Program Overview:

Business Analyst Certificate

Business analysts develop information technology solutions to meet 21st-century organizational strategic needs. The Business Analyst Certificate program at Northwestern University focuses on time-tested as well as cutting-edge best practices in a small-team and case study approach to best equip students for their changing roles.

Next Cohort Begins April 2014

All four (4) classes will be offered in sequence between April and June, 2014.

Program Goals

Participants who complete the program will be able to:

  • Gain exposure to key disciplines and skills needed to fulfill the role of a business analyst
  • Utilize key tools that are common practices needed to support the analyst
  • Choose activities that are critical to project success
  • Facilitate the rigorous development of requirements
  • Apply learning in real-world scenarios

Certificate Requirements

To earn the Business Analyst certificate, students must complete four courses. The classes may be taken in any order, although we recommend "The Changing Role of the Business Analyst" first and "Developing Process-Centric Business Requirements through Process Models and Use Cases" last.

  • The Changing Role of the Business Analyst
  • Principles of Business Process Management
  • Initiating Projects and Elicitation of Requirements
  • Developing Process-Centric Business Requirements through Process Models and Use Cases

Professionals may enroll in courses independently of the certificate program. 

Core Courses:

  • BUS_ALYS 200-0 Role of Business Analyst
  • BUS_ALYS 201-0 Initiating Projects
  • BUS_ALYS 202-0 Business Process Management
  • BUS_ALYS 203-0 Business Requirements

Elective Courses:

  • BUS_ALYS 206-0 Tech Planning for Leaders