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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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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 

Diploma Specialization

In the business diploma program, you will declare an area of specialization in your first year, shortly after you have been accepted into the program.

All business students then take the same 10 foundational courses in order to gain core business knowledge. This allows students to experience a variety of business fields. In the second year of studies, you will take the required courses to get a specialized Entrepreneurship and Innovation 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

Advanced Academic Information

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

For General NAIT Information

Phone: 780.471.6248
Toll-free: 1.877.333.6248
Email: Student Service Centre



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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.”

Nevin deMilliano, Business Administration – Entrepreneurship and Innovation '15

JR Shaw School of Business

The JR Shaw School of Business harnesses the power of a polytechnic providing relevant, multi-disciplinary business education integrated with industry partnerships and applied learning.

 

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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.
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