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Business Administration - Core

Algonquin College
3 years
Full time/part time
Diploma / certificate
Scholarships available
Algonquin College

About this program

The three-year Business Administration (Core) Ontario College Advanced Diploma program provides you with essential skills and knowledge for a career in business. This program is the perfect option if you are interested in pursuing a career in business, but are unsure which specialization best fits your interests.

This program has been designed to allow you to explore a variety of business fields before ultimately deciding on a major.

In the third semester, take one course from each major to help you understand the various career specializations. During this time, you have the opportunity to meet with upper-level students and program coordinators for guidance. Then you make a selection that is most aligned to your interests.

Your final three semesters match the career or field you`re interested in pursuing. Choose to major in Accounting, Finance, Human Resources, International Business, Marketing, or Supply Chain and Operations Management.

With all majors, you have the opportunity to network and learn directly from business professionals.

Admission requirements

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 and may be required to provide proof of language proficiency. Domestic applicants with international transcripts must be evaluated through the International Credential Assessment Service of Canada (ICAS) or World Education Services (WES).
  • IELTS-International English Language Testing Service (Academic) Overall band of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each band; OR TOEFL-Internet-based (iBT)-overall 88, with a minimum of 22 in each component: Reading: 22; Listening: 22; Speaking: 22; Writing: 22.

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.

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.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Level: 01

  • Business Computer Applications
  • Microeconomics
  • Communications I
  • Business Law
  • Skills for Academic and Business Success
  • Business Mathematics

Level: 02

  • Accounting Concepts I
  • Database and Advanced Excel Concepts
  • Macroeconomics
  • Communications II
  • Introduction to Management Fundamentals
  • Quantitative Methods I

Level: 03

  • Accounting Concepts II
  • Global Business Environment
  • Introduction to Finance
  • Material and Operations Management
  • Human Resources Management
  • Marketing

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Program delivery

Other Delivery Options:

  • Full-time Online
  • Part-time Online
  • Business Administration - Accounting (Full-time Online)
  • Business Administration - Accounting (Part-time Online)
  • Business Administration - General (Full-time Online)
  • Business Administration - General (Part-time Online)
  • Business Administration - Human Resources (Full-time Online)
  • Business Administration - Human Resources (Part-time Online)


For more information about tuition fees, please visit the college website. 


Diploma; Co-op; Advanced

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.

Continuing studies

Upon completion of six semesters and with a minimum GPA of 2.9, you can apply to Nipissing University and, with as little as 12 months of additional study at the Ottawa campus, complete a Bachelor of Commerce degree.

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Algonquin College

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Algonquin College

1385 Woodroffe Avenue
K2G 1V8 Ottawa Ontario

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