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).
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 15 institutions in 13 countries across Europe, Africa and Asia. This diploma provides a formal framework and a credential for students completing their business studies at our exchange partner schools or through participation in our International Summer Field Schools.
Applications are accepted throughout the year.
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.
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.
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.
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.
BCIT accepts only complete applications. In order to apply:
You can check the status of your application online at any time using the Student Information System.
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.
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:
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.
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 2016
Computers and information technology are the foundation of business today. This course provides an understanding of computer terminology, operating systems, and the most popular office software used in business. Students will become proficient on MS Word, MS Excel, and MS Power Point with the latest version of Microsoft Office.
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. Prerequisite: Students must have one of the following: 1) English 12 "67%" (C+) or equivalent (refer to BCIT's Admission page); 2) COMM 0015 score of 70 or better.
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
This course 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 develop a marketing plan and integrated marketing communications (IMC) plan based on a case study, 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. Prerequisites: Algebraic skills to at least the Grade 11 level with a minimum 68% final mark. Students who do not have these skills should consider taking OPMT 0199 Math for Business or OPMT 0198 Business Math Assessment Test.
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. Prerequisite: Basic algebraic skills to at least the Grade 11 level. Students who do not have these skills should consider taking OPMT 0199. This course is deemed equivalent to OPMT 1130, OPMT 1121 and OPMT 1208.
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 2016 for Windows
Every enterprise requires business analytics and decision support systems (DSS) in order to develop a competitive advantage. This is an introductory course using MS Excel for Windows, the foundational data analysis tool, to build on the skills and concepts covered in basic computer application courses. This course covers advanced Excel formulas, concepts, and applications using larger and more professional worksheets and focusses on the data modeling approach using Excel vs. the calculator approach. Topics include if-then modeling, built-in functions, charts, transferring data across applications, and using the built-in tools such as PivotTables, Sparklines, Slicers, and PowerPivots. Prerequisites: BSYS 1001
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 email@example.com to apply for approval to register. Prerequisite: Students must have one of the following: 1) a final grade of 70% or better in BCIT level 1 COMM (ie: COMM 1100 or COMM 1103 or COMM 1106 or COMM 1120; or 2) a score of 70 or better in COMM 0015; or 3) an OFFICIAL transfer credit granted for BCIT level 1 or level 2 COMM course with a final grade of 70% or better (refer to http://www.bcit.ca/admission/transfer/).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to apply for approval to register. Prerequisite: Students must have one of the following: 1) a final grade of 70% or better in BCIT level 1 COMM (ie: COMM 1100 or COMM 1103 or COMM 1106 or COMM 1120; or 2) a score of 70 or better in COMM 0015; or 3) an OFFICIAL transfer credit granted for BCIT level 1 or level 2 COMM course with a final grade of 70% or better (refer to http://www.bcit.ca/admission/transfer/).
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. Prerequisites: FMGT 1100 or FMGT 1105
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. Prerequisites: FMGT 2100
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. Prerequisites: FMGT 2100 or FMGT 2105 or FMGT 2152
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. Prerequisite: Departmental approval needed to register in this course. Course registration is restricted to students that have completed a minimum of 30 credits of coursework in business programs, completed BUSA 2005 and an overall GPA of 65%. To be considered for registration approval, please email the Business Administration Part Studies Program Assistant at email@example.com **Full-time day school students in the School of Business may not enroll in this course without the express consent of their day school Program Head.**
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. Prerequisite: Student must be enrolled in the Business Administration program, and must have maintained a 65% average, and must have program head approval to enter the course.
|2. Global Studies Required Courses (9.0 credits)||Credits|
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. Prerequisites: OPMT 0199
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.
Introduction to Intercultural Business Communication & Workplace Diversity
This first level course is an introduction to the dynamic forces which influence effective communication in business between people from diverse cultural backgrounds. Participants will acquire cross-cultural knowledge and build intercultural expertise and critical thinking skills through readings, class discussions, exercises, and role-playing. The goal is to learn skills that will help students to be effective in a variety of cultures. The course consists of a one-hour lecture and a two-hour lab each week. The lectures provide the theory and demonstrations; the labs provide opportunities to apply the theory. Students will have some choices in project applications. Prerequisite: English 12 or equivalent (such as COMM 0005).
Intercultural Communication Competency and Diversity Awareness for Professionals
This course is an introduction to the dynamic forces which enhance effective communication between persons from various cultural backgrounds, primarily in a professional setting. By helping students to develop a truly international perspective, COMM 7100 encourages intercultural communication competency, otherwise known as ICC. Due to rapid globalization, ICC is not an option, but a necessity. Prerequisite: 6 credits BCIT Communication at 1100 level or above, or 3 credits of university/college composition.
|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.|
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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|
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Many courses are also offered through distance and online learning.
The Global Studies Option is made up of five components: core courses, global studies required courses, discipline preparation, international exchange, 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. Global studies required||9.0||9.0|
|3. Discipline preparation||6.0 (max)||3.0 (min)*||9.0|
|4. International exchange||12.0*||12.0|
|5. Open electives||12.0*||12.0|
*Students must complete a total of 27.0 Tier 2 credits in their option courses.
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.
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.
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