The Okanagan School of Business provides a career-oriented and innovative approach to education so that learners of various ages, experience levels, and cultures succeed. Our unique business programs have a strong focus on integrating theory and subject-matter knowledge with practical applications through business competitions, community-based course projects and work experiences.
OC alumni honoured for community impact
Bree Cawley graduated from the Bachelor of Business Administration program in 1999 since then has made her mark in communications, marketing and non-profit leadership for a host of organizations.
Prof leads the way in developing new open educational resources
In a challenging time when nearly every post-secondary institution has made the move from in-person to online classes, an Okanagan College Business professor is working to develop and put free online textbooks in the hands of students.
Explore our programs
Our Bachelor of Business Administration Degrees and Business Administration Diplomas are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).
Bachelor of Business Administration
This four-year degree program is centralized on Canadian and International Business application. After two years of foundational business studies, students will be able to delve extensively into a chosen designation specialty: accounting, finance, marketing, management, human resources, or tourism and hospitality management. Completing a Bachelor of Business Administration will provide students with the hands-on business skills sought by industry recruiters.
Business Administration Diplomas
This two-year diploma program provides a foundation in general business knowledge with the option to specialize in one of the following designations: accounting, finance, marketing, management, human resources, or tourism and hospitality management. From classroom simulations to industry application, the Business Administration Diploma serves as a valuable asset to prospective students interested in exploring foundational business practices and can lead to further studies in the degree program.
This one- to two-year program is a natural fit for students interested in exploring business courses. This program is a great introduction that can be laddered into the diploma or degree at a later time. Choose a general studies option or one of our specialities, including accounting, computer applications, entrepreneurship and small business management, financial services, human resources, management, or tourism and hospitality.
Office Administration Certificates
Choose from entry-level to specialty programs with timelines ranging from five months to a year. Options for Office Administration Certificates include the following: accounting/bookkeeping, office assistance, administrative assistance, legal litigation or legal corporate/conveyancing, as well as medical administration. Most programs include a practicum portion to increase transferability of skills and employability.
The Okanagan School of Business offers four Post-Baccalaureate Diplomas. Areas of study include: Accounting, Marketing, HR Management and Marketing and Data Analytics. These two-year programs are designed for students that have already completed an undergraduate degree in an area other than Business or Commerce.
The Okanagan School of Business has partnered with Southern Interior Flight Center and Okanagan Mountain Helicopters to offer a two-year Commercial Aviation Diploma - Aeroplane and a one-year Commercial Helicopters Pilot Certificate. Both programs integrate Business Administration courses to create professional organizational growth among students.
Okanagan College students are eligible to participate in Study Abroad semesters. Okanagan School of Business has negotiated Study Abroad agreements with many partner institutions around the world which mean you can spend one or two semesters at an international partner school, and as long as your courses are pre-approved by Okanagan College; all credits earned during your semester(s) away will apply towards your Okanagan College Bachelor of Business Administration Degree.
Centre for Small Business and Entrepreneurship Research
The Centre exists to encourage and support new Okanagan School of Business faculty researchers to engage in applied research, to expand their knowledge base, and to make a significant contribution to economic and social development in the B.C. Southern Interior.
The scope of research is carried out in key areas: rural entrepreneurship and the economics of industry competitiveness, social service non-profit sector sustainability, and social entrepreneurship. The researchers identified with each area are the main points of contact for that research area. They are also prepared to provide advice and guidance to Okanagan School of Business faculty interested in conducting research in that area.
Scotiabank Centre for Non-Profit Excellence
Okanagan College has partnered with Scotiabank Centre to introduce the Scotiabank Centre for Non-Profit Excellence. This project enables Okanagan College students to research and identify strategies to ensure sustainability within all realms of Non-Profit organizations.
The project covers four phases: gap analysis of the training and education needs of the nonprofit sector, curriculum and training development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of training services offered to local agencies, and the provision of an online platform to offer a suite of research and training resources to organizations in the nonprofit sector, irrespective of geographic location.
The Scotiabank Centre for Non-Profit Excellence is a resource to help build organizational capacity and operational excellence to ensure sustainability for the nonprofit industry. We encourage you to utilize the resources available on this site. Explore the research conducted by Honours BBA students on key areas of interest to the nonprofit sector, review the team of student researchers, faculty advisors and community partners who collaborated on this project, and participate in any of the training courses and resources materials provided to you at your convenience and as often as you would like.
Student teams and clubs
Enactus is a non-profit student-run organization that develops and implements projects in our communities that improve the quality of life and standard of living across the region.
Okanagan Business Students’ Association
The OBSA provides a means for students to gather the kind of real world business experience and involvement that distinguishes them when they graduate or for further studies.
The Okanagan College Accounting Club (OCAC) is a student run not-for-profit organization that aims to enhance students' campus life and connect them with local accounting professionals.
Human Resources Management Club
The HRM Club is a student run organization that aims to connect students with real life HR experiences and professionals through fun learning experiences. The club is open to Human Resource Management specialty students or anyone interested in learning more about Human Resources at Okanagan College.
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