Full-time/Part-time Advanced Diploma 5312advdip

Business Management

No matter your background and training, your path to business management could start right here.

Designed especially for students with non-business diplomas and degrees, this program will introduce you to necessary business topics like management accounting, economics, marketing, human resource management, and more. Through lectures, group discussion, and case studies, you’ll learn how to apply a disciplined and professional approach to management to prepare you for your future career in business while also preparing you specifically for a pathway to the BCIT Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree program.

About the program

  • Designed for students with non-business diplomas and degrees as a pathway to the BCIT Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree program
  • Work closely with industry experts for exceptional networking opportunities
  • Hands-on experiences with real-life problems in all fields of business
Learn more about how this program prepares you for success in the Program Details.

Who should apply for the Business Management Advanced Diploma?

This program might be right for you if:
  • You have a diploma or degree, but not in business
  • You’re interested in pursuing a career or degree in business
  • You’re seeking advanced placement based on service in the Canadian Forces (regular or reservist) or as a First Responder (firefighter, paramedic, police)
  • You’re a mature student with a combination of post-secondary education and relevant work experience (normally seven years)
  • You're have a Red Seal or Journeyman Certified
If any of this sounds like you, apply today at the Program Entry page!

What grads can do

By completing your Business Management Advanced Diploma, you’ll be developing the key, life-long skills necessary for a solid foundation in business. This foundation will allow you to pursue exciting career opportunities immediately upon graduation as well as preparing you for further study and the potential for even more exciting, rewarding job opportunities through the BCIT Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree program.

Find out where earning your Business Management Advanced Diploma can take you at the Graduating and Jobs page.

Program Entry

Application processing

Full-time: this program is open to applications beginning:

  • November 1st* for the September intake
  • March 15th* for the January intake

Part-time: applications are accepted throughout the year.

*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.

Step 1: Meet the following entrance requirements

Applicants who have completed post-secondary studies outside of Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia or New Zealand will require a basic evaluation of their credentials by the International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES). A comprehensive report may be required under certain circumstances. If you wish to clarify which report is required, please contact advdip@bcit.ca. Credential evaluation reports from other Canadian services may be considered.

*Alternate entry: Applicants who are a part of one of the following groups may be considered for acceptance:

Alternate entry applicants must complete the Advanced Placement and Prior Learning assessment form. For more information on alternate entry, please contact appl@bcit.ca.

Read more about how to meet BCIT’s entrance requirements

Step 2: Department assessment

Each application will be reviewed and assessed by the program area once it is complete.

Applicants that do not meet all entrance requirements will be notified of necessary upgrading courses and will be required to re-apply to the program when they have completed the courses.

International applicants

Part-time Studies (course-by-course) programs are only available to international students who have a valid status in Canada. If you are currently outside of Canada, please apply to a full-time program or ISEP.

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

Scheduled intakes

Full-time: September and January each year

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

Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR)

Submit your detailed resume, training documents, past college or university transcripts, and other certificates to appl@bcit.ca to have an eligibility assessment completed.


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

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

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Visit Fees & Financial Aid for information on full-time and part-time tuition fees and refunds.


This program introduces you to essential business subjects like business law, management policy, marketing management, accounting, and more. By combining lectures with case studies and group discussions, you’ll get the hands-on, immersive training you need to be prepared to succeed in the BCIT Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree program.

Program matrix

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Level 1: Credits
  BLAW 3100 Business Law 4.0
  BSYS 3800 Business Information Systems for Managers 3.0
  COMM 3310 Managerial Communication for Advanced Diploma in Business Administration 4.0
  ECON 5000 Managerial Economics 3.0
  MKTG 4010 Marketing Management Strategic Planning 3.0
  OPMT 3510 Business Math for Managers 4.0
  ORGB 5110 Organizational Behaviour for Managers 3.0
Level 2: Credits
  BSYS 5800 Business Data Analytics for Managers 3.0
  BUSA 4800 Management Policy 4.0
  ECON 2200 Macroeconomics 4.0
  FMGT 2152 Accounting for Management 5.5
  HRMG 6010 Strategic HR/LR Management 3.0
  OPMT 5515 Quantitative Methods for Managers 4.0
Total Credits: 47.5

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 offering the key, basic skills in business, this program helps students of non-business backgrounds gain the knowledge they need to succeed in further business studies and careers.

Program length

The maximum time to complete the program is seven years.

Full-time: The September intake runs from September to April.

Part-time: Students typically complete the program between three to five years. Courses are offered three times a year to coincide with the Part-time Studies terms:

  • Winter Term: January - April
  • Spring Term: April - June/July
  • Fall Term: September - December

Program location

Full-time:  Downtown Campus
555 Seymour Street
Vancouver, BC

Part-time:  Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC
Downtown Campus
555 Seymour Street
Vancouver, BC

Continue your education

Degree Completion

Graduates of this program may continue their studies to complete the BCIT Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) program. The BBA program provides you with the flexibility to complete your degree full-time within 8 to 12 months (depending on previous transfer credits from other institutes), or you can choose to begin your career and finish your degree courses part-time, usually within 2 to 3 years.

Block credits from your diploma may also be transferred to business degrees at Simon Fraser University, the University of Northern British Columbia, Royal Roads University, Lakehead University and others. Please confirm details with the respective program that you are considering if this option is of interest.

Graduating & Jobs

This program is specifically designed to give you the essential skills for careers and further study in business, even if your diploma, degree, or other training is in a different field.

Some job opportunities for graduates include:
  • SAS Consultant
  • Account Manager
  • Case Manager
  • Purchasing Coordinator
  • Project Manager
  • Sales Manager
  • Financial Manager
  • Marketing Manager
  • Department Manager
  • Team Leader
  • General Manager
Additionally, as a graduate of the program, you’ll have the opportunity to continue to improve your skills, earning potential, and available jobs by pursuing your bachelor degree. You might choose to continue with your studies full-time to earn your Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in only about a year. Or, you might choose to begin working while taking advantage of the flexible schedule to earn your bachelor degree part-time in 2 to 3 years.

Graduate employment outcomes

The BCIT student outcomes reports present summary findings from the annual survey of former students administered by BC Stats one to two years after graduation. These reports combine the last three years of available results for the 2016-2018 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2015-2017 graduates and for Degree 2013-2015 graduates. The reports are organized into three-page summaries containing information on graduates' labour market experiences and opinions regarding their education. More detailed information can be accessed at the BC Student Outcomes website.

To view these results, you may 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 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

Sarah Weber
Program Administrator
604-453-4096 | advdip@bcit.ca

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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