Business Administration – Core

Note: This program has Fall and Winter start dates.


Students apply to this three-year Ontario College Advanced Diploma program (0216X01FWO) and build a strong foundation in business fundamentals.  During these initial three semesters you are introduced to several areas of business specialization.  In your third semester, as you complete courses in several areas of business practice, you choose a major.  The last three semesters are spent focusing on this chosen area of business or you can opt for a General major and take courses spanning two or more majors.

Want to find out more?  Listen to our Business Administration webinar

Graduates of the Business Administration Advanced Diploma in any major, with a GPA of 2.9 or higher can take advantage of a partnership with Nipissing University and complete a Nipissing Bachelor of Commerce degree in one year of additional full-time study right here on our Woodroffe campus.

In your third semester choose from one of the following majors:*

*please note that students apply to Business Administration – Core and then, in their third semester transfer into one of these majors.

: Gives students a broad-based exposure to all aspects of business administration while focusing on the specialty area of accounting.  Students learn financial and managerial accounting, taxation, auditing and financial management, and use current financial accounting software to process and analyze accounting data.

Finance: Provides a strong educational foundation for students to pursue careers in the financial planning, personal banking, investment, and insurance advising industry.  This program partners with Advocis to meet the Certified Financial Planners (CFP) educational designation requirements and with the Canadian Securities Institute to offer the Canadian Securities course.  Exemptions are given for Advocis courses if students write proctored exams.

General Business: Allows a student to tailor their program to their own general interests and business strengths.  Students take courses from at least two major areas and no more than four courses from any one major.

Human ResourcesProvides a foundation in the specializations of human resources management including: human resources planning; recruitment and selection; compensation and benefits design and administration; training and development; labour relations; occupational health and safety; employee and organizational research; employee relations.  This major has an optional field placement that qualified students can use to gain experience and develop their professional network.

International BusinessRepresents all aspects of international trade providing students with the confidence and expertise to be successful as international entrepreneurs, business leaders within Canadian firms doing business globally or within global organizations situated in Canada and abroad.

MarketingFocuses on preparing graduates with the creative, analytical, and decision-making skills required for rewarding positions, such as marketing/digital marketing managers, marketing researchers, brand and product managers, marketing communications managers and sales professionals.  Graduates of this major earn a certificate from the Canadian Professional Sales Association (CPSA).

Materials and Operations Management: Students receive education and training in all facets of supply chain management including purchasing, production planning, inventory management, logistics, distribution, project management, Lean process improvements and Six Sigma Quality analysis.  This cooperative major has very high graduate placement rates in supply chain positions for public and private organizations.  Graduates obtain a certificate from SAP the world’s largest supplier of enterprise software.

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Ontario College Advanced Diploma
3 Year(s)

Program Code: 0216X01FWO
Academic Year: 2016/2017

Our Program

The program provides students with the business knowledge and employable skills required for a rewarding career. In the six levels of study, students gain a solid foundation in all of the business functions, as well as the communication, planning, teamwork and analytical skills that are in high demand by the business community. Through an active advisory committee of business professionals and close relationships with employers, the program is continuously updated to meet the current demands of today`s organizations. These relationships provide students with networking opportunities and bring business people into the classroom to share their experiences.

In the three levels, known as Core, students learn the fundamentals of business. In the subsequent three levels, known as Major, students focus their study on the following professional disciplines: Accounting, Finance, General Business, Human Resources, International Business, Marketing, and Materials and Operations Management.

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD): Students are expected to have and use a laptop or mobile computing device when registered in this on-campus program. Hardware and software specifications required by your program are outlined at Mobile devices/laptops and supplies can be purchased directly from Algonquin`s New Technology Store at educational rates.


This program is well-suited for students who:
  • Enjoy problem solving using analytical and critical-thinking methodologies.
  • Demonstrate organizational and leadership abilities.
  • Enjoy working in a dynamically driven environment.

Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Communicate business-related information persuasively and accurately in oral, written, and graphic formats.
  2. Work in a manner consistent with law and professional standards, practices and protocols.
  3. Develop customer-service strategies to meet the needs of internal and external customers.
  4. Apply strategies to creatively organize, lead, and assume the risks of an organization.
  5. Apply knowledge of the human resources function to the management of an organization.
  6. Apply knowledge of the marketing function to the management of an organization.
  7. Apply accounting and financial knowledge to the management of an organization.
  8. Apply knowledge of operations management to the management of an organization.
  9. Apply computer skills and knowledge of information technology to support the management of an organization.
  10. Take into account the interrelationship among the functional areas of a business.
  11. Work effectively with co-workers, supervisors, and others.
  12. Apply research skills to gather, interpret, analyze, and evaluate data from primary and secondary sources.
  13. Apply creative problem-solving skills to address business problems and opportunities.
  14. Develop strategies for personal and professional development to manage job stress, enhance work performance, and maximize career opportunities.
  15. Apply time management and organizational skills to facilitate the completion of tasks and to meet deadlines in a business environment.
  16. Take into account the impact of the economic, social, political, and cultural variables which affect a business operation.
  17. Apply leadership and management knowledge and skills to assist in the planning, directing, and controlling of an organization.
  18. Plan, prepare, and deliver a variety of presentations.
  19. Develop a business plan in collaboration with others.
  20. Identify and apply discipline-specific practices that contribute to the local and global community through social responsibility, economic commitment and environmental stewardship.


Programs at Algonquin College are delivered using a variety of instruction modes. Courses may be offered in the classroom or lab, entirely online, or in a hybrid mode which combines classroom sessions with online learning activities. Upon registration, each full-time student is provided an Algonquin email account which is used to communicate important information about program or course events.
Level: 01 Hours
BUS2301 Business Computer Applications Students learn a variety of business software applications. They produce assignments using Microsoft Office 2013 for PC. Blackboard and other computer-based training products are tools used to support and enrich the learning experience. It is strongly recommended that students use a PC (not a Mac). 45.0
ECO2305 Microeconomics Knowledge of contemporary microeconomics issues is essential to understanding the world we live in. Students examine fundamental microeconomic principles with an emphasis on the use of economic models to analyze economic developments accurately and objectively. Students examine the role of prices and competitive markets in the allocation of resources, firm behaviour and market structures, as well as evaluate the effects of government intervention in the economic marketplace. 45.0
ENL1813B Communications I Communication remains an essential skill sought by employers, regardless of discipline or field of study. Using a practical, vocation-oriented approach, students focus on meeting the requirements of effective communication. Through a combination of lectures, exercises, and independent learning, students practice writing, speaking, reading, listening, locating and documenting information and using technology to communicate professionally. Students develop and strengthen communication skills that contribute to success in both educational and workplace environments. 45.0
LAW1702 Business Law Students are prepared for a business environment increasingly affected by laws. They learn how laws must be understood and applied by management in the conduct of business. They also learn how to analyze a business situation from a general legal perspective. Emphasis is placed on methods of dispute resolution, contracts, torts, employment law, methods of carrying on business, creditors' rights, sale of goods and marketing law. 45.0
MGT2318 Skills for Academic and Business Success Business and higher education have evolved and so have the skills necessary to succeed in these new and dynamic environments. Students explore the strategies, tools, and theories needed to thrive throughout their college career and chosen professions. Reflections, workshops, mini-lectures, and learning activities support the holistic development of each student. A focus is placed on establishing effective habits as a team member and developing self-awareness. 30.0
QUA0002 Business Mathematics A review of basic arithmetic and algebra is provided, as well students are provided with mathematic tools and concepts required for solving problems found in a business environment. Included problem-solving areas are cost- volume-profit analysis, index numbers, markup and markdowns, terms of invoicing and business finance. 45.0
Level: 02 Hours
ACC2310 Accounting Concepts I Students are provided with the basics of financial accounting whether they are interested in becoming a practitioner or are looking to broaden their knowledge of how to properly interpret financial information. Emphasis is on what accounting information is, understanding the accounting cycle, recording transactions, and the preparation and analysis of financial statements. Students who are taking this course as part of the Business Administration Advanced Diploma program need a minimum grade of C in this course in order to choose Accounting as a Major. 45.0
BUS2303 Project and Database Management Students are introduced to project and database management. The basic principles of project management are covered and students learn how to use Microsoft Project 2013. Students also learn how to design a database and extract information from a database using Microsoft Access 2013.

