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BCIT Business Management Studies Program

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The Business Management Studies (BMS) program provides an academic path for international and permanent resident students whose first language is not English (and do not meet the general English requirements) to enter a full-time diploma program in the School of Business at BCIT.

For some students who want to study a shorter program in business, the BMS program also provides an excellent opportunity to learn basic Canadian business skills and improve their English competency.

Domestic students - English as primary language

If you aren’t ready to study full time in the School of Business but want to attend during the day time, then this program will give you the necessary courses to enter into the diploma programs on a more gradual basis. You can study the first level of a program while continuing to work, or because you want to study in a less intense program. When you are finished the Business Management Studies program, you will be ready for advanced placement to level 2 of most diploma programs in the School of Business.

Students who don’t meet the regular entrance requirements can also enroll in this program and take the prerequisite English and Mathematics courses to ensure your application to the diploma program is complete.

International students and/or English as second language

International and ESL students sometimes find the challenges of a transition to Canada and instruction in English and the intense BCIT programming too much to meet. By studying in the BMS program, students can work up to the high level of work and English competency that is needed to succeed in the diploma programs.

The Business Management Studies program has several pre-entry levels of English language instruction available that help bridge you to the level of English you need to succeed at BCIT. Class sizes are kept small to ensure there is more attention to your individual needs.

At the end of the program, you will be eligible to receive an Associate Certificate and apply for entry into Level 2 of most business diploma programs at BCIT.

Credit Transferability:

The majority of our courses can be transferred to most educational institutions in BC. Also, we have articulation agreements with several industry, government and education partners that allow students who have taken courses or programs at these organizations to apply for transfer of their credits to BCIT.

For details, contact Student Information and Enrollment Services at 604-434-1610 or toll-free at 1-866-434-1610 (Canada and United States only) to leave your name and number for a Program Advisor to return your call.

For more information, contact the International Student Centre by email at isc_info@bcit.ca or call +1-604-432-8816. You can also visit the office at BCIT’s Burnaby campus – Building SW1 Room 1170.
BCIT BUSINESS MANAGEMENT STUDIES ASSOCIATE CERTIFICATE
BCIT Credential: BCIT Associate Certificate
Program Length: 1 year, Full-time* depending on English skills
Program Start: January, May, and September
Location: Burnaby Campus
Number of Courses: 12 courses, 39.5 credits
Total Tuition/Cost: Learn about Tuition & Fees
Laddering Options: Business Management
Human Resource Management
Business Operations Management
International Business Management
Accounting
Finance
Financial Planning
General Insurance & Risk Management
Entrepreneurship
Marketing Communications
Professional Real Estate
Professional Sales
Tourism Management

Program Entry

Application processing

This is a continual intake program with applications processed throughout the year.

Entrance requirements

Applicants must meet all entrance requirements to be accepted.

* International students attending an English as a Second Language school in British Columbia should contact the BMS program head.

Note: A valid study permit is required for international students and must be submitted in person to the International Student Centre prior to start of classes.

Read more about how to meet BCIT’s entrance requirements

Recommended for success

  • It is strongly recommended that you assess your fundamental mathematical skills. The Mathematics Self-Diagnostic Test [PDF] is voluntary. If you find these problems difficult, we strongly recommend that you attend OPMT 0199. You should be able to do this exercise in about an hour, after which you should compare your answers with the correct ones supplied. If you scored less than 20 out of 26 correct, you should seriously consider upgrading your mathematical skills.

  • All students are encouraged to take the COMM 0015 - English Competency Assessment exam upon entry to the program as a high placement result will reduce the number of English courses required to complete the program. The exam is administered is as part of the orientation to the program and is free of charge for registered BMS students.

Apply to program

BCIT accepts only complete applications. In order to apply:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements prior to submission
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee
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Students can also apply in-person at the International Student Centre located in Building SW1 Room 1170.

You can check the status of your application online at any time using the Student Information System.

Scheduled intakes

January, May and September.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

International Students

A $1000 non-refundable, non-transferable commitment fee is due upon acceptance to the program.

Your tuition for first term is $7500*.

The balance of the tuition, total minus the commitment fee is $6500 and due 60 days prior to the start of the program.

