Students interested in business/marketing have many education choices following high-school graduation. A number of college and university business programs offer co-op or apprenticeship programs which allow students to work in-field to gain valuable hands-on experience. Students who enrol in an undergraduate degree program often pursue a college diploma or certificate in a particular discipline upon graduation (such as marketing, public relations) or apply for acceptance into an MBA program.
This listing of colleges and universities, while not exhaustive, is a good place to begin researching your education options.
Mount Royal College (Calgary)
Through its Bissett School of Business faculty, Mount Royal College offers a number of programs: Diploma, Degree, Applied Degree, or Certificate in one or several of their Business Administration programs such as a Marketing Management or Applied Nonprofit Studies. There are various accreditation options upon program completion.
Robertson College (Multiple Campuses: Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Brandon or through its online college)
Robertson College offers a Business Administration: Internet Marketing and Sales program that prepares students to become vital members of any marketing team through instruction in topics including Search Optimization, Web Analytics, Social Media, and Conversion Optimization. At the end of the program, students participate in a six week work practicum. After graduation, Robertson's Career Services department is there to support students as they start their new careers.
University of Alberta, School of Business (Edmonton)
The School of Business offers many business training opportunities for Bachelor of Commerce students, with over 15 international exchange partnerships, a fully integrated and accredited Co-operative education program, and the first Bilingual Bachelor of Commerce program in Canada.
The University offers a number of MBA programs - its International Business MBA addresses managerial issues relevant to doing business across national boundaries, while incorporating the necessary basics of business.
University of Calgary, Haskayne School of Business (Calgary)
The Huskayne School of Business offers a 4 year Bachelor of Commerce and provides students with a variety of focus areas to choose from, including Marketing, Accounting, Finance, Tourism and Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
The University offers a variety of business programs at the graduate level, including two-year daytime MBA, three-year evening MBA, and thesis based MBA.
Camosun College (Victoria)
Camosun College offers a two-year Business Administration Diploma specializing in Accounting, Finance, General Business, Indigenous Business, Management, Marketing, or Tourism Management. Students can participate in Co-op and internship opportunities. Upon completion, students may further their studies at any of the affiliated institutions such as Thompson Rivers University -- or continue for another two years and receive a Bachelor Degree from Camosun in either of these majors: Accounting, Human Resource Management & Leadership, or Marketing Communications Management. Students may also choose to enter the two-year Business Administration – General Business option program, where they explore several different business areas and focus on their selected option in the second year.
Simon Fraser University, Faculty of Business Administration (Vancouver, Burnaby, and Surrey campuses)
Simon Fraser University provides students with very flexible options for a Bachelor of Commerce, operating on a trimester system as well as offering evening classes for those who work. Undergraduate students can choose between Simon Fraser’s Burnaby and Surrey campuses and have a variety of opportunities for Co-op programs, international exchanges, and business student activities.
Simon Fraser operates its MBA program out of the Vancouver campus, which includes both a Global Asset and Wealth Management MBA and MBA Management of Technology/Biotechnology, amongst others.
University of British Columbia, Sauder School of Business (Vancouver)
Sauder offers a four-year Bachelor of Commerce with Co-op internships available as well as international exchange programs. Sauder offers a number of MBA options: full and part time, international, joint programs and a Combined MBA/CMA (Certified Management Accountants) program.
University of Victoria, Faculty of Business (Victoria)
The Faculty of Business at the University of Victoria offers a 4 year Bachelor of Commerce in which students spend their last two years focusing on an area of interest. It has one of the largest international exchange programs in Canada with approximately 45 exchange partners throughout the world.
All MBA students participate in a study tour to learn how to do business internationally. MBA students also have the option to diversify their career experience with a Co-op work term.
Red River College of Applied Arts, Science and Technology (Winnipeg)
Red River College offers a two-year Business Administration Diploma or an extended three-year Diploma in five majors: Accounting, Administration, Financial Services, Marketing and Office Management. Credit transfer opportunities are available for students to University of Manitoba, University of Winnipeg, Royal Roads University and other post-secondary institutions.
University of Manitoba, Asper School of Business (Winnipeg)
The four-year undergraduate Honours Bachelor of Commerce Degree includes 10 majors, such as Marketing, Operations Management/Research, Finance and International Business. Students are required to complete one year of pre-business courses prior to gaining admission into Asper for their final three years of study. Asper also offers a Co-op program.
The Asper MBA program offers concentrations in Finance, Human Resource Management and Organizational Behaviour, Supply Chain Management, Marketing, Health Administration, and General Management. Students can also design an individual interdisciplinary concentration, including graduate level courses in departments outside the Asper School.
University of Winnipeg, Faculty of Business and Economics (Winnipeg)
Through the Faculty of Business and Economics, students can enrol in either a 3 or 4 year program. The Faculty offers two streams. The Business Administration stream leads to either a 3-year or a 4-year Bachelor of Arts degree, which has a strong business focus. The Administrative Studies stream also leads to either a 3-year or a 4-year Bachelor of Arts degree, but is more is more interdepartmental in nature.
An additional option available is the combination of a University of Winnipeg 3-year BA degree with a Diploma in Business Administration from Red River College through a cooperative agreement.
New Brunswick Community College (multiple campuses)
Students can receive a Diploma in Business Administration with a focus on Sales and Marketing, Investment Management, Accounting, or Marketing after completing the two year full-time program. Internship opportunities are available. Students who receive their diploma with a minimum of 70% average can transfer into the third of the four-year degree program - Bachelor of Business Administration, at Cape Breton University or Atlantic Baptist University.
University of New Brunswick, Faculty of Business Administration (Fredericton and St. John campuses) At the Fredericton campus, the Faculty of Business Administration offers a four-year program that leads to the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree or the Honours BBA degree.
At the St. John campus, students can pursue the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) four-year program or pursue the Bachelor of Applied Management (BAM) program, which is a joint undertaking with the community college system. There is also a Co-op education option for BBA and BAMHT students that integrate classroom studies with work experience by altering academic semesters with four-month paid work semesters.
Newfoundland & Labrador
College of the North Atlantic (multiple campuses)
With over 17 campuses, College of the North Atlantic offers both high school and mature students one-year Certificate and two-year Business Administration and Business Management Diploma programs. Students can focus on Marketing, Accounting, Human Resources or Business Management. Co-op placements are incorporated into the program. Students can transfer credits to other institutions and professional associations for continued education.
Memorial University, Faculty of Business Administration (St. John’s)
Memorial University offers a four-year Bachelor of Business Administration and a five-year Bachelor of Commerce Co-operative program. In 2002 Memorial became the first business faculty in Atlantic Canada to earn AACSB international accreditation. This is the highest distinction a business school anywhere in the world can receive.
Its MBA program offers small class sizes and a choice of focus that includes: marketing, finance, strategic management, international studies, or human resources management and labour relations.
Aurora College (multiple campuses)
Aurora College serves a population of 41,000 dispersed across 1.3 million square kilometres in 33 communities in the Northwest Territories. The College delivers programs and courses as close to the communities as possible, through a network of three regional campuses. Each campus offers a 2 year diploma program in Management Studies.
Acadia University, F.C. Manning School of Business (Wolfville)
The F.C. Manning School of Business offers a 4 year Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in the areas of marketing, accounting, finance, operations management, strategy, human resources, and entrepreneurship. After the first year, most students take the intensive ‘Core’ year that covers all the business disciplines as well as professional development skills. Students study in a technology enriched learning environment. Options include co-op, honours, study-abroad program, and joint programs with math, economics, and languages.
Cape Breton University, Shannon School of Business (Sydney)
Shannon School of Business offers flexible programs according to the student's chosen career path. The School enforces a cap on enrolment - set at 45 students in most first-year courses. Undergraduate degrees include a Bachelor of Business Administration (also offered in Vancouver) and a Bachelor of Technology Information. Its BBA program includes specialties in Accounting, Finance, Marketing and Entrepreneurship.
It offers a Community Economic Development MBA. The curriculum includes all business subjects found in traditional MBA programs, and covers economic development, leadership, strategy, governance and management of change.
Dalhousie University, School of Business Administration (Halifax)
Dalhousie’s Bachelor of Commerce degree program at its School of Business Administration offers students seven terms of academic study and three business Co-op terms over the duration of the four-year program. Dalhousie has two graduate degrees: the MBA (Corporate Residency) and the MBA (Financial Services) which is an executive distance degree.
Nova Scotia Community College (multiple campuses)
The School of Business at Nova Scotia College offers programs in the areas of Business Management, Applied Business Technology, Tourism, and Culinary Arts. Business programs are offered in every region of the province on a full-time and part-time basis, and a large number of courses are available through online learning.
Several programs are eligible for optional Co-operative education. Co-op is a credit course; it provides an opportunity for paid employment between the first and second year of the program.
St. Francis Xavier University, Gerald Shwartz School of Business (Antigonish)
The Gerald Shwartz School of Business offers a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) with15 streams including: BBA general; BBA Major & Honours in accounting, enterprise development, finance, information systems, leadership studies, and marketing; and BBA Joint Honours in business administration and economics. Most BBA streams offer a [primarily] classroom-based or Co-op, work-study option.
Algonquin College (Ottawa)
The School of Business at Algonquin College offers programs in 8 areas of study: Accounting (Business Accounting and Professional Accounting), Legal (Law Clerk, Law Clerk Intensive, Paralegal, Court Support Services), Business Administration (Core, Accounting, Finance, General, Human Resources, International, Marketing, Material and Operations Management), Business Marketing, Business Management and Entrepreneurship, Bachelor of Applied Business – e-business Supply Chain Management, Office Administration (General, Executive, Legal, Medical), and Postgraduate (Financial Services, Human Resources Management, International Business Management, Marketing and Business Intelligence Research, Marketing Management, Nonprofit Sector Management, Organizational Quality Management, Sport Business Management, Brand Management, Project Management).
Carleton University, Sprott School of Business (Ottawa)
The Sprott School of Business offers two four-year undergraduate Honours degrees: Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of International Business. Sprott offers MBA degree programs in either one of four concentrations: Financial Management, International Business, Management and Change, or Technology Management.
Centennial College (Greater Toronto Area)
Centennial College offers Bachelor's degree programs (four years) through a partnership between its School of Business and School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science (SETAS).
Its School of Business offers a Business Administration Program that includes courses in Human Resources, Accounting, International Business, Marketing or Business Operations Management - ranging in length from two to three years. A Co-op option is available with the three year programs. Students can apply to any of the affiliated institutions such as Lakehead University or University of Guelph for a degree upon completion.
Centennial’s Centre for Creative Communications is the home of the School of Communications, Media and Design - it offers applied post-secondary and post-graduate programs (Diploma and Certificate) in areas such as Art & Design, Advertising & Public Relations, Journalism & Publishing and Integrated Media.
For those considering business as an option, Centennial offers a Pre-Business Foundation’s course.
Durham College (Greater Toronto Area)
Under its Business Programs umbrella, Durham offers a two or three-year General Business Administration Diploma program as well as a focused two-year Marketing-Business program. Students who enter the two-year General Business program can proceed to the Bachelor of Commerce degree which is linked with the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. In order to qualify for the degree program students must achieve certain grades.
George Brown College (Greater Toronto Area)
George Brown offers several three-year Business Administration Programs with the opportunity to major in Marketing, Human Resources or Management Studies, and a post-grad certificate program in Strategic Relationship Marketing with specialization in Marketing Analysis or Relationship Marketing. Students also have the opportunity to participate in Co-op terms.
Humber College (Greater Toronto Area)
Humber offers post secondary Diploma and Certificate Programs, including Business-Marketing, Business Administration and Business Management, and Bachelor Degree programs that include e-Business Marketing and Creative Advertising. Students can participate in Co-op opportunities as part of the general three-year Business Administration program.
Lakehead University, Faculty of Business Administration (Thunder Bay)
Lakehead University’s Faculty of Business Administration offers the Marketing Major within the four-year Honours Bachelor of Commerce Degree. All students are required to complete all courses of the first two years of the program and those students achieving a minimum grade of B (70%) in the second year can continue by selecting one of eight majors. In addition to the two introductory marketing management courses completed in the second year, Marketing Majors are required to complete core courses in marketing research, sales and merchandising management, business law, analytical techniques in marketing and several elective marketing courses including consumer behavior, marketing strategy, marketing channels, marketing communications and international marketing.
McMaster University, DeGroote School of Business (Hamilton)
DeGroote offers an undergraduate Commerce program that includes an internship program for students who successfully complete the third year of the four year program. Internships may be for 8, 12, or 16 months. DeGroote offers an International Exchange Program, known as BizX, with schools from around the world. It also offers a five-year joint program offered by the School of Business and the Faculty of Engineering, which leads to a Bachelor of Engineering & Management (B.Eng.Mgt.) degree.
DeGroote’s MBA programs include: Co-op MBA, a Traditional MBA, the 8-month Accelerated MBA, or self-directed Part-time MBA.
Queen’s University, Queen’s School of Business (Kingston)
The Queen’s Commerce program is a four year honours program offered by Queen’s School of Business at Queen’s University. It has among the highest entrance standards of any undergraduate program in Canada. Queen’s Exchange Program enables students to study internationally for all, or part of third year. While abroad, students may study business or elective courses at partner universities.
Queens offers a number of MBA programs. Its 12-month MBA is a full-time program starting each May at the Queen’s campus in Kingston, Ontario. Students in the program typically have three years work experience.
Ryerson University, Ted Rogers School of Business Management (Toronto)
The Ted Rogers School of Business Management offers a variety of undergraduate degrees such as Business Management, Information Technology Management and Retail Management. Its internship programs provide qualified second and third year students with the opportunity to work in a paid, career-related position. Most internships run full-time for four months during the summer. Its International Exchange provides second, third and fourth year students with the opportunity to study abroad at one of its sixteen exchange partner universities in Europe, U.K., Asia, or Australia.
The Ted Rogers MBA program has four terms: Foundation Term, Core Term, Specialization Term and Integration Term. Students with a BComm or equivalent degree will typically be exempted from the Foundation Term.
Seneca College (Greater Toronto Area)
Seneca offers several Business programs: Business Administration Management, Human Resources and Financial Planning. The programs range from 2 to 4 years and some offer internship opportunities. Seneca also offers several Certificates in Marketing Management, Brand Management, and International Business Management and the courses take 8 months to complete.
Sheridan College (Greater Toronto Area)
Sheridan offers a four-year Bachelor of Applied Business (Global Business Management) program and a wide range of business diploma programs including Advertising Management, Finance, Human Resources, Marketing Management, Business Administration and E-Commerce Management. The programs range from one to four years. Sheridan also offers a number of Graduate Certificates including Advertising Management, Business Process Management, International Business and Marketing Management.
University of Guelph, College of Management and Economics (Guelph)
The College of Management and Economics offers a Bachelor of Commerce degree that includes specialties in Marketing Management and Management Economics in Industry and Finance - which also give students the option to participate in a Co-op program.
The University’s MBA allows students to choose an industry focus for their program - currently, the industry concentrations available to students include Hospitality and Tourism Management, and Food and Agribusiness Management. Other industry concentrations are being discussed for future development.
University of Ottawa, Telfer School of Management (Ottawa)
Telfer offers a four-year Honours program with specializations in numerous areas such as Accounting, e-Business, Finance, Marketing, Management and Human Resource Management. Undergraduate certificates in business administration and in human resource management are also offered. Candidates applying for admission to one of these programs usually have some professional experience.
Telfer has a number of MBA options; full and part-time and a joint program.
University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management (Toronto)
Rotman provides a number of undergraduate courses that are part of the Commerce program at the University of Toronto. Students can earn a specialized Bachelor of Commerce in either Accounting, Management, or Finance and Economics. Also offered is a Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Commerce, which allows students to take an interdisciplinary approach to learning.
Rotman has five different MBA formats: full-time two-year MBA, part-time three-year morning MBA, part time three-year evening MBA, a one-year MBA for executives designed with senior managers in mind; and the Omnium Global Executive MBA which is delivered on three continents. Rotman offers a Master of Finance as well as the Rotman PhD. Rotman also offers combined MBA degrees.
University of Western Ontario, Richard Ivey School of Business & the Faculty of Management and Organizational Studies (London)
Western’s main campus offers a four-year Bachelor of Management and Organizational Studies (BMOS) that gives students the option to specialize in a variety of different areas of business, such as Finance and Administration and Finance, Administration and Computer Science. Also offered is the BMOS Honours degree, or double major.
The Richard Ivey School of Business offers its highly competitive Honours Bachelor of Business Administration (HBA) program - students will be considered only after completing their second year of full time academic study. An Ivey advanced-entry opportunity pre-admission status grant is extended to exceptional secondary students only if they choose to study at Western or one of its affiliated university colleges, in a faculty of their choice, for their first two years of university. There are several pre-business course options that allow students to prepare themselves for the intensive program.
Richard Ivey School of Business offers a one year MBA with international learning opportunities and an accelerated MBA (8 months) for Ivey HBA graduates.
Wilfred Laurier University, School of Business & Economics (Waterloo)
Laurier's School of Business & Economics offers a four year Bachelor of Business Administration, with options for concurrent degrees in Computing and Computer Technology, Computer Science, and Mathematics (five years). The BBA specialties include Accounting, Brand Communications, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Marketing and International Business. Laurier’s School of Business was the first of the Canadian Professional Business Schools to offer a Co-op BBA degree.
Co-op work terms are after the second and third year. The school also offers two diploma programs: Business Administration and Accounting. Laurier offers an Executive MBA or a Full Content MBA. Laurier’s Full Content MBA provides an extensive choice of electives and the ability to specialize in particular areas, eg, an MBA in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, or MBA’s combined with CMA and CFA designations. There is also a Co-op option.
York University, Schulich School of Business (Toronto)
Schulich offers an undergraduate Bachelor of Business Administration and its International Bachelor of Business Administration that requires every student to spend at least one academic term abroad at one of the Schulich School's exchange partners.
