Available as a two-year program
Earn a Business degree at Loyalist College: Begin your journey in Loyalist’s two-year Business diploma program and then transfer into the third year of Seneca's Honours Bachelor of Commerce – Business Management program. Get the inside scoop on this pathway by joining us for a webinar on June 10 at 1 pm or July 20 at 5 pm!
"The faculty team is phenomenal - caring individuals with the common goal of wanting their students to succeed. Even though I have graduated, they continue to inspire me and advise me on ways that I can improve. "
- Business Administration 2011
- Materials Management 2012
- Buyer/Materials Coordinator, Impacto Protective Products Inc.
"My two years in Business allowed me to discover what my interests are in the business world. I had the opportunity to meet new people and really work on my confidence. Public speaking was once a nightmare for me, but after giving presentations in front of supportive classmates and faculty, it became something I volunteered to take on in group assignments. Our classroom atmosphere was incredible. I felt at ease, and I was never afraid to ask a question or contribute to discussions."
- Business 2014
- Public Relations post-grad student
"It’s great to get first-hand experience solving business challenges and help community members with our community projects. The professors are there to support us and we get to learn from professionals with tons of experience in their field."
- Business Administration student
"In one of my Loyalist classes we were responsible for contacting a business professional and inviting them to present to our class. It was a great opportunity to learn about Impacto and make a lasting connection in the industry. "
Mary Beth Webster
- Business 2012
- Business Administration 2013, with advanced certificates in Human Resources Management and Operations Management
Two-year Ontario College Diploma in Business
- Start Date
September and January entry
Find your career
A career in business is more than numbers and banking – it’s a complex balance of finance, marketing, products and services you offer, and the people behind them. The two-year Business program provides grads with the skills for:
- Entry-level positions within the business, not-for-profit and retail sectors.
- Careers as logistics coordinators, event coordinators, retail managers, production supervisors and shift supervisors. Grads of the three-year Business Administration program earn specialized skills tailored for careers in:
- Human resource administration, industrial relations, training and development, staff planning and job analysis, occupational health and safety, and purchasing and quality control.
Our grads get great jobs
- Manager Trainer and General Manager, Foot Locker's "House of Hoops" Canada
- Operations Analyst, Cineplex Entertainment
- Human Resources Generalist, Magna International
- Financial Services Manager, Bank of Montreal
- Inventory Control, 8 Wing/CFB Trenton
- Logistics Manager, Stegg
- Human Resources Coordinator, Lowe’s
- Purchasing Buyer/Planner and Quality Analyst, Impacto Protective Products
- Administration Coordinator, Canadian Food Inspection Agency
- Accounts Manager, Bel-Con Engineering
Is it for you?
Business training will prepare you to manage projects and people. People who thrive in this field have:
- An entrepreneurial spirit
- The ability to organize and lead
- An analytical nature
- A strong work ethic
What employers say
“The long-term care industry is growing rapidly. This field needs Business graduates to help us develop and implement new and innovative business solutions.”
Director, John M. Parrott Centre
“There are tremendous career opportunities within insurance and financial planning. We are looking for Business graduates to help us satisfy existing clients’ needs as well as expanding into new business opportunities.”
Financial Centre Manager, Sun Life Financial
“I have worked with a variety of manufacturing and service companies and it’s obvious to me there is a great need for Business graduates to help management overcome the challenges they face.”
Business & Personal Development Coach, LMI Canada Inc.
Explore a broad mix of business options in this interactive program, including:
- Social media marketing.
- Financial decision making and supply chain management.
- Effective workplace presentation skills.
- Corporate responsibility and sustainability — economic, social and environmental.
- How to develop a comprehensive business plan for your own business idea.
Projects with community partners provide concrete, hands-on experience, working individually and in teams to overcome real-world challenges. You could:
- Coordinate a conference
- Design a training program
- Develop a recruitment strategy
- Perform a market analysis
- Create a marketing plan
- Conduct an operational productivity audit
Hands-on instruction takes you beyond the classroom:
- Enhance your learning with faculty coaches and business mentors.
- All students have the opportunity to be involved in Enactus Loyalist — a student-run organization dedicated to finding solutions to economic, environmental and social challenges through entrepreneurship and collaboration.
