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 IT talent management 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

Mastering Requirements Analysis and Solution Evaluation
Quarter Academic Credit
4

In order to meet their objectives and enable change in an enterprise, business analysts must understand their roles and responsibilities and be able to identify and quantify their objectives. In this online course, business analysts, project managers and other agents of change will continue to grow their skills in stakeholder requirements analysis and traceability through the lifecycle of the project. Students will learn the techniques for organizing the information needed to support traceability and quality assurance, and complete an assessment of the solution to measure performance and evaluate the benefits of a project. Learners will explore these concepts through a mix of lectures, supplementary videos and readings and hands-on activities and case studies. At the end of this course, participants will be able to identify stakeholder requirements, resolve business conflicts, and identify and use opportunities and techniques to assess solution performance and the realization of benefits.

Learning Outcomes

  • Apply fundamental methods of requirements analysis
  • Evaluate and recognize when to utilize opportunities and techniques to reengineer business processes
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate with project managers and stakeholders in order to track requirements towards closure
  • Assess requirements to ensure that they continue to meet original business goals
  • Appraise solution performance and the realization of benefits

Skills You Will Gain

  • Requirement specification, models and analysis
  • Communication
  • Change management
  • Solution evaluation

Note: This course is designed to meet the standards of business analysis training, as defined by the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA)® and Project Management Institute (PMI)®.

Course Code
502678
The Foundations of Business Analysis
Quarter Academic Credit
4

In our constantly changing economy, businesses are seeking agents of change to keep up, adapt and find data-driven solutions to help their business thrive. Designed for people responsible for change management, project managers or professionals charged with solving business problems, this online course will lay the foundation for understanding the roles and responsibilities of a business analyst in enabling change in an organization. Through lecture and interactive, instructor-led web meeting sessions, students will be introduced to the Business Analysis Core Concept Model (BACCM), learning key knowledge areas, such as planning and monitoring, elicitation and collaboration, requirements management and analysis, solution evaluation, stakeholder engagement and more. Learners will also practice common skills needed to succeed as a business analyst, including problem solving and communication. At the end of this course, students will be prepared to apply their skills as a business analyst in enabling change, and will possess the vocabulary and basic skills necessary to begin applying these principles in their organization.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the role, tasks, and value of a business analyst
  • Distinguish the similarities and differences between business analysis and project management
  • Utilize the BACCM to analyze problems and develop solutions
  • Differentiate between and select an appropriate system development methodology (i.e., LEAN Six Sigma, Agile, Waterfall) for a given project
  • Identify and engage with stakeholders and manage their expectations

Skills You Will Gain

  • Business Analysis Core Concept Model (BACCM)
  • Analytical thinking and problem solving
  • Communication
  • Common Agile techniques

Note: This course is designed to meet the standards of business analysis training, as defined by the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA)® and Project Management Institute (PMI)®.

Course Code
502675
Business Analysis Planning & Execution: Planning the Work and Working the Plan
Quarter Academic Credit
4

Business analysts require a fundamental understanding of project management in order to understand the main concepts of approach, planning, monitoring and execution of the critical tasks they face every day. Intended for business analysts, project managers and others in change management, this online course will guide students through the process of assessing business problems in order to provide adequate context to solution requirements. Through interactive lectures, hands-on assignments and real-world case studies, 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. At the end of this course, students will be able to map the inputs and outputs of business analysis, develop a business analysis plan and work breakdown structure, and be able to fully assess a business problem and develop a preferred solution approach.

Learning Outcomes

  • Develop a business analysis plan and work breakdown structure for the business analysis tasks to be performed
  • Identify and map the inputs and outputs of business analysis as defined in the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK) and PMI Guide to Business Analysis for Practitioners
  • Analyze a given project for potential risk and formulate alternative solutions to mitigate risk
  • Estimate the level of effort needed for each task
  • Assess business problems against organizational capabilities and design artifacts supporting the preferred solution approach

Skills You Will Gain

  • Business analysis planning
  • Information management
  • Risk, issue and conflict management
  • Needs assessment
  • Strategic business planning

Note: This course is designed to meet the standards of business analysis training, as defined by the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA)® and Project Management Institute (PMI)®.

Course Code
502676
Gathering and Managing Requirements in Business Analysis
Quarter Academic Credit
4

In order to effectively manage and execute their plans, business analysts must effectively gather and manage stakeholder information and requirements to facilitate analysis and design a solution. In this online course, organizational changemakers will learn how to apply the various tools and techniques to support the elicitation and management of requirements. Through interactive web meeting lecture sessions and real-world assignments and case studies, students will use these tools and techniques to plan and prepare for gathering sessions, and organize and manage these requirements throughout the development of a solution. At the end of this course, participants will be able to plan and execute a requirement elicitation in their workplace and utilize this information to create a strategy matrix to manage changing requirements toward the development of a business solution.

Learning Outcomes

  • Plan and execute an elicitation
  • Analyze the results of an elicitation and create a traceability matrix to map business rules to requirements
  • Compare and contrast different communication strategies for sharing elicitation results
  • Define and utilize key skills for communication and collaboration with stakeholders

Skills You Will Gain

  • Elicitation techniques
  • Information management
  • Communication
  • Development of change strategies

Note: This course is designed to meet the standards of business analysis training, as defined by the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA)® and Project Management Institute (PMI)®.

Course Code
502677

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
The Foundations of Business Analysis 4 Online Online
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
  • 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.