Business Administration Certificate

Part-time Evening Program

Important Notice: Certificate Changes for 2019-20

Edwards is excited to announce that University Council has approved a new certificate program that will be offered at Edwards School of Business effective September 2019: The Certificate in Business.

Overview of Changes:

This new undergraduate degree-level certificate will allow students who are not pursuing a Bachelor of Commerce degree the opportunity to obtain a business certification with a focus on business, either alongside an undergraduate degree from another college or as a stand-alone option.

This new certificate means that the current BAC program will no longer be accepting new applications. The new certificate will allow students to complete the certificate with greater flexibility, and will offer daytime, evening, and a selection of online course options. The new course structure is listed below:

Certificate in Business Structure:


  • COMM 101.3: Introduction to Business
  • COMM 105.3: Introduction to Organizational Behaviour
  • COMM 201.3: Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • COMM 204.3: Introduction to Marketing


  • COMM 306.3: Ethics and Strategic Decision-Making
  • COMM 401.3: Business Strategy


  • Approved COMM class at the 200-level or higher
  • Approved COMM class at the 200-level or higher

The new Certificate in Business will continue with the outcomes of the previous Business Administration Certificate – to give students a general introduction to business and equip them with the skills they need to succeed in a business setting.

Stay tuned for further information on how to apply for the new certificate.

For more information on the new certificate please contact the Student & Faculty Services Office at 306-966-4785 or email

Program Description

The Business Administration Certificate (BAC) is an eight course business management program that allows students to expand their understanding of the business environment, marketing, human resources, finance, and other concepts commonly encountered in the business world. Offered through convenient night classes, this part-time program allows the flexibility you require, while delivering the business tools you need to set yourself apart.

The Business Administration Certificate will allow you to expand your opportunities by:

  • Providing you with the latest in business knowledge
  • Enhancing your business decision making skills and professional expertise
  • Advancing your career potential through the acquisition of a business credential
  • Broadening your understanding of management
  • Expanding your professional network and increase your confidence in a variety of business situations
  • Providing you with the tools and techniques to tackle business issues and engage opportunities

Courses in the BAC program also meet certain requirements for professionals programs, including the Canadian Institute of Management, the Credit Union Institute of Canada, and the Purchasing Management Association of Canada.

Please note: The BAC is for Canadian residents only. If you are an International student, the B.Comm program is available to you.


The BAC program is designed to be taken over four years, completing one class per term. However, it is possible to accelerate your program by taking two classes per term (one on Monday evening and another on Wednesday evening) as well as Spring courses. At an accelerated pace, the BAC program can be completed in as little as two years.

Fall (Term 1) and winter (Term 2) classes are offered once per week on either Monday or Wednesday evenings. Spring session classes are offered two evenings per week and take place either Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday. It is important to note that some classes are only offered in one term per academic year.

All students must start by taking BAC 11. Once BAC 11 has been completed, students may take BAC 14, 15, 16, 25 and their elective option in any order. Once those classes have been completed, students will take BAC 37 and finish with the capstone class, BAC 38.

  • Core Courses
    Number Course Name Course Description
    BAC 11 

    Introduction to Business

    Focuses on integrated organizational decision making. Students will examine case studies providing an integrated analysis across the six business disciplines over the four stages of an organizational life-cycle.

    *BAC 11 must be taken first as it is a prerequisite for all other classes. It may be taken concurrently with BAC 14, 15, or 16.
    BAC 14  Business Communications Introduces students to the theory and practice of effective business communication for specific audiences and purposes in a changing business environment.
    BAC 15 

    Human Resource Management

    Introduces students to various concepts and tools that will assist in understanding behaviour and enhancing effectiveness in organizations at individual, group and organization-wide levels.

    BAC 16  Financial Information for Decision Making

    Examines the use of financial information for decision making. Topics include: management of working capital, financial decisions involving intermediate and long-term financing, and capital budgeting.

    *Students wishing to transfer into the Bachelor of Commerce program should take COMM 201 in place of BAC 16. Talk to an advisor for more information.
    BAC 25  Managerial Marketing Examines the development of marketing strategy, product policy, distribution channels, management of personal selling, promotion policy, pricing policy, and market planning.
    BAC 37  Business Decision Making Introduces students to strategic management frameworks for analysis that will assist them in understanding the impact that external policies have upon organizational decision making.
    BAC 38  Business Strategy (Capstone)

    Focuses on case histories in policy formulation designed to expose students to a wide range of business problems involving the examination of a company's opportunities, competencies, aspirations, and responsibilities.

    *BAC 38 must be taken after all other classes have been completed. It may not be taken concurrently with any other class in the BAC program.
  • Electives (Choose One)
    Number Course Name Course Description
    BAC 28 Organizational Behaviour Core topics in: organizational structure, job design, motivation, understanding individual behaviour, working in groups, leadership, power, and organizational change.
    BAC 29 Business Law Provides students with an understanding of the nature of the legal process; the role of the courts and various administrative tribunals in the administration of justice; and the basic rights and obligations of individuals and firms in contract and tort.

Apply for Admission


Join the business certificate program when you're ready, we offer admission for Fall and Winter starts.

Start Date Application Deadline
January 2019 December 15, 2018
September 2018 August 21, 2018

Admission Requirements

  • Grade 12 standing (or equivalent)

Applicants who do not meet these requirements may apply for special admission based on prior business experience. Contact us for details.

If you have previously taken courses at the University of Saskatchewan, you will apply in PAWS and you are exempt from paying the application fee.

Money Matters

Tuition and Student Fees

One of the most frequent questions asked by students is "how much will the business certificate cost?"

In 2018-19, BAC students will pay $839.10 per 3-credit unit class. For current tuition information, visit the U of S tuition website and click on 'Diplomas and Certificates'.

All certificate students must pay part-time on-campus student fees. In 2018-19, BAC students will pay $115.36 per term (students pay all fees except for the U-PASS transit fee). These fees are subject to review and revision at any time and are non-refundable after the add/drop deadline for a given term.


Textbook expenses vary depending on the requirements of each course. Generally students should expect to budget between $100 and $200 per class for texts and materials.

Transfer to the B.Comm. Degree

For those who may want to pursue a business degree in the future, almost all of the BAC courses are fully transferable to the Edwards B.Comm. degree program. In such cases, students must meet the B.Comm. admission requirements. To learn more, please contact the Student & Faculty Services Office.

BAC 11 = COMM 101.3
BAC 14 = COMM 100.3
BAC 15 = COMM 211.3
BAC 16 = No credit
BAC 25 = COMM 204.3
BAC 28 = COMM 105.3
BAC 29 = COMM 304.3
BAC 37 = COMM 306.3
BAC 38 = COMM SR.3

Ready to Study With Us?

If you would like more information on our program, please contact us!

Students & Faculty Service Office
Edwards School of Business
University of Saskatchewan
Room 185, 25 Campus Drive
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
S7N 5A7

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