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Certificate in Business Administration (Online)

Enter the business world faster than ever


Imagine earning a valuable business credential without ever setting foot in a traditional classroom. Our online Certificate in Business Administration gives you the opportunity to do just that. Offered entirely online, the Certificate takes only nine months to complete. That means in less than one year, you could be qualified for new and exciting career opportunities.

Whether you’re looking to build on existing experience or gain entirely new skills, this program will give you the comprehensive business foundation that top employers are looking for. You will learn how to make strategic marketing decisions, and manage people and budgets. You will also study current economic, social, and environmental business trends while simultaneously sharpening your critical thinking, communication, and management skills.

Designed in consultation with senior industry executives, thought leaders, and prominent York University academics, the program will equip you with relevant and in-demand knowledge and all course content will be immediately applicable to your current (or future) role.

Signal to employers that you are ready for a leadership position, and stand out from the crowd, by adding this valuable business certificate to your professional resume.

“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.”
Maurizio Bevilacqua – Mayor of Vaughan, former MP and Minister of State for Finance. Advisory Council Member for the Certificate in Business AdministrationMaurizio Bevilacqua – Mayor of Vaughan, former MP and Minister of State for Finance. Advisory Council Member for the Certificate in Business Administration.


The flexibility you need to succeed.

Completing a university program while working full-time can present considerable challenges. With this in mind, we designed this online Certificate to give you the utmost flexibility in balancing your professional and personal responsibilities with your studies. You simply won’t find a comparable online program that delivers such a high quality business education in just nine short months.

“It’s going to help close a gap for me, that I’ve always felt I’ve had, lacking formal business education. I’ve done professional certifications in my industry, but to me, I still felt like I had a bit of a gap. Closing this gap, I feel ultimately will help build my confidence, or continue to build my confidence. In addition to that, as I continue to build my career, it is going to show evidence that I am passionate about learning, and a motivated leader and that continuous improvement and development is important to me.”

Leslie-MoulasLesley Moulas, 2018 Business Administration Certificate graduate and Vice-President of Customer Experience at Greenwich Associates.

Program delivery.

Our flexible online program is designed to meet the needs of a wide range of students. You will be able to complete the full program entirely online over the course of nine months, without interfering with your full-time work. You can take advantage of audio slideshows and activities every week that can be revisited afterwards.

Who should take this program?

  • Working professionals seeking to expand their knowledge
  • New/aspiring managers interested in developing their business acumen
  • Professionals interested in future leadership roles within their organization

“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.”

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Dan Banko, Creative Director, Banko Media



Business Strategy

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.

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.

Marketing Fundamentals

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 working knowledge of project management fundamentals and be able to use this knowledge to positively impact workplace projects.

Transfer Credits

You may be eligible to transfer a maximum of one equivalent course from another institution to receive advanced standing.

Transfer credits must meet basic conditions and be supported by documentation.  Please forward requests for transfer credit to the Program Coordinator for approval via email at Transfer credit requests approved by the Program Manager will be discounted based on the cost of the course.

Approved courses for advanced standing in the York University School of Continuing Studies must meet the following criteria:

  1. There must be a minimum 90% overlap in content and curriculum.
  2. There must be the same number of contact hours or greater as compared to the course offered in the School of Continuing Studies program.
  3. The course must be at the university level (from an accredited academic institution) with a grade of B or better. College equivalents will be considered.


The following information is required to be sent electronically to in order to assess a transfer of credit:

  1. The name and/or course code of the York University School of Continuing Studies course for which you wish to receive advanced standing
  2. The course you wish to transfer from another institution
  3. When and where you completed the course
  4. A complete SCS Transfer Credit Request Form
  5. An official transcript, demonstrating your completion of the course and final grade
  6. A full course outline that provides the following details:
  • Course name
  • Description
  • Learning objectives
  • Assessment criteria
  • Reading materials
  • Weekly content covered
  • Number of hours

Please note that incomplete packages cannot be reviewed.

Transfer credit requests may take a minimum of six-eight weeks to process and must be submitted before the start of the program.


This is a direct enrolment program. Simply register for the program online.

