Business Diploma

Diploma

Program Overview

Saskatchewan Polytechnic's Business diploma will give you a competitive edge in your career. Business students are tomorrow's accountants, financial officers, marketing managers, insurance brokers, human resources specialists and entrepreneurs. Many of the diploma specialties also provide opportunities for co-op work placements.

Our two-year Business diploma program is offered full-time in:

  • Moose Jaw (all specialties)
  • Saskatoon (Accountancy specialty only - delivered via live streaming)
  • Prince Albert (Management specialty only)
  • Flexible learning options including online and evening classes are available through the School of Continuing Education.

Note: Locations are subject to change.

International students are accepted to the Moose Jaw and Prince Albert programs.

Full-time students in Saskatoon apply to the Business certificate program before entering the Business diploma program. Business diploma students apply through Moose Jaw and Prince Albert.

The Business certificate program is equivalent to the first year of the diploma program. The first year provides a well-rounded foundation in core business concepts, including accounting, computers, economics, human resources, insurance, organizational behavior, marketing and more. The second year allows you to specialize in one of the following areas of expertise.

You can apply to transfer your Business courses to degree programs at various universities. See the Get credit for what you know section below.

Note: Be sure to pay special attention to the Electives that are required for second year specialties (listed at the bottom of the Courses section below).

Accounting is about more than numbers; it's about conducting audits, doing business analyses and presenting financial information so managers and investors can make informed decisions. Accounting is often called the language of business. If you want to be one of the people at the table when critical business decisions are made, Saskatchewan Polytechnic's Business accountancy specialty will appeal to you.

You'll study cost accounting, auditing, taxation, finance, financial accounting and more. You'll apply theory to real-world situations in business simulations, case studies and group projects. You'll use industry standard software in your courses. Optional co-operative education work terms are a great way to gain valuable experience and make industry connections - while earning money.

You can apply to use your diploma for credit in a degree program at the University of Regina's Paul J. Hill School of Business, University of Saskatchewan's Edward School of Business, Royal Roads University, University of Lethbridge or online degree programs at Athabasca University. You can also apply to use your diploma credits for standing toward the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation. For more information, visit www.cpacanada.ca.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic accountancy specialists are in demand. Many grads have jobs lined up before they graduate. You'll find opportunities in every sector: commercial, industrial, institutional, government and non-profit. You could work for an accounting firm or in the accounting department of a private company or government department.

If you're interested in a career that combines working with money and working with people, Saskatchewan Polytechnic's Business financial services specialty diploma is a great choice. Financial services is more than banking - it's loans, mortgages, investment products, financial planning and advising, money management, insurance, risk management and more. Essentially it's helping people with their financial health from the cradle to the grave. With so many services and an aging workforce, it's also an industry with exceptional potential for career growth and mentorship.

You'll develop specialized knowledge and skills in residential mortgages, bank operations, financial products and services, loans and credit, personal financial planning, tax fundamentals, advanced investment products and more.

Practical exercises and hands-on activities give you a chance to apply what you learn. A unique seminar course on strategic advising in your final semester gives you a chance to integrate theory and practice in a simulated retail banking environment. It's a chance to polish your skills before entering the workforce.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic works with the Canadian Securities Institute (CSI) to ensure students are meeting actual marketplace needs. As part of your course requirements, you must register with the CSI and purchase specified textbooks that will be used for Saskatchewan Polytechnic's Investment Funds in Canada preparation course. Saskatchewan Polytechnic will guide you through your CSI registration process and textbook purchase.

Graduating with a financial services specialty diploma qualifies you to apply for advanced standing into degree programs at the University of Regina's Paul J. Hill School of Business, Royal Roads University, University of Lethbridge or online degree programs at Athabasca University. Graduates of this specialty may also receive transfer credits towards the Certified in Management designation through the Canadian Institute of Management and the Certified Logistics Professional designation through the Canadian Institute of Traffic and Transportation.

Graduates are prepared to work in a multitude of positions including management trainees in the financial market (financial institutions). These include chartered banks, investment firms, credit unions, trust companies, and insurance companies.

Human resources offers the best of two career paths; working with people and working in a business environment. On a day-to-day basis, you might be dealing with benefits, payroll, labour relations or recruitment issues. But you'll also be involved in the bigger picture - designing competitive employee packages, supporting a productive work environment and creating a healthy organizational culture. Saskatchewan Polytechnic's Business human resources specialty provides the broad-based training you need to work in any sector.

This human resources specialty is available on campus in Moose Jaw or through flexible learning options (online and evening). You'll focus on in-depth training in the application of business management practices to employment situations, employee engagement, compensation and benefits, labour and employee relations, organizational effectiveness and behavior, recruitment and selection, training and development, and workplace wellness.

In addition to lecture material, you'll participate in class assignments, role-playing, demonstrations, and simulations. The emphasis on learning by doing will help you translate theory into real-life skills.

As a human resources student you have the option to spend a year taking three consecutive four-month paid co-operative education work terms. Work terms not only let you develop your skills on the job, they provide an excellent introduction to potential employers.

You can use your Business human resources specialty diploma for credit in degree programs at the University of Regina's Paul J. Hill School of Business, University of Saskatchewan's Edwards School of Business, Royal Roads University, University of Lethbridge or online degree programs at Athabasca University. Graduates of this specialty may also receive transfer credits towards the Certified in Management designation through the Canadian Institute of Management and the Certified Logistics Professional designation through the Canadian Institute of Traffic and Transportation.

A Business diploma in human resources gives you a lot of choices. You could work in the HR department of a large multinational company, government agency or health organization. You could be part of a smaller team or even the only specialist in a small business. Where you work impacts what you do. In a smaller organization, you might be a generalist doing a wide variety of HR tasks. In a larger organization, you could be an HR manager, recruiter, labour relations assistant, compensation analyst, training coordinator or benefits administrator.

 

Insurance is big business in Canada. People, businesses, and organizations rely on insurance professionals to help manage risk and protect against loss. With more than 25 percent of the current workforce* expected to retire in the next few years, now is a great time to start a career in insurance.

Insurance brokers, appraisers, claims investigators and marketing representatives work closely with people and businesses. Insurance adjusters, underwriters, loss control specialists, risk managers, and actuaries work behind the scenes balancing the numbers.

Insurance Institute of Canada

Saskatchewan Polytechnic is one of only nine colleges and universities in Canada to offer a dedicated insurance program, and the only one in Saskatchewan. The specialty is designed with extensive input from Saskatchewan's insurance industry and the Insurance Institute of Canada.

In this second year specialty, you'll take courses in insurance against liability, insurance broker/agent skills, insurance on property, loss adjusting, relationship selling, commercial law, and underwriting.

When you graduate, you'll have written five of the 10 Insurance Institute of Canada exams necessary to earn your Chartered Insurance Professional (CIP) designation. You can also apply to use your diploma for a head start in degree programs at the University of Regina's Paul J. Hill School of Business, Royal Roads University, University of Lethbridge or online degree programs at Athabasca University. Graduates of this specialty may also receive transfer credits towards the Certified in Management designation through the Canadian Institute of Management and the Certified Logistics Professional designation through the Canadian Institute of Traffic and Transportation.

There are more job openings than insurance specialty grads. You'll find your skills in demand in communities around the province. Work as an insurance broker/agent in a large firm or as an independent broker. Build a career as a claims adjuster, underwriter or appraiser for government or private insurance agencies.

If you like being part of decision-making processes and are interested in organizational culture and interpersonal dynamics, the Business management specialty will appeal to you. Business management is many things - efficient management of people, effective organization of resources, and strategic planning for growth. You could work in an administrative role in a wide range of public and privately owned enterprises, crown corporations and government organizations, or start your own business.

You'll develop knowledge and skills in interpersonal and organizational behavior, finance and managerial accounting, entrepreneurship, digital media, leadership and decision making, cross-cultural management, project management, and strategic management.

You can take a year to participate in the optional three consecutive four-month paid co-operative education work terms between semesters three and four. It's a chance to try different job areas in administration and discover the best fit for your career goals.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic's Business management specialty diploma is accredited by the Canadian Institute of Management (CIM). When you graduate, you'll have met the educational requirements for the Certified in Management (CIM) professional designation. After two years of managerial (or supervisory) work experience, you can apply for the right to put the highly respected "CIM" designation after your name.

You can also use your Business management specialty diploma for credit in degree programs at the University of Regina's Paul J. Hill School of Business, University of Saskatchewan's Edwards School of Business, Royal Roads University, University of Lethbridge or online degree programs at Athabasca University. Graduates of this specialty may also receive transfer credits towards the Certified Logistics Professional designation through the Canadian Institute of Traffic and Transportation.

When you graduate, you will have the knowledge and practical skills for a wide variety of administrative and supervisory jobs in many types of organizations. Or you can apply what you have learned to grow your own business.

A career in marketing can take you in many directions - branding, research, public relations, retail, advertising sales or event planning. And you can find jobs in these areas in almost every sector, from health agencies to natural resource companies to non-profit organizations.

Our dynamic curriculum includes social media, computer-based simulations, industry-standard Adobe software, crisis management, and other emerging trends.

You can develop on-the-job skills, introduce yourself to different employers and test-drive different types of jobs over the year during three consecutive four-month paid co-operative education work terms.

You'll gain knowledge and skills in advertising, branding and creative design, digital and social media, market research and strategic marketing, project management and relationship selling, public relations, and retail strategy and development.

You'll get a hands-on education using social media, writing copy, doing mock presentations, conducting research, creating computer-based simulations, participating in group projects and more. You'll also get involved in the community; Saskatchewan Polytechnic's Business marketing specialty diploma gives you an opportunity to work on real projects for community-based organizations.

You can apply to use your Business marketing specialty diploma for credit in degree programs at the University of Regina's Paul J. Hill School of Business, University of Saskatchewan's Edwards School of Business, Royal Roads University, University of Lethbridge or online degree programs at Athabasca University. Graduates of this specialty may also receive transfer credits towards the Certified in Management designation through the Canadian Institute of Management and the Certified Logistics Professional designation through the Canadian Institute of Traffic and Transportation.

Business marketing specialty grads work as marketing coordinators, marketing assistants, advertising sales representatives, event planners, publicists, social media specialists, account managers, brand managers, market researchers and more. Use your skills in your own business, work for an advertising agency or design firm, or look for opportunities in larger organizations and government agencies.

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s):

Note: Students starting the program in January will complete the program in an accelerated format. Students will study semesters 1 and 2 consecutively from January to July and begin their second year in September of the same year.

September and January - Moose Jaw (all specialties)

September and January - Prince Albert (Management specialty option only)

Students may transfer after Year One (32 weeks) to Moose Jaw (all specialties) or Saskatoon (Accountancy) to pursue a Business Diploma with Co-operative Education. Co-operative Education is currently not available to Prince Albert students.

September - Saskatoon (Accountancy specialty only - delivered via live streaming)

Full-Time students in Saskatoon follow this two-step process:

Step 1: Apply to the full-time Business Certificate program (Year One: 32 weeks). After completing the required courses, move to Step 2;
Step 2: Apply to the second year specialty option in the Business Diploma program (through Moose Jaw or Prince Albert) (Year Two: 32 weeks)


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Length: Year 1 - 32 weeks; Year 2 - 32 weeks

Locations

  • Online/Distance
  • Moose Jaw
  • Prince Albert
  • Saskatoon

  • Some programs offered online or otherwise by distance (i.e., correspondence) include on-site labs, clinicals, practicums or work experiences. They may be offered course-by-course or full-time, or both, and deliveries may change over time.

  • Management is the only specialty available in Prince Albert (first intake of year 1 is September 2019). Accountancy and Marketing are the only specialties available in Saskatoon and are delivered via live stream.

Admissions

Admission Requirements

  • Grade 12 or successful completion of at least 15 credit units from Year 1 of this program (Business Certificate)
  • English Language Requirement

Special Admission

Applicants who do not possess the academic qualifications for a program may be admitted if evidence of probable success can be established through a special admission assessment. Interested individuals should still apply. Applicants are automatically considered for special admission. However, some specific admission requirements may still need to be met. Refer to the ACCUPLACER© cut scores for this program below, and review additional details concerning Special Admission.

