Business Analysis

Business Analysis Frequently Asked Questions


Program Information

Graduation & Certification



Q: How do I register? Can I register online?
There are a number of ways to register for courses, including online, by phone, email, or in person. For more information on the registration process and available options, please visit .

Q: Are there any prerequisites or admission requirements?

A: No, all of these courses are open to everyone on a first come, first served basis. Providing there is space available, it is simply a matter of signing up and paying for the course(s).

Q: What is the total cost of the program?
A: The total cost of the program is $4,520, not including the cost of the BABOK® Guide. Course fees are due at the time of registration. Fees are subject to change without notice.

Q: Is there a different fee for international students?
A: No, international students pay the same course fees as all students. The only difference would be in the exchange rate to Canadian currency.

Q: Is there funding available?
A: If you are currently employed these courses may qualify for the Canada-Alberta Job Grant. Please click here for more information.

Q: Will the courses be offered again? The dates only go until...
A: Yes, all of the courses are offered in the Fall and Winter semesters, often more than once, and several courses are offered in the Spring. In addition, the program is often offered in Fast Track format in the Summer semester. If you missed a course date in the current semester, it will be offered again in the next semester. Schedules and registration for each semester are generally available on the website 2 months before the start of the semester.

For example:

Fall registration starts the second Monday in June
Winter registration starts the second Monday in November
Spring registration starts the second Monday in March

Q: I don't have a username / password. Where do I get that?
A: To create a username and password, you need to activate your account through For instructions on how to create your login information, please read Activating and Logging in to MyMRU.

Q: I've completed a similar course at another institution. Can I get a transfer credit?
A: Possibly. You must apply for a transfer credit through a process called PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition). This process evaluates previous course work/training and/or work experience to grant transfer credit. Please note that there are fees associated with applying and application does not guarantee credit.

For more information, review the PLAR Application Document.


Program Information

Q: Who is this program intended for?
A: This certificate program is intended for beginner to intermediate business professionals looking to gain foundational business analysis knowledge and skills. Students may currently be in a BA role and looking for formalized training, wanting to transition into a BA role, or working closely with BA professionals. The skills acquired throughout this program can be applied to your professional business environment.

Q: How many courses are required?
A: There are 8 required courses in the extension certificate.

Q: Can I take the courses individually?
A: Yes, the courses are available individually. You are responsible for choosing your schedule and registering for the courses of your choice. If you are intending to take the entire certificate, you are responsible for tracking your completion. We strongly suggest that you take An Overview Of Business Analysis and Specify and Model Requirements as your first two courses.

Q: Do I have to take the courses in order?
A: No, each course is designed to stand alone. However, we encourage you to take An Overview Of Business Analysis and Specify and Model Requirements as your first two courses..

Q: How many courses can I take at a time?
A: You can take as many courses as your schedule will allow. There are no restrictions on the number of courses you can take at one time.

Q: How long do I have to complete the program?
A: You have up to 3 years to complete the required courses for the Business Analysis certificate.

Q: Do you offer these courses in a Fast Track format?
A: If there is sufficient student interest, the program is offered in Fast Track format, typically in the month of July.

Q: How will I be graded in each course?
A: Each classroom / online course has several graded assignments. These assignments vary per course; however, they are all designed to assess the outcomes of each course. These assessments include, but are not limited to, group projects, discussion board posts, short answers and quizzes. Please note that for in-class courses you may be required to complete an assignment in the evening between classes or online after the last day.

If you registered in the program prior to September 1, 2015 please click here to determine if you need to write the Final Assessment Paper.

Q: Can I take the courses online?
A: Yes, all of the courses in the Business Analysis certificate can be taken online.

Q: Can you give me more detail on how online courses are delivered?
A: Online courses have defined start and end dates and are delivered over several weeks through Blackboard, an online learning software program. In order to maximize flexibility for students, the courses are not "live" (that is, you are not required to login to the course at a particular time). However, each week you are required to review specific modules of the course and complete required activities and assignments. These can be individual activities/assignments submitted to the instructor directly, or discussion board activities where you answer and discuss a series of questions with other students in the course via a message forum. Though the class is open 24/7 and you can work at your own pace between deadlines, you will need to work through the course material at a similar pace to other students.

Online courses are rich, multimedia experiences that may include course manuals, assignments, recorded instructor videos, discussion boards, animation, messenger applications and more.

If you are new to online learning, we suggest you take our free Online Course Tutorial to become familiar with the learning environment.

Q: I am an international student. Can I take the program online?
A: Yes, you can definitely take this program online as an international student. Please note, however, that taking the program online does not entitle you to any academic standing as a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant. This program will not qualify you for a student visa nor will it grant you access into Canada.

For more information on international eligibility please review the International Education website.

Q: Can I take both classroom and online courses?
A: Yes, you can take both classroom and online courses interchangeably. But if you register for a classroom course, you must complete it in the classroom. If you register for an online course, you must complete it online.

Q: What materials are required?
A: The BABOK® Guide v3 is required for all courses in the program. All other course materials are included.

Q: How do I get my materials?
A: All of the required Business Analysis materials are distributed electronically by following the directions on the Course Materials web page. You must bring an electronic copy or a printout to class. If you would like to print your materials on campus, you may do so through the Student Copy Centre, K105. Just bring a copy of the materials on a flash drive/memory stick.

Graduation & Certification

Q: How do I graduate and obtain my extension certificate?
A: Once you have successfully completed the 8 required business analysis courses, you can apply to graduate. Detailed information, including the application form, can be found by clicking here.

Q: Will I be a Certified Business Analyst when I'm done?
A: No. A Certified Business Analyst is an individual that has achieved his/her relevant IIBA® designation (4 certification levels including ECBA®, CCBA®, CBAP® and CBATL®. These are internationally recognized professional designations awarded to individuals that have shown proficiency in Business Analysis through a combination of work experience and academic training. MRU is an IIBA Endorsed Education Provider and all of our Business Analysis courses meet the specific criteria for the formal training required for these designation programs.

Once you completed our program you will have a credit-free Extension Certificate in Business Analysis which provides practical foundational training in Business Analysis and can be used to meet the academic requirements for all four designation programs.

For complete details on the designation and qualification process please refer to the IIBA® website.

Q: Will I get a job once I'm done?
A: While having professional development training in Business Analysis will certainly put you in a favourable position when looking for employment, there are so many other factors to consider for each individual that it would be impossible to pre-determine your employment success.

Our graduate statistics have shown that a significant percentage of past students have experienced a measurable increase in salary, responsibility and/or activity after completing our program.

Q: Will Mount Royal help me locate career opportunities? A: No, Mount Royal does not have a system in place to assist students with career opportunities upon completion of our certificate. However, there are periodic job postings advertised on our website. As well, during the courses your fellow students can be an excellent networking resource. Students can also access the IIBA®'s Career Centre by clicking here to review job opportunities or to post a resume.