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Certificate in Business Administration – Online

Certificate in Business Administration – Online

Gain a valuable business credential on a work-friendly schedule

Next Enrolment

January 24th, May 2nd, September 19th




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Learn from industry experts the comprehensive business and leadership skills you need to advance your career in this completely online, accelerated program.

What is the Online Certificate in Business Administration?

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 ten 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 to pursue your business ambitions.

What you will learn

This program is taught by an instructional team with decades of experience in business and strong professional acumen in the field. This experience gives them the ability to bring the curriculum to life and relate it to the current industry. Through practical, real-world, industry-minded assignments and projects you will learn to make strategic marketing decisions and effectively manage projects and how to apply this learning to real-world situations. You will also study current economic, social, and environmental business trends.

You will develop the core occupation-specific skills to effectively perform in the world of business, while also strengthening your cross-functional skills so you can excel in any role and industry. Our curriculum is critically reviewed regularly, ensuring you are learning the most relevant and up-to-date content.

Program Benefits

Developed in consultation with industry experts, this program encompasses key business knowledge and skill areas though real-world projects, with minimal traditional testing. Our online instructors will provide you with opportunities to connect in meaningful ways through video updates and messages, as well as optional live Zoom sessions to review material, clarify concepts, or engage in live group discussion.

Our unique cohort model also allows you to progress with the same peer group from start to end. This means that our students benefit from a stable learning schedule, a logical progression from one course to the next and the opportunity to build support networks, study groups and lasting connections with your classmates and instructors.

Format: Part-Time, 100% online
Delivery: Fully online coursework
Program Length: 10 months
Term Starts: Fall, Winter, Summer


Instructors in the Certificate in Business Administration – Online all possess
industry experience with companies such as Ernst & Young, Kraft, IIBA, PepsiCo,
Roots, and TD.

Delivery Format

Part-Time Online

Course instruction and peer interactions are conducted online through our course management system, Moodle. Course delivery is asynchronous, which means that there are not any required “live” components (i.e. class at 7:00 pm on Tuesdays). There may be optional live sessions offered via Zoom throughout the course for the instructor to provide additional coaching and support. These optional sessions may be recorded and shared with students who cannot attend.

In the online format, students complete one course at a time. While students have set deadlines to complete their work each week, they can complete the work in a manner that best suits their schedule. This provides learners who may be working and/or balancing multiple priorities with more flexibility. Students should expect to dedicate approximately 8-10 hours of effort per course each week for readings, discussion boards, practice opportunities, group work, tests and assignments.

Career Potential

Today’s business leaders require even more than foundational business knowledge. Top employers desire employees with emotional intelligence, the ability to think critically and analytically, and advanced communication skills to name a few. In our Online Certificate in Business Administration, you will deepen your understanding of interconnected business functions, while simultaneously sharpening these cross-functional skills, putting you in a strong position to establish your career and continue to pursue advancement opportunities.

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.

Professional Associations

Our Project Management course meets the training requirement for the PMP (Project Management Professional) designation through the Project Management Institute (PMI) if you are interested in pursuing this designation.

Get hired for jobs like:

Business Processing Administrator
Administration Support Officer
Business Analyst

Gain these skills:

Communication Skills
Logic and Problem Solving

Who should take this program?

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.

Our online program is designed to meet the needs of a wide range of students, including:

  • 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
Admission Requirements

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 years of age 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.


“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

Maurizio Bevilacqua

“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 Post-Grad Certificate in Business Administration.

Two Things Business Students Need to Learn

Faisal Yousuf – Certificate in Business Administration Instructor


CSBA1000 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.

39 Hours

CSBA1500 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.

39 Hours

CSBA2200 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.

39 Hours

CSBA2600 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.

39 Hours

CSBA2401 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.

39 Hours


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Bartosz Amerski


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Judy Chang

B.Sc., MBA (Marketing & Strategy)

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Amanpreet Chhina

BA, MBA, PhD (International Marketing)

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Joanna Drakakis


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Shirley Lamarre


Cheryl Lee


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Jeff May

BA (Hons), M.Ed

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Mangala Rao D’sa

B.Sc., MBA (Digital Transformation)

Rehan Sher


Indira Somwaru


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Faisal Yousuf

B.Comm., MBA (Strategy), PFP, RIS

Advisory Council

  • Maurizio Bevilacqua,
    Mayor, City of Vaughan
  • Rose Cammareri,
    Executive Vice President, Retail Distribution, AGF
  • Anthony Dale,
    President and CEO, Ontario Hospital Association
  • Stephen Gaskin,
    Senior VP Ontario Region, Scotiabank
  • Greg Hewitt,
    Chief Executive Officer, DHL Express USA
  • Gary Spraakman,
    Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, York University
  • Bal Sahjpaul,
    Senior Director E-commerce, Acklands-Grainger
  • Faith Tull,
    Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Randstad Canada
  • Roberta Wilton,
    Chief Executive, The Dunfield Group

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Technology Requirements for Remote/Online Courses

Please review the technology and software requirements you will need to access our courses remotely.

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 in August/September by mail.

Library Privileges

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.

How do I get the books and reading materials, and how much do 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 https://bookstore.yorku.ca/

Contact Us

Ask us anything about this program and we’ll get back to you within 2 business days.