Business Administration Diploma - General Studies Option
|Campus||Distance (Jan, May, Sep), Vernon (Jan, Sep), Penticton (Jan, Sep), Salmon Arm (Jan, Sep), Kelowna (Jan, May, Jul, Sep)|
|Delivery||Distance/Online, Part-Time, Full-Time|
This program is student loan eligible.
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Gain a broad understanding of business practices and take skills learned in the classroom into accounting, financial, hospitality and tourism, management, human resources and marketing positions.
Have a vision for your career? Pursue an area of interest that matches that vision and open the door to an exciting career, changing your life in just two years.
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
- Fees listed are for ten courses (30 credits). 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
The diploma program provides students with a broad understanding of business practices. With the experience and skills learned in the classroom, students will be able to progress to more responsible roles in accounting, marketing, operations, personnel or general administration. Year one of the program provides a solid foundation in general business. Options are available in Accounting, Financial Services, Hospitality and Tourism Management, Human Resources Management, Management and Marketing. A General Studies option is also available to those who want to take elective courses from a variety of options.
Regional delivery of studies can differ according to the campus location, but first year of study is available the Penticton and Vernon campuses. Salmon Arm students may need to take two online or distance courses to complete the first year. Some courses are also available by online delivery and distance education and students can combine on campus courses with online and distance courses.
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- Students will require a laptop (see program specifications).
- B.C. secondary school graduation or equivalent.
- Students graduating from secondary school in or prior to 2012: Principles of Mathematics 11, or an equivalent Advanced Level Adult Basic Education mathematics course; or a minimum grade of 70% in Introductory Mathematics 11; or a minimum grade of 60% in Applications of Mathematics 11.
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 11, Foundations of Mathematics Grade 11, or Apprenticeship and Workplace Mathematics Grade 11, Workplace Mathematics 11, or the equivalent Advanced Level Adult Basic Education mathematics course.
- English 12 with minimum 60% or alternatives.
Senior secondary students who enter the Business Administration diploma program with a minimum grade of 73% in Accounting 12 may receive credit for BUAD 111.
Mature applicants are at least 19 years of age and have been out of full-time senior secondary study for at least one year. Senior secondary graduation will be waived for mature applicants. Mature applicants without English 12 can write the LPI and must receive a minimum score of level 4. Mature applicants without Mathematics 11 can take the mathematics diagnostic test, administered by Okanagan College. A minimum score of 16/25 is required.
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.
Selective Admission Process: Admission of regular senior secondary applicants will be based on the grade average (GA) on English 12, Mathematics 11 and two other of the student's highest provincially recognized Grade 12 courses.
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.
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%.
The Diploma in Business Administration consists of 60 credits. All students take 27 credits in core business foundation courses plus first-year courses in English, Mathematics and Economics (or BUAD 113). Students then select at least 12 credits out of 24 credits in electives from a specialty option of study. Options are available in Accounting, Financial Services, Hospitality Tourism Management, Human Resources Management, Management and Marketing. A General Studies option is also available to those who want to take elective courses from a variety of options.
Students who enrolled in the Business Administration program before September 2003 will require 72 credits to graduate.
Successful completion of the prescribed and elective courses as listed in the program outline with a minimum graduating grade average of 60%.
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