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    Business Analyst Certificate Program

    In the dynamic landscape of modern enterprises, the pivotal role of the Business Analyst (BA) has emerged as a linchpin for effecting business and technological transformations. Recognized as the driving force behind swift and impactful changes, BAs play an indispensable role in organizations' agility and growth. This recognition is solidified through prestigious industry certifications such as the Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP) and the Certification of Capability in Business Analysis (CCBA) offered by the International Institute of Business Analysis™ (IIBA®). 

    Devising a comprehensive response to stakeholders' needs, BAs now hold the key to scrutinizing and orchestrating essential changes in collaboration with both business and IT domains. The orchestration of these changes requires BAs to analyze and organization's structures, policies and operations and to architect innovative solutions that align with the organization's overarching objectives.

    The landscape of business analysis has evolved to encompass an array of sophisticated methods and techniques for steering transformative change. The DePaul Business Analyst Certificate Program epitomizes this evolution, preparing you to master the intricacies of the IIBA's industry certifications and equipping you with a robust toolkit of strategies. These strategies are essential for BAs to navigate the complex web of business and IT lifecycles, thereby delivering sustained value.

    The multifaceted roles that define the modern BA come to life within the program's curriculum. From adeptly facilitating seamless interactions to meticulously analyzing requirements, from modeling intricate business processes to crafting intuitive user interfaces, and from defining business entities to envisioning efficient workflows – the program encapsulates the diverse skill set demanded by today's organizations.
    Beyond the traditional purview of business analysis, this ten-week journey will propel you into the realm of advanced methodologies. It unveils methodologies tailored for diverse change scenarios: transformative process shifts, incremental process enhancements, seamless software migrations, the implementation of packaged solutions, and the intricacies of project lifecycles, including the agile/lean, incremental, and waterfall paradigms. Additionally, you will be introduced to advancements in application development, changes in business practices, and shifts in the global economic landscape.

    Additional subjects important to modern Business Analysts include:

    • Data-driven decision making
    • Business analytics and AI
    • Big data handling
    • Customer-centric focus
    • Digital transformation
    • Risk management and cybersecurity
    • Globalization and cultural sensitivity
    • Sustainability and corporate social responsibility
    • Remote and virtual collaboration
    • Evolving business models
    A distinguishing feature of the program is its alignment with the latest and upcoming editions of the A Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® (BABOK® Guide) by IIBA. In synergy with this pivotal resource, the program infuses real-world pragmatism through method application, fortified by illustrative examples and a wealth of marketplace insights.

    In essence, DePaul's Business Analyst Certificate Program encapsulates the evolution of business analysts from mere change agents to strategists who bridge the chasm between visionary aspirations and operational realization. As industries continue to evolve, the demand for proficient BAs steeped in advanced techniques will only intensify, making this program a vital conduit for those seeking to define the trajectory of modern business analysis.

    Who Should Attend

    • Business analysts
    • Business systems analysts
    • Business analyst managers
    • Business/IT liaisons
    • Product managers
    • Quality assurance analysts
    • Project managers
    • Business architects
    • Software architects
    • Program managers


    In this cutting-edge program, you will not only establish a solid foundation in business analysis, but also explore the latest market advancements that are reshaping the role. Beyond just exam preparation, this course is designed to equip you with the skills and mindset needed to navigate complex business landscapes with confidence. By embracing the concept that complexity brings clarity and leveraging expert judgement to enhance your business analysis capabilities, you'll be prepared to excel as a Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP) or earn the Certification of Competency in Business Analysis (CCBA) designation. The key aspects that are taught and enhance a business analyst's skills, effectiveness and career are:

    • Evolving landscape of business analysis
    • Leveraging complexity for clarity
    • Expert judgement in business analysis
    • Adapting elicitation techniques to diverse stakeholder groups
    • Collaborative workshops for creativity and alignment in complex projects
    • Building consensus among stakeholders with conflicting priorities
    • Evaluating the long-term impact of proposed solutions
    • Measuring and communicating business value effectively
    • Incorporating feedback loops for continuous solution improvement
    • Advanced elicitation and collaboration
    • Applying techniques to real-world case studies

    Professional Affiliations

    International Institute of Business Analysis™

    DePaul University’s Management Development Center is an endorsed education provider of International Institute of Business Analysis™ (IIBA®).

    IIBA®, the IIBA® logo, BABOK® and Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® are registered trademarks owned by International Institute of Business Analysis. CBAP® is a registered certification mark owned by International Institute of Business Analysis. Certified Business Analysis Professional, EEP and the EEP logo are trademarks owned by International Institute of Business Analysis.


    • The Business Analyst role and BABOK introduction
    • Business analysis key concepts
    • Elicitation and collaboration
    • Requirements analysis and design
    • Requirements lifecycle management
    • Solution evaluation
    • Strategy analysis
    • Business analysis planning and monitoring
    • Planning a business analysis initiative
    • ​​​​​​​Modern business analysis perspectives
    • ​​​​​​​Personal development insights and planning


    Is there a required text?
    Yes. There is one required text to purchase for the Business Analyst Certificate Program:

    CBAP Certification Study Guide

    CBAP Certification Study Guide v3.0 by Larson & Larson, Watermark Learning [ISBN-13: 9780692691458]

    Are books included in the tuition fee?
    The textbook is not included in the tuition fee. Students are responsible for purchasing or renting the book on their own by the first day of class.

    Are courses taught in class or online?
    All courses are taught in class on DePaul’s Loop campus. There are no online courses.

    How long is the program?
    The program runs for 10 consecutive weeks and meets once/week in the evenings from 6:00 to 9:30 pm. See “Course Availability” below for program dates.

    Do I need prior education or work experience to enroll in the program?
    It is suggested that students have at least 1-2 years of full-time relevant work experience and/or a bachelor’s degree in business.

    Does this program qualify for financial assistance through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)?
    In order to find out if you qualify for financial assistance, you must first contact Workforce Development. As a certified program under the ILLINOIS workNet initiative, this program has been approved for workforce training grants for those who are eligible. Funding may be available for those receiving unemployment benefits. Please contact Workforce Development for more information.

    What is the difference between a certificate and a certification?
    A certificate is earned after completion of a course or a series of courses. Certificates are usually awarded by a training provider or an educational institution. Certification typically includes an experience, an educational component and requires passing an exam. Certifications are awarded by governmental and/or professional agencies and often require recertification to remain certified.

    For More Information, Contact:

    Isabel Avalos

    Phone: +1 312-362-5295

    Upcoming Class Offerings

    Business Analyst Certificate Program

    Dates: 9/18/2024 - 11/20/2024
    Time: 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    Location: Online
    Cost: $2,415.00
    Registration Deadline: 09/11/2024 - a $75 late fee will be assessed after this date for late registrations
    Final Deadline: 09/18/2024

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    For general inquiries, please email us or call 312-362-6300.