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Business Administration

Closed for Fall 2017

Open for Winter 2018

Length: 2 Years
Credential: Diploma
Available: Full Time Classroom or Online

Program Highlights

Gain practical business knowledge in courses blending theory and hands-on learning in the core areas of business administration, such as economics, communication skills and organizational behaviour and build a career in accounting, financial services, human resource management, management, marketing or supply chain.  
(Also available part-time through Continuing Education.)

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Tuition and Fees Per Year*

Year 1: $5,550
Year 2: $5,550
Year 1 (International): $17,499
Year 2 (International): $17,499

*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change

Requirements

Fall 2017: You will be offered admission to this program if you meet the admission requirements and qualify through competitive entry. Competitive entry is based on academic achievement and academic ranking.  

Winter 2018: You will be offered admission to this program through direct entry if you meet the admission requirements and space is available. 

When can you apply?

  • Applications are accepted until the program start date.
  • Applications for fall 2018 open Oct. 18, 2017.
TermProgram start
Fall 2017 Sept. 5, 2017
Winter 2018 Jan. 8, 2018
Fall 2018 Sept. 4, 2018

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Students will gain the practical business knowledge as well as interpersonal, organizational, technological and decision-making skills needed to succeed in today's fast-changing global business environment. Under the guidance of instructors with real-world experience, students learn to apply theory in actual business situations through simulations, case studies, team projects and hands-on training. Students will develop an essential understanding of core business topics such as accounting, economics, management, marketing, organizational behaviour, productivity tools and technology, and communication skills.

Program Details

Program Description

Get essential business skills in the Business Administration diploma. Discover the key areas of how businesses operate with practical coursework and gain a solid foundation to start your career. With your Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) laptop, you engage in small classes with active, collaborative coursework - learning from faculty with real business experience. You work in teams to deliver projects, present strategies and meet business goals.

You start with a common first year to build core business skills. In year two, you become proficient in your choice of major: Accounting, Financial Services, Human Resource Management, Management, Marketing or Supply Chain Management.

You begin the program with a small business simulation. Then you progress to your final capstone course: a global simulation of an international enterprise where you make all decisions from manufacturing and production to hiring your workforce, determining pricing and promotional strategy and more. You graduate ready to start a great business career with the option to ladder into a business degree.

Majors

Business Administration diploma students can choose between the following majors:

Accounting gain intermediate-level accounting skills and a practical understanding of how to analyze a company's performance using financial information. You graduate ready to enter CPA's Advanced Certificate in Finance and Accounting program. You can apply into SAIT's Bachelor of Business Administration degree in order to pursue the CPA designation.
Financial Services build skills to succeed in the financial services industry. You can write the Investment Funds in Canada (IFIC) exam to sell mutual funds. You graduate ready for an entry-level position in in financial planning, retail or corporate banking, investing, insurance, trusts or compliance.
Human Resource Management develop skills in human resource (HR) management through an understanding of the recruitment process, the role of employee training and development, employment law, and HR information management systems. Graduates can launch their HR career in areas such as recruiting, training, payroll and more.
Management develop general management skills in project management, international management, human resources and leadership. You graduate ready to launch a career in human resources, administration, operations, projects, and more in any industry. You can pursue a Certified in Management (CIM) designation.
Marketing explore marketing fundamentals and apply the latest trends in brand management, strategic marketing, research and planning. You graduate ready for a career in public relations, media, advertising, sales, promotions, events and more. You can pursue a Canadian Professional Sales Association (CPSA) designation.
Supply Chain Management learn how to build, maintain and support an efficient supply chain process. You graduate with an understanding of operations, procurement, logistics, performance analytics, and quality management. You can pursue a career in a variety of industries including transportation, manufacturing, oil and gas, and more.

Your Career

When you graduate, you can pursue entry-level careers such as:

  • Accounting: Accountant, Accounting Clerk, Bookkeeper, Business Analyst, Payroll Clerk, Royalty Analyst, Tax Accountant
  • Financial Services: Fraud Investigator, Financial Planner, Financial Services Representative, Insurance Claims, Representative, Mortgage Assistant, Personal Banking Specialist
  • Human Resource Management: Benefits Advisor, HR Coordinator, Payroll Coordinator, Recruiter
  • Management: Account Manager, Conference Director, Management Trainee, Operations Manager, Project Coordinator, Purchasing Specialist, Store Manager
  • Marketing: Advertising Coordinator, Business Analyst, Business Development Advisor, Marketing and Communications Specialist, Marketing Coordinator, Online Advertising Sales Representative
  • Supply Chain Management: Buyer, Commodity Manager, Inventory Analyst, Logistics Coordinator, Supply Chain Analyst, Procurement Specialist

Student Success

To achieve success in this program, students should:

  • Attend and actively participate in all classes
  • Spend five to eight hours per week on each course outside of regular class time
  • Be proficient in Windows and Microsoft Office
  • Be prepared to work in teams
  • Become familiar and adhere to SAIT’s policies and procedures
  • Have strong written and oral communication skills

If you are engaged in campus life and take advantage of SAIT services and resources, you may be more likely to experience success in SAIT's programs.

