Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Computer and Information Technology

First Advisor

Kevin Dittman

Committee Chair

Kevin Dittman

Committee Member 1

Jeffery Brewer

Committee Member 2

Jeffery Whitten


This research examines whether the Computer and Information Technology (CIT) department at Purdue University should develop a business analyst concentration. The differences between system and business analysts, evolution of the business analyst profession, job demand and trends, and applicable model curricula were explored to support this research. Review of relevant literature regarding the topics suggested that a business analyst concentration should be developed. A gap analysis was performed to determine how well selected CIT courses address the skills and competencies required by today's business analysts. The primary finding, as a result of the analysis, was that CIT courses alone are not able to fulfill all of the learning objectives necessary for a business analyst. Based on this finding multiple recommendations are made, including a proposed business analyst concentration plan of study.