The BCIT Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree provides students the opportunity to enhance the skills developed in their diploma programs. The BCIT BBA is a degree completion program that offers a core of upper level business and general education that builds upon any of the BCIT business diplomas. In addition, the BBA does offer alternative pathways for those with non-business credentials. Also known as a “2 by 2” model, those wishing to earn a BBA must first apply and complete a BCIT business diploma or approved equivalent.
By building on the skills and knowledge acquired in one of the diploma programs, BBA graduates are better prepared for career advancement. Students broaden their knowledge in the BBA, which focuses on critical and strategic thinking skills. The combination of a BCIT diploma and the BBA gives students much richer opportunities along their career paths.
Since 1964, BCIT has produced diploma graduates that employers ask for by name. The BBA program builds directly on the variety of diploma programs offered in the School of Business. By starting with the diploma program of your choice, you will begin learning the skills necessary for your chosen field right from the first day of classes. At the end of your second year, you will have a diploma that is highly valued by industry. The BBA program then gives you the flexibility to complete your degree full-time within 8 to 12 months (depending on previous transfer credits from other institutes), or you can choose to begin your career and finish your degree part-time, usually within two to three years.
The BBA provides opportunities for individuals who are planning to complete, or have completed, specific BCIT diplomas, and who wish to further their education. NOTE: The BBA is an internal program that allows BCIT diploma students to complete their degree. There is NO direct entry for external applications (see below).
Successful candidates must meet the program's entrance requirements, and should apply to the BCIT BBA program after completing or when nearing completion of one of the BCIT School of Business diploma programs below.
As a full-time student, you'll be immersed in a highly structured and demanding environment for the duration of the program. All full-time courses are scheduled at the Burnaby campus. The full-time program begins in September and ends in either April or August, depending on the number of general education electives any student needs to complete.
(Sep - Dec)
(Jan - Apr)
(May - Aug)
||Complete General Education Electives (If Necessary)|
You'll be one of 50 students accepted into the program. Like yourself, everyone will have completed a BCIT business diploma program, and many will have work experience. Students come from many disciplines and fields of study, leading to a rich, dynamic, and varied learning environment.
Your schedule will be busy, with 15 in-class hours per week, plus homework. In the computer labs, you'll have your own computer workstation to complete all assignments. You'll have regular, usually weekly, class assignments to complete for most courses, so it's important to manage your time well and perform consistently throughout the school year.
Once accepted into the BBA part-time program, you'll register and complete classes on a course-by-course basis. This option usually allows students to complete the program in 18-36 months while working. Course information and availability is listed below.
Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.
|YEAR ONE COMMON CORE COURSES|
|BSYS 1000 Computer Applications 1||3.0 Credits
|BSYS 2650 Computer Applications 2||2.0 Credits|
|BSYS 2660 Computer Applications 3||2.0 Credits|
|BUSA 2100 Principles of Management||2.0 Credits|
|COMM 1100 Business Communication 1||3.0 Credits|
|COMM 2200 Business Communication 2||4.0 Credits
|ECON 2100 Microeconomics||3.0 Credits|
|FMGT 1100 Accounting 1||4.0 Credits|
|FMGT 2100 Accounting 2||5.5 Credits|
|HRMG 3100 Intro Human Resource Mgmt||2.5 Credits|
|MKTG 1102 Essentials of Marketing||3.0 Credits|
|OPMT 1100 Intro to Operations Management||2.5 Credits
|OPMT 1110 Business Mathematics||4.0 Credits|
|OPMT 1130 Business Statistics||5.5 Credits|
|OPMT 1170 Project Management||2.5 Credits|
|ORGB 1100 Organizational Behaviour||3.0 Credits|
|BBA YEAR THREE BUSINESS CORE COURSES|
|BUSA 6800 Strategic Management||4.0 Credits
|ECON 5570 Money and Banking||2.0 Credits|
|OPMT 5701 Calculus for Management||4.0 Credits|
|OPMT 5740 Integrated MIS||4.0 Credits|
|BUSA 5200 Business, Society, and Ethics||4.0 Credits|
|ECON 6500 Managerial Economics||4.0 Credits
|OPMT 5751 Math Models for Business||4.0 Credits|
|ORGB 5600 Implementing Strategic Change||4.0 Credits|
|BBA YEAR FOUR ELECTIVE COURSES|
|SSCI EDUC Social Science/Humanities||6.0 Credits
|UNSP EDUC Unspecified General Education||9.0 Credits|
|NSCI EDUC Natural Science||3.0 Credits|
|LIBS 7001 Critical Reading and Writing||3.0 Credits|
|ASCI EDUC Arts or Science||6.0 Credits|
BBA graduates represent the program in many different industries, working in small companies and large corporations, including some of the top employers in British Columbia. The following BBA job bank consists of some the companies where our alumni work in BC and abroad.
