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The BCIT Business Administration diploma is ideal for students seeking choice and flexibility when it comes to starting or advancing their career. Complete your diploma at your own pace by attending evening or weekend classes at BCIT’s Burnaby or downtown Vancouver campuses, or studying as an online learner. Part-time courses are scheduled throughout the year for maximum flexibility.
Please note that a BCIT School of Business associate certificate (or equivalent) with a minimum 21.0 credits and 65% GPA is required for program entry.
Once you have earned your diploma, you can continue on and complete our BBA program in as little as one year (three terms).
Business Administration (Management Option)
Successful business people communicate well and understand how organizations work. They know how to assess business problems and develop workable and effective solutions. They understand how marketing, finance, and organizational behavior impact business strategy and success.
The BCIT Business Administration (Management) diploma will help you develop the knowledge and skills for a successful management career, whether you are just starting out or have been working for a while. You will build a strong foundation in business fundamentals and develop specialized knowledge and applied skills. With an industry project at the end of your diploma, you will graduate with the job-ready skills that BCIT is known for.
Applications are accepted throughout the year.
- English: two years of education in English in an English-speaking country with one of the following:
- Math: one of the following:
- Post-secondary education: one of the following:
- A BCIT School of Business associate certificate (or equivalent) with a minimum 21.0 credits and 65% GPA or
- A non-business associate certificate with a minimum 21.0 credits, 65% GPA, and completion of the following courses (or equivalents) with a 65% average:
Applicants who have completed post-secondary studies outside of Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia or New Zealand will require a comprehensive evaluation of their credentials by the International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES). Credential evaluation reports from other Canadian services may be considered. These reports must include course-by-course evaluations and GPA calculations.
Part-time Studies (course-by-course) programs are only available to international students who have a valid status in Canada. If you are currently outside of Canada, please apply to a full-time program or ISEP.
Transfer credit maximum
BCIT may award credit for courses, programs or prior learning assessment recognition (PLAR) completed at BCIT or other institutions towards a BCIT credential. However, BCIT policy allows only a maximum of 50 percent of an additional credential’s credits to be awarded through previously earned credits.
Students entering this program may have previously completed a number of courses in the program matrix that exceeds the 50 percent transfer maximum. In this case, the program head will determine alternative courses to satisfy the program requirements.
*Program credit requirements are subject to change.
Course to course transfers
View the Transfer Credit Guide for approved courses. You can apply for courses not listed in the guide, but you must provide English language course documentation (e.g., a course outline).
Decisions regarding course equivalency are made by subject matter experts. The program head does not determine course equivalency.
Transfer credit to open electives
If you wish to use a course taken at another institution as an open elective, submit a Course Credit Exemption form [PDF] to apply for transfer credit.
The rules for open electives are relaxed. Courses transferable to open electives can have been taken many years ago and need not be in a business subject to qualify.
The program head will determine the eligibility of courses for open electives as well as the number of credits and tier of the transfer.
Please note that external courses transferred to Tier 2 must have a prerequisite. For example, Chemistry 200 can be transferred as a Tier 2 course so long as the course outline lists Chemistry 100 as a prerequisite.
Apply to program
To submit your application:
- Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements.
- Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files.
- Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee.
Ongoing Part-time Studies intakes: January, April, and September.
Within two business days of submitting your completed application, BCIT will send a message to your personal and myBCIT e-mail addresses. All correspondence regarding your application will be posted to your online myCommunication account at my.bcit.ca. We'll send you an e-mail when a new message is posted. It's important to watch for these e-mails or regularly check your account online.
You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within four weeks.
Costs & Supplies
Please see the Part-time Studies Tuition & Fees page for information on part-time tuition fees.
Financial assistance may be available for this program. For more information, please contact Student Financial Aid and Awards.
Please note: part-time programs and courses are open enrolment and although we make every effort to accommodate demand, course registration cannot be guaranteed in every semester. High demand courses fill quickly and may result in students unable to register for a course that semester. Courses may also be cancelled due to low enrolment.
