Overview

Follow your entrepreneurial aspirations and gain skills to become a successful entrepreneur working for yourself or in businesses with an entrepreneurial mindset.

Boost your problem-solving, leadership and creativity as you understand core business functions and apply that knowledge to various disciplines. Led by instructors with real business experience, this program can prepare you to start your journey as an entrepreneur or enhance your skills to optimize and expand operations for an existing small business in any industry.

You can choose four electives from an extensive list, including technology and communications courses, to tailor the program to your needs and interests. Depending on your electives, you’ll gain business and financial acumen encompassing end-to-end and peripheral business processes, including project management, accounting, human resources, marketing, digital literacy, supply chain and more.

You will finish the program with a capstone course that enables you to apply your abilities in a work-integrated learning project, further developing critical thinking, communication, collaboration and organizational capabilities. You’ll have up to five years to complete this certificate.

To achieve success in this program, students should:

  • be proactive, independent, and resourceful
  • have strong written and oral communication skills
  • be prepared to work in teams
  • be proficient in the use of a Windows-based computer and Microsoft Office software
  • spend nine to 12 hours per week on each course, including in-class hours
  • actively participate in all classes and activities
  • become familiar with and adhere to SAIT’s policies and procedures
  • be ready for a challenge and committed to keeping yourself on schedule

Also, engaged students who take advantage of SAIT services and resources usually experience more success in SAIT’s programs.

After finishing this program, you can ladder into higher credentials at SAIT. Up to 27 credits from this certificate can be applied to our Business Administration diploma or Bachelor of Business Administration programs (varies by major). Both programs have additional admission requirements and your timeline to complete a diploma or degree begins when you start the first certificate course.

International bundle program

This program is available to international applicants as a stand-alone program or as part of a program bundle - two programs delivered consecutively.

Applicants must meet the admission requirements for both programs.

Business and Entrepreneurship + Management and Leadership

You'll complete the Business and Entrepreneurship certificate in the first year of study.

In the second year of study, you'll complete the Management and Leadership certificate.

Integrated Artificial Intelligence + Business and Entrepreneurship

You'll complete the Integrated Artificial Intelligence post-diploma certificate in the first year of study.

In the second year of study, you'll complete the Business and Entrepreneurship certificate.

After successfully completing both programs in a bundle, you may qualify for a post-graduate work permit of up to three years. If you only complete one of the programs, you may be eligible for a one-year post-graduate work permit. 

Bundle program details

After successfully completing this program, graduates will receive a SAIT Business and Entrepreneurship certificate.

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Careers and opportunities

Our graduates may work in the following occupations. Some careers require additional experience and education.

Associated National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes: 10010, 11101, 11202, 13100, 41402.

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Career counselling and support

Unsure which career path is for you? SAIT offers career planning services to help you decide your future.

You can also get started by taking our online career finder quiz, which can help you narrow down your search based on your current skills and interests.

Finally, you can also head to Alberta alis for various tools and resources, including additional quizzes and labour market information to help you narrow down a career path.

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Courses

The Business and Entrepreneurship certificate requires 30 credits (10 courses) to complete.

The program spans one year, with two semesters per year.

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Course Credits

This course introduces financial accounting from the user's perspective, who makes decisions based on financial information. The course introduces the accounting framework, generally accepted accounting principles and financial statements. Accounting concepts, such as accounting for cash, accounts receivable, assets, liabilities, sales and inventories, are covered in how they are applied to decision-making. Decision analysis regarding corporate ownership and the application of financial ratios will also be studied.

Equivalents:
  • ACCT 1010
3

Entrepreneurship offers insights and experience into the dynamic environment of entrepreneurial thinking and innovation. Working individually through guided content and discoveries, you will evaluate yourself and case studies to identify mindset and career opportunities. In teams, you will work through the development and presentation of an applied business plan to explore the many integrated facets of business in entrepreneurial ventures. Your research, self-discovery, application and collaboration skills will be developed and reinforced as you progress through entrepreneurship and innovation.

