Business program information for international students

Our Business Administration certificate and diploma programs focus on providing you with applied skills, helping you to develop the ability to analyze real-world business problems, strategize solutions and execute plans.

Choose from four full-time study options:

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Option 1: CBA – Fast Track

12 week Intensive

The CBA-Fast Track program gives you the business skills you need to get out into the field as soon as possible. Earn valuable business knowledge, management skills, real-world practical experience and a Certificate in Business Administration in just 12 weeks. A case-based, international learning environment provides the support and practice in which to apply your knowledge and experience, while the intensive format of the Fast Track program ensures that your career isn’t interrupted for long periods of time. In addition, completion of the CBA – Fast Track may qualify you to apply for UVic’s Master of Global Business program.

Admission requirements
2+ years post-secondary education or a minimum of five years work experience

View CBA Fast-Track program info

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Option 2: DBA  (includes CBA – Fast Track)

12–16 months, depending on courses selected per term

Most often, mature students who wish to study full-time will complete their DBA in 12 to 16 months by completing the intensive CBA – Fast Track in their first term, then one or two additional terms of specialized courses (a total of 14 courses). One of the benefits of this path is that the first term will be in a cohort of international and Canadian students all studying the same set schedule of courses.  These students are all mature, educated and experienced, which makes the program very engaging. 

Admission requirements
2+ years post-secondary education or a minimum of five years work experience

View CBA Fast-Track program info

View DBA program info

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Option 3: DBA – Accelerated  (includes CBA)

9 months

This program schedule is very unique in that it alternates a set curriculum of intensive courses with breaks in study, where you may be eligible to work depending on permit requirements. The student cohort is often recent high school graduates with limited professional experience.


Same as Option 1: CBA – Fast Track

Plus the following:

  • Management Accounting  
  • Management Computing
  • Organizational Behaviour
  • Small Business Management
  • Strategic Leadership

Admission requirements
Secondary school completion and motivation to complete intensive program of study

View CBA Accelearted program info

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Option 4: DBA – Longer term  (includes CBA)

12–28 months, depending on courses selected per term

Students will typically select from a variety of course offerings and register in a minimum of three courses per term in the September and January terms. Most courses are scheduled for 13 weeks, one evening per week from 7 to 10 pm. Students may also take additional courses during the May term to shorten the duration of their total program if desired. 

Admission requirements
Minimum of secondary school completion and  two years professional experience

View DBA program info

English requirements

If your first language is not English, you will be asked to provide evidence of English fluency at a level of IELTS 6.0 – 6.5 (or equivalent). However, if you complete a high level English program through the UVic English Language Centre, you are not required to submit a IELTS score.

If you are a mid-career professionals, consider taking Professional English + International Management.

If you are a recent high school graduate, consider taking Advanced English + Business Diploma.



The UVic Certificate and Diploma in Business Administration (CBA/DBA) programs are laddered: all students begin their studies in the CBA program (8 courses) and may apply to continue in the DBA program (6 more courses, total 14) if they choose.  Our CBA/DBA programs may also qualify you to apply to a degree program at a partner institution. 

If you already have an undergraduate degree, successful completion of our CBA - Fast Track program may qualify you to apply to the UVic Master of Global Business program.  Please contact us for more details on transferability.


Work permit

With study options 2, 3 and 4, you may qualify to apply for a post-graduate work permit in Canada. Contact us to find out which option is right for you.


Accommodation Information

International students studying in Certificate or Diploma in Business Administration programs can participate in the award winning UVic homestay program.  

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Medical insurance

The plan provides emergency medical insurance coverage for international students who are new to UVic Continuing Studies. This plan covers required medical services to address new and unexpected illness or injury.

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