About the Program
The flexibility you need
The Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (GDBA) works for busy professionals who want to develop core business skills, and who require the convenience and flexibility of online education. You’ll benefit from the depth and rigour of MBA-level business courses, and 24-7 access to the educational resources of Canada’s top comprehensive university.
Overview of GDBA and SFU Beedie
Collaborative online learning
Our online learning system is comprehensive, interactive and user-friendly. It delivers a rich, collaborative learning experience for individuals and teams, as well as everything you need to be a successful graduate student. You’ll find the experience is nothing like taking a MOOC or traditional distance-learning course. The asynchronous online learning allows you to participate in classes on your own schedule without having to be online at the same time as your classmates and instructors.
Prepare to advance
The GDBA’s graduate-level courses ground you in business theory and practice. You'll acquire the knowledge and language to communicate with colleagues of diverse backgrounds across the functional areas of business, as you prepare to confidently move forward into an MBA, a new organizational role, or a new career.
Step into an MBA
The GDBA provides multiple pathways into Beedie’s MBA programs. Successfully completing GDBA courses will boost your chances of getting into the MBA of your choice, spread out the costs of taking an MBA, and reduce your future workload while an MBA student.
Enhance your career
Not everyone plans to take an MBA. The GDBA is a valuable graduate qualification in its own right that lets you:
- demonstrate your business acumen to future employers
- try out graduate-level business education in a low-risk setting
- gain the core business skills you need to launch or progress your career
Take your time
Most GDBA students complete the program in two years. However, you have the option to move faster or more slowly through the materials, adjusting your study plan to accommodate your changing life and career.
Join experienced classmates
The classroom is virtual, but the friendships and connections you’ll make are very real. Your classmates’ experience covers manufacturing, retail, healthcare, banking, IT, film production and other industries. They work in large corporations, small businesses, government, not-for-profits, start-ups and everywhere in between.
Are you the right fit?
If you have an undergraduate degree in any discipline, at least two years of work experience, and the motivation and self-discipline to learn business in an interactive online setting, the GDBA could be the best next step in your career.Apply now