Graduate Diploma in Business Administration

The Graduate Diploma in Business Administration is designed to provide individuals with breadth of knowledge across many key functional areas of business.

An advanced, cross-functional business focus

This program is comprised of five of the required credits in the existing Master of Business Administration (MBA) program at Brock University and, therefore, includes at least one course from all main areas of business, such as accounting, finance, and marketing.

The academic emphasis of the Graduate Diploma in Business Administration is on assisting students to develop and integrate the broad-based, functional knowledge needed for career advancement. As a result, this program will be of particular interest to graduates from non-business disciplines and working professionals who are seeking the required business skills to aid them in a managerial position, the commercialization of innovation, or the expansion of an entrepreneurial endeavour.

Application deadlines

You can begin the full-time and part-time Graduate Diploma in Business Administration program in September or January. Part-time students can also begin in April.

There is no set deadline for Graduate Diploma in Business Administration applications. Admissions are processed on a rolling basis and applications are reviewed as they are received. Applicants are recommended to apply at least 4 months before the start of their desired entry point to allow for necessary processing time.

Application review can take up to 1 month from when we receive a completed application. Admission decisions will be posted to your my.brocku.ca account as well as emailed to you.

GDBA Curriculum

The academic emphasis of the Graduate Diploma in Business Administration is on assisting students to develop and integrate the broad-based, functional business knowledge needed for career advancement.

This program will be of particular interest to graduates from non-business disciplines and working professionals who are seeking the required business skills to aid them in a managerial position, the commercialization of innovation, or the expansion of an entrepreneurial endeavour.

The Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (GDBA) is designed to provide students with the opportunity to develop a breadth of knowledge across the key functional areas of business. The program is comprised of five of the required credits in the Goodman Master of Business Administration degree and, therefore, includes at least one course from the main areas of business, such as accounting, finance, and marketing.

The program is normally a two-term or one year program for full-time students. The program is also available to students interested in part-time study.

Advanced standing is not available in the Graduate Diploma in Business Administration program. All coursework listed in the program plan must be completed to earn the diploma.

Typical Program Plan

Your program plan is custom designed for your needs and interests. Modification will be made if you are completing your program on a part-time basis.

Please note that advanced standing is not available in the Graduate Diploma in Business Administration program. All coursework listed in the program plan must be completed in order to earn the diploma.

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Frequently asked questions

The Graduate Diploma in Business Administration program can be taken on a full-time or part-time basis. Full-time students will normally complete the diploma over two terms or one academic year. Part-time students will normally complete the diploma program in 6 terms or two academic years.

Students who achieve a final overall average of 75% in the Graduate Diploma in Business Administration program may transfer directly to the Master of Business Administration degree program (MBA) with the approval of the Goodman Graduate Programs Office.

Those students who opt to transfer to the MBA will not receive or will relinquish the Graduate Diploma in Business Administration and instead may use the credits earned in the Diploma to fulfill half of the MBA degree requirements.

Successful completion of a four-year bachelor’s degree, or equivalent, from an accredited university, in any non-business discipline with an average of not less than 75% (mid-B) in the last two years of study and a GMAT score of minimum 550. Detailed admission requirements are listed in the section below.

Candidates who do not meet the minimum academic requirements can still be considered for admission if they have at least seven years of full-time work experience with significant managerial responsibility (as determined by the admissions committee). Candidates who are admitted based on work experience will be placed on probation for their first 2.50 credits (5 courses) and may be subject to involuntary withdrawal from the program if a grade below 70% is achieved in one or more courses.

We strongly recommend that anyone interested in the Graduate Diploma program contact the Goodman Graduate Programs Office through the Graduate Student Communication Portal first to request a pre-assessment of eligibility, prior to applying.

Additional program information

Full-time students take one (1) year (2 semesters) to complete the program. Part-time students are assumed to be studying for two (2) years (6 semesters).

Tuition and student fees are due at the beginning of each semester.

Tuition 2017-2018

Tuition is charged on a per course basis. Each course is equal to one half (.5) credit. Fees are subject to change.

Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents: $1,277.46 per course
International students: $2,788.96 per course

Detailed Fee Charts

Total Program  Cost (Full-Time)

Canadian Citizens and Permanent ResidentsInternational Students
Tuition for 10 Courses$12,775$27,890
Student Fees and Bus Pass$430$430
UHIP Health Coveragen/a$612
International Recovery Feen/a$750
Health and Dental Plan $475$475
Total Estimated Cost$13,680$30,157

Total Program  Cost (Part-Time)

Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents
Tuition for 10 Courses$12,775
Student Fees$416
Health and Dental Plan $475
Total Estimated Cost$13,191

We expect each student to bring a unique and diverse background and experience to the program.

Candidates are selected based on their academic ability, professional and leadership experience, and future potential for achievement and success in the business world. At Goodman, we encourage students to nurture and develop both sides of their brain by growing personally and academically.

Admission Requirements

  • Four year bachelor’s degree (Canadian equivalent) from an accredited university
  • B/75 per cent minimum academic average in last two years of undergraduate study (Canadian equivalent)
  • GMAT score of at least 550 or a minimum GRE score in the 60th percentile
    • GMAT/GRE waivers will be considered if you have completed an undergraduate or graduate degree from a Canadian or American university in the last seven years with an overall average of A- (80% or 3.67 GPA) or higher.
  •  *Applicants that do not meet one of the above noted criteria may be considered on an exceptional basis if they possess a minimum of seven years of significant full-time managerial work experience (as determined by the admissions committee). Candidates who are admitted based on work experience will be placed on probation and will be required to achieve a minimum grade of 70% in each of their first 5 courses in order to proceed in the program.
  • Minimum English Language Proficiency Score (if applicable):
    • TOEFL IBT: 105 /Academic IELTS: 7.5 / Pearson Test of English (Academic): 70
    • The Goodman School of Business may request an English Language score from any applicant whose first language is not English.
    • Do you require this? Please contact us for a personal assessment.

We strongly recommend that applicants who are interested in the Graduate Diploma in Business Administration program contact us first through the Graduate Portal for a pre-assessment of eligibility, prior to submitting an application.

We’re here to help. Contact one of our staff members regarding the application process and we’ll guide you through all the options available to you.

 Summary of Application Documents

All applications and application documents for the Graduate Diploma in Business Administration must be submitted electronically. Hard copy application documents will not be accepted.

If you meet the criteria and wish to be considered for a GMAT waiver, please contact us before submitting your application.

All applications must include:

  • Online OUAC Application 
  • Non Refundable Application Fee ($130 Canadian)
    • The application fee can be paid by credit card or online banking. All application fees are received by OUAC, not by Goodman or Brock University.
  • Required Documents
    • Within three business days of your application payment being processed you will be contacted by email by Brock University. The email will include instructions to activate your my.brocku.ca account and to upload your required application documents.
    • Please visit the document upload instructions and document types page for more information
  • Scans of original transcripts from all post-secondary institutions
    • The scanned copy must be of your official transcript, not your student/self-serve copy.
    • Any documents that are not in English or French must be translated into English and notarized before they are accepted. Both the translated and the original version must be scanned and uploaded.
    • If you are a Brock student, your Brock transcript will be uploaded for you.
  • Two electronic reference reports
    • Reference reports can be academic and/or professional.
    • Reference reports can only be submitted using the Brock University electronic reference system.
    • Your referees will be emailed automatically with instructions to complete the electronic reference report once your application has been received by Brock University.
  • Scan of official GMAT score report
    • A scanned copy of the official or unofficial test-takers score report
    • Please have GMAT scores electronically sent to Brock University – Goodman School of Business in addition to uploading a scan of your official score report to your my.brocku.ca account
  • Statement of interest
    • Your statement of interest should be one page, single or double spaced.
  • Résumé
  • Scan of official TOEFL, IELTS or ITELP  score (if applicable) 
    • Do you need this? Please contact us for an assessment.
    • The Goodman School of Business may request an English Language score from any applicant whose first language is not English.
  • A personal interview may be required.

If you are offered admission to our program, you will be required to send in official transcripts and official proof of degree completion. Please visit the document types page for further details.

Once submitted, all documents are the property of Brock University and will not be returned.

  1. Complete the online OUAC application.
  2. Upload required documents to your my.brocku.ca account.
  3. Monitor your application status through your my.brocku.ca account.
  4. Contact us on the Graduate Portal if you have any questions.

Living Expenses and Books

Living expenses and books are extra. We recommend that you budget approximately $9,000-$12,000 per year for living expenses and books, depending on your lifestyle.