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  • Bachelor of Commerce - Business Management Degree

    Bachelor of Commerce - Business Management Degree


Program Code:BBM
Duration:8 Semesters (4 Years)
Start Dates:Fall, Winter,
Start dates are subject to change
Credential Awarded:Bachelor of Commerce

Program Description

Most business administration programs are focused on the needs of large enterprises; however, small and medium–sized enterprises (SMEs) offer far larger employment potential. If you aspire to ‘be your own boss’, work in the family business or start your career as an entry level manager in the ever expanding SME sector, then this degree is for you.

This degree is designed to provide you with the fundamental principles of a well–rounded undergraduate education and the solid incremental building of knowledge through courses specific to the needs of Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) and the business management professionals that run them. Upon graduation, you will be able to demonstrate your understanding of contemporary issues in the Ontario, Canadian and global business environment. You will also be able to work cross–functionally, knowing the key business functions and possessing critical business skills.

Program Learning Outcomes:

As a graduate, you will be prepared to reliably demonstrate the ability to:

  • Demonstrate and apply ethically sound knowledge of Canadian business management, their underlying organizational structure and how these functions are connected, including sales and marketing, law, accounting and finance, operations, purchasing and supply management, human resources, and management.
  • Demonstrate a practical knowledge of the computer as a management, customer service and accounting tool to manage and adapt to technological change, using emerging technology solutions to gain efficiencies in support of strategic business directions.
  • Apply the knowledge and principles, learned in the Canadian and global contexts. Moreover, understand the limits to their own knowledge and abilities, and have an appreciation of the uncertainty, ambiguity and limits to knowledge and predict how this might influence analyses and interpretations when making business decisions.
  • Analyze and demonstrate accurate knowledge of organizational structure and management skills including those geared to small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).
  • Apply effective research skills to; investigate and analyze legislation, gather strategic and operational planning information, conduct business intelligence, ‘what if‘ and SWOT analyses, and set benchmarks.
  • Analyze and interpret complex numeric and financial data for strategic and operational decision-making.
  • Develop different business internal control systems. Interpret complex numeric and financial data for strategic and operational decision-making.
  • Demonstrate the understanding of the theories and principles of business to ensure ethical and sound decision making strategies.
  • Plan the effective implementation of a multifaceted business project using project management skills.
  • Utilize effective critical thinking and problem solving skills.
  • Apply effective verbal and written communication skills including:
    • Preparing, organizing and disseminating information for a variety of purposes.
    • Creating and participating in an effective learning organization.
  • Demonstrate effective interpersonal and team skills, including:
    • Listening and questioning skills.
    • Demonstrating respect for the views and perspectives of others.
    • Contributing creative and innovative ideas to the team.
    • Identifying and resolving team issues using effective problem solving and management techniques.
  • Practice effective life-long learning skills and techniques through:
    • Self-directed.
    • Team-based.
    • Web-based.
    • Career planning.
  • Demonstrate in-depth knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the society and culture in the world, genre of a traditional liberal arts education.

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:
    • Six Grade 12 (U) or (M) courses with a minimum 65% average including:
      • Grade 12 English: ENG4(U)
      • Grade 12 Mathematics: any (U) level Mathematics
  • OR Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with the above prerequisite course(s) or their equivalent(s).


  • In accordance with PEQAB requirements, this program has a minimal overall acceptable achievement for progression.
  • Scholarship opportunities are available for candidates with distinguished academic records in their high school careers. A variety of scholarships and bursaries are available to students based on merit and financial needs.

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

In recent years, there has been an increased awareness of the role of Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) as drivers of innovation within the Ontario and Canadian economy. Canada's SMEs employ more people and generate more economic activity than any other sector. SMEs are the prime drivers of economic growth in Canada, and that has never been more evident than today. In light of this, there is an increasing demand for qualified graduates who have a keen understanding of business through the eyes of SMEs.

As a graduate of the Bachelor of Commerce (Business Management) degree you will be able to adapt to the changing responsibilities of the SME environment. You will be well prepared for careers such as product managers, project leaders, management, and to start your own business.

In addition, you will have the required knowledge to pursue several key industry designations including the following:

  • Canadian Institute of Management’s Certified in Management (CIM), and the Professional Manager (P.Mgr) professional designations
  • The Project Management educational component for the CAPM Certificate completed
  • Microsoft Office Specialist Certificate through Microsoft
  • Professional Sales Certificate from the Canadian Professional Sales Association

Turn Your Diploma Into a Degree

If you have completed three or more semesters of a business or human resources diploma program, you may be given advanced credit for your program, within the maximum credits allowed. This block transfer may allow you to turn your diploma into a degree, helping to build your credentials for a successful future. Please contact the Admissions Advisor or Program Coordinator for more information.

