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Key Details

Program Start Dates

September 2024

January 2025

Please visit Ontario College Application Service to learn more about start dates.

Program Delivery

Flex / Full-time


Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Program Duration

6 Semesters

Program Contacts

Praveen Rathee

Program Coordinator (Year 1)

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705-566-8101 ext.6357
Marnie Staffen

Program Coordinator (Year 2 & 3)

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705-566-8101 ext.6262
International Admissions
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Program Overview

Walk out of the classroom and into a business career

Arm yourself with the skills you need in human resources, marketing, entrepreneurship, finance, and operations to become a vital player in any sized business. Or venture out on your entrepreneurial journey bolstered by a strong foundation of solid skills. Choose to specialize in marketing, management, or business planning in your third year.

You’ll be guided by industry-experienced professors throughout the program. Finally, an unpaid real-world placement in your last semester will put your skills to the test as you build your résumé and develop relationships in your chosen field. 


Admission requirements

For graduates of the new curriculum (OSS): Ontario Secondary School Diploma (30 credits) or equivalent or mature student status, including:

  • Any grade 12 English (C) or (U)
  • Any grade 11 mathematics (C), (U), or (M)

International Student Admissions

Are you an international student? Learn more about additional requirements.

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Additional admission requirements


  • Computer competency in relevant software

Academic Upgrading

Are you missing admission requirements? Strengthen your academic skills for free at your own pace through Academic Upgrading!

Program Delivery

Program delivery


Fall term start

SEMESTER 1:  Fall 2024
SEMESTER 2:  Winter 2025
SEMESTER 3:  Fall 2025
SEMESTER 4:  Winter 2026
SEMESTER 5:  Fall 2026
SEMESTER 6:  Winter 2027

Winter term start

SEMESTER 1:  Winter 2025
SEMESTER 2:  Spring 2025
SEMESTER 3:  Fall 2025
SEMESTER 4:  Winter 2026
SEMESTER 5:  Fall 2026
SEMESTER 6:  Winter 2027

Program of Study

Program of study for 2024-25 Academic Year 

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
ACC 1045Introduction to Accounting3
BUS 1125Business Professionalism3
BUS 1146Introduction to Business Management3
BUS 1211Business Mathematics3
ECN 1101Microeconomics3
ENG 1002College Communications3
ISP 3026Spreadsheets for Business3
Semester 2
ACC 1050Financial Accounting3
BUS 1111Business Research Methods3
BUS 1153CSR and Ethics3
BUS 1212Financial Mathematics3
ECN 1202Macroeconomics3
MKT 1204Foundations of Marketing3
One General Education course. 13
Semester 3
ACC 2312Managerial Accounting3
BUS 1233Statistics3
ENG 2205Business Reports and Presentations3
MKT 1200Applied Marketing3
FIN 1101Corporate Finance3
BUS 2320Business Law3
One General Education Course. 13
Semester 4
BUS 1037Project Management3
BUS 1217Strategic Business Decisions3
BUS 2041Human Resources Management3
BUS 3501Operations Management3
IND 1011Indigenous Business and Economics3
QMM 1005Business Analytics3
One General Education Course. 13
Semester 5
MKT 2350Customer Relationship Management4
QMM 1003Business Analytics4
MKT 3550Strategic Marketing Management3
One of the following groups of Elective courses:9
BUS 1241
Launching a Small Business
BUS 1242
Startup Marketing and Operations
BUS 1243
Startup Business Finance
MKT 1202
Digital Media and Marketing
MKT 2381
Communication Design
MKT 1003
Campaign Strategies
Semester 6
BUS 1145International Management3
BUS 1156Work Placement6
BUS 1245Leadership & Team Development3
One of the following Elective courses:3
BUS 1126
Small Business Management
MKT 1020
Integrated Marketing Communications
 Total Credits119

For more information regarding General Education courses, click here.


Tuition Cost

Canadian Students

$3,996.30Estimated first year costView fee breakdown

International Students

$17,608.33Estimated first year costView fee breakdown

Important Notice

Fees presented are estimates based on projections for future academic year(s) of study. Actual fees charged may differ from what is published here. A full detailed listing of all fees is available in myCambrian and updated annually no later than May 1 for the following academic year. Students in Academic Upgrading are responsible for any fees listed on their invoice each term.

Tuition and ancillary fees

Please see our fees page for the breakdown of tuition and mandatory ancillary fees by program and semester for both domestic and international students.

Books and supplies

Books and supplies may be required at the course level over and above what is estimated above. Please consult your professor/instructor for further information.

College may be more affordable than you think!

Have you said, “school can wait another year”? Don’t sacrifice your future any longer – you can do it!

Whether it’s fear, financial reasons, or something else that is impacting your decision to start school, we’re here to listen to you and help in any way we can!

Work-integrated learning (WIL)

Take your education beyond the classroom!

Cambrian programs blend academic learning, hands-on training, and community involvement opportunities to help you achieve your ultimate goal – your dream career. You’ll have the opportunity to apply your knowledge to real-world scenarios within and outside of the classroom through work-integrated learning. Whether it be a capstone project, co-op, practicum, preceptorship component, or placement, you’ll benefit from a practical, job-related experience before you graduate.

Field of Study

Douglas A. Smith Family School of Business

Cambrian’s Douglas A. Smith Family School of Business offers a wide range of programs designed to ignite your potential. Create your own narrative with programs that combine classroom knowledge with real-world experience. Cambrian gives you the tools to succeed in the compelling and fast-paced business sector.

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Specific program pathway

Honours Bachelor of Business Administration – advanced standing opportunity

Graduates from this program (or equivalent) meeting a 2.5 GPA requirement are eligible for advanced standing in the Honours Bachelor of Business Administration program and will receive direct entry into Year 3 and have a potential to receive additional transfer credits. 

College or university degree opportunities  

If you are a graduate of this program, you may continue your studies at a college or university and you may receive credit(s) for your prior college education. Refer to Cambrian’s college and university agreement details for further information. 

Career Outcomes

Employment opportunities

Graduates are prepared for employment opportunities in:

  • Retail organizations
  • Investment firms
  • Insurance companies
  • Commercial development firms
  • Municipal, provincial, and federal governments
  • Manufacturing firms
  • Advertising agencies
  • Financial institutes
  • Marketing agencies
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Need a career coach?

Explore how this program can lead to a great career! Cambrian’s Career Coach platform is a user-friendly, online tool that provides up-to-date and comprehensive labour market data to help you explore career options, salary expectations for the Greater Sudbury region, and more!

See where you'll be learning!

Minimum technology requirements

Success in this program requires that you come equipped with some program-specific technology requirements.

Bring your own device (BYOD)

Cambrian College has implemented a BYOD principle to both enrich the student learning experience in and out of the classroom and to ensure flexibility!

Ready to take the first step?

Start gaining the highest level of skills at Cambrian now – and you’ll be ready to take advantage of the many career opportunities waiting for you just around the corner. The future is yours!

Have Questions?
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If you have any questions about programs, funding, OSAP, deadlines, student services, or anything else, reach out to our support team and we are happy to help!

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