Welcome 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 programs 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.
“Making the choice to get my BBA from Nipissing is one of the best choices I’ve ever made. I’ve often experienced scepticism from others regarding the opportunities Nipissing University can offer students because it is a smaller institution; take it from me that Nipissing’s smaller size is actually one of the most beneficial opportunities a business student can get in this competitive industry. Building professional relationships with professors, peers and community businesses has opened up more opportunities for experiential learning and career paths, both locally and internationally, than I could have ever imagined. The tight-knit and supportive community at NipissingU offers opportunities that are second to none!”
Taylor Hummel - BBA Marketing, 2019
- Degree Options
- Experiential Learning
- Student Support
- Events & Awards
- Stockfish Family Start-Up Competition
The Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) program is a general business degree that provides students with a strong foundation of business knowledge along with the opportunity to develop an area of focus. Some of these areas can lead directly to professional designations. The degree has six knowledge concentration streams as follows:
- Entrepreneurship and Innovation Leadership
- Human Resources
- International Business
The BBA program requirements can be viewed through the Academic Calendar.
- Business Administration
- Corporate Social Responsibility
- Human Resources
- International Business
These minors are available to students pursuing a program of study in a different discipline.
Certificates and Diplomas
- Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in General Management
- Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Human Resource Management
“The education I received at Nipissing University truly prepared me for my successful career in commercial banking. I graduated from the School of Business’ BBA program with minors in both Accounting & Economics in 2015. The intimate class sizes compared to larger Universities made it possible to build a strong rapport with my professors, who I viewed as mentors. This was invaluable for me, especially as a 1st generation student. I am so grateful for the memories, friendships, education, and experiences, including one of my favourite opportunities, studying a semester abroad in France. I highly recommend the program and the University.”
Racheal Costello, BBA 2015
Experience sets you apart!
Experiential learning is key to preparing students for success by providing opportunities for practical, hands-on learning both inside and outside of the classroom.
The School of Business BBA Co-op Program is an integrated approach to university education that enables students to alternate academic terms on campus with work terms in suitable employment. The success of such programs is founded on the principle that students can apply theoretical knowledge from course studies in the workplace and return to the classroom with practical workplace experience.
For more information on co-op, click here or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Sparrow Family Experiential Learning Centre
Thanks to a long relationship with and the generous support of the Sparrow Family, Nipissing University and the School of Business celebrate the opening of The Sparrow Family Experiential Learning Centre.
The new centre will be instrumental in capturing the imagination, encouraging collaboration, honing presentation and professional competencies, and helping to direct the entrepreneurial spirit of our students. Included in the new centre are a large boardroom, collaborative work spaces, and smaller meeting rooms.
"We chose to support the Sparrow Family Experiential Learning Centre because our Dad (Herb Sparrow) was a self made entrepreneur, and our Mom (Tena Sparrow) was an excellent bookkeeper with a great mind for numbers. Together they supported a lot of business start-ups in Northern Ontario, including one of the first hydroponic farms. When Dad brought home the first “hydroponic” tomato, he said it was the most expensive but best tomato he had ever tasted!"
The Sparrow Family Experiential Learning Centre is made possible through the generous support of the Sparrow Family.
The iLEAD Program allows you to Learn through Experience, Action and Discovery while earning credits toward your BBA or BComm degree. The program is designed to help you gain valuable and relevant work experience through activities such as directed studies, writing an honours thesis, participating in workplace internships or studying overseas. The iLEAD program allows your learning to transcend the classroom so you can hone your personal and professional skills and realize success in all facets of your life.
For more information on how to get involved click here or email email@example.com.
“The school of Business gave me so many great opportunities to further develop my passion for marketing. The iLead placement gave me the chance to take skills from the classroom and apply them in real scenarios. I was fortunate enough to do an eight-month iLead placement with Laker’s Athletics, which gave me relevant social media management skills, game-day promotion and the ability to run my own “More Than an Athlete Campaign”. Furthermore, the School of Business gave me a chance to attend the Algoma University Business Case Competition with fellow classmates. This attached with the relationships I have built with faculty and staff has put me in a great position as I enter the workforce.”
Daniel Miller - BBA Marketing, 2019
Many of our business courses incorporate applied projects within them, providing you with opportunities to work with clients on real world business challenges that add depth to your resume.
