Master of Professional Business Analysis

The Master of Professional Business Analysis is a conversion programme designed for graduates outside the ICT sector who want to become business analysts.

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

Degree structure

The Master of Professional Business Analysis (MBusAn) is a 180 point degree consisting of 10 taught courses plus a project taken full-time over 12 months, starting in July (Trimester 2) of each year.

Courses in the first part of the programme are organised around seminars where students learn about the latest theoretical advances, and apply these to a case which mirrors the challenges and complexities of a real-world business.

In the second part of the programme, courses are organised as clinics and students work directly with industry partners in a workshop setting, examining real business problems, and the final project requires significant time working with an industry partner, under the supervision of an academic.

Career opportunities

The MBusAn programme seeks to provide capabilities to students to meet the shortage of skills observed in the ICT sector.

In 2018, business analysts still topped the list of most in-demand skills according to the latest Employer Insight Report (Absolute IT, March 2018), with 79% of IT employers planning to hire in the coming year.

Admission requirements

Before enrolment, a candidate for the Master of Professional Business Analysis degree should have:

  1. completed an appropriate Bachelor’s degree to the equivalent of at least a B– average standard
  2. provided a CV outlining their work history
  3. been accepted by the Head of School as capable of proceeding with the proposed course of study

Requirement (1) 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 as a domestic student

Applications from domestic students should be submitted via the online enrolment system for the annual July intake.

Applying for the MBusAn as an international student

Start your study online in 2021

International students who are outside New Zealand can start this programme online in 2021. If you have questions about your study options, contact us for advice.

To apply, simply download and complete the International Application Form. You will need to apply in writing and courier your application to Wellington University International—the University’s international office. You cannot apply by email or fax.

Courier your completed application to:

Wellington University International, Victoria University of Wellington
Level 2, Easterfield Building
Kelburn Campus
Kelburn Parade

Find out more about how to apply or contact Wellington University International for more information about fees, entry requirements and applying for a student visa.

How to find out more

For more information about the Master of Professional Business Analysis programme, contact the Wellington ICT Graduate School:

Tel: 0800 935 542 (0800 WELLICT)