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:
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 Program Entry 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.
International students should be aware that this program has a mandatory integrated work experience and you are responsible for ensuring that you hold a valid co-op work permit, which is required to complete this practicum. The co-op work permit is separate from the study permit for having authorization to work up to 20 hours per week during your studies.
All applications will have their academic entrance requirements and responses to their mandatory applicant questionnaire reviewed by the program area at the application deadline. Admission is competitive and will be offered to the most qualified applicants.
Recommended for success
We recommend that you attend an information session prior to applying to this program. Information sessions are held monthly, October through March. Applicants who live outside of the Greater Vancouver area will be accomodated.
Strong mathematic skills are required for success in BCIT Business diplomas. Students accepted into this program will be contacted starting in April regarding the completion of a math assessment test. If you score below a 67% on this assessment test, or feel that you would like to upgrade your math skills regardless, you should complete OPMT 0199 or OPMT 0023.
Applicants must have work, community, or volunteer experience.
Do you have credits from another post-secondary school?
Transfer credit may be granted for courses completed at BCIT or another post-secondary institution where the learning outcomes duplicate those of the BCIT course. As per Admission Procedure 5003-PR1, the department reserves the right to determine the granting of credit where appropriate.
Applications will be accepted up to day 14 of the term; an official transcript and a course outline where appropriate must be provided (or be on file with BCIT) to process the request. A maximum of two courses per level are eligible for credit through this process.
Apply to program
BCIT accepts only complete applications. In order to apply:
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.
You may be eligible to apply to an advanced level of the program through either re-admission or direct entry. Please note that applications are considered based on:
Complete applications: you must show proof that you have completed (or are registered in) all requirements to be considered.
Competitive entry: if the number of applicants exceeds available seats, BCIT will accept those deemed to have the best opportunity for success.
Seat availability: confirmation may not be available until approximately one week before the term begins.
If you have previously completed part of this program at BCIT and wish to re-enter the program at an advanced level, you can apply for re-admission.
It is recommended that you apply when you have met all of the entrance requirements. If you are currently registered in a course, please indicate this on the self-assessment form.
When will I be accepted?
Once your application has been assessed and has been approved for direct entry, a seat must become available in the program you have selected. The Admissions department must wait until the current students obtain their final grades in either December or May to determine how many seats will become available for direct entry applicants.
Can I take courses in advance to reduce my course load?
In order to maintain a competitive application, it is recommended that you take no more than two courses per term ahead of time. A maximum of two courses per level are eligible for credit. Note that this will not reduce your full-time program tuition.
When will I get my timetable?
Print your timetable one day prior to class start by logging into my.bcit.ca and going to Student Self-Service. You must be registered in your courses in order to access this feature. If you know the set to which you have been assigned, you can also find your timetable at timetables.bcitbusiness.ca.
When can I buy my books?
It is recommended that you wait until the first week of classes before buying textbooks. Your instructors will tell you which books to buy.
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.
Business Information Systems
Computers and information technology are the foundation of business today. This course provides an understanding of computer terminology, operating systems, and the most popular office software used in business. Students learn to use spreadsheets (e.g. Microsoft Excel, Google Spreadsheets), word processing applications (e.g. Microsoft Word, Google Documents), and presentation and graphics programs (e.g. Microsoft PowerPoint, Google Presentations, Keynote). Students also get an introduction to cloud computing and enterprise collaboration tools. The course also provides an overview of social media, Web-based collaboration, and publishing and productivity tools (e.g. WordPress, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube).
COMM 1100 is designed to give students basic listening, writing and speaking skills that will allow them to prepare written and oral reports for BCIT courses and to proceed to more advanced communication courses.
This course investigates economic analysis, focusing on fundamentals of markets, supply and demand, consumer and producer behaviour, and monopoly and competition. Optional areas of business application may explore labour markets, government intervention and environmental regulation. Prepares students to identify and evaluate the economic considerations they will undoubtedly encounter in business.
This course covers the full accounting cycle for individuals with little or no accounting background. Topics include accounting as an information system; introduction to accounting theory; income measure; traditional record keeping; the accounting cycle; cash and financial statements.
This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of marketing. In addition to the “four Ps” of marketing—product, price, place, and promotion—students will be introduced to how marketers create customer-driven marketing strategies based on their research and understanding of the marketing environment and customers. Students will develop a marketing plan and integrated marketing communications (IMC) plan based on a case study, which will be assessed on students’ application of marketing terminology and processes and in the professionalism of their work. Additionally, students will complete assignments, quizzes, and exams.
Operations management may be defined as the design, operation and improvement of the production systems that create the firm's products or services. Demand for quality, time-based competition, and international production has demonstrated the importance of operations management to the survival of the firm. This course will develop an appreciation for the challenge of operations, and an understanding of the impact of operations on corporate strategy.
