Business Administration

brochureCoverBusiness-01.jpgWelcome to the Bachelor of Business Administration program

On campus in North Bay

If you want to prepare for a career, and for life in general, Nipissing’s School of Business offers a unique approach to learning that gives you more than a degree. Along with core business knowledge, our faculty will help you develop professional and social skills. The program’s combination of theoretical background, practical skills, experience, independent thinking, and problem solving will give you an advantage and better chance of success in a competitive market.

Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)

In the first year of this Honours program, you will study a cross-section of business disciplines to acquire a broad foundation.

The Degree and General Management Preparation

The BBA Degree is structured to provide students with general business knowledge and skills and the opportunity to acquire specialist knowledge and skills. In terms of general management knowledge, throughout the four years students move from introductory courses and learning how to apply business tools to more senior studies in creating competitive advantage through business strategy, entrepreneurship and change management. Some students choose to pursue breadth in their degree program (e.g. taking more ADMN courses and electives from the Humanities or Sciences) and do not select a stream, whereas others appreciate the opportunity to pursue more specialized expertise in the functional streams of accounting, economics, finance, marketing, organizational studies and technology management.

As you progress, you may choose to focus on a particular area and, by meeting specific requirements, can specialize in one of the following areas:

Accounting Stream

Accounting is about more than financial controls and reporting — it’s also about fiscal and social responsibility. Accounting professionals need to show due diligence, and to think and act ethically when they evaluate options. You will be challenged to think not only about the shareholders, but all stakeholders when making decisions. You will learn the uses and limitations of accounting information through case studies, simulation, and hands-on learning experiences. You will gain an understanding of many topics, including auditing, information systems auditing, taxation, consolidation, not-for-profit accounting, hedges, and foreign exchange within your advanced accounting courses. You will participate in tax clinics, where accounting students prepare tax returns for low-income households and perform “mock audits” on local not-for-profit organizations. You will have help preparing for the CPA professional examinations. This combination of social awareness, academic vigor, practical experience, and support is what helps our graduates succeed in today’s marketplace.


Managers use the tools of Economics to analyse major management decisions. As an Economics student, discover theories and economic models that provide a framework for understanding complex issues in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. Central concepts from economics – demand and supply, marginal analysis, perfect competition and monopoly, and game theory – are applied to important business and government problems. Learn how to make intelligent management decisions and understand current events and the consequences of government policies. You will have the opportunity to study the structure of the Canadian economy, public policy, money, banking and financial institutions, managerial economics, the labour market, and the inter-dependence of nations in the global economy. You will be introduced to the many theories and policies surrounding economic development in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, and examine issues like poverty, inequality, education, health, migration, agriculture, and foreign aid, and other challenges faced by advanced and developing economies.

Finance Stream

The Finance stream is a great option for students interested in pursuing a career in the dynamic financial sector. Depending on their interests and career goals, students in the finance stream may elect to choose between one of two focus areas: Entrepreneurial Finance and Financial Product Sales. Students pursuing the Entrepreneurial Finance path will learn how to raise funds for start-up businesses, create realistic financial plans, effectively manage a firm’s cash flows, and interact effectively with banks and investors. This path will prepare students for financial roles in small businesses, entrepreneurial firms or commercial banking. Such positions could include financial managers, credit specialists, controller positions, etc. Those following the Financial Product Sales Specialist path will learn about a large variety of financial products and services existing in modern markets, how to create good financial portfolios based on a client’s risk preferences and how to adjust financial strategies taking into account age, career situation and family situation. They will also learn about new areas such as wealth management including real estate, inheritance issues, tax strategies, etc. This path will prepare students to work in areas such as financial products sales, insurance and financial advising, among others. Students enrolled in the finance stream have the option to work towards a Certificate in Entrepreneurial Finance or Certificate in Financial Product Sales.

