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Entrepreneurship

Are you enticed by the idea of starting your own business? Do you enjoy finding unique solutions to problems? Does the idea of single-handedly guiding a business to success interest you? Then you might be an entrepreneur.

BCIT’s Entrepreneurship diploma was developed specifically to give people like you the focused, intensive training necessary for success in creating, guiding, and managing businesses. Whether you're looking to start your own business from scratch or expand on an idea you're already working on, this program will train you with hands-on, real-world skills and knowledge.

About the program

  • Two-year program
  • Real-world learning with professional entrepreneurs
  • Business consultant project and practicum provide hands-on experience
  • After graduation, transition to the workforce or apply to complete your Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree at BCIT with full-time or part-time evening courses
To learn more about how the Entrepreneurship diploma can turn your idea into a successful enterprise, visit the Program Details page.

Who should apply for the Entrepreneurship Diploma?

Entrepreneurship might be right for you if you:
  • Have some work experience
  • Completed high school and have some post-secondary education
  • Have a "big-picture" kind of outlook
  • Enjoy finding creative solutions to problems
  • Have an interest in developing new business ideas and services
If any or all of these apply to you, visit the Program Entry page to start training for your entrepreneurial career today.

Your experience matters

Do you have work experience or other post-secondary education? If you do, you might qualify for course credits to help speed up your training. Visit our advanced placement page to learn more.

What grads can do

The Entrepreneurship diploma program gives you a broad base of business knowledge, including specialized training in the development and growth of new products and services.

Some graduates of the program start their own company, while others use the intensive training to improve an existing company, whether it's one they created or someone else's. Because entrepreneurs can focus on the wider picture of businesses and have a strong, general foundation, their training can be applied to almost any industry, helping to protect them from shifts within a certain field that industry-specialists can't avoid.

Graduates of the program will be qualified to start their own company, or find work as coordinators, marketing assistants, or potentially managerial roles at organizations locally and globally.

To learn more about the career opportunities and other options available to grads, see the Graduating and Jobs page.

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

Application processing

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

Note: As of 2020, this program will open for applications on October 1st.

Entrance requirements

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

Read more about how to meet BCIT’s entrance requirements

Recommended for success

  • Applicants are urged to attend an information session offered throughout the year. These are free of charge and are open to all to attend. Registration is requested, but not required.

  • 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.

International applicants

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.

Advanced Placement

You may be eligible to apply to an advanced level of the program through either re-admission or direct entry. Visit the Advanced Placement page 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

The two-year Marketing Management Diploma program shares a common first year of core business subjects. The second year of the program focuses on specific fields of marketing expertise.

Candidates who wish to apply to the Entrepreneurship option must declare this option/specialization at the time of application.

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

September each year.

myCommunication

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.

Advanced Placement

Conditions

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.

Re-admission

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.

Applications are accepted throughout the year.

Submit the Course-by-Course Self-Assessment Form [PDF] with your application.

Ready to submit your application? Apply now.

Direct entry

If you are new to the program but have completed an equivalent part of it at BCIT or elsewhere and want to apply to an advanced level, you can apply for direct entry.

BCIT accepts complete applications starting:

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

  • *or next business day

There are 4 options for direct entry. If you are applying through options 1, 2, or 3, you must submit an online application. Option 4 applicants, submit your application for transfer directly to BCIT Admissions.

Option 1: If you do not have a diploma or degree

Applications to level 2 or 3.

Submit the following with your online application:

Required courses

If you are applying to level 2*, you must show proof of completion of (or registration in) the level 1 courses (or equivalents) below.

If you are applying to level 3, you must show proof of completion of (or registration in) the level 1 and 2 courses (or equivalents) below.

*All direct entry students entering level 2 are accepted into the Marketing Management – General Option program. Option selection will be available after current level 2 full-time student transfer requests are processed. Notification of option selection will take place in late June. If a seat is not available in your preferred option, an alternate option will be assigned.

