The BCIT Business Management diploma program prepares students to make strategic business decisions and manage the direction and operation of a company. You will gain a clear grasp of all business functions including: accounting, marketing, human resources, operations, and computer applications. Graduates analyze business problems, lead effective teams, and discover ways to improve overall business profitability and efficiency.
Looking at business through the lens of an entrepreneur, the Business Management program is your springboard into an inspiring career. You’ll learn to solve real business problems, analyze business operations, and develop the skills you need to be a successful leader in just two years.
About the program
- Two-year diploma program
- High exposure to industry offers exceptional networking opportunities
- Business consulting projects provide hands-on experiences looking at real-life, industry problems in all fields of business including finance, social media, and property development
- Eligible to enter the following professional designation program:
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Who should apply for the Business Management Diploma?
The Business Management diploma program is right for you if:
- You want to be a manager, but aren’t sure where to start
- You want to turn an entrepreneurial idea into a business start-up
- You have a combination of academics, business, or volunteer experience
- You have a unique idea you want to develop within your company
- You are a team player interested in big picture thinking and strategy
Ready to get started with the Business Management diploma program? Visit Entrance Requirements to apply.
Your experience matters
Have another degree or diploma? You may be able to earn exemption from Year 1 of the program and jump into Year 2 of the Business Management diploma. Find out if you’re eligible for Advanced Placement.
What grads can do
Graduates of the Business Management diploma have a strong foundation of business and leadership skills that will lead to a wide variety of job opportunities or prepare you with the skills needed to start your own business venture.
Take a look at Graduating and Jobs to see the types of positions Business Management grads are prepared for.
BCIT offers a number of international study opportunities that helps students gain a global perspective of the economy, culture, government, and everyday life of the country they study in. You could participate in a summer field school or complete an international degree. Learn more about studying abroad.
This program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).
Costs & Supplies
Bring Your Own Device
Students are required to have their own laptop. Please refer to the Bring Your Own Device Specifications [PDF] for requirements.
Laptop costs vary depending on the configuration chosen, but will likely range from approximately $1,000 to $2,000.
This program will give you courses in all areas of business, including marketing, accounting, HR, finance, operations, and website design. Your second-year courses prepare you for being an entrepreneur, making strategic decisions, and for creating business plans for an organization, as well as gaining significant leadership skills.
The final level of the program includes a business consulting project, where you will undertake a real project for a business, as a student consultant, under the direction of a faculty member. You may source your own project in the industry of your choice, or the Program Head will assist you in finding a right match. These projects often lead to your future employment opportunities.
The BCIT Business Management diploma program places you in a small cohort of 20-25 students. You will attend lectures and labs for each course. In lecture, the faculty provides the content necessary to establish a foundation. Practical application follows in the lab environment. You will work directly with industry on several projects and assignments.
Graduating & Jobs
If you want to be a manager in any industry or start your own business, the Business Management diploma program is for you.
- Account Services Coordinator
- Purchasing Coordinator
- Account Representative
- Team Lead
- Data Analyst
- Account Manager
- Business Analyst
- Project Manager
- Business Development Manager
- Business Consultant
- General Manager
- Sales Manager
- Financial Manager
- Marketing Manager
- Director, IT
- Department Manager
A distinguishing feature of the Business Management program is the wide variety of job placements available to graduates. Some pursue IT management, while others have gone on to careers in insurance, finance, HR, banking, operations, sales, and virtually every aspect of business. Some graduates open their own business, as did Wayne Yarrow, a former PAC member and owner of Readerwear Reading Glasses.
For many, initial employment will continue to be in a supervisory capacity, in management, or in marketing with medium to large firms. However, graduates are increasingly found in cross-functional positions at mid-sized to large organizations and entrepreneurial firms.
“The BCIT Business Management diploma program allowed me to develop a broad range of business skills that are highly relevant in today’s job market. The method of delivery is ideal as it blends hands on projects with academic learning materials that ensure you are prepared to either enter the workforce or pursue further education.”
“BCIT’s Business Management diploma helped me develop the skills and confidence I needed to find employment and start a career. The curriculum is relevant and delivered by industry professionals. BCIT provides numerous opportunities inside and outside of the classroom to apply your learning, gain experience, and build your resume. Upon graduating, I was not surprised to find that BCIT Business graduates were in high demand.”
“BCIT Business Management was a great option for me because it gave me a well-rounded foundation of business. I was able to study everything from marketing and international business to finance. This all led to my dream job and I am now able to combine my business background with my passion for education and travel in a really interesting job that I truly love.”
Faculty, Advisors & Staff
Business Management instructors are highly experienced in industry, bringing their first-hand knowledge to the classrooms and taking your learning beyond just a textbook. We recruit faculty who have an ability to connect and communicate effectively with students.
- Beth Ringdahl, FortisBC
- Cale Stewart, Telus
- Graham Sullivan, HSBC Bank of Canada
- J. Travis Stevenson, JTS Consulting Inc.
- Sheri-Lynn Walker, Atlific Hotels
Business Consulting Project
A BCIT Business Consulting Project provides second year Business Management students the opportunity to work over a 10 week period with an organization to solve a business problem or challenge. Students work in a team of two or three to identify potential opportunities, conduct research, and recommend effective solutions. Students complete a comprehensive written report and make an oral presentation to the industry client outlining their recommendations and solutions.
Business Consulting Projects are different from traditional co-op and internship programs. Students are not assigned to actual positions, but rather fill a consulting role for businesses and organizations. Each project has a BCIT faculty member that serves as an advisor for the student consulting team. Exit surveys from participating companies show that the completed strategic business solutions have a value that far surpassed their expectations.
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