This certificate is designed for adult learners from all walks of life and educational backgrounds. To qualify for admission into this program, you must be:

  • a mature student (over 21 and out of school for at least 2 years with no significant post-secondary education); OR
  • have successfully attended at least a year of college or university; OR
  • otherwise be eligible for admission to the University

If you’re not sure, contact us so that we can talk with you about your specific situation.


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:

  • Marketing
  • Sales
  • Administration
  • Operations

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 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.


Specialized university degree (in psychology, English, nursing, etc.)


Certificate in Business Administration

Prepares you for


Front line/management roles in your field
A more well-rounded career, working cross-functionally

Advisory Council

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


Mangala Rao D'Sa, Instructor , Certificate in Content MarketingMANGALA RAO-D’SA, MBA

Mangala is a senior marketing executive with a reputation for building iconic brands through fully integrated marketing by combining strategic thinking and bold creativity with a digital first mindset to build sustainable businesses that can ignite growth.

Currently the Vice President of Marketing & Innovation/Supply Chain at Second Cup, Mangala has held senior management positions with top firms including PepsiCo, Roots, Kraft and Post Consumer Brands. Mangala has provided consulting in strategy and marketing to Indigo Books & Music Inc. as well as top-tier corporations in retail, production services, consumer packaged goods, apparel and fashion.

In addition to teaching at the York University School of Continuing Studies, she is currently a Board Advisor to the Humber College School of Business.
Mangala is an Honours Economics and Math graduate of the University of Toronto and completed her MBA in Digital Transformation at McMaster DeGroote School of Business.


Shirley has taught a wide range of courses including accounting, finance and taxation for over ten years at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Her industry experience spans both the public and private sectors in the areas of corporate finance, accounting, controllership and project management.
Shirley is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). She holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) with a focus in Commerce and Strategy from Laurentian University.

Shirley also teaches in the MBA Program at Cape Breton University and has been involved as a subject matter expert in curriculum design to meet industry and professional certification requirements. Her teaching philosophy includes motivating and encouraging students to learn from one another, while always challenging them to be critical thinkers.


Judy has over 20 years of experience in brand management, marketing, and business strategy analytics in the consumer packaged goods industry, steering multi-million dollar franchises to rapid growth. Judy has led Fortune 500 teams at Kraft, Mondelez and The Nielsen Company, where she served as Vice President, Client Services. Judy currently leads York University’s YSpace Food Accelerator to help food start-ups scale and accelerate growth. She also serves as a Program Advisor for York University’s Entrepreneurial Leadership & Learning Alliance (ELLA) Accelerator supporting women’s entrepreneurship, and as a Business Mentor for youth entrepreneurs with the City of Markham. In 2014, Judy founded Pivot Perspectives Coaching & Consulting, a training organization for leaders and entrepreneurs.

Judy holds a Masters of Business Administration from Rotman School of Business with specializations in Marketing and Strategy. She also has a Bachelor of Science in Actuarial Sciences from the University of Toronto and is a Certified Coach with the Coaches Training Institute (CTI).

Instructor Jeff MayJeff May, M.Ed, BA (Hons)

Jeff’s background in business and human resources management spans more than twenty-five years. In his capacity as an independent consultant, he has worked with some of Canada’s most influential companies, completing client engagements in both the public and private sectors. His international experience includes working with post-secondary partners in Indonesia to assist with the development of applied entrepreneurship curriculum and the establishment of community business support centres.

Jeff has taught management development, organizational behaviour, human resource planning and development, and business foundation courses at McMaster and York universities, and at Seneca, Conestoga, and Confederation colleges. He has an undergraduate honours degree in Economics from Laurentian University in Sudbury, and a graduate degree in Education from Nipissing University in North Bay.

Amanpreet_ChhinaAmanpreet Chhina, PhD, MBA, BA (Economics Honours)

Dr. Amanpreet Chhina brings over 20 years of experience in both teaching and researching marketing at the university level. In addition to teaching with the School of Continuing Studies at York University, Amanpreet is a Professor of International Marketing in the Faculty of Business at Humber College in Toronto. Amanpreet has taught a wide range of courses, including Introduction to Marketing, Consumer Behaviour, Advertising and Sales, Retail Marketing, International Marketing and Customer Service.

