Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (GDBA)

The Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (GDBA) 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.

Currently accepting applications for:

Winter term (January) 2020

Transferring to the MBA

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. Students who transfer into the MBA will relinquish their Graduate Diploma.

Goodman GDBA program at-a-glance

Full-time GDBAPart-time GDBA
Available entry pointsJanuary (Winter term) and September (Fall term)January (Winter term), April/May (Spring term) and September (Fall term)
Study optionsOn-campusOn-campus
Duration of the programOne year (eight months)Two years
Deadline to applyThere is no deadline to apply. See below for more details.There is no deadline to apply. See below for more details.
Average time for review of completed applicationsTwo to three weeksTwo to three weeks

For more information, please see below.

CANDIDATE SELECTION

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.

Minimum requirementNotes:
Degree typeFour-year bachelor’s degree in any fieldMust be from an accredited institution.
GPAB / 75% (Canadian equivalent)GPA is calculated based on last two years of undergraduate degree only.
GMAT / GRE550 / 60th percentileGMAT/GRE waivers are considered for students who have completed their bachelor’s or master’s degree in Canada or the U.S. in the last seven years with an overall average of at least 80% (without rounding).
English Language Proficiency*Academic IELTS - 7.5 overallMinimum of 6.5 in each section is recommended.
orTOEFL iBT - 105 overallMinimum of 21 in Reading, Listening and Speaking. Minimum of 24 in Writing is recommended.
orPearson Test of English (Academic) - 72 overallMinimum of 59 in each section is recommended.
Work experienceNo specific requirementPreferred but not required.

*If applicable. The Graduate Programs Office reserves the right to request English Language Proficiency scores from any applicant.

 

Applicants that do not meet one of the above noted criteria (degree type, GPA or GMAT/GRE score) 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.

QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR ELIGIBILITY FOR THE GDBA?

Request a FREE pre-assessment.*

It can be an expensive risk to complete the application process for an GDBA, only to discover that you don’t qualify for admission. At Goodman, we don’t want you to waste your time or money. Send us your transcripts and resumé and we will conduct a free pre-assessment to not only let you know if you are eligible for one of our programs, but also if we think your application will be competitive enough for admission.

Create a profile to submit your resumé and transcripts by visiting the Goodman Graduate Portal.

*Please note that a pre-assessment does not guarantee admission to the university. Students must submit an official application for admissions consideration. 

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 reviews can take up to 1 month from when we receive a completed application. Admission decisions will be posted to your my.brocku.ca account.

STEPS TO APPLY

  1. Complete the online OUAC application.
  2. Upload the required documents to your my.brocku.ca account.
  3. Monitor your application status through your my.brocku.ca account.

SUMMARY OF APPLICATION DOCUMENTS
All applications and application documents for the GDBA program 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 ($140 CAD)
    • The application fee can be paid by credit card or online banking. All application fees are received by OUAC, not by the Goodman School of Business at Brock University.
  • Required Documents
    • Within three business days of your application payment being processed you will be contacted via 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.
    • The transcript must also include the institution grading scale.
    • 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.
    • Please visit the referee FAQ webpage for more information.
  • Scan of official GMAT score report
    • A scanned copy of the official or unofficial test-takers score report.
    • Please have GMAT scores sent to Program Code: XVJ-BG-24 in addition to uploading the score report to your my.brocku.ca account.
    • Please have GRE scores sent to Institution Code: 6773 in additional to uploading the score report to your my.brocku.ca account.
  • Statement of interest
    • Your statement of interest should be one page (single or double spaced).
    • Your statement of interest should address the following: Why you are applying to the GDBA program specifically, why you are applying to Brock/Goodman specifically, what your future career goals are, and why you would be an ideal GDBA candidate.
  • Resumé
  • Graduate Studies Internal Scholarship/Award Application
    • Completion of this form will ensure that you are considered for any awards/scholarships for which you may be eligible.Ensure that you have pop-ups enabled in your web browser, then use the “Go To Form” button next to the “Graduate Student Internal Entrance Scholarship/Award Application” document on your portal account, to complete the required form (you must have pop-ups enabled for the form to open).
  • Scan of official IELTS, TOEFL or PTE score (if applicable)
    • Do you need this? Please contact the Graduate Programs Office for an assessment.
    • Please note that the Goodman School of Business may request an English language score from any applicant.
    • Please have IELTS/TOEFL scores sent electronically to Brock University – Goodman School of Business in addition to uploading a scan of your official score report to your my.brocku.ca account.
  • A personal interview may be required.

If you are offered admission to our program and you are not already a Brock student, you will be required to send in official transcripts and official proof of degree completion. International students will also be required to provide proof of immigration status. Please visit the document types page for further details. Once submitted, all documents become the property of Brock University and will not be returned.

QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR APPLICATION?

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 2019-2020

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: $1,207.19 per half credit course
  • International students: $3,074.82 per half credit course

TUITION AND RELATED FEES (FULL-TIME)

This chart reflects approximately how much you will be paying to attend the Goodman GDBA as a full-time student.

Canadian Citizens and Permanent ResidentsInternational Students
Tuition for 10 courses$12,070$30,750
Student fees and bus pass$480$480
UHIP health coverageNot applicable$635
International recovery feeNot applicable$750
Health and dental plan$475$475
Total estimated costs$13,025$33,090

TUITION AND RELATED FEES (PART-TIME)

This chart reflects approximately how much you will be paying to attend the Goodman GDBA as a part time student.

Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents
Tuition for 10 courses$12,070
Student fees$500
Total estimated costs$12,570

For a full breakdown of tuition fees, please visit the Financial & Administrative Services website. In case of any minor differences, your tuition charged on your my.brocku.ca account will be considered correct.

LIVING EXPENSES AND BOOKS

Living expenses and books are extra. We recommend that you budget approximately $15,000-$20,000 per year for living expenses and books, depending on your lifestyle.

We do not have any financial aid available to GDBA students at this time.

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