Graduate Certificate in Project Business Analysis

The Graduate Certificate in Project Business Analysis prepares you for a career as a business analyst or as a pathway for entry-level project management jobs in project analyst and project coordinator roles.

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Entry Terms

Fall, Winter

Completion Time

6-12 months

F1 Visa Eligible



At the heart of every project is requirements analysis. It's a critical skill set, leveraged across the spectrum of project work. This program provides practicing project managers with a solid framework and understanding of the process of developing requirements. It also emphasizes the need to engage stakeholders throughout the process to ensure outcomes meet the desired needs of the organization.

This graduate certificate allows you to possess an in-demand skill set. It gives you a better opportunity at finding entry-level positions as a PMO analyst or entry-level business analyst. And it prepares you with the knowledge, skills, and tools needed to create and manage requirements to meet stakeholder needs effectively.

In this program, you will:

  • Develop a strong framework and understanding of the role of business analyst
  • Understand and analyze the voice of the customer and explore potential solutions for their needs
  • Apply tools and techniques to elicit requirements (business requirements, stakeholder requirements)
  • Translate the needs of the business into clear, concise, quality requirements (solution requirements, functional and nonfunctional requirements)
  • Apply analytical skills in the business analysis process
  • Develop a personal leadership strategy for success as a business analyst

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Unique Features

  • Focuses on a specific, but widespread, field that exists within a variety of industries
  • Taught by Northeastern faculty experts who have extensive and proven experience in program and portfolio management
  • Courses focus on providing critical skills for successfully creating and managing requirements that meet business and stakeholder needs

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Northeastern's signature experience-powered learning model has been at the heart of the university for more than a century. It combines world-class academics with professional practice, allowing you to acquire relevant, real-world skills you can immediately put into action in your current workplace.

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General Requirements


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Application Requirements

  • Online application
  • Statement of purpose (500–1000 words)
  • Professional resumé
  • Official undergraduate transcripts
  • Proof of English language proficiency (TOEFL Score of 79, including a 20 or more on the writing section)

International Requirements

Are You an International Student? Find out what additional documents are required to apply.

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Financing Requirements

Finance Your Education We offer a variety of resources, including scholarships and assistantships.

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Cost and Tuition

Application Deadlines

Applications received on a rolling basis.

Winter 2021 Deadline
November 2, 2020International out-of-country application complete (Start date: January 19, 2021)
December 7, 2020International in-country application complete (Start date: January 19, 2021)
January 1, 2021Domestic application complete (First half start: January 19, 2021)
February 12, 2021Domestic application complete (Second half start: February 22, 2021)
Spring 2021 Deadline
April 2, 2021Domestic application complete (First half start: April 12, 2021)
May 14, 2021Domestic application complete (Second half start: May 24, 2021)
Summer 2021 Deadline
July 2, 2021Domestic application complete (Start date: July 12, 2021)
Fall 2021 Deadline
July 19, 2021International out-of-country application complete (start date: September 20, 2021)
August 23, 2021International in-country application complete (start date: September 20, 2021)
September 7, 2021Domestic application complete (first half start: September 20, 2021)
October 18, 2021Domestic application complete (second half start: November 1, 2021)

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