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With its diverse set of actors and interests, international trade has always been complex. Yet, in today’s political and economic climate, even the most solid international trade agreements – as well as the institutions and norms necessary to facilitate trade – are in flux.

This certificate program provides an advanced understanding of the current international trade environment and develops the analytical skills necessary to assess business risk in international transactions.

This program:

  • offers a mix of online and in-class learning
  • is eligible for OSAP
  • is comprised of degree-credit courses

What Will You Learn?

  • Develop analytical skills to mitigate financial and political risk when conducting international business transactions
  • Understand how international trade agreements and international institutions influence the sale of products and services across borders
  • Recognize the meaning and importance of ethical leadership in dealing with government regulations, customers and employees
  • Appreciate the role of the export manager in areas including:
    • export pricing
    • documentation
    • shipping
    • insurance
    • sourcing export promotion assistance

Who Should Take This Certificate?

  • Graduates of the Certificate in Foundations of International Management who want to advance their knowledge
  • Working professionals in either the private or public sector who need specialized expertise in international trade
  • Owners, managers and employees of enterprises that conduct business across borders

Who Teaches the Courses?

Our instructors bring extensive education and international business experience into each course.


Industry and Careers

A career wheel showing international freight forwarding, global risk analysis, foreign services, international trade logistics, export compliance, import/export small business, executive management, international procurement

The rise of China as an economic superpower. Emerging markets in Africa and Asia. Rising protectionist sentiment sweeping multiple nations. Advances in technology increasing the efficiency of global transactions.

In this ever-changing environment, employers across sectors are seeking talented graduates who understand the complexities of international trade management.

Jobs related to international trade management are found at both provincial and federal levels of government as well as in businesses of all sizes – from large multinational corporations, to small or medium-sized enterprises looking to expand market share.

Did you know?

  • Each day, over $2.4 billion worth of goods and services cross the Canada–US border.
  • In March 2018, Canada’s trade with countries other than the US hit a record $31.2 billion, with exports up 11.4%.
  • 1.9 million Canadian jobs are related to Canada’s exports to the United States.
  • 1 in 6 jobs in Canada is related to exports.
  • Exporting companies generate 121% more revenue, are 25% more innovative and, for manufacturers, are up to 30% more productive than companies relying on domestic markets. Yet, only 10% of small and medium-sized Canadian businesses (SMEs) export.

Frequently Asked Questions

In which order should I take the Certificate courses?
We recommend that you complete our four-course Certificate in Foundations of International Management before starting this advanced certificate. However, as long as you have successfully completed the three prerequisites for the required courses (CGMS 200, CQMS 102, and CGMS 401) you may complete the courses in any order.

If you would like to gain a specialized understanding of the legal dynamics of international business, you should take the two law-focused electives, completing CLAW 122 - Business Law first, as this is the prerequisite for CLAW 724.

The following chart may help you plan:

Required Courses (three) Prerequisite(s)
CGMS 723 - International Trade CGMS 200, CQMS 102, and CGMS 401
CGMS 724 - Management of International Enterprise CGMS 200, CQMS 102, and CGMS 401
CGMS 802 - Ethics and Regulation of Intl Business CGMS 200, CQMS 102, and CGMS 401
Electives (choose two) Prerequisite(s)
CECN 104 - Introductory Microeconomics none
CGMS 400 - The Global Business Environment CGMS 200
CGMS 450 - Project Management CGMS 200, CQMS 102, and CGMS 401
CLAW 122 - Business Law none
CLAW 724 - Legal Aspects of International Business CLAW 122


How long will it take to complete the certificate?
Most students will complete the certificate in about two years.

That said, time to completion varies depending on each student’s learning goals and their responsibilities outside of the classroom.

To graduate, Ryerson requires that you complete the certificate requirements within four years of your admission to the certificate program.

How much time is involved per week?
You should allow three to five additional hours per week, per course, outside of class time. This will vary from week to week and will depend on your learning style, types of assignments and other factors.

For online courses, plan to spend an average of six to eight hours a week reading, participating in discussions, and completing assignments.

Certificate Requirements

  • Three required courses
  • Two electives
  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) 1.67+

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