VIU’s BBA students

Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)

  • Program Length 
    4 Years
  • Credential 
    Bachelor Degree
  • Location Offered 
    Nanaimo

Put your plans for a career in business into action with the valuable knowledge and skills gained from Vancouver Island University’s Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) program. Through innovative instruction and real-world research projects, students are challenged to think creatively and adapt easily to an ever-changing global environment to give them the tools necessary to become leaders in their field.

A business degree offers diverse career opportunities in global management, administration, and entrepreneurship. With small class sizes, available instructors, and meaningful real-world projects, graduates leave this business administration program with high-level skills and foresight giving them that competitive advantage as they climb the corporate ladder or pursue their own business goals.

The BBA Program

ACBSP AccreditedThe Bachelor of Business Administration program offers the following Majors:

General Description

Business plays a major role in the structure and functioning of contemporary society. Rapid changes in technology, resource allocation, structural shifts in the economy, changes in consumer preferences, global competition, and shifts in the employment market all necessitate a better understanding of the role and nature of business in today’s society.

The BBA provides a well-rounded business education with a focus on global business operations, emerging markets, and technology-enabled organizations. Students develop an in-depth understanding of one of the business majors and learn a broad range of managerial capabilities, problem solving and communication skills. Electives allow flexibility, adaptability and creativity and prepare graduates for diverse careers in global management, administration, and entrepreneurship, as well as a range of postgraduate opportunities.

VIU’s Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) allows electives to improve students’ understanding of the intellectual and applied linkages between Social Sciences, Humanities and Business. Students will develop an appreciation and understanding of how to achieve organizational objectives in an often diverse and turbulent external environment. Lectures are augmented by seminars, research projects and computer simulations. Students are encouraged to take electives from the Social Sciences and Humanities.

Graduates of the former two-year Business Management diploma program will be able to enter the third year of the BBA and will receive credit for courses completed as part of their diploma.

Upon successful completion of the first two years of the BBA, students who apply will be awarded a Diploma in Business Administration.

Program Outline

Year 1

Year 1 is a common year for the Accounting, Economics, Financial Services, Human Resource Management, International Business, Management, and Marketing Majors. Year 1 consists of 30 credits. Note: Because of prerequisite issues, students MUST follow the course sequence indicated below.

COMMON First Year For All Majors

Year 1—Fall Semester

Credits

ACCT 100 - (Financial Accounting I)

3

ENGL 115 - (University Writing and Research)

3

MGMT 192 - (Principles of Management)

3

Six elective credits* 
(including MATH 151 for students without Mathematics 12)

6

Total Credits

15

COMMON First Year For All Majors

Year 1—Spring Semester

Credits

ENGL 204 - (Business and Technical Writing) (effective September 2012) or,
ENGL 225 - (Business and Technical Writing) (prior to September 2012)

3

FNCE 130 - (Intro to Finance)

3

MARK 160 - (Introduction to Marketing)

3

MGMT 292 - (Organizational Behaviour)

3

Three elective credits*

3

Total Credits

15

*Note: Elective credits must be chosen from outside the Faculty of Business Management.

Accounting Major

Accounting Major

Year 2

Credits

ACCT 201 - (Financial Accounting II)

3

ACCT 217 - (Taxation I)

3

ACCT 294 - (Intro to Cost and Managerial Accounting)

3

ECON 211 - (Principles of Microeconomic Theory)

3

ECON 212 - (Principles of Macroeconomic Theory)

3

MGMT 230 - (Introduction to E-Management)

3

QUME 232 - (Business Statistics I)

3

Nine elective credits

9

Total Credits

30

Accounting Major

Year 3

Credits

ACCT 317 - (Taxation II)

3

ACCT 335 - (Intermediate Accounting: Assets)

3

ACCT 336 - (Intermediate Accounting: Liabilities and Owners' Equity)

3

ACCT 362 - (Cost and Managerial Accounting II)

3

FNCE 330 - (Corporate Finance)

3

LAWW 326 - (Commercial Law)

3

MGMT 323 - (International Business I)

3

QUME 380 - (Management Information Systems: Design and Analysis)

3

Six elective credits

6

Total Credits

30

Accounting Major

Year 4

Credits

ACCT 410 - (Principles of Auditing)

3

ACCT 421 - (Accounting Theory)

3

ACCT 435 - (Advanced Financial Accounting)

3

MGMT 496 - (Strategic Management Issues)

3

QUME 436 - (Econometrics)

3

MGMT 491 - (Senior Project) or
MGMT 499 - (Business Internship) or
Three upper–level elective credits and three elective credits

6

Nine elective credits

9

Total Credits

30

Note: Total institutional requirement to graduate: 120 credits. PHIL 330 and MGMT 293 are recommended electives.

