A Business Analyst is a person who acts as a liaison or translator between business people who have a business problem and technology people who know how to create automated solutions to those problems. There is a demand for people who have technology expertise and the ability to apply business knowledge in solving problems face to face. Skill development includes training in areas such as business, management, finance, information systems, systems analysis, business law and e-business. Other areas may also include database concepts, data analysis tools and project management. To be a Business Analyst, a person must have other qualities. Some of these qualities include the ability to work well with others, the desire to be part of a team, and the ability to work with the unknown. Others include critical thinking, decision-making, problem-solving, questioning, diplomacy, and negotiation, along with good oral and written communication skills.

Program Title:

Award Type:
Associate in Applied Science Degree

Credits: Total Associate in Applied Science Degree Credits 60
Award Outcomes:
  • Solve business problems using critical thinking and decision making techniques.
  • Utilize business software applications to manage data.
  • Demonstrate interpersonal and team building skills.
  • Demonstrate effective oral and written communications skills in business communications.
  • Practice professional and ethical behavior.
  • Practice essential business analysis techniques.
  • Apply management concepts to business problems.
  • Utilize financial concepts in analysis of business problems.

Career Opportunities:
This occupational area includes the following career titles: Business Analyst, Technical Process Analyst, and Systems Analyst, to name a few. Business analysts work within banks, insurance companies, healthcare facilities, government agencies, educational institutions, retail industries, and various service and manufacturing businesses.

Choose Total Associate in Applied Science Degree Credits 60 credits from the following areas:
Technical Studies Required: 44 Credits
ACCT1410 Business Finance 3
BUSN1000 Introduction to Business 3
BUSN1051 Introduction to Management 4
BUSN1140 Business Law 3
BUSN1150 Introduction to Service and Work Team Strategies 3
BUSN1200 Managerial Communication 3
BUSN1300 E-Business 3
BUSN1500 Database Concepts and Data Analysis Tools 3
BUSN2010 Requirements Management with Use Cases 3
BUSN1170 Supervised Occupational Experience 4
BUSN2100 Capstone 3
CCIS1000 Information Systems 3
CCIS1080 Microsoft Office 2013 3
CCIS2055 Project Management 3
CCIS2801 Systems Analysis 4
Technical Studies Electives: 0 Credits
General Education Required: 12 Credits
ENGL2121 Writing and Research 4
ENGL2125 Technical Writing 3

Choose one of the following:
COMM2050 Interpersonal Communication 3
COMM2060 Small Group Communication 3
COMM2130 Public Speaking 3

Choose one of the following: Any course from Goal 2 (Critical Thinking)
Goal 4 (Mathematical/Logical Reasoning) of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum 3

Choose one of the following: Any course from Goal 5 (History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences)
Goal 9 (Ethics and Civic Responsibility) of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum 3
General Education Electives: 4 Credits
Hennepin Technical College’s 2000-level general education courses meet the guidelines of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC).