NANAIMO, B.C. — Vancouver Island University (VIU) has launched a new graduate-level program that aims to give people with no formal business education the information they need to run a business effectively.
The Graduate Certificate in Business is a one-year, three-semester program providing students with the foundational skills they need to start their own businesses or move into management positions. The program will also accommodate working professionals who want to pursue it in a part-time format.
“It’s for people who did their undergraduate degree in something other than business who are moving into management roles, such as arts, humanities or social-sciences graduates, or people with their Red Seal who want to start up their own business, like an automotive shop or bakery,” says Tracy Gillis, a VIU Accounting professor and program lead. “A cutting-edge feature of this program is the direct pathway for Red-Seal holders. As far as I know, there isn’t anything like it in B.C.”
There is no GPA requirement to enter; instead the first semester includes coursework that introduces students to academics at a university level, as well as foundational courses in marketing, management and strategy, and effective business research and communications.
The Graduate Certificate in Business also offers the option to ladder into other programs if students want to pursue more advanced studies in business and management.
Applications for the program open on October 1, 2017, for the first intake date of September 2018. More information is available here.