International Business Management (Bachelor of Business Administration) (Co-op)
- Bachelor of Business Administration
- College Code:
- Business and Hospitality
- Program Code:
- Accelerated Delivery:
- Academic Year:
- 2015 / 2016
About the Program
Whether your dream is to work in thriving cities like London, Beijing or New York, or to work for a local company that deals in worldwide trade, the dynamic International Business Management degree at Conestoga will put you on the right track. This four-year, co-op Bachelor of Business Administration program is designed to prepare students to manage international business endeavours. The goal is to provide graduates with the ability to bring people, processes, and technology together to achieve improved performance in domestic or international enterprises.
At the end of Year 2, students have the option of specializing in Human Resource Management (HRM), Supply Chain Management (SCM) or Marketing Management (MM), or continuing in the General stream. The Ministry has also approved specializations in Sustainability Management and Project Management and there are plans to implement them over the next few years.
Program highlights include three paid co-op terms, two major consulting projects, use of SAP - the world's leading Enterprise Management software, and a strong international focus, including:
- A mandatory second language - at least two courses in Spanish, French or Mandarin; up to 4 courses in Spanish and French.
- Student exchange opportunities with fifteen universities in the US, Chile, China, South Korea, France, Spain, Netherlands, Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovenia
- An optional Global Citizenship Certificate
- Two optional guided tour courses - to London and Paris, and to Tokyo and Shanghai
- ScotiaBank scholarships and Global Edge Scholarships for students who wish to study or work overseas as part of their program
This international degree program meets a variety of accreditation requirements:
- Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) - students can write a qualification exam after completing the Project Management course in Year 2.
- Forum for International Trade Training (FITT) - after completing 4 FITT skills-accredited courses in the first two years, students may write a FITT skills assessment to qualify for a FITT Certificate.
- Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) - graduates of the SCM stream will be well positioned to write the CSCP exam with minimal accreditation make-up courses.
- Certified Production and Inventory Manager (CPIM) - graduates of the SCM stream will be well positioned to write all five CPIM exams with minimal accreditation make-up courses
- Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) - the HRM stream covers all the required courses. Upon completion of all ten courses with a cumulative average of 70% and no mark less than 65%, graduates may write the National Knowledge Exam to become a CHRP Candidate. At least three years of work experience are required to become a CHRP.
- Professional in Human Resources (PHR) - the HRM stream has been approved by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Graduates may write the PHR exam after completing two years of work experience.
- Canadian Institute of Management (CIM) - upon completion of two years of managerial work experience, graduates will have met all requirements.
Graduates of this program have already been accepted into the MBA Co-op program at McMaster University, the MBA program at Wilfred Laurier University, the MBET program at the University of Waterloo, and the one-year Bachelor of Education program at Lakehead University.
Length: Four-year Academic Co-operative Bachelor's degree program
Delivery Sequence: Doon (Kitchener) - September/2015 (Open) - Fall | Winter | Fall | Winter | Spring/Summer | Fall | Winter | Spring/Summer | Fall | Winter | Spring/Summer
Location: Doon (Kitchener)
First-Year Capacity: 80
Bachelor Degrees in Applied Areas of Study
Conestoga's Bachelor degrees:
- are current and offer a balance of applied study and theory.
- offer integrated content across disciplines including business, liberal arts and sciences.
- offer personal learning experiences with smaller class sizes.
- result in a graduate with thorough knowledge and co-op work experience.
- provide opportunity for further studies in a number of articulation agreements with universities worldwide.
- are government approved and meet all Ministry standards.
- Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, OR 19 years of age or older
- A minimum of six (6) Grade 12 courses with a minimum cumulative average of 65%, including two (2) required U level courses and one (1) required U or M level course from a specified group of courses and three (3) additional U or M level courses.
- The following Grade 12 U courses are required:
- English (ENG4U)
- One (1) Grade 12 Mathematics course from the following: Calculus and Vectors (MCV4U) OR Advanced Functions (MHF4U) OR Mathematics of Data Management (MDM4U)
- At least one Grade 12 U or M course from ONE of the following disciplines: Canadian and World Studies, Classical Studies and International Languages, French as a Second Language, Social Sciences and Humanities, or Business Studies
- Three (3) other Grade 12 U or M courses
Note re: Admission Requirements
- The minimum cumulative average required for consideration is 65%. Higher averages are often required for admission due to competition for available spaces in the program.
- The following courses are recommended but are not mandatory:
- Introduction to International Business (BBB4M)
- Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources (BOH4M)
- Applicants with previous post-secondary education will be assessed on an individual basis in accordance with College and PEQAB guidelines/policies for advanced standing.
- Applicants possessing degrees/diplomas from institutions where the language of instruction was not English will be required to provide test scores as evidence of their English language proficiency. Test scores, if required, would be a minimum of TOEFL 580 with a TWE of 4.5 or iBT 88; IELTS 6.5 with no bands less than 6.0; CAEL 70 with no sub-test band scores less than 60; CAAT D at 65%; or equivalent scores in other recognized standard tests of English.
