Certificate in General Business Studies


The one-year General Business Studies Certificate Program is designed to provide students with a broad range of fundamental business skills and an understanding of the business environment. Many classes are offered in the evening to accommodate part-time studies.

Faculty's website: kpu.ca/business

Department's website: kpu.ca/business/general-business-studies

Admission Requirements

The Faculty's Admission Requirements, which consist of KPU's undergraduate English Proficiency Requirement, apply to this program.

Curricular Requirements

Students must complete 30 credits that include:

BUSI 1110Fundamentals of Business in Canada3
BUSI 1215Organizational Behaviour3
ECON 1150Principles of Microeconomics3
MRKT 1199Introduction to Marketing3
Select one of the following:3
Introductory Financial Accounting I
Accelerated Introductory Financial Accounting 1
Select one of the following:3
Business Statistics
Quantitative Data Analysis I
Statistics I
Introduction to Statistics for Business
Applied Statistics
Introduction to Social Research Statistics
Select 4 courses from any of the following areas of study:12
Applied Communications (CMNS)
Accounting (ACCT)
Business (BUSI)
Business Quantitative Methods (BUQU)
Economics (ECON)
English (ENGL) 2
Information Technology (INFO)
Marketing (MRKT)
Computer Business Systems (CBSY)
Total Credits30

Certain elective courses have ACCT 2293 as a prerequisite. Refer to course listings for prerequisite information in order to plan your curriculum.


ENGL 1100, Introduction to University Writing, is recommended for students intending to pursue a diploma or Bachelor's Degree at KPU.


Students may select their elective courses according to the following guidelines for specialization in Business Management or Marketing.

Business Management Specialization

Select four courses from the following:12
Essentials of Management
Human Resources Management I
Union Management Relations
Business Law
Operations Management 1
Business Diploma Capstone 1
Negotiation Skills
International Business
Total Credits12

ACCT 2293 is a prerequisite.

Marketing Specialization

MRKT 1299Consumer Behaviour3
Select 3 coruses from Marketing (MRKT)9
Total Credits12

Credential Awarded

Upon successful completion of this program, students are eligible to receive a Certificate in General Business Studies.

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