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Business Administration - Purchasing and Supply Management

Available: Summer, Fall, Winter

Program Description

Finding success in today's multi-dimensional workplace requires strong management skills. In the Business Administration – Purchasing and Supply Management program, you'll focus on the management function, building the skills and concepts necessary to develop into a successful manager.

You will spend the first four semesters building a practical grounding in contemporary management theory. Your final two semesters will be spent gaining the essential tools necessary to manage the supply base of an organization. Upon graduation you will understand how the increasing strategic nature of purchasing influences other major functional areas. Courses in enterprise resource planning, quality, inventory management, purchasing and logistics will equip you with concrete skills to take to your future employer.

You'll also benefit from our relationships with a variety of employers who help keep the program (and your skills) up to date and relevant to the demands of today's organizations. Students with the desire and the minimum GPA requirement will have the opportunity to participate in a field placement program to gain practical work experience in the supply chain field. Your learning is enhanced through seminars, plant tours, case analysis and business simulations.



6 Semesters (3 Years)

Credential Awarded

Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Your Career

After studying in the Business Administration – Purchasing and Supply Management program, you will be able to offer employers specialized skills related to supply chain, purchasing and inventory control and management. Significant changes in practices and technology have led to an increased demand for workers with current and relevant supply chain skills. Expect to begin a career in purchasing, supply chain management, inventory management or logistics, working for government or private sector companies.

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 (C.I.M.). Upon graduation from the Business Administration – Management 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).


In addition, you have the opportunity to join the Seneca Student Chapter of The Association for Operations Management (APICS), an international organization that offers field trips to local facilities and networking opportunities with guest speakers from various industries, for free. There are leadership positions available with the APICS Student Chapter. Students have the chance to participate in the APICS Canadian Case Study Competition held each year. In the past, Seneca teams have won this competition and travelled to the International Competition to compete.

The Business Administration - Purchasing and Supply Management program has developed strong partnerships with two leading industry certification bodies. Through our partnership with The Supply Chain Management Association (SCMA) you will receive a Student Passport (cost: $30.00 + HST) and opportunities to participate in networking events and attend conferences and workshops. This is an invaluable chance for you to meet and network with professionals in the field.

Related Careers


This Seneca program has been validated by the Credential Validation Service as an Ontario College Credential as required by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.

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).

Program Costs

Choose academic year:

Tuition – Domestic


Tuition – International


Book & Supply Costs


Please note: All costs are approximate, may vary by campus and are subject to change at any time without notice. Parking, locker and some mandatory incidental fees are among the charges not included in the figures above.

Program Details

The Degree and Credit Transfer Office provides a number of services for students continuing their education at Seneca, and for graduating students considering degree transfer options.

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at various post-secondary institutions. Please refer to the Degree Transfer Guide for more information.

Transfer Credit may be granted for courses deemed equivalent to courses at Seneca that have been completed at recognized postsecondary institutions. Additional information is available online.

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.

Also see: English and General Education requirements.


Need to know more about your application and/or the application process? Reach out to our admissions advisors for assistance.

416.491.5050 ext. 22840

Student Recruitment

Have questions about Seneca’s campuses, financial aid, student supports and more? Connect with one of our student recruiters for more information or to book a campus tour.

416.491.5050 ext. 22608
Additional Contacts
Financial Aid & Awards

Program Coordinator

Mary Drane 416.491.5050 ext. 26224

Program Chair

Sarah Arliss 416.491.5050 ext. 26116

Why Choose Seneca?

Passionate, expert faculty from a range of professions

Real-world learning experiences through paid and non-paid work opportunities

Curriculums developed in collaboration with industry advisory committees

A variety of credentials offered from certificates, diplomas, degrees, and graduate certificates

Opportunities to pathway to higher level credentials at Seneca and other universities in our transfer partnership network