Advance your career by studying the fundamentals of business.
What do most successful managers, whether they work for start-ups, established corporations, or non-profit organizations have in common? A solid foundation in business. Whether you’re looking to build on existing experience or gain entirely new professional skills, our Post-Graduate Certificate in Business Administration is the perfect tool to prepare you for exciting opportunities in your field.
The program will teach you how to make strategic marketing decisions, effectively manage projects, and increase productivity. You will also study current economic, social, and environmental business trends. Designed in consultation with senior industry executives, thought leaders, and prominent York University academics, the Certificate will equip you with relevant and in-demand knowledge and all course content will be immediately applicable to your current (or future) role.
Prepare today for a management role tomorrow.
Today’s business leaders require even more than foundational business knowledge. For example, many top employers believe that emotional intelligence, critical thinking, and communication are equally important skills to have. Professionals who master these key competencies routinely receive the best job offers and promotions throughout their careers.
Our Post-Graduate Certificate in Business Administration will deepen your understanding of interconnected business functions while simultaneously sharpening your critical thinking, communication, and management skills. The program culminates with a unique final capstone course where you will apply your knowledge to real-world business challenges.
“This certificate program is the perfect way for someone to learn fundamental business administration skills and combine it with work experience. It is great for professionals who are new or are aspiring to be in a management role and would like to learn core business functions.”
The entire program can be completed in just eight months, which is considerably quicker than comparable certificates. You will also benefit from studying alongside a network of peers who are completing the program on the same schedule.
“I have had a good appreciation for the program. It was quite rewarding because I got to learn a lot about the world of business within a very short time frame. Our instructor, Mark Carbonelli, made the program very engaging, interesting and educative.”
Yaa Serwaah Owusu-Adansi, 2016 Post-Graduate Certificate in Business Administration Student
Who should take this program?
- College or university graduates in fields outside of business who are looking to add a specialization to their resume
- Early career professionals and new/aspiring managers
- Professionals who want to develop foundational business administration skills
- Professionals interested in future leadership roles within their organization
- International students interested in gaining a Canadian perspective on business administration or management
“As someone with an artistic background who has leveraged that creativity into a successful business, I cannot stress enough the importance of having fundamental business knowledge in order to turn artistic endeavours into business realities, to make a living.”
Dan Banko, Creative Director, Banko Media
In-class, full-time: Earn your post-graduate certificate in just 8 months by studying full-time on campus in our accelerated program.
This full-time post-graduate certificate program will prepare you for a successful career in business and future managerial roles in just 8 months while helping you successfully balance your professional and personal responsibilities.
Examine the external context of business and the challenges of managing in the Canadian business environment. Explore the external context of business considering economic, competitive, labour, technological, societal, global, and political issues. Gain insight into current challenges and opportunities that play a dramatic role in the business landscape and affect business strategy.
Examine the functional areas of business through a critical discourse about management, its sub-disciplines, and the current issues and future challenges it faces. Compare classic management articles with writings from alternative or contradictory perspectives. Examine current news stories to illustrate and assess the practical relevance of each of the management ideas presented. Develop, articulate, and support your own thinking in relation to contemporary business issues.
Develop transferable skills that can be applied to a variety of roles in business. Develop key business/management skills that are required of business professionals and prepare for the business and professional environment in Canada through theoretical instruction, practical case analyses, interactive and team-based exercises, as well as oral and written assignments. Develop strong critical thinking skills, business acumen, oral and written communication skills (including presentation skills), negotiation and influencing skills, and data and numeracy skills, and much more.
Accounting – Analysis & the Use of Financial Information
Explore basic concepts in financial accounting, managerial accounting and their interrelationships to duties and responsibilities of a manager. Gain a critical overview of the accounting process and a broad, conceptual understanding of the role of accounting in modern society. You will study financial statements prepared for external audiences and how those statements contribute to financial decisions and capital markets; and, internal reports that affect managers’ day-to-day decisions.
Examine fundamentals of marketing theory, concepts and management as applied to marketing’s strategic role in meeting customer needs, including product (goods and services), price, promotion, distribution, consumer, segmentation, positioning, ethics, and research to prepare to create a marketing plan.
