Global Studies Option Part-time Diploma 703bdipma

Overview

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.

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 (Global Studies Option)

International business is the cornerstone of a globalized business world. Students with training in international business practices and experience are able to work successfully in companies that engage in international trade. The opportunity to get that experience is available through the School of Business Diploma in Business Administration (Global Studies) which is offered in partnership with post-secondary institutions worldwide. BCIT has already established international student exchange agreements with 18 institutions in 13 countries across Europe and in Korea. This diploma provides a formal framework and a credential for students completing their business studies at our exchange partner schools.

Program Entry

Application processing

Applications are accepted throughout the year.

Entrance requirements

  • 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.

Read more about how to meet BCIT’s entrance requirements

Transfer Credit

Transfer credit may be granted for courses completed at BCIT or another post-secondary institution where the learning outcomes duplicate those of the BCIT course. As per Admission Procedure 5003-PR1, the department reserves the right to determine the granting of credit where appropriate.

Apply to program

International students: 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.

BCIT accepts only complete applications. In order to apply:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements prior to submission
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee
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You can check the status of your application online at any time using the Student Information System.

Scheduled intakes

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

myCommunication

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

Tuition fees

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

Financial assistance

Financial assistance may be available for this program. For more information, please contact Student Financial Aid and Awards.

Courses

Program delivery

This part-time studies program is offered on a course-by-course basis, allowing you the flexibility to complete courses in any order, provided that any required course prerequisites have been completed. Students register for each course individually, and may undertake studies in any term (Winter, Spring/Summer or Fall). While you may choose the pace of your studies, all program requirements must be completed within seven years as per BCIT Policy 5103 - Student Evaluation [PDF].

Please note that some courses in this program are offered only once or twice per year, and BCIT reserves the right to cancel courses if enrolment is insufficient.

In-classroom delivery is available for most courses in the program. Some courses are also offered online.

The length of most in-classroom courses is 36 hours of classroom time, delivered in either 12 sessions (e.g. one three-hour class per week), six sessions (e.g. one six-hour class per week), or five sessions (e.g. one 7.25-hour class per day). Students should schedule an additional one to two hours of independent study time for each hour of in-classroom time, to complete readings, assignments, projects and exam preparation.

The length of most online courses is 12 weeks. Online learning students should plan to spend an average of seven-to-ten hours per week on their studies for each course.

Course Classification

Courses in the program are classified by their difficulty as follows:

Tier 1 - Courses without prerequisite courses in post-secondary education. Usually these are taught in the first year of a program. In addition to the required Tier 1 Business Administration core courses, a maximum of 15.0 Tier 1 credits are allowed within your option.

Tier 2 - Courses that have prerequisites courses OR are taught in the second year of the corresponding full-time diploma program. In addition to the required Tier 2 and Capstone courses in the Business Administration core, a minimum of 27.0 Tier 2 and Capstone credits must be taken in your option.

Capstone - Courses must be taken after completing 90.0 credits in the program, with program head approval. Students must maintain their 65% GPA to take these courses.

Classification of courses not already on the matrices must be approved by the program head. Do not assume the level of the course you are seeking credit for, especially for courses not taught at BCIT.

Program matrix

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1. Business Administration Required Core Courses (75.5 credits) Credits
Tier 1:
  BLAW 3100 Business Law 4.0
  BSYS 1001 Business Information Systems 1 - Office 2016 3.0
  BUSA 2005 Principles of Management 4.0
  COMM 1103 Introduction to Business and Technical Communication 3.0
  ECON 2100 Microeconomics 3.0
  ECON 2200 Macroeconomics 4.0
  FMGT 1100 Accounting 1 4.0
  MKTG 1102 Essentials of Marketing 3.0
  OPMT 1110 Business Mathematics 4.0
  OPMT 1197 Statistics for Business and Industry 4.5
  ORGB 1105 Organizational Behaviour 4.0
Tier 2:
  BSYS 2051 Business Data Analytics with MS Excel 2016 3.0
  COMM 2202 Business and Technical Correspondence 3.0
  COMM 2203 Business and Technical Reports 3.0
  FMGT 2100 Accounting 2 5.5
  FMGT 3224 Managerial Accounting (OPMT) 4.0
  FMGT 3555 Finance for Business Management 4.5
Capstone:
  BUSA 4800 Management Policy 4.0
  BUSA 4950 Business Consulting Projects for Part-time Studies 8.0
 
2. Global Studies Required Courses (9.0 credits) Credits
Tier 1:
  OPMT 1198 Operations Management Fundamentals 3.0
  TDMT 1104 International Trade 1 3.0
and
  COMM 1117 Introduction to Intercultural Business Communication & Workplace Diversity 3.0
  or
  COMM 7100 Introduction to Intercultural Communication Competency in International Business 3.0
 
3. Discipline Preparation (9.0 credits)
Complete a minimum of 9.0 credits* of discipline specialized courses to ensure you are prepared for study abroad. Courses may be additional business courses in a relevant topic or non-business courses relevant to the exchange. Courses may be taken at BCIT or at other BC post secondary institutions. Courses must be approved in advance by the School of Business International Programs Coordinator.

*At least 3.0 of these credits must be Tier 2.
 
4. International Exchange (12.0 credits)
A minimum of 12.0 credits must be taken at a School of Business international partner university abroad. These credits may correspond to four or more courses, depending on the credit calculation of each international partner institution. The International Program Coordinator will guide students through course selection so that students are able to customize their learning experience, in their area of interest and prepare a meaningful learning path.
 
5. Open Electives (12.0 credits)
Complete a minimum of 12.0 credits of additional business and/or non-business electives.
 
Total Credits: 117.5

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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

Program length

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

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Downtown Campus
555 Seymour Street
Vancouver, BC

Many courses are also offered through distance and online learning.

Continue your education

Degree Completion

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

Job Opportunities

The market for graduates with international experience and training is growing all the time. Over the past 10 years, Canada’s exports have grown approximately 58%, our imports by 63%. As they have grown, so has the demand for competent employees that are skilled in the activities associated with this new breed of global company. In British Columbia alone, there are over 2,800 companies that export their commodities around the globe.

Graduates may be employed in any economic sector in which international markets play a role in the firm’s success. Career opportunities occur in marketing, finance, and management with firms such as trading houses, importers and exporters, customs brokers, freight forwarders, and transportation providers.

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

Ron Kessler
Program Head
604-412-6782 | badip@bcit.ca

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