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Business Administration

Closed for Fall 2020

Open for Winter 2021

Waitlisted for Winter 2021 (International)

Length: 2 Years Credential: Diploma Delivery: Full Time Classroom

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All classes in this program will be delivered online for the Fall 2020 term due to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated health and safety guidelines.

Overview

Gain practical business knowledge in courses blending theory and hands-on learning in the core areas of business including economics, communication and organizational behaviour. Build a career in one of six majors - accounting, financial services, human resource management, management, marketing or supply chain management.

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 to 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 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 careers 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.

Is this the right fit for me?

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.

Accreditation

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 Administration or Bachelor of Applied Business Administration.
  • 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)

Credential

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

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Career opportunities

Career potential for graduates of this program vary by major. Potential positions include: 

  • Accounting: accountant, accounting clerk, bookkeeper, business analyst, payroll clerk
  • Financial Services: fraud investigator, financial planner, financial services representative, insurance claims representative, mortgage assistant 
  • Human Resource Management: benefits advisor, HR coordinator, payroll coordinator, recruiter 
  • Management: account manager, conference director, management trainee, operations manager, project coordinator 
  • Marketing: advertising coordinator, business analyst, business development advisor, marketing and communications specialist, marketing coordinator 
  • Supply Chain Management: buyer, commodity manager, inventory analyst, logistics coordinator, supply chain analyst 

Tuition and fees per year*

Year 1: $6,130 
Year 2: $6,130

Year 1 (International): $18,686
Year 2 (International): $18,686

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

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Tuition and financial aid

Requirements

This is a direct entry program. Applicants who meet the admission requirements are offered spots based on first qualified, first acceptance if space is available.

When can you apply?

  • Applications for Fall 2020 open Oct. 2, 2019 until the program start date.
  • Applications for Winter 2021 open March 30, 2020 until the program start date.
Term Program start
Fall 2020 Sept. 8, 2020
Winter 2021 Jan. 11, 2021
Spring 2021 May 10, 2021
  • Students enrolled in Fall intake will complete two semesters followed by a semester break
  • Students enrolled in Winter intake will complete two semesters followed by a semester break
  • Students enrolled in Spring intake will complete three semesters followed by a semester break.

Bringing “in class” online

In response to COVID-19, SAIT had to rethink program delivery to help prevent the spread. How could our applied, hands-on education model translates to a digital experience for students? Step inside our digital classrooms for a look at a new way of learning.

Admission Requirements

Admission and selection

  • Applications are accepted until the program start date.
  • Winter 2021 start: applications open March 30, 2020.
  • Fall 2020 start: applications open Oct. 2, 2019.

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 and,
  • 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.

SAIT evaluates international documents for admissions. After you've applied, consider our international document assessment service if your education is from outside of Canada. 

Are you an international student? Check out our ELF and BA Plus program

Direct entry: 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 Administration and submit your transcripts and or final anticipated grades.

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

Step 4: Continue to monitor changes to your application status through mySAIT.ca.

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.

Courses

Program outline

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

Looking for course descriptions and requisites? Visit the course catalogue

First year

Semester 1 - Common

Course code Course name Credit
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 code Course name Credit
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 code Course name Credit
ACCT-315 Intermediate Financial Accounting I 3.0
ACCT-338 Introductory Management Accounting 3.0
BLAW-300 Business Law 3.0
ECON-305 Macroeconomics 3.0
MNGT-322 Information Systems  3.0
Semester 3 total 15.0

Semester 4

Course code Course name Credit
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 code Course name Credit
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 Code Course Name Credit
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 Code Course Name Credit
BLAW-300 Business Law 3.0
ECON-305 Macroeconomics 3.0
LDSH-360 Business Leadership 3.0
MNGT-321 Project Management 3.0
MNGT-322 Information Systems 3.0
Semester 3 - Human Resource Management Major -  Total 15.0

Semester 3

Course Code Course Name Credit
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 Code Course Name Credit
BFIN-301 Finance for Managers 3.0
BLAW-300 Business Law 3.0
ECON-305 Macroeconomics 3.0
HRMT-320 Human Resource Management 3.0
MNGT-321 Project Management 3.0
Semester 3 - Management Services Major -  Total 15.0

Semester 4

Course Code Course Name Credit
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
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 Code Course Name Credit
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 Code Course Name Credit
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 Code Course Name Credit
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 Code Course Name Credit
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.

Transfer options

The opportunity to advance your education through transfer to, within or from SAIT is available. Visit Transfer Options to learn more.


Costs

Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
1 $4,908 $682 $288 $252 $6,130
2 $4,908 $682 $288 $252 $6,130

International Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
1 $17,373 $682 $288 $344 $18,686
2 $17,373 $682 $288 $344 $18,686

SAIT Fees

Campus athletic and recreation Fee: $171.20
Universal transit pass (UPass): $310 - Check eligibility here.
Student support fee: $100
Student technology fee: $100

Health and Dental Fees

Domestic Students 

  • Health Plan: $122
  • Dental Plan: $130
  • For students with existing health and/or dental plans, please refer to the Saitsa website for information on opting out.

International Students 

  • Health and Dental Plan: $344
  • For more information on Health and Dental Benefits for International students please contact the International Centre.

Books and supplies*

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

Next steps for incoming students

Have you been accepted to this program? Here's what you'll need for your first day of classes.

Important dates and deadlines

Find important dates applicable to all students, including your transcript and tuition payment deadlines on our Important Dates page.

Important Dates

Fall 2020

Orientation

Orientation for new students will take place online on Sept. 3, 2020.

To find the time and platform, visit our orientation page.

Delivery 

All classes in this program will be delivered online for the Fall 2020 term due to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated health and safety guidelines.

How to register for classes

You'll follow an adjustable block registration process to enrol in your classes. Learn how to register on our registration and schedules page.

Computers and laptops

This is a bring your own device program with a standard hardware and software requirement. See the specific requirements on our computers and laptops page

Preparation courses

To support your success, SAIT offers some short courses before classes start, including PREP 100: The SAIT Experience and ETHI 110: SAIT Ethical Practices. 

Required textbooks

The booklist will be available about two weeks before classes start.

Can’t find your program or course? The bookstore didn't receive a textbook list. Contact your program directly to determine if they’re still refining course details or if you're in luck, no textbook purchase required this term.

Contact 

For any questions, or to set up a virtual advising appointment, please contact our School of Business Advising Centre.

Phone: 403.284.8485
Email: business.advising@sait.ca

Academic chair

Rose Campbell, Academic Chair
Email: rose.campbell@sait.ca

Have questions about this program?

Contact us at

School of Business
403.284.8485
business.advising@sait.ca

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