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General Business (Diploma)

IMPORTANT NOTICE Students starting this program in the Fall 2019 semester or later will be required to have a program GPA of 2.00 or higher in order to graduate.
Faculty: Commerce & Business Administration
Department: Business
Credits: 60.0
Length: Four semesters
Campuses: Coquitlam, New Westminster
Credential: Diploma
Admission Type: Open Enrolment - General Admission Requirements
Learning Format: Full-time, Part-time
Offered: Fall, Summer, Winter
program overview

The General Business Diploma program allows students to prepare for almost any area in the world of business, including transfer to a university, starting a business, managing a business, accounting, computer systems, marketing, sales, supply chain management and international business.  Students develop essential business skills (such as in accounting, economics, marketing, and writing) and then customize their program with electives from a wide array of courses in the Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration.  

curriculum framework

Graduation Requirements:

  • 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

Course Requirements:

Course Number Course Title Credits

Select one course from the following two options:

CMNS 1115

Practical Writing


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:


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.

career transfer pathways

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

Depending on your chosen electives, you can also be prepared to write industry certification exams in project management, supply chain management or international management.  Industry certifications will make you more attractive to potential employers and increase your chances of getting the job that you want.

University Transfer  

This program transfers directly into the BBA programs at Douglas College.

Two-year block transfers have been arranged with the Open University (Bachelor of Administrative Studies) and the University of Lethbridge (Post-Diploma Bachelor of Management). Certain conditions apply and students are encouraged to contact the Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration for details.       

Transfer credit has also been arranged with Simon Fraser University, the University of Victoria, the University of Northern British Columbia and the University of the Fraser Valley.     

See the
B.C. Transfer Guide for course and program transfer details.

admission 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. 

program cost

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.

curriculum 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.

upcoming info sessions
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