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  • Degree - NAIT offers a number of business degrees and applied science and technology degrees accredited by Alberta Advanced Education.
    Applied degree programs offer a stronger emphasis on practical applications of the concepts learned in the classroom
  • Diplomas & Certificates - These credit programs take 1 or 2 years and lead to government approved and industry-recognized credentials.
  • Journeyman Certificate - Hands-on and expert-led apprenticeship and industry training for skilled trades and technology professionals.
  • Continuing Education/Non-Credit - NAIT offers a wide range of non-credit programs and courses for personal and professional development in a number of interesting and exciting fields. These options are great for people who may be working but are interested in studying as well.

Delivery Options

The flexible schedule options for this course including time of day and full/part-time.

  • Day - Courses taking place between Monday - Friday, before 5 PM.
  • Evening/Weekend - Courses taking place on weekdays from 5 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Online - Sometimes called "Home Study" or "Computer-Based Learning"
  • Distance - Traditional correspondence format. These courses work best if you can't get to a campus or if your schedule can't accommodate fixed class times


The average or expected time it will take to complete your program.

Open Studies

Open Studies allows you to explore credit courses without applying to a program.
It is an opportunity to get a feel for school and what program you want to be in.

International Students

Program availability may be limited for international applicants. Contact your student advisor for more information.

Advanced Credit

You may apply for advanced credit once you have been accepted into the program. Advanced Credit can be Transfer Credit (for completed post-secondary courses) or PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition).

Transfer Credit

In addition to the common guidelines outlined on the Transfer and Credit Options section and on the Transfer Credit Request Form (PDF), your program has other advanced credit requirements that are applied to each request including:

  • You must have completed the course or program no more than 10 year(s) ago unless a formalized articulation agreement is in place
  • You must have a minimum mark of D in the course(s) or program

Prior Learning and Assessment Recognition (PLAR)

If you do not qualify for transfer credit or credential recognition, Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) may be an option.

Contact the program for additional information about Advanced Credit.

Get more out of your business education

With NAIT's Bachelor or Business Administration (BBA), your classes will have a business focus from day 1.

Because many professional associations require a degree before they will grant a designation, a business degree is a great way to further your career potential. Earn a general BBA by completing core courses and your choice of electives or declare an emphasis in the following subjects:

Employment rates reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and do not guarantee future employment opportunities.

Salaries reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and are not a guarantee of future alumni income.

Hands-on, industry-relevant skills

Hands-on expertise with leading software applications and business processes set BBA grads apart. The degree focuses on experiential learning, including the use of simulations, interactive case studies and applied research assignments. Critical thinking, communication and teamwork skills are also key objectives.

Practical education, small classes and a welcoming environment make the JR Shaw School of Business the ideal place to start or continue your business education.


Business and technology are linked in today's work environment. The School of Business prepares students for success by integrating mainstream technology into our teaching tools and assignments.

The JR Shaw School of Business highly recommends our students acquire and make use of a computer (laptop or tablet*) in and away from the classroom in order to successfully engage and complete JR Shaw curriculum.

Your computer will be used to access key learning resources critical to your success in the program and therefore must be in good working order. It is also important to have a battery with sufficient life to allow for use when a plug-in is not available; as your battery should be able to last throughout your daily schedule/classes.

At a minimum your laptop must meet the following requirements:


  • Windows 7 or higher
  • 10 GB free hard drive space
  • 2 GB memory (RAM)
  • Wi-Fi connection


  • OSX 10.7 or later
  • 10 GB free hard drive space
  • 2 GB memory (RAM)
  • Wi-Fi connection

Program schedule

Our course delivery is flexible, allowing you to take your classes in the daytime, evening or online to suit your schedule. We also have transfer credit and prior learning assessments for those who have done prior post-secondary or other formal training experience.

You can expect to spend on average:

  • 15 hours per week attending classes over the course of a semester.
  • 20 hours per week studying and completing class assignments.

After graduation

The BBA has been approved by the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) as meeting the degree standards and requirements for their professional designation and development programs. Accordingly, many of the courses in the BBA curriculum are accepted as exemptions or pre-requisites in professional accounting, finance and human resource management designation programs including the LLQP, PRM, CFP, CFA, ACAF, CSC and CPHR.

