The degree specialty provides students with an understanding of business and management practices within the global tourism and hospitality sector as well as a foundation in general business. The first year of the program provides a solid foundation in general business and the business of tourism. The second year provides experiential learning in the Okanagan wine and culinary tourism and hospitality sectors. The third and fourth years further develop the student's analytical and critical thinking skills needed to succeed in the tourism and hospitality sectors. Graduates are prepared for a career path leading to management positions within the tourism and hospitality sector.
Entry into the first year of the degree program:
Secondary students who enter the Business Administration degree or diploma program with a minimum grade of 73% in Accounting 12 may request credit for BUAD 111 (Financial Accounting I).
Selective Admission Process: Applicants will be granted admission based on their grade average for English, Mathematics and two other academic courses chosen to the advantage of the applicant.
Mature applicants are at least 19 years of age and have been out of full-time secondary study for at least one year. Secondary graduation will be waived for mature applicants. Mature applicants without English 12 can write the LPI and must receive a minimum score of level 5. Mature applicants without Mathematics 12 can take the Mathematics diagnostic test, administered by Okanagan College. A minimum score of 20/25 is required.
Qualifying status: Applicants who ultimately fail to satisfy the specific English and/or math entrance requirements may be granted admission to and be allowed to remain enrolled in the business program as qualifying students subject to the availability of space after the admission and registration of qualified applicants. Qualifying students may concurrently register in a maximum of three first-year business courses, any three for which they satisfy the prerequisites. Qualifying first-year business students will not be considered to be continuing students and will, therefore, be allowed to continue in the program after the qualifying year only if all outstanding course entrance requirements have been successfully completed.
Entry into the third year of the degree program:
Selective Admission Process: Applicants will be ranked and admitted according to the grade average of their respective diploma, associate degree or 60 credits of university courses, as stated above.
Prior Learning Assessment: Where a student has prior learning in the following courses BUAD 111, 116, 121, 128, 176 and 293, credit may be awarded if the student successfully passes a challenge exam. Contact the Business Administration department for more information.
Co-operative Education: Entry into the co-operative education option is a student's choice, and subject to completion of all first-year courses and an overall grade average of 65%.
Successful completion of the prescribed and elective courses as listed in the program outline with a minimum graduating grade average of 60%.
Students who wish to specialize in Hospitality and Tourism Management must meet the specialty requirements listed below under Hospitality and Tourism Management Specialty. Students who only meet the basic requirements will continue to earn a general studies BBA.
This program is student loan eligible.
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