BCAA - British Columbia Automobile Association
BCIT - British Columbia Institute of Technology
B.C. Sash & Door Co.Ltd.
BMO Investments Inc.
Canada Post Corporation
C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc.
Citizens Bank of Canada
Coca-Cola Bottling Company
Dynamic Architectural Windows & Doors
HSBC Bank Canada
MC Freight Systems
Purolator Courier Ltd.
Shelley Morris Business Services
Select Medical Connections
Sunrise Soya Foods
The Artona Group Inc.
Uniserve Communications Corporation
United Way of Lower Mainland
Vancouver Parks & Recreation
Vancity Credit Union
Vancouver Coastal Health
Vancouver School Board
The full-time admission process is competitive, so for your best chances for acceptance into the limited full-time option seats, apply as soon as possible after November 15 (in term 4 of your BCIT diploma program) to begin the next September.
Full-time and part-time applications are treated separately. Part-time applications are accepted year-round, and accepted students may take the next available course. See our entrance requirements page for the details and criteria.
Applicants who meet the minimum requirements are ranked. Acceptance or conditional acceptance is based on the ranking and available seats.Top
You may apply in the fourth term of your diploma, based on your grades in the first three terms and be conditionally accepted until fourth term grades are calculated.Top
Applicants with a diploma from outside of BCIT School of Business can apply based upon the regular entrance requirements after completing the Business Management diploma program (9 months), the Human Resource Management diploma program (9 months).Top
The minimum admission standard is the same whether part-time or full-time, however, there is no limit on the number of part-time students admitted each term.Top
Yes, contact financial aide and identify yourself as a BBA student.Top
In order to earn your BBA degree, you have to complete 27.0 general education credits.Top
Yes, you can transfer general education courses from the different post-secondary institutions towards your BBA degree if they meet BBA general education requirements. Each course has to be a lower or upper-level university 3-credit course in the following subject areas:
Once you complete the general education courses, you have to send the official transcript to BCIT Admissions, at 3700 Willingdon Avenue, Burnaby, BC, V5G 3H2Top
Yes, as long as they meet the requirements listed on the general education information page. It is best to discuss any potential courses with the program head or an advisor in the Registrar’s Office. In general, an acceptable transfer course must be a university-level course (first year or higher). If taken at a college, it must be transferable to any of the universities in the province.Top
Yes, you can register for part-time BBA courses once you’ve completed required prerequisites and received department approval. Please contact the degree programs administrator at 604-412-7486 to obtain the approval.Top
The BBA is a BCIT business degree that allows BCIT diploma students to further their education and receive a degree conferred by BCIT.
The ASTB is an advanced certificate offered in partnership with Thompson Rivers University (formerly Cariboo College), which confers the TRU-OL degree. It is made up of eight advanced part-time business courses that fulfill the business component of the TRU degree completion program. Currently these courses are the same as the eight core business courses required by the BCIT BBA program.
As of September 2005, BCIT BBA program students do not qualify for the ASTB certificate. Application to the BBA is separate from application to the ASTB.Top
The maximum time to complete the program is seven years but please view the program details page for specific information on part-time (2 years for completion) and full-time program (1 year or three terms for completion) lengths.Top
Step 1: Eligibility Assessment
Step 2: Bridging PathEligible BBA Program candidates will complete a set of foundation courses in the following fields of study*:
Step 3: Degree CompletionUpon completion of the Bridging Path, you are ready to apply to the BBA Program, register, and complete classes on a course-by-course basis.
Program Head, Bachelor of Business Administration
604-451-6839 | Kevin_Wainwright@bcit.ca
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