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Overview

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We can help you become an integral part of the business world in our Business Administration program. Your first year will allow you to acquire basic business skills, building a solid foundation of effective business principles. In your second year, you’ll tailor your education towards your career aspirations with one of four majors.

If you’ve been bitten by the travel bug, you can participate in an international exchange or continue your studies after graduation through the transfer agreements with institutions around the globe. Many of those transfers are for 2 + 2 programs, meaning you only need to put in an additional two years at university to earn your bachelor’s degree. Whatever direction you go in, you’ll be dressed for success with a Business Administration diploma.

Accounting

Put your appreciation for details and numbers to work in the accounting major. Through theoretical and practical application, you’ll develop the background needed to succeed in accounting positions and pursue an accounting designation.

Management

Prepare to lead the business world of tomorrow with a major in management. Through case studies, simulations and other engaging learning experiences, you’ll solve real business and organizational problems, gaining expertise in management, leadership and communication.

Marketing

Analyze the strategies that make a business successful as a marketing major. With a focus on practical application, we’ll ensure you’re ready for your career as a marketing professional. You’ll conduct group presentations, solve case studies, create marketing plans and even work with local businesses.

General Business

Have an entrepreneurial spirit? The general business major might be right for you. Ideal for those planning entrepreneurial careers, the major allows for significant flexibility in choosing courses; you can perfectly match your education to your career goals.

Get dressed for success – apply to the Business Administration program today!

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
  • energy industry
  • entrepreneurship
  • financial services
  • human resources
  • management
  • marketing
  • retail management
  • sales
  • taxation
  • technology

Alumni Profile - Zach Palmarin

Watch Zach's story about how his favourite class he took in Lethbridge College's Business Administration program set him on the path to open his very own business.


2019 Convocate Profile - Thari De Silva

After moving to Canada to attend Lethbridge College, Thari De Silva worried he wouldn’t make a single friend. Instead, he found a campus he could call his community and friends he could call family. Watch his journey from Sri Lanka to the Convocation stage and learn more about Lethbridge College's Business Administration program.

Starts In: September, January and May
Application Deadlines:

For current application status, terms being processed and application deadlines visit the Program Application Status page.

Duration: 2 years
Credential: Diploma with Designated Major
Transfers:

Athabasca University 
Graduates of Lethbridge College’s Business Administration diploma are eligible to receive two years’ credit towards any of the following business degrees at Athabasca University: 3-year Bachelor of Management, 4-year Bachelor of Management (Human Resource Management or Marketing major), Bachelor of Professional Arts (Law & Management Major) or 4-year Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting or e-Commerce major). Diploma graduates will need to complete ten courses for the 3-year B.Mgmt. and twenty courses for the 4-year B.Mgmt. or B.Comm. 

It is highly recommended, but not mandatory, that BUS-2292 and STS-2250 are included in your Lethbridge College diploma. Visit www.athabascau.ca for more information.

College of the Rockies
Graduates from the diploma in 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, 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 a first-qualified, first-in basis.

Griffith University, Queensland, Australia
Graduates of Lethbridge College’s Business Administration program are eligible to transfer credit towards the completion of a Bachelor Degree at Griffith University, located in Australia. Business Administration Accounting graduates can complete the Griffith’s Bachelor of Commerce in three (3) semesters. Business Administration Management, Marketing or General Business graduates can complete a Bachelor of Business in three (3) semesters.  Please visit www.griffith.edu.au/credit for more information.

Institute of Technology Carlow, Carlow, Ireland
Graduates from the diploma in Business Administration – Accounting, Management, Marketing, or General Business majors will be accepted for entry into Year 3 of Bachelor (Honours) in Business with options to specialize in Business Management, HRM, Supply Chain Management and International Business. Please note, scholarships may be awarded – please refer to website: www.itcarlow.ie

Institute of Technology Sligo, Sligo, Ireland
Graduates from the diploma in Business Administration – Accounting, Management, Marketing, or General Business majors will complete two semesters in IT 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 on-line (two year). Please refer to website: 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 67% are eligible for admission into the third year of the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree program.

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

Robert Gordon University - Aberdeen, Scotland
Graduates of Lethbridge College’s Business Administration Management or Marketing diploma programs with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 are eligible for transfer credit towards a B.A. in International Business Management or B.A. Management with Marketing at RGU in Aberdeen, Scotland.

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. Management diploma are eligible for admission into third year of Bachelor of Business Administration Management (BBAM) or Human Resource Management (BBAH). Marketing diploma are eligible for admission into the third year of Bachelor of Business Administration Marketing Major (BBA MK). Provided all other entrance criteria are met and space is available.*Some bridging courses are required.

University of Calgary
Graduates of a 2-year diploma program will be awarded up to 5 full junior course options

University of Lethbridge
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.


