Part-time, in class and online Business Management Certificate

Program details


Choose from two formats:


Each course runs from 11 to 16 weeks and involves 42 to 48 hours of instruction.*

*In-class courses meet in the evenings and on weekends.
Online courses can be accessed at your convenience via Canvas, our online course management system. 


The program can be completed in as little as one year. You have up to five years to finish.*

*Beginning on the day you start your first course (as long as the course is part of the program's curriculum when you apply). 

Upcoming term
You may start in any month with most courses, but prerequisites may apply. See individual courses for details.
Courses There are six required courses: three core courses and three electives. 
Learning materials See individual courses for requirements. The cost of any textbooks is not included in your tuition. 
Tuition Tuition is based on the total cost of individual course fees, which are currently $599 per course.
Application fee $75 (non-refundable)
Application deadline Apply anytime. There is no application deadline for this program. 

Learning experience

Classes will include lectures, group exercises and discussions. Our business management training is designed to help you build a helpful network. You'll learn alongside other business professionals, with whom you'll share experience and ideas. You'll also benefit from top-notch instructors: They are leading faculty members and industry professionals whom we've chosen on the basis of their academic credentials, experience and teaching abilities.

Coursework: What to expect

Whether you're studying in class or online, prepare to spend six to 10 hours per week on coursework, which will include the following:

In-class courses

  • Weekly reading and assignments
  • Lectures, case studies, group work and exams

Online courses

  • Weekly course modules, which you'll access through our online course management system, Canvas
  • Readings, discussions, individual and group assignments, and exams

Note: You do not have to be online at specific times, other than for examinations, but you will need to be online regularly. You should plan to access Canvas at least once every few days to keep up with your work and group assignments.

Technical information (online students)

You’ll access the online courses through Canvas, our learning management system, which is available through the SFU website. Canvas is extremely user-friendly—even if you’ve never studied online before. All you need is a computer with an Internet connection. 

You may log into Canvas beginning on the first day of each course. For a list of Canvas-supported operating systems and web browsers, visit our supported web browsers page.

To learn more about Canvas, visit the SFU Canvas Student Guide.

Graduation requirements

To receive the Business Management Certificate, complete and pass all courses with a minimum average grade of C. When you finish your final course, submit the graduation request form.

Take individual business management courses

You’re welcome to take individual courses in business, management, accounting, marketing, organizational behaviour, business communication, business law and more without enrolling in the certificate program. Visit our courses section for details.