Post Degree Diploma in Business (PDDB)

**PLEASE NOTE: THIS PROGRAM IS NO LONGER ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS**

About the Program

Today’s global business environment is fast-paced, requiring managers with specialized skills. Rapid changes in technology, resource allocation, structural shifts in the economy, changes in consumer preferences, global competition, and shifts in the employment market all require a better understanding of the role and nature of business in today’s society.

The PDDB Program also offers a stepping stone for students who wish to pursue the VIU MBA degree but need to develop a stronger academic background. Students who successfully complete the PDDB program with a minimum "B" average will be deemed to have met the minimum grade entry requirement for the VIU MBA program. For more details, please contact the PDDB academic advisor Golfer Okorie.

What will Students learn?

The program currently has three concentrations (groupings of courses) to offer students with different business needs.  These areas of concentrations are:

  • Marketing
  • Economics/Finance
  • Management

Please note that the PDDB no longer offers the concentrations as listed on the PDDB Program page; however the program entry requirements as listed there still apply.

Why choose the PDDB at VIU?

VIU's PDDB is a one-year program which provides an opportunity for students who already possess an undergraduate degree to hone their managerial skills to meet the challenges of the global business environment. Students may select Economics/Finance, Marketing or Management concentrations.

Economics/Finance Concentration

FALL START

Fall

Select 2-3 lower-level ACCT 100, ACCT 294, ECON 211, ECON 212, FNCE 130, MGMT 192 or QUME 232
Select 1-2 upper-level ACCT 350, ECON 305, ECON 340, FNCE 423, FNCE 429 or MGMT 323
     

Spring

Select 1-2 lower-level ACCT 294, ECON 211, ECON 212, FNCE 130, MGMT 192 or QUME 232
Select 3-4 upper-level  ECON 305, FNCE 330, MGMT 450 or QUME 380
     
Summer* Select 1-2 lower-level ACCT 294, ECON 211, ECON 212, FNCE 130, MGMT 192 or QUME 232

SPRING START

Spring

Select 3-4 lower-level ACCT 100, ECON 211, ECON 212, FNCE 130, MGMT 192 or QUME 232
Select 1-2 upper-level  ECON 305 or MGMT 323
     
Summer* Select 1-2 lower-level ACCT 100, ECON 211, ECON 212, FNCE 130, MGMT 192 or QUME 232
     

Fall

Select 1-2 lower-level ACCT 294, ECON 211, ECON 212, FNCE 130, MGMT 192 or QUME 232
Select 2-3 upper-level ACCT 350, ECON 306, ECON 340, FNCE 330, FNCE 423, FNCE 429, MGMT 450 or MGMT 495

Management Concentration

FALL START
Fall Select 2-3 lower-level ECON 100, MGMT 192, MGMT 292  or QUME 232
Select 1-2 upper-level ECON 305, ECON 306, ECON 340, FNCE 330, FNCE 429, FNCE 423, MARK 450, MGMT 323, MGMT 450 or MGMT 495
     
Spring Select 1-2 lower-level ECON 100, MGMT 192, MGMT 292  or QUME 232
Select 3-4 upper-level  FNCE 330, MGMT 392, MGMT 450, or MGMT 495
     
Summer* Select 1-2 lower-level ACCT 100, FNCE 130, or MARK 160

 

SPRING START
Spring Select 1-2 lower-level ECON 100, MGMT 192, MGMT 292  or QUME 232
Select 3-4 upper-level  FNCE 330, MGMT 392, MGMT 450,  or MGMT 495
     
Summer* Select 1-2 lower-level ACCT 100, FNCE 130, or MARK 160
     
Fall Select 2-3 lower-level ACCT 294, ECON 100, MGMT 192, MGMT 292  or QUME 232
Select 1-2 upper-level ECON 305, ECON 306, FNCE 330, FNCE 423, FNCE 429, MARK 450,  MGMT 323, MGMT 450 or MGMT 495

Marketing Concentration

FALL START
Fall Select 2-3 lower-level ECON 100, MARK 160, MARK 260, MGMT 192  or MGMT 292  
Select 1-2 upper-level ECON 305, ECON 306, FNCE 330, FNCE 423, FNCE 429, MARK 324, MARK 360, MARK 361, MARK 368, MARK 450, MGMT 323 or MGMT 495
     
Spring Select 1-2 lower-level ECON 100, MARK 160, MARK 260, MGMT 192  or MGMT 292  
Select 3-4 upper-level  FNCE 330, MARK 324, MARK 325, MARK 361, MARK 362, MARK 365, MARK 368, MARK 430, MGMT 323 or MGMT 495
     
Summer* Select 1-2 lower-level ACCT 100, FNCE 130, or MARK 260

SPRING START
Spring Select 1-2 lower-level ECON 100, MARK 160, MARK 260, MGMT 192  or MGMT 292  
Select 3-4 upper-level  FNCE 330, MARK 324, MARK 325, MARK 361, MARK 362, MARK 365, MARK 368, MARK 430, MGMT 323 or MGMT 495
     
Summer* Select 1-2 lower-level ACCT 100, FNCE 130, or MARK 260
     
Fall Select 2-3 lower-level ECON 100, MARK 160, MARK 260, MGMT 192  or MGMT 292  
Select 1-2 upper-level ECON 305, ECON 306, FNCE 330, FNCE 423, FNCE 429, MARK 324, MARK 360, MARK 361 MARK 368, MARK 450, MGMT 323 or MGMT 495

Summer* - Course availability for summer session is not known until early spring each year, with no guarantee of which courses may be offered; the availability of upper-level courses is particularly limited during the summer session.  

Access to Courses and Registering

The concentrations we recommend represent groups of courses that will fulfill the PDDB requirements and support an effective education in important business areas. It is important to note:

  • These recommendations do not represent a guarantee of access to the courses. We will set seats dedicated to the PDDB program in these courses, but they will be limited.
  • Access to courses is improved by registering in a timely manner and in courses with available seats.
  • Students at VIU begin registering for the fall and spring semester in the month of May prior to the next academic year. The availability of courses decreases for students the later they register, so it is important for students to plan ahead and register as soon as the courses become available (typically in May). Students beginning their programs in the Fall semester, therefore, usually have the optimum selection of courses.
  • Course availability for summer session is not known until early spring each year, with no guarantee of which courses may be offered; the availability of upper-level courses is particularly limited during the summer session.
  • Other courses not indicated in the tables above may become available and we will inform students of those courses as additional opportunities for inclusion into the PDDB.   
  • The offering of any course indicated here or elsewhere is subject to change.

 

Information and Tips for Success

  • Within one year, PDDB students must complete 30 business credits, 15 of which must be upper-level (numbered 300-499).
  • Students should emphasize lower-level business courses earlier in their studies. The majority of upper-level required courses should take place in the 2nd or 3rd semesters.
  • It is possible to complete the PDDB in two semesters, taking 5 courses in each of Fall and Spring semesters. However, most students, especially those new to the Canadian post-secondary educational system, find it more effective to reduce the regular semester workload to 4 courses, particularly in the first semester, and supplement this with 1 or 2 courses in the summer session. 
  • To support student success, some courses should be taken before others:
    • ACCT 100 should be taken before ACCT 294
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