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About the Business Analysis Tools and Strategies Program

UC San Diego Extension remains committed to helping you achieve your goals. In an effort to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, we have transitioned all of our courses to an online, hybrid or live-online format. Online classes (asynchronous) will have pre-recorded lectures each week and guided assignments from the instructor. Hybrid classes are fully online with live (synchronous) virtual class meetings each week using the Zoom conferencing system. The live-online sections have synchronous sessions via Zoom.

Professionals with skills in analyzing information and incorporating findings into strategic planning and decision making are highly demanded. The Specialized Certificate in Business Analysis Tools and Strategies will offer opportunities for students to develop the tools and strategies of business analysis. Students completing this certificate will obtain comprehensive training in the foundational skills needed to be effective when assigned projects associated with organizational change and acquire the background necessary to apply their expertise to solving real-world business problems.

  • Understand the uses of business analysis in an organizational setting.
  • Relate to sophisticated problem solving, decision making, elicitation and process modeling.
  • Learn about the five domains of business analysis as developed by the Project Management Institute (PMI).
  • Understand various types of elicitation techniques.
  • Assess stakeholder problems through needs-assessment tools.

A prerequisite course in Elementary Accounting (BUSA-40036), Financial Accounting for Non-Accountants (BUSA-40009), or equivalent is required before enrolling in Business Process Modeling. Essentials of Business Analysis does not have any prerequisites and may be taken in the Fall or Spring quarters. The Essentials of Business Analysis, Elicitation Techniques for Business Analysis and Solution Assessment courses are designed to be taken sequentially. You must earn a Pass (C-) or better grade in each course.

Format: Online

100% Online. In-class options available for some courses; varies by quarter.

Estimated Cost: $2535

Cost varies by format selection and curriculum updates.

Duration: 9-36 Months

Varies by student and courses taken per quarter.

Contact
Department
Business, Professional & Legal Programs
Phone
858-534-8189
Email
BizAnalysisProgram@ucsd.edu

Courses

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Prerequisite (required) complete one course

Elementary Accounting IBUSA-40036

Units: 4.00

$750

Learn the basics in financial accounting theory and practice. Topics include: recording, analyzing and summarizing procedures used to prepare balance sheets and income statements such as payroll, spec...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Financial Accounting for Non-AccountantsBUSA-40009

Units: 4.00

$695

Gain an overview of how to use accounting and financial data for more effective and profitable decisions. Learn the information necessary to interpret and evaluate the financial effects of day-to-day ...

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Typically Offered:

Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Required Courses

Essentials of Business AnalysisBUSA-40882

Units: 3.00

$545

Business analysis is a disciplined approach for introducing and managing change within organizations by defining needs and then recommending solutions to stakeholders. The Essentials of Business Analy...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Spring

Elicitation Techniques for Business AnalysisBUSA-40891

Units: 2.00

$360

The Essentials of Business Analysis course introduced the role of the Business Analyst and surveyed the five domains of business analysis practices. This course delves into three specific and related ...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Winter, Summer

Business Process ModelingBUSA-40892

Units: 3.00

$545

Business Process Modeling provides an introduction to the modeling of business requirements and processes. It is based on a system of postulates, data and inferences presented as an analytical descrip...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Solution AssessmentBUSA-40893

Units: 2.00

$395

In this course, students will be required to show their mastery of business analysis through presentations and case analyses. Learning activities will focus on the application of business analysis tec...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Spring

Courses of Interest

Careers in Business AnalysisINFO-70140

Units: 0.00

TBD

There are no sections planned at this time. For more information please contact: bizanalysisprogram ucsd.edu....

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Spring

Lean Six Sigma Green BeltMAE-40013

Units: 4.00

$1,995-$2,495

FREE INFORMATION SESSION:Click HERE to watch a recording of the recent Lean Six Sigma Information Session. Join our next LIVE Information Session on Tuesday, November 30, 12:00 - 1:00pm PT. View det...

Typically Offered:

Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Conditions for Admission

Although programs are open to all adult learners, UC San Diego Extension programs are designed to best serve college-prepared working professionals. Where program capacity is limited, applicants with this profile will receive preference for admission.

Next Steps Experience

In the capstone course, Solution Assessment (BUSA-40893), students will be required to show their mastery of business analysis through presentations and case analyses. Learning activities will focus on the application of business analysis techniques learned in previous coursework to: evaluate solutions, identify deficiencies, develop strategies for implementation, and monitor needs for improvements. Each student will document and present findings therefore, demonstrating his or her ability to clearly articulate results and recommendations.

Careers in Business Analysis

Special Notes

You may enroll in the certificate program at any time. However, it is recommended that you enroll as soon as possible. The program curriculum may be updated at any time; if certificate requirements change, you must adhere to the curriculum at the time of your enrollment into the certificate. You may take any course without registering for the certificate, provided you have fulfilled any and all prerequisites for the course.

Career Resources and Services

  • One-on-One Career Coaching Appointment - Graduates who are interested in a career coaching appointment can schedule an appointment to get advice on resume building, applications, negotiation, interviewing, leveraging LinkedIn etc... Graduates will meet virtually with a career advisor for up to one-hour. If you would like to schedule an appointment and you have completed the certificate within five years, contact unexbusa@ucsd.edu.
  • O*Net - Career resources offered by O*Net , an online portal for career exploration, job analysis and self-assessment tools.
  • The Career Channel - Brought to you by UCTV and UC San Diego Extension, the Career Channel provides information, tools and experts to help those in career transition identify emerging areas of opportunity and develop plans for reskilling.
  • Explore Career Tools to Make your Next Career Move - Get help with your career research to find the priority sectors and priority jobs. The San Diego Workforce Partnership looked at all occupations in San Diego County to determine which pay best, have the most openings and are growing quickly. There are 72 priority jobs in San Diego County, ranging from stucco masons to biomedical engineers. Find out more at SDWP - My Next Move.
  • Professional Associations - Professional associations offer a terrific opportunity for career education, professional development and networking. Link to list of associations.

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Advisory Board

Ray Frohnhoefer, MBA, PMP, CC

PPC Group, LLC

Michael (Mo) Orechwa, MBA

Business Analysis Executive

QueBIT Consulting

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