Read more about some of the exciting applied projects students have undertaken:
"Being at Nipissing has allowed me to work on creative projects and has given me a very personal education. As an economics and marketing student, I have diversified my experience at Nipissing and had the opportunity to see the BBA program from different perspectives. This diversity in perspective was crucial in my growth as a business student. Having multiple streams paired with experiential learning opportunities has better prepared me for the future, and I am proud to have gone to Nipissing University."
Jesse Lopinski - BBA Marketing & Economics, 2019
Nipissing’s small size allows undergraduates to assist with faculty research; an opportunity often reserved for graduate students at larger institutions. This experience is invaluable for students looking to pursue graduate studies. If you’re interested in getting involved in research, speak with a faculty member for more information.
As a business student, you also have the opportunity to participate in Nipissing University’s Annual Undergraduate Research Conference to showcase your research and engage in scholarly debate with peers, faculty and the public.
“The Nipissing School of Business offers several unique experiential learning opportunities that connect classroom theory with real-world application. Being involved with case learning, and more specifically case competitions, through each year of my degree not only enriched the overall learning experience, but also allowed me to connect with many great people in our program and in the business community. I would highly recommend a student become involved with case competitions as early in their degree as possible.”
Cooper Allen - BBA Accounting, 2019
Interested in being your own boss? We can help. The School of Business offers courses specifically for those looking to start their own business including ADMN 2156 - Introduction to Entrepreneurship and ADMN 3306 - Small Business Administration. The Sparrow Centre can also help you connect with a variety of community partners who can support you through your startup journey by providing access to mentorship, grants and funding, networking opportunities and workshops.
Turning ideas into reality
For award winning business student Jeremy Butterworth, the Introduction to Entrepreneurship course he took in 2017 instantly helped him realize his dreams. The third-year student turned his course-work into a full-fledged business opportunity, with external funding allowing him to make a reality out of his idea for a fitness-based app, named Flex.
“My professors were incredibly helpful in pushing me to flesh out all aspects of the business plan, including financial forecasting and competitor analysis. They really helped me synthesize the plan to become a professional product, and also helped me to find grants that were available for young entrepreneurs. I highly recommend this course to any students interested in entrepreneurship.”
Jeremy is now working with a company to develop the app and is planning to launch Flex this year.
Executive in Residence Program
The Executive in Residence Program provides students with the opportunity to learn from a seasoned business professional. The Executive in Residence serves as an important link between the classroom and boardroom by delivering guest lectures, mentoring students, and providing feedback on program development.
George Flumerfelt, President and CEO of The Redpath Group is the School of Business' inaugural Executive in Residence.
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...
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...
Undergraduate students who wish to plan their programs or who need advice on any academic matter should consult an Academic Advisor.
To schedule an appointment with an Academic Advisor, you can visit A207, request an appointment through WebAdvisor by clicking the link Request Academic Advising Appointment, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you have a quick question for an Academic Advisor? You can speak with an advisor during Drop In Hours.
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...
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...
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.
Being a part of the business community here at Nipissing University, especially NUBC, has been extremely rewarding for not only myself but my peers as well. NUBC looks to promote student engagement through the various events we hold throughout the academic year. We help students to build connections with each other, faculty and the North Bay business community. I have personally built many connections within the university and surrounding community because of the events hosted by NUBC. I encourage all business students to participate in the events offered and don't be scared to say hi if you see me around!
Hailey Dattrino, NUBC President 2022
Exercise and healthy competition always help to clear the mind.
Nipissing’s Athletics Department offers a wide range of intramural activities to keep you on your game
LAKERS CLUB SPORTS
Club sports are available to all Nipissing students and are both recreational and competitive.
Go Lakers! Our varsity athletes always bring their “A” game. Get your friends together and come out to cheer on your favourite teams.
STUDENT ATHLETICS CENTRE
Whether you are a gym enthusiast or a weekend warrior, Nipissing has just what you need.
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.
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.
Nipissing University Student Union (NUSU)
The Nipissing University Student Union (NUSU), Local 20 of the Canadian Federation of Students, is a body comprised of all Nipissing University students, representing approximately 5000 members at the main campus in North Bay, and long-distance students. Collectively, students have a much stronger voice, and NUSU is the embodiment of this voice. Members should expect accurate representation, social advocacy, diverse programming, and a number of services on behalf of the students from their Student Union.
