Business Administration (Grad. Cert.)

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Why pursue a Graduate Certificate in Business Administration?

The Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (30 credits) and the Graduate Certificate in Business Administration (15 credits) provide students with core knowledge and sound grounding in business administration theory and practice. Through the GDBA and GCBA, students acquire a set of basic competencies required for careers in all types of organizations, in either business or social sectors. More specifically, graduates will be able to:

  • understand an organization’s social, economic and business environments
  • understand financial and non-financial performance data in decision-making
  • communicate effectively within an organizational context
  • interact effectively with peers

Applicants must possess a Bachelor's degree with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.70 on a scale of 4.30, or equivalent. Applicants are also required to submit a Statement of Purpose and two letters of recommendation.

Proficiency in English. Applicants whose primary language is not English must demonstrate that their knowledge of English is sufficient to pursue graduate studies in their chosen field. Please refer to the Graduate Admission page for further information on the Language Proficiency requirements and exemptions.

  1. Courses. All students are required to complete four core courses (12 credits) and one elective (3 credits).
  1. $100 (CAD) Application Fee
  2. Application Form
  3. Statement of Purpose Applicants must provide a Statement of Purpose indicating their reason for choosing the GDBA, GCBA or GCQBS program, their career goals, and how the program will contribute to achieving those goals. Statement of Purpose should be approximately 500 words in length.
  4. Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  5. Two Letters of Reference Applicants must include two names and email addresses of academic or professional references who can attest to their prior performance and appropriateness of the GDBA program and potential for career growth in the program: When completing your application online, you will be required to enter your referees’ names, affiliated institutions and email addresses (college/university or company mail). Your referees will then receive an email inviting them to complete an electronic assessment form and attach their letter of reference. It is your responsibility to follow-up with your referees to confirm they received this mail from You are strongly encouraged to submit your application before your program’s application deadline in order to give your referees sufficient time to provide their assessment and letter of reference.
  6. Official TranscriptsPlease upload unofficial copies of transcripts, from all previous educational institutions, when you apply to Concordia because it speeds up the review of your application. If you are currently enrolled in school: Submit the results of previous terms and a list of your current courses Include mid-year grades if they're availableUploaded transcripts, however, are not official transcripts. Official transcripts are documents sent directly from an institution to our Admissions Application Centre. Unless otherwise specified, we request official transcripts only once you are admitted.
  7. Official English Proficiency TestA student whose primary language is not English must write a pre-admissions English proficiency test (TOEFL iBT minimum score 95 or IELTS (Academic) minimum score 7.0), if not exempted as indicated below. Test results must be reported directly to the Admissions Application Centre by the test centre. Results more than two years old will not be accepted as proof of language proficiency
  8. Proof of Canadian Citizenship, Permanent Residence, or Refugee Status (where applicable) Where applicable, applicants must include a certified copy of their birth certificate, Permanent Resident card, Canadian Citizen Card, or Refugee Status papers. International students must include a copy of their current passport.

Important information about admissions

Please be advised that Concordia University does not process admissions or fee payments through third parties for our degree programs. All applicants are advised to ensure that they are communicating directly with the university for admissions and fee payments.

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