The diploma option provides students with an understanding of business and management practices within the tourism and hospitality sector as well as a foundation in general business. Year one 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. Graduates are ideally positioned for a career path leading to supervisory positions within the tourism and hospitality sector.
Senior secondary students who enter the Business Administration diploma program with a minimum grade of 73% in Accounting 12 may receive credit for BUAD 111.
Mature applicants are at least 19 years of age and have been out of full-time senior secondary study for at least one year. Senior secondary graduation will be waived for mature applicants.
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.
Selective Admission Process: Admission of regular senior secondary applicants will be based on the grade average (GA) on English 12, Mathematics 11 and two other of the student's highest provincially recognized Grade 12 courses.
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.
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%.
The Diploma in Business Administration consists of 60 credits. All students take 27 credits in core business foundation courses plus first-year courses in English, Mathematics and Economics (or BUAD 113). Students then select at least 12 credits out of 24 credits in electives from a specialty option of study. Options are available in Accounting, Financial Services, Hospitality Tourism Management, Human Resources Management, Management and Marketing. A General Studies option is also available to those who want to take elective courses from a variety of options.
Successful completion of the prescribed and elective courses as listed in the program outline with a minimum graduating grade average of 60%.
This program is student loan eligible.
Please note, the first year of the program is offered fully at the Salmon Arm campus. However, the program can only be completed in full in Vernon, Kelowna and Penticton.
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