Bachelor of Business Administration - Tourism and Hospitality Management Specialty

Campus Vernon (Jan, Sep), Kelowna (Jan, May, Jul, Sep)
Delivery Part-Time, Full-Time
Credential Degree

This program is student loan eligible.

Please note, the first and second years of the BBA program are offered fully at the Vernon campus. However, the program can only be completed in full in Kelowna.

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Program Highlights

Accelerate your career with a degree in hospitality and tourism. After learning the foundation of general business, you’ll learn about the Okanagan wine and culinary tourism and hospitality sectors, preparing you for a career path leading to management positions.

Join the global community and learn about customer behaviour that will help you further understand your audience. Welcoming guests and customers is foundational to tourism and hospitality, so you’ll have every chance to learn what makes a successful business manager in classes, readings and hands-on experiences. Skills gained in this program will help you succeed not only in the Okanagan, but all around the world.

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OC's Bachelor of Business Administration Degrees and Business Administration Diplomas are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

Tuition and Fees

2022-23: $5,829.08

  • Fees listed are for ten courses (30 credits) taken over two semesters. Depending on the campus of study and the courses selected fees may vary.
  • Fees include all mandatory fees: Activity fee, Health & Dental, Student Association fee, Education Technology fee, Development fee.
  • All amounts are approximate and are subject to change.
  • International students will pay International tuition fees

Program Details

The degree specialty provides students with an understanding of business and management practices within the global tourism and hospitality sector as well as a foundation in general business. The first year of the program provides a solid foundation in general business and the business of tourism. The second year provides experiential learning in the Okanagan wine and culinary tourism and hospitality sectors. The third and fourth years further develop the student's analytical and critical thinking skills needed to succeed in the tourism and hospitality sectors. Graduates are prepared for a career path leading to management positions within the tourism and hospitality sector.

An honours degree gives you the highest level of certification possible within the BBA. Not only does this earn you a special Honours parchment, but it speaks loud and clear to employers about your abilities and dedication to do advance research in your chosen field. Contact to learn more.


Admission Requirements

Entry into the first year of the degree program:

Regular Applicants

  • B.C. secondary school graduation or equivalent.
  • English 12 with minimum 70% or alternatives.
  • Students graduating from secondary school in or prior to 2012: A minimum of 85% in Applications of Mathematics 12 or a minimum of 60% in either Principles of Mathematics 12 or an equivalent Provincial Level Adult Basic Education mathematics course.
    Students entering Grade 10 in or after 2010 and/or completing the new mathematics curriculum: A minimum of 60% in one of Pre-calculus Grade 12, Foundations of Mathematics Grade 12, or Apprenticeship and Workplace Mathematics Grade 12, Apprenticeship Mathematics 12, Apprenticeship Mathematics 12, or the equivalent Provincial Level Adult Basic Education mathematics course.

Secondary students who enter the Business Administration degree or diploma program with a minimum grade of 73% in Accounting 12 may request credit for BUAD 111 (Financial Accounting I).

Selective Admission Process: Applicants will be granted admission based on their grade average for English, Mathematics and two other academic courses chosen to the advantage of the applicant.

Mature Applicants

Mature applicants are at least 19 years of age and have been out of full-time secondary study for at least one year. Secondary graduation will be waived for mature applicants.

Qualifying status: Applicants who ultimately fail to satisfy the specific English and/or math entrance requirements may be granted admission to and be allowed to remain enrolled in the business program as qualifying students subject to the availability of space after the admission and registration of qualified applicants. Qualifying students may concurrently register in a maximum of three first-year business courses, any three for which they satisfy the prerequisites. Qualifying first-year business students will not be considered to be continuing students and will, therefore, be allowed to continue in the program after the qualifying year only if all outstanding course entrance requirements have been successfully completed.

Entry into the third year of the degree program:

  • Successful completion of a recognized Business Administration diploma program or equivalent with a minimum grade average of 67%; or completion of 60 university-level credits (with a minimum of 24 credits at the 200-level or higher) with a minimum grade average of 67%; or completion of an Associate Degree in Arts or Science with a minimum grade average of 67%.
  • Applicants must submit a statement (500 words maximum) outlining their personal objectives and career goals.
  • Applicants must submit a statement (500 word maximum) outlining their work experience and community involvement.

Selective Admission Process: Applicants will be ranked and admitted according to the grade average of their respective diploma, associate degree or 60 credits of university courses, as stated above.

Prior Learning Assessment: Where a student has prior learning in the following courses BUAD 111, 116, 121, 128, 176 and 293, credit may be awarded if the student successfully passes a challenge exam. Contact the Business Administration department for more information.

Co-operative Education: Entry into the co-operative education option is a student's choice, and subject to completion of all first-year courses and an overall grade average of 65%.


Program Outline

Students must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours as prescribed below:
BUAD 111 Financial Accounting I
BUAD 116 Marketing
BUAD 123 Management Principles
BUAD 128 Computer Applications I
BUAD 195 Financial Management
BUAD 209 Business Law
BUAD 262 Organizational Behaviour
BUAD 264 Management Accounting
BUAD 269 Human Resources Management
BUAD 315 Management Science
BUAD 425 Business and Canadian Government Policy
BUAD 340 Strategic Management I
BUAD 293 Entrepreneurship
CMNS 112 Professional Writing I
CMNS 122 Professional Writing II
MATH 114 Business Mathematics
STAT 124 Business Statistics
ECON 115 Principles of Microeconomics
ECON 125 Principles of Macroeconomics
PHIL 350 Business Ethics
21 credits of Business electives at the 300 level or higher
15 credits of Business electives at the 100 level or higher
12 credits of Business or non-business electives at the 300 level or higher
3 credits of Business or non-business electives at the 100 level or higher
9 credits of non-business electives at the 100 level or higher
*With permission of the department other MATH or STAT courses may be substituted. STAT 121 is an approved substitute for STAT 124.
**With permission of the department other CMNS or ENGL courses may be substituted. Six credits of CMNS or ENGL are required for graduation, but nine credits are strongly recommended.
Non-business electives must be part of a diploma or degree program. COSC 122, MATH 111, MATH 120 and MATH 160 cannot be used as non-business electives in the BBA program.
Students who entered a business program prior to 2003 should check the Okanagan College School of Business website at
While satisfying all the requirements outlined above for the Bachelor of Business Administration degree, students must include the following courses in their Business elective choices to specialize in Tourism and Hospitality Management:
BUAD 115 Introduction to Tourism
or TOUR 105 Introduction to Tourism
or BUAD 206
BUAD 215 Restaurant Management
BUAD 220 Hotel Management
BUAD 230 Wine and Culinary Tourism
Plus four of:
BUAD 308 Multicultural Management
BUAD 332 Selected Topics: Tourism and Hospitality
BUAD 432 Selected Topics: Tourism and Hospitality
BUAD 351 Tourism Planning and Development
BUAD 358 Global Trends in Tourism and Hospitality
BUAD 449 Sustainable Tourism and Stewardship
Consider the following courses when selecting additional electives:
BUAD 309 Social Entrepreneurship
BUAD 335 Electronic Commerce
BUAD 334 Events Planning
BUAD 336 Services Design & Development
BUAD 345 Consumer Behaviour
BUAD 370 Leadership
BUAD 390 Properties Management
BUAD 470 Customer Relationship Management

Successful completion of the prescribed and elective courses as listed in the program outline with a minimum graduating grade average of 60%.

Students who wish to specialize in Hospitality and Tourism Management must meet the specialty requirements listed below under Hospitality and Tourism Management Specialty. Students who only meet the basic requirements will continue to earn a general studies BBA.



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