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Business Administration - Management Concentration

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2 Years (Varies for part-time or blended studies)


The Management concentration is a second-year option of the Business Administration diploma program.

In this concentration, you develop the skills needed to make the strategic decisions that lead to an organization's growth and success. You learn how managers keep their companies moving forward by researching and setting objectives, evaluating strategies to meet those objectives and then breaking down those strategies into functional projects.

By graduation, you're well-prepared to start your career and know what employers will expect of you in a management position.

Work experience

  • Field experience (work placement) is a mandatory credit course completed at the end of your program. It provides you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills outside of the classroom.
  • Opportunities are typically unpaid and last approximately 5 weeks.
  • Transportation, accommodations and other costs related to work placements are your responsibility.
  • For more information visit Work Experience Opportunities.

Study options

  • Note: Courses for the Kingstec Campus and Strait Area Campus sessions are delivered through a combination of in-class, online and/or video conferencing instruction.
  • This concentration is available for part-time study.
  • This concentration is available online.
  • There is the option to complete the concentration in-class or through a combination of courses delivered in-class and online.

Choose NSCC

  • Preparing for a career in business can be intense, but our small class sizes and very supportive faculty make it manageable – even fun.
  • Learning will be hands-on so you graduate with practical skills, not just theories. Your instructors also have close connections to industry, so you know your learning is relevant and that you will get the skills that are in demand by today's employers.
  • Continue your studies at university – This program includes courses that count towards a university degree. Find out more.

September 2020

Campus Location Full time/part time Delivery
Burridge Campus Yarmouth Full time In-class
Burridge Campus Classes at Digby Learning Centre Full time CollaborativeProgram is delivered virtually on campus.
Cumberland Campus Classes at Amherst Learning Centre Full time In-class
eCampus -- Part time Online
Ivany Campus Dartmouth Full time In-class
Kingstec Campus Kentville Full time CollaborativeProgram is delivered virtually on campus.
Marconi Campus Sydney Full time In-class
Pictou Campus Stellarton Full time In-class
Strait Area Campus Port Hawkesbury Full time CollaborativeProgram is delivered virtually on campus.

Admission requirements

  • Successful completion of Business Administration – Year 1 or Advanced Standing.
  • Advanced Standing – To be considered, you must apply to and meet the Admission Requirements for the Business Administration program. Advanced Standing is based on academic credits (certificate/diploma/degree) completed from a recognized public institution within the past ten years that meet the Academic Requirements of the full first year of the program. Advanced Standing is subject to seat availability.

Program requirements

  • Portfolio Development – As part of your studies at NSCC, you develop a portfolio of your work; the portfolio captures your achievements and profiles your skills to employers.


Tuition is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.

Tuition (Domestic):
Tuition (International):

Tuition, fees and program costs

In addition to annual tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, health and dental plans, your student association and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that tuition values on these pages are for 2019/20 and are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Career options

  • Graduates are qualified for entry-level positions and have the skills, training and experience that position them for advancement.
  • Grads work in a variety of industries, such as banking, health care, insurance companies, auto sales, administration and a variety of small businesses.

Courses may include

These are some of the courses offered in this program. It is not a complete list and courses are subject to change in advance of the academic year.

BUSI 3005 - Contemporary Business Issues
Students will consider and analyse current business issues through the lenses of law, ethics, and sustainability. Through research to compare and contrast potential pathways to offer legitimate resolutions to the issues, students will furthermore develop critical thinking skills addressing contemporary events while broadening their understanding of the various challenges businesses of today face. Students who successfully complete Applied Ethical Decision Making (MGMT 3020), Business Law (LEGL 2000), and Environmental Sustainability in Business (BUSI 3000) may choose to be exempt from Contemporary Business Issues (BUSI 3005).

COMM 2215 - Communications - Workplace Applications
This course provides students with the opportunity to further develop writing skills acquired in Communications - Workplace Foundations. The course also allows students to explore job search techniques, and is designed to assist them in the continuing development of the skills and confidence required to deliver individual oral presentations. Advisement Note: A student who is able to format formal documents but who may not have successfully met the timing requirement in COMP 1103 (Document Processing I) is still eligible for admission into COMM 2215 (Communications – Workplace Applications).

FINA 2316 - Financial Management
Financial Management is a course that provides the student with the opportunity to assess the financial health of a business and employ various decision-making model in the assessment process.

LEGL 2000 - Business Law
This course provides the student with an introduction to the Canadian legal system and a basic understanding of contract and tort law as these apply to the world of business. Students who successfully complete Applied Ethical Decision Making (MGMT 3020), Business Law (LEGL 2000), and Environmental Sustainability in Business (BUSI 3000) may choose to be exempt from Contemporary Business Issues (BUSI 3005). This course is accepted as a pre-requisite for the Canadian Professional Accountant Advanced Certificate in Accounting and Finance (CPA – ACAF) program.

MGMT 3001 - Management Strategies
Management Strategies focuses on the study of strategic management concepts and techniques used by management to enhance the effectiveness and competitive advantage of an organization. Topics covered include internal analysis, stakeholders, threats and opportunities, business/corporate strategies, strategic control, organizational design and corporate governance.

MGMT 3015 - Human Resource Management
Students will examine the activities involved in attracting, recruiting, training, developing, controlling, rewarding, motivating, directing, and maintaining the human resources of a business. Topics will include challenges and trends in the field of human resource management, legal and ethical issues, staffing, employee development, and compensation.

MGMT 3035 - Operations Management
Operations Management provides the student with opportunity to take an integrated, system-oriented approach to operations functions in both service and manufacturing organizations. Topics covered will include: capacity planning, facilities layout, work systems design, location planning, quality control and total quality management, aggregate planning, inventory management, material requirement planning, just-in-time, supply chain management, and scheduling.

MGMT 3050 - Project Management
Projects faced by managers may vary in size, but the process of planning and managing projects while faced with numerous project constraints (e.g., time, money, and other resources) remains relatively the same. Students in this course will be introduced to a range of project management tools and be given an opportunity to apply basic project management techniques so they can effectively plan, implement and manage the tasks, risks and constraints associated with projects of various sizes.

MGMT 4000 - Management Practicum
The Management Practicum course will involve analysis of a real life business environment, with recommended actions that may be undertaken to enhance the opportunities of success for the organization. Depending on complexity, this project may be undertaken individually or by group of students.

MGMT 4995 - Work Experience
The work experience component provides the student with an opportunity to apply new skills and concepts appropriate for entry-level positions within the occupation. Students will assess their own performance and be evaluated by an industry partner. Students will identify personal outcomes they wish to attain during the work experience and will keep a journal. This is a course of 175 hours spread over five weeks.

In addition to their required courses, learners will complete three (3) units (180 hours) of open elective credit that are consistent with the goals outlined in their portfolios.

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