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Did you know that 1.9 million Canadian jobs are related to Canada’s exports to the United States with one in six jobs in Canada related to exports?1 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. Employers across sectors are seeking talented graduates who understand the complexities of international trade management. This certificate program provides an advanced understanding of the current international trade environment and helps you develop the analytical skills necessary to assess business risk in international transactions.

Industry and Careers
This certificate can lead to career paths in roles such as:

  • Executive management
  • Export compliance
  • Foreign services
  • Global risk analysis
  • Import/export small business
  • International freight forwarding
  • International procurement
  • International trade logistics

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

What Will You Learn?

After completing this certificate, you will be able to do the following:

  • Utilize 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

Certificate Requirements

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

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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, Toronto Metropolitan University 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.

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