General Business (Diploma)


Summer 2023: Accepting applications

Fall 2023: Accepting applications

Winter 2024: Applications open Feb 1, 2023

New Westminster
Learning Format
Admission Type
Open Enrolment - General Admission Requirements


The General Business Diploma program prepares you for almost any aspect of business, including starting and managing a business, accounting, computer systems, marketing, sales, supply chain management and international business.  

Depending on your area of focus, you’ll be prepared to write industry certification exams in project management, supply chain management or international management. 

Get industry certifications 

This program 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. 

Continue your education 

If you want to further your business education, this program transfers into the Bachelor of Business Administration in Management program at Douglas. Your credential may also transfer to business programs at other post-secondary institutions. Visit the B.C. Transfer Guide and your transfer university’s website regularly to confirm which courses transfer. 

Get work experience while you study 

Put your skills to work by joining the optional Co-operative Education Program, which alternates semesters of study with paid, full-time work in your field. You’ll earn money while gaining experience, building your resume and getting an employer reference, all before you graduate. To participate in Co-op you need to plan two semesters in advance, so we strongly recommend contacting the Co-op Office at the start of your program.  

Get valuable experience through the Business Internship Program 

In the Business Internship Program, you’ll apply the theory and knowledge you’ve learned in class into a real-world business setting. During your unpaid part-time internship, you’ll be assigned tasks and projects that junior management, marketing, business, administrative and/or sales employees complete in the modern workplace.  

To be accepted into the internship program, you must contact the Career Centre early in your studies at Douglas College. 

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

Graduation Requirements For Students Completing After Summer 2023:

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

Course Requirements:

Course Number Course Title Credits

Select one course from the following two options:

CMNS 1115

Business Communication


ENGL 1130

Academic Writing
(Students can substitute an English, Communications or Creative Writing course that transfers (as English credit) to one of the B.C. research universities (SFU, UBC, UBC-O, UVic or UNBC)).


Select one course from the following four options:



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 course from the following three options:

ECON 1101

The Canadian Economy


ECON 1150

Principles of Microeconomics
Note: ECON 1150 and ECON 1250 are requirements for the BBA degrees.


ECON 1250

Principles of Macroeconomics
Note: ECON 1150 and ECON 1250 are requirements for the BBA degrees.


Select one course from the following two options:


BLAW 1320 (formally BUSN 1320)

Introductory Business Law


PHIL 1122

Business Ethics


Required Courses:



ACCT 1110 (see Note 1)

Principles of Accounting I


ACCT 1210 (see Note 1)

Principles of Accounting II


BUSN 1210

Management Essentials


FINC 1231 (see Note 2)

Business Mathematics


CSIS 1190

Excel for Business


MARK 1120

Introductory Marketing


CAPSTONE: Select one course from the following two options: (see Note 3)

BUSN 3253 Entrepreneurship and New Venture Development 3.00

BUSN 2275

Business Strategy and Simulation


CBA Elective (see Notes 4 and 5)

Select six (6) courses from Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration


Elective (see Note 4)

Select three (3) 1000-4000 level College courses 


Total Credits



Note 1: ACCT 1235 (Principles of Introductory Financial Accounting I & II) can be taken instead of both ACCT 1110 and 1210. A 3-credit open elective course must then be taken to meet the 60-credit requirement of the program.

Note 2: MATH 1125 may be substituted for FINC 1231

Note 3: 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.

Note 4: Students wishing to transfer to a degree program should ensure that 1000-2000 level courses must be university transferable, and that no more than five 3000-4000 level courses are non-transferable (see transfer guide at

Note 5: SOSC 2140 can also be used to meet 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.


Navjot Singh

A taste of the real world

Business grad plans to open restaurant with knowledge gained through hands-on training at Douglas.

Career Pathways

Career opportunities include:

  • Accounting Clerk 
  • Accounts Payable Clerk 
  • Banking - Customer Service Representative 
  • Bookkeeper 
  • Business Management Advisor 
  • Business/Programmer Analyst 
  • Collection Clerk 
  • Credit Assessment Advisor 
  • Management Trainee 
  • Manager 
  • Records Management Specialist