Graduate Certificate in Business

Graduate Certificate in Business

(formerly Graduate Certificate in Management)

Now available online and on a part-time basis!

Graduate Certificate in BusinessAn 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.

Develop a business skill set that is valued by the workplace

I became much more confident as the world of business was not as mystifying anymore and learned how to market myself better. I made excellent contacts with potential employers and got a job with an international company based in Sherbrooke.Jennie Savage, Clinical Case Officer at Global Excel



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Students who have not registered for a course for two years will be withdrawn from the program and will have to reapply shall they wish to pursue the program.

Students can expect to graduate with:

  • Business foundation: learn about the mindset of the different types of organizations (public, government, not-for-profit, cooperative, etc.) and the various roles of employees in these organizations.
  • Development of the self: enhance your business and interpersonal communication skills, discover your transferable skill set, and actively develop future career goals and expectations guided by professionals.
  • Meaningful networking competencies: develop the networks that you need to help you attain your goals.

Program strengths:

  • Small class size allows for more interaction with professors and classmates.
  • The format allows students to hold a job at the same time.
  • Hands-on learning experience, real-world assignments, etc.
  • Helps choosing a Master’s program in a business field, if so desired.
  • Opportunity to improve spoken and written English.
  • The program takes a year to complete.

Contact Information

Dr. Francine Turmel Full Professor – Dean of the Williams School of Business Williams School of Business
Phone: 819-822-9600 ext. 2622

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Professors Wang, Fortier, Reid, Palmer and Turmel.
Front row: Professors Fortier and Turmel Back row: Professors Wang, Palmer and Reid


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.

Marketing Fundamentals (3 credits)

Management Fundamentals (3 credits)

Understanding Financial Information (3 credits)


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.

Building Your Leadership and Interpersonal Skill Set (3 credits)


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.

Networking (3 credits)

Contact Information

Dr. Francine Turmel Full Professor – Dean of the Williams School of Business Williams School of Business
Phone: 819-822-9600 ext. 2622

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Admission & Fees

Admission & Fees

Admission requirements

  • Undergraduate degree in a field other than business from a recognized university.
  • Minimal academic average of 70%.
  • A Proof of English proficiency. Consult the English Language Proficiency Requirements document to determine what, if any, supplementary documents you must provided.
  • No business experience necessary.

Application deadline

The application deadlines are as follows:

  • Fall semester – EXTENDED DEADLINE June 1, 2019
  • Winter semester – November 1, 2019

Admission Procedure

The online application form must be completed.

  1. The following documents need to be included with the application form:
    • Your most recent university transcript
    • Proof of English proficiency (if applicable)
  2. A $65 non-refundable application fee will need to be paid at the time of application.

Application Form

For any additional questions regarding the admission process, please email the WSB Dean at


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.

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.


What are the key differences between a GCB and a MBA program?

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.

How can the GCB help me for career reorientation?

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.

What do you mean by “Employability Skills”?

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.

These are:

  • Fundamental Skills: the skills needed as a basis for further development. You will be better prepared to progress in the world of work when you can communicate, manage information, use numbers, think and solve problems;
  • Personal Management Skills: the personal skills, attitudes, and behaviours that drive one’s potential for growth. You will be able to offer yourself greater possibilities for achievement when you can demonstrate positive attitudes and behaviours, be responsible, be adaptable, learn continuously and work safely.
  • Teamwork Skills: the skills and attributes needed to contribute productively. You will be better prepared to add value to the outcomes of a task, project, or team when you can work with others, participate in projects and tasks, and lead a team.

To learn more about these skills, please refer to The Conference Board of Canada’s website.

Is there any value in doing a MBA program if I do the GCB program?

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.

Is there any value in doing a master’s program in business if I do the GCB?

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.

What is the difference between the GCB and the Minor in Business Administration or in Entrepreneurship?

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.

What are the skills that companies are looking for?

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.

Will the tuition fees be higher since it is a graduate program?

As per government regulation, the tuition fees are the same as for an undergraduate program.

As an international student, do I need a visa and CAQ?

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.

Are there any accommodations for students coming in from out of town?

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.