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Business Administration

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With the BCIT Graduate Certificate in Business Administration, you can start your MBA at BCIT and complete your master's degree at a reputable institution abroad. You will gain practical business skills at a master's level that can be applied across multiple industries. Graduates have the opportunity to continue their studies to complete a master's degree or to enter the workforce in a managerial role.

BCIT Business Administration students learn to:
  • Build a business case using research
  • Manage budgets, resources, and operations
  • Develop new products and services
  • Lead teams and manage employees
  • Analyze internal and external environmental business factors
  • Use quantitative and qualitative processes to make business decisions

MBA and Master’s Degree Options

The BCIT Graduate Certificate in Business Administration meets the requirements for advanced entry into a number of MBA and master’s degree programs. After completing the graduate certificate, you will have the opportunity to earn an MBA degree in international locations.

Business Administration Jobs and Careers

The Graduate Certificate in Business Administration program prepares graduates to move into management roles in a variety of fields and industries.

Intermediate Management Positions:
  • Operations Manager
  • Director of Marketing
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Accounting Manager

Program Entry

Application processing

Open to applications beginning November 1st (or next business day)

Entrance requirements

Applicants must meet all entrance requirements and will be accepted on a first qualified basis as long as space remains.

  • English: two years of education in English in an English-speaking country with one of the following:
  • Post-secondary education: Bachelor's degree with a minimum GPA of 73% or greater

  • Post-secondary course: one of statistics, calculus, physics or mathematics. The following acceptable courses are available at BCIT:

Applicants who have completed post-secondary studies outside of Canada, United States, the United Kingdom, Australia or New Zealand will require a comprehensive evaluation of their credentials by the International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES).

Read more about how to meet BCIT’s entrance requirements

Recommended for success

  • It is preferred that applicants have at least two years progressive work experience which should include at least one of the following:
    1. Working at a professional job with appropriate credentials (e.g. as a professional engineer)

    2. Working as a supervisor (e.g. supervising other employees, budget control, planning or product development)

    3. Advancement in career (e.g. promotion to a higher level within the organization with greater responsibilities)

Apply to program

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

Scheduled intakes

September each year.

myCommunication

Within 2 business days of submitting your completed application, BCIT will send a message to your personal e-mail and your myBCIT e-mail address. All correspondence about your application will be posted to your online myCommunication account at my.bcit.ca. We'll send you an email when a new message is posted. It's important to watch for these emails, or regularly check your account online.

You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within 4 weeks.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Please see the Fees, Payments and Refunds section of the website for information on full-time tuition fees.

Books and supplies

$1000 (General estimated cost, subject to change)

*Laptop with Windows operating system required for the program.

Please note that a tablet computer will not be sufficient.

Financial assistance

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

Courses

Class hours

8:30 am to 5:30 pm, Monday through Friday

Program delivery

All core courses and two electives will be provided in classrooms and labs at the BCIT Downtown Campus. Students may contact the Program Head for additional elective options and for approval.

Program matrix

Term 1 (15 weeks) Credits
  ECON 9100 Managerial Economics 3.0
  FMGT 9152 Accounting for Managers 3.0
  MKTG 9120 Marketing Management 3.0
  ORGB 9140 Organizational Behaviour 3.0
 
Electives (3.0 credits required) Credits
  OPMT 9130 Project Management 3.0
Note: Elective alternatives are being developed for this program and will be posted once available.
 
Term 2 (15 weeks) Credits
  BUSA 9250 Strategic Management and Leadership 3.0
  FMGT 9260 Business Finance 3.0
  OPMT 9170 Systems and Operations Management 3.0
  OPMT 9180 Managing Information 3.0
 
Electives (3.0 credits required) Credits
  ORGB 9190 Cross Cultural Management 3.0
Note: Elective alternatives are being developed for this program and will be posted once available.
 
Total Credits: 30.0

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

Two terms full-time, approximately 8 months.

The maximum time to complete the program is five years.

Grading

Students will be graded on a percentage scale. Courses must be passed with a 50% mark.

Program location

Downtown Campus
555 Seymour Street
Vancouver, BC

Continue your education

BCIT is currently working towards academic and transfer credit agreements with other educational institutions so that students can complete an MBA. When these are complete, a description of the academic credits available at each institution will be posted. It is expected that the first of these will completed shortly.

MBA Degree Options

The BCIT Graduate Certificate in Business Administration program is structured to meet the requirements for direct entry and advanced placement in MBA and other master's degree programs.

