Dec 07, 2019  
PUBLISHED 2018-2019 Credit Catalog 
PUBLISHED 2018-2019 Credit Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Bachelor of Business Administration

Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Programs & Categories by School

Program Description

Make your mark with the industry-recognized Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree. You can stand out in the job market with a wealth of business knowledge and skills - and a more in-depth level of relevant business coursework than graduates from other business degrees.

With your Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) laptop, you engage in small classes with active, collaborative coursework - learning from faculty with real business experience. You work in teams to deliver projects, present strategies and meet business goals. The BBA ensures you develop the business acumen, technical knowledge, and soft skills employers are looking for - leadership, teamwork, critical thinking, decision-making, problem-solving and communication.

You start with a common first year to build core business skills. In year two, you choose from six majors: Accounting, Financial Services, Human Resource (HR) Management, Management, Marketing or Supply Chain Management. You can enhance your industry literacy with an optional minor in Construction Project Management or Energy, Oil and Gas. Our close industry partnerships ensure that your learning is directly linked to the business community and real-world experiences.

Your final course is a capstone course where you either consult for a real business client or complete a paid workplace practicum (by application) - both options help you integrate everything you’ve learned. You graduate highly employable and in-demand with your significant expertise in business and your major.


  • Accounting: Understand the strategic role of accounting in measuring financial performance. In SAIT’s Accounting major, you gain advanced knowledge in core accounting topics and quantitative skills. You graduate with all the courses you need to directly enter the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) program and earn your designation.
  • Financial Services: Study for a career in financial advising, banking, investing, or insurance for personal or corporate clients. The unique Financial Services major lets you complete exams for key industry certifications (IFIC, CSC). You can graduate with in-demand financial credentials already in hand.
  • Human Resource Management: Graduate ready to add strategic value to organizations in recruitment, compensation, employee training and development, change management or navigating diversity. In this Human Resources Institute of Alberta (HRIA)-accredited program, you are exempt from writing the national exam for your Certified Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) designation.
  • Management: Open the door to a diverse career with effective skills in managing people, processes and projects. In Management, you learn about projects, operations, change and conflict through practical classes. Specialize your electives and learn the language of industry with a minor in energy or construction.
  • Marketing: Learn to create and innovate to grow a business, launch new products and build brands - sometimes for actual clients. In Marketing, you master the marketing mix, embrace the latest trends and blend theory with real-world scenarios. Graduate with a professional portfolio and prepared for exciting careers.
  • Supply Chain Management: Learn to effectively manage supply chains using examples from real companies. You delve deeply into procurement, logistics, transportation, inventory and warehouse management, supplier relations, contracts and performance analytics. You graduate ready to excel with unique skills from the only Supply Chain Management degree major in southern Alberta.


  • Construction Project Management: Get the inside track for a business role in the robust Canadian construction industry. You learn the process of managing large capital construction projects including risk and conflict on construction sites, design considerations and more.
  • Energy, Oil and Gas: Prepare to work in Alberta’s dynamic energy industry with courses from the state-of-the-art MacPhail School of Energy. You learn the language of the industry with insights into technical, regulatory and economic factors and more.

Program Overview

Fast Facts

  • Four-year bachelor’s degree
  • Fall start
  • Small class sizes: 40 students max.
  • Choice of six majors: Accounting, Financial Services, Human Resource Management, Management Marketing and Supply Chain Management
  • Two optional minors: Construction Project Management and Energy, Oil and Gas
  • Bring Your Own Device laptop-based program
  • First year and advanced standing intake options

Your Career

When you graduate, you can pursue careers in:

Accounting: Accountant, Actuary, Auditor, Consultant, Forensic Accountant, Financial Analyst, Joint Venture Analyst, Procurement Officer, Tax Advisor

Financial Services: Asset Manager, Financial Advisor, Investment Consultant, Premium Banker, System Branch Manager

Human Resource Management: Change Management Specialist, Health and Wellness Advisor, Labour Relations Advisor, Learning and Development Specialist, Talent Acquisition Specialist

Management: Business Development Advisor, Business Owner, Management Consultant, Operations Manager, Project Manager

Marketing:  Account Manager, Business Development Advisor, Digital Marketing Specialist, Entrepreneur, Event Coordinator, Merchandising Analyst

Supply Chain Management:  Buyer, Category Manager, Commercial Analyst, Contracts Specialist, Inventory Manager, Logistics and Materials Planner, Procurement Specialist, Supply Chain Coordinator, Transportation Manager

Student Success

To be successful in this academically-rigorous program, you should:

  • Attend and actively participate in all classes
  • Spend six to nine hours per week on each course outside of regular class time
  • Be proficient in Windows and Microsoft Office
  • Be prepared to work in teams
  • Be prepared for an academically rigorous program and increasing level of difficulty each year
  • Become familiar and adhere to SAIT’s policies and procedures
  • Have strong written and oral communication skills

If you are engaged in campus life and take advantage of SAIT services and resources, you may be more likely to experience success in SAIT’s programs.


Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will receive a SAIT Bachelor of Business Administration degree.


Professional Designations and Certifications

When you graduate, you can pursue different professional designations, depending on your major. In some cases, we have formal agreements with professional associations to recognize BBA coursework for their educational requirements. You may need additional exam, education, or work requirements to earn a designation.

Accounting: you graduate with all pre-requisite educational requirements needed to enter the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) Professional Education Program.

Financial Services: you have the opportunity to complete the Investment Funds in Canada (IFIC) and Canadian Securities Course (CSC) exams in the program. You can graduate with your Personal Financial Planner (PFP) designation in hand by passing the necessary exams. The Financial Planning Standards Council recognizes the program as meeting the Core Curriculum requirements for the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) certification.

