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    Business Administration - Purchasing and Supply Management

Program Code:BAO
Campus:Newnham, Markham
Duration:6 Semesters (3 Years)
Start Dates:Summer, Fall, Winter,
Start dates are subject to change
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.

At the School of Business Management (SBM), you’ll spend the first four semesters building a practical grounding in contemporary management theory. These four semesters are common to all SBM programs.

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 G.P.A. 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.

Program Learning Outcomes:

This Seneca College program meets the system-wide standards as set by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • Evaluate the impact of global issues on an organization’s business opportunities by using an environmental scan.
  • Apply principles of corporate sustainability, corporate social responsibility and ethics to support an organization’s business initiatives.
  • Assess and use current concepts/systems and technologies to support an organization’s business initiatives.
  • Conduct and present research to support business decision making.
  • Plan, implement and evaluate projects by applying project management principles.
  • Perform work in compliance with relevant statutes, regulations and business practices.
  • Apply human resource practices to support management objectives and the organization’s goals.
  • Use accounting and financial principles to support the management and operations of an organization.
  • Assess marketing and sales concepts and strategies and apply them to the needs of an organization.
  • Outline principles of supply chain management and operations management and assess their impact on the operations of an organization.
  • Participate in the development of a business plan.
  • Develop strategies for ongoing personal and professional development to enhance work performance in the business field.
  • Outline strategies used to manage risks in an organization’s business activities.

Essential Employability Skills:

Graduates of this program are also expected to demonstrate the essential employability skills learning outcomes as outlined on the Ministry of Training, College and Universities website.

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).

The Importance of Learning Skills:

Student success in college requires well developed learning skills (such as being able to work independently, participate in a team, be well–organized, develop good work habits, and show initiative). These skills are as important as prior academic achievement. While it is expected that applicants would have developed these skills through previous education and life experiences, Seneca offers support to assist students with further development of these important skills. Seminars, workshops and tutoring are available at Seneca's Learning Centres.


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Your Career

After studying in the Business Administration – Purchasing and Supply Management program, you’ll be able to offer employers specialized skills related to supply chain, purchasing and inventory control and management. Expect to begin a career in purchasing, supply chain management, or logistics, working for government, profit and not–for–profit organizations.

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 – Purchasing and Supply Management program you will have met all the requirements for the 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)

Upon graduation you will have completed all requirements and can make application to CPSA to receive a Certificate of Professional Sales from the Canadian Professional Sales Association. You will also have met all the educational requirements for the CPSA’s professional designation – Certified Sales Professional CSP.

Certification and Partnerships

The Business Administration – Purchasing and Supply Management program has developed strong partnerships with two leading industry certification bodies. Through our partnership with the Purchasing Managers Association of Canada (PMAC) you will receive a free membership, and opportunities to participate in networking events and attend conferences and workshops with the Ontario Institute of PMAC. This is an invaluable chance for you to meet and network with professionals in the field.

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. There are leadership positions available with the APICS Student Chapter, as well as the chance to apply for a scholarship to attend the International APICS Conference. Students in the APICS Executive coordinate the R?sum? Package for graduating students.

Diploma to Degree... and Beyond

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

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Core Curriculum
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
Curriculum - BAO
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.

Professional Options

Professional options may be taken in semester 5 and 6. The courses listed below are a representative sample of those which may be available. Students will be advised during semester 4 which options will be offered for semesters 5 and 6.

Professional Course Name Hrs/Wk
EBM510 Entrepreneurship 4
EBM530 Planning a New Business Venture 4
EBM645 Cases in Entrepreneurship 4
EBM650 Small Business Problem Solving 4
ENV500 Environmentalism and Commerce 3
EQQ501 Emotional Intelligence and the Workplace 3
FIS403 Financial Management 3
GBP400 Global Business Placement 4
MGS523 Introduction to Electronic Commerce 4
MGS524 Effective Leadership 4
MGS525 Evolution of Managerial Thought 4
MGS560 Business Sustainability 3
MGS590 Nonprofit and Social Enterprise Management 3
MRK525 Business to Business Marketing 4
MSC510 Decision Analysis II 3
RET500 Understanding the Retail Business 4
RET670 Customer Service in a Networked World 3
WAM507 Workplace - Attitudes and Motivation 4

Note: Professional option courses not having a minimum of 30 students enrolled may be cancelled at the discretion of the School. Not all professional options are offered every semester.

Educational Pathways

The benefit of a common curriculum in the first two years is that it gives you the flexibility to transfer your earned credits to the four Business Administration programs listed in the chart below. The first four semesters are offered at both Newnham and Markham Campuses. The fifth and sixth semesters of these programs are offered at Newnham Campus only.

There’s also flexibility provided through pathways to other programs in the Faculty of Business. First-year curricula at the School of Business Management are very similar to those of the Schools of Marketing, International Business, Accounting and Financial Services, and the Centre for Human Resources. This means you’re able to transfer to programs in these other schools with credits already earned for the first year.

Contact Us

Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: Margaret Lim
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22806
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: Chris Dudley
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22386
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"Within a short period of time from graduating the Purchasing and Supply Chain program I accepted a position at General Electric. From the hands–on learning in the classroom and field placement in my last semester, I was well prepared for my position at GE."

Braydon Weir
2011 Graduate
Expediter, General Electric

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