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International Business Management - Global Supply Chain

The BCIT International Business Management - Global Supply Chain diploma program focuses on developing international business strategies to effectively manage international supply chains. You will become experienced in international product sourcing, negotiating purchase agreements, and managing the transportation logistics of importing and exporting goods internationally. Graduates travel the world, negotiate trade agreements, and improve the flow of goods in and out of Canada and abroad. BCIT Global Supply Chain students learn to:
  • Source products in a global marketplace
  • Create transportation logistics strategies
  • Manage inventory levels
  • Conduct effective international negotiations
  • Build relationships with international partners

Business Consulting Project

Global Supply Chain students undertake a 10 week Business Consulting Project in their final term. Students work in groups of 2-3 and spend three days a week developing a solution to a real business problem for a company. The student teams collect and analyze data, create recommendations, and present their findings to company management.

Professional Designations

Graduates of the Global Supply Chain program can pursue additional career building opportunities. Graduates are eligible to enter the following professional designation programs:

Supply Chain Management Jobs & Careers

Graduates of the Global Supply Chain program have strong international business and supply chain management skills that will lead to a wide variety of local and international job opportunities.

Entry-Level Positions:
  • Logistics Analyst
  • Customs Broker Agent
  • Importer / Exporter
  • Shipping Coordinator
Mid-Level Positions:
  • International Business Advisor
  • International Trade Manager
  • Customs Manager
  • Transportation Manager

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

Check for current International Business Management program availability. Once accepted, your seat in the program will be reserved.

Please see our contact us page or review the BCIT Admisssions FAQ page if you can't find the information you are looking for.

Application processing

Open to applications beginning November 1st (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.

Read more about how to meet BCIT’s entrance requirements

Recommended for success

  • It is strongly recommended that you assess your fundamental mathematical skills. The Mathematics Self-Diagnostic Test [PDF] is voluntary. If you find these problems difficult, we strongly recommend that you attend OPMT 0199. You should be able to do this exercise in about an hour, after which you should compare your answers with the correct ones supplied. If you scored less than 20 out of 26 correct, you should seriously consider upgrading your mathematical skills.

Advanced Placement

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: if the number of applications exceeds available seats, 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

The two-year International Business Management program has a common first year and two streams in the second year.

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.


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

Books and supplies

Level 1: $845
Level 2: $870
Level 3: $770
Level 4: $520

(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.


After completing the International Business Management program, you will be able to:

  • Import and export in Canada and around the world
  • Conduct effective market research
  • Determine a new product's feasibility in a potential market
  • Evaluate alternative strategies to enter an international market
  • Select an appropriate transportation mode and carrier
  • Determine optimal transportation routing
  • Measure processes, and perform cost-benefit analyses
  • Choose suppliers to purchase and source raw materials or goods from
  • Manage inventory and supply chains
  • Increase the efficiency of a firm's logistics processes

To learn what specific skills you will learn on a course-by-course basis, see the list of INTT courses below.

Management Skills

In addition to the specific knowledge taught about international trade and transportation, students will learn project management, computing and business communication skills.

Major projects challenge students to develop their time management skills.  Business  graduates are known for their efficiency.

Group Work

Employers today are looking for people who work in teams just as well as they work individually. To meet this demand, the International Business Management program provides many opportunities for teamwork - far more than you'll find in a traditional university.

At the beginning of the program you will be assigned to a team of four to six students. During the first year, your team will work on projects together. In the second year, students are able to choose who they work with.

Below is a small sample of projects that students will complete during the program:

  • International Business - Country Report (Year 1, Level 2)
    Students will complete a comprehensive country report that analyzes the conditions for business in a chosen nation. This project gives students an understanding of areas to focus on when entering an international market.

  • Transportation Systems Project (Year 1, Level 2) For his CITT course project, students find a company in the transportation industry to analyze. The company must provide one of the five modes of transport: Road, Rail, Water, Air, or Pipeline. It is the first opportunity to interact off-campus with an industry client.

  • Mini-Industry Project (Year 2, Level 3)
    Students are given the opportunity to pick their team of two or three. Each team is given a faculty advisor from the International Business Management program. Skills are generated in this project to get students ready for the 4th level Industry Project.

