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JR Shaw School of Business

Business Administration - with Additional English Language Training

Jan 02, 2020
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  • Online - Sometimes called "Home Study" or "Computer-Based Learning"
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  • You must have completed the course or program no more than year(s) ago unless a formalized articulation agreement is in place
  • You must have a minimum mark of in the course(s) or program

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

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Earn your BA and improve your English at the same time

Business Administration with English Language Training is a pathway to help students obtain the English Language Proficiency (ELP) required for Business Administration General while taking level 1 Business Administration courses. The pathway begins with a 2 week, full-time English language course, prior to starting level 1 courses.

Students will take an additional 90 hours of English language training in semester 1 and 2 and another 60 hours of English Language Training in semester 3. The balance of the courses are offered in the afternoon or evening. Upon successful completion of this pathway students will qualify to enter level 2 of the Business Administration Diploma program of their choice:

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

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.

What to Expect

Students learning in the Business Administration English language pathway combines first year business courses and English as a Second Language courses to help students develop the knowledge and skill they will need to be successful in the Business Diploma.

The first year of NAIT's Business Administration programs provides a strong foundation in business concepts, including introductions to financial and managerial accounting, management, finance, marketing and Information Technology. These are complemented with organizational behaviour, economics, and communications.

Through small class sizes, NAIT offers a personalized learning environment in which instructors are focused on individual interests and academic progress. Other benefits include

  • a curriculum that focuses on everyday, real-life business situations
  • instructors with first-hand work experience in their fields of specialization
  • scheduling and  two intakes per year
  • the latest business and educational technologies

Program schedule

Terms 1 to 3, each consist of 3 to 4 Business Administration Year 1 courses. Courses in the fall, winter, spring and summer terms are offered Monday to Thursday in the afternoon and evening (times vary per course and per term) .

Students receive extensive English language training in the first 2 weeks of the Business Administration with English Language pathway. Students are immersed in English courses from Monday to Friday: 9:15 a.m. to 4:10 p.m. in their first 2 weeks of studies. Students then take an additional 90 hours of English training in the first 2 terms, followed by an additional 60 hours of English training in the third term.

Minimum credits

In order to move into Level 2000 courses, you must successfully pass 8 credit courses, including COMM1101, along with all BUSE (non-credit English Language) courses.

Technology requirements

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. Replacement batteries can often be purchased to improve battery life on an existing computer.


  • 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


For tablets* the minimum Operating System requirements are as follows:

  • Android - KitKat 4.4
  • Apple - iOS8
  • Microsoft - Windows 10

Enter the workforce with confidence 

Employers seek JR Shaw School of Business graduates for their adaptability, flexibility, hands-on experience and general knowledge of management, marketing, human resources, accounting and finance principles. This makes a diploma from the JR Shaw School of Business a strong start to your career.

The School of Business offers several different diploma programs. After graduating with a diploma, many of our students continue their studies by pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), which offers 6 emphasis, or the Bachelor of Applied Business Administration - Finance.

Potential career paths include:

Many grads continue their education in the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) with an Accounting emphasis, others start careers in a wide range of government, industry and business environments.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation
This program provides practical skills to entrepreneurial individuals aspiring to start their own business, purchase an existing business or take over a family business. Grads may choose to use their diploma as a stepping stone to a BBA degree.

Graduates pursue careers in a broad range of financial enterprises, providing personalized service to their clients. The Finance diploma is an excellent point of entry into the BBA degree or the Bachelor of Applied Business Administration – Finance.

Human Resource Management
Grads find employment in managing the human resources in all types of organizations. The diploma provides an excellent transition to the BBA degree.

Students in the management diploma are prepared for leadership roles and advising on key business practices like revenue streams, resourcing and strategic planning. Grads are able to transition into the BBA with Management emphasis by completing two additional years of study.

The Marketing program provides graduates with career flexibility in a wide range of fields. Grads apply marketing concepts to create, communicate and deliver value for consumers, and drive sustainable growth in their respective organizations. The Marketing diploma is a natural step towards a BBA degree.

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

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Phone: 780.471.8998

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This course has recently been updated and is under review. If you are a current student, please refer to the Student Portal for your program schedule.


This course has recently been updated and is under review. If you are a current student, please refer to the Student Portal for your program schedule.


This course has recently been updated and is under review. If you are a current student, please refer to the Student Portal for your program schedule.

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.

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.

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.


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: Jan 02, 2020

Term Start Date: Jan 02, 2020

Program Availability Status:  

Domestic Applicants: OP
International Applicants: OP

Entrance Requirements

Option 1:

Option 2:

Option 3:

  • Successful completion of the following business courses through NAIT Open Studies with an overall minimum GPA of 2.0:

    • COMM1101 (Communications I)
    • ECON1110 (Microeconomics) or ECON1112 (Macroeconomics
    • FNCE1125 (Introduction to Finance)
    • ACCT1115 (Introductory Accounting I)
    • One of: MGMT1120 (Principles of Management); or MARK1130 (Introduction to Marketing); or ORGB1135 (Organizational Behaviour).
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency

Option 4:

  • 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.
  • 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

Additional Requirements and Considerations

This program is intended for applicants who do not meet the English Language Proficiency requirements for the Business Administration Year 1 program.

Applicants that meet the English Language Proficiency Requirements for Business Administration Year 1 require program approval and are encouraged to contact the program before applying.

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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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