Want to solve complex business problems using technology, processes and data?
Our Master of Professional Business Analysis (MBusAn) is designed to equip people from non-tech backgrounds with a strong, industry-focused qualification. Gain skills in business and systems analysis, databases and analytics, management and IS strategies, building on your existing talents and skills. MBusAn provides hands-on experiences and real world projects to prepare you to launch your career as a business analyst. Applications open for 2020.
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Who Can Apply
This conversion programme has been designed for people with a non-information technology background. If you have a Bachelor’s degree with B- average and have a desire to be a business analyst, this is the path to your new career. Recent graduates as well as experienced candidates who want to broaden their career opportunities are welcome.
This is a full-time 180-point Master’s programme starting in July and is delivered by Victoria University’s School of Information Management (Victoria Business School). You will complete this qualification in three consecutive trimesters over 12 months. Courses typically run from 9:30am-4pm Mon-Thu with a lecture in the morning and in the afternoon with a break in between. Industry speaker’s come in on Friday mornings.
Business and Systems Analysis
Course Code: MBUA510 | Dates: 8th July – 9th November Wed and Thu | Lecturers: Cathal Doyle
This course will teach you modelling and design techniques used by business analysts including the methods and tools used to document business flows, information analysis, rules, classes, and other related elements required for business analysis. Learn more?
Course Code: MBUA511 | Dates: 8th July – 9th November Mon and Thu | Lecturers: Cathal Doyle
This course explores the role and potential of IT in supporting business process management and design. You’ll learn modern business process modelling techniques, apply them to designing an improved business process, then test and evaluate their proposed design using simulation software. Learn more?
Database and Analytics
Course Code: MBUA512 | Dates: 8th July – 9th November Mon & Wed | Lecturers: Markus Luczak-Roesch & Michael Winikoff
This course will teach you about databases covering the fundamentals of relational databases, relational database modelling, and SQL database queries using enterprise database. The analytics component covers data extraction, visualisation and predictive analytics. Workshops enable students to obtain practical experience. Learn more?
Course Code: MBUA522 | Dates: 8th July – 9th November Tue | Lecturers: Kala Retna
This course will teach you about organisational behaviour and its relevance to business transformation using IT. Topics include individual, interpersonal and group behaviour and performance; motivation, change; communication, leadership and managerial roles. Learn more?
Management of IT Projects for Business Analysts
Course Code: MBUA513 | Dates: 11th November – 22nd February
This course will teach you about IT project management including scheduling, monitoring and control techniques, and the use of automated tools. You’ll gain an appreciation of IT risk management, change management strategies for internal and external stakeholders, and social and cultural issues arising in multi-country project team environments. Learn more?
Course Code: MBUA514 | Dates: 11th November – 22nd February
This course will teach you the theory and best practices leading to the alignment between business strategy and information systems’ infrastructures. You’ll learn how to analyse, model, design and evaluate enterprise architecture, and how to create effective governance instruments for successful enterprise architecture. Learn more?
Digital Innovation and Strategy
Course Code: MBUA515 | Dates: 11th November – 22nd February
This course will teach you the skills required for formulating digital strategy, and learn about the role of IT in designing new business models and in enabling innovation. Develop a mastery of the digital strategy process, including customer discovery, market fit evaluation, business model validation, and open innovation. Learn more?
Accounting for Managers
Course Code: MBUA523 | Dates: 11th November – 22nd February
This course will teach you the concepts of financial and management accounting, covering the content of financial statements; concepts of value and profit, cost behaviour and cost- volume-profit relationships; cost allocation principles. Learn more?
Global Business Environment
Course Code: MBUA521 | Dates: 4th March – 29th June Tue
This course will teach you about the global business environment in which firms operate. It will provide an overview of the strategies available to firms operating internationally, and provide an understanding of how these firms can be managed in order to leverage from international opportunities. Learn more?
Information Systems Consulting Practice
Course Code: MBUA531 | Dates: 4th March – 29th June Mon
This course will teach you about intervention tools and techniques used by business analysts and consultants when assessing organisations and undertaking change projects. Business analysts are required to understand political, managerial, and economic considerations of business analysis practice. You will learn effective change strategies and how to communicate effectively with stakeholders. Learn more?
Course Code: MBUA532 | Dates: 4th March – 29th June
This course is your final research project on a selected aspect of business analysis. Work with an industry partner under the guidance of an academic supervisor. Identify and implement or present (as appropriate) a system, intervention, analysis or project situation in consultation with an industry partner. The partner situation will be analysed using appropriate consulting methods and practical application of IS theoretical knowledge. Learn more?
Dr. Alexander Richter is Professor of Information Systems at Victoria University of Wellington. Over the last 10 years, Alex was involved with more than 30 projects with leading companies and research institutes aiming to contribute to the design of digital workplaces. For example, he led the requirements analysis in the major European project “Worker-Centric Workplaces for Smart Factories” from 2014 to 2018 and facilitated industrial change projects for companies like Airbus, Allianz, Bayer, BMW and Bosch.
What do our students have to say?
“The programme has stretched me and also reaffirmed a lot of my prior skills and knowledge, and I have valued both aspects.”RebeccaMBusAn Student
“It [the programme] grows you as a person, significantly developing your thinking style.”ApratimMBusAn Student
“The balance between theory and real-world application is what stands this degree apart.”RossMBusAn Student
“I really had no expectations except that it would lead to a job. The greatest opportunity they have offered has been the networking with potential employers.”StephenMBusAn Student
“I was drawn to the Master of Professional Business Analysis programme, as it didn’t require any previous experience in the subject.”NatashaMBusAn Student
“The programme was a way of combining my passion for English with ICT to benefit businesses. I was further convinced by the industry need for skilled business analysts.”TomMBusAn Student