Human Resources Management
This course introduces you to the basic principles and concepts of human resources management, and provides a context for the challenges facing HR managers in contemporary Canadian organizations. You are given opportunities to identify organizational problems, and to prescribe and implement corrective actions.
Introduction to Project Management
Examine the theory and practice of project management with a problem-solving approach to planning, budgeting, implementing and completing small and large-scale projects. Gain a strong working knowledge of project management fundamentals and be able to use this knowledge to positively impact workplace projects.
Applied Capstone Course
The purpose of the capstone course is to create an opportunity for you to make connections between the various topics in the program; to analyze, synthesize, and apply the knowledge gained throughout the program to real-world business cases.
This unique post-degree program provides the educational experience that upper-year undergraduate students enjoy with an exposure to a multi-cultural environment that only York University can provide. Graduates of this program will be uniquely positioned to thrive in Toronto’s diverse workplaces — a critical asset for global companies.
Develop a rich professional network that includes global and local peers and instructors with significant industry experience. As a pioneer in professional education, York has the expertise to offer you a vibrant, meaningful post-degree experience. You’ll graduate work-ready and promotable in Canada’s largest labour market.
Courses are offered at our vibrant Keele campus conveniently located near several 400-series highways and accessible by the TTC, GO, York Region, Brampton, and Viva transit systems. Please view our interactive map for more information on the campus including parking and amenities.
York University’s Post-Graduate Certificate in Business Administration is absolutely unique in Canada. This program provides the educational experience that Canadian upper-year undergraduate students enjoy with the academic language supports needed for success. As a leader in academic English education, York has the expertise to offer you a vibrant, meaningful post-degree experience.
Unlike other Canadian business certificates that only offer classes in the evening and on weekends, York offers a full-time schedule. Despite the accelerated format of the full-time program, the course scheduling provides opportunities for students to study and work outside the class schedule.
Graduates of this program will be uniquely positioned to thrive in vibrant multi-cultural workplaces. Develop a rich professional network of local students, international peers, and Canadian instructors with significant industry experience. You’ll graduate work-ready and promotable.
Courses are offered at our vibrant Toronto campus. While everything students require can be found on our safe and welcoming campus, convenient transit and highway access helps you enjoy all that the Toronto, Canada, area has to offer.
You may be eligible to receive transfer credit if you have taken business courses at another Canadian university.
Transfer credit must meet basic conditions, are subject to approval by the Program Manager, and requests must be supported by documentation.
This is a cohort program with the same group of students travelling through each consecutive course at the same time as a learning community. This is also an integrated program, whereby each new course topic builds upon the previous one. For these reasons, a maximum of one (1) equivalent course taken at another institution may be transferred into this program.
Conditions for transfer of credit
- course must have been taken from an accredited Canadian academic institution and noted on an official transcript with a grade of 70% or higher
- course must have been completed within the past ten (10) years from the date of application
- course you are transferring must align with one of the following topics:
- Introduction to Business
- Exploring the Functions of Business
- Introduction to Accounting
- Introduction to Project Management
- Human Resources Management
- Introduction to Marketing
- course must have had a minimum of 36 contact hours
The following is required in an electronic submission in order to assess a transfer of credit:
- send an email to the Program Manager noting the topic you wish to transfer, and when and where you completed the course
- include an official transcript, demonstrating your completion of the course and your final grade
- also include a full course outline (course name, description, learning objectives, assessment criteria, content topics covered, and number of hours)
Assessments may take up to four (4) weeks to process from the time of receipt.
Have you recently graduated from a non-business field and are looking to differentiate yourself for new and exciting job opportunities in business?
Careers in areas such as:
Or, are you looking to broaden your professional working knowledge to become a T-shaped professional? No matter what field your educational background is in, graduating from our Post-Graduate Certificate in Business Administration will help you develop the skillset to work more effectively on a cross functional team – leading to more job advancement opportunities.
Graduates of our Post-Graduate Certificate in Business Administration meet the educational requirements to obtain the Certified In Management (CIM) designation from the Canadian Institute of Management.*
*Please note there are additional requirements in addition to the Post-Graduate Certificate in Business Administration that are needed for the CIM designation. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that these are met.
