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2021-22 programs

2021-22 programming, including program delivery, may change as part of our ongoing response to COVID-19. Check for regular updates.

Business Administration

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

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Start Date:
April & September
Typical Length:
2 Years (Varies for part-time studies)

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If you're planning a career in business, accounting or financial services – or looking to upgrade your knowledge – this is your gateway. This program offers you a broad understanding of the skills required in these functional areas of business: accounting, finance, human resources, marketing, and operations and project management.

First year

You learn to:

  • use accounting and financial principles to support the operations of an organization
  • apply marketing and sales concepts used to support business operations
  • apply fundamental human resource principles
  • outline a business plan by incorporating principles of supply chain management, operations management, and project management
  • apply entrepreneurial concepts to decision-making
  • use appropriate software, web-based tools, and office technology to manage information
  • foster relationships with stakeholders by valuing diversity and communicating effectively
  • apply principles of corporate sustainability, corporate social responsibility, and ethics to support an organization's business initiatives

Second year

At the start of the second year, you can continue in the general business program with the option to specialize in an accounting or financial services concentration.

  • Note: Concentrations are not available at all campus locations and are subject to change.

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 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.
  • You can qualify for a number of industry certifications through specific courses.

2021-22 programs

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

April 2021

Campus Location Full time/part time Delivery Availability
eCampus -- Part time OnlineOnline
Complete your program fully online through a variety of learning experiences, but do not include scheduled class sessions.
Seats available

September 2021

Campus Location Full time/part time Delivery Availability
Burridge Campus Yarmouth Full time In-class Seats available
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
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

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 2021-22 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 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, data analytics, 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 banking and insurance sectors and many accounting fields.
  • Graduates also work for government and not-for-profit organizations.

Future study options

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

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