Bachelor of Business Administration (Trades Management) (Honours) (Pathway Business Trades) Program (B305)

  • Program Name:
    Bachelor of Business Administration (Trades Management) (Honours) (Pathway Business Trades)
  • Code: B305
  • Credential:
    Honours Bachelor's Degree
  • Method of Study:
  • Duration:
    5 semesters (up to 8 years allowed for completion)
  • Centre:
  • School: Management
  • Location: St. James Campus
  • Starting Months: January, May, September
  • Domestic Tuition:
    This is a flexible degree program and tuition will vary based on the course or courses you enrol in at any given time. Please contact the department for more information using this email:
  • Spring 2023 Delivery:
    Semester 4: Online

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Leadership Claims

This program is a tri-college collaboration between Algonquin College, George Brown College, and Mohawk College. Each college is sharing their academic and industry expertise to deliver this innovative program.

Program Overview

This pathway is for graduates of the Business – Trades Ontario College Diploma program. Graduates of this program receive credit for 12 courses in the degree and enter the program in semester 4.​

​This degree completion program will prepare you with skills in business administration, management, accounting, project management, leadership, communication, and applied research competencies. This program will enable you to grow your own skilled trades business, take on greater responsibilities in your current work environment, and/or pursue management careers in medium to large organizations. 

Full Description

This pathway is for graduates of the Business – Trades Ontario College Diploma program. Graduates of this program receive credit for 12 courses in the degree and enter the program in semester 4.​

The Bachelor of Business Administration (Trades Management) (Honours) is a degree-completion program where the knowledge and skills gained through apprenticeship/journeyperson training, or trade-related diploma programs, provide the basis for advanced standing into the program. Focus is on the business administration, managerial, accounting, project management, leadership, communication and applied research competencies needed by people working in or with the skilled trades to grow their own businesses, take on greater responsibilities in their current work environments, and/or pursue management careers in medium to large organizations. For those graduates who want to pursue further academic credentials, the program will facilitate a pathway into graduate studies in both business administration and management programs.

The program's fully online delivery format allows students to continue to work while taking a post-secondary program to develop the business management skills that support career advancement. This format is truly student-centred and facilitates an interdisciplinary approach to integrating business knowledge.

Graduates possess a unique blend of practical knowledge and abilities supported by firm underpinnings of the methodologies and theories relating to the trades-business sectors. Graduates seeking employment in today's rapidly changing global environment are well positioned to start their own business, to manage a small to medium-sized trades-related business, or use their newly developed skills and knowledge to improve an existing business. Employment opportunities may also exist in both the private and public sectors where strong leadership, management and entrepreneurship skills and the ability to adapt to change are highly desired.

The program is delivered by three colleges located across Ontario: Mohawk, Algonquin and George Brown. Each college has expertise in business management and trades programming, as well as the institutional capacity and supports required for fully online program delivery. The colleges are sharing their academic and industry expertise to deliver an innovative program that also aligns with the technological shifts in the sector.


This program is well-suited for students who:

  • enjoy taking leadership roles
  • adapt well to change
  • have an entrepreneurial spirit
  • are interested in integrating their current skillset with business management
  • are confident in an online learning environment

Your Field Education Options

An integral component of the Honours Bachelor of Business Administration (Trades Management) degree program is mandatory field experience.

Students are required to complete a minimum of 420 hours (equivalent to 14 weeks) of a paid co-op experience either in one block or in multiple cumulative blocks. Through this opportunity, you will gain business experience in a real environment, often in a trades-related organization to enhance your professional development.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate will reliably demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Support business objectives by leveraging the interdependencies of functional business units including human resources, marketing, finance and accounting.
  2. Conduct research to support strategic and operational decisions.
  3. Deploy strategic planning techniques to ensure competitive advantage in the trades industry.
  4. Apply relevant project and risk management principles and tools to the management of trade businesses.
  5. Identify opportunities and address challenges in trades businesses using creative and innovative approaches.
  6. Apply principles of management to the operation of trades business ventures.
  7. Plan, implement and manage marketing of trades-related products or services to foster business growth.
  8. Comply with relevant laws, regulations, policies, ethical principles, and industry practices and standards.
  9. Select and use appropriate software and other technologies to meet business goals.
  10. Interpret financial information using management accounting concepts and apply to strategic decision-making.
  11. Identify and apply discipline specific practices that contribute to the local and global community through cultural diversity, social responsibility, economic commitment and environmental stewardship.