Prerequisites: DAT5758 or BUS2301
ECO2306 Macroeconomics Knowledge of contemporary macroeconomic issues is essential to understanding the world we live in. Students investigate fundamental macroeconomics principles with an emphasis on the use of economic models to analyze economic developments accurately and objectively. Through a combination of instruction and practical application, students examine unemployment, inflation and economic growth, as well as evaluate government use of fiscal and monetary policy in dealing with these key macroeconomic issues. In addition, Canada's international economic relationships are explored. Individual assignments and formal examinations are used to assess student knowledge of key objectives.

Prerequisites: ECO2305
ENL1823B Communications II Students continue to expand their practical writing and speaking skills for successful communication in business. Using real-life scenarios and research skills, they produce informal reports and proposals, deliver presentations to a live audience supported by technology and create a job search package. Students create professional documents, such as information reports, progress reports, justification/recommendation reports, summary reports and minutes of meetings to develop up-to-date writing skills. The job search package includes employment readiness skills, resumes, and persuasive cover letters and interview techniques. In all written work, students continue to develop and enhance their grammar skills to meet professional, workplace standards.

Prerequisites: ENL1813B
MGT2328 Introduction to Management Fundamentals Management principles, including planning, leading, organizing, and controlling in today's organization within the context of ethics, corporate social responsibility and sustainability are explored. The role of the manager and the skills and techniques required to achieve organizational outcomes through the management of people, money and time are also examined. 45.0
QUA0003 Quantitative Methods I Mathematical methods are used in fields, such as finance, marketing, accounting, and operations management in order to help make reasonable business decisions. Students are introduced to basic statistical measures of central tendencies and dispersions. Case studies focus on forecasting. Learning activities involve the application, in business situations, of linear functions, constrained optimization and linear programming. Basic probability and different probability distribution are used to problem solve. Also decision theory is used to solve problems in situations of certainty and uncertainty. Particular attention is paid to the application of course content within Excel functions.

Prerequisites: QUA0002
Level: 03 Hours
ACC2313 Accounting Concepts II Students are introduced to and explore the background, goals and methods of managerial accounting and its role in business planning, control and decision making. Key workplace skills involve the ability to plan direct control and to evaluate and extrapolate key accounting data. Topics covered include product costing, cost behaviour, cost-volume-profit analysis, profit planning, differential analysis and budgeting. Curriculum is delivered in lecture and hands-on problem-solving formats.

Prerequisites: ACC2201 or ACC2310 or ACC5151A
BAI2300 Global Business Environment As the global economy continues to change rapidly and as the number of international trade agreements grows, trade barriers come down and Canadian companies and entrepreneurs must have a clear understanding of the effects of globalization and ensuing opportunities. The forces defining the international economy are examined and the skills that global business professionals require in order to succeed today internationally are introduced. Students learn the major components of international trade of products and services, including marketing, market-entry strategies, supply chain management, trade finance, legal aspects of international business and international management. The subject of foreign investment is also introduced. 45.0
FIN2303 Introduction to Finance Students explore the concepts of Return and Risk. The Time Value of Money is applied to the determination of the rates of return to both individuals and businesses, as well as to the costs of financing personal and business assets. Risk is assessed within the context of the personal financial planning process. The types of risk and the management of those risks are evaluated within the asset allocation framework. Students are required to calculate a variety of rates of return and are asked to identify the risks inherent within certain basic financial decisions. Careers within the financial service industry are explored in order to assist students in making a career choice. 45.0
MGT2320 Material and Operations Management Operations managers make tactical decisions in support of carrying out the vision and strategies for businesses in the supply chain and/or in service production. Students gain in-depth knowledge of the responsibilities and current tools of operations and supply chain managers in manufacturing and non-manufacturing organizations. Topics include project management, quality management, layout management, location, inventory management, MRP and ERP and JIT/Lean. 45.0
MGT2381 Human Resources Management Human capital is a critical organizational resource contributing to organizational agility, goal attainment and ultimate viability through progressive human resources management. Students are introduced to human resources management specializations, including the role of human resources within organizational and strategic contexts, human resources planning, employee recruitment and selection, training and development, performance assessment, compensation and benefits, employee relations and labour relations. Furthermore, students are introduced to occupational health and safety, international human resources and relevant legislative framework. 45.0
MKT2317 Marketing Students are provided an overview of the marketing functions used in an organization, which serves to support them in their chosen business career. Students learn the strategic market planning process in both the business-to-consumer and business-to-business market areas. Elements of their learning include environmental scanning, the ability to identify and segment markets, understanding buyer behaviours and the importance of marketing research. This results in the understanding of a coordinated marketing program (product, price, promotion and distribution channels). The relationship marketing has with other business functions and environments in which organizations' marketing professionals operate is also examined. These concepts are viewed within the context of traditional and e-business consumer and business markets. 45.0
Other Electives Hours
MGT1111 BUAD - Approved Reach Ahead - Major This is a substitute course designed for students registered in the Business Administration (BUAD) core program who are approved to reach ahead into their major area of study. 60.0
MGT1112 BUAD -Approved Reach Ahead Elective This is a substitute course designed for students registered in the Business Administration (BUAD) core program who are approved to reach ahead to take an approved elective from their major area of study. 45.0

