Length of Program:  Certificate +1 YearProgram Intakes: Fall Intake (September program start)September 2020


Business Management Diploma - General Management Major

"The Business Management diploma program at Olds College is a unique course. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in business. The classroom sizes are small, and options for individual instruction with your professor are available. This is something that is not found at many other schools, and is a key part of what the program has to offer.

Another unique opportunity offered within this program is learning outside of the classroom with external companies. This gives the students time to understand their career options after graduation and while gaining a larger network."

Allison Wheeler

Olds College students learning in a classroom

What can you expect from the program?

Develop your business skills to the next level with the Business Management diploma. After completion of the first year in the Business Management certificate, students have the option of returning to complete the second year of the Business Management diploma.

Olds College provides business students with a unique learning opportunity and experience. It is one of the first Colleges in Canada to offer students such a progressive project based learning program.

What will you learn?

Project based learning is about taking theory to practice and learning about different subjects simultaneously.  This is achieved through the completion of semester long, real-world projects where students work alongside of business owners and clients identifying business problems through research and the development of meaningful and effective solutions supported by evidence. This type of learning provides the learning environment that assists in effective knowledge transfer into the workplace and promotes “in demand”, 21st century skills.  It also provides the students with invaluable hands-on learning experience and mentorship from business owners.  “In project-based learning, the learning is the project.”

Upon successful completion of this program, students will have a firm understanding of:

  • Communicating with stakeholders
  • Strategic leadership skills
  • Analyzing business information to make strategic decisions
  • Resource management skills
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Professional and ethical standards
  • Marketing processes
  • Utilizing business technologies
  • Project management principles

Program at a glance

Credential: Diploma

Length of Program: Certificate + 1 Year

Method of Delivery: On-Campus

Due to COVID-19 restrictions the fall 2020 term of this program will be offered remotely (online). Learn more...

Program Intake: Fall Intake (September program start)

Program Dates: Please visit our Dates & Schedules page to confirm start and end dates of your desired program and confirm campus closures.  

Applications Open: October 1 for Fall Intake

Selection Process for Admission: First Qualified, First Accepted

Tuition, Mandatory Fees, Books, and Supplies: Please refer to the current Fee Schedule for details.

  • Tuition & Fees: $5,950 / Books & Supplies: $2,000

*These fees are provided as estimates only for the purposes of budgeting. Please note that this is an estimate for domestic students (international students should refer to the Fee Schedule) and all fees are subject to change.

What do I need to apply?

Admission Requirements: 2.0 GPA in the 30 credits from the Olds College Business Management Certificate program or its equivalent.

Out of Province Applicants: Please refer to the Provincial Equivalency Chart for course equivalencies.

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. Further information can be found on our website under International Students.

Where can I live on campus?

CHOC is the exclusive service provider of on-campus housing for Olds College. Live in Centennial Village, our newest campus living facility featuring 450 private suites (no roommates), or in College Courts our 4-bedroom townhouses. Enjoy a short commute to class, partake in weekly residence life events and enjoy the safety of living on campus.

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I have some more questions. Who do I contact for help?

Our Admissions office can help navigate you through the admissions process and answer any questions you have about your program of study.

Admitted Students

Admitted Student Information

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 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.

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 portal.office.com
  • 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.

Materials & Supplies:

Information on other required textbooks and any further supplies will be provided as you attend each class. All books and supplies will be available during the first few weeks of classes in the College Campus Store.

Textbook Order Form

Other Important Information:

  • 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.
  • Project Based Learning: Your winter term is an integrated, project based term. In this term you will be engaging in group projects and you will have the opportunity to apply your learning to real life scenarios.
  • Additional Skills: Presentation & public speaking skills
  • 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.
  • Attendance: Regular attendance is critical to success.