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Business Administration diploma

This guide has been prepared with the information you need to successfully register for your first year at UFV. Please review the information provided on this page thoroughly before contacting your academic advisor with questions.



The Business Administration diploma program provides a strong foundation in principles of marketing, accounting, economics and management. The diploma is supplemented by a selection of course offerings in writing, mathematics, and computing.

The Business Administration diploma requires 20 courses and can be laddered directly into 3rd year of the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree program.


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Program structure and requirements

The Business Administration diploma requires the completion of 61 credits.

  • 20 courses 
  • You will learn the fundamentals of:
    • Accounting
    • Business Law
    • Finance
    • Human Resources
    • Marketing and Sales
    • Organizational Behaviour

As well as fundamental in areas complimentary to and required in Business:

  • Communications and English:
  • Economics
  • Math and Statistics

Where can I find a list of courses for the program?

You can access a list of all approved and required courses for your program in two ways:


First time using MyGRADplan?

Visit MyGRADplan website to get login instructions and review tutorials. Specifically, you will want to learn about the 'What if' and 'Look ahead' features as they will be most helpful in your course planning.



Given that 3 classes correspond to approximately 20+ hours/week of school work both in and out of the classroom, it is very important that you consider your workload capacity carefully.

It is much better to start with less and add more coursework in future semesters than to start out feeling overloaded in your first semester.

Ultimately, the number of courses you take each semester is up to you, but here is what we recommend for first-year students:


3-5 courses per semester


Expected hours in class
9-18 hours per week


Expected homework
2 hours per 1 hour of class
27-45 hours per week


Suggested course plan (first and second semester)

It is common to take more than 2 years to complete a diploma program.

If your goal is to take 2 years to complete your diploma in Business Administration, you will need to take 10 courses each calendar year. 

For example: Fall and Winter = 5 courses each term.

Fall, Winter, and Summer: 4 courses in Fall, 4 courses in Winter, and 2 courses in Summer.

Sample first semester

Pick 3-5 of the courses shown below, prioritizing taking the first 3 courses listed.

  • BUS 100 — see note 1
  • ENGL 105
  • 1 of ECON 100 or 101
  • BUS 160
  • Math 140 — see note 2

The Business Diploma has 20 courses. More than 25% of the 20 (100-200 level) courses required for program completion are quantitative* in nature.

Note 1: BUS 100 is a pre-requisite to lower-level BUS courses including: BUS 120, BUS 145, BUS 203, BUS 249, BUS 261.

Note 2: Math 140 is part of pre-requisites for the following courses: STAT 106, BUS 145 and BUS 249.

Work with a School of Business Academic Advisor to develop course planning that is balanced between quantitative and non-quantitative courses to support your personal, academic and professional goals. 

*What Are Quantitative Skills? (And How to Develop Them)



Next steps

Review the UFV School of Business student handbook.

Prepare for registration

Watch tutorials, review information on fee payment, important dates, and more.

Explore courses of interest

Find official course descriptions and outlines in the Academic Calendar.

Track your degree progress

Access your program audit & identify the requirements that are needed for graduation.


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