Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A)

Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A)

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The B.B.A. offers the most in-depth approach to business studies. Students choose between a general stream or one of four concentrations for specializations. They can also add complementary skills through electives or one of four profiles.

Structure

Structure

The B.B.A. has four components:

  • Core curriculum (39 credits)
  • Concentration (between 30 and 42 credits)
  • Business electives (between 9 and 21 credits)
  • Non-business electives* (30 credits)

* It includes the required MAT 196 and MAT 197 courses that must be completed if no credits were advanced for them.

Students can also decide to do a general stream in business instead of a concentration.

Cegep graduates with a completed DEC and the required mathematics courses are typically advanced 30 credits and don’t have to do any non-business electives, making it possible to complete the B.B.A. in three years, leaving 90 credits to complete at Bishop’s University. Other students will have to complete 120 credits to graduate.

Core

Core

The core curriculum encompasses 13 courses that cover the fundamentals of the main functional areas in Business and a capstone course in Business Policy that helps students to integrate the knowledge gained in these areas.

The following courses are required for the core:

  • BAC 121 – Purposes of Accounting
  • BAC 221 – Introduction to Managerial Accounting
  • BCS 220 – Management Information Systems
  • BHR 221 – Organizational Behaviour
  • BHR 224 – Human Resource Management
  • BMA 140 – Statistical Analysis for Business Decisions I
  • BMG 100 – Understanding Business and Society
  • BMG 215 – Introduction to International Business
  • BMG 311 – Business Policy and Strategic Management
  • BMK 211 – Marketing Management
  • BMS 231 – Operations Management
  • ECO 102 – Principles of Economics: Microeconomics
  • ECO 103 – Principles of Economics: Macroeconomics
  • ILT 100 – Information Literacy and Critical Thinking Lab (1 credit)

Consult the Academic Calendar to know about the regulation that applies to all Bishop’s students, and the Williams School of Business section to get the regulation that applies specifically to the business students.

General stream and concentrations

General stream and concentrations

B.B.A students have the choice between a general business stream or to specialize in one of the four concentrations:

General Business Stream

This stream is particularly interesting for students who plan to take over from the family business or are interested in a general business education. They may select courses from any concentration based upon their personal interest and objectives. Students are advised to consult with the Chair or the Academic Advisor for assistance in course selection.

11 courses (33 credits)

The following courses are required for this stream:

  • BFN 100 Basic Finance
  • Any 7, 300-level Business courses
  • Any 3, Business courses

Plus 18 credits of Business electives.

Visit our Course sequences (B.B.A.) web page under Academic Advising for additional information.

Accounting

Knowledge of accounting is fundamental to all disciplines in business. The skills acquired in the program prepare students for positions of leadership in organizations spanning all sectors of the economy including, senior management, strategic government positions, consulting, teaching, auditing and finance. This stream is accredited by the Order of Certified Professional Accountants of Quebec.

14 courses (42 credits)

The following courses are required for this concentration:

  • BAC 122 – Financial Accounting
  • BAC 211 – Intermediate Financial Accounting I
  • BAC 212 – Intermediate Financial Accounting II
  • BAC 311 – Advanced Financial Accounting
  • BAC 312 – Intermediate Managerial Accounting
  • BAC 322 – Management Control
  • BAC 331 – Taxation I
  • BAC 332 – Taxation II
  • BAC 340 – Auditing: Systems and Control
  • BAC 341 – Auditing: The Process
  • BFN 200 – Introduction to Finance
  • BFN 203 – Corporate Finance
  • BMA 141 – Statistical Analysis for Business Decisions II
  • BMG 221 – Business Law

Plus 9 credits of Business electives.

Consult the Academic Calendar in the Williams School of Business section for important regulation relating to this concentration.

Visit our Course sequences (B.B.A.) web page under Academic Advising for additional information.

Finance

The curriculum is designed to provide students with broad exposure to all dimensions of finance. Students will learn professional skills and acquire technical and analytical competence to pursue challenging careers in corporate finance, portfolio management, and securities research. In addition to a thorough understanding of the principles of financial management, students will be exposed to both theoretical and practical aspects of investment management, capital budgeting, capital formation, and risk hedging. Opportunities to explore current topics and apply practical solutions to current theory are also provided.