  • Business Consulting Project (Year 2, Level 4)
    The final project students complete is the Industry Project. It is a practicum-like learning experience with an outside firm. Students will work at the company during fourth term, where they will be given the opportunity to solve real-world problems.

Program matrix

Level 1 (15 weeks) 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 1103 Introduction to Operations Management 3.0
  OPMT 1110 Business Mathematics* 4.0

* Note: During the first week of OPMT 1110 Business Mathematics, an assessment test will be administered to all students. Based on the outcome, students may be required to attend a weekly Business Math Success Workshop.

Level 2 (20 weeks) 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
  OPMT 1130 Business Statistics 5.5
  OPMT 1170 Project Management* 2.5
  ORGB 1100 Organizational Behaviour* 3.0
  TDMT 1150 Transportation Systems (CITT) 3.0
  TDMT 1353 International Business* 2.5
* denotes a half-term course
Level 3 (15 weeks) Credits
  FMGT 3550 Business Finance 1 3.0
  OPMT 2204 Business Process Improvement 3.0
  OPMT 3301 Quantitative Methods for Business 4.0
  TDMT 2203 Transportation Economics 4.0
  TDMT 2250 Logistics Processes (CITT) 4.0
  TDMT 3301 Logistics 1 4.0
  TDMT 3305 International Business Strategies 3.0
  TDMT 3402 Introduction to Projects 3.0
Level 4 (20 weeks) Credits
  BLAW 3311 Canadian Business Law 2.5
  BLAW 3411 International Business Law 2.5
  FMGT 4551 Business Finance 2 2.0
  FMGT 4552 International Finance 2.0
  OPMT 4441 Change Strategies 2.0
  OPMT 4460 Supply Chain Management - Supply 2.0
  TDMT 1410 Introduction to Canada Customs and NAFTA 2.0
  TDMT 1411 Compliance and Sustainability 2.0
  TDMT 4301 Logistics 2 2.5
  TDMT 4315 Intermodal Transportation 2.5
  TDMT 4320 Global Supply Chain Practices 2.0
  TDMT 4411 Business Consulting Projects 12.0
  TDMT 4415 Cross Cultural Negotiations 2.0
Total Credits: 125.0

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

Corporate connections

The International Business Management program is directly connected with the business world through faculty, community events, projects, and our graduates. We also have an advisory committee of 15 industry professionals on our Advisory Committee. Included on the Committee are the CEO of the 2010 Legacies, the Senior Logistics Manager of HBC, the President of Coast 2000 Terminals, and the President of Westward Shipping. This talent pool of expertise keeps the program curriculum current and applicable as well as providing students with a network of contacts.

We produce top-level, employable students who continually strive to reach new levels of personal and organizational performance. Graduates gain the key skills, attributes, and characteristics that employers want in their employees.

Connecting students with jobs is one of the program's advantages. The International Business Management program attracts many companies in the industry, in BCIT makes use of a hybrid style of learning, combining university and classroom approaches. Almost every class you take will have both lectures and labs.

  • Lectures are treated similarly to universities with generally 40 to 150 students in an auditorium or large classroom.
  • Lab sessions expand on lecture topics, but in a smaller group setting, which allows more interaction. This group is called your set.

The Set

The set system makes BCIT unique.

On the first day of school, you will be grouped with 20 to 25 other students, who will make up your set group for the year. Students of a set attend all classes together and form teams for group projects.

Lectures are simultaneously given to several sets, while labs include only the students in your set. This arrangement permits plenty of personal attention from instructors.

You will be able to further build your network by getting to know your classmates in this more personal setting. This enables students to enhance their communication skills, which is crucial to conducting international business.

Packaged Education

BCIT keeps things simple for you. We schedule your timetables, which allows you to take more classes in less time than other institutions, getting you to out into the field in just two years.

You will also notice how content from each course links with other courses thanks to our finely-tuned curriculum, which simultaneously teaches the related subjects in different courses. As you progress through the program, course content gets more specialized toward international trade and transportation. This complete business education is unique to BCIT.


The International Business Management program typically attracts students of various ages and cultures. An informal part of your education will be your day-to-day interaction with people from diverse backgrounds, which helps prepare you for a career in international business.

