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Advanced Business Management

By earning your Advanced Business Management certificate, you’ll gain the necessary knowledge, skills, and confidence to enhance your career or prepare you to complete a Business Administration diploma. Throughout this program, you’ll complete the required core courses to earn your certificate and then choose from a range of electives which include advanced courses from the Business Administration diploma.

About the program

  • Prerequisite: the Business Management certificate
  • Specialized with mix of more detailed management courses and business training
  • Approximately 2-3 years to completion
To learn more about how earning your advanced certificate can help propel your career, see more at the Program Details.

Who should complete the Advanced Business Management Certificate?

This program is tailored for you to help you bolster your skills and move toward earning a diploma.

Get started on your certificate and the skills that go with it at the Program Entry page today.

What grads can do

By focusing on earning the most relevant, up-to-date business and leadership skills, you’ll be preparing both for career success and for continuing your education in the BCIT Business Administration diploma program. With the range of courses and experience in this program, you’ll be well prepared to work in entry and mid-level business administration positions across many industries.

Find out more about the opportunities awaiting you at the Graduating and Jobs page.

Program Entry

About Part-time Studies

Take a single course, or work towards a credential — all at a pace that's right for you.

Part-time courses are offered in a variety of scheduling formats, including at night or on weekends, flexible day time delivery, or you can opt for distance or online learning. If you meet the prerequisites and there's space available, you can register for a course immediately. Courses are offered in each of three terms: Fall (September), Winter (January) and Spring/Summer (April).

To apply to a Part-time Studies program and earn your credential, you simply need to complete a Part-time Program Declaration Request. Applications are processed throughout the year.

To be successful in BCIT's fast paced applied learning environment, it is strongly recommended that students have English proficiency in all four language skills: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Two years of education in English in an English-speaking country and English 12 are strongly recommended for success. For information on English equivalencies, testing and upgrading options, visit:

Application processing

Ongoing throughout the year

Entrance requirements

The following must be completed prior to completion of the Certificate in Advanced Business Management:

Recommended for success

It is recommended that prior to starting this program students have successfully completed the following:

Program declaration

Effective January 7th, 2016, program declaration requests must be completed online. A declaration fee will be assessed at the time of the request. BCIT will no longer accept paper program declaration requests starting January 7th, 2016. Students who submitted paper declaration requests prior to January 7th, 2016 are not required to pay the fee.

Declaring your Part-time Studies program ensures that BCIT is aware of your intent to complete a program as it is currently outlined. BCIT continuously reviews programs and implements changes based on industry and market trends. Program declaration guarantees that credit for courses which are a part of your program will be honoured despite program requirement changes.

Program declaration also provides the opportunity to apply for transfer credit.

It is not necessary to declare prior to registering in most Part-time Studies courses. It is a good idea to complete one or two courses before submitting your program declaration. Check your program's entry page for specific requirements.

Upon approval, a program plan will be sent to you confirming your program of study.

Declare Now

Please allow approximately 8 weeks for processing.

Scheduled intakes

Ongoing Part-time Studies intakes: January, April and September.

Costs & Supplies

After successfully completing your Business Management certificate, you’ll be eligible to strengthen your business skills even further by earning this certificate. In the courses as part of this program, you’ll be able to expand your knowledge even more widely for a broader understanding of business.

Tuition fees

Please see the Part-time Studies Fees page for information on tuition fees and refunds.

Financial assistance

Financial assistance may be available for this program. For more information, please contact Student Financial Aid and Awards.


Program matrix

Check current availability of courses for this program.

