Business Administration Program (with work experience) (B155)

Business Administration
School of Management
St. James Campus
3 years (6 semesters in-class, 2 semesters work experience)
September, January
Ontario College Advanced Diploma
The Business Administration (with work experience) 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 (with Work Experience) advanced diploma program 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 resources practices to support management objectives and the organization's goals
B145 - Photo of students

This program (B155) is offered with Work Experience. Students wishing to apply for Business Administration without work experience should apply to B145.

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

Field Education 

Work Experience (Co-op or Internship) Required

Your Field Education Options 

Work Experience (Co-op or Internship Work Term)

This program requires the successful completion of two semesters of work experience to graduate. This work experience is either co-op (paid) or internship (unpaid). Either one will give you the practical experience employers value.

George Brown works with employers and industry partners to identify potential work experience opportunities. Students are also strongly encouraged to pursue self-directed industry work experience opportunities they believe would provide the learning experiences they value and meet the learning outcomes of the program. This valuable work experience can in turn be added to your resume.

In addition to 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  

Every credential at George Brown College delivers detailed program learning outcomes that are discipline specific and aligned with the appropriate credential level. 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.

In addition to the learning outcome requirements, College programs are required to provide students with exposure to a breadth of learning beyond their core disciplinary or vocational field, to increase their awareness of the society and culture in which they live and work. This breadth requirement is addressed for College programs through additional mandatory General Education or Liberal Studies courses in the program curriculum. Also, programs are designed to provide essential transferrable skills (referred to sometimes as essential employability skills), which include: communication, numeracy, critical thinking and problem solving, information management, interpersonal and personal skills, among others.

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 37 courses: 26 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 2017-2018PDF 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 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
MGMT 2029 International Trade Management MGMT 3008 & MGMT 3009
HRM 2027 Coaching for Effective Performance Management HRM 1008
MARK 2049 Principles of Marketing II MARK 1020
MARK 2053 Negotiation Skills MARK 1020
MGMT 2037 Retail Management MARK 1020
MGMT 1017 Purchasing Practices MGMT 4009
MGMT 2027 Small Business Finance BUS 1041
MGMT 2025 International Marketing MGMT 1018
MGMT 2028 International Market Entry & Distribution MGMT 1018

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

There are many pathways into the Business Administration Advanced Diploma B155 (Work Experience) 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, a professional credential or designation, or a college or university degree.

Tuition and Fees


$4,235.00 * †

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 2017. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in fall 2018 and at later dates.

This program includes 2 Work Experience semesters. The tuition fee for this program does NOT include the cost of Work Experience semesters. The first Work Experience fee of $450 covers the cost of the Work Experience Preparation course and the first Work Experience semester. There is an additional fee of $450 for the second Work Experience semester. Students who want a co-op program must apply using this code.

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 and no OSSD)

Mature Students may take the Admissions Assessment for English and Math, OR may consider upgrading to achieve the credit(s) needed in English and Math.

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 Language Proficiency

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

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International (Visa) Students

Visit the International Admissions page for more information.

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Student Success

Success Stories  

Aaman Dudani

"Having a field placement with Toronto 2015 gave me the upper hand when the organization was hiring. Although I didn’t have any full-time work experience when I started, the tools and concepts I learned at school were transferable to the projects here." Hear more about Aaman’s experience at George Brown College's Centre for Business and how we connect students to industry during their studies by watching our video.

Aaman Dudani (Graduate 2013, Business Administration)

Project Coordinator, Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games

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 the world. I will be graduating within the next two months and I 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)

Dan Reilly, Graduate 2011, Business Administration Graduate

"The skills I got at George Brown really set me up to start as a junior Project Manager and be able to jump right in and take control of some projects and run from there. If you're a student who does well, make sure your teacher knows who you are. Research projects come up all the time and other opportunities. That's exactly how I got where I am now: I happened to be excelling in a class, a job opportunity came up to that professor and he filtered it through to me." Hear more about Dan Reilly's story in our video.

Dan Reilly (Graduate 2011, Business Administration)

Contact Us

Contact Us  

Business Administration (B145/155)

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

Mario Pascucci, Program Co-ordinator



Robert Ruggieri, Program Co-ordinator


Elizabeth Speers, Director, Centre for Business


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