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Business Administration Graduate Diploma

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.70 on a scale of 4.30, or equivalent.  

Proficiency in English. Applicants whose primary language is not English must demonstrate that their knowledge of English is sufficient to pursue graduate studies in their chosen field. Please refer to the Graduate Admission page for further information on the Language Proficiency requirements and exemptions.

Applicants are also required to submit a Statement of Purpose and two letters of recommendation.

Degree Requirements

Fully-qualified candidates are required to complete a minimum of 30 credits.

27 credits – Core Courses

GDBA 530 - Business Data Analytics (3 credits)
GDBA 531 - Professional Business Skills (3 credits)
GDBA 532 - Accounting (3 credits)
GDBA 533 - Managing People in Organizations (3 credits)
GDBA 534 - Marketing Management (3 credits)
GDBA 535 - Finance (3 credits)
GDBA 536 - Operations Management (3 credits)
GDBA 537 - Managerial Economics (3 credits)
GDBA 538 - Strategic Management (3 credits)

3 credits – Elective Courses

GDBA 540 - Entrepreneurship (3 credits)
GDBA 541 - Business Law (3 credits)
GDBA 542 - eMarketing (3 credits)
GDBA 590 - Special Topics in Accountancy (3 credits)
GDBA 591 - Special Topics in Finance (3 credits)
GDBA 592 - Special Topics in Management (3 credits)
GDBA 593 - Special Topics in Marketing (3 credits)
GDBA 594 - Special Topics in Supply Chain and Business Technology Management (3 credits)
GDBA 595 - Special Topics (3 credits)

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. See class schedule for elective offerings.

Academic Regulations

  1. Academic Standing. Please refer to the Academic Standing section of the Calendar for a detailed review of the Academic Regulations.
  2. Time Limit. Please refer to the Academic Regulation page for further details regarding the Time Limit requirements.
  3. Graduation Requirement. In order to graduate, students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.70.

Courses

Course Descriptions

GDBA 530 Business Data Analytics (3 credits)
This course provides students with the skills and knowledge needed to analyze business data. Using spreadsheet software throughout the course, students learn to summarize and describe data with charts, graphs and numbers, to visualize and measure relationships in data and acquire the ability to make inferences and predictions. Students acquire a working knowledge of the statistical tools and techniques required for better decision making. The course combines lecturing with actual business applications and class discussions aimed at encouraging critical thinking, analytical skills and ethical manipulation and reporting of data.
Note 1: 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.
Note 2: Students who have received credit for GDBA 502 may not take this course for credit.

GDBA 531 Professional Business Skills (3 credits)
This course provides students with the necessary skills that help with successful interaction with others in business settings. Topics include designing and delivering effective written and oral messages from concept to delivery, working in groups, and negotiating and resolving conflict by using ethical communication tactics. Pedagogical methods include group-based work, in-class workshops, case studies, presentations and report writing.

GDBA 532 Accounting (3 credits)
This course surveys financial and managerial accounting from the point of view of the users of financial information. Financial accounting topics include the framework of financial accounting, the analysis of transactions, and the preparation and analysis of financial statements. Topics in management accounting are budgeting and control, costing and cost allocation, the cost-volume-profit planning model, and short-term and long-term decision making in business. The ethical dimensions of accounting are explored throughout the course. Pedagogical methods include lectures, exercises, case studies and class discussions.
Note: Students who have received credit for GDBA 501 may not take this course for credit.

GDBA 533 Managing People in Organizations (3 credits)
Prerequisites: GDBA 531 previously or concurrently.
This course is concerned with understanding and managing individual and group behaviour in organizations. It examines themes such as personality, motivation, emotions, leadership, ethics, and group dynamics and how they relate to the role of managers in organizations. The course covers these topics in an integrated manner so as to prepare students to become effective managers. Pedagogical methods include in-class exercises and case studies.
Note: Students who have received credit for GDBA 503 may not take this course for credit.

GDBA 534 Marketing Management (3 credits)
Prerequisites: GDBA 531 previously or concurrently.
This course is designed to provide students with the necessary skills to develop a marketing plan.  Topics include micro- and macro-level environmental analysis, customer behaviour, market segmentation, value generating practices and developing a complete marketing plan. Pedagogical methods include lectures, case studies and in-class presentations.
Note: Students who have received credit for GDBA 504 may not take this course for credit.