Business Administration Advisory Council
Senior executives from many of Toronto’s leading organizations help us ensure our graduates have the skills and knowledge that employers value most, including the following:
- Gary Spraakman, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, York University
- Stephen Gaskin, Senior VP Ontario Region, Scotiabank
- Maurizio Bevilacqua, Mayor, City of Vaughan
- Anthony Dale, President and CEO, Ontario Hospital Association
- Bal Sahjpaul, Senior Director E-commerce, Acklands-Grainger
- Roberta Wilton, Chief Executive, The Dunfield Group
- Greg Hewitt, Chief Executive Officer, DHL Express USA
- Rose Cammareri, Executive Vice President, Retail Distribution, AGF
- Faith Tull, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Randstad Canada
Our Post-Graduate Certificate in Business Administration is offered in a full-time, in-class format.
FULL-TIME IN-CLASS FORMAT:
- Classes meet daily (Monday–Friday).
- Class size will range from 25–50 students, with a mix of domestic and international students.
- All classes are held at the main campus of York University at Keele and Steeles.
- You should expect ten hours of reading per week in addition to assignments and test preparation.
The School of Continuing Studies has a student record review process of students that have completed courses in the previous semester. Students who have successfully completed all the program requirements are eligible to graduate. Students are not required to formally apply to graduate.
Students will have their course grades reviewed by the Program Manager as they approach the end of the program. Students should expect to receive their Certificates in October/November by mail.
Students enrolled in all of our Certificate programs have access to the York University Library. The School of Continuing Studies will provide you with the library application form.
It is wise to budget approximately $150 — $200 per course. All the books and reading materials will be available at the York University bookstore. You can also order your books online at http://bookstore.yorku.ca/
If you would like to visit the bookstore in person, store hours are as follows:
Monday & Tuesday 9am–7pm
Open Saturday for the month of September.
CLOSED Saturday & Sunday.
Students in a cohort travel together through the program, learn through shared experiences as a group, and complete courses in a designated sequence.
The cohort model provides an opportunity to network and build professional relationships that may extend beyond the program. Therefore, the courses cannot be taken at your own pace.
Two weeks before the start of the program, you will receive a letter via email containing all necessary program information including:
- Program Schedule of Dates and Times
- Classroom location
- York University policies and procedures
- Information on how to access the library at York University
- School of Continuing Studies contact information
Full-time Post-Graduate Certificate in Business Administration (Fall 2019)
Full-time Post-Graduate Certificate in Business Administration (Winter 2020)
|$15,199.00||Applications accepted starting Summer 2019|
Full-time Post-Graduate Certificate in Business Administration (Winter 2020)
|$6,599.00||Applications accepted starting Summer 2019|
A Post-Degree Certificate in Business Administration is well worth the investment, both for career prospecting and career satisfaction. Please review the tuition requirements below, especially if you’re an international student.
- Full-time program tuition for domestic students: $6,392 (HST exempt)
- Full-time program tuition for international students: $14,400 (HST exempt)
- Part-time online program for both domestic and international students: $5,800 (HST exempt)
Instalment Plan Policy
The School of Continuing Studies allows students in certificate programs the option of paying in two or more installments. You must pay the initial payment as stated below and then make any number of online payments that you choose, provided you pay the entire balance before the stated due date. Students opting for the installment plan will also be charged a one-time, non-refundable administrative fee of $125 that is due at the time of registration. The following are the details of the instalment plan policy according to the full-time Post-Graduate Certificate in Business Administration:
- Domestic Students– The first payment of 50% of the tuition fee is due upon registration, with the balance due before the first day of the first course.
- International Students – The first payment of $4,999 is due upon registration, with the remaining balance due before the first day of the first course.
- Customized payment plans may be available to align to employer policies but are not available for individuals. For further information please contact the Registrations Coordinator at 416-736-5616.
- A student that fails to make instalment payments as required will not be permitted to continue in the program.
To be admitted to the all full-time CPE Certificate Programs (Human Resources, Accounting, Advanced Accounting, Business Administration), applicants must have:
- minimum of a baccalaureate degree with a minimum of a 60% average (C)
- official transcripts (International students: please provide original English translated copy of University degree and transcripts.)
