- Office: HAM 213
(formerly Graduate Certificate in Management)
Now available online and on a part-time basis!
An English graduate in Real Estate. A Chemistry graduate in Marketing. A Math graduate in Finance. Non-business graduates have a place in the business world, but struggle to find it.
This program is particularly helpful for recent graduates in a field other than business to develop the employability skills they need to get their first job. It is also very helpful for more mature graduates who wish to reorient their career.
With a better understanding of how organizations work, students will be able to understand how the competencies they have acquired in their undergraduate degree or past career could contribute to a particular organization. They will set career goals that better match their capabilities, be more efficient in their job search and be more convincing in interviews.
“I have developed a competency in doing interviews from my past in sociology and could complement your marketing team by interviewing customers and helping you understand their needs! I’m a perfect fit for your organization!”
This is a 15 credits program delivered entirely online with a blend of synchronous and asynchronous pedagogical activities.
It is offered on a part-time basis with two courses in the Fall (BMG 560 and BMG 563), two courses in the Winter (BAC 510 and BMK 580) and one course in the Spring (BMK 581) semesters.
Students have the possibility of completing the program within a year, but can also spread the courses over a longer period.
Students who have not registered for a course for two years will be withdrawn from the program and will have to reapply shall they wish to pursue the program.
The program is three-fold. Students first need to understand the nature of the workplace, build the required skill set and strategically prepare their entry to the workplace.
This portion of the program introduces students to the basic functions of all organizations. Whether the organization is a museum, a public service entity, a cooperative, a charitable organization or a profit-oriented company, it always has limited resources and must manage them with efficiency and a sense of purpose.
This portion of the program introduces students to the impact that individuals, groups, and structure have on behavior within organizations, and what behavior is expected of them in the workplace.
This last portion of the program is customized according to the student projects. Having identified their skills, the positions and functions they can contribute to, they will now apply key concepts of marketing to themselves and form the various types of networks that they need to bridge from their area of interest/passion through to the market.
The application deadlines are as follows:
The online application form must be completed.
For any additional questions regarding the admission process, please email the WSB Dean at email@example.com.
When accepting their offer, students will be asked to pay a confirmation fee deposit of $350 via credit card (MasterCard or Visa accepted) by June 1 for the Fall semester and December 1 for the Winter semester. The deposit will then be applied against the student’s tuition fees.
The structure of the tuition fees for graduate programs is the same as for undergraduate programs. Please refer to the Tuition and Fees section of our website.
MBAs generally have 45 credits or more, and take between 2 and 7 years to complete, depending if done on a full-time or a part-time basis. In comparison, the GCB has 15 credits and can be done in 4 months. This shorter period is particularly interesting to people who are considering a career reorientation and don’t want to invest or wait so much.
MBAs are also degrees for people who have been working for a while – most MBAs require 2-3 years of experience in a manager position. The MBA builds off work experience in business. The GCB aims to help you get that relevant work experience, by giving you the tools to stand out and get that job in business. In other words, the GCB gets your foot in the door, while the MBA opens it wider.
Being at a career crossroads can be exciting, but it can also be very confusing. This program will help you do an inventory of your skills and talents, and define where you want to go. The team of instructors include a career counselor and experienced professors. They will help you hone your employability skills, define what you should aim at and help you make a plan for getting there. The course on networking will help you make valuable connections with people who work either in your field or in your ideal job and provide unique insight into the role.
According to The Conference Board of Canada, these are the skills you need to enter, stay in, and progress in the workplace – whether you work on your own or as part of a team.
To learn more about these skills, please refer to The Conference Board of Canada’s website.
Sure and we hope you will consider doing an MBA program in the future. The GCB will enable you to get better entry positions. After a few years of relevant working experience and promotions, you may want to consider the MBA program to add the needed competencies to get you to the middle or senior management level. We encourage you not to rush to MBA programs after completing the GCB even if some universities may be ready to admit you. Remember that MBA builds on your management experience and the more you get, the better value you will get from your MBA.
Yes! Master’s programs offer specialization in a field, such as Marketing, Human Resources, Finance, Management, etc. The GCB provides an overview of these specialties, and if one in particular inspires you, you may want to pursue with a specialized Master’s. The GCB helps you make an informed choice, as well as giving you an additional edge on your application.
There is a lot of overlap between the GCB and the two minors. Essentially, a minor enables you to learn business skills at the same time as you get your main degree, while the GCB enables you to focus on your main interest, and earn the business skills afterwards. The benefit of the GCB is that you develop your business skills once you have developed a better understanding of yourself, your abilities, and your passions.
In the Bloomberg Recruiter Report, 1,320 job recruiters at more than 600 companies were asked about the skills that are in short supply. These skills are communication, strategic thinking, leadership and creative problem-solving skills. We believe that these skills are not missing, but rather, that graduates are not aware of the skills they have and are lacking knowledge to fit into a business context. This program helps student to showcase their skills for different contexts.
As per government regulation, the tuition fees are the same as for an undergraduate program.
Since the Graduate Certificate in Business is offered online and it doesn’t have a requirement for students to spend time in a classroom in Canada or at an AU partner university, a Study Permit from Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and the Quebec Certificate of Authorization to study in Quebec – CAQ are not required.
Yes. Bishop’s University is a residence type university. Rooms on campus are available for rent for the duration of the program. Please visit our Residence Life website for more information.