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Business Administration

Learn the fundamentals, specialized knowledge, and applied skills you need as a business professional.

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Start Date:
Typical Length:
2 Years
$3,515 (Domestic) • $11,350 (International)
Tuition is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.
+Locations & Availability

September 2020
Campus/Location DeliveryIn-class – Complete your program through courses that are held at a campus.

Online – All program courses are delivered online.

Blended – Complete your program through a combination of online and in-class courses (some courses are delivered 100% online). In-class courses are held at a campus.

Collaborative – program is delivered virtually on campus
Burridge Campus • Yarmouth Full time • In-class Seats available
Burridge Campus (classes at Digby Learning Centre) Full time • In-class Seats available
Cumberland Campus (classes at Amherst Learning Centre) Full time • In-class Seats available
Ivany Campus • Dartmouth Full time • In-class Seats available
Kingstec Campus • Kentville Full time • In-class Seats available
Lunenburg Campus • Bridgewater Full time • In-class Seats available
Marconi Campus • Sydney Full time • In-class Seats available
Pictou Campus • Stellarton Full time • In-class Seats available
Strait Area Campus • Port Hawkesbury Full time • In-class Seats available
Truro Campus • Truro Full time • In-class Seats available


This program is the gateway for anyone planning a career in business. Learning from faculty who are strongly connected to the needs of the Nova Scotia business community, you get the most innovative business training to prepare you for a wide variety of careers.

In the first year, you're introduced to a broad range of business issues and subjects, like:

  • how business and organizations work
  • business basics, including communications, accounting and marketing
  • computer applications and how to use industry-leading technologies
  • career exploration in fields like accounting, finance, management, marketing, international business, information management, entrepreneurship and more

In the second year, you gain specialized skills and applied knowledge by studying one of these areas of concentrations:

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.

Admission requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent.
    • International students – High school diploma equivalency and English language requirements vary by country. View details

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.

Co-operative education

  • This program is eligible for an optional cooperative education (co-op) credit course between year one and two.
  • Co-op provides an opportunity for paid employment – in a field related to your program. Co-op is available to students continuing to any of the Business Administration concentration options.
  • Our co-op program follows Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL) guidelines.
  • Opportunities are paid, full-time work placements that last between 12 to 16 weeks.
  • For more information visit Work Experience Opportunities.

Study options

  • 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.

Career options

  • 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, such as a 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.

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.
  • Industry Certifications – You can qualify for a number of industry certifications through specific courses.
  • Continue your studies at university – This program includes courses that count towards a university degree. Find out more

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 June (Applications for this offering will be accepted in September). 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.

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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