About

The Certificate in Business will provide you with the knowledge and skills to be successful in professional business environments. You will be introduced to business foundations and will have opportunities to become a more innovative thinker, a creative problem-solver, an effective contributor and a team leader.

Quick facts
  • Two-year certificate
  • Full or part-time program
  • You can enter this program directly from high school

This certificate is offered by the University of Saskatchewan's Edward’s School of Business. You may earn the certificate on its own, while pursuing a degree, or after graduating university.

If you are interested in pursuing a degree in business, the Edward’s School of Business offers a Bachelor in Commerce with majors in: AccountingFinanceHuman ResourcesManagementMarketing, and Operations Management


 

What you will learn

You will learn both individually and through collaborative group projects to:

  • understand business foundations, management roles and acquire skills to work in a variety of professional settings
  • gain valuable communication, research and technological skills that will empower you to develop business strategies and communicate your ideas effectively and persuasively
  • understand strategic management within ethical frameworks to help recognize and value the impact that certain forces have in organizational decision making
  • collaborate with other students, who have different academic backgrounds, who think differently than you, which will enhance your understanding and value of diverse perspectives
  • have opportunities to apply what you’ve learned in your course work to develop and pitch a business strategy for a real-life business problem

Requirements (18 Credit Units)

  • COMM 101 ­– Introduction to Business
  • COMM 105 ­– Introduction to Organizational Behaviour
  • COMM 201 ­– Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • COMM 204 ­– Introduction to Marketing
  • COMM 306 ­– Ethics and Strategic Decision Making (Capstone)
  • COMM 401 ­– Business Strategy (Capstone)

Electives (6 Credit Units)

  • COMM 203 ­– Introduction to Finance
  • COMM 205 ­– Introduction to Operations Management
  • COMM 210 ­– Introduction to Management Accounting
  • COMM 211 ­– Human Resource Management
  • COMM 304 ­– Introduction to Business Law
  • COMM 340 ­– Introduction to International Business
  • COMM 345 ­– Business and Public Policy
  • COMM 347 ­– Aboriginal Business in Canada
  • COMM 348 ­– Leadership
  • senior-level COMM electives approved at the discretion of the Edwards School of Business
  • senior-level electives from other Colleges approved at the discretion of the Edwards School of Business

The Course and Program Catalogue has the complete and official listing of required classes and their descriptions for this program. 

COMM 205.3: Introduction to Operations Management

Introduces students to concepts and decision-making techniques used in the design, planning, execution, control, and improvement of operations of world-class manufacturing and service companies. It begins with introductory issues such as operations strategy and forecasting, continue with design topics such as product design, capacity planning, process design, facility layout, work design, and location planning, then covers quality management and control, and finally ends with planning decisions such as inventory management, aggregate planning, material requirements planning, just-in-time systems, scheduling, and supply chain management. Time permitting, project management and waiting line management may be covered too.

COMM 306.3: Ethics and Strategic Decision Making

Decision making in contemporary organizations is simultaneously impacted by complex internal and external forces—in both the private and public sectors—across the local, provincial, national and increasingly international levels. This course introduces students to strategic management and ethical frameworks that will assist them in understanding the impact these forces have upon organizational decision making.

COMM 401.3: Business Strategy

An integrative course which focuses on the functions and responsibilities of senior management. Deals with the concept of organizational strategy and how it is formulated, developed and implemented in real-life situations.

Our internationally-recognized faculty are extensively involved in partnerships for research, teaching and community engagement. We forge mutually-beneficial relationships with non-profits, small businesses, entrepreneurial start-ups, corporations and public sector organizations and collaborate with researchers from around the world.

We value experiential learning and provide opportunities for our students to gain real-world and applicable experience that is not always gained in traditional classroom. We offer a variety of experiential learning classes and initiatives so our students can reach their full potential by learning beyond the classroom.

Careers

Business skills are in high demand for a wide-range of occupations. Your specialized knowledge and additional business credential which will be advantageous when seeking careers in many professions, including:

  • finance and administration
  • management
  • project management
  • consulting
  • event planning
  • business ownership/entrepreneurship

This certificate will also benefit anyone who is considering related graduate programs.

You should consult with an academic advisor in the college when you begin your studies to further discuss your program options and goals.

Tuition estimates

Canadian students
Tuition $848 per class
Fees $470 per year (for part-time)

Tuition will vary depending  on the type and number of classes you take in a year (2019-2020 rates).
Fees are used to fund specific student benefits, including a bus pass, recreational programs and fitness centre access.
The cost of books and supplies varies widely depending on the courses you choose. It is recommended that you budget between $100-$200 per class.

Admission requirements and deadlines

Deadlines

Start term Deadline
Spring
May 2019
April 1, 2019
Summer
July 2019
May 1, 2019
Fall
Sep. 2019
August 1, 2019

Requirements

High School Admission (receive less than 18 credit units of transferable post-secondary)

  • Grade 12 standing or equivalent
  • Successful completion of Foundations of Mathematics 30 or Pre-Calculus 30 is recommended, but not required. Students intending on transferring to the B.Comm. program will need to meet B.Comm. admission requirements
  • Required grade averageHigh school students or graduates require a minimum admission average of 70%. Learn how we calculate your admission average.
  • English proficiency. If your first language is not English, you may have to prove proficiency in English before admission.

Transfer Admission - Post-secondary (if you receive 18 credit units or more transferable post- secondary)

  • Successful completion of Foundations of Mathematics 30 or Pre-Calculus 30 (or university-level equivalent) is recommended, but not required. Students intending on transferring to the B.Comm. program will need to meet B.Comm. admission requirements
  • Meet the minimum university transfer entrance average of 60%
  • English proficiency. If your first language is not English, you may have to prove proficiency in English before admission.

Mature Admission

  • Applicants must be 21 years of age by the first day of classes
  • Less than 18 credit units of transferable university-level course work
  • English proficiency. If your first language is not English, you may have to prove proficiency in English before admission
  • Applicants applying for mature admission will be required to submit a résumé and cover letter.

Learn more about mature admission.

Ready to apply?

A non-refundable application fee of $90 CDN is required before your application will be processed.

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