Business Analysis
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    Credential

    • Certificate in Business Analysis

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    Program length

    • 18 months to 5 years

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    Program features

    • For Canadian citizens and permanent residents
    • Part-time, online from anywhere in Canada

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    Program fees

    • Total cost: $5,500 approximately
    • Each course: $300 to $620

  • Learn the tools and technique of business analysis

    Learn the tools and techniques of business analysis

    Learn the skills, knowledge and tasks of the growing business analysis profession. Identify business needs and facilitate effective solutions using the tools and techniques of business analysis, with the Business Analysis Book of Knowledge (BABOK) as your textbook and experienced business analysts to guide you. You’ll emerge with valuable technical and soft skills, much closer to coveted IIBA designation.

  • Industry skills

    Industry skills

    Learn the essentials of business analysis, by industry standards. You will build your skills in relevant areas including learning how to work in an Agile project environment, how to adapt your process efficiently as you go and more. You will enhance both your technical skills and your soft skills including communication, critical thinking, problem solving and collaboration.

  • Drive change and create solutions

    Drive change and create solutions

    Today’s business analyst enables change in businesses and organizations, by defining needs and recommending solutions that deliver value to stakeholders. Get ready to join these important professionals. Prepare to make a difference in the business world and transform your career with the potential of business analysis.

Program details

This program is for Canadian citizens and permanent residents. Information for international students who wish to study Business Analysis can be found at Applied Business Analysis.

Credential: Earn a University of Manitoba Certificate in Business Analysis.

Fees: $3,510 for required courses, plus electives and $100 non-refundable application fee

This program is designated by Manitoba Student Aid, available to Manitoba residents.

Expected duration: 18 months to 5 years, part-time

Prepare to pass the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA) ECBA certification exam.

This is one of the first online Business Analysis certificate programs in Canada offered in academic partnership with the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA). The program is built on the Business Analysis Book of Knowledge (BABOK) and current industry standards. It is designed and taught by experienced business analysts who share methodologies and soft skills.

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Program courses

Determine the courses you will need to complete this program.

Required courses

Course number Course name Contact hours Term(s) offered
BUAN 0100 Business Analysis Fundamentals 36 Winter
BUAN 0110 Planning and Monitoring 18 Fall
BUAN 0120 Elicitation & Collaboration 18 Fall
BUAN 0130 Requirements Life Cycle Management 18 Spring
BUAN 0140 Strategy & Enterprise Analysis 18 TBA
BUAN 0150 Solution Assessment & Validation 18 Winter
BUAN 0160 Agile Business Analysis 18 Winter
BUAN 0170 Business Case Development Project 18 Spring
MGMT 0520 Excellence in Communication 36 Spring

Elective courses

Choose a minimum of 90 contact hours.

Course number Course name Contact hours Term(s) offered
BUAN 0180 Business Process Modelling & Improvement 18 TBA
BUAN 0190 Systems Design and Testing 18 Spring
BUAN 0920 Special Topics: Indigenous Business Perspectives & Practices 18 Spring
MGMT 0110 Organizational Behaviour 36 Spring
MGMT 0122 The Practice of Change Management 24 Winter
MGMT 0130 Canadian Business Law 36 Spring
MGMT 0150 Project Management 36 Winter
LDRS 0510 Learning for Leaders in the 21st Century: Developing Personal Leadership 36 Winter
LDRS 0530 Leading Organizational Change 36 Fall

How to apply

Complete and submit your Application Form (PDF):

  • Save to your computer before filling out the form.
  • To register for individual courses, please visit Courses.

Learn more about the program

  • Abraham King
    Business analysis, Instructor

  • Ejike Eneude
    Business analysis, Student

Meet our content providers

  • Maureen McVey
  • Maureen McVey

    Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP)
    Consultant, Business Analysis program

Read more about Maureen McVey

Over 20 years ago, Maureen McVey decided to make a career change. She found an opportunity to move from sales to working on a software development team.

“They needed someone to manage change. We didn’t use the term business analyst. But that’s how I launched my career,” says the senior business analyst, and consultant for Extended Education at the University of Manitoba’s Business Analysis program.

“I didn’t know business analyst was my title for quite some time, but I have been a business analyst since 1995.”

IIBA founded

McVey notes that even now, many business analysts, people who perform the tasks of business analysis as described in the Business Analysis Book of Knowledge (BABOK), may not actually be called business analysts. Of course, BABOK did not exist in the early days of her career. There was no formal description of common rules and processes at that time. So she helped to develop an organization and a book of knowledge to guide the profession.

McVey and her colleagues from Canada and around the world founded the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA), based in Toronto. It’s the recognized professional and accrediting organization for business analysis with over 30,000 members worldwide.

BABOK is an amazing work, she says. “It’s a wonderful story. It validated what I did for a living. It provided ways to do the work. It identified the skills and techniques, and recognized that business analysis was a very complex and difficult job.”

