You’re ambitious, determined and motivated to succeed. Lay the foundation for your future achievements in the fast-paced, competitive business world with a diploma in Business Administration. You’ll acquire basic business skills in your first year, and in your second, you’ll tailor your education to your career aspirations in one of three majors: accounting, management and general business.

With transfer agreements in place at institutions across Canada and around the globe, you can easily continue your education to earn your bachelor’s degree or step right into a career upon graduation. Whatever direction you go in, you’ll be dressed for success with a Business Administration diploma.

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Career Opportunities

A variety of opportunities will await you once you graduate. You'll have the option to continue your studies, obtain a professional designation or immediately pursue your career in fields such as: 

  • Accounting                                                                                         
  • Advertising                                                                                         
  • Agri-Business
  • Banking                                                                                              
  • E-commerce
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Financial Services
  • Hospitality & Service
  • Human Resources
  • Project Management
  • Retail Management

The Business Administration program is also excellent preparation for further post-secondary education.

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Transfers

Many courses transfer into professional accounting designations (CPA and ACAF).

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majors to choose from: accounting, management or general business

At-a-Glance

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September or January

Credential / Accreditation

Diploma

Duration

2 years

Application Deadlines

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Program Availability

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Admissions

New students are accepted into the Business Administration program in the Fall (September) and Winter (January) terms.

Note: Prospective students wishing to spread their courses over an additional term and/or commence their studies in the Winter term are encouraged to consult with an advisor for information regarding pre-requisites and course sequencing. Students who begin their studies in the Winter (January) term and plan to complete an accounting major must have credit for ACC-1175 Financial Accounting II (3 credits) prior to September in order to complete the program within two years. This means completing ACC-1175 Financial Accounting II (3 credits) in the Spring (May) term.

General Admissions Requirements

All applicants must meet the general admission requirements for Lethbridge College programs, as indicated in the Admission section of this calendar.

Academic Requirements

In addition to meeting the general admission requirements indicated in the Admission section of this calendar, applicants to this program must also satisfy the following specific course requirements (or equivalencies):

  • Grade 12 math (equivalent to Alberta’s Math 30-2 or a higher level math)
Transfers
Athabasca University

Graduates of Lethbridge College's Business Administration diploma program are eligible to receive 30 credits towards a number of post-diploma bachelor's degrees in Commerce, Management, Human Resources/Labour Relations, Professional Arts, and Science at Athabasca University. To explore options, please visit www.athabascau.ca

It is highly recommended, but not mandatory, that BUS-2292 Business Finance (3 credits) and STS-2250 Statistics (3 credits) be included in your Lethbridge College diploma.

College of the Rockies

Graduates of Lethbridge College's Business Administration – Accounting, Management, Marketing, or General Business majors are eligible to receive full block transfer into the Bachelor of Business Administration in Sustainable Business Practices degree at College of the Rockies, provided all other entrance criteria are met and space remains available in the program. Entrance by new students to all programs at College of the Rockies is on a first-qualified, first-in basis.

Griffith University, Australia

Graduates of Lethbridge College’s Business Administration diploma program are eligible to transfer credit towards the completion of a Bachelor of Business degree (all majors available) at Griffith University, in Australia. All students will be provided with an approved course completion pathway at time of offer of admission into a Griffith program. For more information, please visit www.griffith.edu.au/credit 

Institute of Technology Carlow, Ireland

Graduates of Lethbridge College's Business Administration – Accounting, Management, Marketing, or General Business majors will be accepted for entry into the third year of the Bachelor (Honours) in Business with options to specialize in Business Management, HRM, Supply Chain Management, and International Business at the Institute of Technology Carlow, in Ireland. Scholarships may be awarded. For more information, please visit www.itcarlow.ie

Institute of Technology Sligo, Ireland

Graduates of Lethbridge College's Business Administration – Accounting, Management, Marketing, or General Business majors can complete two semesters at the Institute of Technology Sligo to complete the Bachelor of Business in Business Administration (NFQ Level 7) Bachelor Degree program.

Students who complete the Bachelor of Business in Business Administration (NFQ Level 7) degree may subsequently transfer into the IT Sligo Bachelor of Business (Hon) (Add-On) (NFQ Level 8) degree which they can complete full time (one year) or online (two years). For more information, please visit www.itsligo.ie

Okanagan College

Graduates of Lethbridge College’s Business Administration – Accounting, Management, Marketing, or General Business diploma program with a minimum GPA of 2.3, or 67%, are eligible for admission into the third year of the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree program at Okanagan College.

Royal Roads University

Graduates of Lethbridge College’s Business Administration – Accounting, Management, Marketing, or General Business diplomas with a minimum GPA of 3.0 are eligible to receive block transfer into the third year of Royal Roads University's Bachelor of Commerce in Entrepreneurial Management or Bachelor of Business Administration in Sustainability & International Business degree programs — provided all entrance criteria for admissions to Royal Roads University are met and space remains available.

