JR Shaw School of Business

Business Administration - Management

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Become a driven, motivating and effective leader. With a career in management, you may be asked to advise business revenue streams, resourcing and strategic planning. Managing an organization or teams within an organization offers a variety of rewarding and exciting challenges, and may give you the authority to impact key business decisions.

You’ll also have the opportunity to pursue a Certified in Management (CIM) designation to further expand your knowledge.

Accept the challenge and take control of key business decisions by pursuing your management career.

Quick Facts

Credential: Diploma

Diplomas and Certificates are credit programs that take 1 or 2 years and lead to government approved and industry-recognized credentials.

Campus: Main

Any in-person components of your courses will be delivered at NAIT's Main Campus in Edmonton. View map

Delivery Options:

  • On-Campus Day - Your course activity is done in-person Monday - Friday in the daytime.
  • On-Campus Evening and/or Weekend - Your course activity is done in-person on weekdays in the evening, or Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Online Day - Your course activity is done online Monday - Friday in the daytime.
  • Online Evening and/or Weekend - Your course activity is done online on weekdays in the evening, or Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Online Flexible Delivery - Your course activity is not scheduled and therefore you can determine when to do the coursework.

Length: 2 Years

With a typical full-time course load, this program will take 2 Years to complete.

Open Studies: Available

This program has courses that are available for 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. View courses

International Students: Accepted

This program accepts international students, however, program availability may be limited. Check program availability for this term. This program also meets the eligibility for the Post-Graduation Work Permit program. Each student is responsible for maintaining their eligibility throughout their studies.

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Hands-on, industry-relevant skills

In your first year of the program, you will take 10 foundational courses that set you up with core business knowledge. In your second year of studies, you will take the required courses to get a specialized diploma in management.

This program develops you as a leader, whether in organizational management positions or key advisor roles. We will help you develop an understanding of modern business dynamics and organizational culture. We teach management skills including accounting, finance and marketing knowledge to foster decision-making in a competitive environment. Upon graduation, you will have the skills and knowledge required for entry to mid-level positions, which will open doors to senior-level management. 

Hands-on learning

We immerse students in a combination of classroom teaching, industry-relevant case work, simulations and networking. You will develop an understanding of modern business dynamics and learn to work well within culturally diverse organizations.

Classroom & study hours

On average, you can expect to spend:

  • 20 hours per week attending classes over the course of each semester
  • An additional 20-30 hours per week studying, completing assignments, doing research, reading, etc.

Our management program will prepare you to lead in business, industry and government organizations by sharing fundamental topics of management such as:

  • organizational dynamics and structure
  • project management
  • data and financial analysis
  • business planning and strategy
  • operations management
  • business law

Opportunities for further education

Upon graduation, you can jump right into year 3 of the JR Shaw School of Business Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree program. The program is accredited by, and leads to, the Certified in Management (CIM) designation, and will allow you to choose courses that could advance your career even further.  

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Bachelor of Business Administration – Management Concentration

The Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) with Management emphasis will equip you to lead in business, industry, government and not-for-profit sectors.   Find out more

Kevin Carthy

"But I like to lead by example. It’s not necessarily what I say but what I do."

Kevin Carthy, Business Administration – Management '14

JR Shaw School of Business

The JR Shaw School of Business harnesses the power of a polytechnic providing relevant, multi-disciplinary business education integrated with industry partnerships and applied learning.

Enter the workforce with confidence

Whether you want to run your own business or lead an existing organization, we’ll help you build your foundation of skills and confidence to succeed in a management profession. NAIT management graduates have been excelling in shaping business and industry in Alberta and around the world for over 50 years. 

As a manager, you will have the flexibility of a career in all sectors of business, including not-for-profit, private and public service.

Upon completion of this program, you may find a career as a:

  • account executive 
  • administrative services manager 
  • general manager 
  • managing director 
  • production manager 
  • sales manager 
  • supply chain manager 
JRSSB Infographic Pathways

Diploma Specialization

In the business diploma program, you will declare an area of specialization in your first year, shortly after you have been accepted into the program.

All business students then take the same 10 foundational courses in order to gain core business knowledge. This allows students to experience a variety of business fields. In the second year of studies, you will take the required courses to get a specialized Management diploma upon graduation.

How to apply

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

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.

Read more about advanced credit or contact us about applying for credit for this program.

Courses

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Tuition & Fees

Scholarships & Awards

The following scholarships and/or bursaries are available to you as a student in this program. To access your opportunities, visit the Student Portal.

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