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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

Email: business@centennialcollege.ca

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 management/leadership, marketing, human resources, international business or operations and supply chain
  • Learning about a variety of industries and job sectors

This program allows you to develop a solid grounding in contemporary concepts, theories and business practices that are related to the functional areas of the business enterprise.  You will study accounting, business communications, customer service, business computer applications, human resources management, marketing principles, organizational behavior, business ethics, Canadian business law, project management, microeconomics, and operations management so you can discover your perfect career fit.

To ensure you are ready for the modern business environment you will engage in experiential learning through teamwork, case studies or projects, hands-on use of business technologies, research, and role-plays or simulations. This program will help you develop the transferrable employment skills employers seek; the abilities you need to enter, remain, and progress in the world of work.  You will develop your ability to communicate, manage information, use numbers, think and solve problems, demonstrate positive attitudes and behaviours, be responsible, be adaptable, work safely, learn continuously, work with others, and participate in projects and tasks.

Canadian Professional Sales Association (CPSA)

Courses within the Business program are accredited by the CPSA. Graduates of the program will have had an opportunity to complete all educational requirements for CPSA (may depend on business electives selected) and can submit an application to the CPSA to receive a Professional Sales Certificate (PSC).  For more information regarding CPSA certification, please contact your School of Business program student advisor or visit 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 more information regarding MOS certification, please contact your School of Business program student advisor or 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

  • Gain a solid foundation in the functional areas of business
  • Hands-on experience using a variety of business software tools
  • Learning supported by technology both in and out of the classroom
  • Opportunity to work in a team-based environment that is reflective of the field
  • Participate in experiential learning activities through case studies, projects, hands-on applications, research, role-plays or simulations which are part of many courses
  • Learning experience guided by a team of professors with strong academic backgrounds and extensive business and management experience

Global Citizenship and Equity Portfolio

Employers are increasingly expecting candidates to become job ready, able to skillfully navigate across multiple identities, cultures and countries in a globalized economy.  At the same time, the public is insisting on greater social accountability and environmental sustainability from businesses, governments and service providers. Centennial’s Signature Learning Experience (SLE) integrates the principles of Global Citizenship & Equity (GCE) Education into the curriculum and provides co-curricular as well as global education opportunities to support students to excel in a diverse world.  For more information on Global Citizenship and Equity, the GC&E Portfolio, opportunities for international travel and the available supports, please visit Centre for Global Citizenship, Education & Inclusion.

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
  • Sales representative
  • 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 Ontariocolleges.ca. 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 Ontariocolleges.ca. For more information go to Ontariocolleges.ca 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 Ontariocolleges.ca.

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 Ontariocolleges.ca.

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 Ontariocolleges.ca 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 my.centennialcollege.ca.

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