Business Administration Program (B145)

  • Program Name:
    Business Administration
  • Code: B145
  • Credential:
    Ontario College Advanced Diploma
  • Method of Study:
  • Duration:
    3 years (6 semesters)
  • Centre:
  • School: Management
  • Location: St. James Campus
  • Starting Months: January, September
  • Domestic Tuition:
    $4,419.00 *
  • Experiential Learning:

    Field Education Course (Optional)

  • Spring 2022 Delivery:
    Semester 2, 3, 4, 5, 6: Choice

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Program Overview

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 Description

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

This Centre for Business program is part of our School of Management.


ACBSP Candidate for Accreditation

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 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 Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Evaluate the impact of global issues on an organization’s business opportunities by using an environmental scan.
  2. Apply principles of corporate sustainability, corporate social responsibility and ethics to support an organization’s business initiatives.
  3. Assess and use current concepts/systems and technologies to support an organization's business initiatives.
  4. Conduct and present research to support business decision-making.
  5. Plan, implement and evaluate projects by applying project management principles.
  6. Perform work in compliance with relevant statutes, regulations and business practices.
  7. Apply human resource practices to support management objectives and the organization’s goals.
  8. Use accounting and financial principles to support the management and operations of an organization.
  9. Assess marketing and sales concepts and strategies and apply them to the needs of an organization.
  10. Outline principles of supply chain management and operations management and assess their impact on the operations of an organization.
  11. Participate in the development of a business plan.
  12. Develop strategies for ongoing personal and professional development to enhance work performance in the business field.
  13. Outline strategies used to manage risks in an organization's business activities.



Required Courses

In order to graduate from the B145 program, you need to complete 36 courses: 25 Mandatory courses, 8 Business Electives, and 3 General Education Electives.

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/CESL1003* 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 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.

*COMM1003/CESL1003 courses will be replaced by COMM1000 Introduction to College Communication starting with Winter 2022 intake.

Printable Curriculum Planner 2021-2022


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


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


Code Courses Pre-requisite
ECON 1032 Macroeconomics NONE
MARK 1002 Professional Selling MARK 1020
MGMT 4009 Operations Management MATH 1095
MGMT 1035 Global Trade Assessment MARK 1020
STAT 1012 Business Statistics MATH 1095
GHUM 1087 Successful Social Relations NONE


Code Courses Pre-requisite
ACCT 2031 Managerial Accounting ACCT 1036
BUS 1041 Small Business Management BUS 1038
BUS 1044 Business Law NONE
MGMT 2049 Supply Chain Management II MGMT 4009 & COMP 1115
STS 1037 Career Planning & Development NONE
Select One General Education Elective


Code Courses Pre-requisite
MGMT 1020 Management Decision Making MGMT 4009 & ACCT 2031
MGMT 3015 Quality Improvement Through Lean/Six Sigma NONE
Select Three Business Electives
Select One General Education Elective


Code Courses Pre-requisite
MGMT 3006 Strategic Analysis COMM 1034
BUS 3015 Applied Business Planning ACCT 2031, MARK 1020, MATH 1008 & HRM 1008
Select Three Business Electives
Select One General Education Elective

General Education Electives


Business Electives (Semester Five and Six):

Code Courses Pre-requisite
BUS 1067 Field Education Course By application only. Contact the Centre for Business Office.
CMMK 1114 Business Research & Report Writing COMM 1034
COMP 1113 Principles of E-Business COMP 1010
HRM 2027 Coaching for Effective Performance Management HRM 1008
MARK 2053 Negotiation Skills NONE
MGMT 2037 Retail Management MARK 1020
MGMT 1017 Purchasing Practices MGMT 4009
MGMT 2029 International Trade Management MGMT 2041
MATH 1138 Retail Math MATH 1008
MGMT 1034 Retail Marketing MARK 1020
MGMT 3013 Shopper Research MGMT 1034
HRM 2030 Field Based Advanced Coaching HRM 2027 and by interview only
MGMT 2041 International Sales and Marketing MARK 1002
MGMT 2042 International Market Entry Strategies BUS 1038


Career & Postgraduate 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

Career Options



Future Study Options

For information on future study options, see our transfer guide.

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

Domestic Tuition

$4,419.00 *

Additional Costs

* Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the first two semesters of programs starting in Fall 2020. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in Fall 2021 and at later dates.

International Students

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

Financial Assistance

This program is approved for OSAP funding, provided the applicant meets OSAP eligibility criteria.

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

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 (C, 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.


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


Proficiency in English communications is necessary for success in this program. Please review our English proficiency requirements.

International Students

Visit the International Admissions page for more information regarding country specific admission requirements.  

How to Apply

Domestic students should apply through Ontario Colleges

International Students

Visit the How to Apply page for more information on how and when to apply. 

International students should apply through the George Brown College Online Application System.

Student Success

Kyle Monczak , 2015 Graduate

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.

Aaman Dudani, 2013 Graduate

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.

Dan Reilly, 2011 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.

Giovanni Gonzalez, 2006 Graduate

I really valued the hands-on training and meaningful learning experience I received from the Business Administration program. Considering that management studies and international business are high-level and complex fields, the college’s holistic and hands-on approach to education enabled me to understand the various facets of business, how each facet related to one another, and key business drivers which are vital to growth and profitability.Read Giovanni's story.

Contact Us

Information Sessions

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, and experience what it is like to be in a George Brown College classroom. Sign up for an upcoming session.

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

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

Linda Jin-Troendle, Chair, School of Management

Social Channels:

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International Students

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

Visit Our Campus

This program is offered out of our School of Management and classes normally take place at our St. James Campus, mainly at 200 King St. E., and 290 Adelaide St. E., Toronto, ON, Canada, however for the winter 2022 term, classes will be held at our Casa Loma Campus.

Campus tours are offered on a regular basis. Sign up today! You can also take our virtual tour.

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