Required Courses

Semester 4 (Bridging)

Course CodeTitlePre-requisites 
ECO2101Macroeconomics ECO 1101
BACC1012Financial Accounting 
BBUS2105Principles of Business Management and Research Part 2 

Semester 5

Course CodeTitlePre-requisites 
BCMP2017Computer Business Applications   
MGMT2013 Risk Management   
XBUS3500 Professional Practice  
XMKT3501 Marketing  
 Liberal Studies Elective 
 Liberal Studies Elective 

Semester 6

Course CodeTitlePre-requisites 
BLAW2015Canadian Business Law   
BACC2013Managerial Accounting   
MGT4602Project Management   
BFSM4111Human Resource Management   
 Liberal Studies Elective 

BCOP3002  Work Integrated Learning (CO-OP)

Semester 7

Course CodeTitlePre-requisites 
BBUS4011 Operations Management  
MGT2015 Managing Small and Medium Enterprises 
MGT2014 Management Information Systems  
BACC3014 Finance  
XMKT4700 Trades Marketing  
XCRE4701 Capstone Applied Research Project I 

Semester 8

Course CodeTitlePre-requisites 
XMGT4800Strategic Thinking and Management  
BBUS4107International Business  
MGT2012Negotiation Strategies  
XCRE4702 Capstone Applied Research Project II  
 Liberal Studies Elective 

Career & Postgraduate Study Opportunities

Career Options

Graduates of this program may choose self-employment as a small business owner or find leadership roles in trades-related fields as:

  • Business Managers
  • Project Managers
  • Quality Control Managers
  • Maintenance and Trades Managers 
  • Service-related Managers

Tuition and Fees

Domestic Tuition

This is a flexible degree program and tuition will vary based on the course or courses you enrol in at any given time. Please contact the department for more information using this email:

Additional Costs

+ Books and additional supplies are not included in the tuition fees and must be purchased by the student separately.

Financial Assistance

The OSAP eligibility for this program has yet to be reviewed by the Ministry.

Disclaimer: The information contained in this website 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 fee requirements.

How to Qualify and Apply

Admission Requirements

  • Post-secondary transcript
  • Departmental review


Course Exemptions

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

George Brown has been granted a consent by the Ministry of Colleges and Universities to offer this applied degree for a seven-year term starting starting December 21, 2020. In conformity with the Minister’s criteria and requirements, George Brown will submit an application for the renewal of the consent for this program 12 months prior to the expiration of the consent. George Brown will ensure that all students admitted to this program will have the opportunity to complete the program within a reasonable time frame.


How to Apply

Domestic students should apply through Ontario Colleges.

Contact Us

Information Sessions

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Domestic Student Admissions

For inquiries about domestic admission requirements, admission deadlines, or the admissions process, please contact the Admissions Office at or visit the Admissions section.

International Student Admissions

Contact one of our international recruitment representatives specializing by country of origin by either booking a virtual meeting or submitting an inquiry. For more information visit the International Contact Us page.

Fees and Financial Information

For inquiries about OSAP, Bursaries, Scholarships and other financial inquiries, please contact the Financial Aid Office at or visit the Financial Aid section.

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.

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:
Phone: (416) 415-5000 ext. 2160


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

Joyce Manu, Program Coordinator

Elizabeth Speers, Academic Director


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This program is offered out of our School of Management and classes usually take place at our St. James Campus, mainly at 200 King St. E., and 290 Adelaide St. E., Toronto, ON, Canada.

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