The University of St. Thomas

Graduate Programs in Software

Graduate Certificate in Business Analysis

Graduate Certificate in Business Analysis

Graduate Certificate in Business Analysis

[4 courses] NEW!
Effective fall 2013, the program requirements for this graduate certificate have changed
. Students who are enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in Business Analysis prior to Fall 2013 may opt to remain with the graduate program requirements from their current catalog (prior to Fall 2013). See Graduate Certificate in Business Analysis archive page.

The fast-growing field of business analysis demands professionals who have strong business and IT skills. As increasingly sophisticated and complex technology is implemented across organizations, the need for professionals with solid business analysis skills remains strong. A key facilitator within any organization, the business analyst works as a liaison among stakeholders in order to elicit, analyze, communicate, and validate requirements for changes to business processes, policies, and information systems.

The Graduate Certificate in Business Analysis program focuses on both the technical and managerial aspects of software development that are required knowledge for successful business analysts. This certificate program is designed for professionals seeking to advance their career or planning a career change as business analysts, systems analysts, project analysts, project managers, software engineers, or quality assurance analysts.

Entrance Requirements

  1. A bachelor's degree in any discipline from a regionally-accredited educational institution in the U.S. (or international equivalent).
  2. An overall grade-point-average (GPA) of at least 2.7 (Applicants with a GPA less than 2.7 will be considered for provisional admission with their professional experience factored into the decision.)

 Items required to complete your application:
(International students: please see International Student Admission Procedures.)

  1. Application fee of $50 (non-refundable)
  2. Completed GPS Online Application for Admission
  3. Admission essay giving your reasons for wanting to enter this program. Essays can be one to two pages (in .doc, .rtf, .txt, or .pdf format).
  4. Detailed resume which includes all work experience and job descriptions.
  5. Official transcript(s) from ALL universities/colleges attended bearing an institutional seal and sent directly to the Graduate Programs in Software (GPS) office by the issuing institution (even if the course work appears as transfer work on another school transcript).

Note: The GRE or GMAT is not required for the GPS programs.

Certificate completion criteria
To complete the Graduate Certificate in Business Analysis, the student must complete the four required SEIS graduate courses (12 graduate semester credits) with at a GPA of 2.7 or better.

NOTE: Students have the option to use the coursework from the Graduate Certificate in Business Analysis to continue in the Master of Science degree.

Required Courses
The following four courses are required for this certificate:

SEIS 610  Software Engineering
SEIS 625  Software Project Management
SEIS 626  Software Quality Assurance and Quality Control
SEIS 636  Requirements Analysis
  • Courses completed from previous GPS master's degrees achieved (MS, MSS, or MSDD) cannot be used for the Certificate in Business Analysis.
  • Students who are in a GPS master’s track cannot transfer into the Certificate in Business Analysis.
  • NOTE: SEIS 778 Internship/Seminar may be taken, but course will not count toward the 12 credits required for completion of the certificate.
  • Any substitutions must be approved by the GPS Director.

Information Sessions

Power your career with Graduate Programs in Software.
Learn how at an upcoming information session on the St. Paul campus:

Monday, June 2nd
5:30 to 6:30 P.M.
Owens Science Hall
room OWS 275.
Please RSVP to if you plan to attend an information session.

Walk-ins are welcome.

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