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Business Management Diploma - Olds Cohort

Business Management Olds Cohort

International students are invited to take their career to the next level with the Business Management Diploma program. 

Lay the groundwork for a successful business career in Canada with the Business Management certificate, then take it to the next level with the Business Management diploma, majoring in General Management.

In this program, students will gain an introduction to business processes and operating a business within the Canadian context. Students will be able to build on the skills mastered during their first year with hands-on learning experiences and mentorship from business owners.

Students will have the opportunity to practice applying foundational business concepts to real-world problems presented through industry partners or case studies. During the diploma, students will work closely with faculty to complete projects identifying business problems through research and the development of meaningful and effective solutions supported by evidence.

This program provides eligibility for Post-Graduation Work Permit.

Program Intake: Fall Intake (September); Winter Intake (January)

Applications Open: 

  • Fall Intake - First Wednesday of October (9 a.m.)
  • Winter Intake - First Wednesday of February (9 a.m.)

Method of Delivery: On-Campus in Olds, Alberta

Credentials: Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will receive a diploma in Business Management from Olds College of Agriculture and Technology.

Program Details

  • Application Process:

    Application Deadline: 

    • For applicants without a current study permit, the application deadline is 6 weeks prior to the program start date
    • 50% or better in English Language Arts 30-1 or 30-2
    • 50% or better in Math 20-1 or 20-2
    • Meet the English Language Proficiency Requirement
      • The College expects all applicants to meet an acceptable level of English language proficiency of an overall score of 6.0 in IELTS, a minimum band score of 6 in each component. We will require official documents such as high school or post-secondary transcripts or proof of successful completion of standardized language evaluation.


    Academic Upgrading and High School Applicants: Applicants currently in high school or who are completing academic upgrading must submit proof of enrollment and any available interim/midterm marks. Final marks must be submitted within one month following the completion of the course(s) and no later than one month prior to the program start date.

    Alternate Admission: Alternate Admission status may be offered to applicants who have not or will not complete one of the academic admission requirements. To be considered under Alternate Admission Status, applicants will be asked to provide the following:

    1. (Required) Transcript(s) showing any completed high school and post-secondary courses
    2. (Required) Letter of Introduction and Intent, outlining the following:
      • Introduce yourself
      • Indicate why you wish to enrol in the program
      • Elaborate on your career goals
      • Detail your experience relevant to this program and the industry
    3. (Required) A resume of your work history, extracurricular activities, volunteer service, etc. for the last 5 years
    4. (Optional) Include copies of any tickets and/or certificates you currently hold (first aid, safety tickets, etc.)
    5. (Optional) Letter(s) of reference from current or past employers/coaches/etc. (maximum of two letters)

    *Submitting Alternate Admission material does not guarantee admission*

    Transfer Options: Olds College of Agriculture & Technology has developed agreements with other educational institutions to allow for transition to Olds College, or to another institution to continue your education. Articulations & Agreements

    International Applicants: Olds College welcomes applications from International Applicants and those who have completed their high school education outside of Canada. Please note, it is still necessary to meet all of the noted admission requirements, including English Language Proficiency.

  • For course descriptions and requisites, view the Academic Calendar.

    Academic Calendar: Business Management Certificate

    Term 1
    • Completed the following:
    Term 2
    • Complete all of the following
      • Completed the following:
      • Completed at least 1 of the following:
        • MGT1200 - Organizational Behaviour
        • COM1030 - Workplace Professionalism

    Year Two: Business Management Diploma Courses

    • Tuition: $18,510.60 tuition for the first year

    • Fees: $1206.50 mandatory fees for the first year

    • Books and Supplies: $2000.00 estimate for the first year

    Please refer to the current Fee Schedule for complete details.

  • Program Dates

    Find out when your term start and end dates are, so that you know when you are expected to be in attendance. For more information, please review the Program Dates & Fee Schedule.

    Class Registration

    You will be registered into your classes automatically. This will happen approximately 1 month prior to the start-date for your program. You will be notified once you have been timetabled into your courses. You will be able to see your class schedule in your My Olds College account. If you need to make any changes to your class registration, please contact the Office of the Registrar.

    Technology Recommendation

    It is strongly recommended that you come to Olds College of Agriculture & Technology with the following technology:

    • A laptop capable of running Microsoft Office is mandatory for this program, as students will be using Excel and other Microsoft Office programs extensively in lectures and classes.
    • A T1 graphing calculator with time value of money (TVM) applications or approved business calculator. An independent calculating device. No phone or computerized applications are to be permitted.

    As part of your student accounts, all students have access to Office 365 for the duration of their time with Olds College. To access this you just need to follow these steps:

    • Go to
    • Enter your Olds College email address and password
    • Once logged in, there is a button on the right that says “Install Office Apps”

    This will give you access to the full Office suite on your computer, for both Windows and Mac based platforms.

    Other Important Information

    • Dress Code: Most students prefer to wear casual clothing to class. It is recommended that you bring semi-formal clothing with you so that you are prepared for employment interviews and other industry opportunities that may present themselves.
    • Time Requirements: The role of a student in the Business Management program is a challenging full-time job. You should anticipate, on average, three hours of class time plus approximately seven hours of additional study and homework for each class each week.

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Program at a Glance

Length: Two Years

Delivery Method: On-Campus in Olds, Alberta

Program Intake: Fall Intake (September); Winter Intake (January)

Applications Open: October (Fall intake), February (Winter Intake)

Program Status: Open