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Business and Management Studies

Develop your supervision, business and management skills. Our Business and Management Studies programs are designed so that you can transition into or out of post-secondary education as your professional and family commitments and educational needs change. Our open admissions policy, progressive credential structure, commitment to active prior learning assessment and recognition (PLAR) and generous transfer credit help bring education to you.

Fit life around school

Choose from many OL and TRU courses to fulfil your program requirements. You can also take post-secondary courses elsewhere and transfer them to your OL program. See British Columbia Council on Admissions & Transfer to explore your options.

Plan ahead and make the most of your Business and Management Studies credential. Program Advisors help you choose courses that can later be applied toward another program, either at OL or elsewhere.

Programs and pathways

This chart shows how credits gained in one credential can count toward another:

TRU-OL Program Laddering

Getting started

Before you register for a course or apply for a program, please do the following:

  • Read about distance education and course delivery formats.
  • Look at the program descriptions, which state any admission requirements and the residency requirements.
  • Familiarize yourself with the course descriptions.
  • Note the estimated program costs, learn about financial awards and support, and consider how you can fund your education.

Awards and financial support

You can apply for financial support if you meet place-of-residence requirements. If you are a full-time program student, you may be eligible to apply for an award, scholarship, bursary or grant. See Student Awards & Financial Aid.


You may be eligible for credit based on an assessment of your prior learning. PLAR allows you to earn academic credits for knowledge, training and skills gained through your work and life experience.

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