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What College Degree Do I Need To Become A Business Analyst?

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What College Degree Do I Need To Become A Business Analyst?


hey there Jeremy Aschenbrenner here, The BA Guide today we’re gonna be tackling a question I get asked all the time what
type of college degree do I need to become a Business Analyst this question
is really broken down into three pieces number one do you even need a college
degree to become a business analyst the second question is if you do need a
college degree what level of degree do you need do you need an associate’s
degree a bachelor’s degree a master’s degree a PhD where do you end and then
finally what degree categories relate most to becoming a business analyst so
let’s kick things off to become a business analyst you really do need to
have some type of college degree while it isn’t impossible to get a business
analyst position with just a high school diploma it is very difficult it’s an
uphill battle and really the only way that I’ve seen it done is those that
have worked for a company for a long period of time and they’ve transitioned
into some type of analyst role from what their original duties were so let’s say
they were working as a sales associate and they had worked their way into being
some type of administrator for that sales team they then evolved their
skills and utilize that administrator and sales experience as well as those
evolved skills to help them land that business analyst job within the company
so they kind of evolved into becoming a business analyst this is not a quick or
easy path to get there because there’s a lot of barriers in your way when you
don’t have that degree you’re really stuck in the company that you’re working
for so you have to assume that there’s business analyst within that company you
also have to make the assumption that they’d be able to waive whatever college
requirements that they have for some type of on-the-job work experience there
so for the first question if you want to become a business analyst you you really
do need some sort of college degree so let’s go ahead and transition to the
next question what level of degree do you need do you need just an associate’s
degree a two-year degree do you need the bachelors the undergraduate four-year
master’s PhD the primary degree that I recommend is a bachelor’s degree the
is a four-year degree and the reason is because most companies have a minimum
requirement of a bachelor’s degree for somebody that is going to be in a
business analyst type of role one thing to realize is the human resources
department tries to use a lot of automation to help them with the flood
of applicants that come in for a lot of the positions this automation looks for
certain keywords and phrases and requirements on your resume if you ever
sent in a resume or a job application online and within a minute or two you
received an email rejection that was because your resume didn’t meet the
minimum requirements based on the automation that they had set up in the
back end and one key thing they look for is if you have a college degree and if
you don’t have a college degree that meet the minimum requirements a
bachelor’s degree they’ll just go ahead and reject you there so you could have
been working as a business analyst for 10 plus years but because you didn’t
have on your resume that you had a bachelor’s degree the automation system
removed you before you even got to any human eyes where they can make some
decisions and that’s why I highly recommend getting a bachelor’s degree it
helps you get over that initial hurdle and move on to the process many people
ask me well can I get by with an associate’s degree a two-year degree
from some technical or community college absolutely you can
me personally I had an associate’s degree when I landed my first business
analyst job I was able to do that because I got hired at a company that I
had previously worked for in another capacity and they knew that I was a hard
worker so that combined with the associate’s degree was able to get me
over that initial hurdle of that minimum requirements of the college education
but that is not the primary way to go you’re gonna get rejected from a lot
more jobs just because of that so highly recommend you have some type of
bachelor’s degree now let’s utilize that let’s transition into what should your
degree be in what should you be studying well there’s really four key areas that
are on most job descriptions for business analyst positions number one is
any type of business degree so anything related to business can be utilized
because quite frankly you’re a business analyst so having that background of
business is very nice number to any type of IT degree so computer science
programming there’s a lot of there’s actually colleges that have business
analyst type of degrees out there now so anything like that that’s related to IT
is also utilized and the third type of degree is a management degree any degree
that’s teaching management is going to give you a lot of skills that you’re
gonna utilize as a business analyst even though as a business analyst you may not
have people that directly report to you your role is more of a management type
of role you’re having to control meetings and help facilitate the
movement of this project forward with very high end executives a lot of times
and so this position warrants having a lot of those management type of skills
the fourth type of degree this is a little bit less common but you can have
a math degree so there is a little bit of math with business analysis in
various industries if you’re looking at obviously finance manufacturing is
another highly intensive math industry so there’s various industries that are
more intensive when it comes to math and equations and having a math degree for
those industries would be helpful as a business analyst so again the types of
degrees business IT management or math you can have other degrees many
companies say we just want you to have a four-year bachelor’s degree we don’t
really care on the topic and they say a topic related to business analysis or a
topic somewhat related to the position which really could be anything you can
tie anything to it but if you’re going to college now and you’re choosing a
degree find something that interests you within those four categories

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5 thoughts on “What College Degree Do I Need To Become A Business Analyst?”

  1. Adam Rausin says:

    Thank you so much Jeremy for all of the amazing content!! Very informative,while also accessible. I was just wondering,do you think a bachelors in business administration is a good way to become a business analyst?

  2. Mona Hasan says:

    I have bachelors and masters degree in healthcare and hoping to enter the Health domain. I’ve minored in Business. Should this work?

  3. Anton Tokar says:

    Okay, thank you for your video. Only one question, I'm a master of law, and usually, employers want some degrees related to business and marketing or IT. What do you think about guys like me, who want to change a career and have a degree as dentists or lawyers?

  4. Chung Le says:

    Thanks so much. I graduated Business Administration with Associate's Degree, should I study Graduate Diploma Business Information System to become Business Analyst or I should study Bachelor of Information and Communication Technologies.

  5. Dipesh Nagar says:

    Thanks Jeremy for making this video.. I've just completed my bachelor in stream of biomedical engineering and now I planning to do my masters in business analytics so is it possible to get admission in good college?

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