Reviews basic mathematics applicable to business and industry. Topics include consumer and commercial credit, simple and compound interest, financial instruments and discounting, annuities, mortgages, loans, sinking funds, leases, depreciation methods, capitalized costs, cash flow analysis, NPV and IRR. Emphasis is on maximum use of pre-programmed calculator and practical applications from the field of Financial Management. Prerequisites: Algebraic skills to at least the Grade 11 level with a minimum 68% final mark. Students who do not have these skills should consider taking OPMT 0199 Math for Business or OPMT 0198 Business Math Assessment Test.
Every enterprise requires business analytics and decision support systems (DSS) in order to develop a competitive advantage. This course uses MS Excel, the foundational data analysis tool, to build on the skills and concepts covered in introductory computer application courses. This course covers advanced Excel formulae, concepts, and applications using larger and more professional worksheets and focusses on the data modeling approach using Excel vs. the calculator approach. Topics include if-then modeling, built-in functions, charting, transferring data across applications, and using the built-in tools such as PivotTables, Sparklines, Slicers, PowerPivots, and macros. Prerequisites: BSYS 1000 or BSYS 1005
In an information-based society, understanding data management is vital. The backbone of the Internet, Cloud Computing, and Business Intelligence, relational database management systems provide the key to utilizing business information to create a competitive advantage. This course provides an introduction to relational database management systems, data modeling, and the use of computer software to meet reporting and decision support needs within an organization. The student will use a relational database management system to create data tables, build table relationships, develop and modify custom forms, generate reports, and perform queries, while taking measures to ensure data validity, efficiency, and integrity. Subject to time available, additional topics will be included. Prerequisites: BSYS 1000 or BSYS 1005
A study of the basic concepts of the management process: planning, organizing, staffing, leading and controlling. Integrated with the concurrent first-term courses and using the case-study method, it creates opportunities for the students to develop analytical, problem-solving, teamwork and communications skills, by analysing and presenting solutions to typical business problems. Topics covered include: structuring organizations, decision making and an introduction to production, human resources, controlling and strategic and tactical planning.
This course provides further instruction and practice in the principles taught in COMM 1100. It concentrates on more sophisticated forms of written communication: the job application package, indirect correspondence, and reports. The course might also include modules on graphics, questionnaires, telephone techniques, and organizing and running meetings. Prerequisites: COMM 1100
Presents a challenging overview of the workings of an economy. Stresses measurement and determination of national economic activity, the role of monetary and fiscal policy, and the understanding of inflation, unemployment and growth in an international environment. Prepares students to weigh political and economic issues as they relate to their business ventures.
This course is the second of two designed to provide first year students with a general understanding of the nature, purpose and general procedures of accounting. The course examines notes and accounts receivables; capital assets; liabilities; partnerships; corporations and consolidations; international transactions; financial statement analysis; and cash flow statements. Prerequisites: FMGT 1100 or FMGT 1105
Designed for persons interested in management and/or supervision. It develops an understanding of significant human resource management processes and systems utilized in today's business and government organizations. Employment-related legislation and current human resource management issues are surveyed. Topics cover human resource management processes with some emphasis on practical application of the techniques studied. Prerequisites: BUSA 2100 and ORGB 1100
Includes descriptive statistics, including numerical and graphical presentation of data, measures of central tendency, dispersion and elementary probabilities. Introduction to several discrete and continuous probability distributions . Introduction to inferential statistics through selected topics such as sampling, confidence limits of the mean, hypotheses testing, simple linear regression and the chi-squared test for independence.
Presents the study of factors that either influence or are influenced by people at work. The course will focus on macro factors such as organizational structure, technology and environment; group factors such as group dynamics, leadership, conflict, change and decision making; and micro or individual factors such as personality, attitudes, perception and motivation.
Introduces an understanding of the international operating environment. This course will scan the current global trading environment and provide base skills required by international firms to identify risk and analyse opportunities.
Presents a practical study of Canadian business law, including the legal and administrative systems, torts, contracts, sale of goods and consumer protection, secured transactions, employment, agency and business organizations. Participation in this course, taught by lawyers, prepares you to recognize and feel comfortable with the legal aspects of doing business.
