Plan of Study

Following is a brief description of the Master of Science with a concentration IT Business Analysis curriculum. This format includes two eight-week sessions each fall and spring and one eight-week session during the summer. Courses are offered in a rolling format, so you can start the program in either fall or spring. We'll work with you to establish your individual plan of study.

Core Courses

  • Project Management Essentials: Understand the application of a project management framework, select and apply the best practices, learn the necessary artifacts to initiate, plan, execute, control and close projects. Effective use of PM tools to manage projects. (3 credits)
  • Professional Research & Communication: Develop the ability to select and apply best practices in researching technical information, writing project-related documents and creating effective presentations. (1 credit)
  • Quality Management: Understand maturity models such as CMMI and OPM3; quality assurance and its control and application; quality improvement methods and techniques such as Six Sigma, TQM and CPI; and application of quality management work products. Develop the ability to select and apply best practices and tools in quality management. (3 credits)
  • Interpersonal & Group Skills for Leaders: Develop skills necessary to be a strong leader, including understanding interpersonal behavior, managing conflicts, communication ability in many settings, building relationships in business and family, and problem solving and decision making in group and team processes. Understand the importance of diversity and cultural awareness. (3 credits)
  • Organizational & Project Change Management: Develop an understanding and the ability to apply change management, configuration management and formal change control processes. Understand process management and business process reengineering and develop a knowledge of change management work products. (3 credits)
  • Risk Management: Learn to understand and apply qualitative and quantitative risk management techniques and perform risk-based simulations. Understand disaster planning and business continuity and develop techniques to effectively accomplish both. (1 credit)
  • IT Economics & Procurement Management: Develop an understanding of contracts and the management of contractors and subcontractors. Gain the tools to effectively understand and use IT economic work products and select best practices in contract management and IT economics, leading to effective decision making. (3 credits)
  • IT Policy, Law & Ethics: This is a review and explanation of current legislation affecting IT and a discussion of Green IT. Studies on IP, copyrights, policy statements, and employee and organizational liability. Emphasis on ethics and privacy issues. (3 credits)

IT Business Analysis Specific Courses

  • Business Analysis Essentials: Students learn the foundational knowledge needed to effectively perform skills, techniques, methods, and processes used by the Business Analysis profession and based on the IIBA's Business Analyst Body of Knowledge (BABOK) and PMI's Professional in Business Analysis (PMI-PBA). (3 credits)
  • Requirements Modeling & Analysis: Students learn how to effectively model and analyze stakeholder requirements in order to define a workable solution. (3 credits)
  • Enterprise Analysis: Students learn how to identify and define business needs and define solutions to satisfy those needs. In addition the areas of problems definition and analysis, business case development, and feasibility studies will be covered. (3 credits)
  • Business and Data Analysis: Students learn decision strategies, Big Data concepts, plus Business and data analytics through the use of statistical inference, regression, predictive analytics, and data mining. Students will have "hands-on" opportunities through the use of a tool such as "R", (an open source domain specific language (DSL) to assist in those efforts. (3 credits)
  • Requirements Communication and Verification: Students learn how to effectively communicate business requirements in written form as well as perform verification techniques to ensure the solution addressed the given requirements. (1 credit)
  • IIBA and PMI Certification Prep: Students learn the requirements for obtaining IIBA and PMI certification as well as learn study tips and exam taking tips, and have the opportunity to take practice certification exams. (1 credit)