Academic Calendar Winter/Summer 2018

School of Business

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

Option 1: High school (for applicants with high school graduation only)

  1. B.C. secondary school graduation or equivalent.
  2. Prerequisites for MATH 140.
  3. Prerequisites for ENGL 105.

Option 2: University entrance (for applicants who have completed at least nine post-secondary credits at a recognized institution)

  1. Prerequisites for MATH 140.
  2. Prerequisites for ENGL 105.
  3. Minimum of nine post-secondary credits with a minimum CGPA of 2.0 based on all courses attempted.
  4. Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 on all courses applicable to the Business Administration diploma.

All students entering this program 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 do not meet these requirements might consider Qualifying Studies.

When to apply

Applications are accepted for entrance to the Fall, Winter, and Summer semesters. For application deadlines, see the Specific intake application process section.

How to apply

Apply online at

Applicants will be advised of an admission decision and, if accepted, will be provided with registration information. A deposit is required prior to registration (see the Fees and Other Costs section). This money will be applied toward tuition fees. Final payment of all course fees is due the end of the second week of classes.

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.

Fees and additional costs

See the Fees and Other Costs section.

Program duration and total number of credits

The Business Administration diploma program is normally completed within two years of full-time study, with students taking ten courses per calendar year.

A reduced course load is permitted. Students are allowed up to four consecutive academic years to complete program requirements.

The Business Administration diploma program consists of a minimum of 60 credits.


Most courses are offered in Abbotsford. Courses may also be offered at the Chilliwack and Mission campuses.

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
ECON 100 Principles of Microeconomics 3
ENGL 105 Academic Writing 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 Introductory Financial Accounting I 3
CMNS 125 Communicating Professionally to Academic and Workplace Audiences 3
ECON 101 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
STAT 106 Statistics I 4

Second year

Semester III

Course Title Credits
BUS 144 Introductory Financial Accounting II 3
BUS 203 Organizational Behaviour 3
BUS 249 Introduction to Finance (formerly BUS 149, 162) 3
Elective Marketing: BUS 221, BUS 223 (previously offered), or BUS 328 (formerly 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 Introductory 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/ECON 226 (formerly BUS 301/ECON 301).

Continuance and probation

Program continuance and probation are governed by UFV’s Undergraduate Continuance policy (92). Students must have a CGPA of at least 2.00 to remain in good academic standing. Failure to meet or maintain a 2.00 will result in restrictions on registration and may lead to academic suspension. For further details, see the Academic standing and undergraduate continuance section of the academic calendar.

Course repetition

See UFV's Course Repeat policy (86).


Students who have been required to withdraw from UFV under the Undergraduate Continuance policy (92) are subject to re-admission and continuance requirements as listed in the UFV academic calendar.

Students will be re-admitted to the Business Administration diploma only once.


At least 25% of the course work, including a minimum of five business (BUS) courses, must be completed at UFV.

Graduation requirements

A program GPA (PGPA) of 2.0 or higher on all courses applicable toward the diploma program, and a cumulative GPA (CGPA) of 2.0 on all courses attempted, are required for graduation.

At the time of applying for graduation no BUS or ECON course may be older than five years.

See the Graduation section of the calendar for more information.

Maximum length of time to complete program

Students are allowed up to four consecutive years to complete program requirements.

Students with personal extenuating circumstances can apply to the Director of the School of Business for an extension. At the Director of the School of Business’ discretion, an extension of up to one year, allowing up to five consecutive years for program completion, might be granted.

Co-operative Education option

The Co-operative Education option offers students in the School of Business 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.

Course listings

For complete details on courses see the course descriptions section.

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