Economics Major

Economics Major

Year 2

Credits

ACCT 294 - (Intro to Cost and Managerial Accounting)

3

ECON 211 - (Principles of Microeconomic Theory)

3

ECON 212 - (Principles of Macroeconomic Theory)

3

MARK 260 - (Buyer Behaviour)

3

MATH 121 - (Calculus I) or
MATH 191 - (Calculus with Economic and Business Applications I)

3

MGMT 230 - (Introduction to E-Management)

3

QUME 232 - (Business Statistics I)

3

Three elective credits (MATH 122 or MATH 192 recommended)

3

Six elective credits

6

Total Credits

30

Economics Major

Year 3

Credits

ECON 309 - (Managerial Economics) or 
ECON 311 - (Intermediate Microeconomic Theory)

3

ECON 312 - (Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory)

3

FNCE 330 - (Corporate Finance)

3

LAWW 326 - (Commercial Law)

3

QUME 436 - (Econometrics)

3

Nine upper–level ECON credits

9

Six elective credits

6

Total Credits

30

Economics Major

Year 4

Credits

ECON 490 - (Special Project in Economic Policy I) or
Three upper–level elective credits

3

ECON 491 - (Special Project in Economic Policy II) or 
Three elective credits

3

FNCE 423 - (International Finance) or
Three upper–level ECON credits

3

MGMT 323 - (International Business I) or 
ECON 360 - (The Transnational Corporation)

3

MGMT 496 - (Strategic Management Issues)

3

Three upper–level business credits

3

Three upper–level ECON credits

3

Nine elective credits

9

Total Credits

30

Note: Total institutional requirement to graduate, 120 credits.



Financial Services Major

Financial Services Major

Year 2

Credits

ACCT 294 - (Intro to Cost and Managerial Accounting)

3

ECON 211 - (Principles of Microeconomic Theory)

3

ECON 212 - (Principles of Macroeconomic Theory)

3

FNCE 221 - (Financial Planning)

3

MARK 260 - (Buyer Behaviour)

3

MGMT 230 - (Introduction to E-Management)

3

QUME 232 - (Business Statistics I)

3

Nine elective credits

9

Total Credits

30

Financial Services Major

Year 3

Credits

ACCT 201 - (Financial Accounting II)

3

ECON 305 - (Money, Banking and Financial Institutions)

3

FNCE 330 - (Corporate Finance)

3

LAWW 326 - (Commercial Law)

3

MGMT 323 - (International Business I)

3

QUME 436 - (Econometrics)

3

One upper-level FNCE elective

3

Nine elective credits

9

Total Credits

30

Financial Services Major

Year 4

Credits

FNCE 423 - (International Finance)

3

MARK 361 - (Services Marketing)

3

MGMT 491 - (Senior Project) or 
MGMT 499 - (Business Internship) or
Six upper–level credits

6

MGMT 496 - (Strategic Management Issues)

3

Two upper-level FNCE electives

6

Three upper–level business credits

3

Six elective credits

6

Total Credits

30

Note: Total institutional requirement to graduate, 120 credits. PHIL 330 and MGMT 293 are recommended electives.



Human Resources Management Major

Human Resources Management Major

Year 2

Credits

ACCT 294 - (Intro to Cost and Managerial Accounting)

3

ECON 211 - (Principles of Microeconomic Theory)

3

ECON 212 - (Principles of Macroeconomic Theory)

3

MARK 260 - (Buyer Behaviour)

3

MGMT 230 - (Introduction to E-Management)

3

MGMT 293 - (Human Resource Management)

3

QUME 232 - (Business Statistics I)

3

Nine elective credits

9

Total Credits

30

Human Resources Management Major

Year 3

Credits

LAWW 326 - (Commercial Law)

3

MGMT 323 - (International Business I)

3

MGMT 345* - (Workplace Safety and Wellness) or 
MGMT 425* - (Strategic Human Resources Planning)

3

MGMT 355 - (Training and Development)

3

MGMT 365* - (Compensation and Benefits) or 
MGMT 377* - (Recruitment and Selection)

3

MGMT 392 - (Negotiations)

3

Three upper–level business credits

3

Nine elective credits

9

Total Credits

30

* Offered every other year 

Human Resources Management Major

Year 4

Credits

MGMT 345* - (Workplace Safety and Wellness) or 
MGMT 425* - (Strategic Human Resources Planning)

3

MGMT 365* - (Compensation and Benefits) or 
MGMT 377* - (Recruitment and Selection)

3

MGMT 485 - (Labour and Employee Relations)

3

MGMT 491 - (Senior Project) or 
MGMT 499 - (Business Internship) or
Six upper–level business credits

6

MGMT 496 - (Strategic Management Issues)

3

Three upper–level business credits

3

Three upper–level elective credits

3

Six elective credits

6

Total Credits

30

* Offered every other year 

Note: Total institutional requirement to graduate, 120 credits.



