Business Marketing

Kingston Campus | Program Code: 0261 | Open for International Students
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You begin Marketing with a foundational understanding of business and its disciplines and scaffold your marketing abilities over two years to create value for the marketplace and open doors to marketing opportunities.

Second-year courses include integrated marketing communications, professional selling, consumer behaviour, design and digital experience, marketing metrics and analysis, retail marketing strategies, e-commerce, business simulations, and entrepreneurship. You become career-ready and contribute to an organization with a marketing placement.

With a holistic approach to career readiness you take part in Emotional Intelligence, and Work Place Big 5 self-assessments, career fairs, dining etiquette and intense professional development. You meet regularly with faculty to review customized development plans to pursue relevant personal goals.

Enjoy and be challenged by small class sizes where the majority of your professors are full-time with both academic and industry experience to develop your talents. Meet some of your professors. Your classrooms are well equipped and you engage with applied teamwork, research, time and stress management, presentations, guest speakers, and public speaking.

Program Details

Code 0261
Start Date May, January, September
Credential Ontario College Diploma
Campus Kingston
Program Length 2 Years
Delivery Full-Time
Open for international students
*NOTE - for November, applicants should apply at OCAS as a Business Fundamentals student (K0973OC) and will transition into the Business program area of their choice.

Program Highlights

Experience Applied Learning through:

  • One marketing placement
  • Networking with business professionals
  • Integrated Marketing Communications simulation
  • Hands-on experience with Shopify e-commerce platform & Shopify badges
  • Consumer behaviour and segmentation tools including Environics Analytics PRISM5
  • Small class sizes with committed business and teaching professionals
  • Professional Development Competition
  • Great Canadian Sales Competition
  • Learning Outcomes

You have the opportunity to access a vast network of industry and non-profit organizations via Faculty members, and alumni for learning and career openings. Further expand your horizons with opportunities to sharpen your skills and make important connections.

Opportunities to engage include:

  • Networking & Placement Events
  • Field Trips
  • Enactus SLC
  • Great Canadian Sales Competition
  • Toastmasters
  • Young Women’s Innovator Conference

Open the door to opportunity and challenge yourself to be your best. In the act of trying, you often step out of your comfort zone, are empowered to keep moving forward — and you still have the safety net of your peers and faculty with small class sizes.

“If it’s easy the whole way through, I’m not doing my job. My role is to empower students so they will leave here with confidence and an ability to contribute. Our students are constantly reminding me just how bright the future really is.” Pam Armstrong, Marketing Coordinator.

*NOTE: You can start this program in October and January. Applicants should apply at as a Business Fundamentals (0973) student. All students will start in this program and transition into the Business program area of their choice.

Program Outline

Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3 Semester 4
January start Winter (January - April) Spring/Summer (April - August) Fall (September - December) Winter (January - April)
May start Spring/Summer (April - August) Fall (September - December) Winter (January - April) Spring/Summer (April - August)
September start Fall (September - December) Winter (January - April) Fall (September - December) Winter (January - April)

If a student wants to pursue the 3-year diploma, they can seamlessly transfer into Y3 of studies after completing the first 4 semesters of this program.


This introductory financial accounting course provides learners with an overview of the accounting process. Using generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), and industry standard accounting software, learners gain the foundational skills and knowledge required to complete the accounting cycle, process adjusting entries and closing processes, and prepare a rudimentary set of financial statements for service and merchandising entities. Learners discuss the fundamental elements of accounting and their impact on business operations, business ethics, and regulatory practices

Through the perspective of both the Canadian and global business environments, this course will provide students with a foundational knowledge of the current state of business and an opportunity to consider what the future may hold. Learners will develop their business vocabulary, understanding of business concepts, and engage with current and relevant issues in both a Canadian and global context. Students will learn the foundations of teamwork as a component of successful business operations. The functional areas of business and their relationship to management, leadership, and the future of work are discussed.

This course is designed to help students develop and practice the communication skills needed to succeed in college and workforce environments. Emphasis is placed on improving foundational communication strategies-reading, writing, listening, and speaking—and on developing research and critical thinking skills. 

