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Business Administration (Grad. Cert.)

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Graduate Certificate (Grad. Cert.)
Program type
Primary campus
Sir George Williams (SGW)
8 months
15 credits
Start term
Fall, Winter

Program overview

The John Molson Graduate Certificate in Business Administration (GCBA) is designed to give students without a business background a graduate-level foundation in business. The five-course program focuses on the core elements and functional areas within an organization.

Please note that the GCBA is not available to international students as the length of the program does not satisfy the requirements of a study permit.

Program graduates are able to:

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

Program structure

Degree Requirements

Fully-qualified candidates are required to complete a minimum of 15 credits.

Please see the Business Administration Graduate Certificate, Business Administration Graduate Diploma and Quantitative Business Studies Graduate Diploma Courses page for course descriptions.

Business Administration Graduate Certificate (15 credits)


credits of Core Courses:

GDBA 531 Professional Business Skills (3.00)
GDBA 532 Accounting (3.00)
GDBA 533 Managing People in Organizations (3.00)
GDBA 534 Marketing Management (3.00)


elective credits chosen from:

GDBA 530 Business Data Analytics (3.00)

or any elective from the GDBA Electives list.

Admission requirements

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 English language proficiency page for further information on requirements and exemptions.

Application process

Application deadlines


June 1 (Canadian resident only)


October 1 (Canadian resident only)



Priority will be given to complete applications submitted by the deadline. In some cases, programs may continue to accept applications as long as there is space available.

International students: Considering the waiting period involved in meeting the entry requirements to Canada and Quebec, we strongly encourage international applicants to apply early and submit supporting documents prior to the deadline.

Tuition & funding

Tuition and fees

Tuition and fees of the program may depend on your student status, among other key factors. Estimate these costs based on the most common situations.

Awards and funding

Funding packages are generally available for students in thesis-based programs. Course-based students may be eligible for a number of donor awards, and may consult with their department for program-specific opportunities.

Out-of-province students

Get $1,000 in special funding for graduate certificate programs. Learn more

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