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Business Administration - Open Concentration

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


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

This concentration is ideal if you want flexibility to choose a variety of courses in your second year of study, to meet personal interests and career goals. It's also a dynamic way to gain a wide breadth of skills to meet employer needs.

Work experience

  • As part of your program, you will participate in a work term. This hands-on practical experience is your key to employment opportunities, as employers prefer to hire well-trained, experienced personnel.
  • 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, accommodation and other costs related to work placements are your responsibility.
  • For more information visit Work Experience Opportunities.

Study options

  • You can complete this concentration online.
  • There is the option to complete the concentration in-class or through a combination of courses delivered in-class and online.

Choose NSCC

  • You graduate well-prepared to provide a broad range of services to businesses of any size.
  • Faculty maintain strong industry connections and are proactive in finding out what today's employers want.
  • With our small class sizes, you get lots of one-on-one attention from our very supportive faculty.
  • Continue your studies at university – This program includes courses that count towards a university degree. Find out more

Other info

The range of available courses varies by campus. Courses are delivered through a combination of in-class, online and/or video conferencing instruction. Your Faculty Advisor and Academic Chair are available to assist you in the selection of second year courses, to ensure all graduation requirements and criteria are met.

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 In-class
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 In-class
Lunenburg Campus Bridgewater Full time In-class
Marconi Campus Sydney Full time In-class
Pictou Campus Stellarton Full time In-class
Strait Area Campus Port Hawkesbury Full time In-class
Truro Campus Truro Full time In-class

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 positions in a variety of business fields.
  • Graduates may also choose to start their own 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).

BUSI 4995 - Work Experience
Every Business Administration learner completes a five week work experience at the end of their second year of study. The work experience component provides the learner with an opportunity to apply new skills and concepts appropriate for entry-level positions within the occupation. Learners will assess their own performance and be evaluated by an industry partner. Learners 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.

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).

Directed elective course requirement. Seven units/credits.

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.

Prescribed elective course requirement. One unit/credit.

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