About

The Certificate in Business (CBUS) is an eight-course program that 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 Edwards 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 Edwards School of Business offers a Bachelor in Commerce with majors in: AccountingFinanceHuman ResourcesManagementMarketing, and Supply Chain Management.


 

What you will learn

Whether you are a recent high school graduate, current university student, or a working professional, this degree-level certificate provides an introduction to business and strategy.

Set yourself apart when applying for jobs and expand your knowledge of accounting, human resources, marketing, and concepts commonly encountered in business. Develop the critical and creative thinking skills needed to become an effective decision maker.

Benefits of the Edwards Certificate in Business include:

  • increased knowledge and skills to be successful in professional business environments
  • opportunities to become a more innovative thinker, a creative problem-solver, an effective contributor, and a team leader a diverse classroom environment
  • complete full-time program in as little as ten months (part-time option also available)
  • degree-level certificate with option to transfer to B.Comm. program upon successful completion

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 204.3: Introduction to Marketing

Introduction to the marketing concept in business. Business activities are analyzed from the point of view of recognition, stimulation and satisfaction of consumer demand.

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.

The Edwards School of Business is just the right size. We offer exemplary students an AACSB-accredited education in a welcoming classroom environment. Our classes facilitate learning and interaction with faculty and other students. Situated on Treaty 6 Territory and the Homeland of the Métis, the Edwards School of Business provides social and professional activities business students crave.

At Edwards, we have a dedicated academic and career services student advisory team which means you can book an appointment to see an advisor within a day (using our online booking system).

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 2021
April 1, 2021
Summer
July 2021
May 1, 2021
Fall
September 2021
August 1, 2021

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.
  • A written submission demonstrating capacity to undertake university-level studies
  • Transcripts of any secondary or post-secondary coursework
  • Copies of supporting documents covering any non-credit programs completed

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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