This program is offered on a course-by-course basis, allowing you the flexibility to complete courses in any order, provided prerequisites are met. Please note that some courses are offered only once or twice per year.
In-class delivery is available for most courses in the program, and some courses are also offered online.
In-class courses usually total 36 hours of classroom time delivered over 12 sessions. Students should plan for one to two hours of independent study time for each hour in class.
Online courses are typically 12 weeks long. Students should plan to spend an average of seven to ten hours per week on their studies for each course.
Courses in the Business Administration program are classified as follows:
- Tier 1: Post-secondary courses without prerequisite courses. These are usually introductory level courses.
- Tier 2: Post-secondary courses that have prerequisite courses or are advanced beyond the introductory level.
- Capstone: Courses must be taken with program head approval after completing 90.0 program credits. Students must maintain a 65 percent GPA to take these courses.
View the Course Tier Guide [PDF] for a list of Tier 1 and 2 courses. Classification of courses not listed must be approved by the program head.
Advanced course requirements
Students must complete sufficiently advanced courses to meet program requirements. A minimum of 62.0 credits in this program must be Tier 2 or Capstone credits.
Take care when selecting your elective courses to ensure that you will meet the Tier 2 credit requirement.
Check current availability of courses for this program.
|1. Business Administration Required Core Courses (75.5 credits)||Credits|
Presents a practical study of Canadian business law, including the legal and administrative systems, torts, contracts, sale of goods and consumer protection, secured transactions, employment, agency and business organizations. Participation in this course, taught by lawyers, prepares you to recognize and feel comfortable with the legal aspects of doing business.
Business Information Systems 1 - Office 2019 for Windows
Computers and information technology are the foundation of business today and an essential tool in the current labour market. This course provides a deep understanding of computer terminology, operating systems, and the most popular software applications used in business. The course discusses up to date technology issues and challenges that affect and impact the business environment. At the end of the course students will become proficient on Microsoft Office applications; specifically, in MS Word, MS Excel, and MS Power Point. Students work individually on projects in lab settings and complete a number of individual projects and quizzes /exams.
Principles of Management
Presents both traditional and contemporary perspectives of modern management examining management and management roles in teams, projects, departments and the organization as a whole. Strategic planning, operational planning, leading, organizing and controlling for performance will be addressed. Through actual business scenarios, cases and exercises, participants gain experience in decision-making and applying theory to real world organizations.
Introduction to Business and Technical Communication
This communication course teaches practical business communication techniques for planning, organizing, selecting, writing, and presenting information in business or industry. It covers routine memos, letters, request and reply letters, and oral presentations. NOTE: Students do not need to submit transcripts for entrance to this course. BUT, in the case of formal or informal grade appeals or reviews they will be asked to show proof of their English requirements. Students scoring below "C+" in English 12 should take COMM 1106 instead of COMM 1103. Students who wish to confirm their English level are strongly advised to take COMM 0015.
This course investigates economic analysis, focusing on fundamentals of markets, supply and demand, consumer and producer behaviour, and monopoly and competition. Optional areas of business application may explore labour markets, government intervention and environmental regulation. Prepares students to identify and evaluate the economic considerations they will undoubtedly encounter in business.
Presents a challenging overview of the workings of an economy. Stresses measurement and determination of national economic activity, the role of monetary and fiscal policy, and the understanding of inflation, unemployment and growth in an international environment. Prepares students to weigh political and economic issues as they relate to their business ventures.
This course covers the full accounting cycle for individuals with little or no accounting background. Topics include accounting as an information system; introduction to accounting theory; income measure; traditional record keeping; the accounting cycle; cash and financial statements.
Essentials of Marketing
Marketing 1102 is an introduction to the fundamentals of marketing. In addition to the "four Ps" of marketing—product, price, place, and promotion—students will be introduced to how marketers create customer-driven marketing strategies based on their research and understanding of the marketing environment and customers. Students will plan a strategy for and compete in an online marketing simulation. After the simulation, students will evaluate their performance and deliver a marketing plan for their simulation company, which will be assessed on students' application of marketing terminology and processes and in the professionalism of their work. Additionally, students will complete assignments, quizzes, and exams.
