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Business Administration

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

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This program will be delivered in a blended format (OA, OS, OR and OF/CLAS) for the Fall 2021 semester.
Some courses will be delivered online while others occur on-campus.
Learn more about our course delivery options

Overview

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.

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 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 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 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.

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.

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 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 varies by major. Potential positions include: 

  • 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, category manager, inventory analyst, logistics coordinator, supply chain analyst, procurement specialist

Tuition and fees per year*

Year 1: $6,584
Year 2: $6,584

Year 1 (International): $19,054
Year 2 (International): $19,575

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

Full costs

Tuition and financial aid

Requirements

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 but are subject to change.

  • Applications for fall 2021 opened on Oct. 7, 2020.
  • Applications for winter 2022 opened on March 31, 2021.
  • Applications for spring 2022 opened on June 14, 2021.
Classes begin Year start date Year end date
Fall 2021 Sept. 7, 2021 April 29, 2022
Winter 2022 Jan. 10, 2022 Aug. 19, 2022
Spring 2022 May 9, 2022 Dec. 16, 2022
  • 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 two semesters followed by a semester break.

Global expertise = global distinction

First-class instructors help give SAIT’s School of Business a prominent place on global list of best business schools.

Admission Requirements

Admission and selection

Applications are accepted until the program start date but are subject to change.

  • Fall 2021 start: applications open Oct. 7, 2020.
  • Winter 2022 start: applications open March 31, 2021.
  • Spring 2022 start: applications open June 14, 2021.

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 one)
ACCT-255 Introductory Financial Accounting II 3.0
BFIN-255 Personal Financial Planning 3.0
HRMT-320 Human Resource Management 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 one)
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 4

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 two)
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 one)
ENTR-350 Entrepreneurship 3.0
MKTG-366 Business Development and Customer Relationship Management 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

2021/22 Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2021/22 total
1 $5,251 $793.20 $287.77 $252 $6,584
2 $5,251 $792.20 $287.77 $252 $6,584

2021/22 International Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2021/22 total
1 $17,721 $793.20 $287.77 $252 $19,054
2 $18,242 $793.20 $287.77 $252 $19,575

*Fees and tuition are based on a two-semester full course load structure. There may be additional fees for practicums and terms held outside this time frame. 

SAIT Fees

Campus athletic and recreation Fee: $183.20
Universal transit pass (UPass): $310 - Check eligibility here.
Student support fee: $150
Student technology fee: $150

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: $252
  • For more information on Health and Dental Benefits for International students please contact the International Centre.

Books and supplies*

  • Books and supplies are approximately $1,000 - $1,500 per full-time year.
  • For an estimate of the costs associated with purchasing a device that meets the standard hardware and software requirements, see our computers and laptops page.
  • Find out about tuition and financial aid.

* 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.

Fall 2021

Orientation

Your program orientation will take place Sept. 2 on campus. Check your schedule in mySAIT for the time and location details.

Learn more about your orientation.

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.

First-semester students can't make changes to their schedule until the first day of classes during the add/drop period.

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, you’ll be automatically registered in two short courses to prepare you for the academic year: 

PERS 050: Student Rights and Responsibilities
This course is designed to introduce you to student rights and responsibilities at SAIT. You will learn about SAIT's rich and diverse community, become familiar with guidelines and procedures that create a safe, respectful learning experience for you, and gain practical tips for how you can engage in the SAIT community in a positive and responsible way. PRES-050 must be completed within 30 days from the start of the semester.

PREP 100: The SAIT Experience
Get tips and insider information on time management, exam preparation, effective notetaking and more through this free, online short course for new students. Plus, learn about discussion boards, online communication and submitting assignments online. Course completion is recommended by the end of your first semester.

Both courses can be accessed through  Brightspace (D2L) before the first day of classes.

Required textbooks

Find your booklist on the SAIT Bookstore's website. The booklist will be available closer to the program start date.

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

Next steps for all students

Here's what else you'll need to do to get ready!

Next steps for accepted students

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

Have questions about this program?

Contact us at

School of Business
403.284.8485
business.advising@sait.ca

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