Students in the Business Administration – Supply Chain and Operations Management (with work experience) program in Toronto will be prepared to perform marketing forecasting, demand management, production planning, and other functions, in careers that include logistics, transportation, warehousing, exporting, planning and forecasting. The supply chain management courses in this program will allow graduates to demonstrate knowledge, skills, and abilities related to both business in general and supply chain jobs in particular.


Program name
Business Administration – Supply Chain and Operations Management
Experiential learning
Work Experience (Co-op or Internship) Required
3 years (6 semesters in-class, 2 semesters work experience)
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

Students in the Business Administration – Supply Chain and Operations Management (with work experience) advanced diploma program will be prepared to perform marketing forecasting, demand management, production planning and other functions in supply chain management, in careers that include logistics, transportation, warehousing, exporting, procurement, planning and forecasting. The supply chain management courses in this program will allow graduates to demonstrate knowledge, skills and abilities related to both business in general and supply chain jobs in particular.

This learning experience will enable graduates to demonstrate:

  • Analysis of the impact of an organization's supply chain initiatives on its human resources management strategies, policies and practices
  • Compliance of an organization with relevant national and internal law, regulations, safety requirements and professional standards
  • Application of the knowledge of the functional components in the integrated supply chain including logistics, purchasing, distribution, transportation and warehousing
  • Use of supply chain tools and resources, in order to comply with the requirements of supply chain management
  • Interpretation of relevant financial documents and assessment of financial strategies that support an organization's supply chain

Find out more about the field of supply chain in our video below:

Did you know? As of 2017, there were approximately 881,326 workers in the Canadian supply chain sector labour force.1Right now more than 27,000 supply chain positions in Canada sit unfilled, and another 66,000 openings are anticipated each year for the next five years2.

See how the supply chain management industry drives Canadian commerce with a variety of exciting and rewarding careers in this video by the Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council.

This Centre for Business program (B162) is part of our School of Management and is offered with Work Experience. Students wishing to apply for Business Administration – Supply Chain and Operations Management without work experience should apply to B122.

1 Canadian Supply Chain Sector CouncilSupply Chain Sector Facts and Figures 2 Careers in the Supply Chain

Experiential Learning

Work Experience (Co-op or Internship) Required

Your Field Study 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

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Examine the connections between strategic objectives, stakeholder expectations, and supply chain functions, processes and roles, to support decision-making, problem-solving and coordination of tasks.
  2. Determine the value added and financial implications of supply chain decisions on overall business profitability, efficiency and stakeholder satisfaction.
  3. Ensure supply chain activities and transactions are compliant with relevant legal, regulatory and contractual obligations, and industry and organization standards and policies for quality, health, safety, accountability, social and environmental responsibility.
  4. Use risk mitigation tools and strategies to inform supply chain management decisions.
  5. Manage the acquisition and sale of goods, services and materials in accordance with best practices and public and private sector stakeholder expectations across a variety of industries.
  6. Plan and schedule material requirements and resource allocation and manage inventories for efficient production and fulfillment of customer orders and returns.
  7. Manage the efficient handling and movement of goods, services, materials and related information within and between supply chains.
  8. Contribute to the identification and management of continuous improvements to functions and processes within and between supply chains.
  9. Use available technologies to enhance work performance and support supply chain functions, processes, transactions and communications.
  10. Monitor relevant trends, emerging technologies, and local and global economic, political and environmental issues to enhance work performance and guide management decisions.
  11. Perform tasks in accordance with policies and procedures for workplace health and safety and industry standards and best practices for professional, ethical and accountable conduct and communications.
  12. Maintain relationships with a diversity of stakeholders to support the achievement of business goals.
  13. Apply strategies for personal, career and professional development.

