Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Certificate in Management Studies

Program Description

The Certificate in Management Studies program is well suited for you if you have considerable work experience or a qualification in a technical field and want to develop your management skills and possibly specialize in a business discipline.

The certificate may be earned by building on the 15-credit Certificate in Business Skills or by completing 30 credits of coursework.

What Can You Do With This Credential?

This certificate can lead to the Diploma in Management Studies, which can ladder into the Bachelor of Commerce.

Karen Andrews fast-tracked her path to the Certificate in Management Studies by transferring her past credit and completing the program in only eight months. She has also laddered the Certificate into TRU's Diploma in Management Studies program, which will directly relate to her past managerial work experience.

Program Requirements

Admission Requirements

Open admission

Students should have a strong grounding in quantitative courses, including Math 11 (Principles), MATH 0523 or equivalent.

Students who plan to complete a credential through TRU-OL must complete and submit a Program Admission form.

Residency Requirements

A minimum of 6 TRU credits (distance or on-campus)

Certificate Requirements

30 credits total, with a graduating GPA of 2.00 or higher over all courses required to complete this credential, as follows:

Core Knowledge Requirements (12 credits)

One of MNGT 1111, Supervision (3) or MNGT 1211, Management Principles and Practices (3)
One of MATH 1091, Business Mathematics (3) or MATH 1101, Finite Mathematics (3)
One business English course such as CMNS 1811, Business, Professional and Academic Composition (3) or CMNS 1291, Introduction to Professional Writing
MIST 2611, Management Information Systems (3)

Other similar courses are considered on an individual basis.

Elective Requirements (18 credits)


Up to 9 credits may be in approved arts and sciences electives or in technical or specialized skills courses appropriate to the student's work, subject to approval

Areas of Specialization (Optional)

Two optional areas of specialization are available, as follows:

Accounting Fundamentals

ACCT 1211, Accounting I (3)
ACCT 1221, Accounting II (3)
ACCT 2251, Management Accounting (3)

Students completing ACCT 2211, Financial Accounting (3) instead of ACCT 1211/1221 are required to select an additional course.

Entrepreneurial Essentials

ACCT 1211, Accounting I (3) or ACCT 2211, Financial Accounting (3)
MKTG 2431, Marketing (3)
MNGT 1711, Introduction to Business (3)

Student Responsibility

Students are responsible for consulting with their Program Advisor to ensure that the courses they select are available and appropriate for their program of study and educational goals. Students who proceed without approval from their Program Advisor may find that a course does not meet program requirements. Without such approval, students risk not being able to apply a course toward a credential. If the course can be used toward the credential, students will be required to pay the transcript assessment fee.


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