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.


Program name
Business Administration
Experiential learning
Field Education Course (Optional)
3 years (6 semesters)
Starting month
September, January
Ontario College Advanced Diploma
Method of study

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Program Availability

Domestic students
Sept. 2020 Open
Jan. 2021 Open
May 2021 N/A
International students
Sept. 2020 Open
Jan. 2021 Opens Apr 6, 2020
May 2021 N/A

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.

B145 - Photo of students

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

Experiential Learning

Field Education Course (Optional)

Your Field Study 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 Standards and 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/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 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 2019-2020pdf file


semester courses
BUS 1038Business Concepts INONE
COMM 1007College EnglishNONE
COMP 1010Business Computer Applications INONE
HRM 1008Fundamentals of HR ManagementNONE
MARK 1020Principles of Marketing INONE
MATH 1008Math for Business & Management INONE


semester courses
ACCT 1036Principles of AccountingNONE
BUS 1040Project ManagementNONE
COMM 1034Professional Communications ICOMM 1007
COMP 1115Business Computer Applications IICOMP 1010
MATH 1095Math for Business & Management IIMATH 1008
PSY 1129Organizational BehaviourNONE


semester courses
ECON 1032MacroeconomicsNONE
MARK 1002Professional SellingMARK 1020
MGMT 4009Operations ManagementMATH 1095
MGMT 1018International BusinessMARK 1020
STAT 1012Business StatisticsMATH 1095
GHUM 1087Successful Social RelationsNONE


semester courses
ACCT 2031Managerial AccountingACCT 1036
BUS 1041Small Business ManagementBUS 1038
BUS 1044Business LawNONE
BUS 1055Logistics & Supply Chain ManagementMGMT 4009 & COMP 1115
STS 1037Career Planning & DevelopmentNONE
Select One General Education Elective


semester courses
MGMT 1020Management Decision MakingMGMT 4009 & ACCT 2031
Select Four Business Electives
Select One General Education Elective


semester courses
MGMT 3006Strategic AnalysisMGMT 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
BUS 1067Field Education CourseBy application only - applications available in SJC 103 & SJA 313A
BUS 3015Applied Business PlanningACCT 2031, MARK 1020, MATH 1008 & HRM 1008
CMMK 1114Business Research & Report WritingCOMM 1034
COMP 1113Principles of E-Business COMP 1010
HRM 2027Coaching for Effective Performance ManagementHRM 1008
MARK 2053Negotiation SkillsNONE
MGMT 2037Retail ManagementMARK 1020
MGMT 1017Purchasing PracticesMGMT 4009
MGMT 2025International MarketingMGMT 1018
MGMT 2028International Market Entry & DistributionMGMT 1018
MGMT 2029International Trade ManagementMGMT 3008 & MGMT 3009
MATH 1138Retail MathMATH 1008
MGMT 1034Retail MarketingMARK 1020
MGMT 3013Shopper ResearchMGMT 1034
MGMT 3014Field Based Advanced CoachingHRM 2027 and by interview only
MGMT3015Quality Improvement through Lean/Six SigmaNONE
MGMT 3021Retail Computer SimulationECON 1032, MGMT 1020, MATH 1138, plus BUS 1055 OR MGMT 2040

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 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


$4,417.00 *

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 2019. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in Fall 2020 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.

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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Domestic students should apply through Ontario Colleges

Success Stories

Kyle Mon

Kyle Monczak (Graduate 2015, Business Administration), Executive Director, Business In The Streets

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

Aaman Dudani (Graduate 2013, Business Administration), Project Coordinator, Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games

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, Graduate 2011, Business Administration Graduate

Dan Reilly (Graduate 2011, Business Administration)

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

Giovanni Gonzalez (Graduate, 2006)

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 Students Admissions

For inquiries about domestic admission requirements, admission deadlines, or the admissions process, please contact the Admissions Office at 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 or visit George Brown International.
Phone: (416) 415-5000 ext. 2115


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

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



Robert Ruggieri, Program Co-ordinator


Colin Williams, Chair, School of Management

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Visit Our Campus

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

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

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