Enter the workforce with confidence 

NAIT prepares you to succeed in the world of business by providing class work on real industry cases and partnerships with industry.

Possible career outcomes include: 

  • accountant
  • certified financial planners
  • financial advisor
  • business analyst
  • HR generalist
  • mediator and arbitrator
  • change management specialist
  • public administrator
  • product manager
  • supply chain manager
  • digital marketing specialist
  • sales representative/manager

Potential employers include:

  • government
  • not-for-profit sectors
  • large and small businesses
  • large and small industries
  • startups
  • research and development

Credentials and designations

The BBA provides students with a skill set that employers seek, as well as the opportunity to earn credit towards a number of professional designations, including

Common first year

In the first year of the program, all business students take the same 10 foundational courses in order to gain core business knowledge. This allows students to experience a variety of business fields in order to decide which is the best fit. In the second, third and fourth years of studies, you will take the required courses to pursue an emphasis in Finance. 

BBA degree with emphasis

In the BBA career path, you may earn an emphasis on your transcript showing that you graduated in a specialized field of studies. This emphasis does not appear on your graduation parchment, but will be noted on your official student transcripts.

Apply in APAS

Students applying to any business administration diploma program will choose Bachelor of Business Administration when selecting the program on the  Alberta Post-Secondary Application System (APAS). More information can be found under How to Apply below.

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Business Level 1

ACCT1115Introductory Financial Accounting
  • Course Equivalencies: JRSB115
  • Open Studies: Available

Students will acquire a basic knowledge of how to use financial data, prepare financial reports, and communicate financial information to various stakeholders. This course introduces students to foundational accounting principles, preparation of financial transactions and their implications on financial information.

ACCT1116Introductory Managerial Accounting
  • Requisites: Prerequisite: ACCT1115. (Enroll in ACCT1117 if ACCT1115 was completed prior to September 2019. Enroll in ACCT1116 if ACCT1115 was completed after September 2019.) This course is available to Open Studies students.
  • Open Studies: Available

This course is an introduction to managerial accounting that balances the preparation of accounting information with its use for decision making. Accounting information will be used for decision making, planning and control, as well as performance evaluation.

ACCT1117Introductory Accounting II
  • Requisites: Prerequisite: ACCT1115. (Enroll in ACCT1117 if ACCT1115 was completed prior to September 2019. Enroll in ACCT1116 if ACCT1115 was completed after September 2019.) This course is available to Open Studies students.
  • Course Equivalencies: ACCT120, ACCT121, ACCT220, JRSB117
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course introduces the student to the financial accounting concepts for current and non-current liabilities and shareholders’ equity (corporations). Analysis of financial statements provides a bridge to managerial accounting as one of the methods of performance measurement and evaluation. Students will be introduced to the budgeting process and explain the role budgeting plays in planning and control. Cost behavior, cost-volume-profit analysis, and segmented income statements will also be explored.

CMIS1150Business Productivity Software
  • Course Equivalencies: AAC120, CMIS241, JRSB150
  • Open Studies: Available

This course introduces productivity applications in business. Emphasis will be placed on applied computing to develop skills in office applications such as spreadsheet, documentation, presentation, and collaboration tools for problem-solving and decision-making.

COMM1101Communications I
  • Course Equivalencies: AAC160, BUSF850, COMM121, COMM122, JRSB101
  • Open Studies: Available

This course introduces the student to the complexities of written and oral communication. The students learn business writing strategies and techniques to communicate ideas effectively through written communication in an academic setting. Students will use software to compose, edit, and revise assignments with a focus on writing, critiquing, and editing text. Students are required to apply effective online and database research techniques and APA documentation to compile and write a formal information report. In addition to students gaining skills for effective writing, they will also learn effective oral presentation skills.

