Business Administration (Graduate Diploma)

Goodman School of Business Graduate Diploma

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The Graduate Diploma in Business Administration is designed to develop and integrate the broad-based, functional knowledge needed for career development. As a result, this program will be of particular interest to graduates from non-business disciplines and working professionals seeking the required business skills to aid them in the commercialization of an innovation, the expansion of an entrepreneurial endeavour or the pursuit of a managerial position. Successful students have the opportunity to transfer into the MBA program.

Entry point:

You can begin the full-time and part-time GDBA program in September or January. Part-time students may also begin in April.


Course-Based – Eight months / 10 courses (full-time)

Application deadline:

  • Applications from Canadian citizens and permanent residents:
    • Applications will be accepted until the program is full.
    • Applicants should apply as early as possible.
    • If you plan on applying after Aug. 1 for a fall start or after Nov. 1 for a January start, please contact the Graduate Programs Office first.

Pre-Admission Assessments

We’re happy to review your resume, transcript(s), and IELTS/TOEFL/GMAT score (if applicable) before applying to one of our programs.

A pre-admission assessment is the best way of assessing your eligibility for our Graduate programs. Together, we will identify your career and education goals and provide you with advice and strategies on how to submit a strong application.

To request a free pre-admission assessment, create an account on Goodman’s Graduate Portal and click on ‘Pre-assessment’ in the left-hand navigation.

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 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.
    • TOEFL IBT: 105
    • Academic IELTS: 7.5
    • Pearson Test of English (Academic): 72
  • APPLICATION DOCUMENTS (all documents must be submitted electronically)
    • Online OUAC application
    • Application fee ($140 CAD)
    • Scanned original transcripts from all post-secondary institutions
    • Three electronic reference reports
    • Statement of interest
    • Resumé
    • Scan of official TOEFL, IELTS or PTE score (if applicable)