May 24, 2024  
PUBLISHED 2024-2025 Credit Catalog 
PUBLISHED 2024-2025 Credit Catalog

Business and Entrepreneurship

Location(s): In Person (Main Campus), Online

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This program will give you the skills and knowledge you need to become a successful entrepreneur, business owner, franchisee or improve existing businesses as a manager, consultant, or innovator.

You will boost your problem-solving abilities, leadership skills, and creativity. You’ll also learn how business functions and how to apply that knowledge to different areas. Our instructors have real business experience, and they’ll guide you every step of the way. 

By the end of the program, you will be able to: 

  • use basic financial and accounting principles in a business setting
  • apply marketing theory and processes in a business environment  
  • develop personal skills and professional behaviours for effective management and teamwork
  • leverage information and communication technology for efficient business practices
  • understand entrepreneurship and small business theory, and show critical thinking and innovation in business-related situations. 

You can choose four elective courses from options, including technology, communications and several others. These options allow you to tailor the program to your interests and needs. 

The program includes a capstone course where you’ll apply what you’ve learned in a real-world project. This experience will help you develop critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and organizational skills, which are vital in business. 

This program is your gateway to a world of possibilities in business and entrepreneurship. 

Traits, skills and aptitudes

Those in the management consultant, business and entrepreneurial fields tend to be innovative, directive, and social.  

You need: 

  • intellectual and emotional maturity 
  • control over your emotions and behaviour 
  • independence and objectivity
  • energy, confidence, and creativity 
  • tact 
  • good listening and communication skills 
  • problem-solving skills 
  • project-management skills 
  • the ability to learn quickly and easily, then share knowledge, teach, and train people 
  • the ability to observe, gather, select, and evaluate facts 
  • the ability to work effectively as part of a team 
  • perceptiveness, to recognize an organization’s dynamics and politics 
  • persuasiveness and the ability to motivate others 
  • integrity. 

You should enjoy conducting research, presenting, taking charge, and providing constructive advice.

Academic path

The business and entrepreneurship certificate provides you with options for advanced education. 

Graduates of this program can receive credit for up to nine courses required for the Business Administration diploma or Bachelor of Business Administration degree (varies by major). Additional admission requirements apply. 

Practicum, co-op and work integrated learning opportunities

In your capstone course, you’ll work collaboratively with other students to create a solution to a challenge faced by a business or community organization.  

Accreditations, designations or certifications

If you choose Business Productivity Tools and Technology as your technical elective, you may have opportunity to complete one or more Microsoft Office Specialist certifications. 

Specialized intakes

International bundle program

This program is available to international applicants as a stand-alone program or as part of a program bundle - two programs delivered consecutively.

Applicants must meet the admission requirements for both programs.

After successfully completing both programs in a bundle, you may qualify for a post-graduate work permit of up to three years. If you only complete one of the programs, you may be eligible for a one-year post-graduate work permit. 

Business and Entrepreneurship + Management and Leadership

You’ll complete the Business and Entrepreneurship certificate in the first year of study.

In the second year of study, you’ll complete the Management and Leadership certificate.

Integrated Artificial Intelligence + Business and Entrepreneurship

You’ll complete the Integrated Artificial Intelligence post-diploma certificate in the first year of study.

In the second year of study, you’ll complete the Business and Entrepreneurship certificate.

Learn more about international bundle programs >


After successfully completing this program, you’ll receive a SAIT Business and Entrepreneurship certificate.

Program length

1 year

Accepts international applicants - PGWP-eligible

This program accepts international applicants and meets the eligibility criteria for the Post-Graduation Work Permit program, as long as the student is registered in on-campus classes or completes more than 50% of the courses on campus (for blended options). 

International students attending all classes online will NOT be eligible for a Post-Graduate Work Permit. International students are responsible for maintaining their eligibility throughout their studies. 

Not eligible for CAJG

This program is not eligible for the Canada Alberta Job Grant

Related careers

Our graduates may work in the following occupations. Some careers require additional experience and education.

Potential careers (NOC):

  • Financial managers (10010)
  • Financial and investment analysts (11101)
  • Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations (11202)
  • Administrative officers (13100)
  • Business development officers and market researchers and analysts (41402)

Admission requirements - Applicants educated in Canada

Applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency.

There are no further requirements to enter this program.

Admission requirements - Applicants educated outside of Canada

All applicants who were educated outside of Canada must demonstrate English language proficiency and provide proof they meet the program admission requirements with an international document assessment. Find accepted educational documents and assessment options

SAIT may also accept courses completed at certain international post-secondary institutions.

Application process

International bundle program applicants

International applicants who wish to apply for this program as part of a program bundle should review the admission requirements for both programs and then sign in to the application portal to begin their application.

When selecting your programs, your first choice should be the program delivered in year one. The second choice program will be the program delivered in year two.

The bundle is unavailable to domestic applicants, who may apply to the stand-alone program.

Program outline

The Business and Industry certificate requires 30 credits (10 courses) to complete. 

MNGT 257 Business Certificate Capstone should be taken only after completing all other required courses and four elective courses.

The program spans one to five years. 

Elective courses

You will choose four courses from the following lists. 

Elective courses - Communications (choose one)

Suggested schedule of study

It’s recommended you complete the courses in this order.


You must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better each semester and pass the prerequisite courses to progress through the program.

To qualify for graduation, you must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.

Review our grading and progression procedure > 

Books and supplies

Books and supplies are approximately $1,000 - $1,500 per full-time year.

This is a bring-your-own-device program with a standard computer hardware and software requirement. See the specific requirements on our computers and laptops page.

Find your booklist on the SAIT Bookstore’s website. The booklist will be available closer to the program start date. Can’t find your program or course? The bookstore didn’t receive a textbook list. Contact your program directly to determine if they’re still refining course details or if you’re in luck; no textbook purchase is required this term.

Business program advising

For any questions or to set up an advising appointment, please get in touch with our School of Business.

Phone: 403.284.8485

Program outcomes

  1. Use basic financial and accounting principles in a business setting.
  2. Apply marketing theory and processes in a business environment.
  3. Develop appropriate personal skills and professional behaviours to uphold general management practices.
  4. Achieve project goals through teamwork.
  5. Integrate information and communication technology to achieve efficient business practices.
  6. Apply entrepreneurship and small business theory.
  7. Demonstrate critical thinking and personal and professional leadership in business-related situations.

Graduate outcomes

A. Safety - awareness of safety standards relevant to the workplace.

  • Safety awareness

B. Responsible leadership - personal, ethical and respectful behaviour within the workplace and global community.

  • Teamwork and multi-disciplinary collaboration
  • Self-initiative
  • Ethical reasoning and action
  • Global awareness
  • Sustainability

C. Communication - the exchange of information professionally and effectively.

  • Language skills
  • Interpersonal skills

D. Information literacy - the strategies used to become informed, from recognizing an information need to accessing and evaluating information and using it effectively and ethically.

  • Problem-solving and critical thinking
  • Quantitative literacy
  • Technological literacy

E. Technical knowledge, skills and abilities - technical competence specific to the discipline or industry.

  • Specialized technical skill set

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