Domestic Students

A $200 non-refundable, non-transferable commitment fee is due upon acceptance.

Your tuition for first term is $3200*.

The balance of tuition, total minus the commitment fee is $3000 and due 60 days prior to the start of the program.

Please see the Part-time Studies fees and refunds section of the website for more information on course tuition fees.

*Please note: Tuition is charged each term on a course by course basis and will vary depending on your English placement and course selection.

Other anticipated expenditures during your studies are:

  • Local Transportation: approximately $100/month
  • Textbooks: approximately $1,200/program
  • Medical Insurance: approximately $750/year

Living expenses, tuition fees, textbooks, supplies, lab fees and medical insurance costs are the responsibility of the student.

Refund policy

The Business Management Studies (BMS) $1000 commitment fee is non-refundable.

Students withdrawing from classes will follow the part-time studies refund deadlines.

International students denied a Study Permit by Canadian authorities can find information on the International fees and refunds section of the website.

Courses

You will learn a broad range of basic business and academic skills needed to succeed in the diploma programs, and in business. Business topics include accounting, management, business math, economics, marketing and organizational behaviour. Additionally, your technical communications, interpersonal and oral fluency in English will be upgraded to meet BCIT's standards.

To give you a better understanding of what you'll learn and the activities you'll participate in, here's a closer look at specific course examples:

  • In our computer courses, you will work in labs to learn the software necessary to complete all of your assignments, and to work successfully within an office environment. You will be expected to demonstrate basic computer skills at the end of the course.
  • In organizational behaviour and management courses, you will learn about basic human management issues and how to utilize appropriate strategies to solve them.
  • In accounting and math courses, you will learn how to solve business problems by applying math calculations as well as using accounting knowledge to record simulated daily business activities.
  • In the business and society course, you will learn about Canadian business and culture. Ethical standards for North American businesses and for Canadian students are quite high and may be different from your country.
  • In communications courses, you will upgrade your English spoken, written and presentation skills so you are comfortable working with others, and can clearly communicate your ideas.

Learning at BCIT

Students in the Business Management Studies program at BCIT are enrolled special sections of the courses which means that you will study many of your classes with the same group of students. Canadian students will also be studying in those same classes with you.

Small class sizes allow each student to get more individual attention which helps build valuable study and learning skills. Our instructors are professional business men and women who work in the field in which they teach, and have many years of experience teaching international students.

At the end of each term you will need to consult with your Program Head to determine which courses you need to take in the following term to complete the program and to prepare for entry to the diploma program. Since we have a number of students in each term with different educational and cultural backgrounds, the learning environment will be interesting and exciting with many different views and opinions on issues.

As a full-time student who is enrolled in this program, you will be spending about 22-24 hours per week in the classroom either working independently or in teams. Also, you will spend about 20 hours per week in study after school. You will learn through in-class work as well as after-class exercises that you are expected to complete on a timely basis. Managing your time in and after school is a very important factor for your successful completion of this program.

Learning in the classroom at BCIT may be very different than what you are used to. Instructors expect students to speak in class, offer their opinions and analysis, and to work closely in teams with other students. Employers in North America expect their employees to have these skills when they come to work in management. Therefore, throughout your time in the Business Management Studies program, you will be practicing and enhancing your skills in these areas.

Help for students is available through the BCIT Peer Tutoring system, which is free for students. 

Class hours

8:30am - 5:30pm, Monday through Friday.

Program delivery

Students are registered in the following courses in their first term of study:

Depending on your English placement, you will also be required to take one of more of the following English courses:

Students are normally required to take a minimum of five courses, including at least one COMM course, and must continue to advance in their level of English. Course selection for subsequent terms is determined by meeting with the program head. Students may only change their courses with program head approval, and must meet prerequisites for advanced-level courses.

