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Business Administration - Automotive Management

Open for Fall 2019

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

Program Highlights

Learn the business, marketing and communications end of the automotive industry and start a career in numerous types of automotive areas including finance, dealerships, manufacturers, supplier companies and more.

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Tuition and Fees Per Year*

Year 1: $5,170
Year 2: $4,788
Year 1 (International): $16,405
Year 2 (International): $15,002

*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 a career investigation report.

When can you apply?

  • Applications for fall 2019 are accepted until May 1, 2019.
TermProgram start
Fall 2019 Sept. 3, 2019 

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Western Canada's only business diploma program designed specifically for the automotive industry. Learn more about this exciting industry - Canada's largest employer - and the opportunities available including dealership operations, aftermarket, manufacturing, insurance, and more.

Program Details

Program Description

This two-year diploma program is Western Canada's only management-oriented training program designed in cooperation with, and specifically for, the automotive industry. Learn from industry-connected instructors the communications, marketing, management and automotive skills you need to start Program Details (Your Career) in the business side of the industry. Valuable industry experience will be gained through a paid summer work practicum.
Our blended learning environment includes classroom instruction, collaborative coursework and e-Learning.

Your Career

Graduates may find employment leading to management in automotive dealership operations or management (parts, sales, service and finance), automotive manufacturer entry-level positions, finance companies, aftermarket companies, and insurance or credit companies.

Student Success

Students with higher grades usually experience more success in SAIT's programs.

Transfer Options

The opportunity to advance your education through transfer to, within or from SAIT is available with the following universities and colleges:

  • Athabasca University
  • Georgian College
  • Griffith University
  • Mount Royal University
  • NAIT
  • Northwood University
  • Royal Roads University
  • University of Lethbridge

To learn more, visit Transfer Options.

Admission Requirements

Admission and Selection

  • Fall 2019 start: applications are accepted Oct. 3, 2018 to May 1, 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,
  • 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.

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.

  • 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 the selection.
  • Applications received after May 1 will be placed on a secondary waitlist and applicants will be contacted if seats become available.
  • Qualified applicants will receive a selection package completeness and the quality of the career investigation report.

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

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

Step 6: Submit your career investigation report.

  • You will be sent information on how to submit your Career Investigation report.
  • Applicants who fail to complete the Career Investigation Questionnaire will be excluded from selection.

Step 7: Continue to monitor changes to your application status through mySAIT.

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 transportation.info@sait.ca and the sait.ca domain to your safe senders list or you risk missing critical email messages. 


Program Outline

View additional Business Administration - Automotive Management program information including course-specific descriptions and requisites.

First Year

Semester 1 (September - December)

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
BMAT-230 Business Mathematics 3.0
COMP-220 Computer Fundamentals 3.0
ECON-250 Microeconomics 3.0
INRY-206 Introduction to Automotive Technology 1.5
MKTG-206 Concepts of the Automotive Industry 1.5
MKTG-260 Marketing Essentials 3.0
Semester 1 Total 15.0

Semester 2 (January - April)

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
ACCT-215 Introductory Financial Accounting I 3.0
COMM-256 Professional Communication and Presentation Skills 3.0
MKTG-306 Brand Management 3.0
MNGT-250 Organizational Behaviour 3.0
STAT-270 Quantitative Methods 3.0
Semester 2 Total 15.0

Semester 3 (May - August)

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
PRAC-284 Automotive Industry Work Term 3.0
Semester 3 Total 3.0
First Year Total 33.0

Second Year

Semester 4 (September - December)

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
BFIN-301 Finance for Managers 3.0
BLAW-300 Business Law 3.0
FNCE-207 Leasing, Finance and Insurance 1.5
MKTG-216 Canadian Auto Aftermarket 1.5
MKTG-336 Marketing Action 3.0
MKTG-375 Integrated Marketing Communications 3.0
Semester 4 Total 15.0

Semester 5 (January - April)

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
ECON-305 Macroeconomics 3.0
FNCE-205 Introduction to Fixed Operations 1.5
HRMT-320 Human Resources Management 3.0
PROJ-365 Automotive Management Capstone 3.0
PRTS-302 DMS - Parts and Service 1.5
SELL-315 Automotive Business and Sales Management 3.0
Semester 5 Total 15.0
Second Year Total 30.0
Program Total 63.0


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
1 $4,197 $450 $523 $5,170
2 $3,815 $450 $523 $4,788

International Tuition and Fees*

YearTuition feesSAIT feesSAITSA fees2018/19 total
1 $15,432 $450 $523 $16,405
2 $14,029 $450 $523 $15,002


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*

  • Books and supplies are approximately $1,500 per year. 
  • Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) laptop will cost approximately $600 - $800.

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

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Inspiring Stories

Carter's family is in the auto industry and he worked as a technician before he recognized he wanted to be on the other side of the business. Searching SAIT's website, he found exactly what he was looking for.

Carter Clark
Business Administration - Automotive Management | 2017

"It's tailored to exactly what I wanted," he says, adding it was an efficient program that gave him the tools and skills he needed.

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