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JR Shaw School of Business

Business Administration - Entrepreneurship and Innovation

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  • 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

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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.

Blaze your trail

Do you want to create change within your organization? Have you dreamt of becoming your own boss?

The Business Administration – Entrepreneurship and Innovation diploma program fosters an entrepreneurial mindset and will help you develop the knowledge and skills you need to become an innovator. 

Our courses have been designed to help you pursue a career path that is right for you. You will be equipped for your chosen venture, whether a for-profit business, social enterprise, or as an entrepreneur within an innovative organization.

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

In your first year of the program, you will take 10 common courses with other business students, in order to gain foundational core business knowledge. In the second year of studies, you’ll take the required courses in Entrepreneurship and Innovation to get a specialized diploma upon graduation. 

By the end of the program, you’ll have developed an understanding of modern business dynamics and organizational culture, and will graduate with the skills and knowledge required to become an innovator—whether as a founder of your own business or as a valued contributor.

You will discover and develop proficiency in:

  • Maximizing personal strengths, skills and experience
  • Forming and working in entrepreneurial teams
  • Recognizing and creating business opportunities
  • Using innovation methods and tools
  • Business modeling and business planning
  • Start-up and small business management

Hands-on learning

We immerse students in a combination of classroom teaching, industry-relevant case work, simulations and networking. You will develop an understanding of modern business dynamics and learn to work well within culturally diverse organizations.

Classroom & study hours

On average, you can expect to spend:

  • 20 hours per week attending classes over the course of each semester
  • An additional 20-30 hours per week studying, completing assignments, doing research, reading, etc.

Opportunities for further education

The Entrepreneurship and Innovation emphasis may grant you advance credits toward designations including: 

  • Project Management Professional (PMP) 
  • Certified in Management (CIM)

You can also continue your studies and apply for admission to the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) program in the JR Shaw School of Business. The BBA builds on the Entrepreneurship and Innovation diploma, allowing you to earn a degree with just 60 more credits of study and giving you the opportunity to choose courses that enhance your entrepreneurial path.

Learn more about our BBA program

Bachelor of Business Administration – Entrepreneurship & Innovation Concentration

The BBA Entrepreneurship and Innovation concentration is for anyone who wants to start a business, lead the growth of an existing company or take an organization in a new direction.   Find out more

Enter the workforce with confidence

Take your ideas and business vision to the next level. The Entrepreneurship and Innovation emphasis is designed for students who want to take the lead, drive innovation and be their own boss. 

Upon graduation, you’ll be able to apply your skills in a variety of leadership positions, including: 

  • Research and Development  
  • Business Owner  
  • Sales Director  
  • Manager  
  • Business Consultant 

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 year of studies, you will take the required courses to get a specialized accounting diploma upon graduation.

How to apply

Students applying to any business administration diploma program will choose Business Administration - General 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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General Program Information / Advanced Credit

Business Information Centre – JR Shaw School of Business
Email: businfo@nait.ca
Phone: 780.471.8998

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Email: businfo@nait.ca
Phone: 780.471.8998

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Year 1

ACCT1115Introductory Financial Accounting
  • 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.

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.

ECON1110Microeconomics
  • 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.

ECON1112Macroeconomics
  • 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.

Year 2

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.

COMM2215Communications II
  • Requisites: Prerequisite: COMM1101. This course is available to Open Studies students.
  • Course Equivalencies: COMM221, JRSB215
  • Open Studies: Available

This course places a heavy weight on in-class performances: writing, speaking, questioning and answering questions. Assignments will include in-class business correspondence writing. Students will have multiple speaking opportunities in front of the class to introduce other students, present prepared speeches and to give constructive critiques. Students will also take their turns as members of a hiring panel and as candidates in mock job interviews. Outside of class, students will complete reading assignments in the text, rehearse speeches and interview responses, and write personal profile documents for specific job applications and for building an on-line presence.

ENTR2257Entrepreneurial Practice
  • Requisites: Prerequisite: COMM1101 or an emphasis of Entrepreneurship & Innovation Year 3. This course is available to Open Studies students.
  • Open Studies: Available

Entrepreneurial practice is a set of attitudes, behaviours, and skills associated with innovation and value creation. Entrepreneurial practice is important in many contexts, within any organization, and at all stages of the business life cycle. This course focuses on the entrepreneurial mindset and what it means to behave “entrepreneurially.” Students will analyse the key components of entrepreneurial practice and experiment with many of these practices, creativity in particular, in hands-on ways. Students will assess their own capacity for entrepreneurial practice and determine next steps to enhance their competency. By the end of the course, students will have developed a strategy to become – or become more competent – entrepreneurial practitioners.

