Undergraduate and graduate business analyst programs are typically available at 4-year colleges and universities. When considering a business analyst program, prospective students may want to consider a school that is a recognized education provider by the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA).
Top 10 Business Schools
Business programs are offered at a number of institutions, including those listed here.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition* (2018-2019)|
|University of Pennsylvania||Philadelphia, PA||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||Undergraduate $55,584; Graduate $34,882|
|Massachusetts Institute of Technology||Cambridge, MA||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||Undergraduate $51,832; Graduate $51,520|
|University of California - Berkeley||Berkeley, CA||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||Out-of-state Undergraduate $43,176; Out-of-state Graduate $26,544|
|University of Michigan - Ann Arbor||Ann Arbor, MI||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||Out-of-state Undergraduate $49,350; Out-of-state Graduate $46,678|
|New York University||New York, NY||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Certificate, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral, Graduate Certificate||Undergraduate $51,828; Graduate $42,888|
|University of Virginia||Charlottesville, VA||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||Out-of-state Undergraduate $49,032; Out-of-state Graduate $26,830|
|Carnegie Mellon University||Pittsburgh, PA||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||Undergraduate $55,465; Graduate $43,815|
|University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill||Chapel Hill, NC||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||Out-of-state Undergraduate $35,170; Out-of-state Graduate $27,454|
|University of Texas - Austin||Austin, TX||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||Out-of-state Undergraduate $37,580; Out-of-state Graduate $22,564|
|Cornell University||Ithaca, NY||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Master's, Doctoral||Graduate $29,500|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
School Selection Criteria
Students interested in business analyst programs have several considerations to keep in mind.
- While certification is optional, certified business analysts prove they possess a high level of competency, and several companies acknowledge the importance of Certified Business Analyst Professional (CBAP) credentials.
- Since program delivery varies among schools, prospective students should determine the time commitment required and select the program that best fits their goals and learning needs.
- Undergraduate degree programs in business administration and information technology have recently added business analyst tracks within the curricula.
- It is also possible to pursue business studies towards an undergraduate or graduate certificate, which may be more cost effective than pursuing a degree.
Business analyst certificate programs teach students how to collect and document an organization's business process requirements. Students learn to initiate functional system design solutions that can be implemented by information technology development teams.
Bachelor's Degree Programs
Although there aren't bachelor's degree programs specifically created for business analysts, a number of programs offer the theoretical groundwork necessary to succeed in the field. Business analysts may choose to major in information technology, finance or business administration. Several schools offer a concentration in project management or business analysis within these majors. Courses prepare graduates to act as liaisons between business and technology departments.
Master's Degree Programs
Master's degree programs in business analysis provide students with the skills and knowledge required for a career in private business or government. Courses equip students that have no previous business experience with management training, emphasizing technology implementation. A practicum may be required.
Graduate Certificate Programs
This program is appropriate for those who have a bachelor's degree and are currently employed as business analysts, product managers and quality assurance analysts. Courses are often tailored to prepare students for the CBAP exam. Some schools offer to perform the training on-site and customize the program to serve a company's specific needs.
Business analysis is incorporated in business programs at many private and public institutions across the country. Students can opt to pursue an undergraduate certificate or degree, or complete a graduate certificate, master's degree or doctoral degree that incorporate business analysis into the program of study.