Other Business Degree Students: Given a common first year in all Seneca business degree programs, students can seamlessly transfer to the other Seneca Bachelor of Commerce business degrees after one year, or vice versa.

Co-operative Education

Enhance your education with real–life, relevant work experience. This degree program offers you the advantage of a co–op work–term. During the co–op placement, you will have the opportunity to become involved in real– life work experiences where critical thinking, problem–solving and interpersonal skills are used. This work experience will help you to improve your marketability as a professional in the field. The work–term is scheduled over the summer semester and includes both paid and unpaid co-op opportunities.

Co-op Work Term Model
  Fall Winter Summer
Year 1 Semester 1 Semester 2 Vacation
Year 1 ------ Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 2 Semester 3 Semester 4 Vacation
Year 3 Semester 5 Semester 6 Semester 7
Year 4 Co-op Term Semester 8 Graduation

Block Transfers

Consideration may be given for block transfer credits to students who have completed three or more semesters of a business diploma program.

Important Academic Dates

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


Semester 1 Course Name Hrs/Wk
BAB100 Introduction to Canadian Business 3
BAB110 Financial Mathematics 3
BAB120 Computer Applications for Business I 3
BAB140 Introduction to Financial Accounting 3
ENG106 Writing Strategies 3
Semester 2 Course Name Hrs/Wk
BAB210 Business Statistics 3
BAB220 Computer Applications for Business II 3
BAB231 Introduction to Business Law 3
BAB235 Introduction to Marketing 3
BAB240 Management Accounting 3
ENG205 Applied Communication for Business and Industry 4
Semester 3 Course Name Hrs/Wk
BMT300 Introduction to Business Case Analysis 3
HST300 Introduction to Human Resources 3
HST310 Business Ethics 3
HST420 Computer Applications for Business III 3
LSP240 Microeconomics - Theory & Practice 3
XXXXXX Liberal Studies Elective 3
Semester 4 Course Name Hrs/Wk
HST330 Business Finance 3
HST400 Operations Management 3
HST430 Organizational Behaviour 3
LSP340 Macroeconomics - Theory & Practice 3
LSP400 Presentation Skills 3
XXXXXX Liberal Studies Elective 3
Semester 5 Course Name Hrs/Wk
BAB905 Project Management 3
BMT540 Business to Business Marketing 3
BMT545 Effective Selling 3
BMT550 Management for Non-Profit and Social Enterprises 3
XXXXXX Liberal Studies Elective 3
Semester 6 Course Name Hrs/Wk
BAB906 Project Management II 3
BMT644 Business Finance Taxation 3
BMT646 Customer Service 3
BMT850 Strategic Management 3
BMT855 Leadership for Managers 3
XXXXXX Liberal Studies Elective 3
Semester 7 Course Name Hrs/Wk
BMT700 International Business Management 3
BMT760 Entrepreneurship and the Business Plan 3
BMT780 Contemporary Issues in Management: Sustainability 3
LSP700 Applied Research Methodology 3
CPP600 Co-op Professional Practice 2
Semester 8 Course Name Hrs/Wk
BMT801 Integration Project Strategic Plan 3
BMT870 Global Supply Chain Management 3
BMT880 Contemporary Issues in Management: Innovation & Trends 3
CPP700 Co-op Integration and Career Planning 1
XXXXXX Liberal Studies Elective 3

Seneca has been granted a consent by the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities to offer this degree for a 7-year term starting October 12, 2011. In conformity with the Minister’s criteria and requirements, Seneca will submit an application for the renewal of the consent for this program 12 months prior to the expiration of the consent. Seneca shall ensure that all students admitted to the above-named program during the period of consent will have the opportunity to complete the program within a reasonable time frame.

Contact Us

Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: Angelie Ramirez
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22058
International Admissions Advisor: Simona Cojanu
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22758
Registration & Records Advisor:
  Lisa Dalla-Zuanna
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22462
Program Contacts:
Student Advisor: Aniko Murtescu
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22675
Program Coordinator: Sarah Arliss
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 26116
Co-op Coordinator: Robert Botten
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 26292
Program Chair: Chris Dudley
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22386
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Optional Career Paths

“We would welcome applications from your Seneca 4-year B.Comm graduates. They would apply through our standard channels and our normal application requirements would apply. Thank you for promoting our program to your students.”

Dr. Milena Head
Acting Director, MBA Programs
DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University

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