Outstanding faculty make the difference
- Students have open-door access to dedicated and experienced instructors who stay current with the latest industry trends.
- Learn from MBAs with experience as bankers, retail managers, stockbrokers and entrepreneurs.
- First Year - Semester One
- COMP1022 Business Computer Applications 1
- This course develops writing and presentation skills for the workplace, along with a range of computer skills to facilitate the design, creation and delivery of business communications. Through a progressive series of writing and presentation tasks, learners use email, memoranda, short reports, and individual and group presentations to create focused messages, with appropriately sourced facts, for a variety of business audiences. Internet and database research, basic word processing, spreadsheeting and presentation software skills support the process.
- MATH1033 Business Math
- This course covers the basic skills required by students to comprehend the essentials of business mathematics. Topics covered include an arithmetic and algebra review, percentages, ratios, commercial mathematics, and simple and compound interest.
- COMM1048 College Writing Skills
- This course focuses on writing and research skills required for successful completion of college-level studies. The course will promote development and improvement of research and writing skills that can be applied to students’ chosen programs of study.
- BUSI2001 Human Resources Management
- In order to remain competitive all organizations need to manage their human resources. This course gives students an overview of the functional areas of human resource management including strategy, recruiting, compensation, performance management, health and safety, industrial relations, planning, and training.
- BUSI1016 Introduction to Business
- This course provides an overview of business in the Canadian environment using an integrated model. Topics covered include: the environment of business (social, technological, economic and political) as well as functional areas of business (marketing, accounting, finance, production and human resources) and legal and corporate governance information. A semester-long group project will provide students with the opportunity to explore the world of business, create work habits related to researching a company and stay current with what is going on in the business world.
- MRKT1005 Introduction to Marketing
- Welcome to marketing! Students learn how businesses reach and influence their customers. This course covers far more than advertising. Students discover how to create a marketing plan that can sell.
- MEDI1022 Social Media & Emerging Technology
- Students learn about Skype, Facebook, Twitter, SMART Board, Smart phone apps, and C.R.M. Topics covered include the newest social media and business tools essential for employment. Get "LinkedIn" to social networking tools and gain an understanding of their application in today's business world.
- First Year - Semester Two
- COMP1021 Business Computer Applications - Excel
- Organizations of varying sizes and in various sectors can benefit from the use of spreadsheets. As such, individuals who have highly developed spreadsheet skills using tools such as Microsoft Excel will be able to assist these organizations with their functional activities. This course explore skills such as: formatting cells and worksheets; using formulas and functions; analyzing and organizing data; and presenting data visually. Upon successful completion of this course, students will have covered the components and related tasks and skills needed to prepare for the MOS (Microsoft Office Specialist) certification exam for Excel.
- WRIT1002 Business Writing
- This course develops the skills required for success in the business community. Emphasis is placed on writing for the workplace to facilitate the design, creation and delivery of business communications. Learners use email, letter and memorandum writing, formal report writing, and internal and external communications to create focused messages with appropriately sourced facts for a variety of business audiences.
- ECON2000 Economics
Use economic fundamentals to interpret today's headlines and discover tomorrow's opportunities.
This course will provide the learner with a micro view of supply and demand and market competition leading to a macro view of our economy (local, domestic and global) and the Canadian financial system.
- ACCT1010 Introduction to Financial Accounting
- Learn the basics of financial accounting by using Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). Students learn how businesses “keep score” through the elements of the accounting cycle and preparing financial statements. In addition, the course offers an introduction to workplace accounting software such as Sage 50.
- BUSI2002 Operations Management
- This course is designed to acquaint students with the concepts and functions of operations management. Topics covered will include the nature of operating systems, forecasting, capacity management, quality, inventory management and scheduling.
- BUSI3007 Organizational Behaviour
- The behavioural dynamics of the workplace are complex. Technology is impacting the way we work, the way we interact, and the way we manage people. This course examines the factors that influence human behaviour and performance in the workplace, including emotional intelligence, personality, motivation, team behaviour, leadership, organizational change and cultural characteristics.
- GNED General Education Elective
- General Education Courses
- Second Year - Semester Three
- BUSI2009 Accounting for Decision Making
- This course transforms financial and accounting language and concepts into decision-making tools the non-financial manager can use successfully every day. Students learn to apply the fundamentals of accounting to improve budget management, increase potential profits, sell new ideas and assess the financial viability of projects.
