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  • Business Administration - Purchasing and Supply Management

    Business Administration - Purchasing and Supply Management

Program Code:BAO
Campus:Newnham, Markham
Duration:6 Semesters (3 Years)
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Program Description

Finding success in today's multi–dimensional workplace requires strong management skills. In the Business Administration – Purchasing and Supply Management program, you'll focus on the management function, building the skills and concepts necessary to develop into a successful manager.

You will spend the first four semesters building a practical grounding in contemporary management theory. Your final two semesters will be spent gaining the essential tools necessary to manage the supply base of an organization. Upon graduation you will understand how the increasing strategic nature of purchasing influences other major functional areas. Courses in enterprise resource planning, quality, inventory management, purchasing and logistics will equip you with concrete skills to take to your future employer.

You'll also benefit from our relationships with a variety of employers who help keep the program (and your skills) up to date and relevant to the demands of today's organizations. Students with the desire and the minimum GPA requirement will have the opportunity to participate in a field placement program to gain practical work experience in the supply chain field. Your learning is enhanced through seminars, plant tours, case analysis and business simulations.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with:
    • Grade 12 English: ENG4(C) or ENG4(U)
    • Grade 12 Mathematics: (C) or (U) or Grade 11 Mathematics: (U) or (M)
  • OR Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with the above prerequisite course(s), their equivalent(s) or appropriate Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate program credits (see Academic Upgrading).


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Your Career

After studying in the Business Administration – Purchasing and Supply Management program, you will be able to offer employers specialized skills related to supply chain, purchasing and inventory control and management. Significant changes in practices and technology have led to an increased demand for workers with current and relevant supply chain skills. Expect to begin a career in purchasing, supply chain management, inventory management or logistics, working for government or private sector companies.


In addition, you have the opportunity to join the Seneca Student Chapter of The Association for Operations Management (APICS), an international organization that offers field trips to local facilities and networking opportunities with guest speakers from various industries, for free. There are leadership positions available with the APICS Student Chapter. Students have the chance to participate in the APICS Canadian Case Study Competition held each year. In the past, Seneca teams have won this competition and travelled to the International Competition to compete.

The Business Administration - Purchasing and Supply Management program has developed strong partnerships with two leading industry certification bodies. Through our partnership with The Supply Chain Management Association (SCMA) you will receive a Student Passport (cost: $30.00 + HST) and opportunities to participate in networking events and attend conferences and workshops. This is an invaluable chance for you to meet and network with professionals in the field.

Professional Certification

Certificate in Management and Administration (C.I.M.):

In 2009, Seneca became the first institution in Canada to have full–time programs accredited by the Canadian Institute of Management (C.I.M.). Upon graduation from the Business Administration – Management program you will have met all the requirements for the Certified in Management (C.I.M.) designation once you have completed two years of managerial work experience and made appropriate application to the Canadian Institute of Management.

Canadian Professional Sales Association (CPSA):

Graduates will have completed all educational requirements and can submit an application to the Canadian Professional Sales Association to receive a Professional Sales Certificate (PSC). Graduates will have also met all the educational requirements for the CPSA's professional designation Certified Sales Professional (CSP).

Transfer Pathways

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at the following post-secondary institution(s):


University/CollegeDegrees Available
Ryerson University• Bachelor of Commerce, Business Management – Direct Entry
• Bachelor of Commerce, Business Technology Management – Degree Completion
Seneca College• Bachelor of Commerce, Human Resources Strategy and Technology
• Bachelor of Commerce, Business Management
• Bachelor of Commerce, International Business Management
• Bachelor of Commerce, International Accounting and Finance
• Bachelor of Commerce, Financial Services Management
Tyndale University College• Bachelor of Arts (Business Administration, Business Administration – International Development or Business Administration – Co-op)
York University• Bachelor of Administrative Studies (BAS)


University/CollegeDegrees Available
Algoma University• Bachelor of Business Administration
• Bachelor of Business Administration (Brampton)
Carleton University• Any Relevant Major
Lakehead University• Bachelor of Administration (3 year) or Honours Bachelor of Commerce (4 year)
Laurentian University• Honours Bachelor of Commerce
Nipissing University• Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Commerce
University of Ontario Institute of Technology• Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) (Honours) – Direct Entry
University of Ottawa• Bachelor of Commerce
University of Windsor• Bachelor of Commerce – Honours Business Administration


