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  • Bachelor of Commerce - International Business Management Degree

    Bachelor of Commerce - International Business Management Degree


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

Program Description

This International Business Management degree program provides you with specialized skills and knowledge in the areas of international business strategy, technology and the business processes required to effectively work in today’s global marketplace. Graduates will possess well–developed critical thinking, problem–solving, communication, interpersonal and team skills, which are critical in this complex environment. Finally, graduates will have the skills required and cultural understanding necessary to succeed in a global business environment.

But the possibilities for graduates from this program do not stop here. The International Business Management degree curriculum and its unique business technology content prepares you to continue graduate studies, such as an MBA, in leading universities partners through the worldwide SAP University Alliances.

“I support promoting our MBA Supply Chain Management specialization and SAP integration to your students.”

Dr. Elkafi Hassini
Chair, Operations Management
DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University

Program Learning Outcomes:

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

  • Demonstrate and apply ethically sound knowledge of Canadian businesses, 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 information and communications technology 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.
  • Critically evaluate complex international business situations through case analysis, simulations and discussion.
  • Evaluate all aspects of the global value chain in order to optimize business practices.
  • Design a comprehensive global marketing strategy which addresses corporate objectives and constraints.
  • Design a comprehensive global business plan which addresses corporate objectives and external constraints.
  • 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.
  • Interpret complex numeric and financial data for strategic and operational decision-making.
  • Integrate industry standard ERP technology into the business decision making process.
  • Plan the effective implementation of multifaceted global business projects using project management skills.
  • Integrate regulatory, ethical and legal challenges when devising global business strategies.
  • Integrate an understanding of diverse cultures into global business plans.
  • Develop strategies to negotiate and conduct business in an international setting.
  • Demonstrate effective critical thinking and problem solving skills as a team member and leader.
  • Justify recommendations by demonstrating superior verbal and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrate in depth knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the society and culture in the world, and 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 the BMI degree program, you’ll be prepared for careers in today’s global marketplace. In this global economy, companies may be selling products in one area of the globe, getting their supplies from another area and running production facilities in a third. International business managers have to recognize global events and their effect on business; they must be ready and able to effectively deploy and utilize business processes in this global dimension, and so will you.

"In our quest for top talent, the SAP University Alliances program provides IBM a deep and experienced pool of SAP practitioners to continue to grow our consulting practice.”

Ken Englund
Partner, IBM Global Business Services

If you want to continue studies in International Business Management and pursue an MBA, you would have acquired a solid undergraduate background recognized by leading universities.

“We are discussing an MBA with a project management option. That would be a great fit with Seneca’s undergraduate students”.

Dalen Chiang, Ph.D.
Professor of Supply Chain
and Operations Management
Director, International Program
California State University at Chico, CA

Turn Your Diploma Into a Degree

If you have completed four or more semesters of a business 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 within 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 years, helping to build your credentials for a successful future.

Co-operative Education

The co–op work–term provides you with the opportunity to become involved in real–life work experiences where critical thinking, problem– solving and interpersonal skills are utilized. The work–term is scheduled over the winter semester between semesters 7 and 8.

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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 Vacation
Year 4 Semester 7 Paid Co-op Term Semester 8


Professional Associations

Graduates will have the required knowledge to pursue several key industry designations including the following:

  • SAP Canada
  • Project Management Institute (PMI)
  • Canadian Institute of Management (CIM)
  • Microsoft Office Specialist Certification through Microsoft Certified International Trade Professional (CITP)

This program is accredited by FITT (Forum for International Trade Training). Graduates are eligible to pursue the professional designation of Certified International Trade Professional (CITP).

Celebrate Cultural Diversity

Students from across the globe are attracted to this program, making the educational experience inter–culturally rich and diverse. You will also have the opportunity to learn from award–winning faculty with extensive expertise in international business and to interact with industry professionals to maximize your learning experience.

International Travel/Study Abroad

International Travel/Study Abroad

As a student in this program, you may have the opportunity to travel/study abroad and network in international arenas.

Block Transfers

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

Transfer Options Within Seneca

The School of International Business offers seamless transfer to a multitude of degree, diploma and certificate programs, given a common first year in most diploma and certificate programs within the Faculty of Business.

Liberal Studies Elective

Liberal studies electives will be offered to students in semesters 3 to 7.

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 3 3
LSP240 Microeconomics - Theory and Practice 3
LSOXXX 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 and Practice 3
LSP400 Presentation Skills 3
Semester 5 Course Name Hrs/Wk
BAB905 Project Management 3
BMI501 International Trade Finance 4
BMI502 Global Sourcing and Procurement 1 3
BMI503 Business Processes 1 4
LSP101 World Geography 3
Semester 6 Course Name Hrs/Wk
BMI601 Global Sourcing and Procurement 2 3
BMI602 International Law and Tariffs (Import and Export) 3
BMI603 International Transportation 3
BMI906 Project Management II 3
LSOXXX Liberal Studies Elective 3
Semester 7 Course Name Hrs/Wk
BMI701 Global Marketing Strategy 3
BMI702 Inventory Management and Production 4
BMI703 International Strategic Management 4
LSP701 Applied Research Methodology 3
CPP600 Co-op Professional Practice 2
LSOXXX Liberal Studies Elective 3
Semester 8 Course Name Hrs/Wk
BMI801 Contemporary Issues in International Business 4
BMI802 Integration Project - International Business 3
BMI803 Business Processes 2 3
BMI804 International Consulting 3
LSOXXX Liberal Studies Elective 3
CPP700 Co-op Integration and Career Planning 1

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.

Degree and Beyond

Masters Degree Programs

  • DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University
  • University of Fredericton
  • California State University at Chico, CA

Contact Us

Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: Judy Chung
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22127
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: Elaine Nethery
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 26233
Program Coordinator: Carol Fearon
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 26307
Academic Program Chair: Caroline Cole
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 26022
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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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