Marketing Stream

Marketing influences many of our decisions, from small day-to-day decisions like what to eat for lunch, to large important decisions like what kind of car to buy or choosing a university. Marketing is about more than advertising and promotion—it’s also about making strategic decisions about products/ services, pricing, and distribution. In the marketing stream, you will develop the critical thinking skills you need to make good managerial decisions in a competitive marketplace. You will learn fundamental marketing concepts, research methods, market analysis, and strategies related to consumer behaviour, brand management, and business-to-business marketing. You will also learn about marketing communication, promotions, merchandising, public relations, packaging, as well as, direct and digital marketing. True to our more-than-a-degree promise, you will have plenty of opportunities to apply communication and interaction skills and to develop leadership, negotiation, and team management skills. The Marketing Stream offers a variety of elective courses in specialized areas such as sport, social marketing, international marketing, sales management, and innovative marketing. The marketing specialization is accredited by the Canadian Institute of Marketing.

Organizational Studies and Human Resources Management Stream

The Organizational Studies program examines the role of economic, sociological and political factors and how they influence the types of organizations we create and work within. In this program students investigate from both a theoretical and practical perspective how both private and public sector organizations are designed and managed and how they interact with other institutions, the economy, society and the physical environment. Human resources management is a key component of the program and students can focus on managing and motivating staff with curriculum based on the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation and accredited by the Human Resources Professional Association (HRPA) of Ontario. The program places an emphasis on ethical management with a focus on social, economic and environmental responsibility. Many students choose to pursue experiential learning options within the program including the School of Business iLEAD internships, research, and special projects such as our annual trips to Jamaica to work with eco-tourism partners.

According to Canadian Business magazine, Human Resources management jobs are included in the top 20 rankings for 2015 with a 12% increase in the number of jobs and a corresponding 14% salary increase in the period 2008-2014. Graduates will be well-positioned to pursue careers in HR, diversity and general management, staff development, public policy, banking, and many other managerial positions.

Technology Management Stream

Technology touches all parts of everyday life, both personal and professional. Our Technology Management stream gives you an appreciation of the technological complexities, issues, and strategies managers face. You can study a broad range of technology: e-business, system analysis and design, GIS and computer mapping, innovation and technology, computer and information systems, and the impact of technology on the environment. This specialization is designed to provide graduates with an advantage in the job market.

iLEAD Business Experience Certificate

The iLEAD Business Experience Certificate is a unique way to Learn through Experience, Action and Discovery. It offers business students the opportunity to earn credits toward their degree through directed study, honours thesis, workplace internships, overseas study and service to others, all in an effort to provide "more than a degree".

The iLEAD Business Experience Certificate will be awarded to Business students (BBA and BComm) at the time of graduation. Learn More...

Certificate in Human Resources Management

In addition to core requirements, Business students complete a Certificate in Human Resource Management. Students must use 15 credits of specific electives to satisfy the Certificate requirements. Learn More...

Entrepreneurial Finance Certificate

In addition to core requirements, students in a Bachelor of Business Administration or Bachelor of Commerce degree program may complete a Certificate in Entrepreneurial Finance. Students should refer to the academic calendar to view the academic requirements and courses required to graduate with this certificate. Learn More...

Financial Product Sales Professional Certificate

In addition to core requirements, students in a Bachelor of Business Administration or Bachelor of Commerce degree program may complete a Certificate in Financial Product Sales. Students should refer to the academic calendar to view the academic requirements and courses required to graduate with this certificate. Learn More...

Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario (CPA)

Students enrolled in Nipissing's BBA Accounting stream are able to satisfy the preparatory course requirements for the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation while working towards their degree. Upon graduation, students would enter CPA's Professional Education Program (CPA PEP). The School of Business works closely with the Chartered Professional Accountants to ensure its courses are aligned with CPA's learning outcome requirements.

CPA pathway for BBA students

For the past school year, I have sat on the CPA Board of Ambassadors for Nipissing University. It has been my pleasure to promote the CPA brand on campus and act as an official point of reference for any students interested in pursuing their Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation. The experience that I have gotten from CPA and the Nipissing School of Business has been amazing. From hosting information sessions at Nipissing, to presenting in front of my peers and other members of the board, my skillset has grown immensely. I’ve been able to connect with several faculty members along with many members of the accounting community. It has led to crucial aspects in furthering my career like letters of recommendations and most importantly a job for when I finish school!

