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Business Administration - Entrepreneurship and Small Business

Business Administration - Entrepreneurship and Small Business

Program Code:BAS
Duration:6 Semesters (3 Years)
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Program Description

The Business Administration – Entrepreneurship and Small Business program adds entrepreneurial and small business know-how to a powerful foundation of business knowledge and skills. The skills learned in this program are essential to business owners and established businesses and organizations.

You will spend the first four semesters building a practical grounding in contemporary management theory. In the final two semesters, you will develop the skills required for the planning, start–up, management and expansion of successful small businesses. But it's not all classroom learning as you will be exposed to stories of challenges faced by prominent business owners. Instructors will guide you and your colleagues through the process of identifying innovative and promising venture ideas for your own business plan.

At our "Shark's Pond" event, you'll present and defend these ideas, sink or swim, to industry leaders. Your learning experience is rounded out through seminars, case analysis and online business simulations.

After completing the program, you will have the tools to develop and present a finished business plan to Futurpreneur Canada ( and be considered for a $15,000 loan. You'll also benefit from Seneca's many partnerships with outside organizations, such as receiving free membership into the Association of Chinese Canadian Entrepreneurs (

Start Up Canada

Startup Canada recognized Seneca as the most entrepreneurial college in Ontario, demonstrating the largest commitment and impact in advancing entrepreneurship. Seneca was the only college recognized in Canada.

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).


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Your Career

Canada boasts close to 2.5 million entrepreneurs who, as small business owners, combine to contribute over 30% of its GDP. Entrepreneurs drive job creation, productivity and economic growth. With statistics like these, it's clear that small ventures can add up to big business. Graduate from this program and you will have acquired the skills necessary to research, develop and manage a small business, grow an existing business or virtually anything else related to successful entrepreneurship.

Professional Certification

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 (CIM).

Upon graduation from the Business Administration – Entrepreneurship and Small Business program you will have met all the requirements for the Certified in Management (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):

Graduates will have completed all educational requirements and can submit an application to the Canadian Professional Sales Association to receive a Professional Sales Certificate (PSC). Graduates will have also met all the educational requirements for the CPSA's professional designation Certified Sales Professional (CSP).

Transfer Pathways

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 – Co-op, Business Administration – Health & Human Services, Business Administration – International Development)
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
Laurentian University• Honours Bachelor of Commerce
Nipissing University• Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Commerce
University of Ottawa• Bachelor of Commerce
Wilfrid Laurier University• Honours Bachelor of Arts
• Honours Bachelor of Business Technology Management
University of Windsor• Bachelor of Commerce – Honours Business Administration


University/CollegeDegrees Available
Athabasca University• Bachelor of Professional Arts – Governance, Law and Management
• Bachelor of Management or Bachelor of Commerce
• Bachelor of Human Resources and Labour Relations
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
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)
• BA (Hons) International Business (Top-up)

Important Academic Dates

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


Please select the curriculum from the Academic Year in which you started (or will be starting) your studies. An Academic Year begins in September and ends in August of the following year.

2015/2016 Academic Year

Semester 1
Introduction to Business Administration
College English
Professional Presentation Skills
Mathematics of Finance
Introduction to Seneca Studies
Semester 2
Accounting I
Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Introduction to Marketing
Organizational Behaviour
Microcomputer Business Applications II
General Education Option
Semester 3
Career Planning
Customer Service Solutions
Business Communication for the Digital Workplace
Introduction to Human Resources Management
Production & Operations Management - Manufacturing & Services
Data Analysis Tools for Business
Semester 4
Financial Analysis
Business Economics
CRM & Selling
Introduction to Project Management
Management Studies: Canadian Business Law
General Education Option
Semester 5
Business Modelling
Business Launch
Financial Management
Business Ethics and Values
Effective Leadership
Semester 6
Planning a New Business Venture
Taxation for Entrepreneurs
Venture Practicum
Business Growth
Business Software Solutions

2014/2015 Academic Year

Semester 1 Course Name Hrs/Wk
BAM101 Introduction to Business Administration 3
EAC150 College English 3
PPS100 Professional Presentation Skills 3
QNM106 Mathematics of Finance 4
SMS202 Microcomputer Business Applications II 3
SSC100 or
Success Strategies for College, or
Introduction to Seneca Studies
Semester 2 Course Name Hrs/Wk
ACC106 Accounting I 3
MAN200 Innovation and Entrepreneurship 5
MRK108 Introduction to Marketing 3
OBR250 Organizational Behaviour 3
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
Semester 3 Course Name Hrs/Wk
CAP500 Career Planning 1
CSS300 Customer Service Solutions 3
EAC594 Business Communication for the Digital Workplace 3
HRA701 Introduction to Human Resources Management 3
OPM400 Production & Operations Management - Manufacturing & Services 3
SMS310 Data Analysis Tools for Business 3
Semester 4 Course Name Hrs/Wk
ACC212 Financial Analysis 3
BUS400 Business Economics 3
CRM400 CRM & Selling 3
MAN400 Introduction to Project Management 3
MGS350 Management Studies: Canadian Business Law 3
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
Semester 5 Course Name Hrs/Wk
EBM540 Business Modelling 3
EBM570 Business Launch 3
FIS404 Financial Analysis: Retail and Entrepreneurship 4
MGS521 Business Ethics and Values 4
MGS524 Effective Leadership 3
Semester 6 Course Name Hrs/Wk
EBM530 Planning a New Business Venture 4
EBM630 Taxation for Entrepreneurs 4
EBM660 Venture Practicum 4
EBM670 Business Growth 3
EBM680 Business Software Solutions 3

Contact Us

Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22840
International Admissions Advisor: Kevin Gumbs
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22489
Registration & Records Advisor:
  Aaron Bradley
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22462
Program Contacts:
Student Advisor: Aniko Murtescu
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22675
Program Coordinator: Peter Forint
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 26494
Program Chair (Acting): Mike Sparling
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 26975
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Business Administration - Entrepreneurship and Small Business

Cheryl, a graduate of Seneca's Business Administration - Entrepreneurship and Small Business program talks about how Seneca prepared her to own and operate her own business. Video