Level 1 courses

Full-time Course Name Part-time Equivalent
BLAW 3100 Business Law BLAW 3100
BSYS 1000 Business Information Systems BSYS 1001
COMM 1100 Business Communication 1 COMM 1103 or
COMM 1106
ECON 2100 Microeconomics ECON 2100
MKTG 1102 Essentials of Marketing MKTG 1102
OPMT 1110 Business Mathematics OPMT 1110
ORGB 1100 Organizational Behaviour ORGB 1105

Level 2 courses

Full-time Course Name Part-time Equivalent
BSYS 2070 Business Information Systems 2 for MKTG BSYS 2051
BUSA 2100 Principles of Management BUSA 2005
COMM 2200 Business Communication 2 COMM 2202 (or 2002) and COMM 2203 (or 2003)
ECON 2200 Macroeconomics ECON 2200
FMGT 2152 Accounting for Management FMGT 2152 or
both of FMGT 1100 and
FMGT 2100
MKTG 2202 Introduction to Marketing Communications MKTG 2203 and
MKTG 3322
MKTG 2243 Sales Skills MKTG 1219
OPMT 1130 Business Statistics OPMT 1197

Ready to submit your application? Apply now.

Option 2: Diploma or degree holders

Applications to level 3 only.

Submit the following with your online application:

Required courses:

Full-time Course Name Part-time Equivalent
BLAW 3100 Business Law BLAW 3100
BSYS 2070 Business Information Systems 2 for MKTG BSYS 2051
COMM 1100* Business Communication 1 COMM 1103 or
COMM 1106
COMM 2200* Business Communication 2 COMM 2202 (or 2002) and
COMM 2203 (or 2003)
FMGT 2152 Accounting for Management FMGT 2152 or
both of FMGT 1100 and
FMGT 2100
MKTG 1102 Essentials of Marketing MKTG 1102
MKTG 2202 Introduction to Marketing Communication MKTG 2203 and
MKTG 3322
MKTG 2243 Sales Skills MKTG 1219
OPMT 1110 Business Mathematics OPMT 1110
OPMT 1130 Business Statistics OPMT 1197

*Note: For accredited Canadian or US credentials, if you have achieved a bachelor’s degree the COMM 1100 and 2200 courses may be waived. If you have an associate degree or a diploma, COMM 1103 (or 1106) and COMM 2202 (or 2002) may be waived. Note that COMM 2203 (or 2003) will still be required.

Ready to submit your application? Apply now.

Option 3: Mature students

If you are a mature applicant, you may be eligible to complete an Advanced Placement and Prior Learning (APPL) assessment to qualify for direct entry to an advanced level of the program. Visit the SITE Centre to find out if you are eligible, and to learn more about the assessment process and associated fees.

Submit the following with your online application:

  • Proof of meeting all general entrance requirements
  • Approved Advanced Placement and Prior Learning (APPL) Assessment and APPL Approval Letter

Ready to submit your application? Apply now.

Option 4: School of Business diploma program transfer

If you are currently in a full-time BCIT School of Business diploma program and wish to transfer:

  1. Print the School of Business Program Change form [PDF].
  2. Make an appointment with the program heads to review your eligibility to transfer.
  3. If you are transferring to Level 3, you may be required to complete one or more bridging courses.
  4. Submit the following to BCIT Admissions:
    • Approved School of Business Program Change form
    • Completed Course-by-Course Self-Assessment form for your current program (found on your current program’s Advanced Placement page)
    • $16 program change fee

    Do not apply online.

Direct entry FAQs

  • When should I apply?


  • 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 transfer options?


  • You are requested to specify you program option preference(s). Option selection will be completed after current level 2 full-time student transfer requests are processed. Notification of option selection will take place in late June. If a seat is not available in your preferred option an alternate option may be assigned. Your requested option cannot be guaranteed at time of application.

  • 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.

To register for a Part-time Studies course, visit Register for Part-time Courses or contact Student Information and Enrolment Services.

Still have questions? Review the Admissions FAQ or contact Program Advising.

Additional options

Graduate Certificate in Business Administration

For students who have completed a bachelor’s degree, the BCIT Graduate Certificate in Business Administration is another viable option. This eight-month full-time program leads into a number of international MBA programs.

