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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 course per term only and can complete the program in two and a half years.
This program is only available for domestic students or current University of Waterloo students.
- 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.
Engineering graduate students at University of Waterloo can also take up to three Business and Entrepreneurship (BE) courses to receive a Certificate in Business and Entrepreneurship from the Conrad School.
- Fall 2020 term: January 15, 2021
- Winter 2021 term: May 14, 2021
- Spring 2021 term: September 10, 2021
BE Certificate of Completion forms will be reviewed and processed after these deadlines. If you meet the certificate requirements, you can expect your BE certificate in 3-4 weeks.
Note: A student may receive the Certificate or the GDip, but not both.
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.
Course offerings by semester are based on current plans. Semester schedules are subject to change.
Fall 2020 term
Winter 2021 term
Spring 2021 term
Note: Winter & Spring 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.
Non-UWaterloo students (domestic only)
Complete an online application.