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Bachelor of Business Administration Degree, General Management Major

Four-year bachelor’s degree

Where: Comox Valley
Starts: September, January
  • A strategic balance of academic and applied studies prepares you for positions in large and small, profit and non-profit organizations. You may choose to apply your skills to starting your own business.
  • Be in demand. More than 35 per cent of the projected 935,000 job openings in BC by 2024 are business and related occupations, most of which will require post-secondary education.
  • As a graduate of the Bachelor of Business Administration - General Management degree, you will possess a well-rounded business education. You can also choose to focus your studies in a particular discipline that suits your interests and abilities.
  • Earn academic credit through paid co-op work experience to develop industry-relevant skills and broaden your career options.

Career possibilities: As a graduate, you will be well-prepared for progressive, management related employment opportunities in both private and public organizations. You will also possess the skills required to pursue your own business ventures.

Why Choose North Island College?

  • Invaluable work experience. As a degree student, you’ll have the option of complementing your in-class studies with business-related paid employment through co-operative education. In addition, you’ll take several courses that apply concepts from your studies to real workplace problems.
  • Recognized credentials. NIC graduates are highly employable and qualifications earned through NIC’s programs are widely recognized by employers and other post-secondary institutions throughout the province.
  • International exchange opportunities. Through student exchange programs, you can study abroad. NIC students have studied in Germany, the US, Mexico, Poland and France, and new opportunities are always developing.

Program Highlights

Qualified students can enter the degree program at any year level. You may opt for a traditional two-plus-two approach, first completing a two-year diploma in business administration, plus two years of additional study to obtain the Bachelor of Business Administration degree (BBA). You can also apply previous coursework from a wide range of university-level studies towards the degree program.

Third and fourth-year studies include human resources management, market research, international business, international relations, project management and advanced entrepreneurship. You may also choose from electives that will provide a human resource focus. To qualify for the Bachelor of Business Administration degree credential, you must complete all required program courses and electives (or equivalent transfer credits) for a total of 120 credits.

Career Opportunities

After graduation, you will be well-prepared for management-related employment opportunities in both private and public sector organizations, or you may opt to pursue your own business ventures. You may also be eligible for membership in the Canadian Institute of Management and the Human Resources Management Association. If you are are interested in earning a CHRP (Certified Human Resources Professional) designation, a degree is a requirement an the general management degree option will help prepare you to write the CHRP examination.

Co-operative Education

Co-operative Education integrates paid, program-related work experience with academic study. The practical experience gained on these supervised, structured work terms is an integral part of the student’s education. The result is increased confidence, new employment contacts and practical real-world experience locally, on the Island, provincially or internationally.

If you wish to participate in the Co-operative Education program are encouraged to apply during the first semester of your first year of study in order to have the best options for completing the program. You must complete Co-operative Education Pre-Employment Seminar (EMP-100) as a prerequisite to Co-operative Education Internship Work Term (BUS-197).

Applications are also accepted from second and third-year students. Among the eligibility criteria, you must have a GPA of 2.33 or higher in the required business administration program courses and complete a co-op interview. You can be awarded a co-operative education designation on your degree if you successfully complete EMP-100, BUS-197, BUS-297 and BUS-397 (in addition to your program course work). Note: these courses cannot be used as program electives and have registration fees in addition to the program registration fees.

You may choose integrated or consecutive work terms that must not end in the program's last semester. For more information on work terms, eligibility requirements, sample job opportunities and wages contact Co-operative Education.

Study in Scotland and Earn Two Degrees

Open up a world of opportunity by transferring 60 business administration credits to Robert Gordon University (RGU) in Aberdeen Scotland to earn a degree in just one year, and then return to NIC to earn your second degree – all within four years! 

How to earn your degree in Scotland

Apply for entry to RGU’s third year BA Management or BA Management with Marketing degree by completing your NIC Business Administration (General Management) diploma or your Business Administration (Marketing) diploma or 60 credits of your NIC Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a cumulative 3.0 G.P.A. (B average) or higher. 

RGU will grant you a degree after you successfully complete the third-year of the non-placement route.

Return to NIC to earn a double degree

If you completed 60 credits of business courses at NIC and the third year of RGU’s BA Management or BA Management with Marketing degree, you can then return to the fourth year of NIC’s Bachelor of Business Administration General Management or Bachelor of Business Administration Marketing degree. This allows you to earn a second degree at NIC with just one more year of study.

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Admission Requirements

  1. C+ in one of Provincial English 12, English 12 First Peoples, NIC ENG-060, ENG-096, ENG-098, ESL-090, or equivalent; or English assessment; and
  2. C+ in Foundations of Math 11; or C in one of Principles of Math 11, Pre-Calculus 11, Applications of Math 12, NIC MAT-053; or Math assessment;
  3. or, permission of the department.
  4. NIC Tourism & Hospitality diploma graduates (all options) are eligible for admission directly into third year of NIC’s Bachelor of Business Administration, General Management; or Marketing major.