International Business Major

International Business Major

Year 2

Credits

ACCT 294 - (Intro to Cost and Managerial Accounting)

3

ECON 211 - (Principles of Microeconomic Theory)

3

ECON 212 - (Principles of Macroeconomic Theory)

3

MARK 260 - (Buyer Behaviour)

3

MGMT 230 - (Introduction to E-Management)

3

MGMT 293 - (Human Resource Management)

3

QUME 232 - (Business Statistics I)

3

Three elective credits

3

Six language* credits

6

Total Credits

30

*Students with significant exposure in an additional language may apply to the BBA Degree Advisor to replace the additional language requirement with 6 credits of approved electives with cultural content.

International Business Major

Year 3

Credits

LAWW 326 - (Commercial Law)

3

MARK 368 - (International Marketing)

3

MGMT 323 - (International Business I)

3

MGMT 396 - (International Human Resource Management)

3

Three upper–level business or upper–level ECON credits

3

Three upper–level MGMT credits

3

Three elective credits

3

Minimum nine International Experience* credits

9

Total Credits

30

* A minimum of nine credits chosen from: international exchange program, field schools, international internships. See the BBA Degree Advisor for information.

International Business Major

Year 4

Credits

FNCE 423 - (International Finance)

3

MGMT 423 - (International Business Strategy)

3

MGMT 494 - (Strategies for Sustainable Development)

3

MGMT 496 - (Strategic Management Issues)

3

Three upper–level business credits

3

Fifteen elective credits

15

Total Credits

30

Note: Total institutional requirement to graduate, 120 credits.



Management Major

Management Major

Year 2

Credits

ACCT 294 - (Intro to Cost and Managerial Accounting)

3

ECON 211 - (Principles of Microeconomic Theory)

3

ECON 212 - (Principles of Macroeconomic Theory)

3

MARK 260 - (Buyer Behaviour)

3

MGMT 230 - (Introduction to E-Management)

3

MGMT 293 - (Human Resource Management)

3

QUME 232 - (Business Statistics I)

3

Nine elective credits

9

Total Credits

30

Management Major

Year 3

Credits

LAWW 326 - (Commercial Law)

3

MARK 366 - (Market Research)

3

MGMT 323 - (International Business I)

3

MGMT 392 - (Negotiations)

3

Three upper–level business or upper–level ECON credits

3

Six upper–level MGMT credits

6

Nine elective credits

9

Total Credits

30

Management Major

Year 4

Credits

MGMT 450 - (Operations Management)

3

MGMT 496 - (Strategic Management Issues)

3

Six upper–level business credits which may include: 
MGMT 491 - (Senior Project) or 
MGMT 499 - (Business Internship)

6

Six upper–level MGMT credits

6

Three upper–level elective credits

3

Nine elective credits

9

Total Credits

30

Note: Total institutional requirement to graduate, 120 credits. PHIL 330 is a recommended elective.



Marketing Major

Marketing Major

Year 2

Credits

ACCT 294 - (Intro to Cost and Managerial Accounting)

3

ECON 211 - (Principles of Microeconomic Theory)

3

ECON 212 - (Principles of Macroeconomic Theory)

3

MARK 260 - (Buyer Behaviour)

3

One of the following courses:
ACCT 217 - (Taxation I)
MGMT 293 - (Human Resource Management)
FNCE 221 - (Financial Planning)

3

MGMT 230 - (Introduction to E-Management)

3

QUME 232 - (Business Statistics I)

3

Nine elective credits

9

Total Credits

30

Marketing Major

Year 3

Credits

LAWW 326 - (Commercial Law)

3

MARK 361 - (Services Marketing)

3

MARK 362 - (Professional Selling)

3

MARK 364 - (Marketing Channels)

3

MARK 366 - (Market Research)

3

MGMT 323 - (International Business I)

3

MGMT 392 - (Negotiations)

3

Nine elective credits

9

Total Credits

30

Marketing Major

Year 4

Credits

MARK 325 - (Advertising and Promotion)

3

MARK 368 - (International Marketing)

3

MARK 430 - (Online Marketing)

3

MARK 460 - (Strategic Marketing)

3

MGMT 496 - (Strategic Management Issues)

3

MGMT 491 - (Senior Project) or
MGMT 499 - (Business Internship) or
Three upper–level business credits and three upper–level elective credits

6

Nine elective credits

9

Total Credits

30

Note: Total institutional requirement to graduate, 120 credits. PHIL 330 and MGMT 293 are recommended electives.

