Cognizant Digital Business Analyst Certificate
A Train-To-Hire Program

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Welcome to a world of possibilities

Cognizant Technology Solutions and Arizona State University are partnering to offer the Cognizant Digital Business Analyst Certificate Program, taught by faculty from the W. P. Carey Department of Information Systems, with additional interaction from Cognizant practice leaders.

All course material in this 10-week train-to-hire certificate program is taught online, so you can learn and complete assignments whenever and wherever it’s convenient for you. Two on-site residential workshops in the New York City area — as well as a third workshop offered virtually — are required. After successful completion of the program, you're guaranteed an in-person interview for a business analyst position at Cognizant.

Who should apply?

See if you’re an ideal applicant for the Cognizant Digital Business Analyst Certificate Program.


You want to work at Cognizant

Ideal candidates are interested in roles in the New York City-New Jersey-Connecticut tri-state area, Hartford or Philadelphia.


A bachelor’s degree

Ideal applicants have a bachelor’s degree or are completing one shortly. Any major can apply.


Work experience

Ideal applicants have at least two years of full-time equivalent work experience.


Skills and abilities

Ideal applicants are curious, with excellent critical thinking and communication abilities.


Authorized to work in the U.S.

Ideal applicants must be authorized to work in the U.S.


Background check

Ideal applicants must be able to pass a background check.

The program

If you've wanted to work for Cognizant or have a passion for or interest in consulting, this unique certificate program is an ideal starting point. The Cognizant Digital Business Analyst Certificate Program is a train-to-hire program, meaning that although you’ll unlock critical skills to help you no matter where your career may take you, you’ll be learning skills and techniques necessary to become a successful business analyst with Cognizant. 90% of students who completed this program in spring 2019 received an offer to join Cognizant as business analysts.

Stellar career track

  • All program participants are guaranteed an in-person interview for a business analyst position at Cognizant.
  • Successful candidates will be offered a full-time role as a business analyst, with competitive entry-level salaries based on skills and experience.
  • Effective business analysts have tremendous opportunities for growth within the Cognizant Consulting organization.

Flexible to your needs

  • The program is offered through ASU Online, with flexible timing and an estimated workload of 20 hours/week.

Industry-relevant skills and knowledge

  • Learn the skills that are most important to the role of an entry-level business analyst, with a curriculum co-developed by one of the leading consultancies in the world.
  • Gain real-life insight from actual consulting professionals who will be teaching parts of the course.
  • Curriculum modules will enable you to gain the following competencies:
    • Fundamentals of business analysis — including IT Lifecycle, problem-solving methods, requirements gathering and user story creation for system design.
    • Fundamentals of project management — such as initiating, planning, executing, monitoring, controlling and closing of projects; portfolio and program management concepts; Agile, Scrum and Kanban tools and concepts.
    • Digital enterprise foundations — concepts of ERP, SCM, HRM and CRM systems; technology alignment with business imperatives; digital platforms and architectures.
    • Business modeling tools and techniques — spreadsheet modeling, business process modeling and data visualization.

No-cost program

There is no cost associated with completing this train-to-hire program, as Cognizant is providing the instruction and learning platform for you. However, to enroll, a program placeholder fee of $500 will be required at the time of admission. The placeholder fee is refundable in full if you 1) complete the requirements of the certificate and 2) accept an in-person interview for placement with Cognizant Consulting at the conclusion of the program.

How to apply

How to apply

Those who qualify will be asked to submit an official program application, which includes a current resume, unofficial transcripts (ASU alumni and students can provide their ASU IDs), any test score information and a personal statement. You'll also be asked to apply for one of the specific open positions with Cognizant, and you're welcome to indicate any other geographic preferences you might have.

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Recognized as influential researchers and consultants, the W. P. Carey School of Business faculty are thought leaders in a wide range of business disciplines. They publish scholarly work in top journals, present at national conferences, consult with some of the world’s largest and most innovative companies, and above all, dedicate themselves to the success of our students.

Jason Nichols, MBA, PhD
Clinical Associate Professor, W. P. Carey School of Business

Alan Simon, MS Management Information Systems
Lecturer, W. P. Carey School of Business

Put your future in motion at ASU

Arizona State University is recognized globally as a top-ranked research university focused on solutions to society's greatest challenges, advancing a better life for all. How will you use your ASU education to change the world?

Program schedule

Details for Cohort 3 are still being finalized.

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