The Information Systems Business Analysis graduate certificate program at George Brown College is designed to meet the urgent need for professionals who can be the key liaison between business and information technology functions within an organization. Further, it is the first program of its kind to be recognized by the International Institute of Business Analysis as an Academic Member, and George Brown College is proud to be one of the first institutions globally to offer the IIBA® Academic Diploma.
This intensive program is designed for IT or business professionals who aspire to enter into a business analyst role, or practitioners who wish to enhance their experience with formal education. A deeper level of understanding of the business analyst role will be developed through unique learning techniques and invaluable practical experience. Participants will be engaged and supported by a team of business analyst consultants and faculty in developing critical skills and competencies in the areas of:
- problem identification
- documenting and analyzing user requirements
- process and workflow modelling
- communication and facilitation
- project management
- technical writing
- leadership and management
A key characteristic of this program is the applied nature of the curriculum. Students are immersed in the process of business analysis through case histories of real-world business issues, and are responsible for developing solutions. The uniqueness of this program is in creating a practicing Business Analyst rather than creating someone who knows how to do it. This program creates work-ready graduates who can do, and have done, the business analysis process through applied, hands-on experience.
- This full-time program is delivered in a blended format, combining face-to-face sessions with online delivery.
- You will attend one evening per week (Wednesday), plus all day Saturday.
- You will meet every other Friday, while the remaining courses will be delivered online.
- This delivery format accommodates those who wish to remain working, or those who wish to work while taking this program.
IIBA Academic Membership
Academic Membership in the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA) offers colleges and universities that have Business Analyst curriculums and care about advancing the BA profession within their student population the opportunity to participate in IIBA membership and benefit from IIBA’s other products and services. The Academic recognition programs offer the students of BA-related programs the opportunity to receive recognition from the IIBA.
NEW – GRADUATES RECEIVE THE IIBA ACADEMIC DIPLOMA
Students who successfully graduate from the program will receive a second credential – the IIBA® Academic Diploma. Accredited directly from the International Institute of Business Analysis, this diploma recognizes the student’s theoretical understanding of the Business Analyst Body of Knowledge (BABOK), as well as a minimum number of hours of practical experience received through the duration of the program.
ABOUT THE IIBA ACADEMIC DIPLOMA
The IIBA® Academic Diploma in Business Analysis is designed for students who have chosen business analysis and the role of the business analyst as their desired profession.
The multi-course business analysis diploma program provides both foundational and applied knowledge in business analysis by offering hands-on experience to practice and demonstrate an understanding of the classroom concepts through co-ops, internships or progressive case studies. The business analysis diploma program also provides course work in supporting disciplines to ensure students can interact effectively across an organization.
Your Field Study Options
CO-OP INDUSTRY WORK EXPERIENCE
Upon completion of semester 1, students will be eligible to transfer into the T407 Information Systems Business Analysis co-op stream. This will enable students to engage in industry work experience through their final semester while meeting the program’s academic requirements.
Our many industry partners and applied research project partners benefit greatly from this program’s non-standard delivery format, which allows our students to engage in authentic, real-world work settings throughout the week – while learning! Students may begin working from the beginning of the second semester, for up to 24 hours per week. These industry opportunities also contribute to students receiving the IIBA® Academic Diploma.
Program Standards and Learning Outcomes
Each George Brown College certificate, diploma, advanced diploma and graduate certificate program is expected to deliver specific program learning outcomes. Program learning outcomes are statements that describe the knowledge and skills that students are expected to demonstrate by the end of their program of study. Programs are designed to deliver both vocation or discipline-specific learning outcomes and more generic essential employability skills (including communication, numeracy, critical thinking and problem solving, information management, interpersonal and personal skills).
In addition to the aforementioned learning outcome requirements, College programs are required to provide students with exposure to a breadth of learning beyond their vocational field, to increase their awareness of the society and culture in which they live and work. This breadth requirement is addressed through additional mandatory General Education courses in the program curriculum.
To see the relevant program learning outcomes for your specific program of study, please visit georgebrown.ca/programs/learning-standards-and-outcomes