A new Master of Science with a concentration in Information Technology Business Analysis (ITBA) program at Purdue University can help you move into a rapidly growing field with high demand and salaries. The 100% online MS program features an IIBA® & PMI® based curriculum, and provides the flexibility needed by today's working professional. Business analysts play a vital role bridging business and IT functions of an organization. Their ability to understand the business domain and translate those needs to technical people in terms they can understand is vital to the success of any project initiative.
- Work as a liaison between the company leadership and IT department to help them understand the needs of the organization and how IT can help achieve its goals
- Understand the design, development, deployment and management of processes unique to the computing and information technology business sector
- Understand the structure, policies and operations of an organization
- Be a problem solver
- A 19% growth is expected by 2022 in business analysis jobs (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
- Current average salary is $82,493 (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
- 34-credit hour Master of Science program (30 hours for certified business analysts)
- 100% online IIBA® & PMI® based curriculum
- High competency in business analysis strongly tied to competency in project management
- Collaboration with students in the highly rated Information Technology Project Management curriculum
- Courses in Business Analysis Essentials, Requirements Discovery and Analysis, Enterprise Analysis, Business and Data Analytics, Requirements Communication and Verification, IIBA and PMI Certification Prep
- Faculty with extensive industry experience in sectors such as computer and information technology, aerospace and advanced systems, and biotechnology and healthcare
To be admitted to The Purdue Graduate School and the Purdue Polytechnic Institute you are required to have obtained a baccalaureate degree from an accredited university. Your GPA for the last completed degree must be above a 3.00 on a scale of 4.00. (If you did not obtain a 3.00, please contact the Center for Professional Studies to discuss conditional admittance.)
A background (education and/or experience) in IT systems and architecture is recommended.
How to Apply
Start by reviewing these application tips to walk through the process, then put together your application packet:
- Completed electronic application form*
- Statement of purpose (300-500 words) highlighting:
- Your career objectives
- Why you’re interested in graduate study
- How a graduate degree will help you attain your career objectives
- Your professional plans and applied research interest
- Elaboration on any special abilities, awards, achievements, scholarly publications and professional history
- Three letters of recommendation, including one from your current employer if possible
- Official transcripts from all institutions of higher learning**
- Resume showing your work history***
- GRE/GMAT is not required
- All Purdue Polytechnic Center for Professional Studies' weekend and distance education programs are listed on the Graduate School website at the West Lafayette campus under (campus) West Lafayette >(major) Computer and Information Technology > (Area of Interest) IT Business Analysis (online). Choose "Distance (online or off-campus location)" as the COURSE DELIVERY.
** You must possess a baccalaureate degree with a grade point average of at least 3.00 on a 4.00 scale. (If you don’t have a 3.00 GPA, please contact us to discuss admission alternatives.)
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.
- 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 (3 credits) - 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).
- Requirements Modeling & Analysis (3 credits) - Students learn how to effectively model and analyze stakeholder requirements in order to define a workable solution.
- Enterprise Analysis (3 credits) - 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.
- Business and Data analysis (3 credits) - 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.
- Requirements Communication and Verification (1 credit) - 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.
- IIBA and PMI Certification Prep (1 credit) - 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.
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Last updated October 23, 2017