Reviews basic mathematics applicable to business and industry. Topics include consumer and commercial credit, simple and compound interest, financial instruments and discounting, annuities, mortgages, loans, sinking funds, leases, depreciation methods, capitalized costs, cash flow analysis, NPV and IRR. Emphasis is on maximum use of pre-programmed calculator and practical applications from the field of Financial Management.
Statistics for Business and Industry
Includes descriptive statistics, including numerical and graphical presentation of data, measures of central tendency, dispersion and elementary probabilities. Introduction to several discrete and continuous probability distributions. Introduction to inferential statistics through selected topics such as sampling, confidence limits of the mean, hypotheses testing, simple linear regression and the chi-squared test for independence.
This course presents the study of factors that either influence or are influenced by people at work. Focuses on macro factors such as organizational structure, technology and environment; group factors such as group dynamics, leadership, conflict, change and decision-making; and individual factors such as personality, attitudes, perception and motivation.
Introduction to Business Data Analytics with MS Excel 2019 for Windows
The main focus of this course is to develop data analytic skills and demonstrate the ability to manage and present complex data to effectively support business decisions. Students will develop a sound methodology to build "what if" spreadsheet models to assess various business cases. Throughout the course, students will work on business cases in which the design of the spreadsheet is of paramount importance. This course covers advanced Excel formulas, concepts, and applications using larger and more professional worksheets and focusses on the data modeling approach using MS Excel. Topics include built-in functions, charts, transferring data across applications, and using the built-in tools including Pivot Tables, Sparklines, Slicers, and Power Pivots.
Business and Technical Correspondence
This communication course teaches business writing skills needed to write many types of business correspondence. It covers claim, bad-news and sales letters, job applications, and the writing of procedures and instructions. NOTE: Students scoring below "C+" in level 1 COMM are required to take COMM 2002 instead of COMM 2202. To make up for a full-time diploma program level 2 COMM course, students must take both COMM 2202 (or COMM 2002) and COMM 2203 (or COMM 2003). If you have BCIT full-time diploma program level 1 COMM course credit, email firstname.lastname@example.org to apply for approval to register.
Business and Technical Reports
This communication course teaches the business writing skills needed to produce effective business and technical reports: inspection, trip, incident, and progress reports, proposals, feasibility studies, formal reports, oral reports, summaries and graphics. NOTE: Students scoring below "C+" in level 1 COMM are required to take COMM 2003 instead of COMM 2203. To make up for a full-time diploma program level 2 COMM course, students must take both COMM 2202 (or COMM 2002) and COMM 2203 (or COMM 2003). If you have BCIT full-time diploma program level 1 COMM course credit, email email@example.com to apply for approval to register.
This course is the second of two designed to provide first year students with a general understanding of the nature, purpose and general procedures of accounting. The course examines notes and accounts receivables; capital assets; liabilities; partnerships; corporations and consolidations; international transactions; financial statement analysis; and cash flow statements.
Managerial Accounting (OPMT)
Designed to give non-accounting majors an appreciation of the uses and limitations of cost and managerial accounting in the decision-making processes of an organization. Emphasis will be placed on identifying the relevance of this discipline to other functional areas: capital budgeting, production planning, cost minimization, contribution maximization, pricing and marketing policies. Concepts will be related to both manufacturing and knowledge-based, service business environments. Students will study a variety of analytical techniques that can be applied to financial and operational data to support management decisions.
Finance for Business Management
The purpose of the course is to give the student an understanding of the role finance plays in business and industry. Corporate finance is a tool that helps managers maximize the financial performance of a company for the long-term benefit of its shareholders. In this course students learn how firms can efficiently allocate their financial resources and how they can acquire those resources on as favourable terms as possible.
Analyses business strategy formulation to give the student practical experience and confidence in handling complex business situations. Comprehensive business cases will be selected in fields such as finance, control, personnel, production, marketing, and general management. Acquaints the student with management decision-making and effective verbal and written business analysis. Teamwork and organizational change are addressed as elements of strategy implementation.
