the UBC Certificate in Business Analysis are developed by qualified professionals with years of teaching and hands-on experience gained in the field.
UBC's online tutors are business professionals experienced in online adult education and skilled in the online facilitation and guidance of students on a one-to-one and group basis. They provide continuous support as well as feedback and assessment through email communication and online discussions, assignments and projects to make sure you get the most out of your learning experience.
A $200 non-refundable administration fee is due upon acceptance into the program. Course fees are paid on a course-by-course basis and total a maximum of C$8155 for all seven certificate courses. There is no fee to apply to the program.
Before applying to this program, please read and understand the terms and conditions in the Program Handbook .
If you would prefer to receive the handbook in the mail, contact us with your complete name and full mailing address.
Applications to the program are accepted on an ongoing basis. There is no cost to submit an application; however, a $200 non-refundable administration fee is due upon acceptance into the program.
You may take the Fundamentals of Business Analysis course prior to applying to the UBC Certificate in Business Analysis but must be accepted into the program before registering for remaining business analysis courses.
To apply to the certificate program, you need to:
- meet the admission requirements (see below)
- fill out an online application form and provide supporting documents
- read and understand the terms and conditions in the Program Handbook . (To receive the handbook by mail, please contact us with your complete name and mailing address).
The admissions process helps to ensure that the needs, intentions and expectations of participants are adequately matched to the program's objectives and capabilities. Admission to the program may be limited by the availability of courses and online instructors.
To accommodate learners from a variety of backgrounds, the admission requirements for the UBC Certificate in Business Analysis are fairly broad. However, all applicants must have the following:
- access to a flowcharting type of software like Microsoft Visio®, PowerPoint® or SmartDraw® to complete some assignments
- a post-secondary education
- a business background gained through education and/or experience
- management experience with budgetary responsibilities
- strong written Business English skills for participation in one-on-one interactions, group work, presentations, projects and assignments and in electronic communications. Non-Native English speakers may be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by submitting the results of language proficiency tests and may also be subject to an interview prior to admittance. Find out more about acceptable tests and minimum scores.
Prior experience in business analysis or information technology is not essential.