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  • International Business Management

    International Business Management

Program Code:IBS
Duration:2 Semesters (8 Months)
Start Dates:Fall, Winter,
Start dates are subject to change
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 essential 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.

IBS Vocational Learning Outcomes - 2012

  • Conduct an environmental scan to evaluate the impact of world issues on an organization’s international business opportunities.
  • Conduct, evaluate and present market research to support an organization’s international business decision-making.
  • Develop and implement strategies to negotiate effectively within various cultural environments and to address the impact of cultural differences on an organization’s integrative trade initiatives.
  • Manage the preparation of documents and the application of procedures to support the movement of products and services in the organization’s global supply chain.
  • Evaluate the impact of regulatory and legislative compliance on an organization’s integrative trade initiatives.
  • Review and analyze international financial documents, and evaluate financial strategies that support an organization’s integrative trade initiatives.
  • Analyze the impact of an organization's integrative trade initiatives on its human resources management strategies, policies, and practices.
  • Recommend and implement strategies to support principles of corporate sustainability, corporate social responsibility and ethics associated with an organization’s integrative trade initiatives and evaluate their effectiveness.
  • Develop and present an international marketing plan to support an organization’s integrative trade initiatives.
  • Select and apply current technologies to support an organization’s integrative trade initiatives.
  • Facilitate and manage the implementation and evaluation of team projects by applying project management principles.
  • Develop and present an international business plan.
  • Develop and present a plan for ongoing personal and professional development to enhance work performance within the international business field.

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:

  •  A recognized degree or three year post secondary diploma from an accredited institution; OR
  • Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with 3 to 5 years of documented work experience in a related field. Relevant references must be provided.
  • English proficiency at the college level.
  • Consistent with Academic Policy, 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 considered assets:
    • Math proficiency at the college level;
    • Computer application skills.

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

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 private, government, and agencies, 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.

Admission with Advanced Standing/Transfer Credit

If you have a college or university level subject similar to one of your Seneca subjects, you may be eligible to apply for an Advanced Standing credit at Seneca. If your request for advanced standing is successful, you will not be required to take the Seneca subject and a grade of ADV will be assigned. Some restrictions may apply.

Students who have completed a post secondary education outside of Canada must first have their credentials assessed from one of the following organizations prior to submitting their request for advanced standing at Seneca College.

WES Education Services
45 Charles Street, Ste 700,
Toronto, M4Y 1S2


International Credential Assessment Service (ICAS) Canada
Ontario AgriCentre,
100 Stone Road West Suite 303
Guelph, ON

Students who have completed post secondary education outside of Canada, and are applying for advanced standing in accounting subjects , must first have their courses assessed by CGA Ontario (, 240 Eglinton Avenue East, Toronto, M4P 1K8

Requests for advanced standing must be for a specific subject in a specific semester. It is the policy of Seneca that all applications for advanced standing will be considered by the School responsible for the subject. Criteria for the granting of advanced standing will be published by each School.

  • A minimum grade of "C" (60%) is generally required for a subject to be considered for advanced standing. For applied degree programs, the minimum grade considered for Advanced Standing is C+ (65%).
  • Request Forms for advanced standing should be made as early as possible before the beginning of the semester to which they apply and no later than two weeks after the beginning of the semester.
  • Advanced standing will NOT be considered unless an official transcript and subject descriptions are attached to your request.

Professional Associations and Certification

This program is accredited by FITT (Forum of 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)

Diploma to Degree... and Beyond

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
Griffith University• Master of International Business

Important Academic Dates

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


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: Judy Chung
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22127
International Admissions Advisor: Simona Cojanu
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22758
Registration & Records Advisor:
  June Allison
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22471
Program Contacts:
Student Advisor: Elaine Nethery
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 26233
Program Coordinator: Janice Brown
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 26024
Academic Program Chair: Caroline Cole
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 26022
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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.


“While my undergraduate studies gave me a theoretical education, my graduate certificate studies in International Business Management have provided me with valuable practical experience needed to succeed within the international business environment. Seneca has taught me public speaking, critical thinking and presentation skills – important life skills that will make you a valuable asset for any company. Classmates from all over the globe provide unique insight to class discussions and new exciting perspectives that challenge your existing thoughts and beliefs. It gives you first hand knowledge of the importance that communication, diplomacy and cultural differences play when dealing cross–culturally and within the international business workplace. This program opened my eyes to the intricacies of international trade, the importance of finance and market research, which are necessities in an increasingly global business environment.”

Jennifer Harmond Worrod

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