Business Administration (Grad. Cert.)
Graduate Certificate (Grad. Cert.)Offered by:
John Molson School of Business
Why pursue a Graduate Certificate in Business Administration?
The Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (30 credits) and the Graduate Certificate in Business Administration (15 credits) provide students with core knowledge and sound grounding in business administration theory and practice. Through the GDBA and GCBA, students acquire a set of basic competencies required for careers in all types of organizations, in either business or social sectors. More specifically, graduates will be able to:
- understand an organization’s social, economic and business environments
- understand financial and non-financial performance data in decision-making
- communicate effectively within an organizational context
- interact effectively with peers
- apply relevant managerial knowledge to the analysis of organizational issues or problems
Requirements for the Certificate
- Credits. The program consists of five courses (total 15 credits).
- Courses. All students are required to complete five courses (15 credits). GDBA 530 and GDBA 531 must be taken as the first two courses in the program. Students who have successfully completed a statistics course in a previous program with a minimum grade of “B” may be exempt from taking GDBA 530 with the permission of the Program Director. In this case, the course must be substituted with an elective.
- Undergraduate degree in any discipline from a recognized university, with minimum GPA of 2.7/4.3. Total education should equal 16 years, including the bachelor’s degree accepted as equivalent by the Council for Graduate Studies. See a listing of international equivalencies.
- A student whose primary language is not English must write a pre-admission proficiency test (TOEFL iBT minimum score 95 or IELTS (Academic) minimum score 7.0) if not exempted as indicated below. Test results must be reported directly to the Admissions Application Centre by the test centre. Results more than two years old will not be accepted as proof of language proficiency.
- Quebec applicants who have completed a Diploma of Collegial Studies (DEC) and a university degree in Quebec;
- A minimum of three full years of study at the undergraduate or graduate level at an accredited university in one of the following countries.
- $100 (CAD) Application Fee
A non-refundable application fee paid online by credit card.
- Application Form
Click here to apply online.
- Statement of Purpose
Applicants must provide a Statement of Purpose indicating their reason for choosing the GDBA or GCBA program, their career goals, and how the program will contribute to achieving those goals. Statement of Purpose should be approximately 500 words in length.
- Curriculum Vitae (CV)
Applicants must include an updated resume.
- Two Letters of Reference
Applicants must include two names and email addresses of academic or professional references who can attest to their prior performance and appropriateness of the GDBA program and potential for career growth in the program:
When completing your application online, you will be required to enter your referees’ names, affiliated institutions and email addresses (college/university or company mail). Your referees will then receive an email inviting them to complete an electronic assessment form and attach their letter of reference. It is your responsibility to follow-up with your referees to confirm they received this mail from firstname.lastname@example.org.
Academic references: Professors must both complete an electronic academic assessment form and submit a scanned copy of their reference letter written on the institution’s letterhead and bearing an original signature.
Business references: Your employer must submit a scanned copy of their reference letter, written on company letterhead and bearing an original signature.
You are strongly encouraged to submit your application before your program’s application deadline in order to give your referees sufficient time to provide their assessment and letter of reference.
- Official Transcripts
Please upload unofficial copies of transcripts, from all previous educational institutions, when you apply to Concordia because it speeds up the review of your application.
If you are currently enrolled in school:
Submit the results of previous terms and a list of your current courses
Include mid-year grades if they're available
Uploaded transcripts, however, are not official transcripts. Official transcripts are documents sent directly from an institution to our Admissions Application Centre. Unless otherwise specified, we request official transcripts only once you are admitted.
- Official English Proficiency Test
A student whose primary language is not English must write a pre-admissions English proficiency test (TOEFL iBT minimum score 95 or IELTS (Academic) minimum score 7.0), if not exempted as indicated below. Test results must be reported directly to the Admissions Application Centre by the test centre. Results more than two years old will not be accepted as proof of language proficiency
- Proof of Canadian Citizenship, Permanent Residence, or Refugee Status (where applicable)
Where applicable, applicants must include a certified copy of their birth certificate, Permanent Resident card, Canadian Citizen Card, or Refugee Status papers. International students must include a copy of their current passport.
(Cdn. res. only)
(Cdn. res. only)