Schulich’s MBA program allows students to attend part-time, full-time, even accelerate the program to complete the degree faster. Its International MBA includes a three-four month work term along with an integrated international consulting project carried out in real-time for an existing company or organization.
Prince Edward Island
Holland College (Charlottetown)
The College’s business programs include Business Administration, Human Resource Management, Marketing and Advertising Management and Retail Business Management.
Students in the Marketing and Advertising Management are required to complete a mandatory term of paid internship in a work environment related to their field of study. The placement is a minimum of 500 hours occurring between the end of the first year and the beginning of second year.
University of Prince Edward Island, School of Business (Charlottetown)
The University’s School of Business offers degrees in Business Administration, Business in Tourism & Hospitality or Accelerated Bachelor of Business administration with concentrations in entrepreneurship, accounting or international business. Students holding a diploma from an accredited college program can apply directly for the Accelerated Bachelor of Business three-year program. There is Co-op as well as foreign exchange opportunities. A Certificate Program is designed for part-time mature students who are interested in studying Business, Human Resource Management, Accounting or Entrepreneurship.
Its MBA program offers a stream in Innovative Management - a program that fits those who are potential entrepreneurs, as well as "entrepreneurial professionals" and managers who wish to generate new initiatives under an organizational umbrella.
Bishop’s University, The Williams School of Business (Sherbrooke)
The Williams School of Business offers a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) or a Bachelor of Arts (BA) with a major in business. BBA concentrations include Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Finance, General Business Management and Marketing. The School offers a Co-op program and an exchange program in over 20 countries that allow students to study abroad for up to one year.
HEC Montréal in partnership with McGill University, Desautels Faculty of Management (Montreal)
HEC Montréal offers a trilingual Bachelor of Business Administration program that allows students to work abroad as part of their terms of study and develop their English, French and Spanish language skills. Students wishing to apply must pass a proficiency test in each of the languages. HEC has an intensive MBA and PhD in French or English, and the McGill – HEC Montréal EMBA, a senior level program aimed at professionals with at least 10 years working experience, can be completed in 15 months.
Concordia University, John Molson School of Business (Montreal)
The John Molson School of Business offers two distinct undergraduate programs; the Bachelor of Commerce (BComm) and the Bachelor of Administration (BAdmin), with a variety of specialized programs. Co-op and an International exchange program (at 180 international Universities) are also available. BComm students can choose electives from a broad range of topics both inside and outside of John Molson School of Business.
Its MBA program is made up of 13 core courses, and 6 elective courses. Students can opt-in to the Co-op Education program, the International Live Case Analysis and also the International Exchange Program. Also offered is an MBA with Certified Financial Analyst (CFA) concentration.
McGill University (Montreal)
McGill University’s School of Continuing Studies offers 10-course Applied Marketing programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Both the Certificate in Applied Marketing and the Diploma in Applied marketing are intended for students with little or no previous academic studies in the field who aspire to entry-level positions in the field.
Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Sciences and Technology (SIAST) (multiple campuses)
SIAST offers a number of two or three-year business programs at various campus locations. Programs include: Business Administration, Business Human Resources, Business Information Systems, Business Marketing, and a Business Certificate. SIAST also offers both a New Media Communications Certificate and Diploma program.
Most of the programs allow for credit transfers at select Universities for continuing in an undergraduate degree program.
University of Regina, Paul J. Hill School of Business (Regina)
The Paul J. Hill School of Business offers students a Diploma of Business Administration which is often taken as transition program to the Bachelor of Business Administration Degree, and a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA).
Its BBA begins with one year of qualifying courses. When students have completed, or are near completion of their qualifying courses, they can apply for entrance into the Bachelor of Business Administration program. The BBA program offers majors in Accounting, Finance, Human Resource Management, Marketing and Management. Students must complete certain courses in order to graduate with a major but they may also choose to graduate with no major at all.
University of Saskatchewan, Edwards School of Business (Saskatoon)
The Edwards School of Business offers two undergraduate Programs – the Bachelor of Commerce Program as well as the Business Co-operative Education Program. It also offers a range of Certificate Programs such as the Business Administration Certificate, International Business Administration Certificate and an Executive Business Administration Certificate. Its MBA program focuses around team-building, leadership and business strategy. There is a community liaison advantage where students are partnered with industry to complete a management consulting project tailored to the industry host or an entrepreneurial-focused business plan.
Yukon College (Whitehorse)
Yukon College offers a one-year Business Administration Certificate as well as a two-year Business Administration Diploma. Students enrolled in the Diploma program have the option of participating in a Co-op program. Students can transfer to other institutions such as Athabasca University and the University of Lethbridge after completing the program.