  • Course Equivalencies: AAC141, ECON186, ECON188, JRSB110
  • Open Studies: Available

Microeconomics examines the question of how individuals and firms use their scarce resources to attain economic goals, and how different economic systems try to solve this central problem of scarcity. Other key topics include the market system, elasticity of demand, and how firms make decisions and conduct themselves in the marketplace. Price and output determination for firms operating in each of pure competition, monopoly, monopolistic competition, and oligopoly market structures is studied. The economic functions of government and basic environmental economics are examined.

  • Course Equivalencies: AAC142, ECON187, ECON289, JRSB112
  • Open Studies: Available

The primary focus of this course is to explain the performance of the overall macro economy, as measured by gross domestic product, and other key economic indicators. Keynesian and Monetarist theories are examined and used as a framework to analyze and evaluate the effects of government fiscal and monetary policies on income, employment and inflation. The role of chartered banks is described when examining how the Bank of Canada implements monetary policy affecting Canada's interest rate. International economic issues of free trade, balance of payments and exchange rates are also examined and discussed.

FNCE1125Introduction to Finance
  • Course Equivalencies: BUSF855, FNCE282, JRSB125
  • Open Studies: Available

Introduction to Finance introduces the tools, calculations, and components needed to complete a financial plan; time value of money, financial goal setting, and tax planning concepts; and concepts and calculations relating to money, credit, and risk management. You will learn how to calculate the cost of revolving and installment type credit facilities and apply the tools and techniques required to purchase and finance a home. The course also introduces fundamental concepts in investing, including a discussion of mutual funds, stocks, and bonds. Retirement and estate planning concepts, including annuity and retirement income calculations, will be discussed.

MARK1130Introduction to Marketing
  • Course Equivalencies: AAC250, JRSB130, MARK166, MARK167
  • Open Studies: Available

This course introduces you to the principles of marketing. The key concepts, methods of analysis, strategies, and tactics critical to managing profitable customer relationships in today's dynamic and connected environment are presented. Major emphasis is placed on the marketing mix and its strategic application to an increasingly complex business environment. In particular, the detailed areas of product, promotion, price, and distribution are examined in reference to achieving company objectives.

MGMT1120Principles of Management
  • Course Equivalencies: JRSB120
  • Open Studies: Available

MGMT1120 introduces the student to the key principles of management in contemporary business environments: planning, organizing, leading, and controlling. These principles are examined from the perspective of the manager, and are elaborated upon using case studies, small group and class discussions, as well as course projects and assignments. Moreover, the student will learn how these four principles work in an integrated fashion to create a solid foundation for best management practices in the business firm or not-for-profit organization.

ORGB1135Organizational Behaviour
  • Requisites: Co-requisite: COMM1101. This course is available to Open Studies students.
  • Course Equivalencies: AAC230, JRSB135, ORGB191, ORGB192
  • Open Studies: Available

This course provides an introduction to the influence of the manager and the employee on the organization and work. The point of view is managing individual differences for increased productivity and satisfaction. As well, a framework for understanding behaviour in a variety of settings is studied. Case problems are solved by groups using the rational decision-making process.

Level 2 - Core courses

BLAW2205Business Law
  • Course Equivalencies: AAC220, BLAW161, BLAW162, JRSB205
  • Open Studies: Available

The objective of the course is to develop sophisticated clients. Students learn how to engage an appropriate lawyer and how to conduct basic legal research online. After examining Canada's legal systems, the course addresses how laws are made and enforced by various branches of government. Constitutional law, including an analysis of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, follows. Human rights legislation is similarly evaluated from a business perspective. The Canadian court system is contrasted with various forms of alternative dispute resolution. Students learn how civil actions in Provincial Court, Civil, are conducted. Tort law is examined to identify the potential liabilities businesses may face. Insurance law, contract law and forms of business organizations are likewise studied from a risk management perspective. The course concludes with employment law, including the common law and the relevant legislation.

CMIS2250Management Information Systems and Analytics
  • Requisites: Prerequisite: CMIS1150. This course is available to Open Studies students.
  • Course Equivalencies: JRSB250
  • Open Studies: Available

This course offers theory and application of management information-processing systems that support the activities of an organization. The course emphasizes application of tools used in data analytics, process models, and business systems. Management Information Systems concepts and foundational theories are examined to provide context to the practical exercises.

