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Business Administration

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

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

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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.

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.

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.

September 2020

Campus Location Full time/part time Delivery Availability
Burridge Campus Yarmouth Full time In-class Waitlist
Burridge Campus Classes at Digby Learning Centre Full time In-class Waitlist
Cumberland Campus Classes at Amherst Learning Centre Full time In-class Seats available
eCampus -- Part time Online Seats available
Ivany Campus Dartmouth Full time In-class Waitlist
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

Admission requirements

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


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 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.

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.

ACTG 1000 - Financial Accounting I
This course introduces students to the basic principles of the accounting cycle used manually in the service industry. This course is accepted toward certification with the Canadian Institute of Bookkeeping (CIB). This course is accepted as a pre-requisite for the Canadian Professional Accountant Advanced Certificate in Accounting and Finance (CPA – ACAF) program.

BUSI 1015 - The Business Environment
This course introduces students to an overview of the roles and responsibilities of business in today’s world. Students will discover how they fit into the business environment.

COMM 1205 - Communications - Workplace Foundations
Ideas and plans are rarely successful when they are not well communicated. Through this course, students will review the fundamentals for effective English communication in the workplace and obtain an introduction to Portfolio.

COMP 1105 - Business Computer Technology
This course provides students with an introduction to acceptable practices and uses of the computer, including the role of social media in Business. It provides the foundation for using computers that will contribute to success in both the Business Administration program and future careers. This course is accepted toward certification with the Canadian Institute of Bookkeeping (CIB).

COMP 2105 - Database I
This course introduces the student to the fundamentals of database management including planning, design, creation and modification. Once created, students will add, edit and delete records contained in a database. Students will create queries to obtain specific information from a database, design forms for working with database records, and design reports to print out data in various formats.

COMP 2110 - Spreadsheets I
This course introduces the student to electronic spreadsheets including their design and creation. Formulae and functions will be used to perform calculations on the spreadsheet data providing business solutions. Students will apply formatting skills to enhance the appearance and clarity of printed spreadsheets as well as using graphs to represent spreadsheet data. This course is accepted toward certification with the Canadian Institute of Bookkeeping (CIB). This course cannot be used to fulfill an elective requirement for students in Office Administration.

COMP 2125 - Word Processing I
This course introduces the student to the fundamentals of document processing including various levels of formatting and editing functions to create business-appropriate documentation. This course is accepted toward certification with the Canadian Institute of Bookkeeping (CIB). Note: This course is not eligible to Office Administration students for use as an elective.

ECON 2015 - The Economic and Global Environment
This course explains the external forces that can affect businesses and how knowledge of this broader environment influences business decisions.

MATH 2500 - Applied Business Mathematics
Applied Business Mathematics introduces students to a variety of math concepts applicable to the business profession. The course will emphasize the time value of money in relevant contexts, annuity applications such as investments, loans and mortgages, as well as decision-making tools such as merchandising costs analysis, break-even analysis, identifying the break-even point and areas of profit and loss.

MGMT 1010 - Organizational Behaviour
This course is designed to introduce the student to the field of organizational behaviour. Through this course, the student can develop an informed understanding of the components inherent in social organizations and the relationships among individuals, groups, and the organizations that contribute to an organization's effectiveness. Topics such as values, perception, ethics, conflict resolution, teamwork and diversity will be examined in order to help students become better equipped to interact with others in an organization.

MGMT 2025 - Management Principles
Management Principles focuses on the study of current management concepts, theories, issues and challenges.

MKTG 1010 - Marketing I
The primary focus of this course is marketing products and services to targeted customers. Emphasis is placed on the basic marketing premise that customer needs must be satisfied in order to achieve an organization's objectives. The strategic marketing planning process is introduced, along with the specific concepts and principles involved in the four key components of the marketing mix.

SAFE 1000 - Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
This course offers learners basic overview of WHMIS principles and establishes a solid foundation to support workplace-specific training on the safe storage and handling of controlled/hazardous products. Upon successful completion of the course, students receive basic WHMIS certification.

SAFE 1001 - Introduction to NS OH&S Act
This course offers students an introduction to the Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) Act of Nova Scotia, which is required by any person employed in a Nova Scotia workplace. This is a generic, introductory course that provides basic knowledge of the Act for students and is considered to be the basis from which more specific training can be given.

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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