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Business Administration (GrDip)

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Graduate Diploma (GrDip)
Program type
Primary campus
Sir George Williams (SGW)
1 year
30 credits
Start term
Fall, Winter

Program overview

The John Molson Graduate Diploma in Business Administration is designed to give students without a business background a graduate-level foundation in business. The 10-course program concentrates on the primary functional areas of organizations and their interrelations. Students not only gain a solid understanding of the functional areas within an organization, but also how those areas interrelate.

Program graduates are able to:

  • Identify, analyze and propose solutions to issues within and between fundamental areas of business;
  • Effectively communicate with and influence various stakeholders (management, colleagues, customers and investors);
  • Analyze industries, markets and competitors to design convincing competitive strategies.

Program structure

Degree Requirements

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

Please see the Business Administration Graduate Diploma Courses page for course descriptions.

Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (30 credits)

27credits of GDBA Core Courses

credits chosen from the GDBA Electives list

GDBA Core Courses

GDBA 530 Business Data Analytics (3.00)
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)
GDBA 535 Finance (3.00)
GDBA 536 Operations Management (3.00)
GDBA 537 Managerial Economics (3.00)
GDBA 538 Strategic Management (3.00)

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.

GDBA Electives

GDBA 540 Entrepreneurship (3.00)
GDBA 541 Business Law (3.00)
GDBA 542 e-Marketing (3.00)
GDBA 543 Project Management (3.00)
GDBA 590 Special Topics in Accountancy (3.00)
GDBA 591 Special Topics in Finance (3.00)
GDBA 592 Special Topics in Management (3.00)
GDBA 593 Special Topics in Marketing (3.00)
GDBA 594 Special Topics in Supply Chain and Business Technology Management (3.00)
GDBA 595 Special Topics (3.00)

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)
March 1 (International)


October 1 (Canadian resident)
June 1 (International)



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 $2,000 in special funding for graduate diploma programs. Learn more

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