Business Administration Program (B145)

Business Administration
School of Management
St. James Campus
3 years (6 semesters)
September, January
Ontario College Advanced Diploma
The Business Administration program at George Brown College in Toronto is designed to offer the widest range of possible career choices and opportunities in a variety of business disciplines. Graduates are prepared to work in diverse team settings and lead projects with relevant and practical skills.

Full Program Descriptions


The Business Administration advanced diploma is designed to offer the widest range of possible career choices and opportunities in a variety of business disciplines. Graduates are prepared to work in diverse team settings and lead projects with relevant and practical skills.

This learning experience will enable you to:

  • Conduct and present research to support business decision making
  • Assess and use current concepts/systems and technologies to support an organization's business initiatives
  • Develop a business plan to formulate the strategic direction of an organization
  • Apply human resource practices to support management objectives and the organization's goals
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Part Time Study Options  

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

Your Field Education Options 

This program (B145) is also offered with work experience. Students who wish to apply for Business Administration with Work Experience should apply to B155.

In addition to more formal on-the-job work experience, George Brown College endeavours to provide field education opportunities with real world challenges and clients. Find out more about field education at the Centre for Business. 

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 visit

Course Outline

Required Courses 

In order to graduate from the B145 program, you need to complete 36 courses25 Mandatory courses, 8 Business Electives, and 3 General Education Electives.  For the B155 program you need to take an additional course, the Work Experience Prep Course (BUS 1000) in semester 3, and complete 2 Work Experience (Coop or Internship) Terms.

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 36 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 Three, Four, Five and Six):  You must complete 4 General Education courses.  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 classes 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. Please 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 
Printable Curriculum Planner 2017-2018 PDF icon


semester courses
Code Courses Pre-requisite
BUS 1038 Business Concepts I NONE
COMM 1007 College English NONE
COMP 1010 Business Computer Applications I NONE
HRM 1008 Fundamentals of HR Management NONE
MARK 1020 Principles of Marketing I NONE
MATH 1008 Math for Business & Management I NONE


semester courses
Code Courses 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


semester courses
Code Courses Pre-requisite
ECON 1032 Macroeconomics NONE
MARK 1002 Professional Selling MARK 1020
MGMT 4009 Operations Management MATH 1095
MGMT 1018 International Business MARK 1020
STAT 1012 Business Statistics MATH 1095
GHUM 1087 Successful Social Relations NONE
BUS 1000 Work Experience Prep Course * COMM 1007 & 3.0 GPA
* This course is mandatory only for students taking the Work Experience Option (B155)


semester courses
Code Courses 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
STS 1037 Career Planning & Development NONE
Select One General Education Elective


semester courses
Code Courses Pre-requisite
MGMT 1020 Management Decision Making MGMT 4009 & ACCT 2031
Select Four Business Electives
Select One General Education Elective


semester courses
Code Courses Pre-requisite
MGMT 3006 Strategic Analysis MGMT 1020 & COMM 1034
Select Four Business Electives
Select One General Education Elective

Detailed course outlines

General Education Electives


Business Electives (Semester Five and Six):

Elective courses
Code Courses Pre-requisite
BUS 1067 Field Education For Non-Coop Students, by interview only
BUS 3015 Applied Business Planning ACCT 2031, MARK 1020, MATH 1008 & HRM 1008
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
ECON 1021 Environmental Economics ECON 1031 or ECON 1032 or ECON 1034
HRM 2027 Coaching for Effective Performance Management HRM 1008

Careers and Post-Graduate Study Opportunities

Your Career 

Graduates are prepared for a variety of administrative and management positions in a broad range of employment settings. Graduates of the program have found employment as:

  • Assistant Manager
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Financial Services Representative
  • Project Manager
  • Project Coordinator
  • Sales Associate

Future Study Options 

For information on future study options, see

Is this program right for you?

Not sure what to expect in this program? Check out this at-a-glance brochure PDF icon designed to help you chart your path through the program and into your future career.

There are many pathways into the Business Administration Advanced Diploma B145 program including high school, work, the Business Diploma program and other college or university programs. After graduating from the program, students can go to work, or they can further their education through a graduate certificate, or a college or university degree

Tuition and Fees


$3,716.00 *

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 2016. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in fall 2017 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.

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International Students

Visit the International Admissions page for more information.

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Success Stories  

Kyle Mon

"The thing I appreciate most about George Brown is how it’s helped me to build myself. The person I was when I came here is definitely not the person I am leaving. I have a different set of skills and I have a different perspective on how to look at the world. I will be graduating within the next two months and I actually already have a job lined up in the non-profit sector." Hear more about Kyle Monczak’s story in our video.

Kyle Monczak (Student, Business Administration)

Ricardo Yu

"Going into the Business Administration program at George Brown College, I didn’t have a solid grasp on what my future would look like or what I wanted to pursue. Throughout the program, I’ve had the opportunity to meet fellow students with different skills whether it be accounting, marketing, human resources, etc., all of which are relevant to any business. Being able to experience a variety of courses from the different areas of business, along with networking with a wide range of students, has helped me decide on the path I’d like to take. In order to succeed in the future, you will need both skills as well as connections. George Brown provides the opportunity for you to develop both."

Ricardo Yu (Graduate 2014, Business Administration)

"During my co-op time with I was able to work in an environment that was not only professional, but friendly and enthusiastic as well. I had an amazing experience. I was given the opportunity to conduct sales calls and interact with existing clients, as well as build relationships with new clients. I represented the company at job fairs and managed the company database. I was able to gain useful tools and knowledge that I can use for years to come in my career."

Kareem Walker (Student, Business Administration)

Contact Us

Contact Us  

Business Administration (B145/155)

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

Mario Pascucci, Program Coordinator



Robert Ruggieri, Program Coordinator



Elizabeth Speers, Director, Centre for Business


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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.

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