 

Delivery Format
Classroom
Year 1
Course Code Course Name Credits
ACC-1170
3.00
ACC-1175
3.00
BUS-1166
3.00
BUS-1168
3.00
BUS-1170
3.00
BUS-1177
3.00
BUS-1185
1.50
CPU-1165
3.00
ECN-1180
3.00
ENG-1168
3.00
MKT-1188
3.00

The combination of BUS 2269 (Management Communications) and PRS 1155 (Speech) is considered to be an acceptable alternative for BUS 1168.

The combination of ENG 1156 (Business Writing) and PRS 1155 (Speech) is considered to be an acceptable alternative for ENG1168.

Year 2 (Accounting Major)
Course Code Course Name Credits
ACC-2250
3.00
ACC-2251
3.00
ACC-2271
3.00
ACC-2273
3.00
BUS-2292
3.00
ECN-2253
3.00
STS-2250
3.00
TAX-2251
3.00
ACC-2278
3.00

Please note: Students are also required to complete a total of 3.00 credits in Approved Electives (Please see elective lists A and B).

Year 2 (Management Major)
Course Code Course Name Credits
BUS-2268
3.00
BUS-2275
3.00
BUS-2278
3.00
BUS-2285
3.00
BUS-2292
3.00
BUS-2298
3.00
STS-2250
3.00

Please note: Students are also required to complete a total of 9.00 credits in Approved Electives (Please see elective lists A and B).

Year 2 (Marketing Major)
Course Code Course Name Credits
MKT-2260
3.00
MKT-2277
3.00
MKT-2279
3.00
MKT-2281
3.00
MKT-2283
3.00
MKT-2288
3.00
MKT-2290
3.00

Please note: Students are also required to complete a total of 9.00 credits in Approved Electives (Please see elective lists A and B).

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) in your program.

Year 2 (General Business Major)
Course Code Course Name Credits
BUS-1176
3.00
BUS-2285
3.00
BUS-2292
3.00
BUS-2298
3.00
MKT-2288
3.00

Please note: Students are also required to complete a total of 15.00 credits in Approved Electives (Please see elective lists A and B).


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) in your program.

List A - Approved Business Electives
Course Code Course Name Credits
ACC-2250
3.00
ACC-2251
3.00
ACC-2271
3.00
ACC-2273
3.00
ACC-2278
3.00
BUS-1176
3.00
BUS-1180
3.00
BUS-2267
3.00
BUS-2268
3.00
BUS-2275
3.00
BUS-2278
3.00
BUS-2284
1.50
BUS-2285
3.00
BUS-2291
3.00
BUS-2292
3.00
BUS-2298
3.00
CPU-2254
3.00
ECN-2253
3.00
FWK-2250
3.00
IND-2251
1.50
IND-2252
1.50
IST-2250
3.00
MGT-2251
3.00
MKT-2250
3.00
MKT-2260
3.00
MKT-2275
3.00
MKT-2277
3.00
MKT-2279
3.00
MKT-2281
3.00
MKT-2283
3.00
MKT-2288
3.00
MKT-2290
3.00
STS-2250
3.00
TAX-2251
3.00
TTC-2251
3.00

  • *BUS 11XX Unspecified
  • *BUS 22XX Unspecified
  • *MKT 11XX Unspecified
  • *MKT 22XX Unspecified

*Unspecified credits for post-secondary Business and Marketing courses will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

List B - Approved Non-Business Electives
Course Code Course Name Credits
AGR-2286
3.00
BIO-1151
3.00
BLK-1151
3.00
HUM-1150
3.00
HUM-1155
3.00
HUM-1180
3.00
HUM-1190
3.00
NAT-1155
3.00
PED-1123
1.50
PSC-1161
3.00
PSC-1165
3.00
PSY-1160
3.00
SGV-1111
3.00
SGV-1112
3.00
SGV-1122
6.00
SGV-2113
3.00
SGV-2114
3.00
SGV-2124
6.00
SOC-1160
3.00
SPN-1150
3.00

A maximum of 3.00 credits may be included from the Approved Non-Business Electives list.


The following courses are also available through online learning:

  • BIO-1151 Environmental Issues
  • HUM-1155 Ethics
  • HUM-1180 Introduction to World Religions
  • PSC-1161 Introduction to Politics
  • PSY-1160 Introduction to Psychology
  • SOC-1160 Introduction to Sociology

Admissions

Prospective students wishing to spread their courses over an additional term and/or commence their studies in the Winter or Spring terms 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 prior to September in order to complete the program within two years. This means completing ACC-1175 in the Spring (May) term.

General admission requirements

All applicants must meet the general admission requirements for Lethbridge College programs as indicated in the Admissions 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)

Practicum experience requirements

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

Prior learning assessment (PLA)

If you have experience working in this field of study, you may be eligible for prior learning assessment.


    Applicants who lack the required academic admission requirements can apply to the Academic Upgrading program to upgrade their academic skills.

    Academic Year Tuition Fees Books & Supplies
    Year 1 $3,707.00 $980.00 $1,647.00
    Year 2 $3,726.00 $946.00 $1,472.00

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    • 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.
    • Tuition for international students is assessed at three times that of domestic students. The cost of additional fees, books and supplies is the same for all students.