Pre-requisites:
  • MKTG 205 or MKTG 260 or MKTG 265
  • ACCT 210 or ACCT 215
Equivalents:
  • ENTR 2350
3

Marketing Essentials is an introductory course that provides a solid foundation in marketing principles. Working individually and in teams, you will research and discover how marketing decisions are made and identify the components of sustainable marketing programs. Your research, content application and teamwork skills will be developed and reinforced as you progress through the course.

Equivalents:
  • MKTG 1060
3

The Introduction to Business course will provide you with tools to understand multiple business functions, including management, human resources, marketing, supply chain, and personal finance. You will also explore the Canadian business and economic system and the importance of business ethics and social responsibility in an increasingly global environment. Working through a team project and business simulation, you will begin to develop a 21st-century skill set, including communication, critical thinking, collaboration and effective teamwork. By the end of this course, you will have the foundations for understanding business and business ownership.

Equivalents:
  • MNGT 1200
3

This introductory course examines the multi-faceted role of managers and leaders within the organization. Issues such as planning and controls, managing the team and group dynamics, and creating and leading change will be examined within the organization's cultural context. Decision-making and communication skills from a management perspective will be developed in light of sustainability, ethical and diversity issues and a constantly changing competitive environment.

Equivalents:
  • MNGT 1255
3

In this capstone course, students from different disciplines work collaboratively to apply classroom knowledge and diverse viewpoints to a challenge faced by a business or community organization. Combining their disciplinary perspectives for a broader context, students will investigate and analyze the problem before presenting a solution. By adding a service-learning component that strengthens community ties, the course allows teams to showcase applied learning and technical skills in a project that expands the individual student’s workplace insights while also forging business connections.

Pre-requisites:

One of the following:

  • ACCT 215, ACCT 255, ACCT 315, ACCT 338, ACCT 395, BCMP 225, MNGT 200
  • ACCT 215, COMM 300, HRMT 320, LDSH 360, MNGT 250, MNGT 255, MNGT 321
  • COMN 220, MKTG 260, MKTG 265, MKTG 306, MKTG 366, MNGT 200, MNGT 321
  • ACCT 215, ENTR 350, MKTG 260, MNGT 200, MNGT 255, BCMP 225 or MNGT 321 or MNGT 322, COMN 220 or COMM 300
Equivalents:
  • MNGT 1255
3

Communications course (choose one)

Course Credits

This course will examine intercultural communication and its relationship to personal, organizational and societal identity and influence. The ability to communicate with people from diverse cultures will promote increased understanding of cultural differences, challenge perceptions and develop tolerance for differences. Developing intercultural communication skills will enable you to work successfully and collaboratively in a global marketplace.

Equivalents:
  • COMM 3300
3

This course provides the foundational knowledge and skills to compose business documents and give engaging, formal presentations. You will learn to effectively communicate professionally and consider different aspects of spoken, written and nonverbal communication (e.g., channel, content, organization, style, tone, format and mechanics) to share clear and concise messages with your audience. You will be required to work in both individual and collaborative settings.

Equivalents:
  • COMM 1030
  • COMM 1070
3

Technical course (choose one)

Course Credits

The use of industry-standard software is essential to effectively manage the information technologies that are required in business and online environments today. In this course, you will demonstrate skills in managing and customizing the Windows environment and effectively using online resources to enhance business productivity. You will develop skills in creating professional documents, managing data using spreadsheets and using technology for effective presentations. Through hands-on applications, you will learn to use productivity tools and application software in various business situations and be able to select the right tool for the business need.

Equivalents:
  • BCMP 1225
3

Project Management introduces you to the standards and best practices of the Project Management Institute. We will cover project management's technical and sociocultural components at an introductory level, including project definition, work breakdown structures, cost and scheduling techniques, and an introduction to earned value concepts. Other topics include stakeholder communications, risk management, project leadership and project closure.

