The BCIT Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree provides students the opportunity to enhance the skills developed in their diploma programs. Students broaden their knowledge in the BBA with courses that focus on critical and strategic thinking skills. This is achieved through a group of core of upper level business and general education courses.
With the business world constantly changing and becoming more complex, the BBA creates well rounded graduates who are able to look at an organization’s problems through different perspectives. Increase your opportunities of advancement in your current organization with the skills learned in the program.
About the program
- Full-time degree can be completed within 8 to 12 months
- Part-time degree completed course-by-course
- Designed to build directly on the diplomas offered by the School of Business
- Must have a BCIT credential and meet entrance requirements
- Starting in the fall of 2021, students will have the ability to specialize within the BBA through the introduction of option core courses.
Who should apply for the Bachelor of Business Administration?
- BCIT School of Business diploma* graduates
- Students who want to enhance their skills
- Those interested in critical and strategic thinking
- Want richer career paths
- Plan to attain a graduate degree in the future
* For the list of eligible diploma, bridging programs, and entrance requirements, please visit the Entrance Requirements page.
What grads can do?
Our BBA grads have many options when they finish school. They may start pursue a variety of career options, attend grad school or even work abroad.
To learn more about these opportunities for graduates please visit our Graduating and Jobs Page.
BCIT offers a number of international study opportunities that helps students gain a global perspective of the economy, culture, government, and everyday life of the country they study in. You could participate in a summer field school or complete an international degree. Learn more about studying abroad.
Specializations and joint programs
Students interested in specializing in particular fields may be able to apply certain courses and programs towards the elective component of the BBA. In all cases, specializations and joint programs are subject to the BBA’s residency and course requirements. Students considering this option must receive prior approval from the BBA program. For current offerings, see the Program Details page
This program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).
- Next up Entrance Requirements
The BBA is a degree program for students who are planning to complete, or have completed, specific BCIT diplomas, and who wish to further their education.
Successful candidates must meet the program’s minimum 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.
Bring your own device
Students are required to have their own laptop. Please refer to the Bring Your Own Device Specifications [PDF] for requirements.
Laptop costs vary depending on the configuration chosen, but will likely range from approximately $1,000 to $2,000.
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 April, with any outstanding electives to be completed at your own pace.
(Sep – Dec)
(Jan – Apr)
(May – Aug)
|Complete remaining general education electives (if necessary)
You’ll be working toward completion of your BBA degree through lectures, hands-on labs, and integrated e-learning, working independently and in teams, building knowledge through presentations and research.
You’ll be one of 100 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 are listed below.
Part-time students are responsible for preparing a suitable schedule for each term. Course offerings vary from term to term and are scheduled at the Burnaby campus. BCIT part-time courses operate on a first-come, first-served basis, and capacity is limited. Please refer to the BCIT Part-time Studies course finder for term-specific information.
Former BBA program matrix
The BBA program matrix has changed effective for the Fall 2021 term. Students who began the program prior to Fall 2021 can refer to the BBA Spring 2021 Program Matrix [PDF] for course equivalencies.
The first two years, or lower levels, of the Bachelor of Business Administration program is a minimum of 110 credits taken over two 9-month academic years, September to May. The upper levels (third and fourth year) are completed either full-time or part-time. The full-time option has an 8-month academic year, September to April. The part-time option is offered continuously over three equal terms starting in September, January or May.
The BBA program follows the “two by two” model, meaning the first two years of the degree are fulfilled by one of the School of Business + Media Full-time diploma programs. Students must first apply and be accepted into a diploma program. Upon completion of the diploma, students then apply to complete the BBA program.
Specializations and joint programs
BBA & Sustainable Business Leadership joint program
You can use courses from the Sustainable Business Advanced Certificate to meet your BBA elective requirements. As a BBA student, you can register for individual sustainable business electives by emailing your registration request to email@example.com, or you can apply for and being admitted into the Sustainable Business Advanced Certificate, which allows you to complete all of your BBA elective requirements while earning this second credential.
Registering for the Sustainable Business Advanced Certificate is recommended if you plan to take more than 1 or 2 sustainable business courses to ensure these courses count towards both your elective requirements and the Sustainable Business Advanced Certificate. After being accepted into the BBA program, email firstname.lastname@example.org for permission to also register in the Sustainable Business Advanced Certificate program.
The full BBA program matrix
The following illustrates the complete program matrix for a student who completes the BBA degree program. Note that course numbers may vary depending on which field a student chooses to specialize in. Questions regarding equivalencies should be directed to the BBA Program Administrator.
