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Quantitative Business Studies (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 Quantitative Business Studies (GCQBS) is designed to provide students without a business background with the essentials of business data analysis, managerial and financial accounting, the fundamental concepts of finance and the principles of economics. The program places an emphasis on the role of the decision maker who must identify and implement profitable decisions. Students develop the skills and knowledge to become more effective managers and administrators.

Please note that the GCQBS 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:

  • Use appropriate statistical techniques to support decision making in various business functions;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the basics of financial and managerial accounting;
  • Read a company’s financial statements and evaluate its financial situation;
  • Calculate and evaluate the cost of capital for a project;
  • Explain the risk and return trade-off in making financial decisions;
  • Apply economic reasoning to business problems to arrive at a profitable decision.

Program structure

Degree Requirements

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

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

Quantitative Business Studies Graduate Certificate (15 credits)


credits of Required Courses:

GDBA 530 Business Data Analytics (3.00)
GDBA 532 Accounting (3.00)
GDBA 535 Finance (3.00)
GDBA 537 Managerial Economics (3.00)

Notes: GDBA 530 and GDBA 532 must be taken previously or concurrently to GDBA 535. GDBA 530 must be taken previously or concurrently to GDBA 537.

3credits chosen from the GDBA Electives list or another course in the GDBA Core Courses list with permission of the Program Director.

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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