Business analysis is different from project management, although there are overlapping tasks, she says. “We have a very different view of the world. We care about solutions. The project manager cares about delivering within the budget, on time. Business analysts are finding new ways, new solutions. They are good communicators, good listeners. They shift from considering a broad perspective to looking at the details.”

Every organization needs a business analyst, she says, and everyone is looking for a good one. In February 2018, business analyst made the list of the top 15 in-demand jobs in Canada, as provided by human resource service company Randstad to CTV News.

A rewarding career

It’s a rewarding career option, she says.

“I have travelled the world, worked in a variety of industries, met interesting people, seen how business operates. It makes me happy but it’s not for everyone. You need to be a people person, a communicator. You will be managing a lot of information so you must be organized. You will have to be comfortable with a certain amount of ambiguity, and sometimes, with conflict. People don’t like change.”

The Business Analysis program provides the fundamentals of BABOK skills, tools and techniques. “It’s a good program. Whether or not you end up with the BA title, I think the skills are so useful. Even if you have a different job, it can help you to understand the foundational skills in order to understand the business need for business analysis and justify its value.”

An exciting program

A BA helps to make evidence-based, informed decisions, she says. “The program content is well-structured and focuses on all the right areas. I’m excited about the program. I love the idea of an Indigenous layer. There is a lot of opportunity to provide valuable service with these skills.”

No organization can do without the business analysis skillset, she says. It’s something that can be developed, building on your education and experience. The program is a good start.

“In sales, I was trying to work with a client to solve a problem. That’s what I like to do. In business analysis, I find out how an organization works, collaborate with people, and hopefully see the results. It allows for some creativity. It’s interesting. One day is not like the next.”

  • James Fatoki
  • James Fatoki

    Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP)
    Consultant, Business Analysis program

Read more about James Fatoki

When an organization has a problem, it can be tempting to guess what the issue is and try to fix it right away. But without appropriate business analysis, a lot of time and money can be wasted on solutions that don’t address the underlying problem.

That’s where business analysis comes in.

“If you know there is a problem, you must ask why,” says James Fatoki, Consultant and Senior Business Analyst for Online Business Systems, and Consultant for Extended Education at the University of Manitoba’s Business Analysis program.

In the language of the business analysis profession, it takes a technique called “root cause analysis”. It’s just one of the processes, each with its own specific tasks, as defined in the Business Analysis Book of Knowledge (BABOK). A business analyst, by definition, performs the tasks of business analysis as defined in BABOK.

Problem solving

“There’s an art and a science to it,” he says, noting how there are specific ways to ask questions and techniques to adopt. “It’s discovering and analyzing information, and providing value to an organization by helping to solve problems.”

Helping organizations to solve problems and overcome challenges is very rewarding, he says. “There is such joy at the end of a project, when you have achieved your goal, applying BA methodologies and tools. The challenges you are able to solve, organizations are so much happier for it. It’s a big deal.”

Originally from Nigeria, Fatoki has also worked in the United Kingdom and Canada. With a background in Engineering and Information Technology (IT), he made his way into business analysis on the job when a project wasn’t going well and its requirements were poorly understood. “I was inquisitive about how to manage it effectively, to succeed and not fail,” he says, of that first opportunity when he stepped into the role in 2009. “There was a need. I have never looked back.”

Opportunity

Today, there is increased awareness of the need for business analysis, and many professionals perform the tasks whether they have the job title of business analyst or not. “We’ve come a long way. Organizations have a better understanding. People are getting more familiar.”
While Fatoki was fortunate to learn the ropes at work, with the guidance and support of coworkers, he says, “Some people might think it’s easy, yeah I can do it. Yes, I am good at what I do. But I had to learn. My learning curve was so steep. It would have been a lot easier with training or formal education.”

That’s why he is excited about the new program.

Experience and learning

The Business Analysis program is like compressing your learning and applying it immediately, he says. “You get experience and learning from a reputable organization, the University of Manitoba, and industry experts. You can take your first degree or experience and apply your transferable skills, go through the program and develop more. It is a good move, to educate yourself.”

Prospects for careers in business analysis are great, he says. “You take your knowledge and experience, layer the program on top, and get to work. The beauty of it is there are so many industries you can plug into. None of your previous knowledge is wasted. I have worked in many industries from IT to financial, insurance and government. There is a good demand out there.”

The program is a good way to get a sense of business analysis and what it is all about, he says.

“It’s a great overview and a good design. It’s about what to do and how to do it.”

Business analysis is about solving problems and providing value, he says. “Helping to solve problems, knowing the value I am providing is the biggest deal for me.”

It’s also a big deal to businesses and organizations because it supports their viability and success.

“Defining issues and problems is critical, whether a business accepts it or not. Without proper business analysis, it simply becomes trial and error. Companies will spend money, suffer financial losses, and lose ground in a competitive market.”

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