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Business Studies Certificate - Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management

The Business Studies Certificate allows students to focus on specific disciplines. These programs will be of interest to mature students who are already employed. The series will be available in the evening on a two- or three-year rotation depending on the discipline. Some courses are also available by distance education. All programs in the Business Studies Certificate require the use of computers. It is recommended that students without computer experience complete a beginners level computer course before beginning their program or at the beginning of their program.

Admission Requirements

Regular Applicants
  • B.C. secondary school graduation or equivalent.
  • Students graduating from secondary school in or prior to 2012: Principles of Mathematics 11, or an equivalent Advanced Level Adult Basic Education mathematics course; or a minimum grade of 70% in Introductory Mathematics 11; or a minimum grade of 60% in Applications of Mathematics 11.
    Students entering Grade 10 in or after 2010 and/or completing the new mathematics curriculum: A minimum of 60% in one of Pre-calculus Grade 11, Foundations of Mathematics Grade 11, or Apprenticeship and Workplace Mathematics Grade 11, or the equivalent Advanced Level Adult Basic Education mathematics course.
  • English 12 with a minimum 60% or alternatives.

Senior secondary students who enter the Business Administration diploma program with a minimum grade of 73% in Accounting 12 may receive credit for BUAD 111.

Mature Applicants

Mature applicants are at least 19 years of age and have been out of full-time senior secondary study for at least one year. Senior secondary graduation will be waived for mature applicants. Mature applicants without English 12 can write the LPI and must receive a minimum score of level 4. Mature applicants without Mathematics 11 can take the mathematics diagnostic test, administered by Okanagan College. A minimum score of 16/25 is required.

Prior Learning Assessment: Where a student has prior learning in the following courses BUAD 111, 116, 121, 128, 176 and 293, credit may be awarded if the student successfully passes a challenge exam. Contact the Business Administration department for more information.

Selective Admission Process: Admission of regular senior secondary applicants will be based on the grade average (GA) on English 12, Mathematics 11 and two other of the student's highest provincially recognized Grade 12 courses.

Qualifying status: Applicants who ultimately fail to satisfy the specific English and/or math entrance requirements may be granted admission to and be allowed to remain enrolled in the business program as qualifying students subject to the availability of space after the admission and registration of qualified applicants. Qualifying students may concurrently register in a maximum of three first-year business courses, any three for which they satisfy the prerequisites. Qualifying first-year business students will not be considered to be continuing students and will, therefore, be allowed to continue in the program after the qualifying year only if all outstanding course entrance requirements have been successfully completed.

Co-operative Education: Entry into the co-operative education option is a student's choice, and subject to completion of all first-year courses and an overall grade average of 65%.

Graduation Requirements

Successful completion of the prescribed and elective courses as listed in the program outline with a minimum graduating grade average of 60%.

Program Outline

BUAD 111 Financial Accounting I
BUAD 116 Marketing
BUAD 123 Management Principles
BUAD 195 Financial Management
BUAD 293 Entrepreneurship
BUAD 298 Small Business Management

Program Area:


Campus (Intake):

  • Distance (Jan, Mar, May, Sep, Nov)
  • Vernon (Jan, Sep)
  • Penticton (Jan, Sep)
  • Salmon Arm (Jan, Sep)
  • Kelowna (Jan, May, Jul, Sep)




  • Distance/Online
  • Part-Time
  • Full-Time


2015-16: $3,269.30
  • Fees listed are 18 credits (the entire program) for a typical, full-time student. Depending on the campus of study and the courses selected fees may vary. 
  • Fees include all mandatory fees: Activity fee, Health & Dental, Student Association fee, Education Technology fee, Development fee.
  • All amounts are approximate and are subject to change.
  • International students will pay International tuition fees


This program qualifies for government student assistance.

You may register for courses at any campus including courses offered by Distance Education, so only apply to one campus for this program.

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Okanagan College Calendar: Printed 11/25/2015