Amanpreet’s teaching career spans over Asia and North America and she brings with her a wealth of global experience. Amanpreet is actively involved in applied research in collaboration with companies and organizations on topics that include consumer behavior in online marketing, inclusive marketing for business owner policy, sustainable marketing and emerging marketing technology.

In addition to teaching and researching, Amanpreet founded GreyCells Global Consultancy Inc., which provides international business advice to small and medium enterprises. Amanpreet earned a Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) in International Marketing, along with a Masters in Business Economics and Bachelor of Arts degree with Economics Honours.


Faisal has 20 years of experience in national, regional and branch leadership roles with TD, Laurentian Bank and London Life, progressing to executive-level roles including District Vice President and Associate Vice President of Sales, Strategy and Digital. He is also a management consultant within the Canadian financial services sector.
Faisal has worked in many different areas of the industry which includes analytics, sales leadership, capability development, advice strategy and distribution leadership roles within insurance, retail banking and wealth management.

Faisal has over 10 years of experience as an educator. He is currently a part-time professor in the Business Faculties at York University, Humber College, and Sheridan College. He is Co-Founder & Chair of Refugee Girls Worldwide, a current Board Member at William Osler Health System Foundation, and past Cabinet Chair at United Way.
Faisal holds a Bachelor of Commerce (concentration in Finance) and an MBA (concentration in Strategy) from the University of Windsor.


Dr. Indira Somwaru is a human resources professional and educator with over twenty years of experience in both business and academic settings. Her industry experience includes senior human resources management positions in a variety of organizations including health care, real estate and publishing.
Indira currently teaches courses in business and human resources management at York University in the Schulich School of Business, School of Administrative Studies, School of Continuing Studies, and School of Human Resources Management, from which she is a Teaching Excellence Award recipient. She brings specialized expertise in negotiations which she teaches to Schulich undergraduate, graduate and executive level students. Indira also teaches courses in the Master’s Degree program in Industrial Relations and Human Resources at the University of Toronto and Rotman Commerce.

In addition to teaching, Indira designs and delivers workshops and provides consulting services to private industry, particularly in the area of human resources management. Her areas of expertise include negotiations, change management, leadership and managing diversity.
Indira’s brings a PhD in Management from Griffith University as well as an MBA, BEd and BA from the University of Toronto. She is also a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP).

Rehan SherRehan Sher, MA, MASc, BA (Hons), PMP, CHRL

Rehan is an HR and Project Management Professional with over 20 years of experience.  In January 2014, he became the Founder & CEO of the HR and Project Management Corporation, a global firm specialized in providing recruitment and training services.

Rehan is a part-time faculty member at York University, Humber College, and Lambton College where he teaches HR and project management.  He has an Honours BA in Economics from the University of Toronto, an MA in Economics from the University of Western Ontario, and an MASc in Management Science from the University of Waterloo.  He also has a Master’s Certificate in Learning & Development from Schulich’s Executive Education Centre and holds both the PMP & CHRL Professional Licenses.

Joanna Drakakis_new layer maskJoanna Drakasis, BSBA, MBA, CPHR, Candidate, DBA (in progress)

Joanna has more than 20 years of experience in international business operations with industry expertise in manufacturing, retail, hospitality, and international logistics operations. Her progressive experience in human resources and organizational operations culminated in becoming the Chief Executive Officer of 3Ks Unique Co., a successful multinational firm. As a business and human resources consultant with a focus on business development, compliance, and health & safety for international organizations, Joanna brings a passion for teaching that brings business world reality into classroom instruction.

Joanna brings a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, an MBA from William Howard Taft University, and Certificates in Project Management, Human Resources Management and TESOL. She is currently in the process of completing her Doctorate in Business Administration with a specialization in business leadership and management, and receiving validation as a CPHR. Joanna teaches a variety of business and human resources courses at York University, Seneca College, and Centennial College and is a facilitator for HRPA-York Region’s Educational Committee.