Credential

After successfully completing this program, graduates will receive a SAIT Business Administration diploma.

Professional Designations and Certifications

Graduates will have the opportunity to pursue a variety of professional designations, depending on their major. Additional exams, education, or work requirements may apply for earning a designation or certification. Completion of a degree is required in some cases.

Accounting major students can pursue the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) Professional Education Program, upon completion of a degree. See SAIT's Bachelor of Business Administrator or Bachelor of Applied Business Administration (Accounting).

Financial Services major students will have the opportunity to complete the Investment Funds in Canada (IFIC) exam. The Financial Planning Standards Council recognizes the program as meeting the Core Curriculum requirements for the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) certification.

Human Resource Management (no formal agreement in place): Graduates can pursue a number of designations including: Certified Human Resource Professional (CHRP), Registered Professional Recruiter (RPR), and Certified Training and Development Professional (CTDP). A degree is required in some cases.

Management (no formal agreement in place): Project Management Professional (PMP) certification, Canadian Institute of Management (CIM)

Marketing: Certified Sales Professional (CSP)

Supply Chain Management (no formal agreement in place): Supply Chain Management Professional (SCMP), Professional Logistician (P.Log), Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP)

Transfer Options

Once completed, this SAIT credential may be eligible for transfer credit at another post-secondary institution. Visit Transfer Options to learn more about the transfer agreements currently available to SAIT graduates and incoming students.

Have questions? Write to us at transfer.options@sait.ca.

Admission Requirements

Admission and Selection

  • Applications are accepted until the program start date.
  • Fall 2018 start: applications open Oct. 18, 2017.

Admission Requirements

Completion of the following courses or equivalents:

  • At least 50% in Math 30-1 or Math 30-2 or Pure Math 30, or at least 60% in Applied Math 30,
  • At least 50% in English Language Arts 30-1, or at least 60% in English Language Arts 30-2
  • All applicants must demonstrate English Language Proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.

SAIT accepts high school course equivalents for admission. If you don't meet the requirements, consider Academic Upgrading.

Competitive Entry for fall 2017: Six Step Process

Step 1: Read the program information to see the qualities needed for student success.

Step 2: Ensure that you meet all of the admission requirements listed above.

Step 3: Review the selection information to understand the process and deadlines .

Applications and proof of the admission requirements (transcripts and/or anticipated final grades) along with all supporting documents must be submitted to be included in selection.

Early admission will be offered to applicants who have achieved or will achieve one of the following requirements:

  • An average of 60% in one of: Math 30-1, or Math 30-2 or Pure Math 30; and one of: English Language Arts 30-1 or 30-2,
  • Or an average of 60% in Applied Math 30 and English Language Arts 30-1,
  • Or an average of 65% in Applied Math 30 and English Language Arts 30-2.

Early admission will be offered until March 4 (fall start) or until the program is full.

Applicants who do not qualify for early admission, or who qualify after the early admission deadline, will be placed in selection and academically ranked according to the admission requirements.

Selection will begin on March 7 (fall start) and be done on a continuous basis until the program has been filled.

Step 4: Apply to Business Administration and submit your transcripts.

Step 5: Log in to mySAIT.ca to check your admission status. If eligible, your status will indicate that you're "In Selection."

Step 6: Continue to monitor changes to your application status through mySAIT.ca.

Failure to meet anticipated final grades will result in offers being rescinded.

Communication During Selection

Email is the primary source of communication during the selection process. Ensure your personal email account is managed appropriately to receive our emails, files and communications. 

We recommend you add business@sait.ca and the sait.ca domain to your safe senders list or you risk missing critical email messages. 

Direct Entry for winter 2018: Four Step Process

Step 1: Read the program information to see the qualities needed for student success.

Step 2: Ensure that you meet all of the admission requirements listed above.

Step 3: Apply to Business Adminstration and submit your transcripts and/or anticipated final grades.

  • Admission will be extended on a first-qualified, first-offered basis until the program is full.

Step 4: Find out how to monitor your application status after you apply.

