Business Program (B125)

School of Management
St. James Campus
2 years (4 semesters)
September, January
Ontario College Diploma
The four-semester Business diploma program prepares students to carry out a variety of business functions within local, national and global settings. Graduates will have demonstrated a practical understanding of key principles and practices necessary for success in the field of business.

Full Program Descriptions


The four-semester Business diploma program prepares students to carry out a variety of business functions within local, national and global settings. Graduates will have demonstrated a practical understanding of key principles and practices necessary for success in the field of business.

Students who graduate from this program are prepared to work in diverse team settings and contribute to projects with practical presentation and research skills. They can use their functional knowledge in many areas of an organization to achieve strategies within cross-functional teams.

This learning experience will enable you to:

  • Use current concepts/systems and technologies to support an organization's business initiatives
  • Perform work in compliance with relevant statutes, regulations and business practices
  • Develop strategies for ongoing personal and professional develpment to enhance work performance in the business field
  • Apply principles of corporate sustainability, corporate social responsibility and ethics to support an organization's business initiatives

B125 - Photo of students

Part Time Study Options  

George Brown College also offers a variety of evening courses and part-time certificate programs in Business Administration. See the Continuing Education Course Guide at

Your Field Study Options 

Students have the option of earning a business elective credit with the Field Education Course (BUS 1067).

Program Standards and Learning Outcomes  

Each George Brown College certificate, diploma, advanced diploma and graduate certificate program is expected to deliver specific program learning outcomes. Program learning outcomes are statements that describe the knowledge and skills that students are expected to demonstrate by the end of their program of study. Programs are designed to deliver both vocation or discipline-specific learning outcomes and more generic essential employability skills (including communication, numeracy, critical thinking and problem solving, information management, interpersonal and personal skills).

In addition to the aforementioned learning outcome requirements, College programs are required to provide students with exposure to a breadth of learning beyond their vocational field, to increase their awareness of the society and culture in which they live and work. This breadth requirement is addressed through additional mandatory General Education courses in the program curriculum.

To see the relevant program learning outcomes for your specific program of study, please

Course Outline

Required Courses 

In order to graduate from the B125 program, you need to complete 27 courses:  23 Mandatory courses, 1 Business Elective or Field Education Courseand 3 General Education Electives.

Depending on the results of your placement tests, you may be required to take COMM 1003 (English Skills) or CESL 1003 (English Skills-ESL) before progressing to COMM 1007. Similarly, you may be required to take MATH1027 (Business Math with Remediation) before progressing to MATH 1008.  COMM1003/CESL 1003 and MATH 1027 do not count towards the 27 courses required for graduation, and you will be charged for these extra courses. Please speak to the Business Office staff if you need any assistance.

General Education Courses (Semester One, Two, Three, and Four):  You must complete 4 General Education courses (one per semester).  1 mandatory (“Successful Social Relations” - GHUM 1087) and 3 chosen from at least 2 of the following categories: Social Sciences (GSSC), Arts and Humanities (GHUM) or Science and Technology (GSCI).

You are required to make up any failed or dropped courses before you are eligible to graduate.  You can make up these courses during the day, and some are offered in the evening through Continuing Education.  Please check with the Business Office staff to ensure that the Continuing Education courses are equivalent to what is taught in the full-time program.  Note that some courses may not be offered in every semester. Our staff can assist you in any special timetable requirements you may have.

Printable Curriculum Planner 2016-2017pdf file


semester courses
Code Course Name Pre-requisite
BUS 1038 Business Concepts I NONE
COMM 1007 College English NONE
COMP 1010 Business Computer Applications I NONE
HRM 1008 Principles of HR Management NONE
MARK 1020 Principles of  Marketing I NONE
MATH 1008 Math for Business &  Management NONE
GHUM 1087 Successful Social Relations NONE


semester courses
Code Course Name Pre-requisite
ACCT 1036 Principles of Accounting NONE
BUS 1040 Project Management NONE
COMM 1034 Professional Communications I COMM 1007
COMP 1115 Business Computer Applications II COMP 1010
MATH 1095 Math for Business Management II MATH 1008
PSY 1129 Organizational Behaviour NONE
Select One General Education Elective


semester courses
Code Course Name Pre-requisite
ECON 1032 Macroeconomics NONE
MARK 1002 Professional Selling MARK 1020
MGMT 1018 International Business MARK 1020
MGMT 4009 Operations Management MATH 1095
STAT 1012 Business Statistics MATH 1095
STS 1037 Career Planning and Development NONE
Select One General Education Elective


semester courses
Code Course Name Pre-requisite
ACCT 2031 Managerial Accounting ACCT 1036
BUS 1041 Small Business Management BUS 1038
BUS 1044 Business Law NONE
BUS 1055 Logistics & Supply Chain Management MGMT 4009 & COMP 1115
Select One General Education Elective
Business Elective or Field Education Course

Detailed course outlines

List of General Education Electives


Other courses relating to this program
Code Course Name Pre-requisite
CMMK 1114 Business Research & Report Writing COMM 1034
CMMK 1127 The Business Media in Canada COMM 1034
CMMK 1156 Talking Business COMM 1034
COMP 1113 Principles of E-Business I COMP 1010
MGMT 2036 Customer Service MARK 1020
HRM 2027 Coaching for Effective Performance Management HRM 1008

Careers and Post-Graduate Study Opportunities

Your Career 

Graduates of the Business program find work in a broad range of employment settings in all sectors of business, including manufacturers, retailers, financial institutions, government offices, consulting firms and other large and small businesses. The program is general in nature and is designed to lead to a wide array of career opportunities, such as:

  • Customer Service Representative
  • Junior Business Analyst
  • Procurement Assistant
  • Project Planning Assistant
  • Scheduling Coordinator

Future Study Options 

This program has a pathway to the Business Administration B145/155 three-year advanced diploma program.

For information on future study options, see

There are many pathways into the Business Diploma B125 program including high school, work and other college or university programs. After graduating from the program, students can go on to work, or they can further their education through another certificate or degree at a college or university, or by entering the Business Administration Advanced Diploma Program.

Tuition and Fees


$3,445.00 *

Additional Cost 

* Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the first two semesters of programs starting in fall 2015. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in fall 2016 and at later dates.

International students: Visit the International Fees and Related Costs page for more information.

How to Qualify and Apply

Admission Requirements  

Applicants are selected on the basis of their academic achievement, including the required courses, and any other selection criteria outlined below.

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent**
  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • Grade 11 Math (M or U) or Grade 12 (C or U)

** Mature Student status (19 years of age or older)

Please note that George Brown is committed to ensuring that applicants will succeed in their program of choice and meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. Applicants may be required to have grades higher than the minimum requirements stated.

Course Exemptions

Some college and university credits may qualify you for exemptions. Please visit for more information.

English Proficiency

Proficiency in English communications is necessary for success in this program.

Applicants may be required to complete English testing to demonstrate proficiency.

Please visit for more details.

International students

Visit the International Admissions page for more information.

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Business (B125)

For inquiries related to this program (for example, course-specific information) please contact the Coordinator:
Tom Supra, Program Coordinator

Elizabeth Speers, Director, Centre for Business

George Brown College is continually striving to improve its programs and their delivery. The information contained in this calendar is subject to change without notice. It should not be viewed as a representation, offer or warranty. Students are responsible for verifying George Brown College admission, graduation, and fee requirements as well as any requirements of outside institutions, industry associations, or other bodies that may award additional designations concurrently with, or after completion of, a George Brown College program.