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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.

Bring your vision of a better business to life

Become a driven, motivating and effective leader. With a career in management, you may be asked to advise business revenue streams, resourcing and strategic planning. Managing an organization or teams within an organization offers a variety of rewarding and exciting challenges, and may give you the authority to impact key business decisions.

You’ll also have the opportunity to pursue a Certified in Management (CIM) designation to further expand your knowledge.

Accept the challenge and take control of key business decisions by pursuing your management career.

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 foundational courses that set you up with core business knowledge. In your second year of studies, you will take the required courses to get a specialized diploma in management.

This program develops you as a leader, whether in organizational management positions or key advisor roles. We will help you develop an understanding of modern business dynamics and organizational culture. We teach management skills including accounting, finance and marketing knowledge to foster decision-making in a competitive environment. Upon graduation, you will have the skills and knowledge required for entry to mid-level positions, which will open doors to senior-level 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.

Our management program will prepare you to lead in business, industry and government organizations by sharing fundamental topics of management such as:

  • organizational dynamics and structure
  • project management
  • data and financial analysis
  • business planning and strategy
  • operations management
  • business law

Opportunities for further education

Upon graduation, you can jump right into year 3 of the JR Shaw School of Business Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree program. The program is accredited by, and leads to, the Certified in Management (CIM) designation, and will allow you to choose courses that could advance your career even further.  

Learn more about our BBA program

Bachelor of Business Administration – Management Concentration

The Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) with Management emphasis will equip you to lead in business, industry, government and not-for-profit sectors.   Find out more

Enter the workforce with confidence

Whether you want to run your own business or lead an existing organization, we’ll help you build your foundation of skills and confidence to succeed in a management profession. NAIT management graduates have been excelling in shaping business and industry in Alberta and around the world for over 50 years. 

As a manager, you will have the flexibility of a career in all sectors of business, including not-for-profit, private and public service.

Upon completion of this program, you may find a career as a:

  • account executive 
  • administrative services manager 
  • general manager 
  • managing director 
  • production manager 
  • sales manager 
  • supply chain manager 

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 Management 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

Business Information Centre

The Business Information Centre, on the third floor of CAT, provides generalized advising for students and prospective students for the JR Shaw School of Business.   Find out more



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Year 1

ACCT1115Introductory Financial Accounting
  • Open Studies: Available

This course introduces financial statements as a tool for business decision making. Financial statement users’ needs and decisions will be examined, and the principles of the accounting cycle will be explored. Specific elements of financial statements will be examined, and the related accounting principles will be discussed. Financial statement analysis and internal control evaluation will supplement and support the exploration of financial reporting.

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: 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.

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.

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.

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.

OPMG2258Operations Management
  • Requisites: Prerequisites: ECON1110, ECON1112, ACCT1115, ORGB1135 or an emphasis of Management Year 3. Co-requisite: STAT2201. This course is available to Open Studies students.
  • Course Equivalencies: MGMT258
  • Open Studies: Available

In an increasingly global market, organizations have to be concerned with achieving optimal efficiency and effectiveness. Operations management is the study that seeks to understand, explain, predict, and change the organization and the strategic effects of the transformation process. Operations management revolves around the 5 P's of Operations Management which include people, plants, parts, processes, and planning and control systems. Operations priorities include cost, product quality and reliability, delivery speed, delivery reliability, ability to cope with changes in demand, flexibility and new product introduction speed, and other criteria particular to a given product.

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.

SMGT3356Advanced Strategic Management
  • Requisites: Prerequisite: SMGT2256 or an emphasis of Management Year 3. This course is available to Open Studies students.
  • Course Equivalencies: MGMT356
  • Open Studies: Available

Advanced Strategic Management expands the theoretical base, established in the Introduction to Strategic Management course, to examine phases two and three of the strategic management process –Strategy Formulation and Strategy Implementation. The Strategy Formulation segment examines the distinction between Business and Corporate level strategy requirements as well as the need to ensure the chosen strategy meets society’s ethical, social responsibility, and environmental sustainability expectations. As part of the Implementation phase, the course stresses that superior strategy execution is another path to gaining competitive advantage. Coupled with this is the need to ensure the strategist develops the confidence to make decisions and develop sound justifications to support one's thinking. To this end the course utilizes a number of case studies and an expanded business simulation that incorporates the development of strategic plans.

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.

Year 2 elective/option - department consent required

CEXP2390Community and Business Experience
  • Requisites: This course is available to students that have completed Level 1. Prerequisites: COMM1101.
  • Course Equivalencies: BUS400, JRSB300
  • Open Studies: Not Available

The Community and Business Experience is an independent-study course designed to provide students with an opportunity to apply practical aspects of business theory to organizations. This course enables students to demonstrate that they are capable of completing challenging assignments in the sector of the business world in which they might choose to pursue their careers. This course is designed to facilitate student involvement in a participating organization. Under the supervision of a mentor in the organization, the student will become involved in the chosen organization as a volunteer and/or temporary employee. This involvement might include project or committee work, working with the client base (if applicable), and attending meetings as required. This course is available only with approval of the relevant Program Chair.


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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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

The tuition and fee amounts are valid for the current academic year and are subject to change for subsequent intakes. For financial planning purposes, please use these totals as an approximate estimate of your costs. The approved tuition and fee information for your intake will be available in April.

Dates & Deadlines

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

Application Deadline: Jan 06, 2020

Term Start Date: Jan 06, 2020

Program Availability Status:  

Last Updated: Oct 15, 2019
Domestic Applicants: OP
International Applicants: OP

Entrance Requirements



  • Successful completion of the following business courses through NAIT Open Studies with an overall minimum GPA of 2.0:
  1. COMM 1101 (Communications I);
  2. ECON 1110 (Microeconomics) or ECON1112 (Macroeconomics);
  3. FNCE 1125 (Introduction to Finance);
  4. ACCT 1115 (Introductory Accounting I);
  5. One of: MGMT 1120 (Principles of Management); or MARK 1130 (Introduction to Marketing); or ORGB 1135 (Organizational Behaviour).

Please refer to information on how to calculate your GPA.


*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 availability is subject to change without notice.

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