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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From real-world case studies to employer-based projects, we prepare you to manage what comes next.


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Entry Terms

Fall, Spring, Summer, 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

F-1 students must be full-time students during their first term and can take a reduced course load in their final academic term, as long as there are no other degree requirements. Students are not eligible for OPT, as they have not completed one academic year (2 quarters having been completed rather than the 3 quarters that is the academic year).

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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

Get Set With a Custom Course Plan

Please note: The following is a sample curriculum and is subject to change. Enrolled students should reference the academic catalog for current program requirements.

Required Courses


PJM 5900 is for students with less than three years of experience directing or leading project tasks and is recommended for students who do not have a basic working knowledge of Microsoft Project software. Students who do not complete PJM5900 take project management electives to satisfy required program credits.

Elective Courses

Students waived from PJM 5900 will need to complete a total of two PJM electives.


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You know where you are headed and you've seen how our program will lead you there. So let's get going. Here's what you need to know before you enroll.

  • 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)

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

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Application Deadlines

Our admissions process operates on a rolling basis; however, we do recommend the application guidelines below to ensure you can begin during your desired start term:

Domestic Application Guidelines

International Application Guidelines*

*International deadlines are only applicable if the program is F1 compliant.

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