Lower levels (years 1 and 2)
|Year one common core courses
|BSYS 1000 Computer Applications 1
|BSYS 2650 Computer Applications 2
|BSYS 2660 Computer Applications 3
|BUSA 2100 Principles of Management
|COMM 1100 Business Communication 1
|COMM 2200 Business Communication 2
|ECON 2100 Microeconomics
|FMGT 1100 Accounting 1
|FMGT 2100 Accounting 2
|HRMG 3100 Intro Human Resource Mgmt
|MKTG 1102 Essentials of Marketing
|OPMT 1100 Intro to Operations Management
|OPMT 1110 Business Mathematics
|OPMT 1130 Business Statistics
|OPMT 1170 Project Management
|ORGB 1100 Organizational Behaviour
Year two field specialization
- Business Law
- And field specialty courses from:
- Business Management
- Human Resources
- Finance & Accounting
- General Insurance and Risk Management
- Global Trade and Transportation Management
- Marketing, Tourism, Real Estate, Sales
- Business Operations Management and Logistics
- Business Information Technology Management
Normally, completion of years one and two is satisfied by completing one of the business diploma programs at BCIT. Students who have completed two years in a non-business program or who have taken the first two years of business at another institute will be required to complete a 9-month bridging program, one of:
- Business Management (advanced placement)
- Human Resource Management (advanced placement)
- Sustainable Business Leadership (advanced diploma)
BBA program (years 3 and 4)
|BBA year three required core business courses
|BABI 8800 Data and Decisions
|BUSA 7500 Applied Capital and Financial Markets
|BUSA 7900 Applied Strategic Management – Design, Risks, and Ethics
|ECON 8550 Managerial Economics
|OPMT 7701 Calculus for Management
|ORGB 8700 Implementing Organizational Change – Stakeholders, Timing and Evaluation
|BBA year three required option courses
(students choose one option)
|Option 1 – Global Business
|BUSA 8100 Cross-Cultural Management
|BSUS 7100 Ecological Economics; Social and Environmental Policy
|GTTM 7000 International Management and Cross-Cultural Negotiations
|Option 2 – Marketing Brand Management and Consumer Insights
|BSUS 7200 Social Purpose Business; Uniting Brand and Impact
|MKTG 7100 Brand Strategy in the Digital Age
|MKTG 8100 Consumer Insights
|Option 3 – Business Intelligence and Value Management
|BABI 7800 Power BI and Data Analytics
|BABI 8900 Performance and Value Management
|BSUS 7400 Life Cycle Assessment for Business
|BBA year four elective courses
|SSCI EDUC Social Science/Humanities
|UNSP EDUC Unspecified General Education
|NSCI EDUC Natural Science
|ENGL EDUC English Literature/Composition
|ASCI EDUC Arts or Science
Students must complete 27 credits of electives that satisfy the BBA degree program breadth requirements. A complete list of eligible courses offered at BCIT can be found in the Courses section of this website and on the General Education Guidelines [PDF] document.
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.
BBA job bank
- BCAA – British Columbia Automobile Association
- BCIT – British Columbia Institute of Technology
- B.C. Sash & Door Co.Ltd.
- BMO Investments Inc.
- Canaccord Capital
- C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc.
- Coca-Cola Bottling Company
- Dynamic Architectural Windows & Doors
- HSBC Bank Canada
- Ipsos Canada
- MC Freight Systems
- MD Management
- Leavitt Machinery
- Purolator Courier Ltd.
- Shelley Morris Business Services
- Sunrise Soya Foods
- Sutton Group
- The Artona Group Inc.
- Uniserve Communications Corporation
- United Way of Lower Mainland
- Vancouver Parks & Recreation
- Vancity Credit Union
- Vancouver Coastal Health
- Vancouver School Board
- Visiphor Corporation
BCIT BBA graduates are exceptional, and it shows. Graduates have been accepted into the following schools:
University of New Brunswick (MOU)
Masters of Digital Media
University of Ottawa
University of Washington
Masters of Economics (SFU)
Masters of Education Technology (UBC)
Masters of International Studies (University of Michigan)
BCIT students are also eligible for Masters programs at any of our partner universities through the Student Exchange Program.
“The BCIT BBA gave me the necessary skills I needed to begin and excel in my career. I was employed immediately upon graduation and after a few years of working as a program lead/analyst, I was accepted into the Master of Public Policy program at SFU. I find myself leaning on best practices, such as teamwork, communication, and time management, all gained from my experience in the BBA program.”
Amber Butterworth, Project Lead / Program Analyst
The application process for BCIT diploma students
- When should I apply to the BBA program?
- I am currently a BCIT Diploma student in the School of Business but I haven’t graduated yet. Can I still apply?
- I have a BCIT Diploma but not from a Business Program. Can I get my BBA degree?
- I have a BCIT Business Diploma but I only want to do the BBA part-time. Are the rules different?
- I just finished my Diploma program. Can I get a FEE deferral?