I encourage anyone who is considering entering accounting to get in touch with our CPA student recruiter, Mallory Rellinger, to see how you can take the next step.

Greg Charbonneau – current BBA student CPA Board of Ambassadors, Nipissing University Representative

Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP)

Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL)

Students interested in pursuing a career in Human Resources Management have the opportunity to complete all of the courses required to satisfy the prescribed coursework requirements for the two designations. The School of Business has worked with the Human Resources Professionals Association of Ontario (HRPA) to ensure our courses are aligned with their learning outcomes requirements. If you are interested in becoming a student member of the HRPA, North Bay also has its very own chapter. The North Bay Chapter represents a large geographical area and its HR practitioner members provide services to a diverse spectrum of industries.

Certified Supply Chain Management Professional (CSCMP)

Formerly known as the Certified Professional Purchasers designation (CPP), graduates from Nipissing’s BBA degree program can obtain advanced standing toward earning the SCMP designation. The accreditation program leading to the Certified SCMP designation is the most comprehensive in the field of supply chain management and is balanced to deliver advanced supply chain management knowledge and high-level business skills.

Canadian Marketing Association

CMA’s student membership program provides many benefits for full-time post-secondary students. Students gain access to numerous resources that will help in their marketing studies and allow them to network with future employers.

Our collegial, small class environment encourages learning, participation, and lively debate. You will experience formal lectures, small group discussions, and individual study. Classes are led by faculty with diverse backgrounds and business experiences who are dedicated to furthering their knowledge through research.

You will have opportunities to enter team business competitions, study overseas, gain practical experience, study toward professional designation, and conduct research to earn credits toward your degree. You will be encouraged to question how business is conducted and to examine how stakeholders’ interests can be served. You will learn how other cultures approach business issues, the importance of sustainable business, and how to balance the responsibilities of life and the environment with commercial concerns. You will be well-prepared for the workforce or postgraduate studies, with the self-assurance and skills you need for a successful future.


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Academic Support Services

Our goal is to support your academic and personal development. Look for assistance with accessibility services, learning style assessments, writing skills, writing formats, study strategies, time management, note-taking skills, academic resources, group seminars, peer support, career development activities, and more. Learn More...

Financial Support Services

Achieve your goals on time and on budget. We’ll help you fund your education through scholarships, awards, bursaries, government assistance, and work study programs. Learn More...

Scholarships, awards and bursaries for students in Business Administration program

Internationalize your Degree

If you want to experience a year or a semester at one of our partner schools across the globe, we have support services and programs to help you get there. If you want to assist International students with adjusting to life in Canada, we’ll connect you. Check out your options...

Personal Counselling Services

Our registered counsellors offer free, year-round personal counselling services, specialized therapeutic groups, referral services and a host of wellness, educational and awareness events to all full- and part-time undergraduate and graduate students. Learn More...


Our top-rated residences will make you feel right at home. You will make fast friends with your residence community. Our student leaders, Residence Dons, and award winning residence staff give tutorials on everything from the basics of laundry and cooking to making connections within the community. Learn More...​​​​

iLEAD business experience certificate


The iLEAD Business Experience Certificate is a unique way to Learn through Experience, Action and Discovery. It offers business students the opportunity to earn credits toward their degree through directed study, honours thesis, workplace internships, overseas study and service to others, all in an effort to provide "more than a degree".

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Entrepreneurship Development Centre (E-Hub)

Have you dreamed of owning your own business? We can help. At the E-Hub, we are focused on helping make your dreams of independence a reality. Think of us as a launch pad to help start and grow your business or idea. Our goal is to help promote an entrepreneurial culture on-campus and help you get the resources you need to succeed.


Human Resources Student Network

To promote and encourage the success and development of future professionals within the field of Human Resources.

