Launching the second cohort of Cognizant Business Analyst Certificate Program

By Raghu Santanam
Chair, Department of Information Systems

We recently completed the inaugural cohort of the Cognizant Business Analyst Certificate Program, which launched in June. As you may know, the program was fully supported by Cognizant Consulting. I am happy to report that almost 85% of the students who completed the program received offers for full-time employment with Cognizant Consulting!

Following a review of the inaugural cohort experience, we have made some exciting changes to the program and will begin the second cohort in October 2019. The deadline for applications is Oct. 5.

If you or someone you know lives in New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut, this will be a great program to enroll in. The positions Cognizant is hiring for through this training program are located at client locations based in these East Coast states.

As before, students enrolled in the digital business analyst training are guaranteed an interview for a business analyst position with Cognizant when they complete the certificate.

I believe we have successfully put together a unique learning opportunity for students in this program. It provides the perfect launchpad for a career in the technology domain, even for someone not enrolled (also for those who graduated a few years back) in business school or engineering. Several of the students who were successful in this program in the first cohort had liberal arts and social sciences degrees.

A research report published by the IBM Institute for Business Value states that “More than 120 million workers in the world’s 12 largest economies may need to be retrained/reskilled in the next three years as a result of intelligent/AI-enabled automation.” As such, reskilling/upskilling programs are going to be critical for U.S. corporations in the coming years. We, at the W. P. Carey School, are creating strategies to address this acute need for the U.S. economy.

We constantly look at our curriculum and the value it offers students and companies looking to hire them — and the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings show our programs are staying competitive and relevant. Last week, our department’s undergraduate programs were ranked in the top 10!

Management information systems (CIS) ranked No. 9 and quantitative analysis (BDA) ranked No. 10.

The W. P. Carey Department of Information Systems has consistently ranked top 20 in the nation for both undergraduate and graduate programs by U.S. News. These rankings are chosen by deans and senior faculty members at our peer schools across the nation who know what it takes to prepare students for the changing needs of businesses.