Graduate diploma in business and entrepreneurship

graduate students

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 yearsThere is NO way to complete this program full-time.

    Admission requirements

    • 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

    Application deadlines

    Fall term

    June 1

    Winter term

    October 1

    Spring term

    February 1

    To view other imporant dates, please visit the Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs calendar.

    Diploma requirements

    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

    BE courses

    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

    BET 580 Consulting

    BE 600   Management and Leadership

    BE 601   Introduction to Finance and Managerial Accounting

    BE 602   Data Analysis and Management

    BE 606   Entrepreneurship and Innovation

    Winter 2021 term

    BE 600   Management and Leadership

    BE 601   Introduction to Finance and Managerial Accounting

    BE 604   Marketing Management

    Note: Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 term information is preliminary/subject to change. Visit Business and Entrepreneurship Courses page for more information

    Tuition fees

    Information on tuition fees for the Graduate Diploma in Business and Entrepreneurship can be found on the Tuition fee schedules web page.

    Apply today!

    Current University of Waterloo students

    Add BE courses to your schedule.

    Non-UWaterloo students

    Complete an online application.