Business Consulting Projects for Part-time Studies
This is a course in the application of consulting skills and problem solving. The intent of the course is to provide students with a set of tools that will help them solve unstructured business problems using the skills and knowledge learned in the program in a real world setting.
|2. Management Required Courses (24.0 credits)||Credits|
Introduction to E-commerce
Designed to provide an overview of all aspects of commerce and opportunity on the Internet. Topics include marketing products on the Internet, systems integration, virtual organizations, electronic payment systems, privacy and security concerns, intellectual property, customs and excise issues, emerging issues in telecommunications, and Internet issues where government regulation has been contemplated.
Operations Management Fundamentals
Educates the student on the importance of managing operations across all industries by presenting the fundamentals in productivity improvement based on a systematic, scientific problem solving methods. Includes economic feasibility, recording techniques, assembly and analysis of data, critical examination, the development and selection of alternative solutions. Case materials explore applications to manufacturing, warehouse, office, materials management and general management. Students uncomfortable with basic algebra applications are encouraged to take OPMT 0199 prior to the course.
International Trade 1
Examines how the operating environment affects trade and trading relationships. The course of studies covers topics related to the location of markets, the infrastructure necessary for a successful market, current trade patterns and future trends in trading. Emphasis will be placed on explanations of how the operating environments affect production, transportation and marketing.
Business Data Management with MS Access 2019 for Windows
In an information-based society, understanding data management is vital. The backbone of the Internet, Cloud Computing, and Business Intelligence are relational database management systems. The use and manipulation of data is the key to utilize business information to create a competitive advantage. This course introduces relational database management systems, data modeling, and artificial intelligence. Students will use Microsoft Access, a relational database management system, to create data models and build data applications. An introduction to Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Deep Learning tools and models will also be included in the course.
Human Resource Management Fundamentals
This course covers theory, practice and standard programs employed by human resource management practitioners in today’s private sector business, government and other organizations. The course covers the major human resource management functions with some emphasis on applied knowledge. Recommended for all persons interested in general management, HR management, and/or supervision.
This marketing research course will explore research tools and techniques needed to execute various marketing research projects. Emphasis will be on how marketing research fits into the strategic planning process; conducting situation analyses and exploratory research; identifying and locating sources of secondary data including Internet and other online resources; evaluating and selecting appropriate methods for conducting primary research; designing data gathering tools; conducting effective survey fieldwork; and tabulating, analyzing and reporting of primary research findings. You will be required to complete a major multi-method marketing research project.
This course provides students with an introduction to an area of management science that is sometimes called quantitative methods or operations research. The objective of this course is to have students develop an appreciation of the management science approach to problem formulation and solution that is now so important in today’s business and industrial sectors. The course focuses on quantitative approaches to decision making and introduces a variety of management sciences models, methods, and procedures. The major areas of study are linear programming (LP), simulation modeling, and forecasting.
|3. Management Electives (6.0 credits)||Credits|
|Complete a minimum of 6.0 credits from the following list of electives:
This course is designed to provide professionals and small business owners with the skills to successfully manage their own businesses. In our rapidly changing economy, many individuals now offer their services on a contract basis. Success in this "new economy" will be significantly improved through the acquisition of the entrepreneurial skills developed. Students will develop essential skills in evaluating entrepreneurship opportunities and business processes relevant to the Canadian environment, including the development of a comprehensive business plan.
This course will explore the common law legal principles and statutory regimes governing the relationship between individual employees and employers in Canada. While the emphasis will be on the law of employment in the non-union context, comparisons will be made throughout the course between individual and unionized activity and the relationship between unions and employers in Canada. The course will involve a review of relevant statutes, analysis of decisions from the courts, practical exercises, discussion and student presentations. Students should take HRMG 3205 Labour Relations I to learn about employment law as it applies to a unionized workforce.
Designed to provide participants with a conceptual framework for preparing and conducting negotiations and to give them hands-on experience in using this framework. After analyzing the negotiation concepts, the major focus of the course will be on negotiation exercises designed to highlight a range of important issues about the negotiation process. This course will be relevant to entrepreneurs, managers, lawyers, human and labour relations practitioners and individuals in government. Excellent supplement to either Certificate program.
