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Canadian Business

Program Overview

The Professional Master's Diploma in Canadian Business is designed for those wishing to expand their knowledge of the Canadian business landscape to pursue or enhance their careers as business owners or operators.  The diploma program will also provide students with knowledge of the Canadian business environment and history and the skills necessary to succeed in Canadian MBA programs that emphasize active, experiential learning.

Study Plan


The curriculum of the diploma consists of the following graduate level courses:

1. MT8921 Case Analysis and Presentation

This course will focus on how to effectively collaborate to design solutions to case problems, and to present them orally and in teams.  Students will gain expertise in accessing relevant materials about Canadian corporations through annual reports, Bloomberg terminals, and other publicly available materials, in order to reason effectively from a set of facts presented towards a solution to problems framed by the case. Presenting case results as part of a team using presentation technologies, such as slide decks to convey the situation and proposed solutions will also play a major role in the class, which will be focused on experiential learning.

2. MT8922 Effective Writing for Business Administration

This course builds on the Case Analysis course to provide a foundation in the types of analysis and written communication expected in the classroom and the workplace, bridging the gap between proficiency in English and effective written business communication. Students will learn how to structure arguments that will be advanced over the course of a paper. Written communication of cases will be covered, along with an introduction to simple models of rhetoric that will enable students to identify key claims needed to present effective solutions to problems and issues presented as part of case analysis and other types of writing. 

3. MT8923 Canadian Business History

This course is designed to acquaint students with the unique features of Canadian business as it developed over time, and to understand the relationship between Canada’s economy and key trading regions, including the United States, the Commonwealth, Europe and developing economies. The structure and role of government and politics, the relationships with indigenous peoples, and the differences between the regions of Canada will be covered. The relationship between political movements and businesses, along with a historical perspective on the development of key industries will be covered, including a focus on the extraction sectors, on the developments in capital markets, including the role of provincial legislation, and other important aspects of the Canadian business and economic environment since the colonial era. 

4. MB8007 Principles of Management

This course comprises a tour through the non-financial management functions. It outlines the history of management thought followed by business law and corporate governance, which explain the roles and responsibilities of managers and executives. The course highlights principles of social psychology as they relate to how people interact in organizations and small groups and how organizations use technologies. The principles of marketing and the unique aspects of entrepreneurship and small business, as well as non-corporate management, are also covered in this course.

5. MT8924 Canadian Business Capstone Project

The capstone project will consist of a paper completed using archival data or policy analysis on a topic related to Canadian business, including a review of the scholarly literature and popular business press.  It will be graded on a Pass / Fail basis, and will build on the research skills and content on Canadian business practices.


Credential: Professional Master's Diploma

Program Type: Graduate (full time and part time)

Program Length: 5 courses 

Start Date: May 2018


Telephone: (416) 542-5872

Admission Information

  1. Bachelor’s Degree: Completion of a four-year bachelor's degree from a recognized university. Please include all official post-secondary transcripts when submitting your application.
  2. Minimum B Average: A minimum of 3.00/4.33 grade point average or equivalent of B (73% or above) average in the last 2 years of university study (including postgraduate university programs).
  3. A Comprehensive Resume: Minimum of two years full-time post-graduate work experience.
  4. Two Referees: Two letters of recommendation from academic or professional references.
  5. A GMAT score: Minimum requirement of 550. GMAT scores are valid for five years after test examination date. Highest valid GMAT score will be used for consideration. Learn more about the GMAT.
  6. A Statement of Interest: 500 word statement professional or research interest.
  7. English Language Proficiency Score: Required from all applicants who have degrees from institutions in which English is not the language of instruction or examination.

Please visit the Graduate Studies website for more information and a list of accepted tests and scores.


Admission Process

At Ryerson, all graduate applications are submitted online. Submitting a complete application package is a two-part process. You can read details about the process on our graduate site

  1. Submitting your application through OUAC and
  2. Uploading your documents. Please include all post-secondary transcripts with your application.

The system is easy-to-use and saves you time. The online system is mandatory; paper applications mailed to the Graduate Admissions and Recruitment Office will not be accepted.

Application Deadlines

March 30, 2018


*Please note ALL documents must be submitted by this date for your application to be considered.

Tuition Fees

$9,666.00* domestic 2017-18

$15,506.00* international 2017-18


*Plus ancillary fees for the program. Fees subject to change. 
Please check the Yeates School of Graduate Studies fees page for updates.

Diploma Registration

Participants may be registered in only one Graduate program at any one time.