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Global Studies Option Part-time Diploma 703bdipma


Fall 2020 Delivery Mode: ONLINE

  • This program will be delivered online for the Fall semester.
  • Your education is our priority and we will continue to deliver the applied instruction, collaborative experience, and industry connections that you expect from BCIT.

The BCIT Business Administration diploma is ideal for students seeking choice and flexibility when it comes to starting or advancing their career. Complete your diploma at your own pace by attending evening or weekend classes at BCIT’s Burnaby or downtown Vancouver campuses, or studying as an online learner. Part-time courses are scheduled throughout the year for maximum flexibility.

Please note that a BCIT School of Business associate certificate (or equivalent) with a minimum 21.0 credits and 65% GPA is required for program entry.

Once you have earned your diploma, you can continue on and complete our BBA program in as little as one year (three terms).

Business Administration (Global Studies Option)

International business is the cornerstone of a globalized business world. Students with training in international business practices and experience are able to work successfully in companies that engage in international trade. The opportunity to get that experience is available through the School of Business Diploma in Business Administration (Global Studies) which is offered in partnership with post-secondary institutions worldwide. BCIT has already established international student exchange agreements with 15 institutions in 13 countries across Europe, Africa and Asia. This diploma provides a formal framework and a credential for students completing their business studies at our exchange partner schools or through participation in our International Summer Field Schools.

Program Entry

Application processing

Applications are accepted throughout the year.

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 comprehensive evaluation of their credentials by the International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES). Credential evaluation reports from other Canadian services may be considered. These reports must include course-by-course evaluations and GPA calculations.

Read more about how to meet BCIT’s entrance requirements

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.

Transfer Credit

Transfer credit maximum

BCIT may award credit for courses, programs or prior learning assessment recognition (PLAR) completed at BCIT or other institutions towards a BCIT credential. However, BCIT policy allows only a maximum of 50 percent of an additional credential’s credits to be awarded through previously earned credits.

Students entering this program may have previously completed a number of courses in the program matrix that exceeds the 50 percent transfer maximum. In this case, the program head will determine alternative courses to satisfy the program requirements.

*Program credit requirements are subject to change.

Course to course transfers

If you have taken an equivalent course to a BCIT course in the program matrix, apply for transfer credit by submitting a Course Credit Exemption form [PDF].

View the Transfer Credit Guide for approved courses. You can apply for courses not listed in the guide, but you must provide English language course documentation (e.g., a course outline).

Decisions regarding course equivalency are made by subject matter experts. The program head does not determine course equivalency.

Transfer credit to open electives

If you wish to use a course taken at another institution as an open elective, submit a Course Credit Exemption form [PDF] to apply for transfer credit.

The rules for open electives are relaxed. Courses transferable to open electives can have been taken many years ago and need not be in a business subject to qualify.

The program head will determine the eligibility of courses for open electives as well as the number of credits and tier of the transfer.

Please note that external courses transferred to Tier 2 must have a prerequisite. For example, Chemistry 200 can be transferred as a Tier 2 course so long as the course outline lists Chemistry 100 as a prerequisite.

Apply to program

To submit your application:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements.
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files.
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee.
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Scheduled intakes

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


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 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 Part-time Studies Tuition & Fees page for information on part-time tuition fees.

Financial assistance

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


Please note: part-time programs and courses are open enrolment and although we make every effort to accommodate demand, course registration cannot be guaranteed in every semester. High demand courses fill quickly and may result in students unable to register for a course that semester. Courses may also be cancelled due to low enrolment.

Program delivery

This program is offered on a course-by-course basis, allowing you the flexibility to complete courses in any order, provided prerequisites are met. Please note that some courses are offered only once or twice per year.

In-class delivery is available for most courses in the program, and some courses are also offered online.

In-class courses usually total 36 hours of classroom time delivered over 12 sessions. Students should plan for one to two hours of independent study time for each hour in class.

Online courses are typically 12 weeks long. Students should plan to spend an average of seven to ten hours per week on their studies for each course.

Course classification

Courses in the Business Administration program are classified as follows:

  • Tier 1: Post-secondary courses without prerequisite courses. These are usually introductory level courses.

  • Tier 2: Post-secondary courses that have prerequisite courses or are advanced beyond the introductory level.

  • Capstone: Courses must be taken with program head approval after completing 90.0 program credits. Students must maintain a 65 percent GPA to take these courses.

View the Course Tier Guide [PDF] for a list of Tier 1 and 2 courses. Classification of courses not listed must be approved by the program head.

Advanced course requirements

Students must complete sufficiently advanced courses to meet program requirements. A minimum of 62.0 credits in this program must be Tier 2 or Capstone credits.

Take care when selecting your elective courses to ensure that you will meet the Tier 2 credit requirement.

Learn more about this program's structure

Program matrix

Check current availability of courses for this program.

