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Business Administration

Get down to business.

Grow your career in business and management

Business Administration FAQs

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  • Yes, anyone who has an interest can be successful in this program. Our courses have many relevant samples of business settings in Canada and you will gain the knowledge, experience and communication skills to prove your understanding of the material. In order to be admitted to the Business Administration our university requirements are that you must have:

    1. - An Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent;
    2. - Be a mature student, or;
    3. - Be deemed an exceptional case
    4. - Ensure you meet the program requirements if you are a new Canadian or an International student

    Refer to the Admission Requirements page for more information.

  • Yes. The Business Administration program is designed with a business-focus for anyone wishing to develop their skills to become more marketable in their industry. The best thing about our courses is that there is wide variety of students and examples to learn from. Using case studies and experiential learning, we ensure you will have a great experience. Students must have:

    1. - An Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent;
    2. - Be a mature student, or;
    3. - Be deemed an exceptional case

    Refer to the Admission Requirements page for more information.

  • The Business Administration program is an open enrolment program which means there is no formal admission procedure. Students must have:

    1. - An Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent;
    2. - Be a mature student as defined in the Undergraduate Calendar of McMaster University, or;
    3. - Be deemed an exceptional case

    Refer to the Admission Requirements page for more information.

  • The Business Administration program is available every Fall (September start), Winter (January start) and Spring (May start) terms. Refer to our Schedule & Fees page for specific dates and available courses. Some courses have more than one offering so if you miss one you can still get involved in the course and the program at a later date.

  • First thing to do is to carefully view the courses in the program. Course descriptions are available on our program webpages. Once you have decided on the course you’d like to take then click on the “Enrol today” button. Our system will guide you through the enrollment process right up until the payment section.

    At the check-out page, ensure you are enrolling in the correct course and click “Select” to add to your shopping cart. When you’re ready to enroll, click “Checkout”.

    If you still need help, watch a short video on how to use the Course Search Tool.

  • The Business Administration program has eight areas of concentration to choose from. Follow the links below to learn more about each.

    1. - Finance Concentration
    2. - Human Resources Concentration
    3. - Management Concentration
    4. - Marketing Concentration
    5. - Risk Management Concentration
    6. - Project Management Concentration
    7. - Creative, Critical and Design Thinking Concentration

    You will be able to apply the course materials into various industries. You’ll gain valuable skills and knowledge about how the functions of marketing, finance and operations connect and how human behaviour impacts the effectiveness of an organization. Your classes will also have a wide variety of learners too so as a group you will be able to learn through case studies, group work and experiential projects.

  • You may be eligible to receive transfer of credit from previous post-secondary studies and receive advanced standing in the Business Administration program. Please refer to our Transfer Credit Conditions for more details based on your program plan of choice as there are different guidelines between a certificate and a diploma.

  • For the most up-to-date information on tuition, please refer to our Schedule & Fees page.

  • The program can be completed on your own schedule, either in-person, online or a blended format which encompasses a mixture of both in-person and online. Many of our students take one or two courses per term. For more information on time commitments please refer to our Formats page.

  • The Business Administration program offers four different learning formats: in-person, online, online self-study or blended.

    1. - In-Person format requires you to meet at our downtown Hamilton campus once per week for three hours over the span of 12 or 13 weeks per course.
    2. -Online format requires you to participate in weekly readings, online discussion boards, recorded sessions and assignments. You do not need to login at a specific time and can complete the work when it suits your schedule so long as you meet deadlines. These courses run in regular length or accelerated lengths of 8 weeks.
    3. -Online Self-Study format is designed for you to work through and learn the course material on your own, with deadlines provided for completion of the course and assignments. Currently, only the Finance section works the OSS offerings.
    4. -Blended format requires you to meet with your instructor and classmates each week online, as well as in-person as per the schedule throughout the term at our downtown Hamilton campus.
  • McMaster University Continuing Education ensures to hire experienced instructors who are practicing professionals in their field, who are accessible and transparent. We have a variety of instructors that come from many different industries for the Business Administration program. Please refer to our Instructors page to learn more.

  • By completing the Business Administration program, you will receive a certificate or diploma from McMaster University Continuing Education. In addition to this, many of the courses satisfy program requirements for the Association of Administrative Professionals (AAP), the Canadian Institute of Management (CIM), the Global Risk Management Institute, the Credit Institute of Canada, the Credit Union Institute of Canada (CUIC), and the Insurance Institute of Canada. The designations issued by the professional associations can further enhance your career potential. Please refer to Professional Associations page to learn more.

  • Whether you are beginning your career or making a mid-career move our courses will provide you with a solid platform to allow you to have current business discussions with other professionals. If you are looking to work in Management, Human Resources, Finance, Marketing, Risk Management or general business then our courses can be taken to enhance each area of practice.

  • This varies based on education, location, and experience.

  • You can visit the Business Administration program website or watch a recorded Business Administration Program Preview Webinar at the bottom of the program page which outlines all of the program details in a short video.

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