International Business Management Program (Postgraduate) (B411)

International Business Management
School of Management
St. James Campus
8 months (2 semesters)
September, January, May
Ontario College Graduate Certificate
The field of international trade can seem as large and complex as the world itself, encompassing disciplines such as strategic planning, law, finance, logistics and marketing. The International Business Management postgraduate program at George Brown College simplifies the complex field of international business with dynamic and interactive teaching methods, including case analysis and guest speakers.

Full Program Descriptions



The field of international trade can seem as large and complex as the world itself, encompassing disciplines such as strategic planning, law, finance, logistics and marketing. The International Business Management graduate certificate program at George Brown College simplifies this complex field with dynamic and interactive teaching methods, including case analysis and guest speakers.

The International Business Management graduate certificate program can also prepare students to pursue three industry designations/certifications in addition to the George Brown College graduate certificate if they choose to do so. These industry designations/certifications require additional exams and/or related work experience to qualify. Please check the official websites listed below to find the detailed requirements set by the granting bodies of these designations/certifications.

The three industry designations/certifications are:

  • Certified International Trade Professional (CITP) designation offered by FITT ( Please view equivalency course chart at and the educational partnership agreement on this page.
  • Certified Customs Specialist (CCS) designation offered by the Canadian Society of Customs Brokers (
  • Certificate in International Freight Forwarding (CIFFA), recognized and approved by the Federation of International Freight Forwarding Associations (

Note: The requirements for each designation/certification are set by the granting body, not George Brown College. In order to qualify for any of these designations/certifications, you need to follow the process listed on its website and meet all the requirements applicable to you.

Accredited Partnership with FITT

fitt logoGeorge Brown College has partnered with FITT (Forum for International Trade Training) to offer the FITTskills program. FITT is an international trade training and professional certification body. As the only organization of its kind in the world, FITT sets the standards and designs the training programs leading to the Certified International Trade Professional (CITP) designation. FITT’s quality training programs impart knowledge and practical skills that provide a competitive advantage to trade practitioners and elevate their position in world markets.


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Program Standards and Learning Outcomes  

Program standards apply to all similar programs of instruction offered by colleges across the province. Each program standard for a postsecondary program of instruction includes the following elements:

  • Vocational standard (the vocationally specific learning outcomes which apply to the program in question),
  • Essential employability skills (the essential employability skills learning outcomes which apply to all programs of instruction), and
  • General education requirement (the requirement for general education in postsecondary programs of instruction).

The vocational and essential employability skills components of program standards are expressed in terms of learning outcomes. Learning outcomes represent culminating demonstrations of learning and achievement. In addition, learning outcomes are interrelated and cannot be viewed in isolation of one another. As such, they should be viewed as a comprehensive whole. They describe performances that demonstrate that significant integrated learning by graduates of the program has been achieved and verified.

View standards and outcomes by program.

Source: Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities website

Course Outline

Required Courses 

In order to graduate, you need a total of 13 mandatory courses.


Course Code Courses (Mandatory) Pre-requisite
BUS 4021 International Trade Research None
BUS 4031 Global Entrepreneurship None
BUS 4032 International Trade Logistics None
BUS 4036 International Market Entry and Distribution None
BUS 4038 Intro to Freight Forwarding I None
BUS 4040 Customs procedures I None
BUS 4073 Career Planning None


Course Code Courses (Mandatory) Pre-requisite
BUS 4030 International Trade Law None
BUS 4034 International Trade Finance None
BUS 4035 International Marketing None
BUS 4037 International Trade Management None
BUS 4039 Intro to Freight Forwarding II BUS 4038
BUS 4041 Customs procedures II BUS 4040

Detailed course outlines

Careers and Post-Graduate Study Opportunities

Your Career 

Graduates of this program will be equipped to enter a wide range of positions across a broad spectrum of organizations involved in international business management, including:

  • procurement analyst
  • trading house assistant
  • junior supply chain specialist
  • freight forwarder assistant
  • customs entry rater

Future Study Options 

For further information on future study options, see

There are many pathways into the International Business Management Graduate Certificate B411 program including work, college programs and university programs. After graduating from the program, students can begin their career.

Tuition and Fees


$3,931.00 *

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 2014. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in fall 2015 and at later dates.

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

How to Qualify and Apply

Admission Requirements  

  • College Advanced Diploma (3-year) or University Degree or demonstrated experience.
English Proficiency

Applicants with international transcripts where English proficiency results are not supplied must test at the College level in the George Brown College English admissions assessment to be considered.

Please visit for more details.

Course Exemptions

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

International students

Visit the International Admissions page for more information.

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Student Success

Success Stories  

“One of the most important things I learned in the program is how to work effectively in groups, which is what happens in the real world. You rely on a team to accomplish everything. I just happen to rely on co-workers thousands of miles away, but it is the same idea.”

Stefano Pascucci (2008 graduate, International Business Management)

Contact Us

Contact Us  

Centre for Business

Phone: 416-415-5000, ext. 2160


Our office hours are 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

For more information, you may also visit or call the George Brown College Contact Centre at 416-415-2000 (TTY 1-877-515-5559) or long distance 1-800-265-2002.

Visit Our Campus  

On-campus information sessions are held on a regular basis. Come and have your questions answered. Learn about the program content and career options. Meet your friendly professors and staff. Experience what it is like to be in a George Brown College classroom. Sign up for an upcoming session.  
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.