GDBA 535 Finance (3 credits)
Prerequisites: GDBA 530 previously or concurrently, and 532.
This course provides students with a general understanding of the fundamental concepts of finance as they apply to financial management and investment analysis.  Building on the objective of firm value maximization, students learn to describe and value risky financial securities and long-term capital projects as well as to manage the firm’s short-term financial planning and decisions. Pedagogical methods include exercises, cases, simulations and class discussions.
Note: Students who have received credit for GDBA 505 may not take this course for credit.

GDBA 536 Operations Management (3 credits)
Prerequisites: GDBA 530 previously or concurrently.
This course provides students with the quantitative and qualitative techniques to achieve efficient and effective utilization of scarce resources in business. Topics include planning, management and control of labour, machinery, material, money, information and time resources in manufacturing and service sectors. Recent developments in these areas are introduced within the context of manufacturing and service strategies. The course uses class discussion, case analysis and simulation to illustrate key concepts and practices in operations management. The interactions with other functional areas, such as information systems, marketing, accounting and finance are discussed through case studies.
Note: Students who have received credit for GDBA 506 may not take this course for credit.

GDBA 537 Managerial Economics (3 credits)
Prerequisites: GDBA 530 previously or concurrently.
This course introduces the principles of economics.  The emphasis is on the role of the decision maker who has to identify and implement profitable decisions.  The course applies economic reasoning to business problems including bargaining, adverse selection, moral hazard, and incentive alignment. Pedagogical methods include exercises, cases and class discussions.
Note: Students who have received credit for GDBA 507 may not take this course for credit.

GDBA 538 Strategic Management (3 credits)
Prerequisites: 12 credits including GDBA 530 and 531.
This capstone course provides students with an understanding of how firms gain and sustain competitive advantage in various business sectors. Specific topics include industry environment analysis, internal analysis of firm resources and capabilities, the analysis of business and corporate level strategies, and various strategic alternatives such as mergers and acquisitions, strategic alliances, and internationalization strategies. The course uses case analysis as the main approach to build abilities in strategic analysis and decision making.

GDBA 540 Entrepreneurship (3 credits)
Prerequisites: GDBA 534 previously or concurrently.
Students conduct a market study and develop a complete business plan, including the operational, financial and marketing plan. Topics may include: transforming an idea into a business, analyzing the market and competition, and planning operations and finances for the next three to five years. Pedagogical methods include lectures, case studies, and the development of a business plan.
Note: Students who have received credit for this topic under GDBA 595 may not take this course for credit.

GDBA 541 Business Law (3 credits)
Students learn the basic principles of the Quebec legal system, the various methods available to start a new business and how to select the most appropriate form of business. Students also learn basic legal notions relating to contracts, civil liability and employment law allowing them to better understand these legal principles in the context of operating a business.
Note: Students who have received credit for this topic under GDBA 595 may not take this course for credit.

GDBA 542 e-Marketing (3 credits)
Prerequisites: GDBA 534 previously or concurrently.
This course introduces students to the conceptual framework and practices used in digital marketing and how they relate to overall marketing plans. Specific topics include online business models, search engine marketing, affiliate marketing, email marketing, social media marketing and web analytics as well as other important aspects of customer acquisition, conversion and retention in an online environment. Loyalty and online reputation management, which are crucial for success in an increasingly competitive online landscape, are also covered. Pedagogical methods include lectures, readings, group work, and hands-on activities.
Note: Students who have received credit for this topic under GDBA 595 or GDBA 593 may not take this course for credit.

GDBA 590 Special Topics in Accountancy (3 credits)
Note: Students who have received credit for the same topic under GDBA 595 may not take this course for credit.

GDBA 591 Special Topics in Finance (3 credits)
Note: Students who have received credit for the same topic under GDBA 595 may not take this course for credit.

GDBA 592 Special Topics in Management (3 credits)
Note: Students who have received credit for the same topic under GDBA 595 may not take this course for credit.

GDBA 593 Special Topics in Marketing (3 credits)
Note: Students who have received credit for the same topic under GDBA 595 may not take this course for credit.

GDBA 594 Special Topics in Supply Chain and Business Technology Management (3 credits)
Note: Students who have received credit for the same topic under GDBA 595 may not take this course for credit.

GDBA 595 Special Topics (3 credits)
Special topics for this course are stated in the Class Schedule.

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