Your Career

Four-Month Summer Program
  •  Earn MBA Credits
  •  Remote Delivery

Graduate Diploma in Business

Program Structure

The Graduate Diploma in Business program is designed for recent undergraduates from any university and any discipline. We pair your undergrad degree with a solid foundation in business, delivered in just 4 months, that will set you up to accelerate your career.

You’ll be immersed in business from May – August, participating in the program via engaging remote learning, delivered from Smith’s state-of-the-art teaching studio on Queen’s campus. Along with academic courses and experiential learning, your summer in the GDB includes career advancement days, personal development workshops and dynamic social interaction with classmates – all from the comfort of your home.

Earn credits towards an MBA

Every course offered will earn you MBA-level credits, which can be applied to the Full-time MBA program at Smith School of Business upon acceptance to the program. As well, successful completion of the GDB program could qualify you for immediate entry into other Smith Master's programs.

The Program Will Provide:

  • A strong understanding of a wide range of business fundamentals, from Business Analytics to Financial Accounting, Negotiations, Operations, and more;
  • Training in creating and maintaining high performance work teams
  • Personal development workshops and career advancement days
  • SmithEdge – a set of personal capabilities that will prepare you to thrive in today’s business environment
  • A much broader range of career options

Dynamic Remote Learning
from the Experts

Smith School of Business is at the forefront of delivering business education in dynamic and engaging remote formats. With state-of-the-art technology — including a dedicated, interactive teaching studio — we have been delivering outstanding business education to the classroom, the boardroom, and the desktop for thousands of students for more than a decade.

Much more than broadcasting lectures, Smith’s approach facilitates discussion, team projects and collaborations, career support services, and personal and group coaching. Earn your degree while working from your home city, and stay on track to advance your career and professional ambitions.

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Launch Your Career

The knowledge and skills you will acquire in this program will prepare you for a much broader range of careers, and a graduate diploma will open doors to opportunities that would not otherwise be available to you.

Smith’s Career Advancement Centre has an outstanding network of employers in Canada and around the world. Top companies come to Smith to recruit because of the high quality of our graduates. The vast majority of graduates of this program have received a job offer within 6 months of graduation or have decided to continue their education.

Key Features


Graduate Level Courses

All of the courses earn you MBA-level credits and are taught by many of the same faculty who teach the Full-time MBA program.

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All Disciplines

The class is made up of graduates from a wide range of undergraduate disciplines including Engineering, Political Science, Film Studies, Kinesiology, Law, Arts, Psychology and more.

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4-month Program

You’ll spend your summer exploring business fundamentals via remote learning. Our intensive schedule runs from May to August.

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Career Support

Students will benefit from the outstanding network of employers in Canada and around the world who recruit at Smith.

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Setup for Success

Hear firsthand why students choose Smith’s GDB program and the success they’ve had since.

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Alumni Connections

When you graduate, you’ll join the impressive ranks of Smith alumni and the 180,000+ Queen’s graduates in more than 150 countries.

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