ACCUPLACER©

  • 250 Arithmetic
  • 250 Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics
  • 243 Reading
  • 241 Writing

Admission Method

First Qualified/First Admitted

The First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA) process is used for the majority of Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs. When we determine that you meet the program's admission requirements, you will be offered admission based on the date you fully qualify for the program. The earlier you provide the appropriate documents and information that qualify you for admission to the next intake, the earlier you might begin your studies. Your application, once qualified, is always considered for the next intake. 

Applicants to programs with multiple intakes in an academic year remain in the application pool until the last intake for that academic year has begun. Programs using the FQFA process receive applications year round and maintain an application pool for each academic year. Qualified applicants who are not offered a seat must reapply for the next academic year. 

Sponsored programs or programs targeted to specific groups do not accept applications year round or maintain an application pool.

See Admission Processes for more information about this method of admission.

Tuition and Fees

Estimates are based on current rates and are subject to change. Amounts for a program may vary by campus. Totals shown here include all mandatory fees as well as approximate cost for books and supplies. Visit the Tuition and Fees web page for a complete breakdown of tuition and fees for this program.

 

2020/21 Academic Year

Year 1 - $8,825
Year 2 (Accountancy) - $7,035 Semester 3 Co-op Option; $5,230 Semester 4 Co-op Option; $8,590 Semester 3 and 4 Non-Co-op Option
Year 2 (Financial Services) - $8,000 Semester 3 and 4 Non-Co-op
Year 2 (Insurance) - $9,150 Semester 3 and 4 Non-Co-op
Year 2 (Management, Human Resources, Marketing) - $7,810 Semester 3 Co-op Option; $5,355 Semester 4 Co-op Option; $8,615 Semester 3 and 4 Non-Co-op Option

International Students

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Get Credit for What You Know

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training.  See links below to more information about PLAR and detailed PLAR candidate guides for courses in this program.


Transfer Credit

Many Sask Polytech students benefit from transferring course credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit to Sask Polytech or to another college or university.

Graduates of the Business diploma may be eligible for block transfer of 60 credit units towards the Bachelor of Management, Bachelor of Commerce and/or Bachelor of Human Resources & Labour Relations Post Diploma programs.
Students from Sask Polytech may be eligible for transfer of courses.
Students from Sask Polytech to CITT, or students from CITT to Sask Polytech, may be eligible for credit of courses
Graduates of this program with minimum "B" (3.00/4.33) GPA may be eligible for full block transfer into third year Bachelor of Business Administration in Sustainability and International Business program.

Graduates of this program with minimum "B" (3.00/4.33) GPA may be eligible for full block transfer into third year Bachelor of Commerce in Entrepreneurial Management program.
Diploma graduates will receive two years of block credit and can complete a Bachelor of Management in two years. Will consider applicants below 3.0 (on a 4 point scale) for admission, depending on individual circumstances.

Accountancy
Completion of SaskPolytech Business Diploma Accountancy program may be eligible for a block transfer of 60 credit units towards the Edwards School of Business Bachelor of Commerce degree.

Human Resources
Completion of SaskPolytech Business Diploma Human Resources program may be eligible for a block transfer of 60 credit units towards the Edwards School of Business Bachelor of Commerce degree.

Management
 Completion of SaskPolytech Business Diploma Management program may be eligible for a block transfer of 60 credit units towards the Edwards School of Business Bachelor of Commerce degree.

Marketing
Completion of SaskPolytech Business Diploma Marketing program may be eligible for a block transfer of 60 credit units towards the Edwards School of Business Bachelor of Commerce degree.

Student Awards

Thanks to the generosity of donors and alumni, Saskatchewan Polytechnic gives away more than $2 million in student awards during the academic year.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic offers student awards for every certificate and diploma program at every campus. Not all student awards are based on marks - some are based on financial need or things like community or volunteer involvement.

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