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Business (BA)


  • Program Length 
    4 Years
  • Credential 
    Bachelor Degree
  • Options 
    Minor
  • Location Offered 
    Cowichan, Nanaimo

Adding business skills and acumen to your Bachelor of Arts studies at VIU is a powerful combination for future career success. Taking a minor in business along with a major in another subject for your Bachelor of Arts degree adds balance to your education, teaching you the practical aspects of how organizations and economies work, and augments your critical thinking, creativity and problem-solving skills. Taking business studies courses allows you to turn your passion into a unique business venture, or move into administrative or management positions where an introduction to business will serve you well. This interdisciplinary studies in business program gives you a well-rounded skill-set to find success when applying to many jobs in many different types of organizations.

The Business (BA) Program

Business plays a major role in the structure and functioning of contemporary society. Rapid changes in technology, environmental pressures on natural resources, structural shifts in the economy, changes in consumer preferences, global competition, and employment dislocation in many industries all necessitate a better understanding of the role and nature of business in today's society.

VIU's B.A., Minor in Business, contains a liberal arts component to improve students' understanding of the intellectual and applied linkages between Social Sciences, Humanities and Business. Also, combined with studies in other areas, it will provide students with business knowledge and skills that will enhance their opportunities for employment. Students will develop an appreciation and understanding of how to achieve organizational objectives within the constraints and opportunities of a diverse and turbulent external environment. Lectures, seminars, research projects and case studies are augmented by computer simulation exercises, "live" field exercises, and computer lab-based instruction.

Requirements for a Minor

Students must fulfill all the Institutional B.A. degree requirements, including Degree English Requirements and courses listed below:

Years 1 and 2MARK 160MGMT 192, and either QUME 185 or CSCI 110. Students will need to take additional 100/200-level Business courses (ACCTECONFNCELAWWMARKMGMTQUME) to meet the prerequisites for upper-level Business courses in their area of interest.

Note: Mathematics 11 with minimum “C+” grade, and Mathematics 12 with minimum “C” grade, or equivalents, are prerequisites for many Business courses.

Years 3 and 4: Minimum of 18 credits from Business courses (ACCTECONFNCELAWWMARKMGMT, QUME) numbered 300 or above.

Updated 
Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Domestic Fees | International Fees

Domestic Fees

Tuition and Other Mandatory Student Fees

When applying to the program, applicants will be charged a non-refundable application fee.

When applying to graduate, students will be charged a non-refundable graduation and alumni fee.

Some courses have additional fees to pay for extraordinary class–related expenses.

Fees for One Year*

Amount

Tuition (30 credits x $156.80 per credit)

4,704.00

Student Activity fee (4% of tuition)

188.16

Student Services fee (30 credits x $6.93 per credit)

207.90

VIU Students' Union fee (8 months x $20.90 per month)

167.20

Health and Dental Plan fee ($275.00 per year)

275.00

Approximate cost for books and supplies for one year

1,500.00

Total

7,042.26

Notes

The Health and Dental Plan fee is in effect only for full-time students at the Nanaimo Campus.  

All fees are subject to change without prior notice.

International Fees

Tuition and Other Mandatory Student Fees

When applying to the program, applicants will be charged a non-refundable application fee.

When applying to graduate, students will be charged a non-refundable graduation and alumni fee.

Some courses have additional fees to pay for extraordinary class–related expenses.

Fees for One Year*

Amount

Tuition (2 semesters x $8700.00 per semester)

17,400.00

Ancillary Fee (2 semesters x $389.40 per semester)

778.80

VIU Students' Union fee (8 months x $20.90 per month)

167.20

Health and Dental Plan fee ($275.00 per year)

275.00

Approximate cost for books and supplies for one year

1,500.00

Total

20,121.00

Notes

Tuition in the above table is based on a maximum of 15 credits at $725.00 per credit, up to a maximum of $8,700.00 per semester for 12-15 credits; $725.00 per credit beyond 15 credits. Ancillary Fees in the above table are based on a maximum of 15 credits at $32.45 per credit, up to a maximum of $389.40 per semester for 12-15 credits; $32.45 per credit beyond 15 credits.

The Health and Dental Plan fee is in effect only for full-time students at the Nanaimo Campus.  

All fees are subject to change without prior notice.

Updated
Monday, August 16, 2021

Domestic (Canadian)

Program Start Date Accepting Applications Campus
Anticipated intake for someone applying today
Jan 6, 2022
Application Fee
$42.55
Accepting Late Applications
No
Admissions Assistant

Name: Registration
Phone: 250-740-6400
Email: registration@viu.ca

Comments

If you are interested in starting in January 2022, please apply to the Fall (September) 2022 intake then contact Registration@viu.ca. We will be able to switch over your application to a January start.

Applications for January 2022 are being accepted until December 10, 2021.

Anticipated intake for someone applying today
Jan 6, 2022
Next Intake(s)

January 6, 2022

Application Fee
$42.55
Admissions Assistant

Name: Erica Ellenchuk
Phone: 250-746-3512
Email: Erica.Ellenchuk@viu.ca

Comments

Please contact Advising at 250-746-3509 or email Advising.Cowichan@viu.ca for more information on the program.

If you are interested in starting in January 2022, please apply to the Fall (September) 2022 intake then contact Registration.Cowichan@viu.ca. We will be able to switch over your application to a January start.

Applications for January 2022 are being accepted until December 10, 2021.

Anticipated intake for someone applying today
Sep 6, 2022
Application Fee
$42.55
Testing Required
No
Admissions Assistant

Name: Petra Scott
Phone: 250-753-3245 ext. 4014
Email: petra.scott@viu.ca

Anticipated intake for someone applying today
Sep 6, 2022
Application Fee
$42.55
Accepting Late Applications
Yes
Waitlist
No
Testing Required
No
Admissions Assistant

Name: Erica Ellenchuk
Phone: 250-746-3512
Email: Erica.Ellenchuk@viu.ca

Anticipated intake for someone applying today
Sep 6, 2022
Accepting International Applications
No
Application Fee
$42.55
Accepting Late Applications
Yes
Waitlist
Yes
Testing Required
No
Admissions Assistant

Name: Erin Johnson
Phone: 604-485-8033
Email: erin.johnson@viu.ca

Comments

Please consult Student Services/Advising at 604-485-2878 or email pr.studentaffairs@viu.ca for more information on program or admission requirements.

International

Program Start Date Accepting Applications Campus
Anticipated intake for someone applying today
Jan 6, 2022
Next Intake(s)

September 6, 2022

Accepting International Applications
Yes
Application Fee
$150.00
Accepting Late Applications
Yes
Waitlist
No
Testing Required
No
International Admissions Officer Contact

Name: Elham Akhoundi and Yuzo Ishida
Email: study@viu.ca

Comments

For prospective international applicants, please send your inquiries to World VIU at WorldVIU@viu.ca.

Further information on this program can be found on the Department website.


Previous versions of this program can be found in the Program Archive.