Required Courses

In order to graduate from the B162 program, you need to complete 37 courses: 30 Mandatory courses, 4 Business Electives, and 3 General Education Electives. For the B162 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 2019-2020PDF icon


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
MGMT 1018International BusinessMARK 1020
MGMT 4009Operations ManagementMATH 1095
STAT 1012Business StatisticsMATH 1095
GHUM 1087Successful Social RelationsNONE
BUS 1000Work Experience Prep Course*COMM 1007 & 3.0 GPA
Select One Business Elective

* This course is mandatory only for students taking the Work Experience Option (B162).


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
BUS 3012Introduction to Freight Forwarding IMGMT 1018 or MGMT 1035
MGMT 1017Purchasing PracticesMGMT 4009
MGMT 1020Management Decision MakingMGMT 4009 & ACCT 2031
MGMT 1030Enterprise Resource PlanningBUS 1055
MGMT 1031Supply Chain Strategy & TechnologyBUS 1055
Select One General Education Elective


semester courses
BUS 3013Introduction to Freight Forwarding IIBUS 3012
MGMT 3006Strategic AnalysisMGMT 1020 & COMM 1034
MGMT 3015Quality Improvement Lean/Six SigmaNONE
Select Two Business Electives
Select One General Education Elective

Detailed course outlines

List of General Education Electives


Business Electives (Semester Three and Six):

Elective courses
CMMK 1114Business Research & Report WritingCOMM 1034
CMMK 1127The Business Media in CanadaCOMM 1034
COMP 1113Principles of E-Business COMP 1010
MARK 2053Negotiation SkillsNONE
HRM 2027Coaching for Effective Performance ManagementHRM 1008
ECON 1021Environmental EconomicsECON 1031 or, ECON 1032 or, ECON 1034
CMMK 1156Talking BusinessCOMM 1034
BUS 3015Applied Business PlanningMARK 1020, ACCT 2031, MATH 1008 & HRM 1008
MGMT 3014Field Based Advanced CoachingHRM 2027 and by interview only

Your Career

The supply chain management and logistics sector includes a wide range of organizations including retailers, distributors, consulting firms, service firms (hotels, restaurants), educational institutions, government agencies, transportation companies and manufacturing, and production companies. Potential positions may include:

  • Procurement Officer
  • Customs Analyst
  • Forecasting and Demand Specialist
  • Logistics Analyst
  • Supply Chain Specialist
  • Purchasing Agent – Materials Management

Take a closer look at potential careers in the supply chain management industry with these profiles on professionals in sourcing and procurement and warehousing and distribution roles.

Melinda Nycholat

Director, Contract Services

Defence Construction Canada

Brent Ellis

Director, Commercial Warehouses, Wills Transfer Limited

(*At time of filming)

Learn more about all of the exciting careers in the supply chain management sector and check out interviews with industry professionals here.

Future Study Options

The Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council has established a National Accreditation Program (NAP) to recognize supply chain-related educational offerings that meet its national standard. The NAP standard – developed in partnership with the Canadian Standards Association and with significant input from supply chain stakeholders – reflects industry’s needs and educators’ best practices. For more information, visit

For further information on future study options, see

Educational Pathways (B162) There are many pathways into the Business Administration - Supply Chain and Operations Management (with 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


$4,394.00 * †

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.

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 $500 covers the cost of the Work Experience Preparation course and the first Work Experience semester. There is an additional fee of $500 for the second Work Experience semester.

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

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Success Stories

Dinh Truong, Graduate 2014, Business Administration – Supply Chain and Operations Management Graduate

Dinh Truong (Graduate 2014, Business Administration – Supply Chain and Operations Management)

I could not have become who I am today without the people who are part of this community at George Brown. The experience you learn from this program, you can immediately apply it to the workplace when you’re looking for a job.Hear more about Dinh’s story in our video.

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Phone: (416) 415-5000 ext. 2160

Business Administration – Supply Chain and Operations Management (B122/162)

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

Robert Ruggieri, Program Co-ordinator


Colin Williams, Chair, School of Management


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