Program length

Two years, full-time


A number of industry certifications are available upon completion of the program. These include Canadian Institute of Traffic and Transport (CITT) and Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport - North America (CILTNA). In addition, other industry associations give credit for various subjects which allow for the achievement of additional professional designations shortly after receiving the International Business Management diploma.

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

The market for graduates from the program is growing all the time. Over the past 10 years, Canada’s exports have grown by 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. Learn more about Careers in the Supply Chain.

With the growth in imports and exports has come an increased demand for supporting infrastructures. Support services including transportation, logistics and customs brokerage have grown at an astounding rate. New ports and port expansions offer grads a host of opportunities today, tomorrow and for years to come.


  1. BCIT Diploma (Dip)
    BCIT's diplomas are highly respected by employers, giving you a major advantage in getting your career in international trade and transportation moving.

  2. Canadian Institute of Traffic and Transportation (CITT)
    Graduates of the INTT program simultaneously and automatically earn credit towards the CITT (CCLP) designation, indicating they are logistics professionals.

  3. Associated Member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (AMCILT)
    In addition to the above two designations, you will also earn your AMCILT designation from the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport North America (CILTNA) upon graduation, connecting you to another network of logistics and transportation professionals.

Further education

BCIT can take you further. After completing the diploma, you have many options to continue your education:

  • BCIT's Bachelor of Business Administration Degree (BBA)
    This degree program has part-time and full-time options, allowing you to complete it in as little as one year.

  • Block transfer credit is also available to the following institutions (please visit the BCIT's Transfer Credit page for further details):

    • Royal Roads University's Bachelor of Commerce in Entrepreneurial Management Degree (BCom). A two year block credit transfer allows this degree program to be completed in one year in Victoria, BC or two years online.

    • Thompson Rivers University's Open Learning Bachelor of Business Administration, or Bachelor of General Studies Degree (BBA/BGS). This degree program can be completed online. Up to 72 credits may be transferred to the BBA program, or up to 60 credits to the BGS program.

    • Lakehead University's Bachelor of Administration Degree (BAdmin). This degree program takes place in Thunder Bay, ON.

Job Opportunities

With the versatility of the International Trade and Transportation program, graduates find employment in a wide range of industries and careers. 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.

  • Customs Broker Agent

    A career where one "clears" customs barriers for importers and exporters. Custom Brokers prepare documents and/or electronic forms and calculate taxes, duties and excises. They also can assist with the communication between the importer/exporter and government authorities.
    Hired By
    Customs Brokerage firms

  • Transportation Manager

    A transportation manager manages freight transportation between suppliers and the distributor or customer. Planning and coordinating the movement and storage of goods are both key responsibilities. Transportation managers control the costs and schedules associated with transit times.
    Hired By
    Chain stores, or other large businesses that distribute large volumes of goods; government departments and agencies, and manufacturing companies.

  • Buyer/Purchasing Agent

    An individual that sources and purchases finished goods and materials as a consultant or for their employer. Transactions are generally for manufactured goods or raw materials. Buyers/Purchasers are required to travel the world to maintain and improve current business relationships and create new connections with suppliers.
    Hired By
    Large chain stores, government agencies, distribution firms, clothing manufacturers, or one can be self-employed (Entrepreneur).

  • Freight Forwarder Agent

    Also known as the travel agent for freight, the freight forwarder agent is an individual that arranges shipments with a common carrier. Most freight forwarders dispatch movements of freight to international destinations. Freight forwarders will purchase space on carrier shipment routes at a low price and sell it to small companies that require consolidated shipments.
    Hired By
    International and domestic freight forwarding companies

  • International Marketing Manager

    An individual that presents a good or service to an international market with the intention to establish demand conditions. Responsibilities can include market-entry strategies, product modification decisions, and advertising campaigns.
    Hired By
    Large companies that are in a global expansion phase (i.e. merchandising, manufacturing, etc.), and smaller companies that need a marketing consultant.

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 2013-2015 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2012-2014 graduates and for Degree 2010-2012 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.

