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International Business Management

International Business Management

Program Code:IBS
Duration:2 Semesters (8 Months)
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Graduate Certificate

Program Description

Whether you're a recent college or university graduate or a career-minded individual looking to elevate your business credentials, the International Business Management (IBS) graduate certificate program will help you become an invaluable asset to any organization. In the fast-paced, comprehensive two-semester program, you will learn about the multifaceted world of international business management from highly experienced industry professionals who have first-hand knowledge of today's global business environment.

There is a strong practical component to the IBS program with a focus on collaborative, project based learning, case analysis and in-class discussions, all essential critical thinking skills for success. The program will also give you the opportunity to interact with industry professionals in order to maximize your learning experience.

You will complete the process of exporting and importing a product, culminating in the development of an international business plan.

As a student in this program, you may be afforded the opportunity to study/travel internationally, to network in international arenas and to participate in global competitions.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility:

  • A recognized degree or three-year postsecondary diploma from an accredited institution; OR
    • Mature applicants with 3 to 5 years of documented work experience in a related field may be considered. Relevant résumé and references must be provided.
    • English proficiency at the postsecondary level.
  • Graduates of the three-year Business Administration – International Business (BAB) program are not eligible for this graduate certificate program.


  • Although not required for admission, the following are recommended for your success in the program:
    • Math proficiency at the college level
    • Computer application skills.


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Your Career

With the rapid growth of developing economies and their importance in global markets it's essential that in order to remain competitive, Canadian businesses continue to seek out new business opportunities. Statistics support the importance of global trade, with exports currently attributed to more than 45% of Canada's GDP and imports from countries other than the United States making up 49.6% of Canada's total imports. As a result, today's business world is driven by knowledgeable professionals fluent in diverse aspects of international trade. In order to succeed in this complex environment, international business managers have to recognize global events and their effect on business, and must be able to effectively deploy and utilize business processes in this global dimension.

As a graduate of this program, you will be prepared to apply international research, marketing, finance, legal and business planning skills to a variety of complex global market situations. Your well developed skills in digital and intercultural communications, networking, negotiation and teamwork skills will support you as you lead integrative trade initiatives.

Graduates of this program enter the workforce with the aim of moving into leading managerial positions in a broad range of private and public international business environments, including regulatory bodies, professional organizations and international non-government organizations (NGOs). You will be employed in many sectors, including goods and services exporting and importing companies, trading houses, banks, multinational corporations, international research, trade development, sales and marketing companies, governments and international institutions.

Professional Certification

This program is accredited by FITT (Forum for International Trade Training).


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

  • Project Management Institute (PMI)
  • Certified International Trade Professional (CITP)

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):

Important Academic Dates

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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
International Business Management: Career Planning
Digital Applications for Business
Fundamentals of Project Management
Business in the Global Economy
Consulting Across Cultures
Trade Research and Market Analysis
Management Accounting
Semester 2
International Banking and Finance
Global Marketing
Global Supply Chain Management
Corporate and Social Responsibility and Ethics
Human Resource Management
International Business Plan
Legal Environment of International Business

2014/2015 Academic Year

Semester 1 Course Name Hrs/Wk
CAP505 International Business Management: Career Planning 1
IBS601 Digital Applications for Business 3
IBS603 Fundamentals of Project Management 3
IBS605 IBusiness in the Global Economy 3
IBS607 Consulting Across Cultures 3
IBS630 Trade Research and Market Analysis 3
IBS660 Management Accounting 3
Semester 2 Course Name Hrs/Wk
IBS801 International Banking and Finance 3
IBS805 Global Marketing 3
IBS806 Global Supply Chain Management 4
IBS807 Corporate and Social Responsibility and Ethics 3
IBS810 Human Resource Management 3
IBS820 International Business Plan 3
IBS850 Legal Environment of International Business 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:
  Wendy Calicchia
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22471
Program Contacts:
Student Advisor: Elaine Nethery
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 26233
Program Coordinator: Janice Brown
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 26024
Program Chair (Acting): Mike Sparling
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 26975
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Graduate Success

Gordon Scheel was hired to work for The Regional Municipality of York after graduating from Seneca’s International Business Management program.