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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.

Program Description

The Diploma in Business Administration (DBA) Program is designed to enable graduates of the Certificate in Business Administration—and other mid-career learners with similar levels of academic preparation—to pursue further studies for career or professional development needs. The DBA also allows graduates to complete bridging programs designed to satisfy professional organization accreditation.

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

Course work 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 and Winter terms.  A more limited selection of course topics may be offered during the Summer term. Please note that course schedules may vary, depending on class format and location.

Online

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 take one week intensive on-campus courses to reduce the completion time of the program.

Aviation and Accelerated Program options

The DBA can also be completed via the Aviation or Accelerated options, which are nine-month full-time programs offered in a unique intensive format. Please contact program administration for more details about these options.

Admission and completion requirements

To qualify for the Diploma in Business Administration, candidates are first required to complete the Certificate in Business Administration (eight courses), and then go on to complete an additional six courses from the selection available through Business and Management Programs.

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

Application to graduate: Online form | PDF

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

 

Career options

Some of our grads have pursued 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

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Estimated fees

Description Fee
Program application fee $150.00
Three required courses ($495 - $695 per course) $1,635.00
Five "elective set" courses ($495 - $695 per course) $2,725.00
Six elective courses ($495 - $695 per course) $3,270.00
Textbook costs (estimated at $100 per course) $1,400.00
Estimated Total $9,180.00*
*IMPORTANT NOTE:
Fees listed in this section are only an estimate. Total program fees will vary depending on course selections, student fees, textbooks and taxes.

Application dates

Starting in
January
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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.