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Diploma in Business Administration co-op

The Diploma in Business Administration is a one-year co-op program for students who want a successful career in business management. Graduates can seek roles in a variety of different fields, including marketing, finance, human resources and management.

You will be able to:

  • Identify and understand the techniques and theories of successful business, including how to manage finance, the fundamental principles of marketing, and how to create effective strategies
  • Develop the necessary skills and knowledge to make an impact in the workplace, such as understanding the relationships between businesses and different local, national, and global environments
  • Use cognitive and problem-solving skills to improve your communication skills and operate effectively individually and as part of a team
  • Gain real business experience

This program qualifies for Second Career, a financial support program from the Ontario Government.


Academic: 24 weeks in-class with 24 weeks co-op
Total length: 66 weeks including scheduled breaks

Start DateJanuary, March, May, July, September, November

Fees$12,495 CAD
Fees After Scholarship*
$9,000 CAD international students
$3,540 CAD domestic students
*Valid until November 2019 intake

Program Modules

You will have at least 480 guided learning hours, followed by 480 practicum hours in an established business.

The work placement will help you apply the theories you learn to practical business situations. We will help you secure your work placement by sending you for interviews.

The modules include:

1. Fundamentals of Business Communications
This module helps students develop and enhance their written, verbal, interpersonal communication skills and presentation techniques, to ensure success in any business environment. Students also develop important workplace communication skills which includes communicating using MS Office, and important time management skills to help them operate more efficiently and be more productive.

2. Bookkeeping, Computerized and Financial Acct with Simply Accounting
Emphasis is placed on analyzing and recording business transactions using the rules of double-entry bookkeeping. In addition, adjusting journal entries and everyday transactions for both service and retail businesses are recorded coupled with the preparation of basic financial statements. This course also provides a practical introduction to computerized accounting. You will learn not only how to set up a computerized accounting environment, but also to convert a manual accounting system to a computerized system. You will be working with a variety of business simulations providing hands-on experience with all aspects of work transactions in the general, payables, and receivable ledgers.

3. Business Environment
The aim of this unit is to provide an understanding of different organizations, the influence of stakeholders and the relationship between businesses and the local, national and global environments. In this unit you will consider how different market structures shape the pricing and output decisions of businesses, as well as other aspects of their behaviour.

4. Managing Financial Resources
The unit aims is to provide you an understanding of where and how to access sources of finance for a business and the skills to use financial information for decision making.

5. Organizations and Behaviour
The aim of this unit is to give an understanding of individual and group behaviour in organisations and to examine current theories and their application in managing behaviour in the workplace.

6. Marketing Principles
This unit aims to provide an understanding and skills relating to the fundamental concepts and principles that underpin the marketing process.

7. Business Decision Making
The aim of this unit is to develop techniques for data gathering and storage, an understanding of the tools available to create and present useful information, in order to make business decisions.

8. Research Project
The purpose of the unit is to develop an independent enquiry and critical analysis skills by undertaking a sustained research investigation of direct relevance to your Education program and your professional development.

9. Work Placement
At the conclusion of the program, you are required to complete 480 hours of work placement in a suitable business environment. Appropriate business sectors for placement would include Marketing, Retail, Finance and Accounting, Not-for-profit, Customer Care and Administration. Activities performed will vary depending on the Work Placement site, however, key responsibilities include being supervised by a Placement host at all times, observing all workplace and school safety and security procedures, dressing appropriately for the Placement experience, interacting with the Placement staff respectfully, courteously and enthusiastically, learning about the work environment, and participating in the daily routine as required.Work Placement is part of your educational development. This enables theoretical learning in the classroom to be applied to practical learning situations and encourages application of theory and knowledge in appropriate context. You will be sent for interviews to secure your Work Placement. You must complete your practicum and submit your placement report to be successfully considered a graduate.

Admission Requirements
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or Equivalent * or Mature student **
  • Age 18 or older
  • IELTS of 5.5 or equivalent for Non-native English speakers 

*A transcript, diploma or certificate from another country are considered equivalent to an Ontario high school diploma if assessed at an Ontario OSSD level by a recognized assessment service.


See the pre-approved recognized assessment services below:

  • World Education Services-
  • University of Toronto, School of Continuing Studies, Comparative Education Service –
  • International Credential Assessment Service of Canada-

** Mature students must be at least 18 years of age and pass a Wonderlic Scholastic Level Exam.

Assessment Method

You must successfully complete all nine modules to be awarded the TSoM Diploma in Business Administration Co-op.

The assessment of each module consists of:

  • Individual Assignment or Class Test: 50%
  • Final Exam: 40%
  • Contribution Mark: 10%
  • Placement Report for Work Placement: 100%

If you do not pass, you can re-enroll in the course and re-take at the next available sitting.

Letter Grade Percentage Grade Point
A+ 90 - 100 4.3
A 85 - 89 4.0
A- 80 - 84 3.7
B+ 77 - 79 3.3
B 73 - 76 3.0
B- 70 - 72 2.7
C+ 67 - 69 2.3
C 63 - 66 2.0
C- 60 - 62 1.7
D 50 - 59 1.0
F 0 - 49 0.0

Upon completion of this program, you will be awarded a Diploma in Business Administration Co-op.

Career Opportunities

Roles available for graduates of this course include:

  • Administration Officer
  • Administrative Services Officer
  • Financial Assistance Officer
  • Office Administrator
  • Operating Officer
  • Coordinator
  • Office Services
  • Sales Associate
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Financial Services Representative


Academic: 24 weeks in-class with 24 weeks co-op
Total length: 66 weeks including scheduled breaks

Start Dates January, March, May, July, September, November

Fees$12,495 CAD
Fees After Scholarship*
$9,000 CAD international students
$3,540 CAD domestic students
*Valid until November 2019 intake

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