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General Business Studies: Diploma


The two-year General Business Studies Diploma is a flexible diploma option, allowing individuals to select a variety of areas of study in the School of Business once they have fulfilled the core requirements of the program.

Admission Requirements

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

Declaration Requirements

Students intending to graduate with this School of Business diploma must declare the credential. At the time of declaration, the student must satisfy all of the following requirements:

  • In good academic standing with the University
  • Completion of a minimum of 15 credits of undergraduate coursework.

Curricular Requirements

Students must complete 60 credits that include:

Business Foundation Courses

All of:
  BUSI 1215 Organizational Behaviour 3 credits
  BUSI 2390 Business Law 3 credits
  BUSI 2405 Operations Management 3 credits
  BUSI 2425 Enterprise Development and Business Planning 3 credits
  MRKT 1199 Introduction to Marketing 3 credits
All of Group A or all of Group B:
  Group A
  ACCT 2293 Accelerated Introductory Financial Accounting 3 credits
  Group B
  ACCT 1110 Introductory Financial Accounting I 3 credits
  ACCT 1210 Introductory Financial Accounting II 3 credits
Note: Students who choose Group B may count the additional ACCT course as a general elective.

Business General Studies Courses

Students must complete 21 credits (7 courses) of electives with a maximum of 9 credits (3 courses) between the 1100 and 2000 level from the following areas of study:

    • Applied Communication (CMNS)
    • Accounting (ACCT)
    • Business (BUSI)
    • Business & Quantitative Methods (BUQU)
    • Computer Business Systems (CBSY)
    • Economics (ECON)
    • Entrepreneurial Leadership (ENTR)
    • Human Resources Management (HRMT)
    • Information Technology (INFO)
    • Marketing (MRKT)
  • Breadth Education Courses

    All of:
      ENGL 1100 Introduction to University Writing 3 credits
      CMNS 1140 Introduction to Professional Communications 3 credits
      ECON 1150 Principles of Microeconomics 3 credits
    One of:
      BUQU 1130 Business Mathematics 3 credits
      MATH 1120 Differential Calculus 3 credits
      MATH 1130 Calculus for Life Sciences I 3 credits
      MATH 1140 Calculus I (Business Applications) 3 credits
    One of:
      BUQU 1230 Business Statistics 3 credits
      CRIM 2103 Quantitative Data Analysis I 3 credits
      MATH 1115 Statistics 1 3 credits
      MATH 2341 Introduction to Statistics for Business 3 credits
      PSYC 2300 Applied Statistics 3 credits
      SOCI 2365 Introduction to Social Research Statistics 3 credits
    Two Breadth Electives:
      Chosen from Courses numbered 1100 or higher in any area of study except ACCT, BUSI, ENTR, HRMT or MRKT. 6 credits

    Credential Awarded

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

    At a Glance

    School of Business

    Program Type:

    • Undergraduate

    Credential Granted:

    • Diploma

    Offered At:

    • KPU Langley  Langley
    • KPU Richmond  Richmond
    • KPU Surrey  Surrey

    Start Date(s):

    • Fall Intake (September)  September
    • Spring Intake (January)  January
    • Summer Intake (May)  May

    Intake Type:

    • Open Intake  Open intake


    • Full-time  Full-time
    • Part-time  Part-time

    Minimum Credits Required:

    • 60

    Instructional Cycle:

    • Semester-based

    Curriculum Effective Date:

    • 01-Sep-2015

    How to Declare:

    Applying to KPU:

    Last Updated: 14-Jun-2016

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