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: $775; Level 2: $500; Level 3: $700; Level 4: $600
(General estimated cost, subject to change)

Financial assistance

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

Courses

The courses in the BCIT Entrepreneurship diploma program are designed by entrepreneurs so you get practical-focused training to start and build your own business. You can also bring fresh ideas and entrepreneurial spirit to help grow an existing company. Some of the hands-on practice you'll get in this two-year program include a two-day-a-week practicum working with actual entrepreneurial ventures. Your classroom courses include studies of real-world, applicable issues like New Product and Service Development, Essentials of Marketing, Sales Skills, Internet Marketing Applications, and more.

Program matrix

Level 1 (15 weeks)
Credits
  BLAW 3100 Business Law 4.0
  BSYS 1000 Business Information Systems 3.0
  COMM 1100 Business Communication 1 3.0
  ECON 2100 Microeconomics 3.0
  MKTG 1102 Essentials of Marketing 3.0
  OPMT 1110 Business Mathematics 4.0
  ORGB 1100 Organizational Behaviour 3.0
 
Level 2 (20 weeks) Credits
  BSYS 2070 Business Information Systems 2 for MKTG* 2.0
  BUSA 2100 Principles of Management* 2.0
  COMM 2200 Business Communication 2 4.0
  ECON 2200 Macroeconomics 4.0
  FMGT 2152 Accounting for Management 5.5
  MKTG 2202 Introduction to Marketing Communications 4.0
  MKTG 2243 Sales Skills 4.0
  OPMT 1130 Business Statistics 5.5
* denotes a half-term course
 
Level 3 (15 weeks) Credits
  FMGT 3222 Managerial Finance (MKTG) 4.0
  MKTG 3301 Computer Applications in Marketing 3.0
  MKTG 3306 Business Planning Principles 4.0
  MKTG 3309 Marketing Research 4.0
  MKTG 3334 Advanced Sales and Negotiation 4.0
  MKTG 3345 New Venture Creation 4.0
 
Level 4 (20 weeks) Credits
  MKTG 3304 International Marketing 2.5
  MKTG 3338 New Product and Service Development 2.5
  MKTG 4407 Venture Development and Growth 2.5
  MKTG 4409 Entrepreneurial Skills Practicum* 6.0
  MKTG 4418 Business Consulting Projects 8.0
  MKTG 4431 Internet Marketing Applications 4.0
  MKTG 4437 Current Issues in Entrepreneurship* 2.0
  MKTG 4440 Business Environment* 2.0
  MKTG 4441 Business Strategy* 2.0
  OPMT 1176 Project Management* 2.0
*denotes a half-term course
 
Total Credits: 110.5

Note: This program is completing a curriculum assessment. Some courses may be revised, added or deleted during the academic year.

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

In BCIT's two-year Entrepreneurship diploma program, you'll first concentrate on developing a solid understanding of core business concepts that apply across fields and industries. This includes integrated marketing and communications for global and local markets, computer skills and internet marketing basics, business communications, technical sales, economics, business math, and accounting practices.

You'll not only learn from successful entrepreneurs, you'll build a solid business education foundation that will be applicable in all of your future endeavours.

A Closer Look at the Program

A typical week features at least 25 hours in class, and many hours spent working on assignments and projects outside of the classroom. The intense nature of the learning experience will help you develop the time-management and priority-setting skills that successful entrepreneurs need.

Lectures provide instruction in the principles of business and are delivered by instructors with real-world experience, teaching applied skills you can actually use when you graduate. Then, in lab sessions with 22 other students, you'll practice and master these skills, working directly with School of Business faculty whose priority is helping you learn by doing. You may be called upon to analyze what a one-person company should do to grow. Or you may be asked to convince other classmates to endorse your plan for a large company.

Teamwork is a core value in the School of Business, as it is in the business world. You'll work in teams in most of your courses. Team activity will help you get an early start on building the delegation, goal-setting and leadership skills you will need as an entrepreneur. Additionally, the groups established at BCIT are the start of your business network, providing you a legacy of contacts and support that lasts beyond graduation.

Presentations are a big part of classroom life. You will make formal presentations to industry clients in your practicum and project courses. Your lab sessions will often include more informal presentations in groups or by yourself. Practice at presenting your views will build confidence, help you learn to think on your feet, and develop public speaking skills.