    A competitive edge with no repeats

    Give yourself a competitive edge with the Business Admin diploma. Our program includes core courses in entrepreneurship and advanced spreadsheeting; these courses are unique in Alberta.

    That’s not all. A number of our courses are approved for transfer into the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation and the CPA Advanced Certificate of Accounting and Finance (ACAF). You will not need to repeat those courses if you decide to pursue one of these designations.

    Words from the wise

    Gain the skills for the world of business

    “The classrooms are small, the work is hands on … honestly I would do this over if I had the chance.”

    The path to owning a business

    Watch Zach's story about how his favourite class he took in Lethbridge College's Business Administration program set him on the path to open his very own business.

     

     

    A life change can start here

    “I used to work helping students get back to school ... I thought ‘well, it’s my turn now.’”

    From LC student to business owner

    “Looking back, going to Lethbridge College was a great decision for me.”

    Network with the business leaders of today

    In our program, you’ll have the opportunity to compete in two prestigious case competitions: the Alberta Deans of Business and the Cor Van Raay Agribusiness case competitions. These competitions put top young business minds – like yours – into pressure-packed, real-world scenarios for a practical, hands-on learning experience. They also offer the opportunity for future business leaders (yes, that’s you) to network with and learn from business and industry professionals.

    Bridging business and trades

    If you’re thinking of taking your trades career into a leadership position in your field, you can do so in our program. Our business courses count for credit and hours towards Alberta’s Blue Seal Certificate. Learn more about the opportunities a Blue Seal Certificate can offer on Alberta’s Tradesecrets website.

    A little advice from those who have walked these halls

    Candice Drake

    “College is like a wave pool: it is a lot of fun, sometimes it's rougher than you expect, and sometimes you need others to keep you afloat, but overall it is an amazing experience and at the end you feel like you have conquered the whole ocean.”

    Brandon Yadernuk

    “Lethbridge College has helped me set the foundation of my education. Their great professors have taught me the basic skills needed to succeed in my future occupation.”

    Mandy Toth

    “You can show up to every class over the whole program but if you aren't putting in the work – whether homework is for marks or not - you're not going to learn anything or do very well. It makes the difference between being in the 90s or the 60s. It doesn't take much time, just a little each day and it's worth it.”

    Maunish Patel

    “Do extra-curricular activities apart from college and workplace. Do volunteering for non-profits or just for friends or family or strangers. Every activity teaches something. Putting more workload on yourself is actually good. It teaches you time management, stress management, decision making, importance of things, it keeps you away from distractions, gives you confident that you are capable of doing something, and provides you with better sleep at night after exhausting work day.”

    From here to there: alumni updates

    Lethbridge College isn’t just a place to go to school – we’re a community that is here to support you from your initial interest in our program through to the moment you cross the stage at Convocation and beyond. Just take a look at where a Lethbridge College Business Administration diploma has taken some of our grads.

    Alexandra Kulas
    General business major

    “In my new role I’m responsible for laying the digital groundwork for West Edmonton Mall, Fantasyland Hotel and bigger initiatives like tourism, sponsorship and events. I have four staff members who work under me and every day all day we focus on everything social. The number one goal for us is to make sure that guests of the mall are having the best time possible! The other goal is to promote the mall and bring people in by showcasing what’s happening at WEM.”

    – From Winter 2017 Wider Horizons

    Tina Andre-Hepple
    General business major

    “I had a very successful 22-year career with one of the top five charter banks as a financial advisor for lending and investing with personal banking clients and then transitioned into an advisor for small business owners and professional clients. I was looking for a career change and decided to look at options in the post-secondary education world and now work at Lethbridge College as the articulation specialist!”

    – From Fall 2016 Wider Horizons

    Francesca Adams
    Marketing major

    “I am working in property, which is something I’ve always been passionate about!” Francesca wrote. “Without my program in Marketing and transfer to Robert Gordon University in Scotland, this wouldn’t have been possible!”

    – From Spring 2017 Wider Horizons

    Jolayne Prus
    Management major

    “This last summer I had the opportunity to study abroad in the Czech Republic through a scholarship opportunity. At first I was hesitant, as I had never been overseas before, and I figured the chances of actually getting one of the two scholarship opportunities would be low. However, much to my surprise, I was accepted! Before I knew it I was on my way to the Czech Republic to learn about a language and culture that was completely foreign to me. Once I arrived, I met many other students who were participating in the same program from around the world. All of the people that I met were very friendly and eager to learn about each other’s backgrounds and cultures. I had the wonderful opportunity to not only learn about the culture of the Czech Republic, but I also got to experience it firsthand. Nearly every day there was a castle, a garden, a memorial, or a town to explore after language classes. I strongly recommend for other students to take advantage of the opportunities to study abroad; you will learn and experience amazing things.”

    – From Winter 2016 Wider Horizons

    Success stories from Wider Horizons