ENTR2262Small Business Management
  • Requisites: Prerequisites: COMM1101, MGMT1120, MARK1130, or an emphasis of Entrepreneurship & Innovation Year 3. This course is available to Open Studies students.
  • Course Equivalencies: ENTR2255, MGMT102, MGMT255
  • Open Studies: Available

This course is focused on the distinctive challenges and issues associated with small business management. The course builds upon knowledge from introductory business courses and applies it to owner-manager decision-making in a small business environment. The course content will contain elements of starting, planning, research and strategic marketing, cash flow management, financing, operation management, and legal considerations that are most important for the small business owner.

ENTR2363Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation
  • Requisites: Prerequisites: COMM1101, MARK1130. This course is available to OPEN Studies students.
  • Course Equivalencies: ENTR3354, MGMT354
  • Open Studies: Available

This course focuses on the core aspects of the process of new venture creation. First, the course explores components of an entrepreneurial process that includes balancing opportunity recognition,resource gathering, and team building. Next, the course briefly examines ideation and its role in business implementation. Thirdly, business modeling is studied with an emphasis on using iterative approaches. Underpinning these topics is the study of the business planning process so the student effectively can create an abridged business plan.

HRMT2226Introduction to Human Resources
  • Requisites: Prerequisite: COMM1101. Course is available to Open Studies students.
  • Course Equivalencies: HRMT226, HRMT296
  • Open Studies: Available

This course provides an overview of Human Resources Management (HRM). It focuses on the role of the Human Resources staff specialist, as well as the HRM responsibilities of the line manager. The legal and environmental context of HRM will be examined as well as the functional areas of HRM. The course provides the learner with the opportunity to know and use the technical aspects of HRM as well as research and appraise best practices in these functional areas of HRM.

PMGT2220Project Management
  • Requisites: Prerequisites: COMM1101, MGMT1120, ORGB1135 or an emphasis of Management Year 3. This course is available to Open Studies students.
  • Course Equivalencies: MGMT219, MGMT220
  • Open Studies: Available

Businesses today rely on project management skills to keep up with the ever-changing landscape of the global economy. This course will cover the entire project lifecycle from conceptualization to termination, with emphasis on the people and technical skills needed to deliver projects on time, on budget, and to the organization’s satisfaction. Students will work on a full semester project that will require project scope management, project time management, and project management planning and control. The course will provide the tools for successfully managing any type of project regardless of the industry, scope, environment, complexity, culture, or whether it is a public or private project.

SMGT2256Strategic Management
  • Requisites: Prerequisites: ECON1110, ECON1112, ACCT1115 or an emphasis of Management Year 3. This course is available to Open Studies students.
  • Course Equivalencies: MGMT256
  • Open Studies: Available

Strategic Management course concentrates on the strategic analysis phase of the strategic management process. In this phase, the ability to conduct a thorough situational analysis is critical. To this end, the associated theory and analytical tools are emphasized; this also includes a review of financial analysis methodologies. Students are introduced to a business simulation designed to provide the opportunity to apply the acquired analytical skills and integrate the strategic management theory. The business simulation’s sophistication also allows the incorporation of learning from a host of other business courses.

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.

Tuition

Cost Per Credit: $177
Tuition Cap: $1,940

Tuition for International Students

Cost Per Credit: $735
Tuition Cap: $8,051

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: $875
Level 1 Term 2: $875
Level 2 Term 1: $875
Level 2 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

OR

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  • Successful completion of the following business courses through NAIT Open Studies with an overall minimum GPA of 2.0:
  1. COMM1101 (Communications I);
  2. ECON1110 (Microeconomics) or ECON1112 (Macroeconomics);
  3. FNCE1125 (Introduction to Finance);
  4. ACCT1115 (Introductory Accounting I);
  5. One of: MGMT1120 (Principles of Management); or MARK1130 (Introduction to Marketing); or ORGB1135 (Organizational Behaviour).

OR

  • Completion of minimum 24 post-secondary credits with an Admission GPA of 2.0 if the most recent 24 credits were completed at NAIT, or Admission GPA of 2.3 if the most recent 24 credits were completed outside of NAIT. Please refer to http://www.nait.ca/91992.htm for information on how to calculate your AGPA.
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency

*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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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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“The courses I took allowed me to approach important problems differently. In work, life, or my own venture I can apply entrepreneurial skills with creativity to solve important problems.”

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