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The Diploma in Business Administration (DBA) is a comprehensive business administration program designed to give you the practical knowledge and skills required for professional success. You'll learn business administration, business writing, management computing, financial accounting, marketing, small business management, international business and more.

If you're planning to come to Canada to study with us, please review the information related to international students.

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Program description

The Diploma in Business Administration (DBA) program is designed to enable non-business degree graduates and learners with professional experience to pursue studies for career or professional development needs. The DBA also allows graduates to complete bridging programs designed to satisfy professional organization accreditation.

Full-time students may complete their DBA in 12 to 16 months by completing the CBA – Fast Track program in their first term of study. Find the right business program to suit your needs with our helpful comparison chart.

Program information session

Join us for a free 30-minute Zoom information session where we will introduce you to the business administration program as a whole and outline the differences between the Certificate and the Diploma.

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Our business programs allow you to become certified with the CIM (Certified in Management) professional designation.

Courses can be completed in a variety of formats:

COURSE FORMAT DETAILS
Face to face

Many courses are 13 weeks in duration and consist of one three-hour class per week. Classes are primarily held on campus, and will be scheduled for a weekday, weekday evening, or weekend day times. A more limited selection of course topics may be offered during the Summer (May) term. Please note that course schedules may vary, depending on class format and location.

Online

Many DBA program courses may be completed online. Students login to the course and communicate with the instructor and fellow students via the course management system Brightspace. All assignments and course activities will be submitted electronically to the course instructor. Students should be sure to review Brightspace Computer Requirements when registering for online courses.

Intensive

A limited selection of full-day, short (1-2 week) intensive face-to-face courses may also be offered each term.

Program outcomes

Students who complete the program will have an effective working knowledge of the analytical tools and vital management concepts used in modern business, as well as grounding in the practical skills, values and perspectives required for success in a changing world.

Students who complete the updated UVic Diploma in Business Administration will be able to:

  • Describe and analyze how organizational and functional business units, such as marketing, accounting, finance, human resources and others integrate for success
  • Apply foundational skills and tools in administration, finance, human resources, communication, and marketing to support the management and business operations of an organization
  • Develop and use effective communication, teamwork and analytical skills and competencies in a variety of specialized and functional business disciplines using a variety of mediums
  • Apply international, cross-cultural, and Indigenous perspectives to business strategies, functions, and operations
  • Evaluate and apply principles of ethical, social and sustainable responsibility to business strategies, functions and operations
  • Articulate, evaluate, and effectively apply decision-making and problem-solving frameworks to recommend initiatives in line with strategic goals
  • Describe, analyze and apply strategic leadership and management concepts and skills
  • Apply basic research skills to support business decision making
  • Analyze and apply concepts and methods of planning, implementation, organization and monitoring to various business operations
  • Understand and apply foundational leadership skills, in both informal and formal settings, to effectively support and lead individuals and teams in an inclusive and diverse workforce

Who is this program for?

The DBA program will be of value to you if:

  • you’re looking to enhance your career or professional development needs
  • you’re a graduate of the Certificate in Business Administration (CBA) program and want further knowledge and credentials in business and management

Career options

Some of our learners pursue careers in the following roles:
  • Small Business Owner/Manager
  • Government Manager/Director (Provincial/Federal)
  • Consultant
  • University Administrator
  • Restaurant/Hotel/Retail Manager
  • Police/Fire Department Administrator

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Courses and fees

The DBA program requires the completion of 14 courses. Courses are offered face to face or online. Please note that not all courses are available online, and not all courses are available face to face. As such, please plan to complete a mix of face-to-face and online courses through your time in the program. Please review back to the course requirements on this page when selecting courses. Students are welcome to contact our office for help with course selection.

Restrictions: A maximum of three BIDA/TECH electives can be applied toward the DBA requirements (with the exception of TECH100 and TECH110). Students can complete more, to qualify for a PDC or for general interest, but they will not count toward their Business Program Requirements.

Please note that Computing Concepts and Management Computing are equivalent courses. Only one of these courses may count towards the diploma.

DBA program completion requirement updates effective September 2021: Students who submit a completed application to the DBA program or defer after Sept. 1, 2021 will be required to meet the program completion requirements listed below. For more information about the program requirements update, please visit our FAQ.

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Program planning

The length of the program varies depending on how many courses you take per term. On average, students complete the program in two years full-time or four years part-time. 

Courses are offerred face to face or online. Please note that not all courses are available online, and not all courses are available face to face. As such, please plan to complete a mix of face-to-face and online courses through your time in the program. 

