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McGill SCS Graduate Certificate in Business Management


The 15-credit Graduate Certificate in Business Management introduces the competencies necessary to succeed in a management position. It is designed to strengthen learners’ communication, problem-solving, critical thinking, and teamwork skills, while exploring shifting trends, new technologies, and essential techniques relevant to general and business management field. This program also prepares learners for further studies in the business management field.

Those who complete both the Graduate Certificate in Business Management and the Graduate Certificate in Advanced Business Management fulfill the Canadian Institute of Management’s academic requirements for obtaining the Chartered Manager (C.Mgr.) designation.


Type:   Graduate Certificate
Courses:   5
Credits:   15
Schedule:  full-time and part-time
Time:   Weekday evenings
Delivery:   In-person
Unit:   Management and Entrepreneurship
Questions?   info.conted [at]


Key Features

The new Graduate Certificate in Business Management focuses on fundamental subjects such as accounting, business economics, and marketing and reflects the latest trends and new business models. Also, in response to the industry's current demand for agile project management, a brand new course has been proposed to complement the program. The agile approach aims to enhance project delivery, reduce risk, and improve quality when dealing with undefined projects and ever-changing requirements.

Moreover, the program offers participants the flexibility to select additional complementary courses, including traditional project management, organizational behaviour, communication and presentation skills, and business law. By doing so, learners can tailor their studies to suit their specific interests and career goals.

Career Spotlight

This program is for early and mid-career professionals with an undergraduate degree (in any discipline) who want to begin a career in management at a large corporation, a private company, a small business, a financial institution, a government agency, or a public institution.

It aims to provide the participants with the needed competencies and skills to enter the business market in a variety of roles, such as:

  • Business Management Consultant
  • Business Development Officer
  • Entrepreneur
  • General Manager
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Office Manager
  • Organizational Analyst
  • Project Manager
  • Property Manager
  • Researcher, Organization and Methods
  • Sales Analyst
  • Sales Manager
  • Social Policy Researcher, Consultant and Program Officer

Graduates of the program can further enhance their management knowledge by completing the Graduate Certificate in Advanced Business Management, which presents a more strategic focus by covering topics in strategic management, business analytics, and contemporary corporate finance among others.

Message From the Academic Program Coordinator

Dear Learners,

Business Management graduates are in high demand worldwide. This program is designed to help learners develop core competencies, which are instrumental in a career at a large corporation, private company, small business, or public institution.

In response to the needs of the marketplace and new developments in industry, I am pleased to announce that we have redesigned our graduate-level program in Management. This new design is a result of our ongoing efforts to enhance our learners’ experience and improve their career prospects in today’s competitive business environment. With the changing nature of market trends, employers are increasingly demanding more from employees; the newly designed Graduate Certificate in Business Management prepares and provides learners with tools for advancement in the industry.

Our program includes courses designed to develop core competencies in accounting, economics, and marketing, disciplines that are instrumental in a career at a large corporation, private company, and financial or public institution.

You will also acquire many of the key transferable skills employers are looking for. You will be taught to think creatively and critically, express your views and ideas clearly, manage your time effectively, and work well independently and in teams.

McGill SCS offers a wealth of knowledge and opportunities for you. We provide ideal facilities in an international learning setting for you to forge strong connections with colleagues and instructors whilst studying and after graduation. As part of McGill SCS alumni, you will remain part of this exciting and active network long after you graduate.

Thank you for visiting our webpage and please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Warmest regards,

Kamal S. Salmasi, Ph.D., D.P.A., M.B.A.
Academic Director, Management and Entrepreneurship

Who Should Apply

This program is a good fit for you if you are a:

  • Graduate of management-related programs who has been working in areas unrelated to management and would like to upgrade your skills and refresh your knowledge in preparation for a prospective return to management-related employment.
  • Graduate of other disciplines who desires to learn the foundations of management theory and attain key skills for a prospective career transition.
  • Individual with a bachelor's degree who is interested in studying the fundamentals of business management and may subsequently pursue the Graduate Certificate in Advanced Business Management to attain the Chartered Manager/C.Mgr certification.

Learning Outcomes

The program is designed to enable you to:

  • Read, comprehend, and interpret various financial statements
  • Apply micro- and macroeconomic theoretical concepts to analyze and evaluate the status quo of the business.
  • Coordinate large and manage small projects
  • Change attitudes and motivate others
  • Implement a marketing program
  • Understand and observe the legal side of business

Delivery Format and Schedule

The program has been designed for in-person delivery, a process that McGill SCS believes to provide a comprehensive and rewarding classroom experience, complimented by extensive interaction between learners and faculty who are practitioners in various fields of management. The program is anchored in experiential learning, one that provides learners with the opportunity to work with peers and develop leadership skills. Intensive case study and technical simulation activities round out the learning experience.

The program will be delivered at the downtown campus of McGill University in the evenings, from Monday through Thursday, from 6 to 9 p.m. Some courses may be delivered on Saturdays during the day between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.


Required courses

9 credits from:
CEC2 632 Business Economics (3 credits)
CGM2 620 Agile Project Management: Theory and Practice (3 credits)
CMR2 642 Marketing Principles and Applications (3 credits)

Complementary courses

6 credits from:
CACC 621 Concepts of Financial Accounting (3 credits)
CCLW 611 Business Law Concepts (3 credits)
CGM2 610 Project Management: Tools and Techniques (3 credits)
CORG 651 Behaviour in Organizations (3 credits)
CPL2 610 Practical Communication and Presentation Skills (3 credits)

Or another 600-level course offered by the School of Continuing Studies and approved by the academic unit.

Admission Requirements
  1. Applicants must hold a Bachelor’s degree from an approved university with a minimum CGPA of 3.0/4.0 or 3.2/4.0 in the last two years of full-time academic studies.

    * If your CGPA is lower than the above requirement, please submit the following for consideration with your application and official transcript.

    a) Letter of Intent: A letter, one to two pages in length, single-spaced, written in English or French, which addresses the following:

    • basis for interest in the program;
    • your knowledge that would be pertinent to the program;
    • your interest in the field of study and the reasons for applying to our program;
    • plans for integrating the training into your current or future career;
    • a description of your professional experience and its relevance, if applicable, to the program;
    • awards received or other contributions;
    • any additional information relevant to your application.

    b) Curriculum Vitae

    c) Two Letters of Reference: At least one should be from a current or former employer.

  2. Applicants must provide proof of English Language proficiency.

Lecturers' Award for Students in General Management, International Business and Entrepreneurship

Established in 2017 by the Area Coordinator and a group of lecturers in the General Management, International Business and Entrepreneurship Area in the School of Continuing Studies for one or more undergraduate or graduate students enrolled in the Entrepreneurship, Business Management, or International Business programs. Awarded by the School of Continuing Studies on the basis of academic merit or on the basis of demonstrated financial need and good academic standing.

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