12 courses (36 credits)

The following courses are required for this concentration:

  • BAC 122 – Financial Accounting
  • BFN 200 – Introduction to Finance
  • BFN 203 – Corporate Finance
  • BFN 210 – Capital Markets
  • BFN 301 – Capital Budgeting
  • BFN 306 – Behavioural Finance
  • BFN 335 – Topics in Finance I
  • BFN 336 – Topics in Finance II
  • BFN 341 – Corporate Governance
  • BFN 352 – Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management
  • BMA 141 – Statistical Analysis for Business Decisions II
  • BMG 221 – Business Law

Plus 15 credits of Business electives.

When following a prescribed sequence of courses, students are qualified to write the first level C.F.A. (Chartered Financial Analyst) exam immediately upon graduation. Students can also compete in their last two years of studies for managerial positions within the SEED Portfolio.

Consult the Academic Calendar in the Williams School of Business section for important regulation relating to this concentration.

Visit our Course sequences (B.B.A.) web page under Academic Advising for additional information.

Global Management & Leadership

As organizations and workers conduct more work outside their home countries, their ability to understand and work in these environments is critical to their operations and success. The ability to attract and develop people who can work in a global environment, and can actively engage, motivate and provide leadership will be a key component. These will all be critical defining of all organizations competitive advantage.

By anticipating and understanding future economic, social, and cultural forces, the focus of our program is to shape strategic leadership and human resource skills of our students in understanding the forces impacting all stakeholders. With a focus on leadership, global business, and human resources, our students will be able to clearly identify changes, be able to plan and coordinate resources, and align organizations cultures to be successful in the future.

Through delving into the richness of research completed by both academics and practitioners, our students will be able to undertake positions in both domestic and foreign firms, obtain positions with human resources and leadership development, and cultural management.

10 courses (30 credits)

The following courses are required for this concentration:

  • BFN 100 – Basic Finance
  • BHR 315 – Training and Development *
  • BHR 326 – Personnel Recruitment & Selection*
  • BHR 328 – Occupational Health, Safety, and Wellness*
  • BMG 221 – Business Law
  • BMG 315 – International Management
  • BMG 323 – Interpersonal Skills
  • BMG 325 – Leadership in a Multicultural World

Plus any 2 courses of:

  • BMG 335 – Global Value Chain Analysis
  • BMG 345 – International Marketing and Export Management
  • BMG 355 – International Entrepreneurship

Plus 21 credits of Business electives.

*Courses marked with an asterisk have been designed to give discipline-specific knowledge required for the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation. In order to be considered as a CHRP, students should consult the human resources professional association in their respective province.

Consult the Academic Calendar in the Williams School of Business section for important regulation relating to this concentration.

Visit our Course sequences (B.B.A.) web page under Academic Advising for additional information.

Marketing & Entrepreneurship

The marketing and entrepreneurship concentration aims to build the skills that student need for an exciting career in marketing and/or to start a high-growth business of their own. We combine academic instruction and hands-on experience to build important intellectual and professional tools that ignite students’ ingenuity and entrepreneurial thinking. We expose students to cutting-edge marketing techniques, encourage their creativity and develop their critical thinking, analytical, strategic and leadership skills. Our approach to learning and teaching is reflective, experiential, and engaging, led by experienced faculty who demonstrate mastery in their professions, so that students will receive:

  • Practical opportunities working with area industry on real projects;
  • The skills and opportunity to create a launch-ready business of their own;
  • Development of high demand business skills and abilities.

14 courses (42 credits)

The following courses are required for this concentration:

  • BFN 100 – Basic Finance
  • BFN 215 – Small Business Finance
  • BMA 141 – Statistical Analysis for Business Decisions II
  • BMG 214 – Introduction to Entrepreneurship: New Venture Creation
  • BMG 323 – Interpersonal Skills
  • BMK 214 – Consumer Behavior
  • BMK 291 – Entrepreneurship Practicum I
  • BMK 321 – Marketing Research
  • BMK 323 – Marketing Communication
  • BMK 332 – Marketing Channels
  • BMK 340 – Product Strategy and Innovation
  • BMK 355 – Happiness Marketing
  • BMK 381 – Marketing Policies
  • BMK 392 – Entrepreneurship Practicum II

Plus 9 credits of Business electives.

Consult the Academic Calendar in the Williams School of Business section for important regulation relating to this concentration.

Visit our Course sequences (B.B.A.) web page under Academic Advising for additional information.

