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Program Description

The Certificate in Business is designed for individuals from non-business backgrounds who want to advance their career potential through a foundation in business. Offered through a flexible learning experience, the eight-course program will teach you critical and creative thinking skills.

Benefits of the Edwards Certificate in Business include:

  • increased knowledge and skills to be successful in professional business environments
  • opportunities to become a more innovative thinker, a creative problem-solver, an effective contributor, and a team leader
  • a diverse classroom environment
  • complete full-time program in as little as ten months (part-time option also available)
  • degree-level certificate with option to transfer to B.Comm. program upon successful completion

What You'll Learn

Whether you are a recent high school graduate, current university student, or a working professional, this degree-level certificate provides an introduction to business and strategy.

Set yourself apart when applying for jobs and expand your knowledge of accounting, human resources, marketing, and concepts commonly encountered in business. Develop the critical and creative thinking skills needed to become an effective decision maker.

Apply for Admission


The Certificate in Business program offers admission at three points in the calendar year.

Start Term Application Deadline
Winter Dec 1
Spring Apr 1
Fall May 1

  • Direct Entry Admission - High School
    • Grade 12 standing or equivalent
    • Less than 18 credit units of transferable post-secondary courses
    • Successful completion of Foundations of Math 30 or Pre-Calculus 30 recommended, but not required
    • Minimum average of 70% on five subject high school average. Learn how we calculate your admission average.
    • Proficiency in English
  • Transfer Admission
    • Attempted 18 or more credit units of transferable post-secondary level studies
    • Grade 12 standing, or equivalent
    • Successful completion of Foundations of Math 30 or Pre-Calculus 30 preferred
    • Meet the minimum university transfer entrance average of 60%
    • Transfer credit will not be rewarded for any cohort classes in the program
    • Proficiency in English
  • Mature Admission
    • Entering first year of study (applicants who have completed 18 credits or more of university-level credits are not eligible to apply for mature admission)
    • Applicants must be 21 years of age by the first day of classes
    • A written submission demonstrating capacity to undertake university-level studies
    • Transcripts of any secondary or post-secondary coursework
    • Copies of supporting documents covering any non-credit programs completed
    • Resume
    • Proficiency in English
    • Learn more about mature admission

Note 1: Students completing the program alongside another degree should consult with an advisor in their home college to understand how the courses fit within their program requirements.

Note 2: Students admitted into the Certificate in Business program must complete requirements within a ten (10) year time period. Students returning to the Certificate in Business program after an absence of five (5) or more years may be placed under the curriculum requirements in effect on the date of readmission.

Note 3: Edwards School of Business does not recommend this certificate program to international students because the program can be completed in eight months. This study period may not meet study visa requirements. 

BAC Credit

Students transferring from the BAC program should consult with an undergraduate programs advisor to see how their courses will be used in the new program.

Money Matters

Tuition and Student Fees

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

In 2024-25, domestic students will pay $1,000.80 per 3-credit unit class. For current domestic tuition information, visit the USask tuition website.

All certificate students must pay on-campus student fees. 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 a Degree

For those who may want to pursue a business degree in the future, all eight courses in Certificate in Business program fully transfer to the Bachelor of Commerce degree at the University of Saskatchewan. To learn more, please contact the Student & Faculty Services Office.

Ready to Study With Us?

If you would like more information on the Certificate in Business, please contact us:

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

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