Business Administration

Business Administration

Program Overview

If you like being part of decision-making processes, are interested in organizational culture and interpersonal dynamics, business administration will appeal to you. Administration is many things—efficient management of people, effective organization of resources, strategic planning for growth. You could work in an administrative role in a wide range of public and privately owned enterprises, crown corporations and government organizations, or start your own business.

Business Administration is a two-year diploma program offered full-time at Saskatchewan Polytechnic in Moose Jaw and Prince Albert. You will get a well-rounded foundation in business in a common first year (Business certificate). In your second year, you will develop knowledge and skills in:

  • Management, leadership and decision making;
  • Interpersonal and organizational behaviour;
  • Finance and managerial accounting;
  • International business and e-business;
  • Entrepreneurship; and
  • Retail strategy development and relationship selling.

You can take a year to participate in the optional three consecutive four-month paid co-operative education work terms between semesters three and four. It's a chance to try different job areas in administration and discover the best fit for your career goals.

Diploma to Degree, Professional Designation

You can apply to use your Business Administration diploma for credit in degree programs at the University of Regina’s Paul Hill School of Business and Athabasca University or online degree programs at University Canada West and Husson University/University of Fredericton.

National Accreditation

Saskatchewan Polytechnic's Business Administration diploma program is accredited by the Canadian Institute of Management (CIM). When you graduate, you’ll have met the educational requirements for the Certified in Management (CIM) professional designation. After two years of managerial (or supervisory) work experience, you can apply for the right to put the highly respected “CIM” designation after your name.

Career and Salary Information

Your Career

When you graduate you will have the knowledge and practical skills for a wide variety of administrative and supervisory jobs in many types of organizations. Or you can apply what you have learned to grow your own business.

For more information about career opportunities related to this program contact Student Employment Services at the campus nearest you.

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s): September

Length: 64 weeks
  • Year 1 (Business certificate) - 32 weeks; Year 2 - 32 weeks
  • There are three consecutive optional four-month paid Co-operative Education work terms between Semesters 1 and 2. Semesters and co-op work term time patterns are listed in Courses below.


  • Moose Jaw
  • Prince Albert


Admission Requirements

  • Minimum of nine courses from the Business certificate program (Moose Jaw Campus or Prince Albert Campus) - must include ACCT 122, ECON 100, and MKTG 120
  • English Language Requirement


You must complete the Business certificate requirements before being awarded the diploma.

Special Admission

Applicants who do not possess the academic qualifications for a program may be admitted if evidence of probable success can be established through a special admission assessment. Interested individuals should still apply. Applicants are automatically considered for special admission. However, some specific admission requirements may still need to be met. Refer to the ACCUPLACER© cut scores for this program below, and review additional details concerning Special Admission.


  •  See Business certificate

Admission Method

First Qualified/First Admitted

The First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA) process is used for the majority of Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs. When we determine that you meet the program's admission requirements, you will be offered admission based on the date you fully qualify for the program. The earlier you provide the appropriate documents and information that qualify you for admission to the next intake, the earlier you might begin your studies. Your application, once qualified, is always considered for the next intake. 

Applicants to programs with multiple intakes in an academic year remain in the application pool until the last intake for that academic year has begun. Programs using the FQFA process receive applications year round and maintain an application pool for each academic year. Qualified applicants who are not offered a seat must reapply for the next academic year. 

Sponsored programs or programs targeted to specific groups do not accept applications year round or maintain an application pool.

See Admission Processes for more information about this method of admission.

Tuition and Fees

Estimates are based on current rates and are subject to change. Amounts for a program may vary by campus. Totals shown here include all mandatory fees as well as books and supplies. For a complete breakdown of tuition and fees for this program, click here to access the Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus Tuition and Fee Schedules.


$8,000 (Co-op Option)

International Students

Moose Jaw

Year 2 (32 weeks) - $10,700


The program follows this academic and co-operative education schedule. Courses are outlined below by semester.

  Sept - Dec Jan - Apr May - Aug
Year 1 Semester 1 Semester 2  
Year 2 Semester 3 Work term 1 Work term 2
Year 3 Work term 3  Semester 4  


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PLAR & Transfer Credit

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways and through many different means. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training. A detailed Candidate Guide, which includes a self-audit for all PLAR-ready courses, has been developed for this program. This information guides a candidate through all steps in the PLAR process.

Transfer Credit

Many Saskatchewan Polytechnic students benefit from transferring credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit from or to another college or university. To learn more, visit our transfer credit web page.


Transfer credit options vary over time; this information is subject to change. Transfer credit options for this program include:

  • direct entry to the Bachelor of Commerce Degree Completion program, University Canada West
  • selected course transfers to additional institutions

Student Awards

Thanks to the generosity of donors and alumni, Saskatchewan Polytechnic gives away more than $2 million in student awards during the academic year.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic offers student awards for every certificate and diploma program at every campus. You don't have to be a brainiac to receive a student award. Not all student awards are based on marks - some are based on financial need or things like community or volunteer involvement.

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