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Business Administration Post Degree Diploma

One-year post-degree diploma with options in general management, international management, marketing, accounting and finance and human resource management.

Where: Comox Valley
Starts: September, January
  • Advance your undergraduate degree with a marketable business education in just one year.
  • 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.
  • Specialize or diversify your business education with five program options including general management, international management, marketing, accounting and finance and human resource management.

Career possibilities: A post-degree education in business will open new doors in your undergraduate field, including employment opportunities in business consulting, management or business ownership.

Why Choose North Island College?

  • Small classes, great instructors. Small classes and excellent instruction combine to give you a strong background in business administration. Your qualifications as an NIC business administration graduate will be highly-regarded by employers and other post secondary institutions throughout the province.
  • Give yourself an edge. With a post degree diploma in business administration, you'll have the knowledge to support your art, trade, or science background in the business world.
  • Flexible education. The post degree diploma is a flexible program of study, allowing you to create a schedule that works with your lifestyle. Take courses in traditional classroom settings or complete some of the program courses through distance education.

Program Highlights

If you have a bachelor's degree from a recognized institution, this program provides you with an opportunity to complete a post-degree diploma in business administration in one academic year. You may select options in general management, international management, marketing, accounting and finance or human resource management.

In the general management option, students learn fundamental skills related to financial accounting, human resources management and administration. Using simulations and comprehensive case studies, you will gain experience in strategic analysis, plan development, and presentation. Upon graduation, you will possess skills in conflict resolution, management roles, motivation and communication. You will also have a greater understanding of organizational structure.

If you choose the international management option, you will gain valuable skills relevant to working in private or public sector organizations across a global environment.

With the marketing option, you will study consumer behaviour and learn how to tailor your marketing efforts to better reach your desired audience, both regionally and internationally.

The accounting and finance option provides an overview of finance basics and accounting practices and principles (both managerial and financial). You will be introduced to Canadian accounting standards and will be provided with a general framework for financial decision-making.

A focus in human resource management provides you with a greater understanding of personnel management and its relationship to the culture of an organization.

Career Opportunities

This program gives you an opportunity to gain valuable business skills while recognizing past learning. If you wish to prepare for graduate studies, this program will offer you a supportive environment in which you can develop a stronger academic background. With a Business Administration post-degree diploma, your career positions may include, but would not be limited to, upper management, business consultant, communications manager, creative director, human resources officer and business owner. 


Admission Requirements


  1. An accredited bachelors degree with a minimum of three academic years from a recognized institution.
  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. Students enrolling in the post-degree diploma program whose undergraduate degree was not taught in English must meet English language requirements. Those requirements may be met by completing ESL-090 (minimum C+) or equivalent; or English assessment; or a minimum TOEFL 550, TOEFL Computer Based Test (CBT) 213, TOEFL iBT 80 with no section lower than 19; or IELTS 6.0.


International Language Requirements

For international language requirements click here.

Transfer Credit & Credit For Prior Learning

The NIC business administration program 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 instructor if you are unsure of your level of math preparedness for any of the business courses.


Program Requirements


To meet the requirements for the post-degree diploma a student must complete 30 credits selected from business(BUS) courses, economics (ECO) courses, and PHI-260. Of these 30 credits, 24 must be in courses numbered 200-level or higher. Transferring students must complete a minimum 50% of the 30 required credits at North Island College. Courses counted towards the prerequisite degree may not also be counted towards the post degree diploma. Students may choose from the following program options:

General Management Option

Plus 4 of the following: BUS-221, BUS-255, BUS-265, BUS-290, BUS-355, BUS-380, BUS-450

Plus 1 BUS elective at the 200 level or higher.

International Management Option

  • BUS-255 Human Resource Management
  • BUS-293 Business Simulation
  • BUS-350 Organizational Behaviour
  • BUS-360 Intercultural Dimensions of International Business
  • BUS-370 International Marketing
  • BUS-375 International Financial Management
  • BUS-380 Globalization and International Business
  • BUS-450 Project Management
  • ENG-160 Effective Organizational Writing

Plus 1 elective chosen from any BUS course at the 200 level or higher, POL-203 (International Relations), or PHI-260 (Business Ethics).

Marketing Option

Plus 2 of the following: BUS-265BUS-430BUS-450

Plus 1 BUS elective at the 200 level or higher.

Note: Assumes BUS-162 or equivalent has been completed.

Accounting and Finance Option

  • BUS-132 Mathematics of Finance
  • BUS-200 Introductory Financial Accounting
  • BUS-211 Intermediate Financial Accounting I
  • BUS-217 Management Accounting
  • BUS-244 Finance
  • BUS-270 Software for Accounting Professionals
  • BUS-335 Quantitative Methods
  • BUS-375 International Financial Management
  • ENG-160 Effective Organizational Writing

Plus 1 elective chosen from any BUS course at the 200 level or higher, or PHI-260 Business Ethics.

Note: Assumes BUS-100 or equivalent has been completed.

Human Resource Management Option

Plus 1 BUS elective at the 200 level or higher.


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

Year 1
Tuition $3,065
NISU Fees $120
Books $1,500
Learner Resource $150
Health and Dental $275
Total $5,110
Tuition varies from $2850 to $3065 depending on the option taken.
Full-time students are automatically enrolled in the mandatory Health and Dental Benefit plan.

International Fees

Year 1
Tuition $15,600
NISU Fees $120
Books $1,500
Learner Resource $150
Health and Dental $275
Total $17,645
Additional Costs for International Students include a $100 Application fee and a $280 Accommodation Placement fee (optional).
Options available for International Students are General Management, Marketing, Accounting & Finance, Human Resource Management, and International Management.
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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