Completion Requirements

  • Upper-Level Requirement: depending on the major selected, a minimum of 42 or 45 upper-level credits is required, with a minimum 2.0 (“C”) grade point average calculated on all upper-level courses attempted or completed. If such a course has been repeated, grades from all attempts will be included in the calculation.
  • Graduating GPA: a graduating GPA of at least 2.0 (“C”) is required.
  • General Electives: 18 elective credits must be completed from outside of Business (ie. not courses with the following prefixes - ACCT, ECON, FNCE, MARK, MGMT, QUME).
  • Second Major: Students completing a second major must have all the required courses and have completed 18 elective credits from outside of Business (ie. not courses with the following prefixes - ACCT, ECON, FNCE, MARK, MGMT, QUME).
  • A minimum of 60 credits must be completed at Vancouver Island University.

Computer Competency

Students entering the Bachelor of Business Administration program are expected to have computer skills that include the ability to create multi media presentations in Powerpoint, knowledge of database applications using Access and comprehensive understanding of word processing, spreadsheets and website navigation. Students will be expected to demonstrate these computer skills throughout the program with no further instruction. Students who DO NOT have the required computer skills should enrol in QUME 185.

For a detailed description of required computer skills refer to the Faculty of Management's Required Computer Competencies.

International Student Exchanges, Internships and Experiences

Many business career opportunities may be found working abroad or working with global organizations. Business faculty are developing experiences for students to acquire the international perspective, skills and cultural sensitivity needed to succeed in today’s business environment. These initiatives include work abroad, internships, international study, joint/double degree options and mentor programs. Ties have been developed with the South Pacific, Europe, South America and China. Interested students should discuss their objectives with faculty members early in their program.

Updated 
Monday, March 6, 2017

Admission Requirements

  • General admission requirements apply.
  • English 12 with a minimum “C” grade, or equivalent.
  • One of Principles of Mathematics 12, Applications of Mathematics 12, or Foundations of Mathematics 12 with a minimum “C” grade.

Note: Priority will be given to students with Mathematics 12. Students without Mathematics 12 must have a minimum of a C+ in Principles of Mathematics 11 or Pre-calculus 11 and must upgrade with MATH 151 or MATH 065 during the first semester. If MATH 151 is required, a minimum grade of C will be needed to move forward in the BBA program.

Transfer from North Island College and Camosun College

Transfer from these business programs will be on a course-by-course basis. Transferring students will have the same status as continuing VIU Students.

Start Date and Application Deadline

The program starts in September and applications are accepted between the first business day in October, and March 31. For further information regarding late applications and program contacts check the Program Availability List.

Domestic Fees | International Fees

Domestic Fees

Tuition Fee Schedule

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 $147.76 per credit)

4,432.80

Student Activity fee (4% of tuition)

177.31

Student Services fee (30 credits x $6.53 per credit)

195.90

VIU Students' Union fee (8 months x $19.43 per month)

155.44

Health and Dental Plan fee ($275 per year)

275.00

Approximate cost for books and supplies for one year (Note: Books and supply costs vary depending on course load and course type.)

1,100.00

Total

6,336.45

Notes

* The above table is based on ten 3–credit courses taken over two semesters.

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 Fee Schedule

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 $7620 per semester)

15,240.00

Ancillary Fee (2 semesters x $374.4 per semester)

748.80

VIU Students' Union fee (8 months x $19.43 per month)

155.44

Health and Dental Plan fee ($275 per year)

275.00

Approximate cost for books and supplies for one year (Note: Books and supply costs vary depending on course load and course type.)

1,100.00

Total

17,519.24

Notes

The above table is based on 15 credits or less per semester. Additional fees of $635.00 per credit will be applied if taking more than 15 credits per semester.

* The above table is based on ten 3–credit courses taken over two semesters.

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
Sunday, April 1, 2018
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