Concordia University

Business Administration Graduate Certificate

Admission Requirements

Applicants must possess a Bachelor's degree with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.70 on a scale of 4.30, or equivalent. Applicants are also required to submit a Statement of Purpose and two letters of recommendation.

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.

Requirements for the Certificate

  1. Credits. The program consists of five courses (total 15 credits).

  2. Courses. All students are required to complete four core courses (12 credits) and one elective (3 credits).

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.


Required Courses (12 credits)

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

Elective (3 credits) to be chosen from:

GDBA 530 Business Data Analytics
Any elective in the GDBA program.

Course Descriptions (Core Courses)

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.

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