Frequently Asked Questions
We have two sections to our Frequently Asked Questions page:
- Questions regarding changes to the Bachelor of Business Administration and new majors
- General full-time student questions
Frequently Asked Questions for the changes and new majors in the Bachelor of Business Administration degree program:
|General Questions about the BBA||Questions about going from the BA diploma to the BBA degree|
The Bachelor of Business Administration now offers a choice of six majors: Accounting, Financial Services, Human Resource Management, Management, Marketing, and Supply Chain Management. The program has also moved to a Bring Your Own Device laptop program for all new students entering the program in 2016 (including those who coming into advanced standing from the BA diploma).
Please see the list of admission requirements here.
The BBA intake runs once per year in September. It is offered through full-time studies only, though students may choose to take a reduced courseload. You have ten years in total to complete the program starting from your first course (include BA diploma courses if you are laddering in).
The BBA is a Bring Your Own Device laptop-based program, meaning students are required to bring their own laptop to all their classes. Please see the list of minimum laptop requirements.
SAIT accepts students to the program on a full-time basis. Students may choose to reduce their course load during the Add/Drop period. At this time, classes run during the daytime only (between the hours for 8am to 6pm). Please note that by reducing your courseload, it will take more time to complete the program. All course requirements must be completed within ten years from the start of your first course.
The maximum class size for BBA courses is 40 students.
It's important to compare the programs and make the decision that is right for you. You can also contact an academic advisor for more information.
|Comparison||BBA Degree||BA diploma
|Length of study||Four years of full-time study||Two years of full-time study|
|Majors||Accounting, Financial Services, Human Resource Management, Management, Marketing, Supply Chain Management|
|First year and choosing a major||Common first year courses with elective in second semester. Major is chosen towards the end of first year. Some majors will have a competitive process, depending on the number of students seeking to enter that major.|
|Main advantage||Longer program with advanced courses gives more in-depth knowledge to prepare for career.||Shorter program gives a good foundation and skills for a career.|
|Professional accreditation||Aligned to many professional designations (agreements in progress for new majors)||Aligned to some professional designations. In some cases a degree or more advanced coursework is required.|
|Next level of education||Recognized for applying to graduate studies||Undergraduate degree transfer options available. Can apply for advanced standing in SAIT's BBA (beginning Sept. 2016; credits granted vary by major)|
|Employment||Degrees in-demand by many employers for great careers.||Can get a good job after a diploma. May need a degree for career advancement.|
|Part-time or online studies||Not available at this time||Available for some majors and common courses|
|Cost||Please refer to fee table for the cost of the two programs.|
If you are confirmed in or on the waitlist for the BA diploma and meet the BBA admission requirements, you can contact a School of Business academic advisor (403.284.8485) to discuss your options for switching.
Graduates of the BA diploma are eligible to apply for advanced standing in the expanded BBA beginning with the September 2016 intake. Students must meet the BBA admission requirements and admission will be a competitive process. The amount of credit granted may vary based major and which electives were chosen.
Incoming or first-time students
Tuition and fees
Prospective or Future Students
Read SAIT's section on how to apply.
SAIT accepts applications for each intake up to the class start dates. Some programs, however, have selection dates. Please check the list of Important Dates for when applications for each intake open. Selection dates are listed on each program's individual Admissions and Selection page.
For upgrading options please call Academic Upgrading at 403.284-8915 or English Language Foundations at 403.284.4045.
International students please refer to the International Student Centre.
Transfer students from other colleges and universities must provide official transcripts from the prior learning institution along with a full-time application form. For more information please visit the Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) office.
We publish our graduate employment statistics each year for full-time programs.
Incoming or First-Time Students
The add/drop periods for each semester are published in the academic calendar. View the current Academic Calendar online.
Booklists are available online at the SAIT Bookstore and at your orientation session. You may wish to purchase some of your books prior to the first day of classes. Do not write your name on your books or mark them in any way until your instructor has confirmed you have bought the correct books. It is important to keep your receipts if returning materials back to the SAIT Bookstore.
Students enrolled in one of our laptop programs (Bachelor of Business Administration (Accounting), Business Administration, Administrative Information Management, and Legal Assistant) are required to use a Windows-based laptop, either SAIT-issued or Bring Your Own Device depending on the program.
Students who wish to change their course schedule must wait until the Add/Drop period. Changes can be made only with the approval of the Academic Chair or Student Services Coordinator. Students wishing to switch their entire block schedule must find a student in the other block to switch with them. Changes can also be made online.
