Continuing & Professional Education

Business Analysis

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Busi­ness Analy­sis pro­gram helped Suzelle embark on a new career path
The flex­i­bil­i­ty of the sched­ules is per­fect: for most class­es, you can decide which works for you the best.”

Start by exploring connected careers: This program benefits professionals in these occupational fields — get insights into salaries, job forecasts, and more

Health Information Management Occupation
24 positions open annually
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Computer and Information Systems Manager
129 positions open annually
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Information Systems Analyst and Consultant
648 positions open annually
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Database Analyst and Data Administrator
114 positions open annually
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Financial and Investment Analyst
114 positions open annually
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Information Systems Testing Technician
19 positions open annually
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Change has always been a con­stant — but nev­er as fast as now. Tech­nolo­gies grow old at light speed, the advance of glob­al­iza­tion eras­es tra­di­tion­al bor­ders, and com­pa­nies are faced with new chal­lenges every day. Busi­ness ana­lysts help orga­ni­za­tions keep up with this quick­ly evolv­ing envi­ron­ment by iden­ti­fy­ing what needs to change for a busi­ness to thrive.

Cov­er­ing the entire orga­ni­za­tion or focus­ing on spe­cif­ic projects and pro­grams, the busi­ness analy­sis prac­ti­tion­er artic­u­lates prob­lems and rec­om­mends solu­tions that are often tech­nol­o­gy-based but also involve changes in strate­gies, process­es, and policies.

The Busi­ness Analy­sis Cer­tifi­cate from the Fac­ul­ty of Exten­sion, Uni­ver­si­ty of Alber­ta pro­vides stu­dents with a valu­able set of knowl­edge and skills need­ed for this pro­fes­sion, cov­er­ing top­ics such as enter­prise analy­sis and archi­tec­ture, inter­face and data design, solu­tion ver­i­fi­ca­tion and val­i­da­tion, require­ments elic­i­ta­tion, and scope management.

A note about COVID-19 measures: If you see a program on our website announced as an in-person or downtown Edmonton offering, please disregard the format—but not the program. Winter, Spring, and Summer 2021 courses have been converted to remote delivery platforms. Register for a course online or apply to a program via email, and keep learning!

Courses can be used toward accreditation through the IIBA
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  • University of Alberta parchment in as little as 6 months
  • Pay as you go
  • Currently open for enrolment

You can register for a course without applying and enrolling in the program. If later you decide to apply for the full program, the course you’ve taken will be applied toward your Certificate as long as it is still part of the program plan at the time of your application. Please note, program requirements are subject to change over time.

Enrolling in the pro­gram is a require­ment if you want to obtain the cer­tifi­cate. You may apply for admis­sion as you start your stud­ies or, if you pre­fer, after you have tak­en one or more courses.

We are open to stu­dents with a vari­ety of edu­ca­tion­al and pro­fes­sion­al back­grounds. Our expec­ta­tion is that you have a com­mit­ment to learn and achieve your con­tin­u­ing edu­ca­tion goals.

This pro­gram is cur­rent­ly open for enrol­ment—apply now!

Upon com­ple­tion of the Busi­ness Analy­sis Cer­tifi­cate, you can receive cred­it in the Man­age­ment Devel­op­ment Cer­tifi­cate pro­gram for 78 hours of elec­tive cred­it. For fur­ther infor­ma­tion, con­tact our pro­gram office at busprog@​ualberta.​ca.

This part-time program is comprised of six core courses plus one elective. Each course is either 14 or 21 hours in length. Most students choose to complete this program within six months to two years.

A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 is required to obtain the certificate.

It is highly recommended that the core courses are completed in the following order:

  1. Business and Strategy Analysis
  2. Requirements Elicitation and Management
  3. Analyzing People, Processes, and Information
  4. Communication Success Factors
  5. Solution Design and Quality Assurance
  6. Solution Deployment and Evaluation

Once you are admitted, you can verify your program requirements by logging into the University of Alberta’s student portal, Bear Tracks, to view your Academic Advisement.

  • An appli­ca­tion fee of $100 is required for admis­sion into the program.
  • Tuition is paid on a course-by-course basis as you reg­is­ter for your classes.
  • Cours­es are GST-exempt.
  • Some cours­es require a text­book at an addi­tion­al cost.
  • Eli­gi­ble for the Cana­da-Alber­ta Job Grant.
  • Cor­po­rate mul­ti-reg­is­tra­tion pack­ages are avail­able for most Exten­sion cours­es. Con­tact us at excorp@​ualberta.​ca for pre­ferred pricing.
Bursaries and funding opportunities
Funding source
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Canada-Alberta Job Grant 

Available for businesses in all sectors across Alberta

Two-thirds of the training costs (up to 100% if hiring an unemployed Albertan)
any time
Canada Training Benefit 

Residents of Canada, 25-65 years old, who have $10,000-150,000 in earnings for work.

income tax return
Alumni Professional Development Grant 

Any alumnus of the University of Alberta

75% of course fee
monthly deadline

Employed by the University of Alberta as Non-Academic Staff (NASA)

$750 annually
Dec / Mar / Jun / Sep

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