This course is designed to familiarize the student with basic computer operations and applications through instructor-led exercises, activities, and case studies. It explores various concepts of effective computer usage with a hands-on introduction to the Windows operating system, file management, and working effectively and collaboratively in an online environment. It also provides in-depth exploration and application of various features of the current version of Microsoft Office software including Word, PowerPoint, and Microsoft Teams. Microsoft Excel is covered briefly in this course in relation to integration with the other Microsoft Office Suite products.

The economic environment is the theater in which contemporary managers plan, organize, lead, and control. This course introduces the language and navigational skills that condition students for success in this environment. Students learn microeconomic principals including supply and demand, the themes of scarcity, productivity, efficiency and effectiveness, the concept of opportunity cost, and the relationship between these fundamentals and the Canadian economy. Employing a practical approach to the Canadian macroeconomic environment, the course examines choices by individuals, businesses and governments and their effects on Gross Domestic Product, unemployment, the money supply, and exchange rates. The course addresses factors influencing both the supply side and the demand side of the economy including productivity, consumption, savings, and investment.

Introductory Business Math prepares students for success in business and financial mathematics. This course emphasizes the development of business-related numeracy and the fundamentals of the time value of money. Topics covered include basic numeracy, percent applications, payroll, tax, and time value of money.

In this course, students benchmark their norms and behaviours for professional and personal development. Students develop self-awareness utilizing formalized assessments to give language to the application of emotional intelligence and personal behaviours that could otherwise mistakenly be described as strengths or weaknesses. Students describe the impact of the their behaviours and further strategies to develop skills and compensate for barriers. Students practice using related terminology to better express their development progress. Students learn about high-functioning teams and practice those skills through teamwork activities. Students develop strategies for setting and implement goals.

In this course, the emphasis is on the development of professional communication. Students develop communication and teamwork skills through the preparation and delivery of a range of professional documents and presentations utilizing current workplace technologies.

Principles of Human Resources Management is intended to provide students with an understanding of human resources management functions within organizations. The course introduces the purpose and the application of Human Resources activities which will assist organizations in achieving their goals and objectives. As such, this course is designed to lay the groundwork for more advanced studies in Human Resources and related subjects.

Marketing Essentials introduces students to the basic principles and practices of marketing management in the modern business setting. This course examines the consumer market for goods and services and the major decision areas of marketing: identifying and selecting target markets, product, price, distribution, integrated marketing communications and customer relationship management. Key concepts including value creation, marketing mix, marketing strategy, and marketing best practices are introduced and explored. Data and the application of metrics and analytics in decision making are discussed and applied.

This course provides an overview of the mathematics of business financial management. Annuities are studied and applied to various business applications and financial decision-making such as bonds, sinking funds, investments, loans, mortgages and net present value.  

This course expands on the student’s introductory level knowledge of spreadsheets and databases. Using Microsoft Excel, students learn advanced Excel features such as charts, logical functions, pivot tables, goal seek, data tables, macros, multiple worksheets, lists, look-up tables, and financial functions. The focus is on using advanced spreadsheet functions accurately and effectively to analyze problems that arise in business.

Graduates are entering the world of work just as it is being radically transformed. While technical skills remain crucial, organizations are now looking to hire a workforce with the human skills to thrive in the modern workplace. In this course, students will cultivate and apply knowledge for the contemporary workplace. Driven by case studies and real-world context, students will develop an understanding of the impacts of equity, diversity, and inclusion, social responsibility, ethics and sustainability, and client service. Students will work in diverse teams throughout this course, ultimately applying the course learning in a culminating capstone project where they will propose recommendations to an organization.

This introductory online course highlights the complex and dynamic components of cultural groups and their interactions. Students reflect on their own cultures and learn about others through various theoretical perspectives including Social Science, Interpretive Approach, and Critical Approach. Based on concepts of history, power, and identity, students learn how intercultural communication is affected by language, non-verbal communication, culture shock, popular culture, relationships, and conflict. Students discuss how these theories can be used to examine differences between cultures.

This introductory course is designed to help students develop persuasive communication skills, build self confidence in making presentations and provide a sound grounding in the field of professional selling. Students learn about the principles of professional selling which are essential to most career-oriented or entrepreneurial opportunities. Students develop skills in building rapport in a sales context, navigating buyer-seller relationships throughout the decision-making process, and executing an effective sales presentation.

