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Business and Entrepreneurship

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Open for Fall 2021

Open for Winter 2022

Length: 1 Year Credential: Certificate Delivery: Part Time Classroom or Online

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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 gain understanding of 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 specific 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.

When you finish this program, you have the opportunity to 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.

Is this the right program for me?

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 9-12 hours per week on each course, including in-class hours
  • actively participate in all classes and activities
  • become familiar and adhere to SAIT’s policies and procedures
  • be ready for a challenge and committed to keeping yourself on schedule

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


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

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Career opportunities

Graduates can pursue job opportunities as a(n):

  • small business owner/operator
  • operations manager
  • project coordinator
  • business development or sales specialist
  • entrepreneur

Related careers include:

  • Customer relations manager
  • Project coordinator

Tuition and fees per year*

Year 1: $6,584 

Year 1 (International): $19,146

*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change

Full costs

Tuition and financial aid


You will be offered admission to this program through direct entry if you meet the admission requirements and space is available. 

Admission requirements

When can you apply?

  • Applications for fall 2021 are accepted until the program start date.
  • Applications for winter 2021 open March 31, 2021 and are accepted until the program start date
Term Program start
Fall 2021 Sept. 7, 2021 
Winter 2022 Jan. 10, 2022

How to apply

In good company — SAIT ranked one of the best business schools in the world

SAIT’s School of Business is one of three Canadian schools to make the top 100 of CEOWORLD Magazine’s Best Business Schools in the World for 2021.

Admission requirements

Admission and selection

  • Fall 2021 start: applications are now open. Apply today! 
  • Winter 2022 start: applications for winter 2022 open March 31, 2021, until the program start date but are subject to change.

Admission requirements

All applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada. There are no additional entrance requirements for this program.

Direct entry: four-step process

Step 1: Read the program information to see the qualities needed for student success.

Step 2: Ensure that you meet all of the admission requirements listed above.

Step 3: Apply to Business and Entrepreneurship and submit your transcripts and/or anticipated final grades.

  • Admission will be extended on a first-qualified, first-offered basis until the program is full.

Step 4: Find out how to monitor your application status after you apply.

Communication during selection

Email is the primary source of communication during the selection process. Ensure your personal email account is managed appropriately to receive our emails, files and communications. 


Program outline

Required Courses

It is recommended that you complete the courses in the order that they are listed below.

Course code Course name Credit
MNGT-200 Introduction to Business 3.0
MKTG-260 Marketing Essentials 3.0
ACCT-215 Introductory Financial Accounting I 3.0
MNGT-255 Introduction to Management 3.0
ENTR-350 Entrepreneurship 3.0
MNGT-257 Business Certificate Capstone 3.0

Communications Course

Choose 1 of the following 2 courses

Course code Course name Credit
COMM-300 Intercultural Communications 3.0
COMN-220 Communication and Presentation Skills 3.0

Technical Course

Choose 1 of the following 3 courses.

Course code Course name Credit
BCMP-225 Business Productivity Tools and Technology 3.0
MNGT-321 Project Management 3.0
MNGT-322 Information Systems 3.0

Elective Course

Choose 2 of the following 10 courses

Course code Course name Credit
BFIN-225 Personal Financial Planning 3.0
BFIN-301 Finance for Managers 3.0
BLAW-300 Business Law 3.0
BMAT-230 Business Mathematics 3.0
ECON-305 Macroeconomics 3.0
HRMT-320 Human Resource Management 3.0
LDSH-360 Business Leadership 3.0
MKTG-336 Marketing Action 3.0
MNGT-250 Organizational Behaviour 3.0
SCMT-225 Introduction to Supply Chain Management 3.0


Students must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better in each semester to progress through the program. To qualify for graduation, students must pass all courses and attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better.

Transfer options

The opportunity to advance your education through transfer to, within or from SAIT is available. Visit transfer options to learn more.


2021/22 Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2021/22 total
1 $5,251 $793.20 $288.77 $252 $6,584

2021/22 International Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2021/22 total
1 $17,721 $793.20 $288.77 $344 $19,146

*Fees and tuition are based on a two-semester full course load structure. There may be additional fees for practicums and terms held outside this time frame. 


Campus athletic and recreation Fee: $183.20
Universal transit pass (UPass): $310 - Check eligibility here.
Student support fee: $150
Student technology fee: $150

Health and Dental Fees

Domestic Students 

  • Health Plan: $122
  • Dental Plan: $130
  • For students with existing health and/or dental plans, please refer to the Saitsa website for information on opting out.

International Students 

  • Health and Dental Plan: $344
  • For more information on Health and Dental Benefits for International students please contact the International Centre.

Books and supplies*

  • Books and supplies are approximately $1,000 - $1,500 per full-time year.
  • For an estimate of the costs associated with purchasing a device that meets the standard hardware and software requirements, see our computers and laptops page.
  • Find out about tuition and financial aid.

* Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.

Next steps for incoming students

Have you been accepted to this program? Here's what you'll need for your first day of classes.

Important dates and deadlines

Find important dates applicable to all students, including your transcript and tuition payment deadlines on our Important Dates page.

Important Dates


Check back to find the time and platform, visit our orientation page.

Computers and laptops

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

Preparation courses

To support your success, SAIT offers some short courses before classes start, including PREP 100: The SAIT Experience and ETHI 110: SAIT Ethical Practices. 

Required textbooks

The booklist will be available about two weeks before classes start.

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 required this term.


For any questions, or to set up a virtual advising appointment, please contact our School of Business Advising Centre

Phone: 403.284.8485
Email: business.advising@sait.ca

Academic chair

Grace McKenna, Academic Chair
Email: grace.mckenna@sait.ca

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