Business Administration

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Winter 2017 start: applications are accepted June 1, 2016 to Jan. 9, 2017.
Fall 2017 start:
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  • Two-year diploma
  • Fall and winter starts
  • Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) laptop-based program
  • Small class sizes: 40 students max.
  • Choice of majors: Accounting, Financial Services, Human Resource Management, Management, Marketing, or Supply Chain Management
  • Also available through Continuing and Distance Education (certain majors only)

Program Description

Discover Business Programs at SAIT Polytechnic in Calgary, AlbertaThe Business Administration diploma is an industry-recognized laptop-based program that prepares students for in-demand career prospects in Accounting, Financial Services, Human Resource (HR) Management, Management, Marketing, or Supply Chain Management.

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. 

The program consists of a common first year with an elective option. In year two, students will specialize by choosing one of the following majors: Accounting, Financial Services, Human Resource Management, Management, Marketing, and Supply Chain Management.

Upon graduation, students will be eligible for an entry level career in their field of choice and will have the option to pursue a degree or earn an industry designation (varies by major).


Business Administration diploma students can choose between the following majors:

Accounting Gain intermediate-level accounting skills and practical knowledge in finance management, management information systems, and more, for the in-demand field of accounting. Graduates will be well prepared to ladder into the Accounting major in SAIT's Bachelor of Business Administration or another degree program in order to pursue a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation.
Financial Services Gain skills in financial planning, banking, insurance, and investments. Graduates will be well-qualified to land an entry-level position in the financial services industry with banks, investment companies, insurance companies, credit unions and more.
Human Resource Management Become knowledgeable in human resource (HR) matters and understand the recruitment process, the role of training in an organization, employment law, and HR information systems. Graduates can launch a career in human resources in a variety of industries in areas such as recruitment, training, payroll, and more.
Management Develop general management skills in project management, international management, human resources and leadership. Graduates will be ready to take on a range of entry level positions towards a career in management in areas such as human resources, administration, operations, projects, and more in any industry. Students can also pursue a Certified Institute of Management (CIM) designation.
Marketing Explore and apply marketing fundamentals as well as the latest trends in the areas of brand management, strategic marketing, international marketing, research, and communication planning. Students can pursue careers in public relations, media, advertising, sales, promotions, events and more for a variety of industries. This program is recognized by the Canadian Professional Sales Association (CPSA) for their industry designation.
Supply Chain Management Learn how to support efficient supply chain management in a complex environment through an understanding of operations, procurement, logistics, analytics and quality. Students can pursue careers in Alberta's rapidly growing supply chain profession in a variety of industries including transportation, manufacturing, oil and gas, and more.

Your Career

  • Accounting graduates can find employment in a variety of positions in public practice and private corporations. Many students go on to pursue a degree and accounting designation. Past graduates have obtained positions such as: Accountant, Accounting Clerk, Bookkeeper, Business Analyst, Payroll Clerk, Royalty Analyst, and Tax Accountant.

  • Financial Services graduates graduates can find work in retail or corporate banking, investing, insurance, trusts and compliance. Past graduates landed roles such as: Fraud Investigator, Financial Planner, Financial Services Representative, Insurance Claims, Representative, Mortgage Assistant, and Personal Banking Specialist.

  • Human Resource Management graduates graduates can find employment in virtually any industry. Potential positions include: Benefits Advisor, HR Coordinator, Labour Relations Advisor, Payroll Coordinator, and Recruiter.
  • Management graduates will have a solid foundation in management and problem solving skills for a business administration role in almost any industry. Past graduates have found positions such as: Account Manager, Conference Director, Management Trainee, Operations Manager, Project Coordinator, Purchasing Specialist, and Store Manager.

  • Marketing graduates will be prepared for a variety of creative and/or strategic marketing opportunities in areas such as advertising, public relations, digital marketing, promotions, marketing management, special event marketing, and sales. Past graduates have had roles such as: Advertising Coordinator, Business Analyst, Business Development Advisor, Marketing and Communications Specialist, Marketing Coordinator, and Online Advertising Sales Representative.

  • Supply Chain Management graduates will be well-prepared for a wide variety of roles in the ever-changing global supply chain, from negotiating and decision-making to in-depth data mining and analytics and everything in between. Potential positions include: Buyer, Commodity Manager, Inventory Analyst, Logistics Coordinator, Supply Chain Analyst, and Procurement Specialist.

View the graduate employment rate details. 

Student Success

To achieve success in this program, students should: 

  • Attend and actively participate in all classes

  • Spend five to eight hours each 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 academic policies

  • Have strong written and oral communication skills

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