1. Required (45.0 credits)
Students are required to complete the Business Management certificate.
2. Required Courses: (a minimum of 45.0 credits from the list below) Credits
Note: Each of the courses in this section must be completed to obtain the Advanced Business Management certificate. Courses included in your Business Management certificate cannot be credited again toward this section. To make up your credit total for this section, choose additional courses from the list of elective courses.
  BSYS 1001 Business Information Systems 1 - Office 2016 3.0
  BSYS 2051 Business Data Analytics with MS Excel 2016 3.0
  BSYS 2061 Business Data Management with MS Access 2016 3.0
  BUSA 4800 Management Policy 4.0
  COMM 2202 Business and Technical Correspondence 3.0
  COMM 2203 Business and Technical Reports 3.0
  ECON 2100 Microeconomics 3.0
  ECON 2200 Macroeconomics 4.0
  HRMG 3105 Human Resource Management Fundamentals 4.0
  MKTG 1102 Essentials of Marketing 3.0
  OPMT 1110 Business Mathematics 4.0
  OPMT 1187 Project Management Essentials 3.0
  OPMT 1197 Statistics for Business and Industry 4.5
  OPMT 1198 Operations Management Fundamentals 3.0
  TDMT 1104 International Trade 1 3.0
3. Elective Courses: Credits
Note: Courses included in your Business Management certificate cannot be credited again toward this section. Complete the number of credits needed to achieve the overall program credit total (90.0 credits) from the following list of electives:
  BUSA 2205 Entrepreneurial Management 3.0
  BUSA 3455 Introduction to E-commerce 3.0
  FMGT 3210 Cost/Managerial Accounting 1 4.0
  HRMG 3205 Labour Relations 1 3.0
  MKTG 1019 Media Relations 3.0
  MKTG 3309 Marketing Research 4.0
  OPMT 2197 Quantitative Methods for Business 3.0
Total Credits: 90.0

Check current availability of courses for this program.

Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

By earning the skills and hands-on experience through this certificate program, you’ll be preparing yourself for business leadership and management. BCIT is well known for giving you the relevant, practical skills you need for a successful career.

The focus on entrepreneurial thinking includes giving you a broad range of topics and electives throughout almost every area of business, including accounting, economics, marketing, business law, communications, and more. And by diversifying your knowledge, you’ll be preparing for career success, whether it’s with a traditional employer or by starting your own company.

Additionally, earning your Advanced Business Management certificate prepares you not only for advancement in your career, but also to continue your education for even more career opportunities and earning potential. Many students continue to earn their Business Administration diploma.

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Downtown Campus
555 Seymour Street
Vancouver, BC

Some courses may be offered at satellite campuses or online. Please note that it is not possible to complete the entire program online.

Program structure

A minimum of 90 credits is required to complete the program. Credits earned in the Business Management certificate program can be used towards the 90.0 credit requirement.

Program abandonment

  • Students approved for a part-time studies program are expected to register and complete courses on a continuous basis.

  • A student that has not completed a course from their approved program of study over a period of three consecutive academic terms will be considered to have abandoned the program.

  • Throughout the duration of the program, a student is permitted a maximum of five academic terms where they are not required to register and complete a course from their approved program of study. Students who exceed the five term maximum will be considered to have abandoned the program.

  • Students who have abandoned their approved program of study and wish to be reinstated will be required to apply for program approval for a current credential. BCIT cannot guarantee that courses taken prior to this reapplication will be credited towards the current credential.

BCIT Policy 5103 - Student Evaluation [PDF] permits a maximum of three attempts to successfully complete each course within a credential.

Graduating & Jobs

Because of the flexibility of this part-time program, you might currently be working while you train for more effective management and business skills. By completing the advanced certificate, you’ll be preparing for leadership roles in business, whether it’s through your existing company or as you begin an exciting new career.

Some job opportunities in business management include:
  • Project Manager
  • General Manager
  • Sales Leader
  • Marketing Coordinator
Additionally, you may choose to begin your career immediately upon graduation, or choose to broaden your career skills and education by transferring your course credits toward earning your Business Administration diploma.

Apply for graduation

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, complete an Application for BCIT Credential [PDF] and submit it to Student Information and Enrolment Services.

Allow approximately six to eight weeks for processing.

All financial obligations to the Institute must be met prior to issuance of any credential.

Contact Us

Thomas Turniawan
Part-time Studies Program Assistant - Business Administration
604-432-8860 |

Richard Miles
Part-time Studies Coordinator - Business Administration
604-451-6780 |

Contact a Part-time Studies Program Advisor with the BCIT program name in the subject line if you have a question about:
  • Course selection and program planning
  • Declaring your program
  • Making changes to your approved program plan
  • Applying for transfer credit and advanced placement
  • Laddering options
  • Job placement and graduate outcomes
  • Student life

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