Add a business certificate to your career development plan. 

The Certificate in Business Administration (CBA) is designed to fit the needs of mid-career professionals, full-time employees and people looking for professional development. Learn about business administration, marketing, technology, e-commerce and more. Courses are offered on-campus, online or through intensive workshops so you can complete the certificate at your own pace.

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 Certificate in Business Administration (CBA) is a flexible program with a diverse range of courses so you can tailor your business education to fit your needs. Multiple course types—from online courses to face-to-face evening courses to intensive one-week workshops—mean you can complete the program on your own terms and your own schedule. You’ll leave this program with an effective working knowledge of the analytical tools and management concepts used in modern business, as well as grounding in the practical management skills required in contemporary business activities.

Students may take stand alone courses for professional or personal development and can decide to enroll in the program at a later date. 

The Certificate in Business Administration Program can also be completed by taking the CBA Fast Track option, which is a full-time 12-week program held on campus. Find the right Business Program to suit your needs with our helpful comparison chart.

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Courses are offered in a variety formats

Face to face

Each course is normally 13 weeks in duration and consists of one three-hour class per week. Classes are customarily held on campus on weekdays from 7 to 10 pm in the Fall (September) and Winter (January) terms. 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.


The Certificate in Business Administration may also be completed via online learning. There is a textbook and/or readings package required for a course. Students login to the course and communicate with the instructor and fellow students via the course management system Moodle. View Moodle Computer Requirements. All assignments and course activities will be submitted electronically to the course instructor.

Intensive courses

Students may also select daytime, on-campus, intensive courses for additional subject options each term.

Program outcomes

Students who complete the Certificate in Business Administration (CBA) program will:

  • Understand how the various functional business units integrate for success
  • Use decision-making and problem-solving frameworks to recommend initiatives in line with strategic goals
  • Apply global and ethical perspectives to business strategies and operations
  • Understand and describe effective business strategies in a variety of contexts
  • Develop and use effective skills, knowledge and competencies in a variety of specialized and functional business disciplines

Who is this program for?

The Certificate in Business Administration will be of value to you if:

  • you're looking for a mid-career opportunity to enhance your professional expertise
  • a business credential would help advance your career
  • your previous education is of a specialized nature and you’d like a broader understanding of business management
  • you want your employees/staff to get more business training and professional development

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 Manager
  • Retail Manager
  • Police/Fire Department Administrator



Additional program information

Courses and fees

To qualify for the University of Victoria's Certificate in Business Administration, candidates must successfully complete eight courses as outlined below.

Restrictions: a maximum of three courses with TEC or BIDA course codes can be taken as CBA electives. As well, only one of: Management Computing and Computing Concepts can be counted towards the Certificate. Please contact our office for help with course selection.

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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 one year full-time or two years part-time. 

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

Graduation information

For students that have completed the program, graduation forms are available: Online form | PDF

Estimated fees

Full-time Canadian students International students
Full-time program application fee (non-refundable) $300.00 $300.00
Tuition (includes $300 program deposit) $4,160.00 $5,760.00
Student fees $1,083.00 $1,358.00
Textbook costs (estimated) $1,000.00 $1,000.00
Estimated Total $6,543.00* $8,418.00*
Fees listed in this section are an estimate. Total program fees may vary depending on delivery format, course selections, student fees, textbooks and taxes.
Part-time     Canadian students International students
Part-time program application fee (non-refundable) $150.00 $150.00
Tuition per course $495.00 $695.00
Textbook per course (estimated) $100.00 $100.00
Fees listed in this section are an estimate. Total program fees may vary depending on delivery format, course selections, student fees, textbooks and taxes.

Application information

Admission requirements

Graduation from secondary school. Mature applicants who do not meet this requirement may also be considered on the basis of minimum five years' work experience.

If your first language is not English, you will be asked to provide evidence of fluency through the submission of an IELTS (Academic) score of minimum 6.0 (with no component less than 5.5), TOEFL score of 550 (79 Internet Based TOEFL), completion of the UVic English Language Centre's ELPI 570 level, or equivalent level through one of our English pathway partners.

Advanced Standing

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

To obtain advanced standing send a written request for consideration of advanced standing, along with course outlines, to the Program Director and arrange to have official transcripts sent directly from the issuing institution to Business and Management Programs. Request for Advanced Standing (PDF)

Note: There is a advanced standing fee of CAD$150 per course


For more information about fees, processes and requirements please visit Business and Management Programs' policies page.

How to apply

Students may apply by completing the PDF or online program application forms. Students must also submit required supplementary documents such as transcripts, resumes, letters and/or record of English fluency by mail or email.

Application dates

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