Courses

Program Outline

This program consists of 60 credits (20 courses). Students take a common first year with an elective option in second semester. In second year they specialize in one of the following majors:

To find the course description for a course shown below please go to our Course Finder based on the desired area of study below:

First Year

Semester 1 - Common

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
ACCT-215 Introductory Financial Accounting I 3.0
BCMP-225 Business Productivity Tools and Technology 3.0
BMAT-230 Business Mathematics 3.0
COMN-220 Communication and Presentation Skills 3.0
MNGT-200 Introduction to Business 3.0
Semester 1 Total 15.0

 

Semester 2 - Common

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
ECON-250 Microeconomics 3.0
MKTG-260 Marketing Essentials 3.0
MNGT-250 Organizational Behaviour 3.0
STAT-270 Quantitative Methods 3.0
Electives (Choose 1 of 5)
ACCT-255 Introductory Financial Accounting II 3.0
BFIN-255 Personal Financial Planning 3.0
MKTG-275 Marketing You 3.0
MNGT-255 Introduction to Management 3.0
SCMT-255 Introduction to Supply Chain Management 3.0
Semester 2 Total 15.0
First Year Total 30.0

Accounting Major

Second Year

Semester 3

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
ACCT-315 Intermediate Financial Accounting I 3.0
ACCT-320 Management Information Systems 3.0
ACCT-338 Introductory Management Accounting 3.0
BLAW-300 Business Law 3.0
ECON-305 Macroeconomics 3.0
Semester 3 Total 15.0

 

Semester 4

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
ACCT-350 Intermediate Financial Accounting II 3.0
ACCT-380 Intermediate Management Accounting 3.0
FNCE-390 Finance Management 3.0
MNGT-395 Managing Strategically 3.0
Electives (Choose 1 of 3)
ACCT-375 Introduction to Taxation 3.0
ACCT-395 Computer Accounting Software 3.0
PHIL-241 Critical Thinking 3.0
Semester 4 - Accounting Major -  Total 15.0
Second Year - Accounting Major - Total 30.0
Program - Accounting Major - Total 60.0

Financial Services Major

Second Year

Semester 3

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
ACCT-375 Introduction to Taxation 3.0
BFIN-333 Money and Banking 3.0
BFIN-341 Risk Management and Retirement Planning 3.0
BLAW-300 Business Law 3.0
ECON-305 Macroeconomics 3.0
Semester 3 - Financial Services Major -  Total 15.0

Semester 4

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
BFIN-356 Mutual Funds and Securities 3.0
BFIN-360 Relationship Selling 3.0
BFIN-380 Financial Planning Process and Estate Planning 3.0
BFIN-386 Integrated Finance 3.0
MNGT-395 Managing Strategically 3.0
Semester 4 - Financial Services Major - Total 15.0
Second Year - Financial Services Major - Total 30.0
Program - Financial Services Major - Total 60.0

Human Resource Management Major

Second Year

Semester 3

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
BLAW-300 Business Law 3.0
ECON-305 Macroeconomics 3.0
LDSH-360 Business Leadership 3.0
HRMT-310 Technical Skills for HR Professionals 3.0
HRMT-320 Human Resource Management 3.0
Semester 3 - Human Resource Management Major -  Total 15.0

Semester 3

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
ELAW-350 Employment Law 3.0
HRMT-300 Talent Management I: Recruitment and Selection 3.0
HRMT-350 Human Resource Information Management 3.0
HRMT-360 Talent Management II: Training and Development 3.0
MNGT-395 Managing Strategically 3.0
Semester 4 - Human Resource Management Major - Total 15.0
Second Year - Human Resource Management Major - Total 30.0
Program - Human Resource Management Major - Total 60.0

Management Major

Second Year

Semester 3

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
BFIN-301 Finance for Managers 3.0
BLAW-300 Business Law 3.0
ECON-305 Macroeconomics 3.0
MNGT-320 Project Management 3.0
HRMT-320 Human Resource Management 3.0
Semester 3 - Management Services Major -  Total 15.0

 

Semester 4

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
LDSH-360 Business Leadership  3.0
MNGT-360 International Business 3.0
MNGT-395 Managing Strategically 3.0
Electives (Choose 2 of 4)
ENTR-350 Entrepreneurship 3.0
ECON-355 * Economic Development Fundamentals 3.0
MNGT-367 * Municipal Structures and Governance 3.0
MNGT-370 Principles of Supply Chain Management 3.0
*ECON 355 and MNGT 367 are only offered online through Distance Education.
Semester 4 – Management Major – Total 15.0
Second Year – Management Major – Total 30.0
Program – Management Major Total 60.0

