JR Shaw School of Business

Bachelor of Business Administration General

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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:

  • Accounting
  • Entrepreneurship & Innovation
  • Finance
  • Human Resource Management
  • Management
  • Marketing

Quick Facts

Credential: 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

Campus: Main

Any in-person components of your courses will be delivered at NAIT's Main Campus in Edmonton. View map

Delivery Options:

    Length: 4 Years

    With a typical full-time course load, this program will take 4 Years to complete.

    Open Studies: Available

    This program has courses that are available for 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. View courses

    International Students: Accepted

    This program accepts international students, however, program availability may be limited. Check program availability for this term. This program also meets the eligibility for the Post-Graduation Work Permit program. Each student is responsible for maintaining their eligibility throughout their studies.

    Grad Employment Rate

    Employment rates are reported by NAIT alumni, are for information purposes, and do not guarantee future employment opportunities. Please note that data for newer programs may not be included within this report.

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    Median Starting Salary

    Salaries are reported by NAIT alumni, are for information purposes, and are not a guarantee of future income. Please note that data for newer programs may not be included within this report.

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    Work Integrated Learning: Co-op

    This program has Work Integrated Learning (WIL). WIL is a form of experiential learning that integrates academic studies with relevant work-based learning. Experiences are directly tied to curriculum and part of an approved program of study.

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    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:

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

    Common first year

    JRSSB Infographic Pathways

    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 concentration in Finance.

    BBA degree with concentration

    In the BBA career path with Entrepreneurship and Innovation concentration, you will earn an concentration on your transcript showing that you graduated in a specialized field of studies. This concentration 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.

    BBA Co-op

    Students in this BBA concentration are also eligible to participate in NAIT's BBA Co-op program. Jumpstart your career by spending 3 semesters gaining valuable hands-on experience in real workplaces.

    More information on the Co-op option can be found on the BBA Co-op page.

    Career Outcomes

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

    Job Opportunities

    • Accountant
    • Certified Financial Planner
    • Financial Advisor
    • Business Analyst
    • HR Generalist
    • Mediator or Arbitrator
    • Change Management Specialist
    • Public Administrator
    • Product Manager
    • Supply Chain Manager
    • Digital Marketing Specialist
    • Sales Representative/Manager


    • Government
    • Not-for-profit sector
    • Large and small businesses
    • Large and small industries
    • Startups
    • Research and development

    Median Starting Salary

    The expected starting salary for individuals with a(n) Bachelor of Business Administration Degree is $50,000.
    This salary information was based on graduate data from the past 3 years and reflects annual salaries for graduates who claimed they were working more than 30 hours per week. Graduates who quoted salaries below $10,000 and above $200,000 per year have been excluded. Note that NAIT publishes the median salary instead of the average to minimize the potential of outlying salaries distorting the mean. Data represented here may differ from other data sources due to differences in definition or differences in timing.

    Take your career planning to the next level

    This program can be used as a step toward earning higher credentials and/or certifications.

    Post-secondary articulation agreements within Alberta are approved by the Alberta Council on Admissions and Transfer (ACAT). To view the details of specific agreements, please visit transferalberta.ca or contact articulations@nait.ca For questions regarding transfer agreements or to obtain a course description/outline that is no longer available on our website, please contact articulations@nait.ca.

    Work Experience Placements

    Courses and Advanced Credit

    Current and recently admitted students can find information and updates about their program on their My Program page in the MyNAIT Portal. To monitor your course progress and the courses still needed to graduate, visit your Academic Progress Report.

    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, 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)

    Please see below for the list of courses that available for PLAR credits in this program. Please click on the specific course for more information on the evidence that is required for each course.

    Please refer to the Credit for Work and Life Experience page for more information on how to apply for PLAR credits.

    Read more about advanced credit or contact us about applying for credit for this program.


    Expand each course below to see details about credits, requisites, scheduling, and more.

    Tuition & Fees

    Scholarships & Awards

    The following scholarships and/or bursaries are available to you as a student in this program. To access your opportunities, visit the Student Portal.

    Admission Requirements

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    Program-specific questions

    Please fill out the form below if you have any program-specific questions relating to:

    • Program details
    • Work-integrated learning and cooperative education
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    • Program and course withdrawal

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