- We offer a language program for students whose English language skills are below the standard required for admission but all other admission criteria have been met. An applicant will be eligible for admission to the degree program after completion of level 4 of the General Arts and Science - English Language Studies (ELS) program with an overall grade average of 80% and no grade less than 75%. Placement in the ELS program is determined by scores on an in-house English language test or TOEFL or IELTS.
- Academic strength is calculated by averaging all submitted Grade 12 marks (or equivalent) of the required subjects and three additional U or M courses. If more than three additional courses are submitted, the course(s) with the highest mark(s) will be used.
- Applicants may be required to complete a supplementary information sheet and attend an interview.
- A sound mathematical and English background is important for success in this program and is considered during the admission selection process. Minimum cutoffs apply.
Students are required to successfully complete two language electives (in one language) in order to graduate.
Tuition & Fees
Tuition: Please refer to the previous academic year program fee chart for an approximation as fees for the next academic year are unavailable at this time.
*Fees are higher for international students on a Student Visa. Please refer to the international program fee chart for an approximation as fees for the next academic year are unavailable at this time.
*Books and supplies are additional.
Financial AssistanceThe Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is a needs-based program designed to help Ontario students cover the cost of post-secondary education. Funded by the federal and provincial governments, OSAP is intended to promote equality of opportunity for post-secondary studies through direct financial assistance for educational costs and living expenses. These interest-free loans are intended to supplement your financial resources and those of your family. The majority of students apply for loan assistance via the OSAP website. Students can also print the application booklet through the OSAP website.
For more information, please visit Financial Services/Awards.
- Co-op programs add value to your education. Earn while you apply what you learn in a real workplace environment. See the Co-op and Career Services webpage for more details.
- The College cannot guarantee co-op employment. All co-op students are required to conduct an independent co-op job search in addition to the supports and services provided by the Co-op Office.
Graduate OpportunitiesGraduates of this four-year co-op program will possess a blend of applied business skills that will enable them to function as flexible and versatile business generalists in an international context. Specific focus is given to issues requiring cross functional integration of activities. The program will meet the needs of typical entry-level positions and allow the graduate to eventually move into supervisory or managerial roles within either domestic or international business environments.
79% of 2012-2013 graduates found employment within 6 months of graduation. Their average starting salary was $38,629.
For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: http://www.workingincanada.gc.ca
Pathways & Credit Transfer
Conestoga pathways enable students to build on their academic achievements in order to earn a degree or additional credential. Pathways are formed through agreements between Conestoga programs or partner institutions. View the transfer agreement opportunities for this program.
Often applicants have earned credits from another college or university that may allow a student to be granted advanced standing or exemption. Learn more about credit transfer opportunities at Conestoga.
- Develop operating programs, policies and practices which are aligned with overall organizational goals and objectives in both domestic and international settings.
- Critically assess a business situation to identify both domestic and international opportunities and constraints.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the knowledge and skills involved with managing global business functions by applying the skills and knowledge within a variety of management disciplines.
- Design, implement and monitor initiatives geared towards improving the quality, effectiveness and efficiency of employees, processes, functions or businesses.
- Develop cross functional business processes which address stakeholder needs and which utilize financial, human and capital resources to improve productivity, innovation, quality and customer satisfaction in a socially and ethically responsible manner.
- Foster a positive employee relations climate through the situationally appropriate and effective design and implementation of human resource programs and policies that recognize and value a diverse workforce.
- Identify opportunities for risk avoidance programs and apply risk management techniques to specific business situations.
- Develop situation-specific metrics to track the performance of employees, processes, functions or businesses.
- Manage employee and organizational information and administration systems through the effective use of information technology which is culturally, legally and ethically appropriate.
- Develop operating policies and procedures which are legally compliant and ethically and culturally appropriate.
- Communicate effectively in either domestic or international settings.
- Apply the concepts of human relations, organizational behaviour and leadership to the development and enhancement of multidisciplinary teams in culturally appropriate ways.
- Apply the principles and skills of business management and leadership in either domestic or international situations.
- Adhere to professional codes and standards.
- Develop plans for lifelong learning and professional development.
- Apply the knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviours gained through the program in both coop work terms and the integrated project work.
- Demonstrate an understanding of essential employability skills including: group dynamics, critical and creative thinking skills, communication and ethical reasoning skills, and an ability to apply these skills in a variety of contexts.
- Evaluate one's own performance citing areas of strength and areas for improvement.
Program Advisory Committees
For a list of the current members, please visit our Program Advisory Committees.
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International students should apply online using a Conestoga College International Application Form. Please note: not all programs are open to international students. Interested students should check the listing of open programs on our international students web page before applying.
For program information, call the Information Centre at 519-748-5220 ext 3656.
Conestoga College has been granted a consent by the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities to offer this applied degree for a five-year term commencing July 19, 2013. Conestoga 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. Application to the Ministry for renewal of the consent to deliver is a prescribed and cyclical requirement for all degree programs at all Ontario colleges.