Leading People and Teams Across Cultures
This course explores various frameworks and practical techniques in cross-cultural management in the global context. It exposes students to issues and problems that inevitably arise in international business when managers have to deal with culturally determined differences in values, attitudes and behaviours. The course assists students in developing intercultural competence, leadership and negotiation skills to successfully solve problems and gain on opportunities in a multicultural environment. While discovering own cultural identity and learning to identify cultural aspects of verbal and nonverbal behaviour of persons from different cultures, students come to recognize cultural differences that create challenging management situations. Specific topics include understanding the foundations of culture and cultural frameworks; motivation, leadership and decision making across cultures; negotiation and conflict resolution in global business settings; understanding organisational culture; leading multicultural teams and culturally diverse organisations. Students apply the acquired knowledge and gain relevant skills during hands-on activities such as scenario-based discussions and case studies.
Labour Relations 1
A necessary skill set in today's world - designed for those involved in, or associated with labour relations as management or union. Covers the collective bargaining process and day-to-day contract administration. Related laws, typical contract clauses, grievance procedures, responsibilities of the supervisor and the shop steward, and current activities in the labour relations field. Students will learn to approach their responsibilities for matters covered by collective agreements with more confidence and expertise.
Managing Organizational Change
This is an introductory course in Organizational Change. Students gain an understanding of the concept of change, the necessity for change and an awareness of the impact on change to organizations and individuals. The course also highlights the ways in which change can be successfully brought about in an organization and how to become a successful change agent.
|4. Open Electives (13.0 credits)|
|Complete a minimum of 13.0 credits of additional business and/or non-business electives. 6.0 credits can be completed through International Summer Field School.|
Check current availability of courses for this program.
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.
The maximum time to complete the program is seven years.
Upon completing the prerequisite associate certificate, students typically complete the part-time diploma program within three to five years. Courses are offered three times per year to coincide with the Part-time Studies terms:
|Winter term||January - April|
|Spring term||April - June/July|
|Fall term||September - December|
Additional program options
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Many courses are also offered through distance and online learning.
The Management Option is made up of four components: core courses, management required courses, management electives and open electives. Each component requires Tier 1, Tier 2 and/or Capstone credits as outlined below.
|Component||Tier 1||Tier 2||Capstone||Total credits|
|1. Core courses||40.5||23.0||12.0||75.5|
|2. Management required||9.0||15.0||24.0|
|3. Management electives||3.0* (max)||3.0* (min)||6.0|
|4. Open electives||4.0*||9.0*||13.0|
*Students must complete a minimum of 27.0 Tier 2 and/or Capstone credits in their option courses. The total number of Tier 1 and 2 elective credits may differ.
Continue your education
Business Administration diploma graduates may pursue degree completion through BCIT's Bachelor of Business Administration program. In addition, graduates may be granted transfer credit towards business degree programs at a number of universities both within and outside the province.
Graduating & Jobs
Modeled after the highly successful full-time program, the Management option is your springboard into an inspiring career. Looking at business through the lens of an entrepreneur, you’ll learn to solve real business problems and develop the skills you need to be a successful leader. Career opportunities include:
- Account Services Coordinator
- Purchasing Coordinator
- Team Lead
- Data Analyst
- Assistant Manager
- Account Manager
- Business Analyst
- Project Manager
- Business Development Manager
- General Manager
- Sales Manager
- Department Manager
Apply for graduation
Upon successful completion of all program requirements, complete an Application for BCIT Credential [PDF] and submit it to Student Information and Enrolment Services.
Allow approximately six to eight weeks for processing.
All financial obligations to the Institute must be met prior to issuance of any credential.
If you have questions about:
- Applying to your program
- Course selection and program planning
- Applying for transfer credit and advanced placement
- Laddering options
- Job placement and graduate outcomes
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Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with the BCIT program name in the subject line.
For all other inquiries, please contact:
Program Assistant – Business Administration
604-432-8860 | Kim_Petkov@bcit.ca
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