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Business Administration

Prepare for a full range of opportunities in business and organizations of all types.

Start Date:
September & January
2 Years
Full-time (In-class)Part-time (In-class • Online • Combined In-class/Online)
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September 2018 Burridge Campus • Yarmouth • Seats available New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}. Burridge Campus (classes at Digby Learning Centre) • Seats available New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}. Cumberland Campus (classes at Amherst Learning Centre) • Seats available New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}. Ivany Campus • Dartmouth  • Waitlist New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}. Kingstec Campus • Kentville • Seats available New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}. Lunenburg Campus • Bridgewater • Seats available New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}. Marconi Campus • Sydney • Seats available New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}. Pictou Campus • Stellarton • Seats available New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}. Strait Area Campus • Port Hawkesbury • Seats available New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}. Truro Campus • Truro • Seats available New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}.
Part-time • Online • Seats available New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}. January 2019 Kingstec Campus • Kentville  • Waitlist New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}.

Program Overview

Are you excited by working in an organization, building a business or helping a not-for-profit organization? Supported by strong faculty, this program provides innovative business training that prepares you for a wide variety of careers, while continuing to recognize the needs of the Nova Scotia business community.

You are introduced to a broad spectrum of business issues and subjects, learning how business and organizations work, reviewing business basics, including communications, accounting, marketing and computer applications and using industry-leading technologies. You're exposed to a variety of career options to help you determine your pathway and develop the skills you need to work in a range of careers, including accounting, finance, management, marketing, international business, information management, entrepreneurship and more.

There are a variety of topics for you to explore: business law and ethics, accounting, taxation and payroll, marketing research and consumer behaviour, finance and investments, international business, entrepreneurship and new venture creation and communications and information management. You look at business and organizations from an operational and managerial perspective and can choose from a wide range of courses which enable you to maintain a broad course of study or specialize in one specific discipline.

Throughout the program, we focus on helping you develop your career path and you are provided with help to select courses that are best suited to your personal goals.

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    Highlight"Prepares you for the practical application of your studies in the workforce."
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    Why Take It"Working with actual businesses and organizations in the community."
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    Why Take It"The teachers are great, informative, co-operative, friendly, professional, and they make learning fun."

Admission Requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent.

Choose NSCC

  • You experience hands-on learning and real-world business environments through our on-campus business centres, simulations, project-based learning, applied learning, service learning, collaborative learning and mentorship activities.
  • You develop an awareness of the global economy, international business, corporate social responsibility and green business practices. You also develop the skills and professionalism you need to work in a business world that focuses on people organizations, strategy and leadership.
  • You learn the latest practices and technologies that employers and business owners in Nova Scotia, across Canada and around the world are looking for in their future employees and partners.
  • You may also complete your diploma while you work. Many Business Administration courses are offered through part-time studies and are delivered online so you can customize a class schedule that best fits your needs. You can also complete a Business Administration diploma completely online.
  • Continue your studies at university. This program includes courses that count towards a university degree. Find out more.
  • Industry Certifications – You can qualify for a number of industry certifications through specific courses.

Our Grads

  • Graduates are well-prepared for jobs working in businesses of all sizes and in a variety of industry sectors. Many grads are also working for government, not-for-profit organizations and co-operatives.
  • Graduates are working in a wide variety of roles, including: financial services employee, sales and service representative, sales promotions, office manager and supervisor, information manager, project manager, retail manager, management trainee, account coordinator, small business owner and many more.
  • Many graduates continue their studies to acquire university degrees.

Part-time Study

  • This program is available for part-time study. Depending on your concentration selection, there is the option to complete your program in-class, online or through a combination of courses delivered in-class and online.
  • Once admitted, you are referred to a campus for course selection. Some courses will also be available through Continuing Education.
  • The time to complete the program through part-time study will vary and depend on the schedule you choose and number of courses you complete each term.
  • Tuition for part-time study option is calculated on a per-course basis and is paid at the beginning of each term.

Other Info

  • There is an additional program starting in January at Kingstec Campus which provides the opportunity to complete Year 1 of the Business Administration program using a compressed schedule – January to July. This schedule enables you to start your chosen year two Concentration in the following September. Details about the schedule for this offering are provided by the campus after you receive your acceptance notification.
  • Credit Transfer, Challenge for Credit and Advanced Standing – If you have already earned credits from another college or university, those credits may be transferable to this program. Through NSCC's Recognizing Prior Learning (RPL) process, you may also be able to earn credits from your past work experience. Advanced Standing may be requested with your application form if you meet the learning outcomes for the first year or term.
  • Availability of specific courses varies from term to term and by campus. Some courses are only available in-class and not online.
  • Co-operative Education (Co-op) – This program is eligible for an optional co-op credit course. Co-op provides an opportunity for paid employment (of at least 12 weeks) in a field related to your program between your first and second year.

Concentration Options

There is no direct entry into a Business Administration concentration except through Advanced Standing. You will select your concentration through your campus after several core BA courses have been completed.

The concentrations available for study are:

International Business – Students who complete the first year of Business Administration have the option to transfer to the advanced diploma in International Business offered at Truro Campus.

Courses May Include

Course descriptions
Code Course
ACTG 1000   Financial Accounting I
BUSI 1015   The Business Environment
COMM 1205   Communications - Workplace Foundations
COMP 1105   Business Computer Technology
COMP 2105   Database I
COMP 2110   Spreadsheets I
COMP 2125   Word Processing I
ECON 2015   The Economic and Global Environment
MATH 2500   Applied Business Mathematics
MGMT 1010   Organizational Behaviour
MGMT 2025   Management Principles
MKTG 1010   Marketing I
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act
    In addition to their required courses, learners will complete two (2) units (120 hours) of open elective credit that are consistent with the goals outlined in their portfolios.

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