Program matrix

Required Courses: Credits
  BSYS 1001 Business Information Systems 1 - Office 2013 3.0
  BUSA 1060 Canadian Business and Society 3.0
  BUSA 2005 Principles of Management 4.0
  COMM 0030 Speaking and Listening Skills for ESL Students 2 0.0
  COMM 1106 Introduction to Business and Technical Communication (With Language Development Component) 3.0
  COMM 1117 Introduction to Intercultural Business Communication & Workplace Diversity 3.0
  ECON 2100 Microeconomics 3.0
  MKTG 1102 Essentials of Marketing 3.0
  MKTG 1323 Effective Public Speaking 3.0
  OPMT 1110 Business Mathematics 4.0
  ORGB 1105 Organizational Behaviour 4.0
and
  FMGT 1100 Accounting 1 4.0
  or
  FMGT 2152 Accounting for Management 5.5
 
Supplementary and prerequisite English Courses (as needed): Credits
  COMM 0003 Technical Communication Skills for ESL Students 2 0.0
  COMM 0004 Technical Communication Skills for ESL Students 3 0.0
  COMM 0005 Technical Communication Skills for ESL Students 4 0.0
  COMM 0029 Speaking and Listening Skills for ESL Students 1 0.0
  COMM 0071 Technical Communication Skills for ESL Students 1 0.0
 
Total Credits: 39.5

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

Program length

One year, full-time

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Continue your education

Many courses in the BMS program are transferable to BCIT's business diploma programs. Upon successful completion of the BMS program, you may qualify for advanced placement into Level 2. To be eligible, you must complete all of the Level 1 courses for the BCIT business diploma program you would like to enter. Seat availability is limited so please apply as early as possible.

Level 2 of BCIT's business diploma programs starts in January each year. Depending on when you complete the BMS program, you may need to take Part-time Studies courses until you can start the full-time diploma program. You can apply for transfer credit for any applicable courses taken during this time.

To view detailed information sheets by program, please visit Advanced Placement.

Students who successfully complete a BCIT business diploma program may choose to continue their studies further by applying to the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) program.

Graduating & Jobs

Academic Opportunities

BCIT School of Business diploma students may be eligible to study abroad at one of our educational partners. For more information, please contact the International Exchange Coordinator at sobiep@bcit.ca.

Job Opportunities

International students attending the program can apply for work visas after 6 months of full-time studies for up to 20 hours per week of work.

Graduates of the BMS program will have the skills to work at an entry level or junior position in the Canadian marketplace. Graduates are eligible to apply for a work visa through Citizenship & Immigration Canada.

More information on work visas is available.

Graduate employment outcomes

The following link takes you to graduate outcome survey results containing mostly labour market results from the 2011-2013 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2010-2012 Graduates.
Note: The survey results will be displayed in a separate browser window. To view these results, you need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed in your Web browser.

Apply for graduation

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, complete an Application for BCIT Credential [PDF] and submit 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.

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

You will learn much of what you need to know from the instructors in your class. All of your instructors have worked in industry, generally have advanced degrees in their field of expertise and are concerned about teaching. Using this background they are able to bring real-world examples and its application into the classroom. For our instructors, applying knowledge to the business world is central to what we do and you will learn.

You will also be learning from each other. Through team work, you will build on each others' skills and knowledge, and indirectly learn much about yourself and Canada.

As well, you may be learning from people in industry. In the first term there will be field trips into actual businesses to help you become acquainted with business environments firsthand. Later on in your diploma program, you will be expected to work for a business in an internship or on a supervised project.

You will also have the opportunity to join student run clubs on campus which engage in actual entrepreneurial activities, such as Enactus BCIT (formerly SIFE BCIT).

Advisory committee

  • Stephen Abbott, Chair
  • Lori Daniels, Salish Consulting
  • Tedd Hoskins, Leavitt Machinery GP
  • Becky Solomon, Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver
  • Don Millerd, Batchelor Bay Management Ltd
  • Mary-Louise Albert, Norman Rothstein Theatre and Chutzpah! Festival
  • David Gibbons, The Refinery Leadership Partners Inc.
  • Paul Shorthouse, GLOBE Advisors
  • Simon Pickup, Small Potatoes Urban Delivery

Contact Us

International Student Centre,
Building SW1 - Room 1170
isc_info@bcit.ca
604-432-8816

Ron Kessler,
Program Head,
604-451-6782

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Testimonial

I found that the BMS program helped me a lot and it prepared me well for the fast-paced full time study with Canadian students. I am now in the Marketing Management program; I realize that all the knowledge and skills I gained from the BMS program are really helpful. I think, two years ago, that I made the right decision to choose BCIT as my path.


Bruce Chen, BMS and Marketing Management Student

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