The field of international trade can seem as large and complex as the world itself, encompassing disciplines such as strategic planning, law, finance, logistics, and marketing. The International Business Management postgraduate program at George Brown College in Toronto simplifies the complex field of international business with dynamic and interactive teaching methods, including case analysis and guest speakers.

B411 student


Program name
International Business Management
8 months (2 semesters)
Starting month
September, January, May
Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Method of study

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Program Availability

Domestic students
Sept. 2020 Open
Jan. 2021 Open
May 2021 Open
International students
Sept. 2020 Opens Dec 16, 2019
Jan. 2021 Opens Apr 6, 2020
May 2021 Opens Aug 3, 2020

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The field of international trade can seem as large and complex as the world itself, encompassing disciplines such as strategic planning, law, finance, logistics, and marketing. The International Business Management graduate certificate program at George Brown College simplifies this complex field with dynamic and interactive teaching methods, including case analysis and guest speakers.

You will learn about:

  • Documents and procedures supporting the movement of products and services in a global supply chain
  • Statutory and regulatory compliance
  • Cultural etiquette, business protocols, ethical standards, and legal practices
  • International payment instruments and options
  • Foreign exchange strategies
  • Human resource strategies in an international operation
This Centre for Business program is part of our School of Management.

Watch our past recording of the online info session for the International Business Management Program

Part Time Study Options

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

Program Standards and Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Conduct an environmental scan to evaluate the impact of world issues on an organization’s international business opportunities.
  2. Conduct, evaluate and present market research to support an organization’s international business decision‐making.
  3. Manage the preparation of documents and the application of procedures to support the movement of products and services in the organization’s global supply chain.
  4. Evaluate the impact of statutory and regulatory compliance on an organization’s integrative trade initiatives.
  5. Develop and implement strategies to negotiate effectively within various cultural environments and to address the impact of cultural differences on an organization’s integrative trade initiatives.
  6. Develop and present an international marketing plan, and evaluate sales strategies that support an organization’s integrative trade initiatives.
  7. Identify and interpret relevant international financial documents, and evaluate financial strategies that support an organization’s integrative trade initiatives.
  8. Analyze the impact of an organization's integrative trade initiatives on its human resources management strategies, policies, and practices.
  9. Develop and present an international business plan.
  10. Manage the implementation and evaluation of team projects by applying project management principles.
  11. Recommend strategies to support principles of corporate sustainability, corporate social responsibility and ethics associated with an organization’s integrative trade initiatives and evaluate their effectiveness.
  12. Select and apply current technologies to support an organization’s integrative trade initiatives.

Required Courses

In order to graduate from the B411 program, you need to complete 12 Mandatory courses.

Printable Curriculum Planner 2019-2020pdf file


semester courses
CodeCourse NamePre-requisite
BUS 4091Global Trade AssessmentNONE
BUS 4092International Sales and MarketingNONE
BUS 4093Supply Chain ManagementNONE
BUS 4094International Market Entry StrategiesNONE
BUS 4038Intro to Freight Forwarding INONE
BUS 4040Customs Procedures INONE


semester courses
CodeCourse NamePre-requisite
BUS 4034International Trade FinanceBUS4091
BUS 4037International Trade ManagementBUS4094
BUS 4039Intro to Freight Forwarding IIBUS4038
BUS 4041Customs Procedures IIBUS4040
BUS 4095Capstone ProjectSuccessful completion of Semester 1
BUS 4079International Business Speakers SeriesNONE

Detailed course outlines

Your Career

Graduates of this program will be equipped to enter a wide range of positions across a broad spectrum of organizations involved in international business management. Examples of careers students may pursue after graduation include:

  • Export Control Analyst
  • Junior Import Coordinator
  • Logistics Coordinator
  • Logistics and Customs Coordinator
  • Customs Rater

Future Study Options

The International Business Management graduate certificate can also prepare students to pursue three industry designations/certifications in addition to the George Brown College graduate certificate if they choose to do so. These industry designations/certifications require additional exams and/or related work experience to qualify. Please check the official websites listed below to find the detailed requirements set by the granting bodies of these designations/certifications.

The three industry designations/certifications are:

  • Certified International Trade Professional (CITP) designation offered by FITT ( Please view equivalency course chart at
  • Certified Customs Specialist (CCS) designation offered by the Canadian Society of Customs Brokers (
  • Certificate in International Freight Forwarding (CIFFA), recognized and approved by the Federation of International Freight Forwarding Associations (

Note: The requirements for each designation/certification 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.

Accredited Educational Partnership Agreement with FITT

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George Brown College has partnered with FITT (Forum for International Trade Training) to offer the FITT skills program. FITT is an international trade training and professional certification body. As the only organization of its kind in the world, FITT sets the standards and designs the training programs leading to the Certified International Trade Professional (CITP) designation. FITT’s quality training programs impart knowledge and practical skills that provide a competitive advantage to trade practitioners and elevate their position in world markets.

There are many pathways into the International Business Management Graduate Certificate B411 program including work, college programs and university programs. After graduating from the program, students can begin their career.


$4,442.00 *

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

  • College Advanced Diploma (3-year) or Bachelor's Degree or 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. In addition, applicants who are considered for admission to the program based solely on their work experience will be required to provide proof of English proficiency at the college level, and may be required to write the George Brown College English admission assessment

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Course Exemptions

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

International (Visa) Students

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Success Stories

Carols Carli, International Business Management graduate

Carlos Carli (Graduate 2016, International Business Management); Spanish Social Care Specialist, Shopify

Starting in a new country is never easy; luckily for me, I landed in the right place. George Brown College feels like home with every interaction I have, no matter if I’m speaking with staff, colleagues or friends. The college gave me the opportunity to develop my professional skills by working as a Peer Coach and later on as the Marketing Coordinator for the Career Services Centre, an opportunity offered for my co-op term. I’m proud to be a George Brown International Business Management AND Strategic Relationship Marketing graduate.

Anshul Arya, International Business Management Graduate

Anshul Arya (Graduate 2016, International Business Management)

eorge Brown College provided me with numerous volunteering opportunities that helped me immensely in sharpening my soft skills and knowing more about initiatives happening in and around Toronto. As an international student, George Brown College was an excellent platform to start my long journey in Canada. In times to come, I would love to give back to the college in whichever way it's possible and help in shaping the lives of international students.

Dinh Truong, Graduate 2014, International Business Management

Dinh Truong (Graduate 2014, International Business Management); Compliance Officer, Goldium FX

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

International Business Management (B411)

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

Janine LeFort, 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.

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