Fees & Expenses   

2016/2017 Academic Year

Total Fees for the first year of the program:

Domestic tuition/ancillary fees: $5,855.30. *

International tuition/ancillary Fees: $15,381.34. *

* Amounts include tuition fee, program specific lab and material fees, applicable eText fees, Students` Association fees and compulsory ancillary fees. Fees are subject to change. For detailed fees information please visit

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Books and supplies cost approximately $1,200 per year and can be purchased at the campus store.

Admission Requirements   

2017/2018 Academic Year

College Eligibility

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent. Applicants with an OSSD showing senior English and/or Mathematics courses at the Basic Level, or with Workplace or Open courses, will be tested to determine their eligibility for admission; OR
  • Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) certificate; OR
  • General Educational Development (GED) certificate; OR
  • Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without a high school diploma at the start of the program). Eligibility may be determined by academic achievement testing for which a fee of $50 (subject to change) will be charged.

Program Eligibility

  • English, Grade 12 (ENG4C or equivalent).
  • Mathematics, Grade 12 (MAP4C or equivalent).
  • Applicants with International transcripts must provide proof of the subject specific requirements noted above along with proof of either:
    • IELTS-International English Language Testing Service-Overall band of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band. Or
    • TOEFL-Internet-based (iBT)-overall 80, with the minimum of 20 in each component: Reading: 20; Listening: 20; Speaking: 20; Writing: 20.

Should the number of qualified applicants exceed the number of available places, applicants will be selected on the basis of their proficiency in English and mathematics.

Application Information


Applications to full-time day programs must be submitted with official transcripts showing completion of the academic admission requirements through:
60 Corporate Court
Guelph, Ontario
N1G 5J3

Students currently enrolled in an Ontario secondary school should notify their Guidance Office prior to their online application at

Applications for Fall Term and Winter Term admission received by February 1 will be given equal consideration. Applications received after February 1 will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis as long as places are available.

International applicants applying from out-of-country can obtain the International Student Application Form at or by contacting the Registrar`s Office.

For further information on the admissions process, contact:

Registrar`s Office
Algonquin College
1385 Woodroffe Ave, Room C150
Ottawa, ON K2G 1V8
Telephone: 613-727-0002
Toll-free: 1-800-565-4723
TTY: 613-727-7766
Fax: 613-727-7632

Additional Information

This program is also offered on a part-time basis and full-time Online.

For more information, contact Wendy Threader, Program Coordinator, at 613-727-4723 ext. 6395 or or Student Support Specialist, Jan Strickland, at 613-727-4723 ext. 5261 or

Every attempt is made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this publication. The College reserves the right to modify or cancel any course, program, fee, timetable, or campus location at any time