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Post-Graduate Certificate in Business Administration – Full-Time

Post-Graduate Certificate in Business Administration – Full-Time

Establish a solid business foundation in an accelerated format

Next Enrolment

January 13th, May 5th


$15,199 (International)

$6,599 (Domestic)


COVID-19 Updates and changes to program delivery. More information >

Advance your career and prepare for management roles in the field of business through experiential, real-world learning activities taught by leading business experts.

What is the Post-Graduate Certificate Business Administration?

What do most successful managers, whether they work for start-ups, established corporations, or non-profit organizations have in common? A fundamental understanding of business principles. 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 opportunity to prepare you for what comes next in your career.

Our accelerated delivery and comprehensive curriculum will allow you to strengthen and validate your business skill set and earn a valuable credential in just eight months. Better still, you will have the flexibility to balance your personal or career responsibilities while still achieving your professional and educational objectives.

What you will learn

This program is taught by an instructional team with years of professional experience in the business 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, effectively manage projects, and increase productivity and how to apply these learnings 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 ear learning the most relevant and up to date lessons.

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. In the final capstone course you will apply all of your knowledge and business skills from previous courses in an exciting, hands-on format using online simulation software.

Our unique student-cohort model also allow you to progress with the same peer group from start to end. This mean a stable learning schedule, a logical smooth flow from one course to the next and the opportunity to build support networks, study groups and lasting connections with your classmates and instructors.

Format: Full-Time
Delivery: Live online sessions
Live Online Schedule: Weekdays                                                    (8:30 AM – 11:30 AM and 12 PM – 3 PM ET)
Program Length: 8 months
Term Starts: Fall, Winter, Summer


Introducing Live Online Learning

To make our programming even more accessible, and to ensure the safety of students and instructors, we are now offering the in-class course components for professional programs completely online.


Instructors in the Post-Graduate Certificate in Business Administration – Full-Time all possess industry experience
with companies such as
Ponds, Vaseline, Sunsilk, Pepsodent, Aim, Publishers, Toronto Global, IIBA, and TD.

Delivery Format


Courses are conducted in-person at York campus (or Live Online via Zoom during COVID-19) at a regularly scheduled day and time. Courses are typically scheduled four days per week, 3 hours per day and attendance is mandatory. An instructor will facilitate your learning each step of the way. In addition to the live instruction, students should expect to dedicate approximately 8-10 hours per course each week for readings, discussions 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, critical thinking, and communication to name a few. In our Post-Graduate 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

Our instructors will help you get to this position as you learn through fun and interactive classes that include case studies, group work, guest speakers, presentations, polls, simulations, videos and current news events.

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?

  • 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
Admission Requirements

To be admitted to this program you must have:

    • Minimum of a baccalaureate degree with a minimum of a 60% average (C) or a 3-year Canadian College Diploma with minimum ‘B’ or 70% average
    • Official transcripts (International students: please provide an original English- translated copy of your university degree or diploma and transcripts.)
    • Completed online application form
    • Proof of language proficiency (international students only)

Review the minimum language scores for this program.

Admission into the full-time Post-Graduate Certificate in Business Administration program is highly competitive. Please note that meeting the minimum entry requirement does not guarantee admission. 

“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


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Judy Chang

Founder, Pivot Perspectives Coaching & Consulting

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Nidhi Chopra

Senior Director, Clinical Operations, Think Research

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Joanna Drakasis

Chair, Post-Grad Program, Hanson Canada

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Su-Yan Gay

Managing Director, NAYUS Consulting Group

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Anwar Habib

Adjunct Professor, York University

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Syeda Fahmida Habib

Student Educator

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Salman Khan

Senior Advisor, Investment Attraction, Toronto Global

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Jennifer Ladouceur

President & Co-Founder, Women Leadership Nation Inc

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Shirley Lamarre

Area Committee Member, Legal Aid of Ontario

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Cheryl Lee

Management Consultant, Project Advisor

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Jeff May

Independent Consultant

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Janet Melo-Thaiss

Photographer, JMT Studios

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Chris Rotolo

Partner, Business Development, iOPS Group

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Rehan Sher

Program Coordinator, Big Data Analytics, Georgian College

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Indira Somwaru

Adjunct Professor, York University

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Faith Tull

Senior Advisor, Talent, MaRS Discovery District

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Faisal Yousuf

Director, Inside Sales, Aviso Wealth

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

Post-Graduate Certificate in Business Administration - Full-Time

Winter 2022

On Campus Classes

Course Details +

$15,199.00 (International)

Winter 2022

On Campus Classes

Course Details +

$6,599.00 (Domestic)

Summer 2022

On Campus Classes

Course Details +

$15,199.00 (International)

Summer 2022

On Campus Classes

Course Details +

$15,199.00 (Domestic)

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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 http://bookstore.yorku.ca/

Contact Us

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