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Advanced Placement

Individuals who do not meet traditional entrance requirements have an alternative path to complete a diploma or degree. The Direct Entry Option allows you to enter the second year of this diploma program if you meet one of the following options:
  • Minimum of seven years progressive work experience, including five years supervisory
  • Post-secondary courses plus over five years supervisory work experience
  • Diploma or degree from a recognized institution
  • International degree (subject to an evaluation by ICES)

APPL Assessment Process

To create your personalized education pathway complete the following Advanced Placement and Prior Learning (APPL) assessment application process.

Step 1: Before you apply, please have the following documents ready:
  • Detailed resume
  • A detailed letter of validation signed by current and/or previous employers confirming dates of employment, position(s), and job duties (may include a job description)
  • Post-secondary transcripts (if applicable)
  • Other certificates or training documents
  • Create a BCIT Student ID Number
Step 2: Apply for an Assessment.

Step 3: Pay Assessment Fee ($115)
  • Option One: Mail in assessment fee by cheque to the address below:
    British Columbia Institute of Technology
    SE16, Room 109, 3700 Willingdon Avenue
    Burnaby, BC V5G 3H2

  • Option Two: Call 604-456-8018 or 604-456-1197 to pay by credit card
Please note: Application will not be processed until the assessment fee has been received. Application processing time is four to six weeks.

By taking bridging courses in August, we can fast track you into the final year of the program. The full-time Business Operations Management program starts in September.

International Business Jobs

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Business Consulting Project

A BCIT Business Consulting Project provides second year International Business Management - Global Supply Chain students the opportunity to work over a 10 week period with an organization to solve an international 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 present an oral presentation to the sponsoring organization outlining the student team’s 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

Instructors of the International Business Management program have extensive industry experience. Many of them remain active in the industry by working as consultants.

Additionally, most program instructors are members of professional institutes and organizations that relate to the areas of study. These memberships allow instructors to remain current on new industry standards and offer fresh insight to students on recent developments.

Advisory committee

Corporate connections

The International Business Management program is directly connected with the business world through faculty, community events, projects, and our graduates.  We also have an advisory committee of 15 industry professionals on our Advisory Committee. Included on the Committee are the CEO of the 2010 Legacies, the Senior Logistics Manager of HBC, the President of Coast 2000 Terminals, and the President of Westward Shipping. This talent pool of expertise keeps the program curriculum current and applicable as well as providing students with a network of contacts. 

We produce top-level, employable students who continually strive to reach new levels of personal and organizational performance. Graduates gain the key skills, attributes, and characteristics that employers want in their employees.

Connecting students with jobs is one of the program's advantages. The International Business Management program attracts many companies in the industry, including several with personal connections to instructors. Our graduates are highly sought-after, and regularly recruited.

Current members of our advisory committee include:

  • Sean Greenhill, National Sales Manager - Taymor Industries
  • Bryan Price, Former Director, Business Development - Military, Mustang Survival
  • Brian Best, Director, Warehousing & Distribution - London Drugs Limited
  • Cindy Sonnenberg, VP Supply Chain, GM - Nutrabolics
  • Jack Heu, Operation Manager, Strategic Development - FLS Transportation Services Inc.
  • Randy Kahlon, Director, Sales and Business Development - ABC Recycling
  • Fazolah (Nima) Malayeri, Site Manager - Cardinal Healthcare
  • Wade Simmons, General Manager - Unitow Services
  • Rachael Radford, Director - OPTIS Consulting Network

Contact Us

Melissa Evans
Administrative Assistant
604-432-8385 |

Jackie Li
Program Head, International Business Management
604-451-6772 |

Contact a Program Advisor with the BCIT program name in the subject line if you have a question about:
  • Program selection and program planning
  • Applying for transfer credit and advanced placement
  • Job placement and graduate outcomes
  • Student life

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"The INTT (now International Business Management) program is well-recognized by industry as providing graduates with knowledge in international trade and transportation, as well as professional development and networking opportunities within the supply chain logistics community." Mike Au, Manager Supply Chain Services, Mountain Equipment Co-op


"BCIT's group interactions allow for real-life relationship building in a work like atmosphere. They give you a chance to learn beyond the classroom setting, and build stepping stones for the future through team projects." Danice Park, INTT Student (2006)