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
To register and see the full list of RSD competencies visit www.nipissingu.ca/rsd
Welcome Back Huddle
The School of Business hosts a number of different events throughout the academic year, including the Welcome Back Huddle. The Welcome Back Huddle takes place during the third or fourth week of classes and all business students, faculty, and business student clubs are invited to attend. This event is a great opportunity for students to meet faculty, business students in all years of study, and to learn more about the various business student clubs.
Future in Business Event
The Future in Business Event is an annual event that is organized by NUBC and the School of Business. The Future in Business Event takes place in January or February and various community business representatives, faculty, and all business students are invited to attend. This event is a great opportunity for all business students to network and learn about potential careers in business and internship opportunities.
End of the Year Formal and Awards Night
At the end of each year, the School of Business and NUBC hosts a School of Business Formal and Awards Night. This event is a great way for students and faculty to celebrate the end the academic year and it is also an opportunity to recognize our Business Student Leaders for their accomplishments.
Business Leader Awards
These awards are presented to the student(s), from each year, who best exemplifies the values of the Code of Excellence for The School of Business: professionalism, participation, academic integrity and excellence.
1st Year: Rayane Boumrar
2nd Year: Charissa Peake and Carlexia Gauthier
3rd Year: Madison Gignac
4th Year: Hailey Dattrino, Drake Dietrich, Rachel Morin, Mercedes Parsons
Past Business Leader Award Recipients
|1st Year||Emily Scholl and Ashlyn Zaharia|
|2nd Year||Jessica Couch|
|3rd Year||Mercedes Parsons|
|4th Year||Jeffery Rotar, Tyler MacMullin, Samantha Saucier, Darian Hemsworth|
|1st Year||Abigail Dalton|
|2nd Year||Mercedes Fichaud|
|3rd Year||Chloe Lalonde|
|4th Year||Shawna Armstrong, Jennifer Justice, William McIntosh, Shawn Page|
|1st Year||Madysin Carrier|
|2nd Year||Haley Hopkins|
|3rd Year||Shawn Page & Giovanni Serebro|
|4th Year||Jessica Rochon, Tiana Bedford, Carter Hodgson, Ryan Samuelson|
|1st Year||Giovanni Serebro|
|2nd Year||Shawn Page|
|3rd Year||Tiana Bedford|
|4th Year||Taylor Hummel, Dan Miller, Dakota O’Hara, Abbey Thompson|
|1st Year||Shawn Page|
|2nd Year||Juliett Iradukunda|
|3rd Year||Taylor Hummel|
|4th Year||Samuel White, Cole Holowenko, Natasha Snoddon, Brock Morison|
|1st Year||Christian Celebre|
|2nd Year||Taylor Hummel & Cooper Allen|
|3rd Year||Cole Holowenko|
|4th Year||Gregory Charbonneau, Zachary Filipov, Markus Hawco, Hayley Heaslip|
|1st Year||Taylor Hummel|
|2nd Year||Landon Larabie|
|3rd Year||Aaron Veley|
|4th Year||Kimberly Knobel, Matthew Lewis, Carly Turcotte, Darren Wilson|
|1st Year||Gillian McCaskill|
|2nd Year||Jessica Demers|
|3rd Year||Carly Turcotte|
|4th Year||Bailey Brown, Michael Codina-Lucia, Nathan Gravelle, Aaron Miller|
|1st Year||Jessica Demers|
|2nd Year||Eben Gowan|
|3rd Year||Nathan Gravelle|
|4th Year||John Jackson, Brittany Lazure, Ingrid Neubert, Michelle Gibb|
|1st Year||Rick Shaver|
|2nd Year||Nathan Gravelle|
|3rd Year||Kayla Fitzsimmons|
|4th Year||Kristen Van Leeuwen, Andrew Brown, Ian Szeto, Marissa Carman, Jason Gray|
|1st Year||Nathan Gravelle|
|2nd Year||James Higginson|
|3rd Year||Ian Szeto, Nicholas King|
|4th Year||Leah Armstrong, Kristopher Brown, Alisa Di Benedetto, Kim Tait|
|1st Year||Paul Cianfrini|
|2nd Year||Nicholas King|
