Bachelor of Commerce

brochureCoverBusiness-01.jpgWelcome to the Bachelor of Commerce program at Nipissing

On campus in North Bay

Distance Learning option available

Nipissing University offers BComm business degree programs in 6 cities outside of our main North Bay campus.

  • Bachelor of Commerce (BComm) degree: this is a 90-credit degree that is a solid complement to any advanced diploma in business.

As an applicant you can apply to either the BComm or BBA program but have the flexibility to change programs if you change your mind. For example, if you apply to the BComm degree because you do not feel that you can dedicate the time to complete your BBA, this option is open for you. The reverse is also possible, giving you complete flexibility.​

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 Financial Services

In addition to core requirements, students in a Bachelor of Commerce may complete a certificate in Financial Services. Students may use 18 credits of electives to satisfy the certificate requirements. Learn More...

Certificate in Human Resource 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...

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".

Click Here For More Information about the iLEAD Program.



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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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Nipissing’s Athletics Department offers a wide range of intramural activities to keep you on your game


Club sports are available to all Nipissing students and are both recreational and competitive.


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Whether you are a gym enthusiast or a weekend warrior, Nipissing has just what you need.


Full-time Faculty

Part-time Faculty


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


I have really enjoyed my time as a student of the Nipissing University School of Business. I was given many different opportunities to get involved outside of the classroom through iLEAD and the Nipissing University Business Community (NUBC).

Through the iLEAD program, I went on the Jamaica Expedition. While in Jamaica, we served as business consultants for a local business. We collected information and then created a business plan with recommendations on how the business could improve. This experience was very beneficial for me because it was an all-encompassing project that connected classroom teachings from all disciplines of business (Human Resources, Accounting, Marketing, etc.) into one real-world experience. I discovered how each discipline is related and how they are equally important in running a successful business. Plus, I got to enjoy Jamaica with a great group of classmates. It was a lot of fun!

I was also an executive member of NUBC, which is a student run club that hosted events, such as, the “A Future in Business” event and the first annual Business Formal. As a member of NUBC, I was able to network with fellow business students, professors, and community partners.

Being involved with activities outside of the classroom made me feel more connected with the School of Business and it increased my confidence in class and in professional settings. I am sure you have heard this before, but getting involved truly does make the difference between having a good university experience and having a great one! I am grateful that the School of Business provides such amazing opportunities for their students.

Jenna Turcotte, BComm '17

In 2012, I decided to further my post-secondary education and chose to pursue a Bachelor of Commerce degree at Nipissing University. During my time at Nipissing, I enjoyed getting to know the School of Business professors on a first name basis. One of the things I thought was so great about these instructors was that they had an abundance of industry experience. We learned so many new concepts and business practices and these instructors could provide real-life examples of how these skills and concepts can be utilized in a work setting.

I was able to create a number of working relationships with business faculty and other community partners at School of Business networking events. These relationships and networking opportunities enabled me to connect with iion (Innovation Initiatives Ontario North). iion introduced me to a program that they run for Youth looking to gain hands-on experience through a professional internship. This internship program, called YEPP, set me up with Gin-Cor Industries. When I first found out about this opportunity I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with my Bachelor of Commerce degree, so I figured YEPP was a great chance to utilize my newly developed business knowledge in a work setting. After having successfully completed the YEPP program and the four-month internship I was offered a full-time position with Gin-Cor Industries. Here I am just over a year later, still with Gin-Cor and wearing various hats – marketing, accounting, and office administration. I am proud of my achievements and know that choosing to attend the School of Business at Nipissing University was one of the best decisions I have ever made.

Sheri Yank, BComm '14