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Business Analysis Certificate Program

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 Extension 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.

About the Program:

Gain practical knowledge that matters

  • Explore the fundamental concepts and theory of business analysis
  • Learn to identify business opportunities and design solutions
  • Discover how to optimize your project investments
  • Develop strategies for gaining stakeholder approval

Designed for professionals like you

This program is designed for professionals in the private and public sectors who seek solutions for process improvement and organizational change. Systems analysts who need to bridge the gap between business processes and technical requirements also benefit. Further, with only four courses that are all offered online in an interactive webinar format, our Business Analysis Certificate Program provides the education working professionals need in a condensed and convenient manner. 

Courses Approved By:

UC Davis Extension is an Endorsed Education Provider with the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA)®, and a Registered Education Provider with the Project Management Institute (PMI)®.

Career Placement assistance: Take advantage of job placement services through our partner, TEKSystems

Estimated Cost:

Students seeking to complete the Business Analysis Certificate Program have two payment options:

Fast Track: Tuition for the Fast Track Certificate is $3,740, paid in full at the time of enrollment. The certificate application fee ($125) is also waived with the Fast Track option.

At Your Own Pace: You can also opt to complete the certificate by enrolling in individual courses, for a total cost of $4,400. Payment of a one-time certificate application fee ($125) is also required. 

Textbooks are not included in these tuition fees.

For more information, call (530) 757-8895 or email businessinfo@ucdavis.edu.

Program Requirements:

Courses may be taken individually or as part of a certificate program. You will be awarded a Certificate in Business Analysis upon the successful completion (with a grade of "C" or better) of four required courses (16 units) and submission of the application form and fee. (Note: students enrolled in the Fast Track option do not need to complete the application form and the fee is waived.)

Quarterly schedule of courses

CourseUnitsFWSPSU
Required
Courses
The Foundations of Business Analysis4.0OO
Business Analysis Planning & Execution: Planning the Work and Working the Plan4OO
Gathering and Managing Requirements in Business Analysis4.0OO
Mastering Requirements Analysis and Solution Evaluation4OO
F=Fall W=Winter SP=Spring SU=Summer; Schedules subject to change.
O = Online C = Classroom OC = Online and Classroom H = Hybrid


Required Courses

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
This course is not currently open for enrollment.

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
This course is not currently open for enrollment.

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
Sections of this course open for enrollment:

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
Sections of this course open for enrollment:

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“Thank you so much for the great course. I really enjoyed it! I learned a lot and am more eager than ever to pursue the certificate in Business Analysis.”

Chantal Richard, Technical Trainer

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