JR Shaw School of Business

Business Administration - with Additional English Language Training

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Please note due to the COVID-19 pandemic, these delivery options may shift from term to term. Please consult your program for details on delivery options.

  • On-Campus Day - Your course activity is done in-person Monday - Friday, before 5 PM.
  • On-Campus Evening/Weekend - Your course activity is done in-person on weekdays from 5 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
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  • Online Flexible Delivery - Your course activity is not scheduled and therefore you can determine when to do the coursework.
  • Both On-Campus and Virtual - Some of your coursework will be in-person, on campus and some will be done online.


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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 year(s) ago unless a formalized articulation agreement is in place
  • You must have a minimum mark of 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.

Program delivery for fall 2021 varies by program. We encourage you to review how your classes will be delivered (pdf). If you have questions about program delivery or class enrolment, please contact your program area.

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

Students applying to Business Administration - with Additional English Language Training must complete an ESL Placement Test before submitting an application. International students should review the ESL application deadlines before applying to ensure there is enough time to process their application.

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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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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*Program availability is subject to change without notice.