Profiles

Profiles

B.B.A. students can add a profile to their concentration. Students are not required to choose a profile, but we believe that doing so will signal to potential employers that they possess basic skills in a complementary field of business.

Students have the choice between four profiles:

The profiles are relevant add-ons to the functional concentrations. Students who don’t have enough electives to do a whole profile may want to consider adding some of the profile courses to their degree as Business electives.

Entrepreneurship

In accordance with the growing entrepreneurial movement worldwide and the wide interest of our students, we have designed a profile that enables the understanding of the entrepreneurial process of starting, growing and harvesting a new venture. By performing both in-depth comprehension of entrepreneurial process and hands-on assignments, students will learn how the entrepreneurial mind thinks, how a product/market vision is developed, how an opportunity is assessed, and how resources are harnessed to take advantage of that opportunity, throughout the entrepreneurial networks and community. The entrepreneurship profile is a relevant and valuable add-on to any business concentration, except the Marketing and Entrepreneurship concentration.

4 courses (12 credits)

The following courses are required for this profile:

  • BMG 214 – Introduction to Entrepreneurship: New Venture Creation
  • BMK 214 – Consumer Behaviour
  • BMK 291 – Entrepreneurship Practicum I
  • BMK 392 – Entrepreneurship Practicum II

Consult the Academic Calendar in the Williams School of Business section for important regulation relating to this profile.

Information Technology

The fundamental liaison between business and IT is that business people first identify the business problems, develop logical solutions and then choose the appropriate IT to support these solutions. The premise for this unique approach is that business initiatives should drive technology choices. The expected learning outcomes of the IT profile are to enable students understand typical business problems and how these problems are resolved by typical IT solutions. The IT profile is a relevant and valuable add-on to any business concentration.

4 courses (12 credits)

Any four courses amongst the following courses are required for this profile:

  • BCS 210 – IT Entrepreneurship
  • BCS 212 – Electronic Commerce
  • BCS 216 – Managing Information Technology
  • BCS 313 – System Design and Development
  • BMA 142 – Quantitative Modeling

Consult the Academic Calendar in the Williams School of Business section for important regulation relating to this profile.

International Business

The international business profile provides students with a multi-disciplinary analytical framework for mapping the global business environment, analyzing international business strategies, and the management of international business operations. It builds on the existing strengths of the core business program to provide a global perspective and the necessary tools for the management of multinational enterprises and the internationalization processes of small and medium size enterprises. It exposes students to a wide range of resources and analytical models for analyzing and managing country political risk, currency risks, economic risks, and cross-cultural differences. By taking this profile students will examine and apply existing analytical frameworks for global strategy formulation, knowledge transfer across foreign subsidiaries, management of international joint ventures and strategic alliances, management of international mergers and acquisitions, global supply chain management, financial management of international firms, international marketing and export management. Students are strongly encouraged to complement this profile with a study abroad exchange. The International Business profile is a relevant and valuable add-on to any business concentration, except the Global Management and Leadership concentration.

4 courses (12 credits)

The following courses are required for this profile:

  • BFN 361 – International Finance
  • BMG 315 – International Management
  • BMG 345 – International Marketing and Export Management

Plus any one course (3 credits) of:

  • BMG 325 – Leadership in a Multicultural World
  • BMG 335 – Global Value Chain Analysis
  • BMG 355 – International Entrepreneurship

Students pursuing the Global Management and Leadership concentration are not eligible to add the International Business profile to their concentration.

Consult the Academic Calendar in the Williams School of Business section for important regulation relating to this profile.

Co-operative Education

The Co-operative Education Program combines a student’s academic program with integrated work experiences through fulltime work terms and regular academic sessions. The work terms are designed to present the students with the opportunity to blend theory and practice and to gain relevant work experience. Students need to apply to be allowed to register in this profile.

3 or 4 courses, (7 or 10 credits)

The following courses are required for this profile:

  • BMG191 – Fundamentals of Workplace Preparation and Professional Development (1 credit)*
  • BMG391 – Cooperative Education Placement I (3 credits)
  • BMG392 – Cooperative Education Placement II (3 credits)
  • BMG393 – Cooperative Education Placement III (3 credits)**

* This course must be successfully completed before doing the first placement and is not included in the calculation of the cumulative average.

