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Graduate Certificate in Business Administration (GCBA)

The Graduate Certificate in Business Administration is a 15-credit program (5 courses worth 3 credits each) that can be completed on a part-time or full-time basis. Courses are offered in the day time and evening, with some online options, and all courses are open to both full-time and part-time students. There are 2 admission periods per year, one in September, and one in January.

Certificate students must enrol in four core courses to complete the program. 

Please note that the Graduate Certificate in Business Administration (GCBA) option is not open to international students.


What you will learn

This certificate program focuses on the core elements of organizations. At the end of the certificate, students will have a good understanding of the functional areas within an organization. Graduate Certificate in Business Administration students are required to complete 5 courses (four core courses and one elective)  

By graduation, certificate students will have achieved a functional knowledge in the fundamental areas of business and be able to:

  • Identify, analyze, and propose solutions to issues within fundamental areas of business
  • Effectively communicate to and influence various stakeholders (management, colleagues and customers)

Courses

Offered by:
Program: Graduate Diploma in Business Administration

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.

Offered by: Accountancy
Program: Graduate Diploma in Business Administration

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.

Prerequisites & notes

Students who have received credit for GDBA 501 may not take this course for credit.

Offered by: Management
Program: Graduate Diploma in Business Administration

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.

Prerequisites & notes

Prerequisites: GDBA 531 previously or concurrently.

Students who have received credit for GDBA 503 may not take this course for credit.

Offered by: Marketing
Program: Graduate Diploma in Business Administration

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.

Prerequisites & notes

Prerequisites: GDBA 531 previously or concurrently.

Students who have received credit for GDBA 504 may not take this course for credit.


Note: As of Fall 2018, GDBA 530 (Business Data Analytics) is no longer a core/required course. GCBA now comprise only 4 core courses (GDBA 531, 532, 533, and 534) + one elective to be chosen among either GDBA 530 or any GDBA elective offered in the program.
 

as well as one GDBA elective from the following:

  • GDBA 593 e-Marketing
  • GDBA 540 Entrepreneurship
  • Business Law
  • Project Management

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