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.
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
At the start of the second year, you have the option to specialize in accounting or financial services or continue into the second year of the Business Administration program.
There is also a new opportunity to participate in the collaborative NSCC Business Intelligence and Analytics and Business Administration programs with St. Francis Xavier University (see “Career and future study” for details).
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. Seating is limited for year 2 choices and will vary depending on the campus you choose.
- 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.
- Many employers have a COVID-19 vaccination requirement, which can impact your work experience course. It is your responsibility to understand and be prepared to meet employer vaccination requirements before beginning your placement.
- For more information visit Work Experience Opportunities.
- This program is available for part-time study at eCampus.
- Once admitted, you're referred to the 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.
- At Ivany Campus there are 3 options to complete your program:
- In-person - Daytime scheduled classes, Monday to Friday
- Blended - A combination of in-person and online learning with classes scheduled in the daytime, Monday to Friday.
- A minimum of 50% of classes will be in-person
- Blended (evenings) - A combination of in-person and online learning with classes scheduled in the evening, Monday to Thursday.
- A minimum of 50% of classes will be in-person
- 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.
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 may be able to apply to earn credit. Not all programs are eligible. 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
Effective communication is fundamental to career success. This course will apply the communication cycle to improve the impact of written messages, presentations, and interpersonal interactions.
COMM 2215 - Communications - Workplace Applications
This course explores the detailed and specialized messages that are part of the current workplace. The course will give students the opportunity to research, format, and write targeted messages such as reports and letters. The course also prepares students for the job search.
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 MKTG 1010. 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.