Management (Bachelor of Business Administration)

New Westminster
Learning Format
Admission Type
Open Enrolment - Additional Admission Requirements


Are you ambitious, willing to take risks and enjoy leading a team? Consider a career in business management. Douglas College’s Bachelor of Business Administration in Management will give you a solid academic foundation in the study of management topics as well as job-ready skills in an industry of your choice.

Skills you'll learn

This four-year bachelor’s degree will teach you essential business skills such as accounting, finance, economics, marketing, writing and critical thinking. You'll take a deep dive into management topics such as human resources, interpersonal conflict, innovation, change management and ethical decision-making. 

Choose your concentration

You'll then narrow the focus of your studies and gain practical industry-relevant skills through a concentration of your choice. Choose from one of six areas of concentration:

This program is designed so you can start in year one of the BBA, or complete a diploma in one of approved concentrations and transfer into the BBA for year three. 

Work experience while you study

Put your skills to work by joining the optional Co-operative Education Program, which alternates semesters of study with paid, full-time work in your field. You’ll earn money while gaining experience, building your resume and getting an employer reference, all before you graduate. To participate in Co-op you need to plan two semesters in advance, so we strongly recommend contacting the Co-op Office at the start of your program.

In order to graduate from the program, you must complete BUSN 4500, the capstone course, which requires you to have 500 hours of Canadian work experience that is documented and signed off by your supervisor. Hours worked in the Co-operative Education Program and volunteer positions may be used to satisfy the work-experience component. Full details of BUSN 4500 are included in the Career and Portfolio Development Handbook.

Get valuable work experience through the Business Internship program

In the Business Internship Program, you’ll apply the theory and knowledge you’ve learned in class into a real-world business setting. During your unpaid part-time internship, you’ll be assigned tasks and projects that junior management, marketing, business, administrative and/or sales employees complete in the modern workplace. 

To be accepted into the internship program, you must contact the Career Centre early in your studies at Douglas College.

Get certified

Upon graduation, you will have met the Chartered Management Program (CMP) education equivalency (as outlined by the Canadian Institute of Management [CIM]), and will be prepared to write the industry certification exam for your chosen concentration (except hospitality management, as the industry does not have a designation). Industry certifications will make you more attractive to potential employers and increase your chances of getting the job that you want.

Get hired

Thousands of job openings are expected in management in a variety of industries such as advertising, information systems, construction, health care, sales, engineering and more. As a graduate of the BBA in Management program, you will qualify for any position that requires supervisory and management skills. You will also qualify for industry-specific positions related to your chosen concentration.

Program Requirements

Curriculum Framework

Graduation Requirements:

  • Successful completion of at least 121.50 credits
  • 45 Upper Level (3000-4000) credits required
  • A minimum of 70% of upper level credits must be completed at Douglas College. 
  • A minimum program GPA of 2.00 is required.
  • 1000-2000 level electives must be University Transferable (courses that transfer to one of the 5 Research Universities - SFU, UBCV, UBCO, UNBC or UVIC) according to the BC Transfer Guide.

Course Requirements:

Course Number Course Title Credits

Required Courses:

BUSN 1210

Management Essentials


ACCT 1235 (see note 1)

Principles of Introductory Financial Accounting I & II


ACCT 2320

Introductory Managerial Accounting


MARK 1120

Introductory Marketing


PHIL 1122 (see note 2)

Business Ethics


ENGL 1130(see note 3)

Academic Writing


CMNS 1115

Practical Writing


ECON 1150

Principles of Microeconomics


ECON 1250

Principles of Macroeconomics


BLAW 1320 (formally BUSN 1320)

Introductory Business Law


BUSN 2429

Business Statistics


FINC 1231

Business Mathematics


CSIS 1190

Excel for Business


BUSN 3310

Organizational Management Skills


BUSN 3350

Human Resource Management


BUSN 3312

Innovation and Change Management


BUSN 3314

Ethical Decision Making and Management


CMNS 2316 (see note 4)

Understanding and Managing Interpersonal Conflict


BUSN 4275 (see note 5)

Business Strategy & Competitive Analysis


BUSN 4410 (see note 5)

Organizational Business Decision Making


Open Electives (see note 6 and 7)

1000 - 4000 Level Electives


Open Electives (see note 6)

3000 - 4000 Level Electives


BUSN 4500

Career Portfolio Development


Select one from the following Management Concentrations:

Financial Service Management 


Hospitality Management


Human Resource Management


International Business Management 


Project Management


Supply Chain Management


Trades Management (see note 8) 


Total Credits



1. Students may take ACCT 1235 or both ACCT 1110 and ACCT 1210. Students who take ACCT 1110 and ACCT 1210 (i.e., instead of ACCT 1235) may opt to use 3 credits from the "open electives" for ACCT 1210.

2. PHIL 1102, BUSN 4490 or other approved Ethics courses may be taken instead of PHIL 1122. Students should take note of the BUSN 4490 pre-requisite requirements.

3. While ENGL 1130 is suggested, students can substitute an English, Communications or Creative Writing course that transfers (as English credit) to one of the B.C. research universities (SFU, UBC, UBC-O, UVIC or UNBC).

4. CMNS 2317, CMNS 3316 or an approved BUSN course (focused on organizational communication management, conflict management and/or negotiation) can be taken instead. However, students would need to ensure they meet all pre-requisite requirements for entry into these courses.

5. For these courses, it is highly recommended that students take them in one of their final two semesters in order to maximize their benefit from the course content. Furthermore, students may find it beneficial to take BUSN 4275 before BUSN 4410, as BUSN 4410 is focused on integrating knowledge and skills from multiple management courses (including BUSN 4275).

6. To meet the graduation requirements (listed above) for this program: (a) a minimum of 15 credits of the "open electives" must be at the upper level (3000-4000 level) and (b) lower level (1000-2000 level) courses must be university transferable.

7. BBA Management students who declare Hospitality Management as their Management Concentration can use lower level HOSP courses towards the lower level "Open Electives" requirement even though HOSP courses are not UT.

8. Students who choose the Trades Management Concentration have additional admissions requirements. Please see the admissions tab for more information. 

Admissions Requirements

Applicants must meet the admission requirements listed below:

In addition, applicants seeking admissions into the Trades Management Concentration have further admission requirements because they receive credit for their industry training and work experience. These additional requirements can be found on the following program page:

All students wanting to pursue this concentration must:

  • First, be admitted to the BBA Management program, and
  • Next, declare this concentration by submitting a Program Declaration form to the Registrar's Office with the necessary documentation.


You can get an average cost for your program - tuition and student fees, books, uniforms, lab fees etc - on the Program Cost page. 

Only programs approved for student loan funding are listed on the Program Cost page. For all other programs, refer to the Tuition Fee page.

Career Pathways

Career opportunities include:

  • Communications Coordinator 
  • Credit Loans Specialist 
  • Customer Relations Coordinator 
  • Executive Assistant 
  • Human Resources Assistant 
  • Investment Manager 
  • Program Coordinator 
  • Public Relations Representative 
  • Real Estate Clerk 
  • Research Technician 
  • Sales Administrator 

Program Guidelines

Program Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this program and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the program, consider the previous version as the applicable version.