- BUSI2004 Basics of Supply Chain Management
- This course is designed to acquaint the student with concepts, techniques and procedures utilized in the materials management operation. Major topics include master planning, materials requirements planning, inventory control, purchasing, production control, cycle counting systems, demand management, distribution management, and the just-in-time system.
- MRKT2006 Digital Marketing Strategy
- Students take their marketing skills to the next level by focusing on strategies to achieve profitable customer relationships. Students gain knowledge of the marketing mix to create strategic marketing plans and then help local businesses with their exciting projects.
- ECON2001 Macro Economics
- The processes and principles of macroeconomics, such as interest rates, unemployment and inflation are developed to explain the determination of levels of national income and output, employment, price levels and other macroeconomics indicators. How these indicators are related to public policy in Canada will also be examined from a financial perspective. Global issues will be discussed as they affect the Canadian economy.
- SUST1000 Principles of Sustainability & Social Responsibility
- Integrating sustainability principles into organizations is being recognized today as something critical to the success of businesses presently and in the future. This course highlights the three pillars of sustainability (economic, social and environmental) and examines how businesses are using them throughout the organization while competing in a changing world. Students develop a foundation of business sustainability principles which will be explored further in other areas of the curriculum and used in many functional areas of business.
- BUSI3011 Project Management
- This course engages students with its hands-on approach and in-depth coverage of currently utilized, industry recognized project management software systems including Microsoft Office Project. Through the exploration of these systems, students acquire foundational project management knowledge, in the areas of project planning, defining scope, priorities, and work breakdown structure, creating scheduling estimates for timing and project costs, developing project networks and communicating project information, identifying compliance and risk issues, assigning resources, identifying potential efficiencies and tracking progress.
- GNED General Education Elective
- General Education Courses
- Second Year - Semester Four
- BUSI2003 Business Community Project
- In real-time cooperation with community partners from a variety of fields, student teams collaborate to create and manage projects based on the specified needs of each organization.
- LAWS1000 Business Law & Ethics
- Students prepare for the increasingly complex world of business. Students learn how the legal system and laws impact the organization and management of business enterprises. The course will focus on the principles of private law embodied in contract law, in employment legislation, in tort law and in understanding the legal decisions rendered by Canadian courts as they pertain to business. Issues of professional liability, ethics and codes of professional conduct are also discussed. Students develop an ability to recognize and respond appropriately to legal situations that can occur in an accounting environment.
- BUSI3004 Business Simulation
- Using the Capstone Business Simulation software, students simulate all aspects of management. Students make decisions in: strategy and tactics, policy, production, accounting, marketing, finance, quality control, human resources, leadership and teamwork.
- ENTR2000 Entrepreneurship
- In this course students will learn about the skills, competencies and challenges of self-employment. By the end of the course, students will have researched and written a comprehensive business plan. They are introduced to the nature of entrepreneurship and small business. Students learn to seek out entrepreneurial opportunities, develop new business venture plans, manage a small business, and evaluate the financial performance of the venture.
- PROF2001 Professional Development
- Students participate in activities to support ongoing professional development. Exploration includes developing a better understanding of oneself, which can be translated into professional documents (e.g. résumé, cover letter) and matched to specific jobs, career paths and interview preparation. This course examines networking, professional bodies, certifications, available educational opportunities and conducting research that is used to adapt to changing workforce demands and trends, and to enhance employment opportunities.
- MATH2009 Statistics
- In this course, students are introduced to statistics. The course teaches quantitative methods used in data analysis and business decision making with a focus on the use and applications of contemporary statistical software.
- GNED General Education Elective
- General Education Courses
*Courses subject to change.
Loyalist offers flexible learning
- You can start your program in September or January.
- Expand your opportunities with a double diploma in another College program in as little as two semesters.
- You can transfer to or from the same program at any Ontario college and receive full credit for the courses you have completed.
Earn a Business degree at Loyalist College
Why leave the Bay of Quinte region to pursue a Business degree when you don’t have to?
Begin your journey in Loyalist’s two-year Business diploma program and then transfer into the third year of Seneca's Honours Bachelor of Commerce – Business Management program. Learn more.
