Business Analysis Studies

College-Approved Certificate (5 courses) Part-time Online
Program Code: 1930X07PWO Academic Year: 2016/2017

This program is listed under the following fields of study:

Our Program

This online College Certificate program prepares students for careers in the area of Business Analysis Studies. Business Analysis relates to a set of tasks, procedures and techniques used by a Business Analyst (BA) to understand the internal and technical structures of a business organization. The BA gathers systems requirements from various areas of an organization and translates these into functional design specifications that can be successfully executed by project teams.

Students apply defined techniques to communicate and validate technical requirements for changes to business processes in a variety of organizations. Students focus on developing the unique skill sets used by a BA, such as analyzing business problems, identifying and documenting technical requirements, modelling data and processes, developing sustainable business strategies and managing organizational change. Through analysis of case studies and practical examples, students gain hands-on experience by engaging with electronic materials, multimedia presentations and online group discussions.

Targeted towards working professionals in business organizations, graduates of this program broaden their existing practice, expand career opportunities and learn to stay current in best practices in business analysis. Graduates may seek employment in a wide variety of business and information technology organizations, such as private/non-profit companies, banks, hospitals and government.

To qualify for this certificate, students must complete the program within three years.

Success Factors

This program is well suited for students who:

  • Thrive in both team-based and self-directed work situations.
  • Enjoy working with, and are able to adjust to constantly changing technology (e.g., networks, Internet technologies).
  • Are motivated, focused and committed to attaining goals.
  • Are critical and strategic thinkers and enjoy evaluating solutions to complex problems.
  • Are able to express themselves professionally through the use of strong communication skills.

Your Career

Graduates may enhance existing or secure future employment opportunities in the area of Business Analysis. The skillset offered is valuable for transitioning to roles, such as information systems business analysts, project managers, quality assurance analysts and consultants in the areas of technical requirements, analysis and process improvement.

Fees & Expenses

Fees for part-time programs are charged on a course-by-course basis and are published on each individual course page. For questions related to fees, please call the Registrar's Office at 613-727-0002.

Graduation Fee

Once you have completed all the courses in the program, it is the responsibility of the student to contact the Registrar's Office to obtain a certificate/diploma application. A graduation fee of $40 will be charged when the application is submitted. When your certificate/diploma application has been approved, you will be invited to Spring or Fall Convocation.

Admission Requirements

College Eligibility
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, OR Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without an OSSD).
College Eligibility
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, OR
  • Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without an OSSD)
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Program Progression

As per policy AA39: Program Progression and Graduation Requirements when students are admitted to a program, they are assigned to the Program of Study that aligns with their start date. If a student takes a break for two or more consecutive terms the Program of Study is reset to align with the current version (when studies are resumed). For more information please contact your Program Coordinator.

CCOL Academic Planner

The Academic Planner provides registered part-time students in the Centre for Continuing and Online Learning (CCOL) the ability to declare into a program of study. The Academic Planner outlines successfully completed courses to date, as well as courses that need to be completed in order to meet graduation requirements. It is therefore, essential that all part-time students in CCOL declare to their program of study, allowing administrators to plan course offerings. The tool is available on ACSIS, located under 'Continuing Education' on the left-hand toolbar.

Additional Information

For more information, please contact Erin Whyte, Program Coordinator at 613-727-4723 ext. 2638 or


Online:Online Learning   
HoursCourse NameSummer
MGT009045.0Business Systems Analysis EssentialsOnline Learning
MGT109045.0Enterprise AnalysisOnline Learning
MGT209045.0Business Systems Analysis Planning and MonitoringOnline Learning
MGT309045.0Using Elicitation in Business Systems AnalysisOnline Learning
MGT409045.0Preparing the Business CaseOnline Learning


MGT0090 Business Systems Analysis Essentials

Business analysts require the foundational skills in order to be successful in navigating the complexities of today's organizations. Students are introduced to the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA) organization, terminology and practices. Participants learn to communicate at various organizational levels and work effectively within teams of software developers and quality assurance analysts. Participants establish the foundation from which to build specific Business Systems Analysis skills.

MGT1090 Enterprise Analysis

To succeed in the field of business systems analysis, analysts must become familiar with the technological needs of the business as a whole and its strategic direction. Students learn to identify gaps in an organization's current capabilities, to propose and evaluate solutions and to develop a plan to satisfy the needs of stakeholders. By analyzing and creating data flow diagrams and data modelling activities, students learn to define business needs, determine capability gaps, as well as specify and model requirements.

MGT2090 Business Systems Analysis Planning and Monitoring

Effective monitoring and reporting is necessary to ensure that the business systems analysis effort produces the expected outcomes for all stakeholders. Students learn to approach, trace and prioritize technical requirements. Utilizing a variety of business analysis techniques, such as making estimations, creating metrics, and determining inputs/outputs to monitor business problems. Students become familiar with a range of planning and monitoring activities.

MGT3090 Using Elicitation in Business Systems Analysis

The ability to define the scope of a proposed project is fundamental to determining an effective business systems analysis plan. Students acquire the necessary skills to help stakeholders understand the requirements and scope of a business systems analysis project. By applying a variety of elicitation techniques, such as conducting elicitation meetings, documenting results, and communicating requirements, students learn to define and communicate a project scope.

MGT4090 Preparing the Business Case

Business analysts work across all levels of an organization to identify problems, set goals and define strategy, to support continuous improvement in a business' technology and processes infrastructure. Students learn how to assess proposed solutions, work with the stakeholders to triage the options and select the optimal solution that best fits the technical requirements. Emphasis is placed on differentiating between value-added components when defining stakeholder's expectations. Through the preparation of a business case, students gain experience with assessing proposed solutions, allocating and defining transition requirements and validating solutions.

Pre-requisites: MGT0090 AND MGT1090 AND MGT2090 AND MGT3090