Master of Business Administration (MBA) Programs:

COVENTRY UNIVERSITY
Global Business (MBA)
Complete two semesters in London or one semester in London and one semester in Vancouver
Study in London, England
Tuition is 8,700 Euros

Oil and Gas Management (MBA)
Complete two semesters in London
Study in London, England
Tuition is 8,700 Euros

FONDAZIONE CUOA
Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Complete the program in two semesters
Study in Venice, Italy
Tuition is 15,000 Euros

GRIFFITH UNIVERSITY (AUSTRALIA)
Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Complete the program in two semesters
Study in Australia at the Gold Coast or South Bank (Brisbane) campuses

HELSINKI METROPOLIA UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED SCIENCES
Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Complete the program in two semesters
Study in Helsinki, Finland
Tuition is Free

NEW YORK INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Receive a maximum of 24 course credits towards program
Study in New York or Vancouver
Tuition is $20,880 USD (more for NY)

Preparatory Programs

BCIT provides pathways to upgrade English and Math to meet the entrance requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Business Administration. Choose the upgrading option that is right for you. By choosing a BCIT preparatory program you will be eligible for conditional acceptance to the Graduate Certificate if you have met all other entrance requirements. Full acceptance to the Graduate Certificate requires successful completion of all entrance requirements at the level required.

How to Apply:

  1. Complete an Application for BCIT Preparation Program [PDF] (you must have already submitted an application to the Graduate Certificate.)
  2. Tuition estimates [PDF] for the Preparation Program
  3. Submit your application for the BCIT Preparation Program to bcitgradcert@bcit.ca
Option 1 – English Preparatory Program: International Student Entry Program (ISEP)
For applicants who have less than 6.0 IELTS score or equivalent. Program length: varies depending on language level

Consider BCIT's International Student Entry Program (ISEP) as the first step in your study path at BCIT. ISEP provides full-time comprehensive training in all four English language skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening) and effectively prepares students for further academic study in the Graduate Certificate in Business Administration. Both programs are conveniently located at BCIT’s Downtown Vancouver campus.

The length of time you will spend studying in ISEP ranges from seven weeks (one ISEP term) to one year (six ISEP terms) and depends on your English language skills at the start of the program. ISEP has six intakes per year scheduled every two months.

The English requirement can be met by successfully completing ISEP Level 6 with a minimum grade of 60% in each course. Upon arrival at BCIT, an ISEP placement test will be required to determine your English proficiency level.

Option 2 – English Preparatory Program: BUSA 0404 (Tuition fees [PDF])
For applicants with at least 6.0 IELTS score or equivalent. Length: approximately 3 months

 

  • Reading/Writing - (84 hours of instruction) 70% is required to meet the English requirement
  • Speaking/Listening - (45 hours of instruction) 70% is required to meet the English requirement
  • Master Student - All pre-entry students must take the Master Student course

Option 3 – Master Student Program: BUSA 0401 (Tuition fees [PDF])
For any applicant who wishes to refresh study, critical thinking and presentation skills, is returning to school, or wants to get head-start skills in a graduate program.

Option 4 - Mathematics Preparatory Program:
BCIT online Math course Courses taken at BCIT
OPMT 1197 OPMT 1197, OPMT 7701, OPMT 1110
Prerequisites for Mathematics Preparatory program:
Basic math skills to the Grade 11 level. Students not at this level should consider taking OPMT 0199
Assess your Grade 11 math skills [PDF].

 

FAQ

  1. What are the entrance requirements?
  1. English: Two years of education in English in an English-speaking country with one of the following:
    • English 12 (67%) or
    • Three credits of post-secondary English, Humanities or Social Sciences (67%) from a recognized institution
  2. Post-Secondary Education: Completion of a bachelor's degree with a minimum GPA of 73% (or equivalent) or greater
  3. Post-Secondary Course: Completion of one of the following post-secondary courses:

Applicants who completed post-secondary studies outside of Canada, United States or the United Kingdom will require a comprehensive evaluation of their credentials by the International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES).

Recommended for success
Though not an entrance requirement, it is preferred that applicants have at least two years progressive work experience which should include at least one of the following:

  1. Working at a professional job with appropriate credentials (e.g. as a professional engineer)
  2. Working as a supervisor (e.g. supervising other employees, budget control, planning or product development)
  3. Advancement in career (e.g. promotion to a higher level within the organization with greater responsibilities)
2. If I do not meet all of the entrance requirements, can I still be accepted?
Applicants are required to complete a pre-entry assessment form to review their work experience and how they meet the entrance requirements:
  • Applicants that do not meet all entrance requirements will receive a study plan as part of their assessment indicating pre-entry courses if required.
  • Applicants not meeting the entrance requirements may be considered for acceptance if they have a minimum recommended two years of progressive work experience.
3. What level do I use when I am applying for the GCBA?
    Level 01

4. Do you accept foreign degrees/credits?
Applicants who completed post-secondary studies outside of Canada, United States or the United Kingdom will require a comprehensive evaluation of their credentials by the International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES). If these credentials are found to be equivalent to Canadian credentials, then we can accept them as appropriate for entrance to the program.

Note that this process takes at least 7 weeks to complete so should be undertaken well in advance of the desired admission date.