1. Business Administration Required Core Courses (75.5 credits) Credits
Tier 1:
  BLAW 3100 Business Law 4.0
  BSYS 1001 Business Information Systems 1 - Office 2016 3.0
  BUSA 2005 Principles of Management 4.0
  COMM 1103 Introduction to Business and Technical Communication 3.0
  ECON 2100 Microeconomics 3.0
  ECON 2200 Macroeconomics 4.0
  FMGT 1100 Accounting 1 4.0
  MKTG 1102 Essentials of Marketing 3.0
  OPMT 1110 Business Mathematics 4.0
  OPMT 1197 Statistics for Business and Industry 4.5
  ORGB 1105 Organizational Behaviour 4.0
Tier 2:
  BSYS 2051 Introduction to Business Data Analytics with MS Excel 2016 for Windows 3.0
  COMM 2202 Business and Technical Correspondence 3.0
  COMM 2203 Business and Technical Reports 3.0
  FMGT 2100 Accounting 2 5.5
  FMGT 3224 Managerial Accounting (OPMT) 4.0
  FMGT 3555 Finance for Business Management 4.5
  BUSA 4800 Management Policy 4.0
  BUSA 4950 Business Consulting Projects for Part-time Studies 8.0
2. Global Studies Required Courses (9.0 credits) Credits
Tier 1:
  OPMT 1198 Operations Management Fundamentals 3.0
  TDMT 1104 International Trade 1 3.0
  BUSA 4705 Leading People and Teams Across Cultures 4.0
  COMM 1117 Introduction to Intercultural Business Communication & Workplace Diversity 3.0
  COMM 7100 Intercultural Communication Competency and Diversity Awareness for Professionals 3.0
3. Discipline Preparation (9.0 credits)
Complete a minimum of 9.0 credits* of discipline specialized courses to ensure you are prepared for study abroad. Courses may be additional business courses in a relevant topic or non-business courses relevant to the exchange. Courses may be taken at BCIT or at other BC post secondary institutions. Courses must be approved in advance by the School of Business International Programs Coordinator.

*At least 3.0 of these credits must be Tier 2.
4. International Exchange (12.0 credits)
A minimum of 12.0 credits must be taken at a School of Business international partner university abroad. These credits may correspond to four or more courses, depending on the credit calculation of each international partner institution. The International Program Coordinator will guide students through course selection so that students are able to customize their learning experience, in their area of interest and prepare a meaningful learning path.
5. Open Electives (12.0 credits)
Complete a minimum of 12.0 credits of additional business and/or non-business electives.
Total Credits: 117.5

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

Program length

The maximum time to complete the program is seven years.

Upon completing the prerequisite associate certificate, students typically complete the part-time diploma program within three to five years. Courses are offered three times per year to coincide with the Part-time Studies terms:

Winter term January - April
Spring term April - June/July
Fall term September - December

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Downtown Campus
555 Seymour Street
Vancouver, BC

Many courses are also offered through distance and online learning.

Program structure

The Global Studies Option is made up of five components: core courses, global studies required courses, discipline preparation, international exchange, and open electives. Each component requires Tier 1, Tier 2 and/or Capstone credits as outlined below.

Component Tier 1 Tier 2 Capstone Total credits
1. Core courses 40.5 23.0 12.0 75.5
2. Global studies required 9.0     9.0
3. Discipline preparation 6.0 (max) 3.0 (min)*   9.0
4. International exchange   12.0*   12.0
5. Open electives   12.0*   12.0
Total credits 55.5 50.0 12.0 117.5

*Students must complete a total of 27.0 Tier 2 credits in their option courses.

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Continue your education

Degree Completion

Business Administration diploma graduates may pursue degree completion through BCIT's Bachelor of Business Administration program. In addition, graduates may be granted transfer credit towards business degree programs at a number of universities both within and outside the province.

Graduating & Jobs

Job Opportunities

The market for graduates with international experience and training is growing all the time. Over the past 10 years, Canada’s exports have grown approximately 58%, our imports by 63%. As they have grown, so has the demand for competent employees that are skilled in the activities associated with this new breed of global company. In British Columbia alone, there are over 2,800 companies that export their commodities around the globe.

Graduates may be employed in any economic sector in which international markets play a role in the firm’s success. Career opportunities occur in marketing, finance, and management with firms such as trading houses, importers and exporters, customs brokers, freight forwarders, and transportation providers.

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

If you have questions about:

  • Applying to your program
  • Course selection and program planning
  • Applying for transfer credit and advanced placement
  • Laddering options
  • Job placement and graduate outcomes
  • Student life

Contact with the BCIT program name in the subject line.

For all other inquiries, please contact:

Pierre Matthee
Program Head

Kim Petkov
Program Assistant

For Study Abroad/Exchange component of your program, please contact:

Mark Nakamura
International Programs Advisor
604-412-7486 |
Office location: SE6-210

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