Equivalents:
  • MNGT 2321
3

Management Information Systems and their role in managing operations is the focus of this introductory systems course. You will learn systems theory, computer hardware and software, computer networks, file and database structures, computer security and internal control and the systems design and development process.

Pre-requisites:
  • COMN 220
  • MNGT 200
Equivalents:
  • MNGT 2322
3

Elective courses (choose two)

Course Credits

This is an introductory course that provides a solid foundation in financial principles. The goal of understanding personal financial planning is to achieve personal economic satisfaction. Topics include setting financial goals, budgeting, income taxes, insurance, investment products and retirement/estate planning.

Equivalents:
  • BFIN 1255
3

This is an introductory business finance course emphasizing improving financial performance from a management perspective. You will study the various elements that impact financial planning, risk management and management decision-making. Topics include various business function perspectives, financial elements, including capital financing, debt vs. equity and working capital and leasing. An overall analysis of financial statements, corporate structure and capital budgeting are also included.

Pre-requisites:
  • ACCT 210 or ACCT 215 or ACCT 330
  • BMAT 205 or BMAT 230
Equivalents:
  • BFIN 2301
3

Business Law outlines the Canadian legal system in a business environment and empowers students to apply it and make informed decisions concerning their legal affairs. Emphasis is placed on the construction of the judicial system, resolving disputes, tort law, contract law, business structures, and employment law. These legal principles are applied to personal and business scenarios. Upon completion, students will understand when to seek legal advice.

Equivalents:
  • BLAW 2030
3

Business Mathematics introduces you to mathematical techniques for solving finance problems involving simple and compound interest, debt repayment, valuation of investments, simple and general annuities, amortization of debts, sinking funds and bond valuations.

Equivalents:
  • BMAT 1040
  • BMAT 205
3

Macroeconomics introduces you to the operation of the Canadian economy. You will apply economic principles to analyze a national economy. Topics include measuring and analyzing demand and supply, economic performance, unemployment and inflation and government fiscal, trade and monetary policies.

Equivalents:
  • ECON 1110
3

Human Resource (HR) Management includes the foundational knowledge and skills required by HR Professionals and business managers. This course includes an overview of human resource management, human resource planning, employee compensation and benefits, recruitment, selection and training of employees, performance management, government regulation and health and safety in the workplace.

Equivalents:
  • HRMT 2320
3

Business Leadership is a course that will take you on a journey of self-discovery and an inside look at current perspectives of leadership today. We all take on leadership roles in our lives. In business, success is often attributed to outstanding leadership. However, today in business this role has evolved as has the business environment. Teamwork is an essential component of an organization’s efficiency and effectiveness. Occasionally, you may be called upon to take on a leadership role for your workgroup, even without a title. Throughout this course, you will gain the knowledge and skills to help you fulfill your role as a leader through your understanding of personal and organizational leadership.

Pre-requisites:
  • MGMT 254 or MNGT 250
Equivalents:
  • LDSH 3050
  • LDSH 405
3

Marketing Action will take the concepts learned in Marketing Essentials and build on them so students will have application experience in creating a new product. The areas of focus will be on value proposition and business models. This immersive class requires students to continue their team projects outside the classroom and present their findings to their instructors and industry professionals.

Pre-requisites:
  • MKTG 260
Equivalents:
  • MKTG 2336
3

This introductory course provides an overview of human behaviour in organizations at the individual, group and organizational levels and the effect of each on organizational effectiveness. Topics include individual differences, motivation, communication, teams, power and politics, conflict and negotiation, leadership, organizational culture and change management.