Students learn the ways in which marketing communications are utilized by marketers to inform, educate and enable customers. Specifically, students explore the strategies and work through the implementation challenges of direct marketing, public relations, sponsorship/event marketing, and social media marketing across a range of products, concepts, good and services. Students develop an integrated marketing communication strategy for a consumer product or service.

This course explores the practice and application of oral and written communication skills necessary for a successful career search and for improved self-advocacy in the workplace. A practical approach to the fundamentals of research, self-reflection, written and verbal communication are explored. Students become aware of their non-verbal signals and utilize techniques of professional communication though experiential exercises, presentations and employment correspondence.

This course covers the basic requirements for the development of visual communication materials for the marketing industry. The course's main goal is to use design thinking and to build foundational skills for crafting and managing visual communications materials. Students use industry standard tools and template-driven online platforms to create simple visual communications. Further, students study design documentation and learn about the collaborative nature of the design process. At the conclusion of this course, students are able to think creatively and objectively to create marketing communication materials in graphic formats that meet client objectives.

This course provides marketing students with an in-depth understanding of consumer behaviour principles. Students explore why consumers make certain purchase decisions, why they pay attention to some marketing stimuli and not others, and how their personal attributes, self-perception, surroundings, social and cultural influences impact their choices.

This course introduces students to fundamental concepts of marketing metrics analysis. Students explore key terminology, concepts, data-driven decision-making approaches and strategies for measuring and analyzing data. An emphasis is placed on using metric-driven techniques to improve marketing effectiveness and business performance. Students use industry best practices and standard software tools to analyze and visualize data.

Marketing placement preparation guides students through the administrative requirements for fourth term placement. Students are coached to review their experience and background in the pursuit of skills development goals. Coaching continues as students target and develop strategies to contact placement agencies that have the potential to further expressed goals.

This course provides students with a sound grounding in the field of advertising and marketing communications. Emphasis is placed on the formulation of strategic plans (creative, media and other promotional opportunities) that work together to achieve marketing objectives and other business objectives. The course content is presented from both the client and agency point of view. 

This course explores several important topics in marketing, not yet explored in-depth in the program’s other courses: digital analytics, new product development, pricing, international marketing, and marketing laws/regulations. Students learn new digital tools and have an opportunity to qualify for industry certification in digital analytics. Students also practice the process of product development, launching a product internationally, and developing a pricing strategy. Finally, students explore the most currently relevant aspects of laws and regulations applicable to marketing professionals.

This course provides marketing students with a sound understanding of retail strategy development. Students learn about the principles of differentiation and competitive advantage in the retail sector, applicable to physical, digital and mixed retail contexts. Students explore the importance of trade area selection, retail location, store design and layout, and visual merchandising. Retail supply chain and merchandise management principles, as well as buying and pricing strategies are covered. Students apply their skills through a variety of hands-on projects. 

This course explores the range of skills, knowledge and competencies required to become a successful entrepreneur or to work in a small - medium sized enterprise that expects these skills to develop the venture. Fundamentals of business planning, feasibility analysis, debt / equity financing, financial management, business growth and productivity concepts are explored. Students utilize entrepreneurial techniques, opportunity identification, resource allocation and profit planning and embed these skills through written business plans, oral presentations, discussions and decision-making scenarios. Business planning activities, guest speakers, and articles help to develop an integrated understanding of the importance of entrepreneurship, business building and venture development. 

This course familiarizes students with activities, responsibilities and future career prospects in marketing. Placement provides students with opportunities to apply and develop the skills learned in previous business and marketing courses.

This course provides marketing students with an understanding of marketing research principles and an opportunity to apply this knowledge to a hands-on marketing research project. Students learn the research process, sample selection, research design, data collection procedures, analysis, and interpretation of research data. Students develop and implement primary and secondary research to evaluate validity of a business idea.


Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with the majority of Grade 11 and 12 courses at the C, U or M level including the following prerequisites:

  • Grade 12 English at the C or U level
  • Grade 11 Math at the C, U or M level

For OSSD equivalency options, see Admission Requirements.

If you are missing prerequisite courses, enroll in the Career/College Prep program - free for Ontario residents who are 19 years or older.


You enjoy the opportunity to apply what you learn and contribute to an organization during a fourth-semester placement. In second year you participate in placement two days a week over seven weeks for a total of 112 hours.