This course will continue the development of the skills and tools that are the basis to database applications and data analytics. Students will be using a mix of software, including MS Access and MS Excel, in order to build knowledge through practical hands-on development, and apply this knowledge by analyzing information in order to make business decisions. Prerequisites: BSYS 2060
This course emphasizes intrapreneurial and entrepreneurial management with an emphasis on decision-making in small to medium sized firms. As such the major project will be the development of a business plan focusing on strategic concepts, leadership applications and operational controls. The business plan will be developed in conjunction with the change required by Canadian firms to be successful in the global economy. Prerequisites: BUSA 2100 and ECON 2200 and FMGT 2100
This course will be focused on sectors and industries that are key to B.C.'s economy. This course provides an opportunity to explore various industries and sectors. Particular focus will be on the growing industry sectors in BC. Students will gain an in-depth knowledge on BC Industries through research and contact with industry associations and networking opportunities. The role of the manager will be examined within each of the industry sectors. Projects could also include specific areas of interest such as sustainability or globalization. Prerequisites: BUSA 2100
This course provides an introduction for managers to management accounting's role in planning, directing, and controlling operations in manufacturing and service organizations. The emphasis of the topic coverage is on methods for budgeting, product costing, and performance measurement, as well as on analytical techniques that can be applied to financial and operating data to support management decisions. Prerequisites: FMGT 2100
Examines the basic approaches to market research. Discusses research techniques and tools and relates these tools to the decision-making process. Special applications of marketing research to simulated real-life situations are examined. Prerequisites: MKTG 2202 or MKTG 2203
Provides a clear understanding of the role of a leader at a personal, team and organizational level. An understanding of the traditional and recently developed leadership theories provides a foundation from which to examine personal approaches to leadership. The student is encouraged to explore opportunities for personal development and growth as a leader, recognizing the importance of integrity and values based decision-making in challenging and complex situations. Prerequisites: ORGB 1100 or ORGB 1105
This course emphasizes the use of decision-making models in business. It educates students in the use of quantitative methods in the choice of alternatives in the decision-making process. Computers will be used to solve problems.
Strengthens the understanding of the role of the Internet in a business setting. Continues the development of web building skills and looks at the benefits and limitations of the Internet and its supporting software. A major component of the course is the planning and development of a small business web site. Prerequisites: BSYS 3100
What you measure is what you get: the measures you use strongly affect the behaviour of the managers and employees of an organization. This course will introduce an approach to performance measurement which includes the Balanced Scorecard and Triple Bottom Line models. A strategy-based balanced scorecard system aligned with principles of the triple bottom line offers a way to accomplish social and environmental goals while integrating them with financial and operational performance to achieve competitive advantage Prerequisites: BUSA 2100 and BUSA 3500
Analyses business strategy formulation to give the student practical experience and confidence in handling complex business situations. Comprehensive business cases will be selected in fields such as finance, control, personnel, production, marketing, and general management. Acquaints the student with management decision-making and effective verbal and written business analysis. Teamwork and organizational change are addressed as elements of strategy implementation. Prerequisite: Departmental approval needed to register in this course. Course registration is restricted to students that have completed a minimum of 30 credits of coursework in business programs, completed BUSA 2005 and an overall GPA of 65%. To be considered for registration approval, please email the Business Administration Part Studies Program Assistant at email@example.com **Full-time day school students in the School of Business may not enroll in this course without the express consent of their day school Program Head.**
Designed to give students practical application of concepts learned in major program areas by engaging in problem solving projects in business or government. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Level 1 and 2 courses but may be short one Level 3 course.
This course allows those with little or no knowledge of financial management to study the various methods of optimizing the economic position of a firm. It provides students with a conceptual understanding of the financial decision-making process in a business context and an appreciation of the impact that financial decisions have on value creation by focussing on the management and allocation of financial resources within the firm. Prerequisites: FMGT 3221
A necessary skill set in today's world - designed for those involved in, or associated with labour relations as management or union. Covers the collective bargaining process and day-to-day contract administration. Related laws, typical contract clauses, grievance procedures, responsibilities of the supervisor and the shop steward, and current activities in the labour relations field. Students will learn to approach their responsibilities for matters covered by collective agreements with more confidence and expertise. Prerequisites: ORGB 1105
Introduces additional project management and process improvement techniques used to analyze and improve workplace processes. The course focuses on application of the techniques to realistic case materials and the student Business Consulting Projects. Project management skills and methodology will be covered from initiation to closing. The course reinforces the systematic problem solving approach and teamwork skills introduced in first year core courses. Project Management methodologies presented is aligned with the Project Management Institute’s Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBoK) Prerequisites: OPMT 1100
This course looks at planned organizational change, defined as a set of activities and processes designed to change individuals, groups, and organizational processes, systems and structures. A number of models, frameworks and tools are used to identify the need for change and to understand the elements required for implementing an effective change strategy. The course addresses change as non-linear, complex and often messy undertaking, where multiple perspectives and approaches are required. Prerequisites: ORGB 1100 or ORGB 1105
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.
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.
Two years, full-time
Progression through the Program
In order to progress to the next term, Business Management students must achieve an average GPA of 65%.
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
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
Business Development 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.
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 2014-2016 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.
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
Evelyn Gut, The Salvation Army Canada
Graham Sullivan, HSBC Bank of Canada
J. Travis Stevenson, JTS Consulting Inc.
Jim Shopland, Shopland Health Connections Inc.
Manveet Virk-Lail, MAC Marketing Solutions
Mary-Louise Albert, Norman Rothstein Theatre and Chutzpah! Festival
"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."Kelsey Primar
"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." Jake O'Brien
"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." Ciara Hamagishi