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The Conrad School offers a Graduate Diploma (GDip) in Business and Entrepreneurship to ambitious students who want to enhance their degree on a part-time basis with the practical business skills needed to attract potential employers in the fields of business and entrepreneurship.
Students in the GDip program take one per term only and can complete the program in two and a half years.
- A four year undergraduate Honours degree or equivalent from a recognized university
In the case of a three year undergraduate degree or equivalent from a recognized university, a minimum of 4 years of industry experience may be considered for admission into the program
A minimum average of 75% in the last two years of study
Provide proof of proficiency in English (if applicable); accepted examinations and required minimum scores for graduate studies are listed on the English Language Proficiency page
Students are required to successfully complete any six courses from the Business and Entrepreneurship (BE) series for the Graduate Diploma in Business and Entrepreneurship (GDip).
Note: The GDip cannot be completed concurrently with any full-time graduate program. However, up to three BE courses taken during a full-time graduate program can be counted towards the GDip.
Please see the Graduate Studies Academic Calendar for program details.
Certificate of Completion requirements
Engineering graduate students at University of Waterloo can also take up to three Business and Entrepreneurship (BE) courses to receive a Graduate Certificate of completion from the Conrad School. Students must fill out the BE Certificate of Completion (PDF) and send it to the Conrad School Graduate Office in order to receive the certificate.
Note: A student may receive the Certificate of Completion or the GDip, but not both.
Certificate of Completion - important notice
Due to changes in Waterloo's operations as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Conrad School will not be issuing printed BE Certificates of Completion until regular operations resume. The Conrad School will provide an email confirmation that certificate requirements have been met to all qualifying students. For important updates and more information about how COVID-19 is impacting Waterloo operations, please visit the main Coronavirus Information page.
In the BE courses, you will:
- Develop business skills
- Learn how to take your ideas to market
- Network with entrepreneurs, business owners, and mentors
- Combine your technical skill with business acumen
Course delivery - important notice
In alignment with Waterloo's COVID-19 pandemic response, all BE courses for the spring 2020 term will be delivered virtually. For important updates and more information about how COVID-19 is impacting Waterloo operations, please visit the main Coronavirus Information page.
Spring 2020 term
BE 600 Management and Leadership
This course provides students with the opportunity to develop a range of soft skills and the business acumen necessary to maximize the likelihood of business success. Topics include communication and interpersonal skills, leadership, and negotiation skills. A range of applied approaches are used, including integrated cases, simulations, and interaction with the local business community. MEng and GDip students only.
BE 603 Operations and Supply Chain Management
This course introduces students to supply chain and operations management through case studies, a simulation, class discussions, exercises, and lectures. The course covers topics such as systems integration, scheduling, forecasting, inventory management, quality management, lean thinking, supply chain management, supply chain collaboration, and people and operations. MEng and GDip students only.
BE 605 Project Management
This course introduces students to the key areas of Project Management. Specifically, the course objectives are to: 1) assist managers in identifying and scheduling project resources; 2) assist managers to conceptualize, plan, schedule, control and execute projects; 3) assist managers to be conversant in project risk management; and 4) enable managers to gain a better understanding of the comprehensive nature of project management. Subjects include best practices, leadership skills, and operations. MEng and GDip students only.
BE 606 Entrepreneurship and Innovation
This course introduces students to the theory underlying entrepreneurship, venture creation and innovation management, as well as its practical implications. Topics covered include introduction to entrepreneurship and innovation, the dynamics of innovation, corporate entrepreneurship and commercialization, venture creation and the management of high-performance innovative teams.
Fall 2020 term
Winter 2021 term
Note: Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 term information is preliminary/subject to change. Visit Business and Entrepreneurship Courses page for more information
Information on tuition fees for the Graduate Diploma in Business and Entrepreneurship can be found on the Tuition fee schedules web page.
Current University of Waterloo students
Add BE courses to your schedule.
Complete an online application.