6 Courses Required 201.00 Hours Required

The Certificate in Business Management is offered fully online, with three required courses and three elective choices. The practical focus of the courses help you develop a knowledge base and a range of strategies and skills to manage effectively and successfully in complex, dynamic organizational contexts, including for-profit and non-profit environments. The certificate can be completed over several years, depending upon how many courses you take each term and year.

The Certificate in Business Management is applicable to individuals pursuing managerial careers in any sector, industry and organization, including for-profit and no-profit entities.

What Will You Learn?

The certificate provides a comprehensive grounding in key skills and functions that allow you to make effective and successful short- medium-, and long-term managerial decisions in your organization. The course assessments provide you with the opportunity to apply what you have learned to your own professional or work context. In the three required courses in the certificate, you will learn theory and practice in leadership, strategy, and ethics. You then have the opportunity to select three elective courses to address your individual skill or knowledge gaps, or to focus on personal interest, from five choices: marketing, business law, economics, public relations and project management.

Who Should Take This Certificate?

You should take this certificate if:

  • You are in a decision-making capacity in your organization.
  • You are new to a management role or moving into a management role in your organization.
  • You aspire to a management role in your organization or a new organization.
  • You run your own business.

How Will You Benefit?

The Certificate in Business Management can help you:

  • Develop an authentic personal management and leadership style.
  • Apply a variety of approaches to strategy to your decision-making.
  • View your actions and decisions as a manager and leader through an ethics lens.
  • Fill personal knowledge and skill gaps in different aspects of management.
  • Pursue personal interest in different aspects of management.
  • Apply foundational skills in key functional areas of managing an organization, including marketing, project management and public relations.
  • Discuss and analyze management work using a strong theoretical and practical foundation.

Certificate Requirements

The certificate consists of six (6) courses over 216 hours. Three courses are required and three are electives.

The three required courses are:

  • OLCD-PALS0014 Mastering Strategy
  • OLCD-PALS0013 Ethics in Action
  • OLCD-PALS0012 Leadership Dynamics

Three elective courses can be selected from:

  • OLCD-BSMA0021 Principles of Marketing
  • OLCD-PSCP0015 Project Management in Practice
  • OLCD-PALS0015 Building Impact & Influence: Strategic Public Communications
  • OLCD-BSMA0022 Microeconomic Decision-Making for Leaders
  • OLCD-BSMA0023 Business Law Essentials for Leaders
  • OLCD-PALS0017 Critical Thinking, Decision-Making and Problem-Solving for Leaders

The courses can be completed in any order.

Fees and Schedule

Tuition fees for the courses in this certificate vary according to the degree of interactivity and corresponding course hours. See each course for the applicable tuition fee. Courses start in September, January and April. Each course is offered at least once a year. All courses are 12 weeks long and require a minimum of 36 hours of learning engagement.

For assistance or more information, please contact openlearning@dal.ca.

Do you have prior learning or experience relevant to this certificate?

It may be possible to receive advanced standing in this certificate based on your prior learning from work or life experience. We provide two types of recognition of prior learning:

  • Prior Certified Learning: Assessment of prior coursework or training through a provider, that is neither a university or college, for the purpose of advanced standing. Examples of certified learning may include military courses, accredited certificates, workplace training programs, etc.
  • Prior Experiential Learning: Assessment of previous work and life learning that may be equivalent to learning outcomes of university courses / programs, for the purpose of advanced standing. Relevant prior learning may come from work or volunteer experience, participation on committees or boards, independent study, etc.

To discuss how to use your prior learning to apply for advanced standing, please contact rpl@dal.ca.

Additional Details


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