The Consulting graduate certificate program in Toronto prepares students for a career in consulting that could include working for a consulting firm, independently creating their own employment, or securing a business development role within an organization.

Overview

Program name
Consulting
Code
B414
Location
Experiential learning
Client Project
Duration
8 months (2 semesters)
Starting month
September, January
Credential
Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Method of study
FT

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Program Availability

Domestic students
Sept. 2018 Closed
Jan. 2019 Open
May 2019 N/A
International students
Sept. 2018 Closed
Jan. 2019 Open
May 2019 N/A

Full Description

The Consulting postgraduate program prepares students for a career in consulting that could include working for a consulting firm, independently creating their own employment, or securing a business development role within an organization.

The second semester focuses on client consulting project work. Students develop skills by working individually and/or in teams, doing research, analyzing client problems and providing recommendations to clients.

Students and professors working on a consulting project

Part Time Study Options

Part-time study options are not available for this program.

Experiential Learning

Client Project

Your Field Study options

Students will engage in various consulting projects in their second semester to gain experience and demonstrate:

  • Development of parameters of a consulting project and building a client/consultant relationship
  • Creation and implementation of a project plan for the term of a consulting engagement
  • Preparation and implementation of the terms of reference and contracts for the term of the consulting engagement, including billing and payment schedules
  • Performing an environmental audit (external and internal) and conducting market research to diagnose the client problem(s)
  • Use of a range of consulting tools and techniques including: interviewing, research, and collaborative problem solving during the consulting process
  • Development and modelling of soft skills such as teamwork, customer service, communications and problem solving during the consulting process
  • Assessing the change readiness of the client’s organization through the use of change management skills and processes
  • Completing a client consulting project including contracting, data collection and analysis, recommendations and, as appropriate, implementation to the satisfaction of the client

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

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Establish the parameters of a consulting project and build a client/consultant relationship.
  2. Create and implement a project plan for the term of a consulting engagement.
  3. Prepare and implement terms of reference and contracts for the term of the consulting engagement, including billing and payment schedules.
  4. Perform an environmental audit (internal and external) and conduct market research to diagnose the client problem(s)
  5. Use a range of consulting tools and techniques including: interviewing, research, collaborative problem solving during the consulting process.
  6. Develop and model soft skills such as teamwork, customer service, communications and problem solving during the consulting process.
  7. Assess the change readiness of the client’s organization through the use of change management skills and processes.
  8. Complete a client consulting project including contracting, data collection and analysis and recommendations and as appropriate implementation to the satisfaction of the client.

Required Courses

In order to graduate, you need to complete the following 7 Mandatory courses.

Printable Curriculum Planner 2018-2019pdf file

SEMESTER 1

semester courses
CodeCourse NamePre-requisite
Week 1-14
MGMT 4011Introduction to ConsultingNONE
MGMT 4023Project ManagementNONE
MGMT 4022Organizational EffectivenessNONE
MGMT 4012Strategic AnalysisNONE
MGMT 4025Business ResearchNONE
Week 1-7
MGMT 4024Financial AnalysisNONE
Week 8-14
MGMT 4014Consulting Speaker SeriesNONE

SEMESTER 2

semester courses
CodeCourse NamePre-requisite
MGMT 4020Consulting Projects (Field Work)Successfully Completed Semester 1

Detailed course outlines

The Industry

Toronto is home to the largest concentration of head offices and consultancies in the country. The Canadian Association of Management Consultants (CMC-Canada) and George Brown College School of Management recently announced a new partnership that includes a student membership with the Canadian Association of Management Consultants.

Graduates of the Consulting graduate certificate program will earn work experience credits towards the professional experience requirements of the CMC designation. Visit the CMC Canada Association website for more information and details of the credentialing process.

Note: The requirements for each designation/certificate 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.

Your Career

Graduates of the program will have the potential to find employment in management, strategic planning, operations planning, consulting firms, or independently create their own employment.

Potential positions may include:

  • Internal Consultant in areas such as IT, HR, Finance
  • Consultant for a consulting firm
  • Independent Consultant
There are many pathways into the Consulting Graduate Certificate B414 program including work, college programs and university programs. After graduating from the program, students can begin their career.

Tuition

$4,169.00*

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.

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

Admission Requirements

  • College Advanced Diploma (3-year) or Bachelor's Degree
  • Minimum 3 years of demonstrated, relevant work experience (resume and references required)

English Language Proficiency

Applicants with international transcripts who do not provide English proficiency test results must test at the College level in the George Brown College English assessment to be considered for admission.

Please visit georgebrown.ca/englishproficiency for more details.

Course Exemptions

Some college and university credits may qualify you for exemptions. Please visit georgebrown.ca/transferguide for more information.

International (Visa) Students

Visit the International Admissions page for more information.

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Success Stories

Sara_Zubair"The Consulting program at George Brown provided a perfect balance between classroom and real world. Working with industry-leading organizations in my project provided me with the necessary competencies to be an effective consultant in the Canadian Market. This important part of the program led to being hired full-time by my client following finishing the final project and the program."

Sara Zubair (Graduate 2017, Consulting, Consultant – Instructional Design, TuesdayAfternoon Media Inc.)
  

Contact Us

Domestic Students Admissions

For inquiries about domestic admission requirements, admission deadlines, or the admissions process, please contact the Admissions Office at admissions@georgebrown.ca or visit the Admissions web page.

International Student Admissions

For inquiries about international admission requirements, permits and visas, accommodations, or anything specific to international students, please contact the International Centre at International@georgebrown.ca or visit George Brown International.
Phone: (416) 415-5000 ext. 2115

Financials/Fees

For inquiries about OSAP, Bursaries, Scholarships and other financial inquiries, please contact the Financial Aid Office at FinAid@georgebrown.ca or visit the Financial Aid web page.

Entry Advising

For advice on the various program options and which program might be best suited for you, make an appointment to see an Entry Advisor. Please review these frequently asked questions or choose to book your appointment using the link provided.

  1. Book online:
    Complete and submit the Client Intake Form
  2. Book by phone:
    Entry Advisor: (416) 415-5000, Ext 2949
    Toll Free: 1-800-265-2002
    TTY: 1-877-515-5559

Centre for Business

For questions regarding programs at the Centre for Business or if you require more information, please do not hesitate to contact us. Our knowledgeable staff are available to assist you.

For general inquiries, please contact the Centre for Business:
Email: business@georgebrown.ca
Phone: (416) 415-5000 ext. 2160

Information Sessions

For program specific information and to meet faculty, sign up to attend an information session

Consulting (B414)

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

Mark Simpson, Program Co-ordinator

Email: msimpson@georgebrown.ca

Elizabeth Speers, Director, Centre for Business

Email: espeers@georgebrown.ca

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