STAT2201Business Statistics
  • Requisites: This course is available to Open Studies students.
  • Course Equivalencies: AAC245, JRSB201, STAT218, STAT219
  • Open Studies: Available

This is an introductory statistics course designed to give students the ability to evaluate business problems using descriptive and inferential statistics. Topics will encompass descriptive statistics and data analysis, probability theory, hypothesis testing and regression analysis. Learning objectives for each topic are reinforced with business problems and/or small case studies.

Level 3 - Core courses (please choose 7 elective courses from level 4 in any of the concentration areas in addition to the following)

CMIS3350Business Analytics and Data Visualization
  • Requisites: Prerequisite: CMIS2250 or Level 3 or Level 4. This course is available to Open Studies students.
  • Open Studies: Available

This course provides a comprehensive introduction to Business Analytics and Data Visualization. It applies the processes, methodologies, and practices used to transform data into useful information to support business decision-making. Students gain skills by completing analytics projects introducing design principles for creating meaningful displays of quantitative and qualitative data. A major focus is on descriptive analytics, including data analysis and data visualization, which is understanding, manipulating, evaluating, and presenting the many complex data and information streams that drive today’s businesses and organizations.

ETHC3311Ethics Fundamentals
  • Requisites: Co-requisite: COMM3321. Students enrolled in ETHC3311 may not enroll in ETHC3200.
  • Course Equivalencies: JRSB311
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Ethics Fundamentals examines moral philosophy and ethical behaviour from individual, organizational, and societal perspectives. Students will be prepared to engage in ethical decision making by developing a personal moral compass that can guide their current and future behaviour. They will explore moral philosophical development through exposure to the works of moral philosophers and current practical ethics scholars. Students will apply these theories, analytical methods, and their research to current practices and events that exemplify situations they may encounter in future courses, employment, and societal situations.

ECON3340Business and Its Environment
  • Requisites: Prerequisites: ECON1110, ECON1112, BLAW2205 or Level 3.
  • Course Equivalencies: JRSB340
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Business and its Environment examines the political, regulatory, social and special interest elements within which businesses operate. Business firms just do not compete against each other in their market environments, they also compete for success outside - to shape and to accommodate public policy, public regulation, and public expectations. The vantage point of the course is the business firm and its leadership, rather than the public service and public administration. Developing the abilities to create effective strategies for interacting with the environment in which business firms operate, will enable the students to make better business decisions.

Level 3 - Required courses

COMM3321Critical Reading and Writing
  • Requisites: Prerequisite: COMM1101 or active in the Bachelor of Applied Business Administration - Finance program. This course is available to Open Studies students.
  • Course Equivalencies: FNCE321, JRSB321
  • Open Studies: Available

Students will examine works in written and other media in order to develop critical thinking and critical analysis skills required to evaluate business, social, political, and environmental issues and concepts. Students will scrutinize how rhetorical strategies and persuasive tactics are used to motivate and manipulate the audience of a work. Non-fiction, fiction, visual communication, and film/video communication may be discussed in the course. The writing component of the course focuses on advanced writing, documentation, persuasion, and research skills.

Level 4 - Core courses (please choose 7 elective courses from level 4 in any of the concentration areas in addition to the following)

SMGT4470Selected Topics in Business
  • Requisites: This course is available to students that have completed Level 2. Prerequisites: COMM3321.
  • Course Equivalencies: JRSB470
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course addresses different topics of interest in business and may include topics from an array of business related issues or from the more traditional management, accounting, finance, marketing and/or human resource functional areas. It will be delivered in a seminar format where each student is integrally involved in the discussion, analysis and assessment of issues through readings, cases or other modes of examination. The course is designed to be participatory and to stimulate research and out-of-the-box thinking about current issues.

CMIS4450Strategic Approaches to Information Systems
  • Requisites: Prerequisite: CMIS3350. This course is available to Open Studies students. Students enrolled in CMIS4450 may not enroll in CMIS4409.
  • Course Equivalencies: JRSB450
  • Open Studies: Available

This course examines strategic-level information technology resources and organizational issues. The role of information systems in helping organizations conduct business in radically different and more effective ways is examined. Strategic planning, analysis, design, implementation, and governance of information technology in order to ensure alignment with business and organizational goals are investigated. The strategic impact of emerging technologies is considered.