- completed online application form
- proof of language proficiency (international students only)
There is an application fee of $79 payable upon submission of your application. Applicants will be notified directly if additional information or documentation is required. Conditional offers of admission will be issued within one month of receiving a complete application including an electronic copy of transcripts. If you have been issued a conditional offer, a sealed hard copy of official transcripts must be mailed to the School of Continuing Studies no later than the start of the program.
An IELTS score of 6.0 – (with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and speaking is mandatory) (or equivalent English Language Proficiency Test) is required to be admitted in this program.
Please note that students that are entering our programs with an IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) will be monitored by the Program Manager. Students that are struggling will be flagged and will be required to purchase a tutoring package. Students can expect to pay up to $800 for tutoring support.
|IELTS (Academic only)||6.0 (with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and speaking is mandatory)|
|TOEIC||670 (Listening and Reading)290 (Speaking and Writing)|
|Cambridge ESOL||First (FCE) – Grade B (scale 173 – 175)First (FCE) – Grade C (scale 169 – 172)|
|YUELI AP Level||7|
|DY Program (Destination York)||Successfully Completed|
While we highly recommend that international students submit their applications early to allow sufficient time to obtain a visa, applications must be received three weeks prior to the start of your course.
You may be eligible to transfer a maximum of one equivalent course credit from other institutions and receive advanced standing. Transfer Credit requests can be forwarded to the Program Manager for approval via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or in writing to: School of Continuing Studies, Attention Post-Degree Certificate in Business Administration Program Manager 4700 Keele Street – Room 116 Atkinson Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3. For both the full-time and online program, prospective students are permitted to transfer one course with approval of the Program Manager (discounted based on cost of course). Approved courses for advanced standing must meet the following criteria:
- There must be a 90% overlap in content and curriculum, and the same number of hours as the courses offered in the School of Continuing Studies program.
- The courses must be at the university level (from an accredited academic institution) with a grade of B or better. College equivalents will be considered.
- All submissions must be sent in writing to the Program Manager along with
- an official transcript outlining the course completed
- the contact hours
- the final grade
- the official transcript (sealed)
Full course outlines must also be submitted that contain
- the full course description
- learning objectives
- assessment and reading materials
- weekly content covered
Please note that incomplete packages cannot be reviewed.
You should be making every effort to meet York University’s General Academic Regulations, as well as each of your courses’ requirements. This includes attendance, assignments, and tests/exams. We understand, however, that unforeseen circumstances arise that may force you to miss an exam. If that’s the case, you must contact your instructor before the scheduled exam date by email. Please include your full name, student number, and the reason for your absence in the message. You must also provide valid documentation (i.e., a doctor’s note, death certificate, court/legal documentation, etc.) immediately following your return before alternative arrangements can be made. Please note that valid documentation has to be applicable to the assessment date.
If possible, please contact your instructor before the class. In your message, be sure to include your full name, student number, and the reason for your absence. You’ll then be required to make arrangements with your instructor to make up the missed hours. Normally, the instructor will assign you a short assignment based on the readings of the class missed.
Like our students, York University instructors work hard to make it to every class on time. However, should he or she be forced to cancel your class due to an absence, you will be notified via email as soon as possible by the School of Continuing Studies. Instructor absences will also be posted on the course website on the Moodle learning management system in the course announcements section. Upon the instructor’s return to class, make-up class details will be discussed.
Students can use laptops and other electronic devices during class. Out of respect for your instructor and fellow classmates, please reserve the use of electronic equipment during class time for academic purposes. Instructors reserve the right to ask students to leave the classroom if they do not comply with this practice.
Students are not permitted to record lectures or take pictures without the consent of instructors and/or fellow students. We ask that students not post course content on external websites. Students who are registered with Accessibility Services and have accommodations approved for recording lectures are permitted to do so with the instructor’s knowledge.
If you have a concern regarding an assignment, midterm exam, etc., you should first meet with the instructor to discuss the situation. If you are not satisfied with the outcome, only then should you contact the Program Manager.
Final examinations are held typically on the last day of the course (during scheduled class time) in the full-time program, and on the last Sunday of each course in the part-time online program (if applicable for a particular course). Online exams will be proctored using an online proctoring service, which requires a webcam and high-speed Internet connection. Remember, if you do not attend an exam without prior notification and valid documents, you will receive a grade of zero (0%). The following rules apply to all testing situations:
- Photo ID is required and must be displayed during the exam.
