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Business Administration


Earn a Certificate in 1 year or a Diploma in 2 years.

NWCC’s Business Administration program gives you the credentials and expertise to get ahead in today’s competitive workplace. Whether you want to work as an administrator in an office, pursue a specialized career in business and finance, or start your own company, NWCC offers one-year certificates or two-year diplomas that can help take you where you want to go.

The Business Administration program has concentrations in:

  • Accounting
  • General Management
  • Human Resources
  • International Business

Business Administration courses can be used as credit towards many professional management organizations, such as the professional accounting association, Canadian Professional Accountants (CPA).

University Transfer Agreements

Start here, finish anywhere!

Diploma graduates are able to move onto university degree completion at a number of institutions.  The majority of courses within the program transfer directly to colleges and universities in British Columbia.  The BC Transfer Guide is the main resource to look up the transfer of courses between institutions within the province.

The Business Administration program also has specific transfer agreements with Royal Roads University that facilitate a seamless transfer between programs.  In addition, more general agreements exist for degree completion within Canada and internationally.  Check out the Degree Partnership page for details and consult with the Business Administration Program Coordinator to plan your pathway.

Program Outline 

Business Administration First Year Certificate

10 courses, two 4-month semesters:

​​*Students wishing to take the Accounting Concentration Diploma in Year 2 must take ACCT 151 as the elective.

Business Administration Diploma

10 courses, two 4-month semesters

Second Year Concentrations:

1) Accounting Concentration

Completion of Business Administration Certificate and the following:

2) General Management Concentration

Completion of Business Administration Certificate and the following:

3) Human Resources Concentration

Completion of Business Administration Certificate and the following:

4) International Business Concentration

Completion of Business Administration Certificate and the following:

Comprehensive List of Electives

Note: Not all second year electives listed below are available at all campuses. For specific course offerings contact the Business Administration Program Coordinator.

Note:  All 3 (or more) credit UC courses to be counted as electives (only) within Business Administration Certificate or Diploma program options (the number of required (mandatory) courses vary by concentration).  A maximum of 2 UC electives can be taken within the Business Diploma.  The Business Certificate has 9 mandatory courses, only 1 elective can be taken.

Online Learning Options

NWCC's Business Administration program offers many courses using hybrid delivery. These courses are a combination of instructor-led classes delivered face-to-face and simultaneously broadcast (live) over the Internet. Lectures are recorded, and available 24/7 for students unable to ‘attend’ live classes. Courses are paperless, except for the textbook. This offers you the opportunity to complete your coursework wherever you live or work, and share class work with your instructor and fellow students in ways that supports your learning. For more information visit Online & Distance Learning.

Career Opportunities 

There is a myriad of educational opportunities for Business Administration certificate and diploma holders following graduation.   Visit our University Credit and Degree Partnerships sections to learn more.

Another major advantage of the program is the flexibility of employment opportunities. Past experience has demonstrated that graduates with aptitude and ability have a wide range of employment possibilities.  A career in Business Administration can lead you down many professional paths, including working as a:

  • Manager
  • Administrator
  • Executive Director
  • Consultant
  • Entrepreneur
  • Accountant
  • Financial Analyst
  • Broker 
  • Investment Advisor 
  • Public Relations & Communications Professional
  • Recruiter
  • Trainer
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Sales and Marketing Manager, and more!

Almost any type and size of organization is a possible employer, including business firms, accounting firms, self-employment, government, and not-for-profit organizations. There is a significant demand for professionals who are proficient in business skills. The Business Administration program allows you to acquire the education necessary to meet your specific needs.

Admission Requirements 
  • Grade 12 recommended 
  • English 12 or equivalent AND
  • Foundations of Math 11 OR Principles of Math 11 OR Applications of Math 12 or equivalent OR
  • Office Assistant Certificate plus Accounting Certificate, both with a "B" average, from NWCC's Applied Business Technology Program OR
  • Canadian Achievement Test (CAT).

English proficiency is required for all students entering NWCC programs.  Please visit our English Language Alternatives page to see how this requirement can be met. 

Prospective studedents who do not meet the program requirements are encouraged to speak with the Program Coordinator as you may be considered for admission based on other criteria.

Note: Students planning to transfer to university or enter into professional accounting programs should have Math 12. All Bachelor of Commerce programs in B.C. have a Calculus graduation requirement. Other post-secondary institutions may additionally require high school graduation for admission, (E.g. NWCC Business Diploma without high school graduation and pre-requisites may not be sufficient for subsequent admission to other post-secondary institutions for further studies (3rd & 4th Year).

Dates and Locations 

Intakes:  September, January and May.

Campus locations:  Terrace and Prince Rupert.

Some courses are available online.

Program Fees 
Fees Full-time (30 Credits) International (30 Credits)
Tuition $2,739.30 $11,642.03
Student Fees $255.12 $259.40
*Student Union Fees $81.72 $81.72
**Books & Supplies $1,600.00 $1,600.00
Health Insurance n/a $230.00
Total: $4,676.14 $13,813.15
Note:  Additional lab fees of $45.72 per lab course are required.

Fees are effective as of August 7, 2017.
*Student Union fees are term based and may vary due to the length of the program.
**Please note that these are approximate costs and may vary depending on courses taken.