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Business Administration Diploma - Tourism and Hospitality Management Option

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.

Admission Requirements

Regular Applicants

  • Students will require a laptop (see program specifications).
  • B.C. secondary school graduation or equivalent.
  • Students graduating from secondary school in or prior to 2012: Principles of Mathematics 11, or an equivalent Advanced Level Adult Basic Education mathematics course; or a minimum grade of 70% in Introductory Mathematics 11; or a minimum grade of 60% in Applications of Mathematics 11.
    Students entering Grade 10 in or after 2010 and/or completing the new mathematics curriculum: A minimum of 60% in one of Pre-calculus Grade 11, Foundations of Mathematics Grade 11, or Apprenticeship and Workplace Mathematics Grade 11, Workplace Mathematics 11, or the equivalent Advanced Level Adult Basic Education mathematics course.
  • English 12 with minimum 60% or alternatives.

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

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%.

Program Outline

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.

First Year
BUAD 111 Financial Accounting I
BUAD 116 Marketing
BUAD 128 Computer Applications I
CMNS 112 Professional Writing I
MATH 114 Business Mathematics
BUAD 195 Financial Management
BUAD 123 Management Principles
And either:
BUAD 113 Canadian Business
or both:
ECON 115 Principles of Microeconomics
ECON 125 Principles of Macroeconomics
Three (3) credits of Electives (non-business or business)
Second Year
BUAD 209 Business Law
BUAD 262 Organizational Behaviour
BUAD 264 Management Accounting
BUAD 293 Entrepreneurship
Nine (9) credits of specific option electives (see below)
Nine (9) credits of open electives (non-business or business)
(1) ECON 115 and ECON 125 may be substituted for BUAD 113 with three credits counting as required credits and three credits counting as elective credits.
While satisfying all the requirements outlined above for the Business Administration diploma, students must include the following courses in their elective choices to specialize in Tourism and Hospitality Management:
BUAD 215 Restaurant Management
BUAD 230 Wine and Culinary Tourism
BUAD 220 Hotel Management
Consider the following courses when selecting additional electives:
BUAD 176 Professional Sales
BUAD 266 Advertising and Marketing Communications
BUAD 269 Human Resources Management
BUAD 293 Entrepreneurship
BUAD 299 Conventions Management
BUAD 227 Selected Topics: Tourism and Hospitality

Graduation Requirements

Successful completion of the prescribed and elective courses as listed in the program outline with a minimum graduating grade average of 60%.

Program Area:


Campus (Intake):

  • Vernon (Jan, Sep)
  • Penticton (Jan, Sep)
  • Salmon Arm (Jan, Sep)
  • Kelowna (Jan, May, Jul, Sep)




  • Part-Time
  • Full-Time


2022-23: $5,829.08

  • Fees listed are for ten courses (30 credits). Depending on the campus of study and the courses selected fees may vary. 
  • Fees include all mandatory fees: Activity fee, Health & Dental, Student Association fee, Education Technology fee, Development fee.
  • All amounts are approximate and are subject to change.
  • International students will pay International tuition fees


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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Okanagan College Calendar: Printed 12/09/2022