- Backpacks, purses, wallets, etc., must be placed in a location designated by the proctor.
- Students may not turn over and begin the exam until the proctor directs them to do so.
- Students are not permitted to talk after the exam has started, except to the proctor.
- Students may not leave in the first 30 minutes of an exam.
- Students may not enter the exam room after 30 minutes, or after any student has exited the exam room.
- The proctor has the authority to assign seats.
- No unauthorized software is permitted in computer exams.
- All personal electronic devices must be turned off and placed away from the student.
- Mathematical calculators are allowed, if needed.
- Should a student need to leave the room during the exam for a washroom break, they may be accompanied. The proctor will ensure the elapsed time is reasonable. No other student will be permitted to leave the class until the previous student returns.
Accommodations will be made for students with disabilities, as determined by SCS. Please contact the Program Manager for more information regarding accommodations.
Remember, it is your responsibility to contact the Program Manager to discuss accommodations* and procedures related to alternative examinations, or your course instructor in cases of missed coursework, within 48 hours of the originally scheduled test/exam. Unfortunately, failure to do so will result in a grade of zero (0) on the coursework/exam, and no further consideration will be granted.
Note: Supporting documentation will be required, but will not ensure approval of accommodation(s).
The School of Continuing Studies works in partnership with York University’s Counselling & Disability Services and the Office of the Registrar to support alternate exam and test accommodation services for students with disabilities at the Keele campus. Please submit any Alternate Exam and test requests at least three (3) weeks in advance of the scheduled test dates. Requesting an Alternate Exam or answers to frequently asked questions can be found at Academic Accommodation, School of Continuing Studies
Students with sufficient academic grounds may request that a final grade or an assignment in a course be reappraised. To start the process, please complete a reappraisal form. Next, contact the Program Manager to discuss the grade received, and to request a re-review of a specific submission. He or she will select an appropriate instructor to look at the work in question, and will maintain anonymity of both the student and the reappraiser. Please note that a request for a grade reappraisal may result in the original grade being raised, lowered, or confirmed. Non-academic grounds are not relevant for grade reappraisals.
Student evaluations of both courses and instructors are an invaluable tool that we use to modify our programs based on your feedback, and we ask all students to participate in these anonymous evaluations either in-class or online.
You can access the student portal on our main website landing page at this link: Student Portal. You will need your student ID as well as your password to access the portal. Once final grades are submitted to the School of Continuing Studies office and approved, they will appear on your personal student record. The School of Continuing Studies does not provide official grade letters. If you require a letter confirming your attendance in the Program, please contact our Registration Coordinator at email@example.com.
|Grade||Grade Point||Per Cent Range||Description|
|E||1||(marginally below 50%)||Marginally Failing|
Definitions of Grading Descriptions
- A+ Exceptional. Thorough knowledge of concepts and/or techniques and exceptional skill or great originality in the use of those concepts/techniques in satisfying the requirements of an assignment or course.
- A Excellent. Thorough knowledge of concepts and/or techniques together with a high degree of skill and/or some elements of originality in satisfying the requirements of an assignment or course.
- B+ Very Good. Thorough knowledge of concepts and/or techniques together with a fairly high degree of skill in the use of those concepts/techniques in satisfying the requirements of an assignment or course.
- B Good. Good level of knowledge of concepts and/or techniques together with considerable skill in using them to satisfy the requirements of an assignment or course.
- C+ Competent. Acceptable level of knowledge of concepts and/or techniques together with considerable skill in using them to satisfy the requirements of an assignment or course.
- C Fairly Competent. Acceptable level of knowledge of concepts and/or techniques together with some skill in using them to satisfy the requirements of an assignment or course.
- D+ Passing. Slightly better than minimal knowledge of required concepts and/or techniques together with some ability to use them in satisfying the requirements of an assignment or course.
- D Barely Passing. Minimum knowledge of concepts and/or techniques needed to satisfy the requirements of an assignment or course.
- E Marginally Failing.
- F Failing.
Income Tax receipts will be available online on the School of Continuing Studies website in February. Select “Tax Receipts” and it will lead you to a secure login page that you can access using your student number and password. Please refer to the income tax guide for allowable deductions.
