Bachelor of Business Administration

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New majors added: Financial Services, Human Resource Management, Management, Marketing and Supply Chain Management

Fall 2017 start: applications open on Oct. 19, 2016.

  • Four-year bachelor's degree
  • Fall start
  • Small class sizes: 40 students max.
  • Choice of six majors: Accounting, Financial Services, Human Resource Management, Management, Marketing, Supply Chain Management
  • Choice of two minors: Construction Project Management and Energy, Oil and Gas.
  • Bring Your Own Device laptop-based program
  • First year and advanced standing intake options

Program Description 

The Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) is an industry-recognized bachelor's degree. This Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) laptop-based program gives career-focused students the opportunity to learn from qualified instructors with real-world It’s technical real-world learning. Instructors are not just strong academically – they have significant experience in the professional experience in a practical and technologically-rich learning environment. SAIT's BBA offers a unique advantage: a high level of coursework dedicated specifically to business studies and each major, giving in-depth knowledge to prepare students for the job market. Complementary courses in interdisciplinary fields give students the academic breadth and research skills needed to prepare for future graduate studies. This program was designed with extensive input from industry advisors to meet the needs of Alberta businesses and employers and to prepare graduates to excel in their field. 

Students will complete a common first year and then specialize in one of the following majors: Accounting, Financial Services, Human Resource Management, Management, Marketing, and Supply Chain Management. Core business courses ensure each student gains essential business knowledge and include topics such as accounting, economics, marketing, productivity tools and technology, international business and strategic management. Students will also develop professional skills and gain academic breadth through courses in communications, critical thinking, statistics, research, and ethics. Complementary elective courses include a range of relevant real-world topics in humanities, science, and social sciences. Students also have the option of enhancing their industry literacy through specialized minors in Construction Project Management and Energy, Oil and Gas.

At the end of the program, students complete a practical capstone course, which will integrate all previous areas of coursework and challenge students' analytic and critical thinking skills in a real-world business situation. Upon graduation, students will be qualified for excellent career prospects in their field of study and will be eligible to continue their studies at the graduate level or pursue an industry designation (varies by major and career field).

Bachelor of Business Administration degree students can choose between the following majors:


Accounting Includes courses recognized for the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation, focusing on introductory through advanced accounting topics, internal and external auditing, taxation, finance management, and information systems. Students will not only gain practical skills in accounting but an understanding of the strategic, communication and leadership functions that accounting fulfills in organizations.
Financial Services Consists of coursework designed to prepare students for the fast-paced financial services sector including the areas of financial planning, banking, risk management, client relationships, insurance, and trusts and estates. Courses are aligned to Personal Financial Planner (PFP) and Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designations. Depending on their choice of electives and success on national certification exams written during their courses, students can graduate with all the course requirements for the PFP designation. Students have the opportunity to write in-course exams equivalent to the Investments Funds in Canada (IFC) and Canadian Securities Course (CSC) national exams.
Management Provides a wide range of management and business administration skills in the areas of operations management, continuous improvement, project management, supply chain, international management and more. The Management major offers a unique opportunity to further specialize with a minor in the following in-demand fields: Construction Project Management or Energy, Oil and Gas.
Human Resource Management Prepares students for the ever-changing world of human resources (HR), including in-depth coverage of strategic human resource and talent management topics, as well as employment law, total rewards, negotiation, HR information systems, and more. Graduates can pursue a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation.
Marketing Offers a range of in-demand topics in the areas of brand management, consumer insight, international marketing, planning and strategy, public relations, innovation, and digital technology. Graduates will not only learn strategic marketing theory, but how to apply it in real-world business scenarios.
Supply Chain Management Prepares students to excel in this rapidly growing field in areas such as operations, logistics, procurement and contracts, negotiation, change management, data management using technology, and quality control through industry-leading processes, with a special emphasis on social responsibility and ethics. Students will be exposed to the wide variety of specialized roles and professional associations within the supply chain field.


BBA students have the option to take a specialized minor to further enhance their business knowledge. The minors are optional components of the BBA Management major. Students not enrolled in the Management major are eligible to complete a minor, but they may need to take more than the required 120 program credits.

Construction Project Management Exposes students to the project management process for large capital construction projects. Students will gain insight into the Canadian construction industry, risk and conflict as they pertain to a construction site, design considerations, and more.
Energy, Oil and Gas Offers a deeper understanding of the oil and gas industry. Students can choose to learn more about the technical side of oil and gas, its exploration and develoment, economic and regulatory considerations, and more.

Your Career

Examples of positions students can pursue upon graduation from the BBA:

  • Accounting: Accountant, Forensic Accountant, Financial Analyst, Joint Venture Analyst, Procurement Officer, Tax Analyst
  • Financial Services: Asset Manager, Financial Advisor, Investment Consultant, Premium Banker, System Branch Manager
  • Human Resource Management: Change Management Specialist, Health and Wellness Advisor, Learning and Development Specialist, Talent Acquisition Specialist
  • Management: Business Manager, Consultant, Operations Manager, Production Manager, Project Manager, Owner/Operator of Small Business
  • Marketing: Account Manager, Business Development Advisor, Digital Marketing Specialist, Events Coordinator, Merchandising Analyst, Entrepreneur
  • Supply Chain Management: Buyer, Category Manager, Commercial Analyst, Contracts Specialist, Inventory Manager, Logistics and Materials Planner, Procurement Specialist, Supply Chain Coordinator, Transportation Manager

Student Success

The BBA has a high level of academic challenge and rigour. The level of difficulty will increase with each year of the program. Students who invest sufficient time and energy in their studies are more likely to achieve success. Due to the high level of technology use in the program, students should be competent in using a Windows-based computer and Microsoft Office programs prior to enrollment.

To achieve success in this program students should:

  • Attend and actively participate in all classes
  • Spend six to nine hours per week on each course outside of regular class time
  • Be proficient in the use of a Windows-based computer and Microsoft Office
  • Be prepared to work in teams
  • Become familiar with and adhere to SAIT's policies and procedures
  • Have strong written and oral communication skills

Students who are engaged in campus life and who take advantage of SAIT services and resources are more likely to experience success in SAIT's programs.

The BBA is a business degree aligned to industry. It offers in-depth coursework, so you graduate with so much more.