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General Business Studies: Certificate


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.

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:

All of:
  BUSI 1110 Fundamentals of Business in Canada 3 credits
  BUSI 1215 Organizational Behaviour 3 credits
  ECON 1150 Principles of Microeconomics 3 credits
  MRKT 1199 Introduction to Marketing 3 credits
One of:
  ACCT 1110 Introductory Financial Accounting I 3 credits
  ACCT 2293 Accelerated Introductory Financial Accounting* 3 credits
One of:
  BUQU 1230 Business Statistics 3 credits
  CRIM 2103 Quantitative Data Analysis I 3 credits
  MATH 1115 Statistics I 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
  4 courses chosen from any of the following areas of study:
Applied Communications (CMNS), Accounting (ACCT), Business (BUSI), Business Quantitative Methods (BUQU), Computer Business Systems (CBSY), Economics (ECON), English (ENGL)†, Information Technology (INFO), or Marketing (MRKT)
12 credits

* 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 and have the specialization documented on their transcript.

Business Management Specialization

Four of:
  BUSI 1210 Essentials of Management 3 credits
  BUSI 1250 Human Resources Management I 3 credits
  BUSI 2360 Union Management Relations 3 credits
  BUSI 2390 Business Law 3 credits
  BUSI 2405 Operations Management* 3 credits
  BUSI 2425 Enterprise Development and Business Planning* 3 credits
  BUSI 2465 Business Negotiations 3 credits
  BUSI 2490 International Business 3 credits

Note: * ACCT 2293 is a prerequisite.

Marketing Specialization

  MRKT 1299 Consumer Behaviour 3 credits
  3 courses from Marketing (MRKT) 9 credits

Credential Awarded

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

Successful completion of a specialization in Business Management or Marketing will be documented on transcripts.

At a Glance

School of Business

Program Type:

  • Undergraduate

Credential Granted:

  • Certificate

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:

  • 30

Instructional Cycle:

  • Semester-based

Curriculum Effective Date:

  • 01-Sep-2016

Applying to KPU:

Last Updated: 13-Jun-2018

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