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Program Code: 2803

School: School of Business

Credential: Diploma

Program Type: Post-secondary program

Program Length: 2 years/ 4 semesters

Start Date: Fall, Winter, Summer

Location: Progress Campus


Telephone: 416-289-5000, ext. 2280

The Business program at Centennial College is for those interested in obtaining an education in multiple business disciplines. This diploma is a perfect credential for:

  • Building a resume for application to most entry-level business positions
  • Developing a foundation for a longer academic career in an area of specialty such as marketing, human resources, international business or operations and supply chain
  • Learning about a variety of industries and job sectors

Business program courses place an emphasis on the development of mathematical, computing, analytical and communication skills. Additionally, this School of Business offering allows you to develop a solid grounding in contemporary concepts, theories and business practices that are related to all the functional areas of the business enterprise. To ensure you are field-ready, you will participate in teamwork, undertake case analyses and pursue directed research on an individual basis.

Canadian Professional Sales Association (CPSA)

Graduates of the Business program will have completed all but two courses required to qualify for a Professional Sales Certificate (PSC) from the Canadian Professional Sales Association. In addition, Professional Selling (MKTG 223) and Digital Marketing (MKTG 229) will be offered regularly with options for day/evening classes. PSC designates will need to complete two years of professional sales employment to be eligible for the CPSA's professional designation Certified Sales Professional (CSP). Additional information can be found on the Canadian Professional Sales Association website.

Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Certification

Students who have successfully completed the COMP106 and/or COMP126 course(s) at Progress Campus will have had an opportunity to acquire the Microsoft Office Specialist credential. Centennial College, School of Business operates a Certiport Authorized Test Center (CATC) for any students, graduates, employees, or community members who may elect to pursue MOS certification. For additional details, please visit the Centennial College, Certiport Authorized Test Centre.

Semester 1
Course Code Course Title Location
ACCT-123 Financial Accounting Concepts Progress Campus
BUSN-119 Fundamentals of Business Progress Campus
COMM-160/161 College Communication 1 Progress Campus
COMP-126 Applied Business Software 2 Progress Campus
MATH-128 Mathematics of Finance I - E Progress Campus
MKTG-116 Marketing Progress Campus

Semester Note

MATH128 prepares students for MATH119, which is a required course for most School of Business Diploma programs. Applicants who test between 21/45 and 35/45 in the MATH Assessment test will be exempted from MATH128, and will take MATH118. Students who score 36/45 or higher will be exempted from MATH128 and MATH118 and will take MATH119.

Students with an English assessment score of 170/171 may take COMM170/171 in the first semester.
Semester 2
Course Code Course Title Location
BUSN-122 Customer Service & Relationship-Building Progress Campus
COMM-170/171 College Communication 2 Progress Campus
GNED-500 Global Citizenship: From Social Analysis to Social Action Progress Campus
INTL-220 International Business Concepts Progress Campus
MATH-119 Mathematics of Finance 1-E Progress Campus
OMGT-129 Introduction to Supply Chain and Business Operations Progress Campus
Semester 3
Course Code Course Title Location
BUSN-333 Business Culture and Collaborative Practices Progress Campus
GNED General Education Elective Progress Campus
HRMT-301 Human Resources Management Progress Campus
MGMT-222 Management Principles Progress Campus
MKTG-223 Professional Selling Progress Campus
MKTG-229 Digital Marketing Progress Campus
OMGT-229 Project Management Principles Progress Campus
Semester 4
Course Code Course Title Location
ACCT-222 Management Accounting 1 Progress Campus
BUSN-313 Careers Progress Campus
BUSN-331 Business Law Progress Campus
ECON-205 Principles of Microeconomics Progress Campus
GNED General Education Elective Progress Campus
HRMT-300 Organizational Behaviour Progress Campus

Semester Note

Minimum Program GPA of 2.0 (C Grade average) required to graduate.

Program Highlights

  • You will gain a solid foundation in the analytical disciplines.
  • The Business program includes extensive exposure to all the functional areas of business.
  • Technology-supported learning is offered in and out of the classroom.
  • You will have the opportunity to work in a team-based environment that is reflective of the field.
  • Experiential learning and case studies are part of many courses.
  • A team of professors with strong academic backgrounds, extensive business and management experience delivers course content.