** Students who were advanced at least 24 credits will not be required to complete this third work placement to graduate with the Co-operative Education Profile. Students who were advanced less than 24 credits will be required to complete this third work placement.

All courses will be considered Business electives and will count towards the 120-credit program, except for BMG 191.

Consult the Academic Calendar in the Williams School of Business section for important regulations relating to this profile or the Co-op webpage for more information.

Admission

Admission

Enrolment in the Williams School of Business is limited. Students must have a minimum R-score of 24 from Cegep and 80% from High School to be considered for admission to these programs.

Cegep graduates with a completed DEC and the required mathematics courses are typically advanced 30 credits and don’t have to do any non-business electives, making it possible to complete the B.B.A. in three years, leaving 90 credits to complete at Bishop’s University. Other students will have to complete 120 credits in order to graduate.

The number of advanced credits for transfer students will be looked at on a case-by-case basis.

Mathematics requirements for Cegep students

To enter a Business program CEGEP students must have a Quebec collegial diploma (D.E.C.), or the equivalent, including Mathematics 201-NYC (201-105) and 201-NYA (201-103). Students having the required prerequisites can complete their undergraduate programs in three years.

CEGEP students lacking these prerequisites will need to complete MAT 196 and MAT 197 within the first 30 credits of their program.

Mathematics requirements for High School students

High School students entering a Business program who do not have one of the following mathematics courses will be required to take an additional mathematics course (MAT 190) outside of their degree requirements before being able to enroll in MAT 196:

  • BC/YT: Pre-Calculus 12,
  • AB/NT/NU: Math 30-1,
  • SK: Pre-Calculus 30 or Calculus 30,
  • MB: Pre-Calculus 40,
  • ON: Advanced Functions 4U or Calculus & Vectors 4U,
  • NB: PreCalculus 120A/120B or Calculus 120,
  • NS: Pre-Calculus 12 or Calculus 12,
  • PEI: Math 611B or Math 621B,
  • NL: Math 3200 or Math 3201 or Math 3208.

MAT 190 is a remedial course and its credits don’t count towards any business degrees. Both MAT 196 and MAT 197 are required mathematics courses, are considered non-business electives and count towards the business degree.

High school students are required to complete MAT 196 and MAT 197 within the first 45 credits of the program.

Mathematics requirements for International students

International students who do not have the equivalent of the required mathematics courses will also be required to take an additional mathematics course (MAT 190) outside of their degree requirements before being able to enroll in MAT 196.

MAT 190 is a remedial course and its credits don’t count towards any business degrees. Both MAT 196 and MAT 197 are required mathematics courses, are considered non-business electives and count towards the business degree.

International students are required to complete MAT 196 and MAT 197 within the first 45 credits of the program.

Computer Literacy

Students are expected to have a basic computer literacy in the following areas – word processing, spreadsheets and databases.

Consult the Academic Calendar in both the University and the Williams School of Business sections for important regulation relating admission.

Consult our Admission process webpage for more information.

DEC-BAC

DEC-BAC

Students who have completed one of the three Technical DEC programs that we recognize from any Quebec Cegep are granted additional advanced credits depending on their R score as follows:

Accounting and Management Technology (410.B0)

  • R score above 28: students are credited 10 additional courses (BAC 121, BAC 122, BAC 221, BHR 224, BMG 100, BMG 214, BMG 391, BMK 211, ECO 103 and 1 non-business elective)
  • R score is between 26 and 28: students are credited 5 additional courses (BAC 121, BAC 122, BMG 100, BMK 211 and ECO 103)
  • R score below 26: no additional course is credited

Marketing and Management (410.D0)

  • R score above 28: students are credited 10 additional courses (BAC 121, BHR 224, BMG 100, BMG 214, BMG 391, BMK 211, BMK 214, ECO 103 and 2 business electives)
  • R score between 26 and 28: students are credited 5 additional courses (BAC 121, BHR 224, BMG 100, BMK 211 and ECO 103)
  • R score below 26: no additional course is credited

Fashion Marketing (571.C0)

  • R score above 28: students are credited 10 additional courses (BAC 121, BCS 212, BHR 224, BMG 100, BMG 214, BMG 391, BMK 211, BMK 214, ECO 103 and 1 business elective)
  • R score between 26 and 28: students are credited 5 additional courses (BAC 121, BHR 224, BMG 100, BMK 211 and ECO 103)
  • R score below 26: no additional course is credited

 

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