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 either at the undergraduate or graduate level in an institution where the sole language of instruction is English.
- $100 (CAD) Application Fee
A non-refundable application fee paid online by credit card.
- Application Form
Apply online or, for a printable PDF application, please visit registrar.concordia.ca/pdf/Graduate_Application_Form.pdf
- 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 submit two professional and/or academic (i.e. from former professors) letters of recommendation to be mailed directly to Concordia’s Graduate Admissions Application Centre. Use the academic assessment form for professors only. Faxed copies and opened letters delivered by students will not be accepted.
- Official Transcripts*
Applicants must include official transcripts of all previous university studies. International applicants must provide official university documents confirming the degree(s) they have received. These documents must be translated into English or French if they are in another language. If you are, or were, a Concordia student, you do not need to submit your Concordia transcripts.
- 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.
*Letters of reference and official transcripts must be sent directly to Concordia University:
(Cdn. res. only)
(Cdn. res. only)