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Business Administration - Open Concentration

Business Administration - Open Concentration

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Start Date:
Typical Length:
2 Years
(Varies for part-time or blended studies)
$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
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


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.

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, 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.

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.

Career options

  • Graduates are qualified for positions in a variety of business fields.
  • Graduates may also choose to start their own businesses.

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.

Courses may include

Course descriptions
Code Course
BUSI 3005   Contemporary Business Issues
BUSI 4995   Work Experience
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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