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Business Administration

Get down to business.

Grow your career in business and management


Whether you are mid-career or beginning your career, the Business Administration program at McMaster, developed in collaboration with the DeGroote School of Business, will help you develop the skills and knowledge that employers are looking for. 

Employers tell us that their most successful employees communicate well and understand how their organization works. They know how the functions of marketing, finance and operations connect and how human behaviour impacts the effectiveness of an organization.

The Business Administration program has three options:

  • Certificate – 5 core courses; 
  • General Diploma – 5 core courses plus any three electives from the various concentration areas, excluding Project Management and Business Analysis; or,
  • Diploma with a concentration – 5 core courses plus the applicable concentration courses.

Courses can be taken as part of the certificate, diploma or individually. A Business Administration Diploma can be earned in as few as 8-12 months with a higher course load.

Expand your knowledge and skills to open doors to new career opportunities by taking a concentration with your Business Administration diploma.

*NEW* Retirement Community Management concentration!

Specialize in retirement and senior living community management with the NEW Retirement Community Management concentration.  

Start taking your core courses now to work toward your Business Administration diploma with a Retirement Community Management concentration. 

Areas of Concentration:

Who should take this program?

  • Anyone working in business
  • New and current managers
  • Recent college/university graduates
  • Professionals pursuing designations.

Please contact McMaster Continuing Education for consultation to help determine if this program is right for you. 



Testimonial from Emrys, Business Administration graduate: The instructors shared practical experience and gave valuable advice.














"The courses are updated and give an understanding of current business environments. The instructors were able to share practical experiences and gave valuable advice." - Emrys, Business Administration graduate


Learn more about the program in this recording of our latest Program Preview Webinar: