The Business Certificate is intended for students who satisfy the entrance requirements of the Business Program but are not pursuing a Business degree. Generally, students must have successfully completed Grade 12 in a University Preparatory program with an overall average of at least 70% in English, Mathematics, any two Social Studies, Languages, or Sciences, and one other academic course.

Applicants with the appropriate work experience may also be accepted into the program.

The objective of this certificate program is to provide students with a sampling of courses in the areas of business. For those students interested, the certificate program also provides many of the foundation courses required to enter the BBA degree program.

The Business Certificate is a credit program comprised of ten three-semester hour courses: three required courses and seven elective courses. The courses are generally offered during the normal academic year, but some may be offered during summer school.

Please note: students enrolled in the Bachelor degree in Business Administration, the Bachelor of Business in Tourism and Hospitality and the Bachelor of Business Studies do not qualify for the certificate.

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Course Structure

Note: Current UPEI students should refer to Student Planning in myUPEI and the UPEI Academic Calendar governing their entry year, and speak to an academic advisor about course requirements. The course structure presented for this program is a recommended, unofficial progression for prospective students.

Required courses:

  • Accounting 1010 - Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • Business 1410 - Marketing 
  • Business 1710 - Organizational Behaviour

Seven of the following courses:

  • Accounting 2210 - Managerial Accounting 
  • Business 2510 - Introduction to Management Science
  • Business 2650 - Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management
  • Business 2880 - Research and Evidence-Based Management
  • Business 2310 - Corporate Finance
  • Business 2720 - Human Resource Management
  • Business 3010 - Business Law – Part I
  • Business 3330 - Integrated Cases in Corporate Finance 
  • Business 3340 (formerly 421) - Personal Finance
  • Business 3430 - Integrated Cases in Marketing
  • Business 3510 - Operations Management
  • Business 3710 - Entrepreneurship and New Ventures
  • Business 4650 - Project Management
  • Business 4850 - Developing Management Skills

Students must obtain grades of at least 60% in at least 7 of the 10 business courses in order to qualify for the Certificate of Business.

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Admissions Criteria
What's Required for Business Admission?

High School Graduates

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Successful completion of Grade 12 examinations in a University Preparatory Program with an overall average of at least 70% (75% for Quebec Secondary V students) in the following subjects:

  • English,
  • Mathematics,
  • any two Social Studies, Languages or Sciences,
  • and one other academic course.

Please refer to the UPEI Academic Calendar for complete admissions information.

Fees and Funding
Faculty of Business Tuition

UPEI's undergraduate tuition is the second-lowest in the Atlantic region, and we offer millions of dollars in scholarships and awards. 


$6,828 per year, based on 30 credit hours ($682.80 per 3 credit course).
International students pay $8,010 per year in addition to full-time student tuition.

For a complete breakdown of part-time or full-time study as a student in the Faculty of Business, visit our Tuition and Fees page.

Scholarships and Awards

UPEI supports you and your educational goals. We administer millions of dollars in scholarships and awards to our undergraduate and graduate students every year. Depending on your faculty or program, and year of study, you may be eligible for available awards.

Search the complete list of scholarships for information and application forms.  

Celebrating Student Achievement

Including Guaranteed Entrance Scholarships and Academic Excellence Awards, these awards recognize the academic achievements of all students who meet the eligibility criteria while studying towards their first undergraduate degree.

Visit the Scholarships site for complete information.

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