You may also choose to expand your learning window at BCIT by playing a role in one of the many active campus student organizations, such as Enactus BCIT and the BCIT Marketing Association. Entrepreneurship students often play leading roles in these organizations to help build contacts and practice the key skills to succeed in their future entrepreneurial careers.

Program length

Two years, full-time

Grading

Continuation in the Marketing Management Program Year 2

In order to be eligible to continue into the second year of the marketing management program a student must have successfully completed all required first year courses or equivalencies.

  1. At the end of first year students failing: MKTG 2202, MKTG 2243 and/or any 3 or more courses not in Marketing, will not be allowed to proceed in the program. If students wish to re-enter the program they must complete the outstanding courses and re-apply to the program.

  2. At the end of the first year of the program, students having failed one course not in Marketing may continue in the program. Their program option will be held if the failed course is successfully completed at BCIT, 10 days prior to the next term start up. If they are completing the courses at another institution then the students must provide proof of registration for the outstanding course no later than 60 calendar days prior to the term start date. An official transcript with the final grade must also be submitted before acceptance into the program option is granted.

  3. Students having failed two courses not in Marketing may continue in the program but their program option seat will not be held. If the failed courses are successfully completed at BCIT before term start up, the student can re-apply to their preferred option. If completing the courses at another institution students must provide proof of registration for the outstanding course(s) no later than 60 calendar days prior to the term start date. An official transcript with the final grade(s) must also be submitted before acceptance into the program option is granted.

Students required to reapply for a program option seat in the Marketing Management Program will be competing for a limited number of seats available and are not guaranteed their first option choice.

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Continue your education

Marketing Management graduates can obtain transfer credit toward business degree programs at a number of universities both within and outside the province.

Graduates can also pursue degree completion through BCIT's Bachelor of Business Administration program.

Graduating & Jobs

Entrepreneurs are masters at adaptation and innovation and can find opportunity in almost any field. By being business generalists, graduates of the Entrepreneurship diploma can apply their training to everything from starting their own company to helping existing companies develop new business opportunities and strategies.

Graduates of the program are well rounded and flexible in their skills, giving them an ability to work in almost any industry for long-term job prospects, regardless of a certain industry's recession.

Some career opportunities for Entrepreneurship diploma grads include:
  • Starting your own business
  • Marketing Coordinator
  • Project Manager
  • Business Administrator
  • Sales Developer
  • Product Manager
Qualified graduates of the Entrepreneurship diploma program may also apply for acceptance into BCIT's existing Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree program. This program will ladder into the BBA program, which you can complete full-time in the day, or around your new career as part-time in the evenings.

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.

Business Consulting Project



A BCIT Business Consulting Project provides second year Entrepreneurship students the opportunity to work over a 16 week period with an organization to conduct extensive market research and prepare a marketing plan or business plan. 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 present an oral presentation to the sponsoring organization outlining the student team's marketing 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 complete list of past Business Consulting Projects students have completed in a wide variety of industries.

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

School of Business faculty are industry experts that treat teaching as their main mission. You will learn in the classroom directly from these experienced professionals - there are no teaching assistants.

The core courses in the program are taught to Entrepreneurship students by Rick Kroetsch and Brian Giffen, who have over 40 years of combined teaching experience in this field. Both faculty members have received the School of Business Teaching Excellence Award, and regularly work with new and growing ventures as advisors. We also maintain an active advisory committee to keep the program curriculum current with entrepreneurial trends.

Advisory committee

  • Bruce Anthony, BCIT Program Head
  • Danielle Wlson, BCIT Program Head
  • David Tikkanen, BCIT Program Head
  • Rick Kroetsch, BCIT Program Head
  • Bill Phillips, BCIT Faculty
  • Steve Buchan, Fusion CRM Product Development
  • Jeff Duncan, Meetingmax
  • Brian Mavrow, First West Credit Union
  • Robert Fawcett, Real Estate Council of BC
  • Jeremy Tiffin, Horizon Recruitment
  • Peter Barton, SAP
  • Greg Malpass, Traction on Demand

Contact Us

Rick Kroetsch
Program Head, Entrepreneurship
604-451-6766 | Rick_Kroetsch@bcit.ca

Dr. Vicky Roy
Associate Dean, Marketing Management
604-432-8760 | vroy3@bcit.ca

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