SMGT4460International Business
  • Requisites: Prerequisites: COMM3321. Students enrolled in SMGT4460 may not enroll in FNCE4467.
  • Course Equivalencies: FNCE4467, FNCE467
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Many corporate decisions are affected by issues of international business. These issues can be categorized under the following areas: the global monetary system, the global trade and investment, country and social factors, operation-specific issues and the structure of international operations. This course focuses on the analysis of the above issues as well on managerial application of analytical concepts and methods to overcome barriers to the implementation and success of an international business venture. Students enrolled in SMGT4460 (International Business) many not enroll in FNCE4467 (International Finance).


Cost Per Credit: $180
Tuition Cap: $1,940

Tuition for International Students

Cost Per Credit: $567
Tuition Cap: $6,111

Mandatory Fees

NAITSA: $129
U-Pass: $175
Health & Dental: $128
Rec. & Athletics: $70

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How much will first year cost?

Books, Supplies & Program Fees (est.)

Level 1 Term 1: $950
Level 1 Term 2: $875
Level 2 Term 1: $875
Level 2 Term 2: $875
Level 3 Term 1: $875
Level 3 Term 2: $875
Level 4 Term 1: $875
Level 4 Term 2: $875

Dates & Deadlines

We recommend submitting your program application at least 90 days before the application deadline.

Application Deadline: Sep 03, 2019

Term Start Date: Sep 03, 2019

Program Availability Status:  

Domestic Applicants: OP
International Applicants: OP

Entrance Requirements

High School Applicant: (for applicants who have completed less than 24 post-secondary credits)

  • Minimum 55% in Grade 12 English
  • Minimum 55% in Pure math 30 or Math 30-1 or 30-2 or Applied Math 30
  • Three additional 30 level courses (30-1 or 30-2 courses are acceptable) *An overall minimum average of 65% in the five required high school courses
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency

External Post-Secondary Applicant: (for applicants who have completed a minimum of 24 post-secondary credits and their most recent minimum 24 credits were completed outside of NAIT)

  • Completion of minimum 24 post-secondary credits with an Admission GPA (based on the most recent minimum 24 credits) of 2.3*
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency

NAIT Post-Secondary Applicant: (for applicants who have completed a minimum of 24 post-secondary credits and their most recent minimum 24 credits were completed in a credit program at NAIT)

  • Completion of minimum 24 post-secondary credits with an Admission GPA (based on the most recent minimum 24 credits) of 2.0*
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency

*Applicants that do not meet the minimum AGPA requirement that have a minimum AGPA of 1.7 may enroll in any three of the following four Open Studies courses. Completion of three of these four Open Studies courses with a minimum mark of 70% (B-) in each course will satisfy the AGPA requirement for the program:

  • CMIS3350 Business Analytics and Data Visualization
  • ETHC3311 Ethics Fundamentals*
  • ECON3340 Business and Its Environment
  • COMM3321 Critical Reading and Writing*

Note: COMM3321 and ETHC3311 must be taken in the same term or COMM3321 must be taken before ETHC3311

*Please note that acceptance into the program does not guarantee transfer credits. Transfer credits evaluation will take place after the student is accepted into the program.

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Open Studies

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International Students

This program is open to international applicants. For more detailed information about applying, visit our admissions page. Learn more


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Waitlisting Program is full and qualified applicants are being placed on a waitlist. For information about waitlists, please visit the Waitlist FAQs.

If you’re on a non-competitive waitlist, you should consider NAIT’s Academic Upgrading program or NAIT Equivalency Tests to become a more competitive applicant.

There is no guarantee that waitlisted applicants will be offered a seat, however it is common for seats to become available until the start of class. As seats become available, they are filled from the waitlist.
Closed Program is no longer accepting applications.
N/A Not available for this term.

*Program availabilty is subject to change without notice.

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