Business Analysis

E-mail: execinfo@gmu.edu

Phone: 703-993-2109

Fax: 703-993-2121

This program has been updated with new content released in the 2015, IIBA version 3.0 Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK®). The new content was significant and a new, fifth course was created to ensure the quality and integrity of the program, and the most updated information available.

The Business Analyst (BA) works as a liaison among stakeholders to enable improvements that deliver value for the enterprise and its customers. The BA bridges the gap between business users and solution providers, translating business needs into useable requirements. To succeed in this role, an individual must have a broad range of business, technical, and interpersonal skills.

"As many as 71 percent of software projects that fail do so because of poor requirements management, making it the single biggest reason for project failure." (CIO Magazine) Professionals like business analysts, who can gather, assess and validate requirements and who can communicate well with numerous stakeholders, can drive projects to successful conclusions. According to the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA™), an effective business analyst must be able to:

  • Understand enterprise problems and goals
  • Analyze needs and solutions
  • Devise strategies
  • Drive change
  • Facilitate stakeholder collaboration

In 2015, the IIBA released version 3.0 of its BABOK®, the industry-standard body of knowledge and the foundation for two certifications, CBAP™- Certified Business Analysis Professional and CCBA™- Certification of Competency in Business Analysis. The Mason Business Analysis Certificate Program is compliant with this new standard. It delivers the skills, techniques and tools to:

  • Understand and define the organizational need
  • Gather the information needed to clearly define the requirements
  • Document requirements for use by all stakeholders
  • Analyze, verify, and validate requirements
  • Create a framework for successful solutions
  • Lay the foundation for solution implementation and evaluation

The Mason Business Analysis Certificate program is designed to give you a foundation in all areas covered in IIBA’s Business Analysis body of Knowledge™ (BABOK®). The program consists of four core courses of two days each. You can take the courses in any order, although beginning with Enterprise Analysis and Business Success is recommended. Courses can also be taken individually. You have 18 months to successfully complete the four core courses to earn the George Mason University Business Analysis Certificate of Completion.
To receive a Certificate of Completion, participants must, within 18 months, successfully complete all five core courses.

It is highly recommended that the Business Analysis Success 3.0: Creating the Strategic Context for Mission-Critical Projects course is taken first. Remaining certificate courses may be taken in any order. In addition to obtaining a Business Analysis Certificate of Completion, this program will help prepare you for IIBA’s Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP) certification exam. These courses satisfy the 21 hours of business analysis professional development required to apply for CBAP certification.
The Business Analysis Certificate courses are designed for the following:

  • Business analysis managers
  • Business or technical analysts
  • Operations managers
  • Project managers
  • Requirements engineers and managers
  • Solution designers
  • IT or development managers
  • Systems analysts or managers
  • Team leaders
  • Management consultants

  • Benefit from the experience and insights of course instructors who each have over 20 years of proven experience in the performance improvement field– including finance, energy, government, healthcare, defense, and IT. Mason utilizes industry practitioners, not just instructors.
  • Engage in practical course work. Case studies, group projects and discussion of real-work situations make the program relevant in today's business environment.
  • Complete all requirements to earn the George Mason University Certificate of Completion.
  • Participate in a learning environment limited to 24 students per course.
  • Network with other business analysis professionals.
  • Develop skills and knowledge to help prepare you for the IIBA’s Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP) certification.
George Mason University is a PMI® Global Registered Education Provider.

PDU Credits:
Two-day courses are pre-approved for 14 PDUs.
PMI- Project Management Institute- Registered Education Provider
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