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Business Administration

Learn the fundamental knowledge and applied skills you need to bring your business career to life.

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Start Date:
January & September
Typical Length:
2 Years (varies for part-time studies)
Credential:
Diploma

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Overview

The program provides you with core business skills and competencies in the areas of accounting, business communications, human resources, business computer applications, financial planning, marketing, entrepreneurship, sales and operations management.

First year

You learn to:

  • Describe and apply marketing and sales concepts used to support business operations
  • Use accounting and financial principles to support the operations of an organization
  • Use appropriate software, web-based tools, and office technology to manage information
  • Foster relationships with stakeholders by communicating effectively, building trust and valuing diversity
  • Apply principles of corporate sustainability, corporate social responsibility, and ethics to support an organization's business initiatives
  • Present effectively to a range of audiences using a variety of styles and tools
  • Contribute to the planning and implementation of a project to meet deliverables
  • Think critically to help support effective decision making and resolve problems

Second year

At the start of the second year, you have the option to specialize in accounting or financial services or continue into the general second year of the Business Administration program.

In the Business Administration program, you'll have the opportunity to take courses that focus on areas such as digital marketing, consumer behaviour, integrated marketing communications, financial management, public relations, and marketing research.

You'll learn to:

  • Apply fundamental human resource principles
  • Outline a business plan by incorporating principles of supply chain management, operations management, and project management
  • Apply strategic decision-making skills
  • Utilize marketing and management skills in a variety of applications
  • Apply fundamental entrepreneurial concepts to decision-making
  • Note: Concentrations are not available at all campus locations and are subject to change. Similar to year 1, seating is limited for year 2 choices and will vary depending on the campus you choose.

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 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 blended (a combination of courses delivered in-class and online).
    • Once admitted, you're referred to a campus for course selection.
    • 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.

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, 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.
  • Depending on your concentration and courses taken, you may qualify for industry certifications.

2022-23 programs

Program delivery may be subject to change based on Public Health guidelines.

January 2022

Campus Location Full time/part time Delivery Availability
Ivany Campus Dartmouth Full time In-class In-classDelivered in-person. Some courses may have online elements. Waitlist
Kingstec Campus Kentville Full time In-class In-classDelivered in-person. Some courses may have online elements. Waitlist

September 2022

Campus Location Full time/part time Delivery Availability
Burridge Campus Yarmouth Full time Distributed DistributedDelivered in-person at one location and virtually to students at another location. Seats available
Burridge Campus Classes at Digby Learning Centre Full time Distributed DistributedDelivered in-person at one location and virtually to students at another location. Seats available
Cumberland Campus Classes at Amherst Learning Centre Full time In-class In-classDelivered in-person. Some courses may have online elements. Seats available
eCampus -- Full time Online – Asynchronous Online – AsynchronousDelivered fully online with no scheduled classes. Seats available
eCampus -- Part time Online – Asynchronous Online – AsynchronousDelivered fully online with no scheduled classes. Seats available
Lunenburg Campus Bridgewater Full time In-class In-classDelivered in-person. Some courses may have online elements. Seats available
Marconi Campus Sydney Full time In-class In-classDelivered in-person. Some courses may have online elements. Seats available
Pictou Campus Stellarton Full time In-class In-classDelivered in-person. Some courses may have online elements. Seats available
Strait Area Campus Port Hawkesbury Full time In-class In-classDelivered in-person. Some courses may have online elements. Seats available
Truro Campus Truro Full time In-class In-classDelivered in-person. Some courses may have online elements. 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

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

2022-23 tuition will be announced in the late Spring once approved by the government of Nova Scotia. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional. Amounts below were for the 2021-22 academic year.

Tuition (Domestic):
$3,620
Tuition (International):
$11,690

Tuition, fees and program costs

Tuition for part-time study is calculated on a per-course basis and is paid at the beginning of each term.

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 amounts on these pages are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Career options

  • Graduates are well positioned for employment across all areas of business sector, including accounting, financial planning, marketing, sales, project management, operations management, human resources and entrepreneurship.
  • Concentrations in accounting and financial services provide graduates with specialized skills, allowing them to work in the financial and insurance sectors and many accounting fields.
  • Graduates also work for government, not-for-profit organizations, Cooperatives, as well as pursue their own business opportunities.

Future study options

  • Continue your studies at university – This program includes courses that count towards a university degree. Find out 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.

Recognizing prior learning / transfer credits
If you have previous learning (course, employment, etc...) that's relevant to your program, you can apply to earn credit. Learn about our recognizing prior learning (RPL) process.

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 1020 - Principles of Business
This course introduces you to business concepts and factors that contribute to organizational decision making. By the end of this course, you will be able to develop your business acumen, distinguish among the different forms of business organizations, explain the four functions of management, and critically assess business activities.

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.

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).

COMP 1050 - Business Computer Applications I
This course introduces the basics in current business computer applications – including email, collaboration tools, word processing, presentation software, and spreadsheets. By the end of this course, you will be able to manage files and business activities, schedule and facilitate meetings, create business documents and presentations, and create spreadsheets to industry standard.

COMP 2050 - Business Computer Applications II
This course expands on Business Computer Applications I by introducing new skills. By the end of the course, you will be able to design a basic database, enhance spreadsheets, create templates to increase efficiency, and collaborate to create and review shared documents.

FINA 1311 - Managing Your Personal Finances
An introduction to starting your personal financial plan exploring conventional techniques for making your money work for you, instead of the other way around! This one semester course deals with financial planning and investment on a personal scale, and is intended to be useful and understandable to people who lack a finance background.

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.

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.

MKTG 2005 - Marketing II
This course is a continuation of Marketing I. Topics will include: the marketing environment including emerging technologies and global influences, elements of the marketing mix and marketing plans.

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.

Business Administration Year 1 Prescribed elective course requirement. One unit/credit.

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