JR Shaw School of Business

Bachelor of Business Administration Entrepreneurship & Innovation Concentration

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Delivery Options

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Please note due to the COVID-19 pandemic, these delivery options may shift from term to term. Please consult your program for details on delivery options.

  • On-Campus Day - Your course activity is done in-person Monday - Friday, before 5 PM.
  • On-Campus Evening/Weekend - Your course activity is done in-person on weekdays from 5 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Online Day - Your course activity is done online Monday - Friday, before 5 PM.
  • Online Evening/Weekend - Your course activity is done online on weekdays from 5 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Online Flexible Delivery - Your course activity is not scheduled and therefore you can determine when to do the coursework.
  • Both On-Campus and Virtual - Some of your coursework will be in-person, on campus and some will be done online.

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Open Studies

Open Studies allows you to explore credit courses without applying to a program.
It is an opportunity to get a feel for school and what program you want to be in.

International Students

Program availability may be limited for international applicants. Contact your student advisor for more information.

Advanced Credit

You may apply for advanced credit once you have been accepted into the program. Advanced Credit can be Transfer Credit (for completed post-secondary courses) or PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition).

Transfer Credit

In addition to the common guidelines outlined on the Transfer and Credit Options section and on the Transfer Credit Request Form (PDF), your program has other advanced credit requirements that are applied to each request including:

  • You must have completed the course or program no more than 10 year(s) ago unless a formalized articulation agreement is in place
  • You must have a minimum mark of D in the course(s) or program

Prior Learning and Assessment Recognition (PLAR)

Please see below for the list of courses that available for PLAR credits in this program. Please click on the specific course for more information on the evidence that is required for each course.

Please refer to the Credit for Work and Life Experience page for more information on how to apply for PLAR credits.

Contact the program for additional information about Advanced Credit.

Program delivery varies by program. We encourage you to review how your classes will be delivered for the upcoming terms. If you have questions about program delivery or class enrolment, please contact your program area.

Build your own business, create new opportunities

With NAIT's Bachelor or Business Administration (BBA), your classes will have a business focus from day 1.

Because many professional associations require a degree before they will grant a designation, a business degree is a great way to further your career potential. Earn a general BBA by completing core courses and your choice of electives or declare an emphasis in the following subjects:

  • Accounting
  • Entrepreneurship & Innovation
  • Finance
  • Human Resource Management
  • Management
  • Marketing

The BBA with Entrepreneurship and Innovation emphasis will help you grow your entrepreneurial mindset and develop skills that are essential to transform business. You'll be led through business ventures from the ground up, focusing on how to create financially, ethically and environmentally sustainable solutions in the marketplace. You'll have the ability to collaborate creatively, apply logic to problems, and complex inductive reasoning in an immersive setting. All entrepreneurship and innovation related courses have prerequisites, so it is important to carefully plan the order of studies.

Employment rates reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and do not guarantee future employment opportunities.

Salaries reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and are not a guarantee of future alumni income.

Hands-on, industry-relevant skills

Students who complete the BBA Baccalaureate degree also choose to continue on to many programs like a Masters of Business Administration (MBA).

The Business Administration – Entrepreneurship and Innovation program develops leaders that will be poised to enter the world of business and make an immediate impact.

In the BBA with Entrepreneurship and Innovation concentration program, students will develop knowledge and skills for:

  •  modern business dynamics and organizational culture
  • knowledge required to become innovators—whether as founders of their own businesses or as valued contributors within existing enterprises.

Students taking the BBA with Entrepreneurship and Innovation concentration complete:

  • 10 common Level 1 required courses (required by all BUS-diploma/BBA students)
  • 10 required BBA Level 2 Entrepreneurship and Innovation courses
  • 16 required BBA Level 3 and Level 4 Entrepreneurship and Innovation courses
  • 4 elective BBA courses from Level 3 and Level 4 (which can include BBA Capstone courses, an in-depth case study with an industry partner)

Program schedule

Our course delivery is flexible, allowing you to take your classes in the daytime, evening or online to suit your schedule. We also have transfer credit and prior learning assessments for those who have done prior post-secondary or other formal training experience.

You can expect to spend on average:

  • 20 hours per week attending classes over the course of a semester.
  • 20 hours per week studying and completing class assignments.
JRSSB Infographic Pathways

Common first year

In the first year of the program, all business students take the same 10 foundational courses in order to gain core business knowledge. This allows students to experience a variety of business fields in order to decide which is the best fit. In the second, third and fourth years of studies, you will take the required courses to pursue an concentration in Finance. 

BBA degree with concentration

In the BBA career path with Entrepreneurship and Innovation concentration, you will earn an concentration on your transcript showing that you graduated in a specialized field of studies. This concentration does not appear on your graduation parchment, but will be noted on your official student transcripts.

Apply in APAS

Students applying to any business administration diploma program will choose Bachelor of Business Administration when selecting the program on the  Alberta Post-Secondary Application System (APAS). More information can be found under How to Apply below.

BBA Co-op

Students in this BBA concentration are also eligible to participate in NAIT's BBA Co-op program. Jumpstart your career by spending 3 semesters gaining valuable hands-on experience in real workplaces.

More information on the Co-op option can be found on the BBA Co-op page.

Enter the workforce with confidence

NAIT prepares you to succeed in the dynamic field of finance by providing class work on real industry cases and partnerships with industry.

Possible career outcomes include: 

  • research and development
  • business owner
  • sales director
  • manager
  • business consultant

Potential employers include:

  • private business
  • profit sector
  • not-for-profit sector
  • public service

Certification 

Following required coursework, you can achieve professional designations including:

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Nevin deMilliano

“The courses I took allowed me to approach important problems differently. In work, life, or my own venture I can apply entrepreneurial skills with creativity to solve important problems.”

Nevin deMilliano, BBA – Entrepreneurship and Innovation concentration '17

JR Shaw School of Business

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There is no guarantee that waitlisted applicants will be offered a seat, however it is common for seats to become available until the start of class. As seats become available, they are filled from the waitlist.
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