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Business Administration

Business Administration diploma

The two-year diploma program is designed to give graduates a solid educational background on which to build a business career. The Business Administration diploma program develops practical skills in writing, mathematics, and computing, along with an understanding of fundamental principles in the areas of marketing, accounting, economics, and management. By carefully selecting their courses, diploma students can meet the admission requirements of the BBA as well as the prerequisites for upper-level business courses.

Entrance requirements

Students who do not meet the requirements for entry into the Bachelor of Business Administration degree program may be admitted into the diploma program, provided they meet the following entrance requirements.

1. B.C. secondary school graduation, or equivalent.

2. Prerequisites for MATH 140.

3. English 12 with a minimum C+, or the prerequisites for ENGL 105.

All students entering Business Administration programs are expected to be computer literate. This means knowing how to run programs from a Windows environment, and having basic Internet, word processing, and spreadsheet skills.

Students who have completed certificate or one-year programs such as the Administration certificate will receive credit for completed courses that are in the diploma, conditional on meeting recency and grade requirements.

The Business Studies program path allows students who do not currently meet diploma entry requirements to upgrade their qualifications for future admission.

When to apply

Applications are accepted for entrance to the Fall semester only. For application deadlines, see Specific intake application process.

How to apply

1. Submit the application fee, along with your UFV application for admission form, to the Office of the Registrar (OReg). You can apply online or download an application form at ufv.ca/admissions/admissions/apply. Application forms are also available from any OREg or Student Services office.

Additional documents required for a complete application:
• Official transcripts (or interim transcripts) of all post-secondary institutions attended showing grade/course achievement as per program entrance requirements. To be considered official, transcripts must be sent directly to UFV from the originating institution; see the Transfer Credit section for details.

The following must be included:

a. Official transcript (or interim transcript) from high school
b. B.C. English 12 or equivalent with a minimum C+ (i.e. evidence of having completed the prerequisites for ENGL 105)
c. Evidence of successful completion of the prerequisites for MATH 140
d. B.C. secondary school graduation or equivalent

Basis for admission decision

Applicants who meet the entrance requirements will be admitted in order of their application date. This date is set when an application, all required documentation, and the application fee have been submitted.

Length and location

Students can complete the diploma program in two years if they take five courses each fall and winter semester.

A reduced course load is permitted but will result in a longer period of time needed for program completion. The department requires the diploma to be completed within seven years.

The full diploma program is offered at both the Abbotsford and Chilliwack campuses. Most of the first year of the diploma program is offered at the Mission campus. All students should expect to travel between campuses during their program.

Residency requirements

At least 25% of the course work must be completed at UFV.

Transferring courses to other institutions and associations

Students intending to pursue commerce or business administration studies at UBC, SFU, UVic, or UNBC are advised to study those institutions’ calendars carefully before enrolling in any UFV courses which have a BUS designation. Students should consult an educational advisor in Student Services or at the institution to which they intend to transfer, or refer to the Provincial Transfer Guide at bctransferguide.ca for transfer details.

Many business administration courses are transferable to B.C. colleges and institutes. To obtain maximum transfer credit, students should ensure that electives chosen are transferable and appropriate for the desired program.

Most accounting and finance-related business administration courses offered at UFV have transferability with the professional accounting associations — the Institute of Chartered Accountants (CA), the Society of Management Accountants (CMA) and the Certified General Accountants Association (CGA). A number of the department’s courses are also recognized by the Canadian Credit Union Institute, the Institute of Canadian Bankers, and the Purchasing Management Association of Canada, and Sales and Marketing Executives International.

Distance education

A number of courses applicable to the degree, diploma, and certificate programs are available by distance education through TRU-OL. If your work schedule, or UFV’s timetable, prevents you from taking a course when needed, or you find it impossible to obtain a seat in a course because it is full, you may be able to arrange to take an equivalent course through the publicly funded TRU-OL. Contact the Business Administration department to get information about equivalent courses available on this basis, and to request a Letter of Permission (written authorization) to include them in your program.