Turn your diploma into a degree
Many universities across Canada and abroad will provide credit recognition for your diploma studies at Loyalist. The following is a list of agreements that are currently in place. There are many more options, and new agreements are added annually. Contact your university of choice to make individual arrangements.
- Algoma University
- Bachelor of Arts
- Bachelor of Business Administration
- Bachelor of Science
- Bachelor of Computer Science
- Athabasca University
- Bachelor of Commerce
- Bachelor of Human Resources and Labour Relations
- Bachelor of Management (three or four-year degree)
- Bachelor of Professional Arts in Communication Studies
- Australian Catholic University – Bach. of Business
- Brock University – various*
- Carleton University
- Conestoga College – Bachelor of Business Administration in International Business Management
- Davenport University
- Bachelor of Arts in Management
- Bachelor of Arts in International Business
- Bachelor of Arts in Marketing
- Bachelor of Arts in Sports Management
- Bachelor of Arts in Human Resource Management
- B.B.A./M.B.A. Strategic Human Resource Management
- B.B.A./M.B.A. Strategic Management
- Griffith University – Bachelor of Business
- Humber College
- B.Comm. e-Business Marketing
- B.Comm. Fashion Management
- B.Comm. International Business
- B.Comm. Hospitality and Tourism
- Institutes of Technology Ireland
- Lakehead University – Bachelor of Business Administration or Bachelor of Commerce (Honours)
- Laurier Brantford – any honours program
- Laurentian University – various*
- Limerick Institute of Technology
- Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Business Studies with Sports Management (Year 3)
- Bachelor of Business Studies (Honours) in Enterprise and Innovation (Year 3)
- Nipissing University – Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours) or Bachelor of Commerce
- Royal Roads University – Bachelor of Commerce in Entrepreneurial Management
- Seneca College
- B.Comm. Business Management
- B.Comm. Financial Services Management
- B.Comm. Human Resources Strategy and Technology
- B.Comm. International Accounting and Finance
- B.Comm. International Business Management
- Bach. Interdisciplinary Studies
- Thompson River University – B.A.
- University of Fredericton/Husson University – Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
- Ontario Tech University – Bachelor of Commerce (Honours); B.A. Adult Education and Digital Technology
- University of Waterloo – various*
- Western University – various*
- University of Windsor – Bachelor of Commerce (Honours Business Administration)
- Wilfrid Laurier University – various*
- York University – various*
* Various potential degree pathways. Please confirm details with the receiving institution.
Post-grad at Loyalist
Business graduates are welcome to apply for a one-year post-grad certificate in:
Explore opportunities to continue your studies in Ireland:
How much will it cost?
Approximate costs (2019 – 20)
- Domestic Tuition: $2,722.08
- Full-Time Ancillary Fees:* $1,301
- Total: $4,023.08
Additional costs, such as supplies, travel and parking, may be incurred during workplace visits, etc.
*Please visit the Tuition and Fees web page for a list of the many services, activities and items included within the ancillary fees, and the related policies
Bursaries and financial assistance
Loyalist has a number of scholarships, bursaries and academic awards available to students. Our Financial Aid Office can help you explore your options, or assist you with a student loan.
Required academic preparation
- OSSD/OSSGD or equivalent with courses at the general, advanced, (C), (U) or (M) level, AND
- Grade 12 English (C) level or equivalent
Prior learning assessment and recognition
Applicants with work experiences or other types of non-credentialed learning may be eligible for credits at Loyalist. Graded credits (as opposed to exemptions) are granted. Click here for more information about our assessment and credit challenge process.
Click here for information about how to apply, international student fees and more.
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Enactus Loyalist – 2013 Nationals
Enactus is an international non-profit organization that brings together student, academic and business leaders who are committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need. Guided by academic advisors and business experts, the student leaders of Enactus create and implement community empowerment projects around the globe. Loyalist students have the opportunity to participate in Enactus Loyalist College, recognized in 2011 as one of the top five Enactus organizations in Canada.
On May 7 and 8, 2013, Canadian Enactus teams gathered in Toronto to present their community projects to some of the top business people in Canada. The Enactus Loyalist College team competed against more than 60 other teams from colleges and universities across Canada.