Global Citizenship and Equity Portfolio

You will develop a portfolio documenting your engagement with the College's signature global citizenship and equity competencies. For more information on Global Citizenship and Equity, the GC&E Portfolio, opportunities for international travel and the available supports, please visit

Articulation Agreements

Start with a diploma, end with a degree! Successful graduates of this Business program will have the opportunity to apply their credits towards further study at the degree level. Listed below are the degrees from partnering universities that are available for this program. Note that each partnership has a specific minimum grade requirement in order to qualify for transferring credits.

University Degree
Algoma University Honours Bachelor of Arts, multiple majors
Honours Bachelor of Business Administration
Athabasca University Bachelor of Commerce
Bachelor of Human Resources & Labour Relations
Bachelor of Management
Davenport University Bachelor of Business Administration - Management
Bachelor of Business Administration - Human Resources Management
Bachelor of Business Administration - International Business
Bachelor of Business Administration - Marketing
Bachelor of Business Administration - Strategic Management
Master of Business Administration - Strategic Management
Griffith University Bachelor of Business - Management
Kookmin University Bachelor Degree
New Brunswick, University of Bachelor of Applied Management
Ontario Institute of Technology, University of Bachelor of Commerce (Honours), bridge
Robert Gordon University Honours Bachelor of Arts in International Business Management
Honours Bachelor of Arts in Management programs
Royal Roads University Business Degree
Windsor, University of Bachelor of Commerce (Honours)
York University Various (multi-lateral)

Career Outlook

  • Customer service representative
  • Procurement assistant
  • Administrative generalist
  • Marketing assistant
  • Assistant service supervisor
  • Junior business analyst
  • Operations assistant

Academic Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older)
  • English Grade 12 C or U, or equivalent (minimum grade required) or take the Centennial College English Skills Assessment for Admission
  • Mathematics Grade 11 or 12 C, M or U, or equivalent (minimum grade required) or take a Centennial College Math Skills Assessment for Admission

Additional Requirements

  • Students will be placed in the appropriate English level based on skills assessment results. This may lead to additional courses and require extra time and fees.

1. Apply Online

Are you an International Student? Apply directly to Centennial College here.

If you are applying through the Second Career Strategy, please apply at the Employment Training Centre for Second Career (Progress Campus). Second Career Strategy is a funding initiative for those who have been laid-off and are in need of training. For more information go to Second Career Strategy.

If you have previously attended a full time program at Centennial College, you may be eligible for a Program Transfer. Visit Enrolment Services at any Campus for information.

All other applicants must apply online at A non-refundable application fee of $95 must accompany applications. The fee is payable online, by telephone, online banking, by mail, or in person to For more information go to Application Fees.

2. Submit Documents

Current Ontario high school students and graduates from Ontario high schools: Notify your guidance counsellor that you have applied to college and your school will forward transcripts to Centennial College via

Graduates of college/university, or high school outside Ontario but within Canada: You are responsible for requesting that your educational institute sends any required documents and transcripts to

Applicants who attended school outside of Canada: If you are submitting transcripts to meet admission requirements, you must have the transcripts assessed by an independent credential assessment agency such as World Education Services (WES) or International Credential Assessment Service (ICAS).

For more information go to Submitting your Transcripts.

3. Confirm Your Offer of Admission

Offers of Admission are sent by mail to eligible applicants. When you receive your offer, you must login to your account at and confirm before the Deadline to Confirm noted in your offer letter.

You may confirm only one college and one program offer at a time.

You must confirm your offer by the Deadline to Confirm noted in your Offer of Admission letter or your seat may be given to another applicant.

When you confirm your Offer of Admission at Centennial College you are given access to your personal myCentennial account where you can check your email, grades, register for courses, pay tuition fees, and see your class timetable.

4. Pay Fees

Centennial fees statements are sent by email to your personal email account and to your myCentennial email account. Fees statements are not mailed.

You must make a minimum payment by the Fees Deadline noted in your Fees Statement or your seat may be given to another applicant.

5. Build Your Timetable (Register for Courses)

Build your timetable (web-register for courses) at

Fall registration begins mid-July
January registration begins mid-December
May registration begins mid-April

Your web-registration will not open if:

You have not submitted your minimum fee payment by the deadline
You received a Conditional Offer of Admission and you have not met the conditions of your offer.

Once you have paid your fees or have made appropriate arrangements, register for your courses online through myCentennial.

Fees noted below are estimates only. Tuition is based on two semesters, beginning Fall 2015.

Student Tuition (2 Semesters) Incidental Fees Total
Canadian $2,767.00 $950.00 $3,717.00
International $12,400.00 $2,145.00 $14,545.00