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Business Management

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:
Want more info? Check out our Program Details.

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 Exchange

BCIT offers a number of international exchange opportunities that helps students gain a global perspective of the economy, culture, government, and everyday life of the country they study in. Learn more about international exchange opportunities and international double degrees with internships.

Accredited Program

This program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

Program Entry

International Students

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.

For more information, please contact the BCIT International Student Centre.

Application processing

Applications are accepted:

  • November 1st* to January 30th*
  • January 30th* to April 15th*
  • April 15th* until program fills

  • *or next business day

This program has multiple application deadlines and may fill after each deadline date.

Entrance requirements

Competitive Entry: Two-step process

Preference will be given to applicants with:

  • Academic grades above the minimum
  • Several years work and/or volunteer experience*
  • Additional post-secondary academic courses*
  • Experience working in teams*

*Applicants with preferred entrance requirements are to submit transcripts and supporting documentation with their online application.

Step 1: Meet the following entrance requirements

Read more about how to meet BCIT’s entrance requirements

Step 2: Department assessment

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.

Advanced Placement

If you already have a degree or diploma:

If you do not have a degree or diploma:

You may be eligible to apply to an advanced level of the program through 1. re-admission or 2. direct entry. The following applies to all advanced placement applicants:

  • Complete applications: you must show proof of completing all requirements (proof of registration is acceptable for advanced placement applicants) to be considered.
  • Competitive entry: BCIT will accept those deemed to have the best opportunity for success.
  • Acceptance based on seat availability: confirmation may not be available until approximately one week before the term begins.
  1. Re-admission: Have you completed part of this program at BCIT and want to apply to an advanced level?

    Applications are accepted throughout the year. You must submit the Course-by-Course Self-Assessment form [PDF] with your application.

  2. Direct Entry: Are you new to this program but have completed an equivalent part of it at BCIT or elsewhere and want to apply to an advanced level?

    BCIT accepts complete applications starting:

    • February 1st for level 2 (January start)
    • November 1st for level 3 (September start)

    You must submit the Course-by-Course Self-Assessment form [PDF] and proof of meeting the entrance requirements with your online application. View the Direct Entry sheet [PDF] for details.

Transfer Credit

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:

  • 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.
Apply Now

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

Scheduled intakes

September each year.


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

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

Books and supplies

Level 1: $686; Level 2: $437; Level 3: $956; Level 4: $486
(General estimated cost, and subject to change)

Financial assistance

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


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.

Program matrix

Level 1 Credits
  BSYS 1000 Business Information Systems 3.0
  COMM 1100 Business Communication 1 3.0
  ECON 2100 Microeconomics 3.0
  FMGT 1100 Accounting 1 4.0
  MKTG 1102 Essentials of Marketing 3.0
  OPMT 1100 Introduction to Operations Management 3.0
  OPMT 1110 Business Mathematics 4.0
Level 2 Credits
  BSYS 2050 Business Data Analytics* 2.0
  BSYS 2060 Business Data Management* 2.0
  BUSA 2100 Principles of Management* 2.0
  COMM 2200 Business Communication 2 4.0
  ECON 2200 Macroeconomics 4.0
  FMGT 2100 Accounting 2 5.5
  HRMG 2150 Introduction to Human Resource Management* 2.5
  OPMT 1130 Business Statistics 5.5
  ORGB 1100 Organizational Behaviour* 3.0
  TDMT 1353 International Business* 2.5
*denotes a half-term course
Level 3 Credits
  BLAW 3100 Business Law 4.0
  BSYS 3100 Database Applications 3.0
  BUSA 3800 Entrepreneurship 4.0
  BUSA 3850 Management and Industry 4.0
  FMGT 3221 Management Accounting Administration 4.0
  MKTG 2341 Introduction to Marketing Research 3.0
  ORGB 3600 Leadership 3.0
Level 4 Credits
  BUSA 3515 Management Science 4.0
  BUSA 4620 Internet Applications* 2.5
  BUSA 4750 Business Metrics 2.5
  BUSA 4800 Management Policy 4.0
  BUSA 4900 Business Consulting Projects* 8.0
  FMGT 4561 Finance for Business Management 5.5
  HRMG 3205 Labour Relations 1* 3.0
  OPMT 2171 Project Management* 4.0
  ORGB 4600 Organizational Change* 2.0
* denotes a half-term course
Total Credits: 116.5

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

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.

Program length

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%.

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, 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

If you want to be a manager in any industry or start your own business, the Business Management diploma program is for you.

Entry-Level Positions:
  • Account Services Coordinator
  • Purchasing Coordinator
  • Account Representative
  • Team Lead
  • Data Analyst
  • Supervisor
Mid-Level Positions:
  • Account Manager
  • Business Analyst
  • Project Manager
  • Business Development Manager
  • Business Consultant
  • General Manager
  • Sales Manager
  • Financial Manager
  • Marketing Manager
  • Director, IT
  • Department Manager

Job Opportunities

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.

To view these results, you may need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed in your Web browser.

Advanced Placement

Do you have a degree, diploma, or completed a substantial amount of post-secondary courses? You may qualify for advanced placement into the Business Management program. Students that qualify for advanced placement can enter the program in the middle of first year or the beginning of the second year depending on the number of transfer credits received.

Acceptance into advanced placement is dependent on a number of factors including: seat availability, course transfer credits, and the number of applications received. Most applicants are required to complete additional course work before entering their desired program. Early application is strongly recommended.

Entry into the middle of Year 1 (Level 2 - January)

  • Application process opens on February 1st*

Entry into the start of Year 2 (Level 3 - September)

  • Application process opens on November 1st*

*or next business day

When applying for advanced placement, you must submit the Course-by-Course Self-Assessment form [PDF] with your online application.

For more information about eligibility requirements and the application process, please download the Business Management Advanced Placement Guide [PDF].

Graduate Certificate in Business Administration

The BCIT Graduate Certificate in Business Administration is also a viable option for students that have completed a bachelor’s degree. This is an eight month full-time program that leads into a number of international MBA programs.

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.

View a sample list of past Business Consulting Projects students have completed in a wide variety of industries.

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.

Advisory committee

  • 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
  • Sharon Rai, RBC Royal Bank of Canada
  • Sheri-Lynn Walker, Atlific Hotels
  • Stephen Abbott, BC Ambulance Services

Contact Us

Glenn Graham
Program Head, Business Management
604-451-6787 | Glenn_Graham@bcit.ca

Athena Guertin
Administrative Assistant
604-432-8385 | aguertin@bcit.ca

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  • Program selection and program planning
  • Applying for transfer credit and advanced placement
  • Job placement and graduate outcomes
  • Student life

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"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