Upgrade with us to meet prerequisites

Upgrade your English, math and science courses for entry into the program of your choice. Succeed with the help of NIC’s supportive instructors. Courses are flexible and start several times a year so you can learn at your own pace. We offer daytime and evening options. Learn more

International Language Requirements

For international language requirements click here.

Transfer Credit & Credit For Prior Learning

North Island College accepts course transfer credit from a wide range of post-secondary institutions and professional organizations. Detailed course transfer information for BC institutions may be found by accessing the BC Transfer Guide. Students possessing other applicable prior learning may request prerequisite waivers for selected courses.

To Be Successful

  • Basic computer skills in word processing and file management are required.
  • Consult with a business administration faculty member if you are unsure of your level of math preparedness for any of the business courses.

Program Requirements

Year 1

  • BUS-100 Financial Accounting Fundamentals 
  • BUS-132 Mathematics of Finance
  • BUS-150 Administrative Principles
  • BUS-152 Entrepreneurship & Small Business Management
  • BUS-162 Basic Marketing Principles & Practices
  • BUS-170 Computer Applications for Business
  • ECO-110 Principles of Microeconomics
  • ECO-111 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • ENG-160 Effective Organizational Writing
  • ENG-115 Essay Writing and Critical Analysis or ENG-117 Academic Writing

Students may exit with a Business Administration Certificate 

Year 2

Plus 3 electives totaling 9 credits*

Students may exit with a Business Administration Diploma, General Management Option

Year 3

Plus 3 electives totaling 9 credits*

Year 4

Plus 2 courses from the following list:

  • BUS-265 Retail Management
  • BUS-310 Recruitment and Selection
  • BUS-320 Compensation and Benefits
  • BUS-355 Managing for Public & Non-profit Organizations
  • BUS-410 Labour Relations
  • HRMT-322 Employment Law (Offered through Athabasca University)

Plus 2 electives totaling 6 credits*

*Note: Electives may be chosen from any non-business courses that transfer to BC degree granting institutions or any other NIC business courses. At least four electives must be non-business and at least five electives must be at the 200 level or higher.

North Island College’s Tourism & Hospitality Management Diploma (All options) Bridging Pathway BBA-General Management

Year 3: BUS-132, BUS-244, BUS-335, BUS-350, BUS-362, BUS-380, MAT-115, POL-203, IMG-220 & 1 elective totaling 3 credits (ENG-115 or ENG-160 for Adventure Guiding Option)

Year 4: BUS-340, BUS-450, BUS-452, BUS-492, ECO-110, ECO-111, PHI-260, ENG-260 Plus 2 courses from the following list: BUS-265, BUS-310, BUS-320, BUS-355, BUS-410, HRMT322 (Athabasca U)


Completion Requirements

A minimum of 50% of the program must be completed at North Island College.

Tuition & Costs Estimate for
Fall 2016, Winter, Spring & Summer 2017

Costs indicated are estimates for a 100% course load per year, unless otherwise noted. Additional fees may also include necessary equipment, supplies or field trips not included in these estimates.

While we do our best to share accurate and timely fee information, changes may occur. For more information, visit tuition page.

Domestic Fees

per Year
Tuition $2,850
NISU Fees $120
Books $1,500
Learner Resource $150
Health and Dental $275
Total $4,895
Tuition may vary, depending on the courses chosen. Book costs and Lab fees are specific to each course. Not all courses have Lab fees.
Full-time students are automatically enrolled in the mandatory Health and Dental Benefit plan.

International Fees

per Year
Tuition $12,480
NISU Fees $120
Books $1,500
Learner Resource $150
Health and Dental $275
Total $14,525
Additional Costs for International Students include a $100 Application fee and a $280 Accommodation Placement fee (optional).
Book costs and Lab fees are specific to each course. Not all courses have lab fees. Tuition is based on 3 - 5 courses per term.
Full-time students are automatically enrolled in the mandatory Health and Dental Benefit plan.

Bill Parkinson

Bill Parkinson

Department Chair, Faculty

Business Administration

MA in Adult Education, Athabasca University (2005)

Subjects: Business
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4245 | Location DIS - 216

Kim Gibson

Kim Gibson


Business Administration

MSc, Accountancy, San Diego State University

Subjects: Business
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4154 | Location TYE - 217

Ali Mayboudi

Ali Mayboudi


Business Administration

MA, Economics, Simon Fraser University, 2013

Subjects: Business, Economics
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4157 | Location TYE - 216

Norma Pelletier

Norma Pelletier


Business Administration

Chartered Professional Accountant, CPA-CGA

Subjects: Business
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4156 | Location TYE - 215

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