Robert Gordon University, Scotland

Graduates of Lethbridge College’s Business Administration – Accounting, Management, Marketing, or General Business diplomas with a minimum GPA of 2.5 will be accepted into the third year of a BA(Hons) in Events Management, Fashion Management, International Hospitality Management, International Tourism Management, Management, Management with Marketing, Management with HRM, or International Business Management at Robert Gordon University, in Scotland, provided all academic and English language entry requirements are met and space remains available.

Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT)

Graduates of Lethbridge College’s Business Administration – Accounting diploma are eligible for admission into the third year of SAIT’s Bachelor of Business Administration Accounting (BBA ACCT) degree program. Graduates of Lethbridge College’s Business Administration – Management diploma are eligible for admission into the third year of SAIT's Bachelor of Business Administration Management (BBAM) or Human Resource Management (BBAH) degree programs. Graduates of Lethbridge College’s Business Administration – Marketing diploma are eligible for admission into the third year of SAIT's Bachelor of Business Administration Marketing Major (BBA MK) — provided all other entrance criteria are met and space is available. Please note, some bridging courses are required.

University of Lethbridge (pending renewal)

Graduates of Lethbridge College’s Business Administration diploma are eligible to receive two years’ credit towards the University of Lethbridge’s Bachelor of Management degree, provided that a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 is achieved in the Lethbridge College diploma program. The exact number of additional required courses varies based on courses taken and the major selected at the University of Lethbridge. Visit www.uleth.ca for further information.

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Delivery Formats

The Business Administration program is delivered on campus. We also offer a set of online, asynchronous courses to support students in this program who are not on campus.

Fall 2021 – Health Guidelines

If there are changes to Alberta Health Services guidelines, this program will move to an online synchronous format during scheduled class times.

On-Campus

This program is delivered in a face-to-face format on the main Lethbridge College campus in accordance with AHS guidelines. Lectures, labs and hands-on training opportunities will all take place on-campus in Lethbridge.

Online

This program is fully delivered online with both synchronous (learning occurs in real-time on a set schedule) and asynchronous (learning does not occur at the same time or same place) components.

Courses

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Course Title Credits
Year 1
ACC-1170 Financial Accounting I 3
ACC-1175 Financial Accounting II 3
BUS-1166 Business Law 3
BUS-1170 Introduction to Management 3
BUS-1177 Entrepreneurship 3
BUS-1185 Business Computer Applications 1.5
COM-1162 Interpersonal Relationships and Communications 3
CPU-1165 Designing Spreadsheet Applications 3
ECN-1180 Microeconomics 3
ENG-1159 Writing for the Workplace 3
MKT-1188 Introduction to Marketing 3
  Credits 31.5
Year 2
Students must select one major from the following: 30
Accounting
 
Management
 
Marketing (Major under review - no intake for 2021/22 year)
 
General Business
 
  Credits 30
  Total Credits 61.5
Accounting Major

The success of any business or organization is tied very closely to its financial position. Put your appreciation for detail and numbers to work and develop the knowledge and skills that will enable you to provide the kinds of services valued by organizations and individuals alike. Through theoretical and practical application, you will gain a very solid in-depth working knowledge of accounting, statistics, business finance, macroeconomics, individual and corporate income tax, and computerized accounting.

You will leave our program with the background needed to succeed in an accounting-related position with business, government, not-for-profit and charitable organizations, and/or pursue further education towards an accounting designation. Many of our students have done one or more of these - with great success.

Course Title Credits
Year 2
ACC-2250 Management Accounting I 3
ACC-2251 Management Accounting II 3
ACC-2271 Intermediate Financial Accounting I 3
ACC-2273 Intermediate Financial Accounting II 3
ACC-2278 Computerized Accounting for Management 3
BUS-2292 Business Finance 3
ECN-2253 Macroeconomics 3
STS-2250 Statistics 3
TAX-2251 Taxation 3
Approved Elective (See lists A and B) 3
  Credits 30
  Total Credits 30
Management Major

The success of any business or organization is highly dependent on its management expertise. The management major provides opportunity to gain that expertise, in areas including entrepreneurship and small business management, human resources, leadership, organizational dynamics, business finance, international business, the global economy, and statistics.

In this major, you will develop skills in leadership, communication, cooperation, analysis, and strategic action plan implementation. Through case studies, simulations and other learning experiences, you will rely on sound management knowledge and principles acquired earlier to solve real business and organizational problems. The program provides a solid foundation for numerous career options including banking, human resource management, starting and managing a new business, as well as managing existing businesses, not-for-profit, charitable and, government organizations.

Course Title Credits
Year 2
BUS-2268 Organizational Behavior 3
BUS-2275 International Business 3
BUS-2278 Industrial and Labour Relations 3
BUS-2285 Advanced Small Business Management 3
BUS-2292 Business Finance 3
BUS-2298 Human Resource Management 3
STS-2250 Statistics 3
Approved Electives (See elective lists A and B.) 9
  Credits 30
  Total Credits 30
Marketing Major 
Major Under Review - No intake for 2021/22 year

Analyzing the strategies that make a business successful is the core purpose of the marketing major. In-depth knowledge of the latest business trends, communication tools, concepts, international influences, buyer behavior, and market research are some of the keys to a career as a marketing professional. At Lethbridge College, you’ll gain a strong understanding of these areas and benefit from our focus on practical application. The program includes projects with local businesses and organizations, creation of marketing plans, case studies, group presentations and field trips to a variety of area businesses.

