Professional Development Certificate in Business Analysis

 

“The Business Analyst role is about linking and liaising. Broader than IT, the BA focuses on solutions in the context of the organization’s goals, regardless of whether they utilize technology. The BA role is about meeting business needs and ensuring investment in the right solutions.”

 

-  Kathleen Barret, Founding President and former CEO of IIBA®.

As defined by the International Institute of Business Analysis™, Business Analysis is the practice of enabling change in an organizational context, by defining needs and recommending solutions that deliver value to stakeholders. The set of tasks and techniques that are used to perform business analysis are defined in A Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® (BABOK®Guide).

Business Analysis is one of the fastest growing professions today.  According to PMI's Pulse of the Profession®: Requirements Management — A Core Competency for Project and Program Success In-Depth Report (2014), inaccurate requirements gathering is the second highest cause of project failure yet only half of organizations have the resources in place to perform this function properly. Through 2019, over half of organizations expect to see an increase in their demand for Business Analysts and the integration of requirements management and business analysis with project management.


Program Description

The main objective of Professional Development Certificate in Business Analysis is to equip professionals with the knowledge and skills necessary to be effective business analysts: to understand business problems, recognize opportunities, and recommend solutions; to act as a liaison among business stakeholders to elicit, analyze, communicate, and validate requirements for changes to business processes, policies, and information systems. This program focuses on practical application of business analysis principles, tools, and methodology as outlined in the industry standard, A Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® (BABOK® Guide – IIBA®) , as well as in the Business Analysis for Practitioners: A Practical Guide, published by the Project Management Institute (PMI)®.


Admission Requirements

For admission requirements, click here.

To be admitted to the program:  

A non refundable application must be paid online by credit card (Visa or MasterCard).

  • The application fee for admission to the Fall 2017 semester is $81.93.
  • The application fee for admission to the Winter 2018 and onwards is $84.14.

Once your application has been submitted online, you will receive an email message confirming receipt.

If you wish to register for an individual course without being admitted to the program, please click here for registration instructions.


Who Should Attend

Professionals who are new to business analysis and are seeking essential practical knowledge. Practicing business analysts, project managers, process and/or enterprise analysts looking to enhance their professional skills and competencies and obtain academic recognition of their experience.

Professionals wishing to pursue the following business analysis certifications:
CBAP®, CCBA® awarded by the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA®)
PMI-PBA® awarded by Project Management Institute (PMI®)


Program Outline

The Program is offered in English and consists of 5 courses which must be completed within 2 years.

Required Courses

CBUS 210 

Comprehensive Business Analysis

16 CEUs

CBUS 216  

Interpersonal Skills for Professionals

4.5 CEUs

CBUS 242  

Applied Business Analysis  (pre-requisite: CBUS 210)

4.5 CEUs

Plus 2 Complementary Courses

CENG 224   

Agile Project Management

4 CEUs

CBUS 221    

Leading Sustainable Change

6 CEUs

CCOM 208 

Professional Writing in Business

4 CEUs

CBUS 243

Introduction to Business Analytics & Data Modeling 

4 CEUs

Recognition of courses completed prior to 2017

Students who have successfully completed any of the above courses up to 5 years prior to the date of admission can have their courses recognized towards the Professional Development Certificate in Business Analysis.


Contact Information

If you wish to register for an individual course without being admitted to the program, please contact us:
By phone: 514-398-6200
By emailpdregistrations [at] mcgill.ca  
In person: 688 Sherbrooke st. west, 11th floor