Business Analysis Certificate Program

Business Analysis
Program at-a-Glance
4 Classes
Online
$3,740-4,400

Be a Force for Change in Your Organization

Business analysts identify and articulate the need for change in how organizations operate and help facilitate that transformation. They work across all levels of an organization, defining goals and requirements that will maximize benefits, lower costs and discover new opportunities. Whether you work in private industry, government or for a non-profit, UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education’s Business Analysis Certificate Program will teach you how to guide your organization through the process of change and ultimately improve the way it operates.

What You’ll Learn

UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education is an Endorsed Education Provider with the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA)®, and a Registered Education Provider with the Project Management Institute (PMI)®. This program is designed for professionals in the private and public sectors who seek solutions for process improvement and organizational change. You’ll learn how to:

  • Understand and apply the fundamental concepts and theory of business analysis
  • Identify business opportunities and design solutions
  • Optimize your project investments
  • Develop strategies for gaining stakeholder approval

What You’ll Get

Our program offers:

  • Online convenience with weekly, live webinars
  • Access to exceptional instructors with years of industry experience
  • Unique networking opportunities with instructors and fellow students
  • Practical knowledge and current best practices that can be applied immediately to your business or job
  • Career placement assistance through our partner, TEKSystems

Fast Track

Save 15% on the cost of Business Analysis Certificate with our Fast Track option. Learn more. Note: enrollment in the Fast Track program is only available during the spring and fall quarters.

*Project Management Institute, PMI, Project Management Professional, PMP, Certified Associate in Project Management, CAPM, and PMBOK are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

  • $77,712 is the average salary for a business analyst (Glassdoor).
  • Top five states for business analysis employment: California, Texas, New York, Illinois and Florida (EMSI)
  • In California, more than 12,000 companies employ business analysts
  • Top industries that employ business analysts in California include health care, financial services and IT (EMSI)

This program requires completion of 16 required units of designated online course work with a grade of “C” or better.

Course content is frequently revised to ensure that the program is up-to-date with the latest industry standards. For this reason, you must complete all of the course requirements of your certificate within five years from the day you enroll in the first course. A certificate will not be awarded if the requirements are not completed and your application for candidacy is not received within this timeframe.

For additional information about our enrollment policies, please click here.

Please note: Foundations of Business Analysis is the recommended prerequisite for all other courses in this program.

Required Courses

Business Analysis Planning & Execution: Planning the Work and Working the Plan
Quarter Academic Credit
4

This course continues to teach students the processes and activities required to perform business analysis planning and monitoring as defined by the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA)® and the Project Management Institute (PMI)®. Students will learn how to plan and manage critical tasks and determine the appropriate methods and techniques to utilize when performing business analysis work. Students will learn how to assess business problems in order to provide adequate context to solution requirements. Students will also learn how to assess enterprise capabilities, analyze the breadth and impact of the desired change and determine the optimal solutions to address the identified problems and needs of the organization.

Learning objectives:

  1. Develop a Business Analysis Plan and Work Breakdown Structure for the Business Analysis tasks to be performed.  Students will create the following artifacts:
    • Requirements Management Plan
    • Change Control Log
    • Risk/Issues Log
  2. Complete an assessment of a Business Problem against Organizational Capabilities and develop artifacts supporting the preferred solution approach, including:
    • Technical and Operational Feasibility Assessment
    • Organizational Impact Assessment
    • Cost-Benefit Analysis
    • SWOT Analysis
    • Risk Analysis
    • Business Case
Course Code
502676
Gathering and Managing Requirements in Business Analysis
Quarter Academic Credit
4

This course continues to teach students the processes and activities required to perform business analysis planning and monitoring as defined by the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA)® and the Project Management Institute (PMI)®. This course teaches students to plan, prepare, and elicit project and business requirements. Students will learn how to effectively gather information from key stakeholders and manage requirements throughout the project. The requirements will facilitate the analysis and the design of a solution. Students will learn the various tools and techniques to support the elicitation process and the management of the requirements from initial documentation to solutions assessment and post implementation.

Students will apply the tools and techniques presented in this course to plan and prepare for requirements gathering sessions as well as identifying and using the appropriate tools to organize, document and manage the requirements through development of the solution. Thereby facilitating the validation that the solution meets the needs and requirements of the stakeholders.