Human Resource Management: This program is accredited by the Human Resources Insitute of Alberta, exempting you from writing the national knowledge exam for your Certified Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) designation. You can also pursue designations including: Registered Professional Recruiter (RPR), and Certified Training and Development Professional (CTDP).

Management: you can pursue the Certified in Management (CIM) designation.

Marketing: you can pursue the Certified Sales Professional (CSP) designation.

Supply Chain Management: you can pursue several designations including Supply Chain Management Professional (SCMP), Professional Logistician (P.Log), Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP).


Students must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better in each semester and pass the necessary prerequisite courses to progress through the program. To qualify for graduation, students must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet one of the following (or equivalent), as well as the English Proficiency requirement*:

1. An overall minimum average of 65% where:

  • English 30-1 has to be at least 60%,
  • Math 30-1 or Pure Math 30 have to be at least 60%, or Math 30-2 has to be at least 70%.

The average will be calculated using English 30-1, and Math 30-1 or Pure Math 30 or Math 30-2, and two courses from Group A and one course from either Group A or B.

Academic (Group A) Other (Group B)
Academic courses may include at the Grade 12, 30-level or equivalent:
Social Studies 30-1, Math 31, Psychology, Sociology, History, Geography, Political Science, Languages, Philosophy, Business, Management, Marketing, Economics, Accounting, Finance, Information Technology, Science, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Indigenous Studies.
Other courses may also be considered. 

One of the following:
Drama 30, Art 30 or 31,
Music 30 (choral, instrumental, general),
Physical Education 30,
Religion 35 and
Social Studies 30-2

Business-related dual-credit courses taken by high school students may be used for admission purposes.

Other five-credit grade 12 subjects or a combination of two three-credit grade 12 subjects may be considered.


Five credits of advanced career and technology courses.

  Business-related dual-credit courses taken by high school students may be used for admission purposes.

2. A SAIT Business Administration diploma or a Bachelor of Applied Business Administration or their equivalent from an accredited post-secondary institution, with a minimum 2.3 cumulative GPA, (67% or C+).

3. A two-year diploma or a bachelor’s degree from an accredited post-secondary institution, with a minimum 2.3 cumulative GPA, (67% or C+) and completion of English 30-1 and Math 30-1 or Pure Math 30 or Math 30-2 or equivalents**.

* All applicants must demonstrate English Language Proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.

** Admission is determined based on an applicant’s complete academic history, including both high school and post-secondary courses. Post-secondary level courses of similar learning outcomes may be considered for use in meeting admission requirements.

SAIT accepts high school course equivalents for admission. If applicants do not meet the requisrements, they may consider Academic Upgrading.

Early Admission Criteria

Early admission will be offered to qualified applicants based on the following criteria.

  1. An overall minimum average of 75% where English 30-1 and Math 30-1 or Pure Math 30 have to be at least 60%. The average will be calculated using English 30-1, and Math 30-1 or Pure Math 30, and two courses from Group A, and one course from either Group A or B, OR,
  2. Applicants who have achieved, or will achieve, a minimum GPA of 2.7 in the SAIT Business Administration diploma or equivalent. 

Applicants who have achieved, or will achieve, a minimum GPA of 2.7 in the post-secondary admission requirement. Early admission will be offered until December 15 or until the program is full. Applicants will be ranked and seats offered in order of the ranked list until the program is full. Once the program is full applicants will be placed on the waitlist in ranked order.  

In the selection process, applicants will be assessed on the following criteria and seats will be offered accordingly.

Selection Criteria

  • Applicants who do not qualify for early admission, or who qualify after the early admission deadline has passed, will be placed in selection and academically ranked according to the admission requirements.
  • Career investigation and/or interviews may also be required as part of the selection process.
  • Selection will begin on December 18 and be done on a continuous basis until the program has been filled.
  • Applicants will then be offered a seat or waitlisted, based on ranking and seat availability.

Program Outline

The Bachelor of Business Administration requires 120 credits (39 courses) for completion, including at least 72 credits at the senior level. All courses are 3 credits, except for the 6-credit Integrative Experience.

The program consists of:

  • Business Core Courses - 45 credits (14 courses)
  • Complementary Core Courses - 18 credits (6 courses)
  • Complementary Elective Courses - 12 credits (4 courses)
  • Major Courses - 45 credits (15 courses)
  • Optional Minor - 12 credits (4 courses)

Students in the Accounting, Financial Services, Human Resource Management, Marketing, and Supply Chain Management wishing to earn an optional minor require 132 credits (43 courses) for completion.

Note:  Not all courses will run every year or every semester.

Students take common first year courses, then move into open-egistration for year two. The first semester is common to all majors: Accounting, Financial Services, Human Resource Management, Management, Marketing, and Supply Chain Management. Students declare a major second semester, subject to a competitive screening process.

Contact an academic advisor to discuss your individual learning plan: or 403.284.8485.

Business Core

Business Core Elective 1 (3 total credits)

Junior Business Core Elective 1

Senior Business Core Elective 1

Business Core Elective 2 (3 total credits)

Business Core Integrative Experience Elective (6 total credits)

Junior Complementary Core (9 total credits)

Complementary Elective Courses (12 total credits)


Financial Services (45 total credits)

Human Resource Management (45 total credits)

Management (45 total credits)

Marketing (45 total credits)

Supply Chain Management (45 total credits)


First Year Suggested Program Structure

Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Programs & Categories by School