Get Paid Work Experience
Expand your professional network with the Certificate in Effective Business Practices & Leadership Skills. Participate in a 4-month (non-credit) paid work placement, while completing your degree and certificate requirements.
Step outside of the classroom and into the boardroom. Build a robust professional network. Connect with industry professionals while completing your education.
Connect theory and work. Participate in reflective exercises through online modules. Create a cumulative report and deliver a poster presentation to stakeholders.
Receive specialized career coaching and support. Easily access career planning and job search tools you need to successfully transition from your program to career.
Complete this program concurrently with your degree and gain a competitive advantage. No additional year of study required. You will graduate with your friends.
By the end of this program, you will have demonstrated the ability to:
apply quantitative and qualitative methodologies learnt in the classroom to solve real-world business problems and make evidence-based decisions;
produce effective business communications and reports, in both oral and written form, for an audience of business professionals;
demonstrate effective problem-solving, decision making and leadership skills;
demonstrate professional responsibility, including self-awareness in individual and group settings.
What you need to do to get into the program
1. Concurrent enrolment in one of the following programs:
Human Resource Management, Specialist (BBA);
Management, Specialist (BBA);
Management, Major (HBA or HBSc);
Commerce, Specialist (BCom);
Commerce: Accounting, Specialist (BCom);
Commerce: Finance, Specialist (BCom);
Commerce: Marketing, Specialist (BCom); or
Commerce, Major (HBA)
2. Meet the CGPA cutoff and have a minimum of 7.0 credits. Students must have a minimum CGPA of 2.5 but the CGPA varies from year to year based on the applicant pool.
3. Complete the following courses:
a. MGT231H5 – Business Finance I (previously MGT338H5); and
b. MGT262H5 – Psychology at Work
4. Complete at least 15 points prior to the admission deadline in the Professional Skills Development Program with mandatory attendance at all of the following sessions:
a. Career Investment Planning;
b. Excel Workshop;
c. Resume Critique; and
d. Mock/ Practice Interview
5. Submit an application to the Department of Management.
6. Participate in an enrolment interview.
*Limited spots are available.
*Although every effort is made to support students in securing a paid work placement, students must receive an offer of employment to complete the certificate. The Department of Management cannot guarantee that students will secure a paid work placement.
Certificate Program Requirements
Second Year: MGT231H5, MGT262H5; 15 Professional Skills Development Program
points (must include Career Investment Planning Session, Momentum: Excel Workshop,
Resume Critique, and Mock Interview)
Third Year: MGT200H5; Workplace Preparation Workshop; Work-Integrated Learning
Experience (4-month placement in Summer term); online workplace modules;
MGT010H5 (NOTE: This is a zero-credit course); report and poster presentation
Fourth Year: 0.5 credit from 400-level Course List: MGM464H5; MGT430H5, MGT433H5, MGT434H5,
MGT437H5, MGT455H5, MGT463H5, MGT491H5, MGT493H5, MGT494H5
Please note: this certificate must be completed concurrently with any Department of Management program and takes about 3 years to complete.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. When should I apply to the program?
Generally, you should apply to the Business Certificate at the end of your second year (i.e. at the end of your first year officially in Commerce or Management program.**
**Please note: If you are admitted to the Commerce or Management program at the end of your second year or any subsequent years, the time in which you will apply to the program will vary. You should apply towards the end of your first year officially accepted into the program.
2. How many credits do I need to apply to the program?
You will need 7.0 credits to apply to the program. Typically, students earn about 4.0-5.0 credits in their first year and another 4.0-5.0 credits in their second year. Keep in mind, by the time you submit your application and apply via ACORN you will not have completed your Winter (S) or Yearlong (Y) credits. As such, we will need to wait until all S/Y grades have been submitted to review applications. In other words, we will count your 2nd year credits as part of the mandatory 7.0 credits.
3. What is the required CGPA to get into the program?
The CGPA cut-off is determined annually and is based on the applicant pool each year. This means we won’t know the cut-off until all applicant information has been reviewed. Although this information is not available, applicants must have a minimum CGPA of 2.5.
4. I understand I need to submit an application to be considered for the program, what information are you looking for here?
There will be a pre-set of questions you will need to respond to, however you want to articulate what sets you apart from the other candidates. Include information related to your academics, but also what extra-curricular activities you’re involved in. Describe any volunteering activities you’ve participated in and are currently participating in or maybe even your part-time job. You can also describe different ways that you’ve been engaged on campus (I.e. student clubs, attending available PSDP events etc.) This will strengthen your application.
5. What is the capstone course?
You will need to register for MGT010H5 – Certificate in Effective Business Practices & Leadership Skills Capstone (NOTE: This is a zero-credit course) in your 3rd year. Although, this course will appear on your timetable, there is no designated class time for this course each week.
There will be time and effort you need to invest to complete this Certificate once you return from placement. In your 4th year, there is a mandatory report and poster presentation and there may be additional meetings scheduled with the Professor and/or the UTMM team.
6. How many students are accepted to the program?
The first round of students will be accepted to the program in Fall 2021. 10-15 students will be accepted to the program during this year. Our intention is to increase the number of students who are accepted to the program in subsequent years.
7. When will I be expected to go out on placement?
Students will attend placement during the summer of their 3rd year or 2nd year of the Certificate program (if you were admitted to the Commerce or Management program after your second year).
8. Will I have to find my own placement?
The UTMM team works diligently to help you secure a 4-month paid work placement over the Summer term. You will have access to apply to jobs secured by the UTMM team through IMI Connect. Although, every effort is made to secure a placement, you must receive a job offer from an employer to successfully complete the Certificate program. Our in-house experts will help you get prepared with resume critiques and mock interviews.
You can opt to find your own placement; however, it will need to be vetted by the ELO. The placement must meet specific criteria outlined by UTMM. This ensures that you will have a quality placement experience. Please connect with the ELO to discuss further.
9. Are international students eligible to apply to the program.
Yes, we encourage all students to apply to the program. For International students who maintain full time status during the F/W session, you may be eligible to work full time during the summer break (May to August) using your study permit.
Students must have a SIN.
10. Is the program open to DEM students?
Unfortunately it is not, but we encourage you to connect with the ICCIT for information on their experiential opportunities. The program is available to students enrolled in
• Human Resource Management, Specialist (BBA);
• Management, Specialist (BBA);
• Management, Major (HBA or HBSc);
• Commerce, Specialist (BCom);
• Commerce: Accounting, Specialist (BCom);
• Commerce: Finance, Specialist (BCom);
• Commerce: Marketing, Specialist (BCom); or
• Commerce, Major (HBA)