Business Administration

Business Administration Extension Certificate

Classroom and Online

Gain highly sought-after business skills in this short, practical, flexible program. Develop practical knowledge and competencies in critical areas of business. Take a broad overview of the business world, including financial accounting, marketing, human resources, leadership and management, and operations.

You can customize your own learning experience by choosing courses in categories that meet your interests and learning needs.

Important Notice

The Business Administration Extension Certificate is no longer accepting new students.  However, any student who successfully completed the Introduction to Business Administration course prior to July 2018 is able to complete the program.

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  • Develop business skills to enhance your emerging or established management career
  • Earn a formal credential in business administration
  • Gain valuable workplace skills and experience to complement your non-business degree 
  • Complete the 2 required courses and plus 4 optional courses (1 from each category). Total hours: 97.5 – 111 (depending on optional courses chosen)
  • Can be completed within 2 semesters up to a maximum of 3 years
  • Course materials: Textbooks may be required for some courses. Please review textbook requirements upon registration. Textbooks and associated fees can be viewed in advanced by going to the BookStore and searching by subject code (e.g.: XPRM for Project Management) and course number (e.g., 10001).

   Required Courses

Introduction to Business Administration 
This concise, practical introductory course explores how modern businesses operate in a competitive, rapidly-evolving and complex global market. In addition to a broad overview of business, the course covers financial accounting, marketing, human resources, leadership and management, as well as business operations.

Course no longer offered    

Financial Accounting Fundamentals
Be introduced to financial accounting concepts, principles and techniques. Topics include Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), preparing and analyzing financial statements, the valuation of current assets and liabilities, measuring and reporting business transactions, and using financial analysis to support decision making. (Note: This course is academically rigorous and includes textbook readings, quizzes, online assignments and a final exam.)

Textbooks (required):
Financial Accounting - Tools for Business Decision Making, Sixth Canadian Edition, (2014) with WileyPlus ISBN 978-1-118-88512-3 (textbook and WileyPlus package available at the BookStore).

Subject code: XACC 10100 36 Hours. Fee: $549  
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  Optional Courses

     Choose 1 optional course from each category


Introduction to Supply Chain Management
Competitive success in today’s global economy relies on professional management of your supply chain functions. Discuss the management of resources to design, procure, fabricate, produce, assemble, store, distribute, deliver, use, maintain, recycle and dispose of goods and services. Explore the importance of policies, processes and people.

Subject code: XSCM 20001 21 Hours. Fee: $499
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An Overview of Business Analysis
Explore the role of today’s business analyst while gaining industry-recognized skills, techniques and methods. Discover how to analyze a business situation, set business goals, elicit information and requirements, choose appropriate modeling techniques, and evaluate the benefits and value realized by a solution.

Subject code: XBUA 10015 15 Hour. Fee: $549
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Project Management: Overview and Integration
Project Management: Overview and Integration is an introductory course to project management. It examines all the fundamental project management processes and knowledge areas as documented in A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) – Sixth Edition.  Discover basic terminology of project management, define and understand the fundamental framework of the PMBOK guide by discussing the key process groups and knowledge areas. Explore Integration Management processes such as the development of the Project Charter, Project Management Plan, and what it means to Direct and Manage Project Work, Monitor and Control Project Work, Perform Integrated Change Control, and Close Project or Phase.  Analyze the profession of the project manager, and how it’s impacted by the Project Management Institute (PMI).

Subject code: XPRM 10001 21 Hours. Fee: $699
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The Fundamentals of Public Relations and Communications Management

This course provides the fundamentals of public relations and communication management as practiced by working professionals. The student will develop an understanding of how public relations builds relationships, how it is professionally planned, and how it is practiced in an ethical manner.

Subject code: XBPR 10100 21 Hours. Fee: $449  
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     Marketing and Strategic Communications

Be introduced to contemporary marketing and strategic communication fundamentals. Examine key principles and concepts, and understand emerging tools and trends. Investigate the evolving role of today’s marketing professional. Topics include marketing strategy, branding, customer experience, digital and social media, content marketing, and Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC).

Subject code: XMKT 20006 15 Hours. Fee: $419  
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Change Management Fundamentals
The ever-accelerating pace of change is driving organizational strategy and performance at every level. Explore the foundations of change management for organizational success, including essential concepts, the role of a change leader, and the change management life cycle. Gain practical insight into the impacts of change and the importance of change management as a strategic role and discipline.

Subject code: XCMT 10001 15 Hours. Fee: $479  
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Strategic Planning
Strategic planning is an essential process for helping your organization create a blueprint to achieve business objectives. Acquire practical strategies, techniques and insights to facilitate strategic thinking and planning.

Subject code: XSMG 10001 15 Hours. Fee: $479  
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Effective Leadership
Explore what it means to be an effective leader. Through various self assessment tools, reflective exercises, guided learning activities and discussions, participants will gain self-awareness of their personal leadership values, style and strengths. Through real-world application and dialogue, we will also examine successful leadership principles, practices, skills, characteristics and behaviours for the 21st Century.

Textbooks (required):
The Leadership Challenge, 6th Ed. (5th Ed. can be used, but is no longer available for sale at the MRU BookStore), and The Leadership Practices Inventory, available at the BookStore. Students taking the course fully online must also purchase Introduction to Type and Leadership.

Subject code: XLEA 10005 15 Hours. Fee: $479
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Organizational Training and Development
Develop strategies for continuous learning, career development and training for improved performance. Integrate performance measurement, coaching and development policies and programs, and training initiatives.

Subject code: XADM 10002 15 Hours. Fee: $420  
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Human Resource Basics for Managers
Gain a fundamental overview of human resources management. Acquire an appreciation and basic comprehension of legislation affecting employees, knowledge regarding the recruitment/selection process, training and development, and managing day-to-day performance.

Subject code: XMGD 20020 15 Hours. Fee: $420  
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     Organizational Effectiveness

Create a highly competent workforce, reduce turnover and decrease recruitment costs. Understand organizational design, development and change, employee involvement strategies and human resource planning.

Subject code: XADM 10001 15 Hours. Fee: $420
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403.440.6861 or 1.888.392.3655
Mount Royal University, 4825 Mount Royal Gate SW, Calgary, AB T3E 6K6

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