Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Diploma in Management Studies

The Diploma in Management Studies program provides you with a broad background in management studies and the option of specializing in a number of business disciplines. If you have already completed the Certificate in Management Studies, you need only 30 more credits to earn the Diploma in Management Studies, which takes you that much farther toward your Bachelor of Commerce.

What Can You Do With This Credential?

Laura Moskaluk graduated with a Diploma in Management Studies and changed from her job as a cashier at Save-On-Foods to her current career as an insurance representative.

“You set your own schedule, do things as fast or as slow as you want and, in most cases, don't have to worry about deadlines.”
—Laura Moskaluk

This diploma can ladder into the Bachelor of Commerce program.

 Program Requirements

Admission Requirements

Open admission

A foundation in quantitative courses such as Math 11 (Principles), MATH 0523, or equivalent

If you plan to complete this or another Open Learning credential program, please fill out the Program Admission Form and send it to OL Admissions.

Residency Requirements

A minimum of 9 TRU credits (distance or on-campus)

Diploma Requirements

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

Core Knowledge Requirements (30 credits)

ACCT 1211, Accounting I (3) or ACCT 2211, Financial Accounting (3)
If you choose ACCT 1211 and plan to specialize in accounting, you must also take ACCT 1221 Accounting II.

ACCT 2251, Management Accounting (3) or MNGT 4711, Decision Analysis (3)
If you are specializing in accounting, you must take ACCT 2251, Management Accounting.

MATH 1091, Business Mathematics (3) or MATH 1101, Finite Mathematics (3)
STAT 1201, Introduction to Probability and Statistics (3)
MNGT 1211, Management Principles and Practices (3)
CMNS 1291, Introduction to Professional Writing (3)
CMNS 1811, Business, Professional and Academic Composition (3)
ECON 1901, Principles of Microeconomics (3)
MKTG 2431, Marketing (3)
MIST 2611, Management Information Systems (3)

Other similar courses may be considered.

Elective Requirements (up to 30 credits)

Courses in managerial studies (ACCT, BBUS, ECON, MATH, MIST, MNGT, STAT), with 15 credits at the 2000-level or higher in the electives; up to 15 credits may be in approved arts and sciences electives or in technical or specialized skills courses appropriate to your coursework and subject to approval

Areas of Specialization

Three optional areas of specialization are available:


FNCE 2121, Financial Management (3)
BLAW 2911, Commercial Law (3)
ACCT 3201, Intermediate Financial Accounting 1 (3)
ACCT 3211, Intermediate Financial Accounting 2 (3)
ACCT 3221, Income Taxation 1 (3)

Human Resources

HRMN 2821, Human Resource Management (3)
HRMN 3841, Employee and Labour Relations (3)
BBUS 3661, Strategic Human Resource Management

Two courses from the following:

MNGT 2131, Motivation and Productivity (3)
ORGB 2811, Organizational Behaviour (3)
BLAW 2911, Commercial Law (3)


MKTG 3451, Professional Selling (3)
MKTG 3471, Consumer Behaviour (3)
MKTG 3481, Marketing Research (3)
IBUS 3511, International Business (3)
An approved 4000-level MKTG course

Student Responsibility

Consult with your Program Advisor to ensure that the courses you select can be applied toward the program requirements of your chosen credential.

Also, before you register in a course not listed on the OL website, you must apply for a Letter of Permission (LOP).

If you proceed otherwise, you may find that either course credits cannot be applied to your program or you must pay a transcript reassessment fee.


Please see Tuition and Fees for details.


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