A different selection of courses are offered every term. To see our upcoming offerings, please view our anticipated course schedule. To assist in your program planning, you can also view all course descriptions. Please review back to the course requirements on this page when selecting courses. Students are welcome to contact our office (bstadvisor@uvic.ca) for help with course selection.

Graduation information

For students who are in their final term of study or those who have completed the program requirements, please be sure to submit an Application to Graduate. The deadline to apply for Spring (June) convocation is Feb. 28, and the deadline to apply for Fall (November) convocation is Aug. 15. Students are responsible for ensuring they apply to graduate in their final term or once their program requirements are complete. 

Estimated fees

Full-time Canadian students International students
Full-time program application fee (non-refundable) $150.00 $300.00
Non-refundable program deposit (due within 3 weeks of program offer) -- $2,000.00
Tuition (includes deposit, if applicable) $8,330.00

$11,130.00

Student services fees $2,005.00 $3,380.00
Textbook costs (estimated) $1,750.00 $1,750.00
Estimated Total $12,235.00* $16,560.00*
*IMPORTANT NOTE:
Fees listed in this section are an estimate for the full two-year program. Total program fees may vary depending on delivery format, tuition rate, course selections, student services fees, textbooks and taxes. Tuition and fees are subject to annual increases. 
Part-time     Canadian students International students
Part-time program application fee (non-refundable) $150.00 $300.00
Non-refundable program deposit (due within 3 weeks of program offer) -- $2,000.00
Tuition per course $595.00 $795.00
Textbook per course (estimated) $125.00 $125.00
*IMPORTANT NOTE:
Fees listed in this section are an estimate. Total program fees may vary depending on delivery format, tuition rate, course selections, student services fees, textbooks and taxes. Tuition and fees are subject to annual increases. 

There are two financial support options available for business students. View financial support

Application information

Admission requirements

To qualify for the DBA program, candidates are required to provide a transcript showing a minimum of high school completion. Mature applicants who do not meet this requirement may also be considered on the basis of minimum five years' work experience and must provide a resume. In addition, two years of professional, full-time work experience (or post-secondary educational equivalent) is recommended. 

It is recommended that candidates for the DBA program review the program completion requirements. Students are welcome to consult with program staff (bmt@uvic.ca) prior to enrolling in courses to ensure that their planned selections will satisfy the diploma program requirements.

If your first language is not English, you will be asked to provide evidence of proficiency through one of the following:

  • Transcript showing graduation from a Canadian secondary school
  • Four years of full-time academic studies in which all language of instruction is English at a high school or post-secondary institution
  • Successful completion of a recognized degree program from an accredited university in which all language of instruction is English, in a recognized English-speaking country
  • IELTS (academic) 6.0 overall (no sub-score less than 5.5)
  • TOEFL IBT 79 (no sub-score less than 17)
  • TOEFL Paper-based Test 550
  • UVic ELC level ELPI 570
  • Successful completion of approved English partner pathway level

Advanced standing

Students may transfer up to three courses from UVic credit programs or from other colleges and universities, providing the course content and learning outcomes closely match the diploma courses.

To obtain advanced standing, students should submit the Request for Advanced Standing form and upload the mandatory documents, which includes a transcript (showing term, instructional hours, final grades), course outlines for each course and other supporting documents. The advanced standing fee of $150 applies to each approved course (max of three).

Policies

For more information about fees, processes and requirements, please visit the Business and Management Programs policies page. It is recommended that all students review the complete policies page prior to application to the program.

How to apply

Please apply by completing the online application form. If you are unable to apply online, you can submit a PDF version. Fully-complete applications will be reviewed by our admission staff in the order in which they were received. In order for an application to be fully complete, students must also submit all required supplementary documents such as transcripts, proof of English proficiency and other documents as requests. All supporting documentation must be received within 30 days of the original application submission, or the application will be cancelled.

The program may edit or change application deadlines without notice, depending on seat availability. As such, we strongly encourage early application to the program. Acceptance into the program does not guarantee registration in individual courses.

Before you apply, please read though our Frequently Asked Questions to make sure you understand important details about this program.   

Application dates

Starting in
May 2023 (Full*)
 
Availability
  Not Currently Accepting
Apply by
  Open until filled

Program full*

Starting in
September 2023
 
Availability
  Not Currently Accepting
Apply by
  Open until filled
APPLICATIONS OPEN FEBRUARY 15
Starting in
January 2024
 
Availability
  Not Currently Accepting
Apply by
  Open until filled
APPLICATIONS OPEN FEBRUARY 15

* Unfortunately the programs starting in January and May 2023 have reached maximum capacity at this time. You may contact us at bmt@uvic.ca to discuss your options. Please note we do not accept waitlists for program applications. Future entry terms will open in 2023, space permitting.