Learning objectives:

  • Plan and execute elicitation utilizing at least 3-4 tools and techniques
  • Create a Traceability Matrix that will map business rules to requirements to test cases to ensure that the customer’s needs have been satisfied
  • Demonstrate the use of the issues and risks logs during elicitation to ensure oversight of possible impacts to solution delivery
  • Document a strategy to manage changing requirements
Course Code
502677
Mastering Requirements Analysis and Solution Evaluation
Quarter Academic Credit
4

This course continues to teach students the processes and activities required to perform business analysis planning and monitoring as defined by the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA)® and the Project Management Institute (PMI)®. This course will teach students the roles and responsibilities of the Business Analyst in enabling change in an enterprise. This class will continue to build on providing stakeholder requirements analysis and traceability through the lifecycle of the project.

Students will also learn the techniques for organizing business analysis information to support traceability and quality assurance within a waterfall or agile project environment. Students will complete an assessment of the solution to measure performance and evaluate the benefits to the organization.

Learning objectives:

  • Review the purpose and scope of requirements analysis
  • Identify requirements planning models based on project life cycle phase
  • Identify when to utilize opportunities and techniques to re-engineer business processes
  • Design solutions requirements and develop a Traceability Matrix
  • Consider how and when to communicate with project managers and stakeholders in order to track requirements towards closure
  • Identify and resolve requirements conflicts
  • Identify and resolve business conflicts
  • Assess requirements to ensure that they continue to meet original business goals for solution
  • Define requirements relationships and dependencies
  • Identify the tasks and techniques used to assess solution performance and the realization of benefits
  • Solution evaluation & sign-off
Course Code
502678
The Foundations of Business Analysis
Quarter Academic Credit
4

This course is designed to introduce students to the field of Business Analysis as defined by the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA)® and Project Management Institute (PMI)®.   

This course will provide the foundation for understanding the roles and responsibilities of the Business Analyst in enabling change in an enterprise by defining needs and recommending solutions.  This introductory course will immerse students into the fast-growing field of Business Analysis and the value they add to an organization. This course will explore the Business Analysis Core Concept Model (BACCM), further ensuring that students are equipped to consider the quality, completeness and value of the solutions implemented based on the Business Analyst’s assessment and recommendations.  

Learning objectives:

  • Understand the role, tasks, and value of a Business Analyst
  • Understand the Business Analysis Core Concept Model (BACCM) and its utilization as a Business Analyst
  • Demonstrate an understanding of key industry terms 
  • Explain the various requirements types
  • Examine the relationship between requirements and design as it relates to the activities performed by a Business Analyst
  • Identify the various types of stakeholders and the Business Analyst's role in managing their expectations
  • Develop a problem statement by engaging stakeholders
Course Code
502675

Please note: Foundations of Business Analysis is the recommended prerequisite for all other courses in this program.

Required Courses

Required Courses Units Fall Winter Spring Summer
Business Analysis Planning & Execution: Planning the Work and Working the Plan 4 Online Online
Gathering and Managing Requirements in Business Analysis 4 Online Online
Mastering Requirements Analysis and Solution Evaluation 4 Online Online
The Foundations of Business Analysis 4 Online Online
  • At Your Own Pace: Take individual courses for a total cost of $4,400 (or $1,100 per course).
    • A one-time, non-refundable registration fee of $125 must also be paid in order to receive your certificate.
  • Fast Track: Pay $3,740 in full at the time of enrollment and save over $600 on the cost of the program. The $125 registration fee is also waived. Learn more.
  • Textbooks are not included in the cost of tuition.

For information about financing your education, please click here.

Ready to advance your career? Pick the option that best suits your needs and your lifestyle:

  • Register. Fill out a brief certificate registration form and pay the registration fee. By doing so, you declare your intent to complete the program, lock in current program requirements and a program advisor will be made available to you to help you map out your academic path.
  • Fast Track. Enroll in our Business Analysis Fast Track Certificate Program (available during the spring and fall quarters) and we’ll waive your $125 registration fee and a program advisor will be made available to you to help you map out your academic path.
  • Enroll in an individual course. Check out individual courses that are currently open for enrollment. Courses will be applied to the certificate program if you later decide to complete your certificate. (Pre-requisites may apply.) All program course work must be completed within a 5-year period.
  • Sign up for an information session. Learn more about the program by enrolling in a free information session. If an information session for this program is not currently open for enrollment, click on “notify me,” and we’ll contact you when the next one becomes available.

Questions? We’re here to help. If you’ve got a question, email us or call (530) 757-8895.