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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 mid-career 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.

Find the right Business Program to suit your needs with our helpful comparison chart.

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Courses can be completed 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.


Many DBA program courses may also be completed online. 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.

Accelerated Program options

Full-time students may complete their DBA in 12-16 months by completing the CBA - Fast Track program in their first term of study. The DBA can also be completed via the Aviation or Accelerated program options, which are nine-month full-time programs offered in a unique intensive format. Please contact program administration for more details about these options.

Who is this program for?

The DBA will be of value to you if:

  • you’re a mid-career learner looking to enhance your career or professional development needs
  • you’re a graduate of the Certificate in Business Administration (CBA) 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 Manager
  • Retail Manager
  • Police/Fire Department Administrator



Additional program information

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Courses and fees

The Diploma in Business Administration require the completion of 14 courses. This includes 8 that are part of the Certificate program plus an additional 6 courses. Please contact our office for help with course selection.

Please note: Computing Concepts may be taken in place of Management Computing. Only one of these two courses may count towards the Diploma.

Restrictions: A maximum of three courses with TEC or BIDA course codes can be taken as DBA electives.

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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 year full-time or four 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

Description Fee
Program application fee (non-refundable) $300.00
Total tuition fees for Canadian students ($10030 for International Students). Includes $300 program deposit. $8,630.00
Student fees ($2080 for International Students) $1,805.00
Textbook costs (estimated) $1,750.00
Estimated Total $12,485.00*
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 Diploma Program:

Description Fee
Part-time Program Application fee $150.00
Tuition fees per course (Canadian students) $495.00
Tution fees per course (International student) $695.00
Textbook costs per course (estimated) $100.00

*IMPORTANT NOTE: 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

To qualify for the Diploma in Business Administration, candidates are required to have a minimum of high school completion and 2 years professional, full-time work experience. 

It is recommended that candidates for the Diploma in Business Administration consult with program staff prior to enrolling in courses to ensure that their planned selections will satisfy Diploma Program requirements.

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 transfer credit fee of CAD$150


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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