Students are automatically registered into the semester courses. If you wish to make changes to your schedule, you must meet with your Students Services Coordinator during the Add/Drop period at the beginning of the semester to put together a suitable timetable.
Students in the Bachelor of Applied Business Administration (Accounting) program are required to self-register for courses during the summer.
You can view your schedule online at mysait.ca as follows:
- For classes starting in September, your schedule is available online at the beginning of August
- For classes starting in January, your schedule is available at the beginning of December
Students are automatically registered for first year courses except for students in the Bachelor of Applied Business Administration (Accounting) program. Changes to your schedule can only be made during the Add/Drop period in the first two weeks of classes for 15-week courses.
Please contact the School of Business technical support team at 403.284.8307.
The withdrawal deadline for courses is prior to 70% of the course duration. A student who wishes to withdraw from an individual course must complete an official course withdrawal form and submit the form to the Office of the Registrar prior to the withdrawal deadline of the course to receive a grade of W. Downloadable forms are available on mysait.ca.
Students who have been away for more than one semester must complete an Intent to Return form (available on mysait.ca). If you have been away for less than a semester, you should meet with a Student Services Coordinator to discuss the courses you need to proceed with your studies.
A student is granted two attempts to successfully complete each course - the initial registration and one repeat. If you need to take a course again you should book an appointment with your Student Services Coordinator for advising. Under special circumstances the Academic Chair can grant approval to register in a course for a third attempt. For a fourth attempt, students must get special permission from the Dean. If the final attempt is granted and results in failure a diploma/ certificate will not be issued.
The Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) office will determine credit eligibility. You must submit copies of all post-secondary transcripts (minimum 65% grade is required and courses must have been completed within the past five years to be eligible for credit). Course outlines may be required.
Any person who has not been an active student in a program for one or more calendar years must submit an Intent to Return form (available on mysait.ca). Returning students must meet any new admission, course or graduation requirements for the program as determined by the Academic Chair.
Tutoring and study workshops are available through the Centre for Academic Learner Services.
Both grades will appear on your transcript however, only the higher grade will be factored into your overall GPA.
- If you are on academic probation you will be notified through your SAIT email account. It is your responsibility to check your SAIT email regularly.
- Students who fail to achieve the specified minimum semester GPA or cumulative program GPA at the end of a term will be placed on academic probation. The Office of the Registrar will notify each student in writing regarding the terms of academic probation.
- A student will remain on academic probation if either the semester GPA or cumulative program GPA is not met for a second time. If both GPA's are not met for a second time, the student will be withdrawn.
- The consequences of academic withdrawal include being dropped from any subsequent courses registered in the next term, and being ineligible for student loan funding. Academically withdrawn students must wait 12 months before returning to the program from which they were withdrawn.
- Academic probation and withdrawals are permanently noted on the student's academic record.
To be a full-time student and eligible for student benefits you must maintain a minimum of nine credits per semester. Note, spring and summer students are not eligible for the UPass.
You must have the Physician Statement form (available at mysait.ca) completed and signed by your physician, and presented to your instructor or Academic Chair within 48 hours of the missed examination.
Please provide a document that supports this claim to the Academic Chair of your program. An exam deferral may be granted by the Academic Chair provided the student is able to present documentation supporting the reason for the absence.
Yes, students can take classes through Continuing Education or Distance. Check with the Student Services Coordinator to ensure the course is equivalent. Fees for Continuing Education and Distance courses are due at the time of registration and are separate from your full-time tuition fees.
Tuition and Fees
Students must be enrolled in a full course load to qualify for provincial and federal student loans and grants. For more information or to apply, please visit the Alberta Learning Information Service.
Yes, more information can be found on the Awards, Scholarships and Bursaries page.
Yes, but eligibility varies. More information can be found on the Refunds page.
Please refer to the Fee Table for the most up-to-date information.
Counselling is available to help students succeed at SAIT and is available in many areas including:
- Personal Issues
- Career Planning
- Crisis Support
For information please call 403.284.7023.
SAIT has two resident towers conveniently located on campus. For information on facilities and payment visit Residence Life.
SAIT provides a number of accessibility services to assist students in achieving their goals. These may include academic accommodations, individualized orientation, and assistance in accessing funding for assessments, specific academic support and adaptive technology. For more information please call 403.284.7023.
Any questions regarding School of Business programs, please call 403.284.8485 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.