Business Administration diploma
The two-year diploma program is designed to give graduates a solid educational background on which to build a business career. The Business Administration diploma program develops practical skills in writing, mathematics, and computing, along with an understanding of fundamental principles in the areas of marketing, accounting, economics, and management.
By carefully selecting their courses, diploma students can meet the admission
requirements of the BBA as well as the prerequisites for upper-level business
Students who do not meet the requirements for entry into the
Bachelor of Business Administration degree program may
be admitted into the diploma program, provided they meet the following entrance
1. B.C. secondary school graduation, or equivalent.
2. Prerequisites for MATH 140.
3. English 12 with a minimum C+, or the prerequisites for ENGL 105.
All students entering Business Administration programs are expected to be
computer literate. This means knowing how to run programs from a Windows
environment, and having basic Internet, word processing, and spreadsheet skills.
Students who have completed certificate or one-year programs such as the Administration certificate
will receive credit for completed courses that are in the diploma, conditional
on meeting recency and grade requirements.
The Business Studies program path
allows students who do not currently meet diploma entry requirements to upgrade
their qualifications for future admission.
When to apply
Applications are accepted for entrance to the Fall semester only. For application deadlines, see
Specific intake application
How to apply
1. Submit the application fee, along with your UFV application for admission form, to the Office of the Registrar (OReg). You can apply online or download an application form at ufv.ca/admissions/admissions/apply. Application forms are also available from any OREg or Student Services office.
Additional documents required for a complete application:
• Official transcripts (or interim transcripts) of all post-secondary institutions attended showing grade/course achievement as per program entrance requirements. To be considered official, transcripts must be sent directly to UFV from the originating institution; see the Transfer Credit section for details.
The following must be included:
a. Official transcript (or interim transcript) from high school
b. B.C. English 12 or equivalent with a minimum C+ (i.e. evidence of having
completed the prerequisites for ENGL 105)
c. Evidence of successful completion of the prerequisites for MATH 140
d. B.C. secondary school graduation or equivalent
Basis for admission decision
Applicants who meet the entrance requirements will be admitted in order of
their application date. This date is set when an application, all required
documentation, and the application fee have been submitted.
Length and location
Students can complete the diploma program in two years if they take five courses
each fall and winter semester.
A reduced course load is permitted but will result in a longer period of time
needed for program completion. The department requires the diploma to
be completed within seven years.
The full diploma program is offered at both the Abbotsford and Chilliwack campuses. Most of the first year of the diploma program is offered at the Mission campus. All students should expect to travel between campuses during their program.
At least 25% of the course work must be completed at UFV.
Transferring courses to other institutions and associations
Students intending to pursue commerce or business administration studies at UBC, SFU, UVic, or UNBC are advised to study those institutions’ calendars carefully before enrolling in any UFV courses which have a BUS designation. Students should consult an educational advisor in Student Services or at the institution to which they intend to transfer, or refer to the Provincial Transfer Guide at bctransferguide.ca for transfer details.
Many business administration courses are transferable to B.C. colleges and institutes. To obtain maximum transfer credit, students should ensure that electives chosen are transferable and appropriate for the desired program.
Most accounting and finance-related business administration courses offered at UFV have transferability with the professional accounting associations — the Institute of Chartered Accountants (CA), the Society of Management Accountants (CMA) and the Certified General Accountants Association (CGA).
A number of the department’s courses are also recognized by the Canadian Credit Union Institute, the
Institute of Canadian Bankers, and the Purchasing Management Association of
Canada, and Sales and Marketing Executives International.
A number of courses applicable to the degree, diploma, and certificate programs are available by distance education through TRU-OL. If your work schedule, or UFV’s timetable, prevents you from taking a course when needed, or you find it impossible to obtain a seat in a course because it is full, you may be able to arrange to take an equivalent course through the publicly funded TRU-OL. Contact the Business Administration department to get information about equivalent courses available on this basis, and to request a Letter of Permission (written authorization) to include them in your program.
Recognition of previously completed Business
Former UFV business administration students who finished their studies more than 10 years ago and students who completed courses in other programs and/or at other post-secondary institutions prior to starting a UFV Business Administration program should contact the Business Administration department to determine whether any courses/credits can be recognized for or transferred to the desired UFV Business program. Applicability of courses and/or transfer credits is determined on an individual student basis.
The following criteria are used:
• Relevance and suitability of the course to the program as determined by the Business Administration department
• Generally, courses taken more than 10 years ago will not be considered applicable; courses taken more recently may not be considered applicable if there has been significant change in the course subject matter since the course was taken.
• Grades received (a C grade is the minimum acceptable if the course was taken at another institution)
• Courses taken at other institutions may not be used to meet the program residency requirements.
Fees and additional costs
See the Fees and Other Costs section.
Textbooks and supplies cost approximately $1000–1500 per year. Textbooks should be considered an investment and become part of your business library. You may be required to purchase one or more computer software packages. You should also consider purchasing or arranging access to an industry-compatible computer.
Standing required for continuance
Students in the Business Administration diploma program must maintain a program
GPA and semester average of 2.0.
Note: For entry to the third year of the BBA, diploma students require a cumulative Business diploma
GPA of 2.67 (see the BBA degree program entrance requirements).
Students whose program GPA or semester GPA falls below 2.0 during their program are subject to academic warning
for the next semester (see
for details). A student on academic warning may not register in a course
overload. Students who do not achieve a semester GPA of at least 2.0 while they are on academic
warning will be required to withdraw from the program.
A student on academic warning who achieves a single semester GPA of at least
2.0 will continue on academic warning until the minimum program GPA of 2.0 is
Required to withdraw
Students who have been required to withdraw from the diploma program may have the
opportunity to continue as General Studies students.
Appeals for readmission
Students who are required to withdraw from the program must submit an appeal
for readmission if they wish to resume studies in the program.
In general, students who have been required to withdraw will be advised to
complete a further nine credits of academic work, or to repeat a similar amount
of academic work taken previously, in order to demonstrate their academic
abilities. Appeals must be received at least three months before the start of
the semester applied for. Re-admission is not automatic.
Standing on readmission
If readmitted, students will be placed on academic warning again, subject to
the conditions for academic warning as described above.
Co-operative Education option
The Co-operative Education option offers students in the Business
Administration diploma and degree programs the opportunity to obtain paid,
career-related work experience in their field of study during their education at
UFV. After completing their first year of study, Co-op students alternate between semesters of full-time study and full-time paid employment.
See the Co-operative Education section of the calendar for further details.
Business Applications and MIS
Functions for Business (see Note 1)
||Essentials of Finance (formerly BUS 162)
221, BUS 223, or BUS 224 (see Note 2)
course (see Note 3)
||Any Business course (see Note 4)
Note 1: Students with MATH 140 or equivalent may take a business or general elective in lieu of MATH 140.
Students planning to transfer their credits to the BBA should take MATH 141.
Note 2: Students planning to transfer their credits to the BBA
should take BUS 221.
Note 3: Students planning to transfer their credits to the BBA
should take CMNS 251.
Note 4: Students planning to transfer their credits to the BBA
should take BUS 226 (formerly BUS 301).
For complete details on courses see the
course descriptions section.