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Business Administration

The Business Administration associate certificate program is an excellent place to start learning essential business skills. With just a few courses, you’ll build a strong, lifelong foundation required for an entry management position in almost any industry. In this flexible program, you’ll learn the most current job-relevant skills from industry professionals while preparing for a variety of business roles. 

About the program

  • Seven courses to complete
  • Flexible training with in-person and online courses
  • Build a solid foundation of skills necessary in any aspect of business
To learn more about how this program prepares you for career advancement, visit the Program Details.

Who should complete the Associate Certificate in Business Administration?

This program might be right for you if:
  • You’re looking for the core skills required in any aspect of business
  • You’re hoping to build a new career
  • You might be interested in continuing your training to a diploma program
Begin your training for a new career in business today by visiting the Program Entry page!

What grads can do

With the experiential learning you receive through this BCIT program, you’ll be getting the most usable, job-relevant knowledge, and skills that you can apply immediately to your current job or toward a new career in business. This program will help prepare you for entry and mid-level jobs in almost any area of business while also offering you the opportunity to apply your credits toward further training and even more career opportunities and earning potential.

Visit the Graduating and Jobs page to learn more about the opportunities awaiting graduates of this program.

Program Entry

About Part-time Studies

Take a single course, or work towards a credential — all at a pace that's right for you.

Part-time courses are offered in a variety of scheduling formats, including at night or on weekends, flexible day time delivery, or you can opt for distance or online learning. If you meet the prerequisites and there's space available, you can register for a course immediately. Courses are offered in each of three terms: Fall (September), Winter (January) and Spring/Summer (April).

To apply to a Part-time Studies program and earn your credential, you simply need to complete a Part-time Program Declaration Request. Applications are processed throughout the year.

To be successful in BCIT's fast paced applied learning environment, it is strongly recommended that students have English proficiency in all four language skills: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Two years of education in English in an English-speaking country and English 12 are strongly recommended for success. For information on English equivalencies, testing and upgrading options, visit:

Application processing

Ongoing throughout the year.

Program declaration

Declaring your Part-time Studies program ensures that BCIT is aware of your intent to complete a program as it is currently outlined and also provides you the opportunity to apply for transfer credit.
Read more about program declaration requests

BCIT accepts only complete program declarations. To declare this program:

  • Answer all questions completely prior to submission.
  • If required, convert transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files.
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee.
Declare Now

Upon approval, a program plan letter will be sent to you confirming your program of study. Please allow approximately eight weeks for processing.

Scheduled intakes

Ongoing Part-time Studies intakes: January, April and September.

Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR)

Students may request to have prior work experience or previously taken courses assessed for course exemption. Contact the department for further details on Prior Learning Assessment Recognition.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Please see the Part-time Studies Fees page for information on tuition fees and refunds.

Courses

By focusing on the essential foundations in business administration, you’ll be preparing for lifelong success in business. The courses in this program are flexible to suit your needs, you’ll work with industry professionals for the most current information in topics like marketing, accounting, business communication, and more.

Program delivery

This program is offered on a course-by-course basis, allowing students the flexibility of completing courses in any order, provided that the prerequisites are completed. Students register for each course individually and may undertake studies in any term.

Program matrix

Check current availability of courses for this program.

1. Required Courses: Credits
  BUSA 2005 Principles of Management 4.0
  MKTG 1102 Essentials of Marketing 3.0
  OPMT 1187 Project Management Essentials 3.0
  ORGB 1105 Organizational Behaviour 4.0
and
  FMGT 1100 Accounting 1 4.0
  or
  FMGT 1152 Accounting for the Manager 3.0
 
2. Complete a minimum of 6.0 credits from the following list of electives: Credits
  BLAW 3100 Business Law 4.0
  BSYS 1001 Business Information Systems 1 - Office 2016 3.0
  BUSA 2205 Entrepreneurial Management 3.0
  BUSA 3105 Leadership 1 - People Skills 3.0
  COMM 1103 Introduction to Business and Technical Communication 3.0
  ECON 2100 Microeconomics 3.0
  HRMG 3105 Human Resource Management Fundamentals 4.0
  OPMT 1110 Business Mathematics 4.0
  OPMT 1197 Statistics for Business and Industry 4.5
  OPMT 1198 Operations Management Fundamentals 3.0
 
Total Credits: 23.0

Check current availability of courses for this program.

Transfer credit

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.

Program Details

The BCIT Business Administration associate certificate program gives you the core competencies needed to start your business career with flexible training.

You’ll be able to choose the schedule of your courses to suit your current needs, including in-person courses on two campuses and online learning. In each of these courses, you’ll earn necessary knowledge and confidence in many aspects of business, including marketing, accounting, and operations management, to help advance or begin your career.

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Downtown Campus
555 Seymour Street
Vancouver, BC

Courses are also offered through distance and online learning.

Graduating & Jobs

By gaining a strong foundation in many aspects of business, you’ll find a variety of corporate opportunities.

Some opportunities include:
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Marketing Assistant/Coordinator
  • Salesperson
  • Import/Export Assistant
Additionally, by earning your associate certificate, you’ll be eligible to transfer your course credits for direct entry into many BCIT full-time diploma programs.

Whether you choose to begin your career immediately or continue your education, BCIT prepares you for your future in business.

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.

Contact Us

Kim Petkov
Part-time Studies Program Assistant - Business Administration
604-432-8860 | Kim_Petkov@bcit.ca

Richard Miles
Part-time Studies Coordinator - Business Administration
604-451-6780 | Richard_Miles@bcit.ca

Contact a Part-time Studies Program Advisor with the BCIT program name in the subject line if you have a question about:
  • Course selection and program planning
  • Declaring your program
  • Making changes to your approved program plan
  • Applying for transfer credit and advanced placement
  • Laddering options
  • Job placement and graduate outcomes
  • Student life

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