Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Commerce

Designed for graduates of recognized degrees in fields other than business, this diploma provides you with the knowledge and skills needed for successful career progression or transition into management or specialist fields such as accounting, human resources or marketing.

Graduation from this program may help you to meet the entrance requirements for TRU's Master of Business Administration.

Meghan Pacheco

Meghan, PBD in Accounting

Working independently with distance education gave me a real advantage in a career field where self motivation is key.

Program requirements

Admission requirements

A recognized baccalaureate degree in a field other than business

When applying for this program, please complete the Program Admission Form.

Residency requirements

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

Diploma requirements

Students with prior credit for courses equivalent or similar to some of the diploma courses must complete alternative coursework approved by Open Learning.

Thirty credits, with a minimum of 15 credits at the upper level and 15 in a concentration, with a GPA of 2.00 (a grade of C) or higher in core knowledge and elective requirements and a GPA of 2.33 (a grade of C+) or higher in each concentration course, as follows:

Core knowledge requirements (3 credits)

ACCT 2211, Financial Accounting, or equivalent

Elective requirements (12 credits)

These 12 credits are selected to ensure that all course prerequisites for each concentration are satisfied. Any remaining credits bringing the total elective credits to 12 are to be chosen in consultation with a Program Advisor and must include courses in business, management or economics.

You are encouraged to select courses from the following to complete your elective requirements:

Concentration requirements (15 credits)

Completion of one of the following seven concentrations:

 Accounting concentration
  • ACCT 3201, Intermediate Financial Accounting 1 (3)
  • ACCT 3211, Intermediate Financial Accounting 2 (3)
  • ACCT 3221, Income Taxation 1 (3)
  • ACCT 3251, Intermediate Management Accounting (3)

One course from the following:

 Finance concentration
  • FNCE 3151, Investments 1 (3)
  • FNCE 3171, Investments 2 (3)
  • One of FNCE 3180, Risk Management and Financial Engineering (3) (TRU on-campus) or FNCE 403, Risk Management (3) (Athabasca University)

Two of the following:

  • MKTG 3451, Professional Selling (3)
  • ACCT 3221, Income Taxation 1 (3)
  • One of FNCE 4130, Advanced Financial Management (3) (TRU on-campus) or ADMN 3117, Financial Management II (3) (Nipissing University)
  • One of FNCE 4160, Portfolio Management (3) (TRU on-campus) or ADMN 3117, Financial Management II (3) (Nipissing University)
  • One of FNCE 4180, International Financial Management (3) (TRU on-campus) or ECON 3127, International Financial Management (3) (Nipissing University)
  • One of FNCE 4190, Financial Institutions Management (3) (TRU on-campus) or ADMN 2116, Management of Financial Institutions (3) (Nipissing University)
 General management concentration
  • ORGB 2811, Organizational Behaviour (3)
  • FNCE 2121, Financial Management (3)
  • MKTG 2431, Marketing (3)
  • HRMN 2821, Human Resource Management (3)
  • One additional approved 3000- or 4000-level ACCT, BLAW, BUSN, ENTR, FNCE, HRMN, IBUS, MIST, MKTG, MNGT, ORGB or SCMN course
 Human resources concentration
  • HRMN 2821, Human Resource Management (3)
  • HRMN 3841, Employee and Labour Relations (3) (in development)

Six credits of approved 4000-level business courses, such as:

 Leadership concentration

Six credits of approved 4000-level business courses from the following

  • ORGB 4871, Organizational Development and Change (3)
  • MNGT 4751, Project Management (6)
  • LEAD 4901, Strategic Thinking for Leadership (3)
 Marketing concentration

Four of the following:

 Public sector management concentration

Two courses from the following:

  • PADM 3119, Introduction to Public Administration (3)
  • PADM 3149, Public Sector Research and Analysis (3)
  • PADM 4239, Local Government in British Columbia (3)
  • PADM 4459, Urban and Regional Economics (3)

Three courses from the following:

  • PADM 3169, Written Communications in the Public and Non-Profit Sectors (3)
  • PADM 4079, Managing Service Delivery (3)
  • PADM 4219, Financial Management (3)
  • PADM 4379, Program Evaluation and Performance Measurement (3)
  • PADM 4469, Local Government Land Use Planning (3)
  • An approved 3000- or 4000-level 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. Otherwise, you may find that either course credits cannot be applied to your program or you must pay a transcript reassessment fee.

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