Equivalents:
  • MNGT 2250
3

Supply chain management (SCM) is the movement of material and information through integrated processes in a supply chain to provide the highest degree of customer satisfaction at the lowest possible cost to achieve a sustainable competitive advantage. Elements of a supply chain include transportation and logistics, procurement and contract management, operations management, materials management and quality and safety. You will analyze different components of the integrated process, including location choice, distribution system design, selection of suppliers and distributors, contracting issues, partnership formation, inventory policies, production plans and electronic data interchange. You will be introduced to the planning and management of the production and distribution of goods and services. You will also develop the skills needed to support the integrated SCM process.

Equivalents:
  • MNGT 2370
  • SCMT 1255
3

Progression

Students must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better in each semester and pass the necessary prerequisite courses to progress through the program. To qualify for graduation, students must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.

Review our grading and progression procedure >

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Explore your options!

Some courses in this program are available through Open Studies. You can complete courses via Open Studies to get a head start on your education, reduce your course load once accepted into a credentialed program, or determine which career path best suits you before you fully commit. 

You may also take courses for general interest or personal and professional development.

Available Open Studies courses

Admission requirements

Applicants educated in Canada

All applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency. 

All applicants who were educated outside of Canada must demonstrate English Language proficiency and provide proof they meet the program admission requirements with an international document assessment. Find out what educational documents are accepted and assessment options.

SAIT may also accept courses completed at certain international post-secondary institutions.

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Academic Upgrading

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English language proficiency

All applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.

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Available intakes

Spring 2024

Start dates:

Domestic students: Open
  • Application deadline: Feb. 23, 2024

Fall 2024

Start dates:

Domestic students: Open
  • Application deadline: June 28, 2024
International students: Closed
  • Application deadline: May 29, 2024

Costs

2023/24 tuition and fees

The following costs are effective as of July 1, 2023. They are an estimate of tuition and fees based on the recommended course load per year.

Domestic students

Year Number of semesters Tuition fees Additional fees Total per year
1 2.5 $5,910 $1,800 $7,710
Total cost:
$7,710

Year Number of semesters Tuition fees Additional fees Total per year
1 2.5 $18,207.90 $1,964 $20,171.90
Total cost:
$20,171.90

Books and supplies are approximately $1,000 - $1,500 per full-time year.

This is a bring-your-own-device program with a standard computer hardware and software requirement. See the specific requirements on our computers and laptops page.

Find your booklist on the SAIT Bookstore's website. The booklist will be available closer to the program start date.

Can’t find your program or course? The bookstore didn't receive a textbook list. Contact your program directly to determine if they’re still refining course details or if you're in luck; no textbook purchase is required this term.

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Financial aid

Paying for your education may feel overwhelming, but we have resources and programs that can help, including information about payment options, student loans, grants and scholarships.

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This program is eligible for Canada Alberta Job Grant funding.

Application process

International bundle program applicants

International applicants who wish to apply for this program as part of a program bundle should review the admission requirements for both programs and then sign in to the application portal to begin their application.

When selecting your programs, your first choice should be the program delivered in year one. The second choice program will be the program delivered in year two.

The bundle is unavailable to domestic applicants, who may apply to the stand-alone program.

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Begin your application

Apply now using the online application portal. 

Ensure you have a valid Visa or Mastercard to pay the non-refundable application fee of $120 for domestic applicants or $150 for international applicants. 

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Communication during admission

Email is the primary source of communication during the admission process. Ensure your personal email account is managed appropriately to receive our emails, files and communications. We recommend you add the business.advising@sait.ca domain to your safe senders' list, or you risk missing critical email messages.

Information sessions

Prepare for a strong start in your chosen program or get the details you need to decide your future path.

Our expert staff and faculty are ready to answer your questions and provide information about the following:

  • What sets SAIT apart
  • An introduction to the program and area of study
  • Admission requirements
  • Future career paths
  • Information on the earning potential and graduate employment rates.

Contact us

School of Business Advising

Phone
403.284.8485
Email
business.advising@sait.ca

International Student Advising

Phone
403.284.8852
Email
international@sait.ca