Master of Professional Business Analysis

The Master of Professional Business Analysis is for graduates outside information technology who want to become business analysts in their original field.

This Master of Professional Business Analysis (MBusAn) programme is developed as a component of the Wellington ICT Graduate School created by Victoria University and its partners. The programme will be closely linked with industry requirements and courses will be offered with industry collaboration.

Programme overview

The MBusAn programme has been designed to provide graduates who can:

  • Articulate to others a vision of the role of information systems in an organisation
  • Apply the modelling and design techniques of business analysis to a case or workplace situation in order to provide creative solutions and gain practical experience
  • Provide a bridge between their field of expertise and the IT field
  • Apply their understanding of their field of expertise to develop IT solutions for a workplace
  • Apply established practices of project management, having developed these skills on practical projects
  • Recommend appropriate solutions, based on sound, evidence-led decision making skills that are based on the fundamental principles of academic research and real-world exposure
  • Communicate clearly in a professional manner
  • Understand legal and ethical issues related to information management

Degree structure

The qualification consists of 10 taught courses plus a project taken full-time over 12 months.

Download the MBusAn degree structure for full-time study pdf316KB

Timetable

Courses are normally offered over 3 trimesters from July-October, November-February, March-June. Seminars are held in the studio located at the Wellington ICT Graduate School premises, Wigan Street, at the Te Aro Campus pdf316KB.  

Seminars are normally scheduled Monday to Thursday 9.30am-2.30pm with Friday reserved for ICT Graduate School extracurricular activities such as professional development workshops, guest speakers, industry-led seminars. View more detail about the daily structure. Detailed course information and class timetable can be found online in Course Finder.

Under the guidance of the lecturer, Seminars may involve case discussion, active exploration of a problem, application of techniques, or a lesson on a specific topic.  Application-oriented activities are conducted after the 1st seminar, without supervision from the lecturer.  The nature of these activities will vary depending on the course’s concepts and topics.  The activities may consist of workshops, exercises, or team-based tasks that are meant to develop your understanding and mastery of a specific concept.  

Application-oriented activities are conducted at your own pace, which means that you can organise the time allocated in the way your prefer (eg lunch time).  For instance, you could complete an activity with 2 tasks by doing the 1st task from 11-11.30am, stopping for a lunch break, and then finishing up by 1pm during remaining time, in time for the 2nd seminar.  The application-oriented activity will often be used as basis for discussion in the 2nd seminar led by the lecturer in the afternoon.

From 2.30-4.30pm, the studio space will be available for you to complete further assignments, do team work, or for individual study.

Course descriptions

The Master of Professional Business Analysis is a 180-point degree consisting of ten 15-point courses and a 30-point project, as follows:

Part 1 Core business analysis courses (total 90 points)

Part 2 Business environment (total 45 points)

Part 3 Project and consulting skills (total 45 points)

Courses will be centred on practical problem-solving tasks, and typically will start with a problem described in a case or directly by an industry partner. The courses will enable students to apply the various concepts seen in the classroom to the industry problem during the trimester.

In addition, it is expected that the 30-point project, MBUA 532, will be used to build on the knowledge covered in the courses. Projects are seen as an "industry intensive period", enabling students to reflect on how the academic content can be applied to a complex situation.

Career opportunities

The programme seeks to provide ICT skills to students to meet the shortage of skills observed in the IT industry.  Business analysts top the list of skills in demand according to Tech Employer Insight Report (Absolute IT, March 2016)

Admission requirements

Before enrolment, a candidate for the Master of Professional Business Analysis degree shall have:
(i) completed an appropriate Bachelor’s degree to the equivalent of at least a B– average standard; and
(ii) been accepted by the Head of School as capable of proceeding with the proposed course of study.

Requirement (i) may be waived by the Associate Dean (Students) of the Faculty of Commerce for a candidate who has had extensive practical, professional, or scholarly experience of an appropriate kind.

Students with a qualification in Information Systems (or a similar subject) or with substantial experience in business analysis in industry will not normally be accepted into the programme.

Applying for the MBusAn

Applications from domestic students should be submitted via the online enrolment system http://www.victoria.ac.nz/study/apply-enrol/apply for the annual July intake.

International students requiring information about admission, how to apply, and visa requirements etc, should contact Victoria International https://www.victoria.ac.nz/international/applying/degrees

How to find out more

Aaron Munoz
Academic Advisor
Wellington ICT Graduate School
Tel: +64 022 044 2747
Email: aaron.munoz@wellingtonict.ac.nz