5. How do I get my credential evaluated?
Applicants who completed post-secondary studies outside of Canada, United States or the United Kingdom will require a comprehensive evaluation of their credentials by the International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES).

6. Can I get a conditional acceptance to the program?
A conditional acceptance can be made on English and course work requirements. The applicant receives full acceptance into Business Management Studies full time Associate Certificate (BMS) as a bridge to completing the missing requirements for entering the GCBA program.

7. What is the English requirement?
Two years of education in English in an English-speaking country with one of the following:
  • English 12 (67%) or
  • Three credits of post-secondary English, Humanities or Social Sciences (67%) from a recognized institution in an English Speaking Country
If you are from a non-English speaking country then you have provide the documents to prove equivalency.

8. What if I don’t meet the English requirements?
English requirements have been established to help you succeed. If you plan to study at BCIT, ensure you meet our English-proficiency standards. There are two ways to meet the requirements:
  1. Complete both of the following:
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in reading, writing, speaking and listening:
A conditional acceptance can be made on the basis of a lowered English and course work requirements by entering the Business Management Studies program. The applicant receives full acceptance into Business Management Studies full time Associate Certificate (BMS) as a bridging program to completing the missing requirements for entering the GCBA program.

9. I can’t figure out how to get a student number!

Click here to create a BCIT Student Number.

10. I can’t figure out where to apply to the program!

Click here to Apply Now.

11. What documents I need to show and how to apply?
Please see the Program Entry Page.

12. What are the program application deadlines?
There are no application deadlines. Applications are accepted until program is full. However, to be considered for the current term and/or intake, it’s suggested that applications be submitted 6 months prior to a start date. For out of country applicants, please note that there are long processing times so you are encouraged to apply 8-10 months prior to the start date.

13. Who/what kind of student is the program for?
The BCIT Graduate Certificate in Business Administration is recommended for students who want to start their MBA at BCIT and continue to complete their master's degree at a reputable institution abroad. Graduates have the opportunity to continue their studies to complete a master's degree or to enter the workforce in a managerial role.

14. How long is the program?

Two terms full-time, approximately 8 months.
The maximum time to complete the program is five years

15. What is the schedule?

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

16. Where is the program offered?

All core courses and two electives will be provided in classrooms and labs at the BCIT Downtown Campus. Students may contact the Program Head for additional elective options and for approval.

17. How long is the MBA program after the completion of the Graduate Certificate and what is the tuition?
The BCIT Graduate Certificate in Business Administration program is structured to meet the requirements for direct entry and advanced placement in MBA and other master’s degree programs at four partner Universities.

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) Program length and tuitions vary between universities. Note that each may have somewhat different entrance requirements than the GCBA. Acceptance into the GCBA program in no way guarantees or bypasses the entrance requirements for the partner universities.

Please see the partner university page for more details.

18. What is the tuition?
This program is eight months long and total fee for the program is $10,067.46 (domestic students [PDF]). The first term starts in September until December. You will be required to pay $5033.73 at front. Please see the Fees, Payments and Refunds section of the website for more current information on full-time tuition fees.  Tution for an International student [PDF] is $13,433.46. You will be required to pay $6716.73 for the first term at front.

19. What are books and supplies costs?
$1,000 (General estimated cost, subject to change)

*Laptop with Windows operating system required for the program.

Please note that a tablet computer will not be sufficient.

20. Is there financial assistance?
Financial assistance may be available for this program for domestic students only. For more information, please contact Student Financial Aid and Awards.

21. Who are the instructors and what are their credentials?

Instructors are drawn from our regular faculty pool typically with a Masters and extensive business experience.

22. What is the workload like?
There will be many projects and extensive group work. Lots of initiative expected. Up to three of hours of homework per day should be anticipated with more intense periods during the term and at the end of the course.

23. Can I work and be a student at the same time?

It is strongly suggested that students do not hold full time jobs (hours) while attending classes. Students are expected to attend 100% of their full time classes and spend a minimum of 3 hours day on homework leaving minimal time to work. Should you be receiving financial assistance please remember to review their guidelines with working and going to school.

International students will require proper permits to do any work while in Canada. For more information contact the International Student Centre.

24. I haven't been to school for a long time and I am worried about how I'll do. Is help available?
Yes, the BCIT Library has services for writing and peer tutoring.

25. Does BCIT provide housing?
Yes, BCIT has on-campus housing is located on the Burnaby Campus, adjacent to the sports field and campus recreation facilities. We also offer, in partnership with the My Ideal Home Network, comprehensive listings of off-campus accommodation including support for short-stay, apprenticeship and international students.

For help as an international student check out the housing services.

Contact Us

Rajwant Brar
Program Assistant
604-456-8070 | Rajwant_Brar@bcit.ca

Ike Hall
Program Head, Graduate Certificate in Business Administration
604-451-6783 | Ike_Hall@bcit.ca

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