Business Analyst Degree Programs

Business analysis involves defining problems and addressing business inefficiencies, usually by providing a technical solution. Learn more about the field, available programs, online study options and available certifications. Schools offering Business Intelligence degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

How Can I Become a Business Analyst?

As a business analyst, you may have an educational background in a technical area, such as information technology or computer science. However, since you act as a liaison between IT and other departments of your business, you also have strong communication and project management skills. Though there isn't one set way to become a business analyst, a variety of degree programs are available that provide you with the technical, communication and business operations skills to begin or advance in this career.

Field Focus Liasoning between IT and business teams, project management
Degree Levels Associate's, bachelor's, master's
Online Options Yes, fully online programs are available
Common Courses JavaScript, management information systems, modeling techniques
Certification Available through hrough the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA)

Which Degree Programs Are Available?

Associate's degree programs in business analysis introduce you to the basics of business operations and IT topics. Subject areas covered typically include database and system design, application programming and business. You may have the opportunity to learn JavaScript and C++ programming or take courses in project management.

Bachelor's degree programs may provide you with more in-depth knowledge of management information systems, as well as specific models and techniques used in business analysis. Some programs focus more on management and communication skills, while others - which may be called business and systems analysis programs - emphasize IT and business application programming.

Some graduate programs that focus on management science and IT award an M.S. in Business Analytics. In these programs, you learn how to combine high-level quantitative and basic programming skills to address business operations issues. In addition to a foundation in business topics, you acquire a variety of complex modeling techniques.

What Online Options Are Available?

Some business analyst degree programs are available online that allow you either to take some or all courses online. Other programs provide night-time course schedules for professionals. Online and on-campus courses have similar content. Online course formats may allow posting responses to assigned questions in discussion areas, interacting through webinars and taking online exams. Course materials may be available online or ordered through university book stores.

How Do I Become Certified?

Professional certifications can help distinguish you in a competitive field and persuade potential employers that you can do the job. You may earn certifications related to information technology, as well as certifications for your understanding of business analysis tools and methods.

The International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA), an organization that sets professional standards, offers initial and advanced certifications to those who pass an exam based on its Business Analysis Body of Knowledge. The exam tests your knowledge of specific tools and techniques for eliciting and analyzing enterprise needs. It also covers communication techniques, planning, project management, documentation and solution assessment. The IIBA endorses certificate and training programs with curricula aligned to their guide and certification exams (www.iiba.org).

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