New CBA program updates for May 2021 

View new program outcomes and required courses in the sections below. Current program students and those who submitted a complete application to the CBA program before Feb. 1, 2021 may continue in the previous program structure.

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, and more. The CBA can be taken part-time or full-time, courses are offered on campus, online or through intensive workshops so you can complete the certificate at the pace that meets your needs.

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 full-time or part-time program that provides a foundation of core business knowledge and a diverse range of elective courses so you can tailor your business education to fit your needs. Multiple course types—from online courses to face-to-face courses to intensive one-week workshops—mean you can complete the program on your terms and your own schedule. You’ll leave this program with 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 may apply for the program before they register in courses, or take individual courses for professional development and decide to enroll in the program at a later date. 

The CBA 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.

Accredited by

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

Courses are offered in a variety of formats:

Face to Face

Most courses are 13 weeks in duration and consist of one three-hour class per week. Classes are customarily held on campus, and will be scheduled for a weekday, weekday evening, or Saturday. 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 CBA 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 Brightspace. View Brightspace Computer Requirements. All assignments and course activities will be submitted electronically to the course instructor. Students should be sure to review course delivery styles when registering for online courses.

Intensive Courses

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

Program outcomes

Students who complete the CBA program will:

  • Understand and describe how the marketing, finance and organizational functional business units integrate for success
  • Use analytical, decision-making and problem-solving frameworks to recommend initiatives in line with strategic goals
  • Apply global, cross-cultural and Indigenous perspectives to business strategies, functions and operations
  • Apply ethical, social and sustainable responsibility to business strategies, functions and operations
  • Understand and describe effective business strategies in a variety of contexts
  • Develop and use effective communication, teamwork and analytical skills and competencies in a variety of specialized and functional business disciplines

Who is this program for?

The CBA program will be of value to you if:

  • your previous education is specialized and an understanding of business management will help you meet professional goals
  • you're looking for an opportunity to enhance your professional knowledge
  • a business credential would help advance your career
  • 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/Retail Manager
  • Police/Fire Department Administrator


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Courses and fees

To qualify for the CBA program, candidates must successfully complete eight courses as outlined below.

Restrictions: only one of BMBA200 Management Computing or TECH100 (formerly TECJ100) Computing Concepts can be counted towards the certificate. Please contact our office for help with course selection.

= Courses open for registration

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 three 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 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 February 28, and the deadline to apply for Fall (November) convocation is August 15. 

Estimated fees

Full-time Canadian students International students
Full-time program application fee (non-refundable) $150.00 $300.00
Non-refundable program deposit (due upon application) -- $300.00
Tuition (includes deposit, if applicable) $4,760.00 $6,360.00
Student fees $1,083.00 $1,908.00
Textbook costs (estimated) $1,000.00 $1,000.00
Estimated Total $6,693.00* $9,568.00*
Fees listed in this section are an estimate for the full one-year program. Total program fees may vary depending on delivery format, tuition rate, course selections, student fees, textbooks and taxes.
Part-time     Canadian students International students
Part-time program application fee (non-refundable) $150.00 $300.00
Non-refundable program deposit (due upon application) -- $300.00
Tuition per course $595.00 $795.00
Textbook per course (estimated) $125.00 $125.00
Fees listed in this section are an estimate. Total program fees may vary depending on delivery format, tuition rate, 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 proficiency 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, students should submit the Request for Advanced Standing form by email, along with course outlines and related transcripts. Requests for Advanced Standing can be emailed to Approved courses will have a transfer fee of $150.


For more information about fees, processes and requirements, please visit the 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.

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.

Application dates

Starting in
January 2022 (Full*)
Not Currently Accepting
Apply by
Dates TBD
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Starting in
May 2022
Accepting Applications
Apply by
March 1, 2022
Starting in
September 2022 (Full*)
Not Currently Accepting
Apply by
Dates TBD
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Starting in
January 2023
Accepting Applications
Apply by
Nov. 1, 2022

* Unfortunately the programs starting in January 2022 and September 2022 have reached maxium capacity at this time. Please consider applying for alternate start dates. You may contact us at to discuss your options.