Students enjoy of the benefit of networking with placement prospects who are part of an extensive database. They typically hone in on a marketing skill they are wanting to develop and then seek out placements who have related work for the all-important win-win.

Meet Marketing Students:

Meet the Business Administration - Marketing (Three-year Diploma) students 2019-2020

Meet the Business Marketing (Two-year Diploma) students 2019-2020.

Placement Prospect Information: If you are interested in engaging a marketing student with a placement please complete the Marketing Placement Opportunity Form at:

Student Placement Facilitator (SPF) Support

In preparation for placement students complete the colleges administrative requirements that include the following:

  • 6 training modules
  • Student Declaration/Oath of Confidentiality
  • Student Covid 19 Waiver

The student Placement Facilitator will notify the student of Agency-specific requirements e.g.:

  • Immunizations (hospital/LTC)
  • CPIC - VULNERABLE SECTOR if required by site





Program Fees
Ancillary Fees
$2,721.36 CAD
Program Fees
$0.00 CAD
Ancillary Fees
$1,531.33 CAD
$4,252.69 CAD

Fees are estimates only.  Tuition is based on two semesters.

Program Fees
Ancillary Fees
$16,430.00 CAD
Program Fees
$0.00 CAD
Ancillary Fees
$2,300.35 CAD
$18,730.35 CAD

Fees are estimates only.  Tuition is based on two semesters.


Our Kingston campus has seen significant renovation over the past few years, including a brand new Student Life and Innovation Centre that houses a new gymnasium, fitness centre, pub, and more.

Kingston Campus

Career Opportunities

Graduates find careers as:

  • marketing analysts
  • professional sales representatives
  • community managers
  • social media analyst
  • other digital marketing positions in a variety of industries, including media, communications, sports and entertainment, banking and financial services
  • graduates may also find success in starting their own businesses.


"Studying at SLC has been an amazing and reassuring experience, even while doing it remotely. The faculty is keen to make sure you learn, understand, and progress in class. The SA actively organizes events and activities to create a cohesive and heard student body. And most importantly, you can feel how everyone wants you to succeed."
Salvador Lara Rodriguez
"I’ve had the opportunity to enter myself into The Great Canadian Sales Competition and really figure out who I am while at St. Lawrence. There is also the opportunity to go to Ireland in third year for exchange, which I am really looking forward to. I can’t wait to see what else SLC has to offer me!"
Jessica Therrin, 2nd Year Business Marketing
"SLC is a very special place for me. It is where I learned about Canadian culture, workplace etiquette, and marketing skills from highly qualified professors. The faculty is always willing to go beyond to support everyone and they have a great interest in the students' success. I was hired for my dream job right after I graduated! Thanks for everything, SLC!"
Simone Santos

Other Information

Programs at St. Lawrence College are delivered using a variety of instruction modes. Courses may be offered in the classroom or lab, entirely online, or in a hybrid mode which combines classroom sessions with online learning activities. Program delivery can be run weekdays, weekends or evenings. Upon registration, each full-time student is provided a St. Lawrence College email account which is used to communicate important information about program or course events.

Students starting in January must take the second semester during the spring/summer in order to be on track for the third semester in the fall.

Advanced Standing

High school students with a minimum grade of 75% in Grade 12 M level accounting (BAT4M) are eligible to receive advanced standing in St. Lawrence College Introductory Accounting, ACCT 1. Once you have been accepted into your college program, contact your program coordinator for details.

International Students Post-graduation Work Permit

The eligibility for a post-graduation work permit is based on the number of semesters of full-time study. Four semesters of studies make a student eligible to apply for up to a 3-year work permit.

This is at the discretion of the Visa officer reviewing the file and many aspects of the student’s academics are reviewed when IRCC makes this decision.

Program Contacts

Program Contact
Kathleen Mikhailsen
613.544.5400 ext. 1171

Credit Transfer Opportunities

SLC graduates have many options to continue their studies with post-secondary institutions across Canada and around the world.

In addition, there are many credit transfer pathway agreements between colleges and universities within the province of Ontario. Please also visit to search for options relevant to your program area of study.

Agreements between SLC and other institutions that are specific to this program are listed below.