University/CollegeDegrees Available
Okanagan College• Bachelor of Business Administration
Royal Roads University• Bachelor of Commerce in Entrepreneurial Management or Bachelor of Business Administration in Sustainability and International Business


University/CollegeDegrees Available
University at Buffalo• Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
D'Youville College• BSc - Accounting or Management
Davenport University• BBA - Management or BBA/MBA - Strategic Management
Northwood University• Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), with majors in Marketing, Management or Accounting
Robert Morris University• Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science (BSBA)


University/CollegeDegrees Available
Birmingham City University• BA (Hons) Business Administration (Top-up)

Important Academic Dates

Please take a few moments to view Important Academic Dates for your relevant term.


Please select the curriculum from the Academic Year in which you started (or will be starting) your studies. An Academic Year begins in September and ends in August of the following year.

2014/2015 Academic Year
Semester 1 Course Name Hrs/Wk
BUS106 Business - Its Nature and Environment 4
EAC150 College English 3
MRK108 Introduction to Marketing 3
QNM106 Mathematics of Finance 4
SSC100 Success Strategies for College 2
Semester 2 Course Name Hrs/Wk
ACC106 Accounting I 4
MGS350 Management Studies: Canadian Business Law 4
MRK213 Foundations of Strategic Marketing and Planning 4
SMS202 Microcomputer Business Applications II 3
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
Semester 3 Course Name Hrs/Wk
ACC212 Financial Analysis 4
EAC394 Effective Business Writing 3
MRK320 Marketing: Effective Selling 4
MSC310 Decision Analysis I 4
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
Semester 4 Course Name Hrs/Wk
BUS206 Business Management 4
BUS400 Business Economics 3
CRM400 CRM & Selling 3
IBM600 International Business Management 4
OPM400 Production and Operations Management -
Manufacturing and Services
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
Semester 5 Course Name Hrs/Wk
MGS521 Business Ethics and Values 4
OPM500 Business Logistics - Supply Chain Management 4
OPM600 Purchasing and Materials Management 4
OPM610 Production Scheduling and Inventory Management 4
XXXXXX Professional Option 4
Semester 6 Course Name Hrs/Wk
CAP500 Career Planning 1
ERP500 Enterprise Resource Planning 4
MGS522 Negotiation Strategies for Business 4
OPM510 Total Quality Management 4
OPM620 Advanced Purchasing and Materials Management 4
XXXXXX Professional Option 4

Note: Students in the Operations Management program must maintain a G.P.A. of 2.0 or better to remain in the program.

Students interested in pursuing a degree are advised to take Statistics (QNM222) as a professional option.

2015/2016 Academic Year
Semester 1
Introduction to Business Administration
Microcomputer Business Applications II
Mathematics of Finance
College English
Professional Presentation Skills
Introduction to Studies at Seneca
Semester 2
Introduction to Marketing
Organizational Behaviour
Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Accounting I
Global Citizenship
Semester 3
Financial Analysis
Human Resources
Production & Operations Management
Career Planning
Effective Business Writing
Semester 4
Project Management
Business Economics
Accounting Software
Management Studies: Canadian Business Law
General Education Option
Semester 5
Business Ethics and Values
Business Logstics - Supply Chain Management
Purchasing and Materials Management
Production Scheduling and Inventory Management
International Business Management
Semester 6
Enterprise Resource Planning
Negotiation Strategies for Business
Total Quality Management
Advanced Purchasing and Materials Management
Business Plan

Contact Us

Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22840
International Admissions Advisor: Simona Cojanu
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22758
Registration & Records Advisors:
Newnham Campus: Lisa Dalla-Zuanna
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22462
Markham Campus: Marc Combetto
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 77435
Program Contacts:
Program Student Advisor (Newnham Campus): Aniko Murtescu
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22675
Program Student Advisor (Markham Campus): Izabela Loranty
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 77547
Program Coordinator (Newnham Campus): Mary Drane
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 26224
Program Coordinator (Markham Campus): David Bath
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 77535
Program Chair (Acting): Mike Sparling
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 26975
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