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What will I learn?

Every student in the Business Management Diploma program receives a broad-based business education, including classes like Business Math, Writing for Business and Accounting. 

At the same time, you'll learn in detail about your chosen field by taking classes specific to that specialty and gaining practical experience outside the classroom.

Learn more about the three specialties in Dalhousie's Business Management Technology Diploma program:

Agriculture - A blend of theoretical knowledge and practical skills

The Agriculture Specialty in Business Management Technology Diploma blends theoretical knowledge with hands-on learning opportunities and practical skills training. Courses in this diploma program cover a variety of topics, including soils and crops, environmental management, and plant or animal science.

The first year of the diploma focuses on foundation courses in business and agricultural science. In the second year, you’ll build on that foundation with more advanced courses in business and a choice of electives that allow you to focus on your area of interest in the industry. The program culminates with your completing a comprehensive business plan.

Any way you look at it, agriculture is a business – whether you’re making and selling agricultural products, producing food on the farm or involved in supplying inputs to the agricultural industry. Our program is designed to provide the foundation you need to run a successful business in the agricultural industry.

You’ll also be required to take Workplace Readiness certificates, including Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS), First Aid, Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S), and a Farm Health & Safety Management Certificate.

Equine - A solid foundation in animal science and business

The program’s approach blends theoretical knowledge with hands-on learning opportunities and practical skills training. The first year of the program covers a variety of foundation courses in business, animal science and soils. You’ll learn about business fundamentals, such as Introductory Microeconomics and Accounting. This is balanced with a scientific foundation in animal biology, nutrition and care – important when working with animals in a variety of situations.

In second year, you build on this foundation with more advanced learning in equine science, financial management and environmental management. You’ll take courses such as Equine Growth and Nutrition, Equine Health, Genetics and Reproduction, Equine Behaviour and Learning, and Equine Facilities Management. Plus, you’ll go deeper into the business side, with courses such as Financial Management and Marketing, which culminate in the completion of a comprehensive business plan.

Throughout both years, you’ll have lots of opportunities to learn outside the classroom. On top of classroom lectures, you’ll do hands-on lab work, and participate in a range of field trips and tours. All experiences will expose you to issues facing the industry and the science behind equine health and reproduction, as well as key business skills, such as record-keeping, business planning and accounting.

You’ll also be required to take Workplace Readiness certificates, including Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS), First Aid, Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) and Equine Medicines. As well, you’ll complete the Health & Safety Management Certificate for Equine Related Business, a safety course directed at managers.

Dairy Farming - A blend of business and farming

The Dairy Farming Technology Diploma program is designed to provide the foundation you’ll need to be successful in the dairy industry. Our program is structure to combine theoretical knowledge with hands-on learning opportunities and practical skills training. Not only will you learn these skills in classroom lectures as our knowledgeable instructors share their experiences, you’ll also have plenty of opportunities to learn outside the classroom, in labs and on field trips and tours.

In the first year of the program, you’ll take courses in business fundamentals such as Introductory Microeconomics and Accounting. You’ll also gain a scientific foundation in animal biology, nutrition and care – extremely important when working with animals in a variety of situations.

In the second year, to gain insight into the issues facing dairy producers, you’ll take courses such as Dairy Milking Systems and Housing Facilities, and Dairy Herd Health and Nutrition Management. On the business side, you’ll take courses including Financial Management and Marketing, which provide you with essential business skills such as record-keeping, business planning and accounting. To apply your new business skills, you’ll complete a comprehensive business plan.

To round off your education, you’ll also be required to take Workplace Readiness certificates, including Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS), First Aid, Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) and Livestock Medicines.


Future studies

Graduates interested in continuing their specialty studies in more detail at the diploma level may choose to pursue a Plant Science Technology or Managed Landscapes diploma.

Graduates of the program may also wish to continue in a bachelor's level program, such a BSc (Agriculture) in Agricultural Business.

Learn more about the people who will be teaching you
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Our faculty are a diverse group who love to share knowledge.