Please contact the Program Manager if you wish to transfer to another session. Transfer requests may only be granted for documented medical reasons.
The School of Continuing Studies reserves the right to withdraw or cancel programs/courses, and students will receive a full refund of fees paid. The School of Continuing Studies reserves the right to alter fees, other charges, and course dates, times, locations, and/or instructors. Please note that the School of Continuing Studies is not responsible for travel cancellation charges that students may incur.
|Ancillary and Service Fees|
|Withdrawal Fees for certificate programs||$100.00 per course|
|Continuing Studies Student Record Fee||$ 15.00 (plus HST)|
|Exam/assignment duplication fee||$ 15.00 (plus HST)|
|Returned cheques||$ 25.00|
|Installment fee (NON-REFUNDABLE)||$ 125.00 **|
|Certificate replacement fee||$ 52.00 (plus HST)|
Students registered in a program offered by the School of Continuing Studies may withdraw from the program. However, they are strongly advised to consult with the Program Manager before a final decision is made. A full refund is granted only when the School of Continuing Studies cancels a program. Refunds will be issued by the method of payment that was used (credit card, cheque if original payment was money order and Wire Transfer). Withdrawal requests must be submitted on the official School of Continuing Studies Withdrawal Request Form to the School of Continuing Studies and subject terms listed in the table below.
Notice of withdrawal will be printed on the Official Income Tax Receipt.
|Domestic Students||International Students*|
* Exceptions: VISA denials or students who have not obtained visa by the visa deadline date receive full refund minus a $250 program fee. The School of Continuing Studies would be pleased to defer the registration to the next session date.
Notice of withdrawal will be printed on the Official Income Tax Receipt.
If you are a School of Continuing Studies student and require a copy of your Student Record, please access the Student Portal, (you will need your student ID as well as your password to access the portal) and click on the Grades link.
If you do not pass a course (achieve a final grade below 50% or D) you will still be permitted to continue in the program but will have to repeat that course with another cohort.
All students are expected to familiarize themselves with the following information, available on the Senate Committee on Curriculum & Academic Standards webpage: http://www.yorku.ca/secretariat/policies/index-policies.html
- Ethics Review Process for research involving human participants
- Course requirement accommodation for students with disabilities, including physical, medical, systemic, learning, and psychiatric disabilities
- Student Conduct Standards
- Religious Observance Accommodation
All students are expected to familiarize themselves with the following information, available on the Senate Committee on Curriculum & Academic Standards webpage:
In the spirit of Ontario’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA), York University and the School of Continuing Studies work to ensure that instructors and participants acknowledge and respect the privacy and confidentiality of personal information that may be presented in the context of instruction. Instructors will document the amount of personal information that is collected, used, or disclosed in their sessions, and will ensure that all identifying personal information is omitted from all written documents. To maintain privacy, students should not bring or share personal or other confidential files or records with the class. We are committed to protecting your privacy and your financial security, and we do this in several ways:
- Your credit card information is never received or stored by our system. Only your financial institution has access to your credit card information.
- Your Student Portal is password-protected. To access any personal and academic information, you must enter your username and portal password.
- Students and instructors are expected to maintain a professional relationship characterized by courtesy and mutual respect.
- It is the instructor’s responsibility to maintain an appropriate academic atmosphere in the classroom.
- The instructor will decide whether such an atmosphere is no longer present in a class, and is trained to take appropriate steps to return to a professional environment.
If you feel this policy has been violated, you should notify your instructor as soon as possible. You may be asked to provide a detailed written description of the complaint to the instructor. The instructor may take measures they feel are appropriate to resolve the issue and/or may forward the complaint to the School of Continuing Studies for review. Please refer to the full policy document on the York University website at: http://www.yorku.ca/scdr/ Please find the Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities here: http://www.yorku.ca/oscr/pdfs/CodeofRightsandResponsibilities.pdf
If the University is open, classes will be running. If the University is closed, classes will not be running. Any missed classes will be rescheduled. University Closures/Class Cancellations: (416.736.5600 OR www.yorku.ca). While this is rare, weather and/or other emergencies do occur that require us to suspend our operations. While every effort will be made to contact students, this is not always possible. If you are unsure of whether the course is running, please call the University’s weather/emergency information line, or check our Twitter feed (@).