Centennial College has resumed limited in-person lab instruction using a phased approach

Home The Business School Blog 2014 March 05 University students turn to college for graduate studies

University students turn to college for graduate studies

A group of five graduates huddle together for a group shot, with their gowns and own attire at convocation


A majority of Centennial’s population consists of experienced students, with many holding a university degree or college diploma. The School of Business welcomes the opportunity to help undergraduates specialize in their fields and earn career advancement opportunities in their professions. Its graduate certificate programs take only about year to complete, helping students begin their careers as soon as possible.

A wide selection of postgraduate programs is available, all with management aspects. Their courses are filled with strategic insights, helping students become business leaders. Programs areas include finance, accounting, human resources, logistics, marketing, paralegal, project management, and international business. Studies last two or three semesters, with the exception of the newly-expanded four semesters in the Global Business Management program. Some programs includes a mandatory internship at the end of the school year, where students find employment upon graduation.

The courses help to achieve industry certifications and requirements. Here are some examples:
• The Financial Planning program has CSC (Canadian Securities Course) preparation courses as some of the electives offered for students who want to be a Certified Financial Planner.
• The Strategic Management – Accounting program helps accelerate CGA (Certified General Accountant) designation, where students will receive level four CGA transfer credit.
• In partnership with the Canadian Institute of Traffic and Transportation (CITT), the Logistics Management program helps students complete some academic requirements to pursue the CITT designation through exemptions from specific CITT courses.
• Students who want to become Payroll professionals can take Canadian Payroll Association (CPA) courses at Centennial through the Payroll Management program, where qualified students can earn the Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP) professional designation.
• By completing the Paralegal program, learners are eligible to take the mandatory LSUC (the Law Society of Upper Canada) licensing examination, so they can practice in Ontario.
• The Marketing - Research & Analytics program awards graduates with a certificate of recognition upon completion of the three specified SAS® courses in the program, which certifies the graduate as a SAS® professional.
• Licensed by the Project Management Institute as a Registered Education Provider, the Project Management program allows graduates to write the exam to become a Project Management Professional.

The admission requirements for most graduate studies are a university degree or a three-year college diploma. Some areas require students to have relevant studies and possibly experience, but there are programs offered that are open to graduates of any discipline. Learners earn an Ontario College Graduate Certificate upon completion of their programs.