Ontario College Diploma | Code: 0062

About the program

This program will provide students with a broad but integrated education in the field of business, with particular emphasis on Small Business. Program areas of study include English, accounting, finance, marketing, manufacturing, personnel management as well as computer applications in business such as word processing, spreadsheet analysis, database management and computerized accounting. Since the skills of Small Business are largely transferable to "Big" Business situations, the graduates will be prepared for careers in Small Business, as well as general administration careers in "Big" Business, industry, and government. The Small Business emphasis will also help potential entrepreneurs evaluate their Small Business investment opportunities.

Program information

All courses must be completed within 9 years of acceptance into the program.

Admission requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, OR 19 years of age or older.

Note re: admission requirements

  • Students must be able to receive instruction, respond and research in the English language.

Admission procedures

  • Submit a completed Conestoga College Program Application Form.
  • Attach proof of Admission Requirements.
  • Final selection is made following an assessment of the admission requirements.

Program requirements

  • Strong mathematical skills and familiarity with computers is recommended.

Graduate opportunities

Graduates are prepared for careers in small business as well as general administration careers in business, industry and government. The small business emphasis will help potential entrepreneurs evaluate business opportunities.

90% of 2007-2008 graduates found employment within 6 months of graduation. Their average starting salary was $34,522.

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Program outcomes

  • Identify and discuss the impact of global issues on an organization's business opportunities by using an environmental scan.
  • Apply principles of corporate sustainability, corporate social responsibility and ethics to support an organization's business initiatives.
  • Use current concepts/systems and technologies to support an organization's business initiatives.
  • Apply basic research skills to support business decision making.
  • Support the planning, implementation and monitoring of projects.
  • Perform work in compliance with relevant statutes, regulations and business practices.
  • Explain the role of the human resource function and its impact on an organization.
  • Use accounting and financial principles to support the operations of an organization.
  • Describe and apply marketing and sales concepts used to support the operations of an organization.
  • Outline principles of supply chain management and operations management.
  • Outline and assess the components of a business plan.
  • Develop strategies for ongoing personal and professional development to enhance work performance in the business field.

Program related resources

Program contact

Continuing Education
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Winter Registration: November 4, 2019
Spring Registration: February 3, 2020