General arts and science requirements
- How many credits of general education do I have to complete in order to get my BBA degree?
- Can I transfer general education courses completed outside BCIT towards my BBA degree? What is the process?
- Can I take general education courses at another institution?
- If I am not a BBA student at BCIT, can I still register for a BBA course?
- What is the difference between the BBA and the ASTB (Advanced Studies in Business) Programs?
- How long it will take me to complete my BBA Program?
The application process for BCIT diploma students
When should I apply to the BBA program?
Full-time applications are accepted between the first week of January to the last week of March. The full-time admission process is competitive and there are limited seats available. For best chance at acceptance into the program, apply as soon as possible in term 4 of your BCIT diploma program to begin September that year.
Full-time and part-time applications are treated separately. Part-time applications are accepted year-round, and accepted students may take the next available courses. 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.
I am currently a BCIT Diploma student in the School of Business, but I haven’t graduated yet. Can I still apply?
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.
I have a BCIT Diploma but not from a Business Program. Can I get my BBA degree?
Several BCIT diploma programs are acceptable for admission to the BBA program with a minimum overall average of 70% and completion of additional bridging courses. Please contact email@example.com to confirm which bridging courses are required. Learn more about the BBA Pathway Programs here.
I have a BCIT Business Diploma, but I only want to do the BBA part-time. Are the rules different?
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.
I just finished my Diploma program. Can I get a FEE deferral?
Yes, contact financial aide and identify yourself as a BBA student.
General arts and science requirements
How many credits of general education do I have to complete in order to get my BBA degree?
In order to earn your BBA degree, you have to complete 27.0 general education credits.
Can I transfer general education courses completed outside of BCIT towards my BBA degree? What is the process?
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:
- 3.0 credits English Literature or Composition
- 6.0 credits Social Science or Humanities
- 3.0 credits Natural Science
- 6.0 credits of Arts or Science
- 9.0 credits unspecified credits
Once you complete the general education courses, you have to send the official transcript to BCIT Admissions, at 3700 Willingdon Avenue, Burnaby, BC, V5G 3H2
Can I take general education courses at another institution?
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.
If I am not a BBA student at BCIT, can I still register for a BBA course?
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.
What is the difference between the BBA and the Advanced Studies in Business (ASTB) programs?
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.
How long it will take me to complete my BBA Program?
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.
The Executive Path for the BCIT Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree program allows working professionals advanced placement into the program through recognition of workplace experience and education. Individuals who do not meet the traditional entrance requirements have an alternative path to complete their degree part-time. Students broaden their knowledge in the BBA program, which focuses on critical and strategic thinking skills.
Several years of experience in management or administration, combined with some formal education (post-secondary education or industry training). The program offers specific bridging path opportunities for individuals who are:
- First Responders (fire, police, paramedics)
- Canadian Forces Veterans or Reservists
- Mature Student with a combination of 7 or more years experience in management or administration and some formal education
- Red Seal or Journeyman Certificate plus 5+ years experience as a site supervisor, project or construction manager, or a self-employed contractor
The BCIT model: fast, flexible and effective
The BBA Program provides the flexibility to complete this degree on a part-time basis, concurrent with employment. Program completion under the part-time option is usually within two or three years. The courses are offered year round, in three equal terms (Fall, Winter, Spring) as well as online and distributed learning (combining in-class and online)
Step 1: eligibility assessment
Your eligibility for advanced placement is determined upon assessment of your work experience and/or post-secondary education.
Learn more about the assessment process and start your assessment.
Step 2: complete bridging courses
Once you are qualified for advanced placement, you will be given a set of foundation courses to complete in the following fields of study*:
- Finance & Accounting
- Quantitative Analysis
*Specific course requirements will vary based on individual assessment.
Step 3: degree completion
Upon completion of the Bridging Path, you are ready to apply to the BBA Program, register, and complete classes on a course-by-course basis.
Advanced Placement & Prior Learning (APPL)
The BBA Executive Pathway program is part of BCIT’s Human Capital Initiative which bridges the gap between workplace experience and post-secondary education in British Columbia. In this respect, the program supports the Institute’s provincial mandate to build economic capacity within the Province.
The BCIT Business + Media undertakes prior learning-related research and assessment activities which result in advanced placement education options for British Columbians.
The School’s mission is to:
- Facilitate the recognition and transferability of education across a wide range of disciplines, the objective being to produce multi-disciplinary trained/skilled graduates who are valued by industry.
- Recognize and measure non-traditional training and workplace experience, thereby facilitating advanced placement and credits within the post-secondary education system in British Columbia.
Canada-BC job grant
Businesses can receive up to $10,000 to offset the cost of employee training. Learn more about the Canada-BC Job Grant.
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