Marketing Major

Second Year

Semester 3

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
BLAW-300 Business Law 3.0
ECON-305 Macroeconomics 3.0
MKTG-306 Brand Management 3.0
MKTG-336 Marketing Action 3.0
MKTG-340 Consumer Behaviour 3.0
Semester 3 - Marketing Major - Total 15.0

 

Semester 4

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
MKTG-322 Marketing Research 3.0
MKTG-375 Integrated Marketing Communications 3.0
MKTG-380 Strategic Marketing 3.0
MNGT-395 Managing Strategically 3.0
Electives (Choose 1 of 3)
ENTR-350 Entrepreneurship 3.0
MKTG-366 Business Development 3.0
MNGT-370 Principles of Supply Chain Management 3.0
Semester 4 - Marketing Major -  Total 15.0
Second Year - Marketing Major -  Total 30.0
Program - Marketing Major -  Total 60.0

Supply Chain Management Major

Second Year

Semester 3

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
BLAW-300 Business Law 3.0
ECON-305 Macroeconomics 3.0
SCMT-300 Operations Planning and Scheduling 3.0
SCMT-310 Logistics I 3.0
SCMT-370 Procurement I 3.0
Semester 3 - Supply Chain Management Major -  Total 15.0

Semester 4

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
MNGT-395 Managing Strategically 3.0
SCMT-320 Quality: A Supply Chain Perspective 3.0
SCMT-350 Operational Performance Analytics 3.0
SCMT-360 Professional Practice in Supply Chain Management 3.0
SCMT-380 Materials Management 3.0
Semester 4 - Supply Chain Management Major - Total 15.0
Second Year - Supply Chain Management Major - Total 30.0
Program - Supply Chain Management Major - Total 60.0

Progression

Students must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better in each semester and pass the necessary prerequisite courses to progress through the program. To qualify for graduation, students must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.


Costs

Domestic Tuition and Fees*

YearTuition feesSAIT feesSAITSA fees2017/18 total
1 $4,587 $440 $523 $5,550
2 $4,587 $440 $523 $5,550

International Tuition and Fees*

YearTuition feesSAIT feesSAITSA fees2017/18 total
1 $16,536 $440 $523 $17,499
2 $16,536 $440 $523 $17,499

SAIT Fees

Campus Athletic and Recreation Fee: $160
Universal Transit Pass (UPass): $280

SAIT Students' Association Fees

Health Plan: $110**
Dental Plan: $125**
SAIT Students' Association (SAITSA): $288

Books and Supplies*

  • Books and supplies are approximately $1,000 - $1,500 per fulltime year.
  • The Business Administration Financial Services major has a 4th semester course that requires registration and payment to an external accrediting body of approximately $400 for an industry licensing exam.
  • Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program: approx. $600-$800 for a Windows-based laptop that meets the minimum requirements.


Find out about tuition and financial aid.

* Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.
** For students with existing health and/or dental plans, please refer to the SAITSA website for information on opting out.

Contact Information

School of Business
403.284.8485
business.advising@sait.ca

Inspiring Stories

Ross liked the focus of the program that he says was concise and covered exactly what he needed to know through both theory and hands-on learning.

Working while going to school was important to Ninar who appreciated SAIT gave her the flexible schedule she needed.

SAIT's reputation for applied learning was behind Juan's decision to attend. With a job secured before graduation, he could immediately translate his skills from school right to his work.

After the two-year program, Josh graduated with a "good knowledge base" and an eagerness to work his way up the career ladder.

From the first day, Sarah felt welcomed on the grounds and in her classes. On graduating, she says she knows the workforce will be just as welcoming considering her alma mater.

International student Cedrine appreciated how her instructors have worked in many different fields and brought that varied expertise to the classroom.

In an industry where everything is constantly changing due to social media and other marketing streams, Danielle valued the material used in her program was up-to-date.

Ross Gudwer
Business Administration | 2017

"It felt good to do mock presentations and mock business plans. It gave me an idea of what it's like in the workforce."

Ninar Chaachouh
Business Administration | 2017

The small classes and combination of theory with practical knowledge was important. "It's better than lectures," she says.

Juan Giraldo
Business Administration | 2017

"I was able to take everything I learned and apply it on a day-to-day basis," he says. "My growth and development through the program was life-changing."

Josh Giesbrecht
Business Administration | 2017

"It has prepared me well to start."

Sarah Pohl
Business Administration | 2017

"Being a grad from SAIT opens doors for you that other schools won't."

Cedrine Hauenstein
Business Administration | 2017

"They have lots of knowledge and can tell you how it'll be in the real world."

Danielle Desjardins
Business Administration | 2017

"The material was current. You learned what's happening right now," she says. "For marketing, it's important to stay current."