Nipissing University Investment Society

NU Investment Society

Informal lectures and discussions taught through the Investment Society are designed for students and investors who want to build and manage a successful portfolio. These lectures given by Pierre Fournier, demonstrate how to construct a balanced portfolio, adjust it for risk, and trade position as needed to maintain returns while minimizing your risk. There is also focus on how to protect and grow your investment by allocating your asset mix to the right places at the right time while generating a stable income from your portfolio.


Nipissing University Business Community (NUBC)

NUBC is a student organization that helps School of Business students get the most from their education. It organizes events that facilitate networking between students and community members, and assist in developing relationships between students and faculty, as well as other business-related activities to help students gain more than a degree.

International Experiences

In conjunction with non-governmental organizations, business students and their professors have the opportunity to travel to rural areas in other countries for a few weeks at a time to learn about different cultures and how economic development concerns can be a barrier to expansion.

We also offer the opportunity to study abroad for a specified period of time. Through a study exchange program, credits earned internationally are transferred to your Nipissing University Degree. Other programs include summer courses, international conferences, research projects, volunteering, language training, and group study tours. By taking an international opportunity, you will gain a global perspective and internationalize your degree.

The Nipissing Promise

Students enrolled in the Nipissing University Promise program will be invited to return to Nipissing, tuition free, for up to 30 additional credits if six months after completing their four-year undergraduate degree program with a 70 percent average and all required elements of the program, they have not secured career-related employment.

For more information please visit The Nipissing Promise.

Leadership and Community Engagement

If you are eager to get involved beyond the classroom, take part in the annual Undergraduate Research Conference, which gives you the opportunity to present your work to peers, professors, and family members. You may also have opportunity to work as a Research Assistant to help a professor conduct research and gain valuable experience at the same time.

Record of Student Development

Involvement and experiential learning lead to more personal and academic success by connecting classroom learning to real world experience. Volunteer on your campus and within the community and be officially recognized for all that you do. The Record of Student Development (RSD) documents that you have completed a series of involvement outcomes that all employers are looking for. Achieving all the competencies associated with the RSD will help you communicate the depth of your experiences as you apply to career opportunities.

Employers are looking for people with the following proven abilities:

  • Analytical Skills
  • Communication skills
  • Problem-Solving skills
  • Strong Work Ethic
  • Teamwork

To register and see the full list of RSD competencies visit

Student Union

Students attending Nipissing University in North Bay and long distance students are members of the Nipissing University Student Union. Our organization strives to represent students democratically, provide a communication framework, and lobby for legislative change on issues that affect students.


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Your opportunities are limitless! You might pursue a career in private industry, the government sector, not-for-profit organizations, or academics. Our graduates have gone on to become accountants, human resource managers, economic development officers, entrepreneurs, marketing managers, market researchers, project managers, systems administrators, secondary school business teachers, university professors, and more.

Graduates of the Nipissing University School of Business enjoy a high employment rate and have been very successful in their professional designation examinations. Whether you want to pursue an MBA or other graduate studies, join the work force, or get your Bachelor of Education and become a teacher, you will become a valuable asset to any organization in your community, at home or abroad.

Career and Academic Options

  • Graduate Studies
  • Professional School (Education, Law, MBA)
  • Careers in management, accounting, taxation, e-commerce, government services, human resources, marketing, banking and international investment

My professors at Nipissing University's School of Business worked tirelessly to make sure we were ready for the workforce after university. They opened up and shared their professional experiences with us and gave us valuable opportunities to put the skills we'd learned to use for local businesses. I'm very thankful for the experiences I had at Nipissing.

I'm currently happy to be working in digital and strategic communications for the leader of Canada's Official Opposition and the interim leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, Rona Ambrose. Working in digital communications requires a strong understanding of marketing strategies. As part of the strategic communications team, I'm able to apply the knowledge and skills I've developed in the business program to a variety of social media platforms and communications initiatives.

Ingrid Neubert, BBA '14, Digital Communications Assistant to Rona Ambrose