May 25, 2024  
PUBLISHED 2024-2025 Credit Catalog 
PUBLISHED 2024-2025 Credit Catalog

International Business Management

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

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The International Business Management program will give you the skills and knowledge needed to thrive in multinational corporations.

In today’s interconnected world, businesses operate on a global scale. International trade and cooperation are essential for growth and success. Our program will equip you with the tools to navigate this complex landscape.  

You’ll be positioned for exciting roles in international management consulting, government relations, start-ups, and companies with global operations or sales.

Our program goes beyond traditional business administration education. You’ll develop the strategic, integrative, sustainable mindset necessary for global business. 

Learn from experienced faculty members who have worked in international industries. Our approach includes work-integrated learning, where you’ll face real-world international business challenges and opportunities.

Enjoy a personalized learning experience in our small-sized classes. Take part in collaborative coursework. 

Our program focuses on more than business theory. You’ll refine complex interpersonal skills and: 

  • develop your ability to understand and respect different opinions, values, and beliefs, and learn to communicate and appreciate what others contribute
  • develop effective negotiation strategies when dealing with people from different cultures
  • learn how to lead responsibly in complex and ever-changing global situations and work towards achieving business goals
  • study how both local and global challenges and opportunities affect international business goals and understand how products and services move within a company’s global supply chain
  • study how laws and regulations can impact business administration and international business opportunities
  • learn how to study markets to make effective decisions. 

In your third semester, you’ll complete a work-integrated learning project with a service focus or travel internationally and collaborate with an industry partner, gaining hands-on experience globally. 

Global business is key to success today. Our program prepares you for this exciting challenge. 

Traits, skills and aptitudes

Those in the management field tend to be innovative, directive, and social.  

You need: 

  • intellectual and emotional maturity 
  • the ability to control your emotions and actions 
  • 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 
  • inductive and deductive reasoning skills 
  • the ability to synthesize and generalize 
  • 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 trying new things, conducting research, presenting, taking charge, and providing constructive advice to others.  

Academic path

You must have a two-year Business Administration diploma or equivalent from an accredited post-secondary institution, with a minimum 2.3 grade-point average (67% or C+) to enter this program. 

This post-diploma certificate provides you with options for advanced education. Graduates of the program will have completed up to eight courses required for the SAIT Bachelor of Business Administration degree (varies by major). Additional admission requirements apply. 

Practicum, co-op and work integrated learning opportunities

In your third semester, you’ll choose from these two exciting elective options: 

  • a capstone course where you’ll apply your skills to a work-integrated learning project with a service focus, contributing to a real-world project
  • an experiential study tour where you’ll travel internationally and collaborate with an industry partner, gaining hands-on experience globally. 

This program’s work-integrated learning approach will position you for roles in international management consulting, government relations, start-ups, and companies with international operations or sales when you graduate.


After successfully completing this program, you’ll receive a SAIT International Business Management post-diploma 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):

  • Business development officers and market researchers and analysts (41402)
  • Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations (11202)
  • Customs, ship and other brokers (13200)

Admission requirements - Applicants educated in Canada

Applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency and meet the following requirements or equivalent:

  • a two-year Business Administration diploma from an accredited post-secondary institution, with a minimum 2.3 grade-point average (67% or C+), including a minimum of 20 courses or 60 credits.

A combination of education and experience in place of the above requirement will be considered upon approval from the Academic Chair.

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.

Program outline

The International Business Management post-diploma certificate requires 30 credits (10 courses) to complete.

The program spans one year, with three semesters.

Elective courses

You will choose courses from the following lists. 

Elective courses - International business (choose two)

Elective courses - Integrated experience elective (choose one)

Suggested schedule of study

We recommend you complete the courses in the order listed below.

Semester 2

Semester 3

Integrated Experience Elective (choose 1)


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 $500 - $1,000 per full-time year.

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

Find your booklist on the SAIT Bookstore’s website. The booklist will be available close to your 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 for that 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. International business mindset - develop a strategic, integrative, sustainable and growth mindset to enhance business performance in a global environment.
  2. Intercultural communication - demonstrate respect and appreciation for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, intercultural communication and contributions of others.
  3. Leadership - achieve business goals through responsible leadership in complex and dynamic environments.
  4. International business analysis - evaluate the impact of domestic and international challenges and opportunities on an organization’s international business objectives.
  5. Global supply chain - evaluate the movement of products and services in an organization’s global supply chain.
  6. Statutory and regulatory compliance - assess the impact of statutory and regulatory compliance on an organization’s international business opportunities.
  7. Multicultural negotiation strategies - formulate strategies to negotiate effectively within various cultural environments.
  8. Market research - evaluate market research to support an organization’s international business decision-making.
  9. Business development - formulate business development strategies to leverage an organization’s international business opportunities.

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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