Management (Diploma)

Commerce & Business Administration
Length of Program
Four semesters
Credential Type
New Westminster
Learning Format
Admission Type
Open Enrolment - General Admission Requirements


Position yourself for a leadership position with the two-year Management Diploma program. In your first year, you’ll develop fundamental business skills and study accounting, economics, marketing and writing. In year two, you’ll take business & management courses in managing business development, operations and human resources.  

Two ways to get a practical education

Earn money and get relevant work experience before you graduate with the optional Co-operative Education Program.

Complete projects in the modern workplace with the  Business Internship Program.

Professional certifications 

The Diploma in Management has been granted equivalency to the Canadian Institute of Management’s Chartered Management Program (CMP), which can be used toward the Certified in Management (C.I.M.) or Chartered Manager (C.Mgr.) professional designations. 

Depending on the management courses you choose, you’ll also be prepared to write industry certification exams in project management, supply chain management or international management. Industry certifications make you stand out to potential employers and increase your chances of getting into the career you want. 

University transfer 

If you’re interested in furthering your education, this program transfers directly into the BBA Management program at Douglas. Your credential may also transfer to business management programs at other post-secondary institutions. Visit the B.C. Transfer Guide and your transfer university’s website regularly to confirm which courses transfer.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants must meet the admission requirements listed below:

Note: Some courses in this program require students to have completed Foundations of Math 11 with a grade of C (some courses may have a higher requirement). Therefore, it is strongly recommended that you check each individual course prerequisite and ensure that you have completed requirements prior to registration. 


You can get an average cost for your program - tuition and student fees, books, uniforms, lab fees etc - on the Program Cost page. 

Only programs approved for student loan funding are listed on the Program Cost page. For all other programs, refer to the Tuition Fee page.

Program Requirements

Curriculum Framework

Graduation Requirements For Students Completing By Summer 2023:

  • Successful completion of 60 credits
  • A minimum of 2.0 program GPA is required
  • 25% (15 credits) of all coursework must be completed at Douglas College
  • Time limit to complete program graduation requirements: seven (7) years

Graduation Requirements For Students Completing After Summer 2023:

  • Successful completion of 60 credits
  • A minimum of 2.0 program GPA is required
  • 50% (30 credits) of all coursework must be completed at Douglas College
  • Time limit to complete program graduation requirements: seven (7) years

Course Requirements:

Course Number  Course Title Credits
Required Courses (15 courses, 45 credits):
ACCT 1110 (see note 1) Principles of Accounting I 3.00
ACCT 1210 (see note 1) Principles of Accounting II  3.00
ACCT 2320 Introductory Managerial Accounting 3.00
BUSN 1210 Management Essentials 3.00
BLAW 1320 (formerly BUSN 1320) Introductory Business Law  3.00
BUSN 3310 Organizational Management Skills 3.00
BUSN 3350 Human Resource Management 3.00
CSIS 1190 Excel for Business 3.00
FINC 1231 (see note 2) Business Mathematics 3.00
MARK 1120 Introductory Marketing 3.00
PHIL 1122 (see note 3) Business Ethics  3.00
Select one from the following two options:  
CMNS 1115 Business Communication 3.00
ENGL 1130 (see note 4) Academic Writing 3.00
Select one from the following six options (see note 5):  
ENGL 1130 (see note 4) Academic Writing 3.00
CMNS 1115 Business Communication 3.00
CMNS 1216 Interpersonal Skills for the Workplace 3.00
CMNS 1217 Intercultural Communication in the Workplace 3.00
CMNS 2316 Understanding and Managing Interpersonal Conflict 3.00
MARK 2150    Personal Selling 3.00
Select one from the following three options (see note 6):  
ECON 1150 Principles of Microeconomics 3.00
ECON 1250 Principles of Macroeconomics 3.00
ECON 1101 The Canadian Economy 3.00
Select one from the following two Capstone Course options (see Note 7):  
BUSN 2275 Business Strategy & Simulation 3.00
BUSN 3253 Entrep. & New Venture Development 3.00
Electives: (5 courses, 15 credits) (See note 8 for recommendations)
BUSN Elective  Any 2000-4000 level BUSN course (see note 9) 3.00
BUSN Elective  Any 3000-4000 level BUSN course (see note 9) 3.00
CBA Elective Any 2000-4000 level course from Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration (see note 10) 3.00
CBA Elective Any 3000-4000 level course from Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration 3.00
Elective Any 1000-4000 level College course 3.00
Total Credits   60.00


1. ACCT 1235 can be taken instead of taking both ACCT 1110 and ACCT 1210. Thus, students taking ACCT 1235 can replace ACCT 1210 with an open elective.
2. MATH 1125 may be substituted for this course.
3. PHIL 1102, BUSN 4490 or another approved Ethics course, may be taken instead of PHIL 1122BUSN 1320 and ENGL 1130 (with minimum C grade) are pre-requisites for BUSN 4490.
4. ENGL 1130 transfers directly into degree programs and many other colleges.  Alternatively, students can choose any English, Communications or Creative Writing course that transfers (as English credit) to one of the B.C. research universities. 
5. Students pursuing a BBA degree are strongly recommended to take ENGL 1130 (or CMNS 1115 or CMNS 2316 for a Management Major).  Students exiting to the workplace with the Management Diploma are advised to take one of the listed CMNS courses OR MARK 2150.
6. ECON 1150 and 1250 are required for a BBA degree.
7. For these courses, it is highly recommended that students take them in their final semester in order to maximize their benefit from the course content.
8. Recommendations for electives which match various academic and/or career goals are provided on the Elective Pathways tab at the top of this page. Students wishing to transfer to a degree program should ensure that 1000-2000 level courses are university transferable, and that no more than five 3000-4000 level courses are non-transferable. A University Transferable course is a course that transfer to one of the 5 Research Universities (SFU, UBC, UBCO, UNBC and UVIC) - according to the BC Transfer Guide (see transfer guide at ).
9. BUSN 2429 and BUSN 3380 are highly recommended for students focusing their studies in operations management, small business management and supply chain management. BUSN 2429 is also a required course for all BBA majors.
10. SOSC 2140 can also be used to satisfy this requirement.

Program Guidelines

Program Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this program and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the program, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

Career Pathways

Career opportunities include:

  • Accounting Clerk 
  • Accounts Payable Supervisor 
  • Bank Teller (Customer Service Rep) 
  • Bookkeeper 
  • Business Management 
  • Consulting Business/Programmer 
  • Analyst 
  • Collection CI
  • Credit Assessment 
  • Finance Clerk 
  • Manager 
  • Records Management Specialist