You will be well prepared for careers in management, retailing, merchandising, market research, advertising, international marketing, either for existing businesses and organizations, or to start your own.

Special note: If you intend to pursue a university degree upon completion of the Business Administration diploma, we strongly recommend that you include STS-2250 Statistics (3 credits) in your program.

Course Title Credits
Year 2
MKT-2260 International Marketing 3
MKT-2277 Merchandise Administration 3
MKT-2279 Applied Sales 3
MKT-2281 Marketing Logistics 3
MKT-2283 Advertising 3
MKT-2288 Marketing Management 3
MKT-2290 Marketing Research 3
Approved Electives (See elective lists A and B) 9
  Credits 30
  Total Credits 30
General Business Major

This major allows significant flexibility in choosing courses, and may be ideal for those planning entrepreneurial careers. In addition to the core courses shown, students may choose their own unique combination of electives from the lists below, ensuring the best possible combination of knowledge and skills.

Special note: If you intend to pursue a university degree upon completion of the Business Administration diploma, we strongly recommend that you include STS-2250 Statistics (3 credits) in your program.

Course Title Credits
Year 2
BUS-1176 Financial Planning 3
BUS-2285 Advanced Small Business Management 3
BUS-2292 Business Finance 3
BUS-2298 Human Resource Management 3
MKT-2288 Marketing Management 3
Approved Electives (See elective lists A and B) 15
  Credits 30
  Total Credits 30
List A - Approved Business Electives
Course Title Credits
ACC-2250 Management Accounting I 3
ACC-2251 Management Accounting II 3
ACC-2271 Intermediate Financial Accounting I 3
ACC-2273 Intermediate Financial Accounting II 3
ACC-2278 Computerized Accounting for Management 3
BUS-1176 Financial Planning 3
BUS-2267 Database Design 3
BUS-2268 Organizational Behavior 3
BUS-2275 International Business 3
BUS-2278 Industrial and Labour Relations 3
BUS-2284 Advanced Internet Skills 1.5
BUS-2285 Advanced Small Business Management 3
BUS-2286 Introduction to Supply Chain Management 3
BUS-2287 Business Analytics and Decision Making 3
BUS-2288 Project Management 3
BUS-2291 Writing a Business Plan 3
BUS-2292 Business Finance 3
BUS-2298 Human Resource Management 3
CPU-2254 Basic Desktop Publishing 3
ECN-2253 Macroeconomics 3
FWK-2250 Field Work 3
IND-2251 Independent Study 1.5
IND-2252 Independent Study 1.5
IST-2250 International Business Study Tour 3
MGT-2251 Events and Conference Management 3
MKT-2250 Advertising Essentials 3
MKT-2260 International Marketing 3
MKT-2275 Electronic Commerce 3
MKT-2277 Merchandise Administration 3
MKT-2279 Applied Sales 3
MKT-2281 Marketing Logistics 3
MKT-2283 Advertising 3
MKT-2288 Marketing Management 3
MKT-2290 Marketing Research 3
STS-2250 Statistics 3
TAX-2251 Taxation 3
BUS-11XX Unspecified 1 3
BUS-22XX Unspecified 1 3
MKT-11XX Unspecified 1 3
MKT-22XX Unspecified 1 3
List B - Approved Non-Business Electives

(a maximum of 3 credits may be included from List B Approved Non-Business Electives.)

Course Title Credits
AGR-2286 Agricultural Business Management 3
BIO-1151 Environmental Issues 3
BLK-1151 Blackfoot Language I 3
CPL-1150 Community Service Learning 3
HUM-1150 Logic 3
HUM-1155 Ethics 3
HUM-1180 Introduction to World Religions 3
HUM-1190 Popular Culture 3
INS-1155 Introduction to Indigenous Studies 3
PED-1123 Academic Success in Athletics I 1.5
PSC-1161 Introduction to Politics 3
PSC-1165 Canadian Government 3
PSY-1160 Introduction to Psychology 3
SGV-1111 Student Government 3
SGV-1112 Student Government 3
SGV-1122 Student Government 6
SGV-2113 Student Government 3
SGV-2114 Student Government 3
SGV-2124 Student Government 6
SOC-1160 Introduction to Sociology 3
SPN-1150 Introductory Spanish 3
Practicum Experience

There is an elective practicum component to this program. The College dictates the legal terms and conditions governing the practicum experience.

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Tuition and Fees

Title Tuition Fees Books/Supplies
Year 1
$4,325.00
$1,145.00
$1,505.00
Year 2
$1,350.00
$1,104.00
$1,641.00
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International Students
Title Tuition Fees Books/Supplies
Year 1
$13,775.00
$1,145.00
$1,505.00
Year 2
$13,785.00
$1,104.00
$1,641.00
Notes

Costs for supplies may vary considerably depending on what students already have or where they purchased their supplies; cost provided is on the moderately high end.

Students will be charged a medical/dental benefit fee unless they opt out by demonstrating alternative coverage prior to the end of the first week of class.

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