Cheryl is the CEO of Knowledge Adapters, a Toronto-based consulting firm that offers business analysis and project management consulting and training services in the areas of business analysis, project management and change management. Clients include public and private sector organizations across all industries, including financial services, high tech, telecommunications, transportation, construction, entertainment, and all levels of government.
Cheryl is co-author of “Effective PM and BA Role Collaboration” (2015), J. Ross Publishing, and one of four global authors of The PMI Guide to Business Analysis (2017), published by the Project Management Institute (PMI). She has spoken at conferences, chapter meetings, colleges, and at universities to audiences across the globe.

Cheryl founded the PMI Toronto Chapter Business Analysis Community; the first Business Analysis Community within a PMI Chapter, and has served as a Director at Large for the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA) Toronto.
Cheryl is a certified Professional in Business Analysis (PMI-PBA), Project Management Professional (PMP) and Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP).


Bartosz AmereskiBartosz has over 10 years of auditing and accounting experience in the public and private sectors. He is currently an Audit Director at the Office of the Auditor General of Ontario, where he oversees value-for-money audits of various government ministries and agencies.  Previously, he served as a Senior Auditor for Ernst & Young.

Bartosz has over 7 years of experience teaching auditing and accounting for CPA Ontario, University of Toronto and York University, where he has received recognition and awards for his excellence in teaching and creating a positive learning environment for his students.  He is also a contributing author to Auditing: The Art and Science of Assurance Engagements 13th edition, 2015, a widely used university textbook in accounting and audit courses.

Bartosz is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) and holds a Masters of Laws (LL.M.) degree from Osgoode Hall Law School and a BBA (Accounting) from York University.

Technology Requirements for Remote/Online Courses

Program Policies




This format was designed to make our program accessible to those working full-time, or those who may not be able to complete the course on a full-time basis.

  • Courses may be completed according to your schedule; there is no “live” requirement.
  • You will go through the program with the same group of people, allowing for a deeper peer-learning experience.
  • You will know when each course is scheduled at the beginning so you can plan accordingly.
  • Courses will not be cancelled, so you can complete the program on time.
  • You should expect a minimum of ten hours per week to complete your work.
  • The courses are interactive and include case studies, weekly discussions, group work, videos, simulations, and narrated audio and video presentations.

How do I get my certificate and graduate?

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 by mail.

Library privileges

Students enrolled in all of our Certificate programs have access to the York University Library. Information about the library and other e-resources will be provided in your welcome email.

How do I get the books and reading materials, and how much will they cost?

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

If you would like to visit the bookstore in person, store hours are as follows:

Monday & Tuesday 9am–7pm
Wednesday–Friday 9am–5pm

Open Saturday for the month of September.

CLOSED Saturday & Sunday.

What does it mean to be in a cohort?

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.

Is online learning right for you?

Online courses are convenient but require additional responsibilities. We recommend you consider the following before choosing to study online.

How are your time-management skills?

Time-management and study skills are very important in an online course. It’s hard to catch up once you’ve fallen behind. You’ll have group members depending upon your regular participation, and assignment deadlines to keep in mind. But if you follow the instructor’s suggested weekly schedule, you can stay on track.

Will you be able to take initiative?

In an online course, you’ll need to be comfortable with an instructor in the role of course leader/guide rather than lecturer. You’ll be absorbing information from readings, discussions, and questions. You’ll need to be willing to ask for the help you need from your instructor or TA, from classmates, or from the distance education/technical support.

Can you devote a minimum of ten hours of study time per week for each course?

While online courses are more convenient, they’re not necessarily easier. They often require more time than a lecture on campus because you are responsible for managing your learning. When you study online it’s easier for other activities to take priority and keep you from getting to your course work.

Are you comfortable expressing your thoughts in writing?

In an online course, you may be asked to write defensively and argue thoughts and issues as you communicate in the discussion area. You’ll need to be ready to share and post your thoughts and opinions with your fellow students in a respectful manner. The benefit is that you can take the time to think about what you are writing.

Do you have regular access to a computer and the Internet?

You will be required to log into the course website on a regular basis. All academic work and communications will be located there so it is important to log in a few times a week.

Are you open to learning some new Web-related skills?

In order to participate in your online course, you’ll need to feel comfortable navigating the course website by using a browser, email, discussions, chats/wikis, and assessment tools. You’ll have the chance to learn and practise these skills as you participate in your course.



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