Master of Professional Business Analysis

February 2021 – February 2022

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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. Enrolments for February 2021 are open now.

Victoria University Business School
3 consecutive trimesters across 12 months
Course Outline
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Domestic: $23,184*
International: $41,812*

40 Taranaki Street,
Wellington 6011

12 Months,
3 Trimesters

Domestic: $24,124*
International: $42,563*

Who can apply and how

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.

Domestic students can enrol via our online enrolment system (enrolments open in October) and international students can fill in this International Application Form and mail it to Wellington University International – the University’s international office.

*2020 estimate

Programme Outline

This is a full-time 180-point Master’s programme starting in July and is delivered by Victoria University’s School of Information Management.

Business and Systems Analysis
Course Code: MBUA510  |  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?

Process Design
Course Code: MBUA511  |  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  |  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?

Organisational Behaviour
Course Code: MBUA522  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?

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?

Enterprise Architecture
Course Code: MBUA514

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

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

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

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?

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?

Research Project 
Course Code: MBUA532

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?

Programme Director

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.

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Our MBusAn students have gone on to work for Datacom, ANZ, PWC, ACC, DIA, MFAT, MPI, NZ Police, Westpac, Ministry of Education, and more.

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