Recognition of previously completed Business Administration courses

Former UFV business administration students who finished their studies more than 10 years ago and students who completed courses in other programs and/or at other post-secondary institutions prior to starting a UFV Business Administration program should contact the Business Administration department to determine whether any courses/credits can be recognized for or transferred to the desired UFV Business program. Applicability of courses and/or transfer credits is determined on an individual student basis.

The following criteria are used:

• Relevance and suitability of the course to the program as determined by the Business Administration department
• Generally, courses taken more than 10 years ago will not be considered applicable; courses taken more recently may not be considered applicable if there has been significant change in the course subject matter since the course was taken.
• Grades received (a C grade is the minimum acceptable if the course was taken at another institution)
• Courses taken at other institutions may not be used to meet the program residency requirements.

Fees and additional costs

See the Fees and Other Costs section.

Textbooks and supplies cost approximately $1000–1500 per year. Textbooks should be considered an investment and become part of your business library. You may be required to purchase one or more computer software packages. You should also consider purchasing or arranging access to an industry-compatible computer.

Program regulations

Standing required for continuance

Students in the Business Administration diploma program must maintain a program GPA and semester average of 2.0.

Note: For entry to the third year of the BBA, diploma students require a cumulative Business diploma GPA of 2.67 (see the BBA degree program entrance requirements).

Academic warning

Students whose program GPA or semester GPA falls below 2.0 during their program are subject to academic warning for the next semester (see this section for details). A student on academic warning may not register in a course overload. Students who do not achieve a semester GPA of at least 2.0 while they are on academic warning will be required to withdraw from the program.

A student on academic warning who achieves a single semester GPA of at least 2.0 will continue on academic warning until the minimum program GPA of 2.0 is achieved.

Required to withdraw

Students who have been required to withdraw from the diploma program may have the opportunity to continue as General Studies students.

Appeals for readmission

Students who are required to withdraw from the program must submit an appeal for readmission if they wish to resume studies in the program.

In general, students who have been required to withdraw will be advised to complete a further nine credits of academic work, or to repeat a similar amount of academic work taken previously, in order to demonstrate their academic abilities. Appeals must be received at least three months before the start of the semester applied for. Re-admission is not automatic.

Standing on readmission

If readmitted, students will be placed on academic warning again, subject to the conditions for academic warning as described above.

Co-operative Education option

The Co-operative Education option offers students in the Business Administration diploma and degree programs the opportunity to obtain paid, career-related work experience in their field of study during their education at UFV. After completing their first year of study, Co-op students alternate between semesters of full-time study and full-time paid employment. See the Co-operative Education section of the calendar for further details.

Program outline

First year

Semester I

Course Title Credits
BUS 100 Introduction to Business 3
BUS 160/CIS 110 Computerized Business Applications and MIS 3
ENGL 105 Academic Writing 3
ECON 100 Principles of Microeconomics 3
MATH 140 Algebra and Functions for Business (see Note 1) 3

Semester II

Course Title Credits
BUS 120 Essentials of Marketing 3
BUS 143 Accounting I 3
STAT 106 Statistics I 4
CMNS 125 Introduction to Workplace Communication 3
ECON 101 Principles of Macroeconomics 3

Second year

Semester III

Course Title Credits
BUS 144 Accounting II 3
BUS 203 Organizational Behaviour 3
BUS 249 Essentials of Finance (formerly BUS 149, 162) 3
Elective Marketing: BUS 221, BUS 223, or BUS 224 (see Note 2) 3
Elective Any non-Business course (see Note 3) 3

Semester IV

Course Title Credits
BUS 201 Human Resource Management 3
BUS 227 New Business Development 3
BUS 247 Management Accounting 3
BUS 261 Business Law 3
Elective Any Business course (see Note 4) 3

Note 1: Students with MATH 140 or equivalent may take a business or general elective in lieu of MATH 140. Students planning to transfer their credits to the BBA should take MATH 141.

Note 2: Students planning to transfer their credits to the BBA should take BUS 221.

Note 3: Students planning to transfer their credits to the BBA should take CMNS 251.

Note 4: Students planning to transfer their credits to the BBA should take BUS 226 (formerly BUS 301).

Course listings

For complete details on courses see the course descriptions section.