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Bachelor of Applied Business Administration

Closed for Fall 2018

Open for Winter 2019

Length: 2 - 7 Years
Credential: Applied Degree
Available: Full Time Classroom

Program Highlights

Advance your accounting career by gaining hands-on knowledge in areas from auditing to advanced management and taxation. Grads are ready to enter the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) program.

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Tuition and Fees Per Year*

Year 3: $7,085
Year 4: $2,139
Year 3 (International): $23,449
Year 4 (International): $7,830

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


You will be offered admission to this program if you meet the admission requirements and qualify through competitive entry. Competitive entry is based on diploma GPA and completion of course work.

When can you apply?

  • Applications for fall 2018 are accepted Oct. 18, 2017 to Aug. 15, 2018.
  • Applications for winter 2019 are accepted May 2, 2018 to Dec. 14, 2018.
  • Applications for fall 2019 open Oct. 3, 2018.
TermProgram start
Fall 2018 Sept. 4, 2018
Winter 2019 Jan. 7, 2019
Fall 2019 Sept. 3, 2019 

Program Details

Program Description

Make your mark with the industry-recognized Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree. You can stand out in the job market with a wealth of business knowledge and skills - and a more in-depth level of relevant business coursework than graduates from other business degrees.

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. The BBA ensures you develop the business acumen, technical knowledge, and soft skills employers are looking for - leadership, teamwork, critical thinking, decision-making, problem-solving and communication.

You start with a common first year to build core business skills. In year two, you choose from six majors: Accounting, Financial Services, Human Resource (HR) Management, Management, Marketing or Supply Chain Management. You can enhance your industry literacy with an optional minor in Construction Project Management or Energy, Oil and Gas. Our close industry partnerships ensure that your learning is directly linked to the business community and real-world experiences.

Your final course is a capstone course where you either consult for a real business client or complete a paid workplace practicum (by application) - both options help you integrate everything you've learned. You graduate highly employable and in-demand with your significant expertise in business and your major.

Fast Facts

  • Applied degree
  • Available through full-time or part-time studies
  • Complete in two years of full-time study or up to seven years part-time
  • Paid work terms (Directed Field Studies)
  • Recognized for the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation

Your Career

You can find work in accounting, financial and information management in business, industry, government and public practice accounting. Past graduates have found positions such as: Accountant, Accounting Manager, Auditor, Controller, Financial Analyst, Project Accountant, and Tax Consultant.

Student Success

To be successful in this program, you should:

  • Invest more time and energy into your coursework to have a higher chance of success.
  • Have access to a computer prior to enrolling in the program due the amount of technology used in the curriculum
  • Be able to read, write, and understand the English language at a high level.

Credentials and accreditation

After successfully completing this program, graduates will receive a SAIT Bachelor of Applied Business Administration applied degree.

This applied degree is recognized as meeting the pre-requisite educational requirements needed to enter the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) Professional Education Program.

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

  • Fall 2018 start: applications are accepted Oct. 18, 2017 to Aug. 15, 2018.
  • Winter 2019: applications are accepted May 2, 2018 to Dec. 14, 2018.
  • Fall 2019 start: applications open Oct. 3, 2018.

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must have completed a two-year Business Administration or Accounting diploma or equivalent at an accredited post-secondary institution, with a minimum 2.3 grade-point average, (67% or C+). This diploma must include a minimum of 20 courses, or 60 credits, and contain the following coursework: Intermediate Accounting, Business Communications, Financial Management, Management Accounting, Systems and Marketing.
  • All applicants must demonstrate English Language Proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.
  • SAIT evaluates international documents for admissions. After you've applied, consider our international document assessment service if your education is from outside of Canada. 

Competitive Entry: Seven 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. 

Step 4: Apply to Bachelor of Applied 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: Submit your transcripts and resume to the School of Business.  

Step 7: 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.advising@sait.ca and the sait.ca domain to your safe senders list or you risk missing critical email messages. 

Program Completion

  • Students in applied degree programs have seven years to complete the credential requirements. 
  • The time limitation begins on the date the student starts the first course in the credential. 
  • For more information, refer to AC 3.1.1 - Grading and Progression Procedure.



Program Outline

  • The program is being reviewed and could undergo changes.

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

  • See Business Administration diploma - Accounting major for the first four semesters of study. Students entering year three of the program must complete the following program of study:

  • Not all electives are offered as day time courses - some electives may only be available in the evening, and elective course offering can vary by academic year.

  • Day time courses are in high demand; to maximize chances of enrollment in day time, early registration is encouraged.

  • Students must complete any four degree courses before proceeding to ACWE 407 and 457. Please contact department for further information about registering for these courses.

Accounting Major

Third Year

Semester 5

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
ACCT-411 Personal and Corporate Taxation 3.0
ACCT-434 Advanced Financial Accounting 3.0
ACCT-491 Advanced Management Accounting 3.0
ACCT-495 External Auditing 3.0
LDSH-485 Leadership 3.0
Total Credits 15.0

Semester 6

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
ACCT-480 E-Business 3.0
ACCT-415 Accounting Theory 3.0

Electives (3 courses required)

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
ACCT-413 Internal Auditing and Controls 3.0
ACCT-416 Advanced Information Systems 3.0
ACCT-451 Advanced Taxation 3.0
ACCT-497 Advanced External Auditing 3.0
BFIN-492 Advanced Corporate Finance 3.0
MNGT-405 Strategic Management 3.0
MNGT-407 Operations Management 3.0
Total Credits 30.0


Not all electives in semester 6 are offered as a day time, full time study. For certain electives, students will have to study in the evening and/or part time to complete this semester.

Fourth Year

Semester 7

Directed Field Studies (DFS)

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
ACWE-500 Directed Field Studies - Accounting I 15.0

Semester 8

Directed Field Studies (DFS)

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
ACWE-501 Directed Field Studies - Accounting II 15.0
Work Experience Total 30.0
Program Total 60.0


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.

Domestic Tuition and Fees*

YearTuition feesSAIT feesSAITSA fees2018/19 total
3 $6,113 $450 $523 $7,085
4 $2,139 - - $2,139

International Tuition and Fees*

YearTuition feesSAIT feesSAITSA fees2018/19 total
3 $22,476 $450 $523 $23,449
4 $7,830 - - $7,830


Campus Athletic and Recreation Fee: $160
Universal Transit Pass (UPass): $290

SAIT Students' Association Fees

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

Books and Supplies*

  • Cost of books and supplies depends on when the directed field studies component is completed and choice of electives. Approximate cost of supplies is $2,600 - $3,200 total.

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

Contact Information

School of Business

Inspiring Stories

Being able to apply the hands-on skills learned in class in a practicum that is part of the program was key to Akshita landing a job before graduation. She says at work she uses all the skills she learned hands on in her courses.

Robyn planned to do the certificate program but SAIT made it easy when she decided to continue studying to receive her bachelor. As the mother of twins, having the opportunity to take courses online and in the evenings meant she could fit school into her life.

Akshita Regmi
Bachelor of Applied Business Administration | 2016

“It gives you the knowledge you need – everything we’ll use in the real world.”

Robyn Hammer
Bachelor of Applied Business Administration | 2017

"When you're working and have a family, you need that flexibility."

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