|3rd Year||Leah Armstrong|
|4th Year||Derek Clouatre, Miranda Hunt, Dawn S. Lambe, Morgan Marchant, Kelsey Pletzer|
|1st Year||Jaqueline Slaman|
|2nd Year||Leah Armstrong, Dawn S. Lambe|
|3rd Year||Sheldon Root|
|4th Year||Justin Chartrand, Paulo Carvalho, Emily Richards, Rachel Roy|
|1st Year||Leah Armstrong|
|2nd Year||Mitchell Crown|
|3rd Year||Rachel Roy|
|4th Year||Matthew Bradley, Sean Feretycki, Stephanie McGinnis, Chris Waddell, Ryan Webster|
|1st Year||Morgan Marchant|
|2nd Year||Justin Chartrand, Don Lord|
|3rd Year||Matthew Bradley|
|4th Year||Geoff Brown, Dawn Carlyle, Bruno Prazeres, Joel Russell, Leslie Wardley|
|1st Year||Justin Chartrand|
|2nd Year||Stephanie McGinnis|
|3rd Year||Leslie Wardley|
|4th Year||Christie Hayne, Ryan Briggs, Amy Timmons, Chela Breckon, Joel Ahrens|
|1st Year||Stephanie McGinnis, Jennifer Wong|
|2nd Year||Sean Feretycki|
|3rd Year||Christie Hayne|
|4th Year||Lindsay Pepin, Melissa Toupin-Laforge|
|1st Year||Dawn Carlyle|
|2nd Year||Christie Hayne|
|3rd Year||Lindsay Pepin|
|4th Year||Kristy Phillips|
|1st Year||Julie Laperriere|
|2nd Year||Derek Stacey, Melissa Toupin-Laforge|
|3rd Year||Jacqueline Emes|
|4th Year||Shannon Brown|
|1st Year||Derek Stacey|
|2nd Year||Jacques Ouelette|
|3rd Year||Amanda Wallance, Shannon Brown|
|4th Year||Stephanie McGarry|
|1st Year||Donna Mitchell|
|2nd Year||Shannon Brown|
|3rd Year||Laureen Flinders|
|4th Year||Karol Douglas|
Peer Recognition for Excellence Award
The Peer Recognition award goes to the student chosen by his or her peers of the fourth year graduating class, as that student who best exemplifies the values of the Code of Excellence for The School of Business: professionalism, participation, academic integrity and excellence.
2022-2023 Recipient: Rachel Morin
Past Peer Recognition Award Recipients
|2019-2020||Not Awarded due to Pandemic|
Curtis Smith, Lindsay Pepin, Melissa Toupin-Laforge
Vincent K Yeung
Student Entrepreneur of the Year Award
This award is presented to a student in the Business program, as nominated and selected by the faculty of the School of Business, who shows potential in the field of entrepreneurship.
2021-2022 Recipient: Kobe Seguin
Past Student Entrepreneur of the Year Award Recipients
Post-Baccalaureate Leader Award
This award is presented to the student in the Post-Baccalaureate, from each year, who best exemplifies the values of the Code of Excellence for The School of Business: professionalism, participation, academic integrity and excellence.
1st Year Ishwariya Ramakrishnan
2nd Year Sabah Khan
Past Post-Baccalaureate Leader Award Recipients
|2020-2021||Aamil Mohammed Ferhath|
|2019-2020||Aamil Mohammed Ferhath|
Post-Baccalaureate Peer Recognition for Excellence Award:
The Post-Baccalaureate Peer Recognition award goes to the Post-Baccalaureate student chosen by his or her peers of their graduating class, as the student who best exemplifies the values of the Code of Excellence for the School of Business: professionalism, participation, academic integrity and excellence.
2022-2023 Recipient: Tushar Sethi
The Stockfish Family Start-Up Competition reflects the entrepreneurial spirit that initially brought George and Lynn Stockfish to North Bay in 1976. This Competition began in 2019 and is intended to encourage ambitious entrepreneurship students in the School of Business at Nipissing University. Students compete on the basis of a business plan they create in a course and present it to an esteemed panel of successful entrepreneurs. It is an exciting and prestigious event made possible by a generous donation from the Stockfish family.
Here are the inaugural 2019 Competition Winners. Congratulations!