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Available to Queen’s University staff who want to gain fundamental knowledge in key areas of business.


Staff are required to take six (6) introductory Commerce courses to obtain the Certificate. The Certificate is recognized on the Queen’s transcript.

  • Staff may complete courses in any order, but we strongly recommend that COMM 200/600 (Business Fundamentals) or COMM 201/601 (Introduction to Business for Entrepreneurs) be taken first.
  • Staff who are currently pursuing a degree at Queen’s are able to take a maximum of two (2) Certificate courses at the 200-level. These are typically the first courses taken in the Certificate. Courses taken at the 200-level courses can be used as electives toward a degree program. The remaining four (4) courses are to be taken at the 600-level. Courses taken at the 200-level courses cannot be used as electives toward a degree program.

When should I apply?

The Certificate will admit students each term (Fall, Winter, Summer). To be considered for admission, please apply within the following dates:

  • For Fall admission:
    apply between Jun 1 - Aug 1
  • For Winter admission:
    apply between Oct 1 - Dec 1
  • For Summer admission:
    apply between Feb 1 - Apr 1

Applications will be assessed and decisions will be made at the end of each month.

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For inquiries, please contact:

The Smith Certificate in Business program is administered by the Smith Commerce Office.

Certificate in Business
Goodes Hall, room 130

Admission Criteria

  • Applicants must have an undergraduate degree either completed or in progress (with a minimum of 18.0 graded units completed), with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.60 on the Queen’s University scale.
  • We will accept a maximum of 6.0 units previously completed at Queen’s University for credit toward the Certificate. Credit will only be considered for courses with a final grade of C or higher.
  • A maximum of 25 staff will be accepted into the program each academic term, on a first-come, first-admitted basis. Staff who meet admission criteria, but who are not admitted in a particular term, may have their admission deferred to the next term.

Academic Progress Criteria

To remain in the Certificate in Business program, you must:

  • Achieve a minimum grade in each Certificate course of C (2.0)
  • Staff have up to six (6) years to complete Certificate requirements.
Academic Regulations