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Honours Bachelor of Business Administration

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Key Details

Program Start Dates

September 2024

Please visit Ontario College Application Service to learn more about start dates

Program Delivery

Campus / Full-time



Program Duration

9 Semesters

Program Contacts

Jenna Guse

Program Coordinator (Year 1 & 2)

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705-566-8101 ext.6326
Craig O'Neill

Program Coordinator (Year 3 & 4)

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705-566-8101 ext.6288
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Program Overview

Leverage your BBA to specialize in accounting, analytics, or marketing

This Honours Bachelor’s degree program is designed to give you solid foundational knowledge in general business administration while building toward a specialty in one of three areas: accounting, business analytics, or digital marketing. Through both theoretical and practical learning, you’ll explore all aspects of the business field and discover what specialized area interests you most. 
Choose to continue in general business administration or customize your degree based on your interests and career goals with interactive courses taught by industry experts. A mandatory full-semester paid internship with businesses in the provincial, national, and global community provides real-world decision-making experience. 

Receive up to $2,000 when you take one of Cambrian’s Business Administration degree programs!

Start your four-year Bachelor of Business Administration program with a financial edge! Become a full-time student in semester 1 in September 2024 and you will automatically qualify for a $1,000 entrance scholarship. Maintain a grade point average of 75% and you could receive another $1,000 when you start semester 2!

Program Highlights

Program highlights

  • Complete your degree as a business generalist or specialize in either accounting, analytics, or digital marketing 
  • Paid 14-week internship with businesses  
  • Gain real-world experience with an Applied Learning Project in the final semester 
  • Accounting courses are recognized by the Chartered Professional Accounts of Ontario (CPA Ontario) prep courses for admission to the CPA Professional Education Program (CPA PEP)
  • Opportunity for general business and business accounting diploma holders to earn a degree in as little as two years through specialized workshops and courses (additional cost may apply) 
  • Chance to study abroad for one semester at partner universities in locations such as Austria, Finland, or Ireland 


Admission requirements

To be eligible to enter the Honours Bachelor of Business Administration program, graduates of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSS; 30 credits), or equivalent or mature student status, must complete at least six grade 12 U/M courses with a minimum overall average of 65%, and must qualify to obtain their OSSD. Ontario High School applicants require the following Grade 12 credits:

  • Any grade 12 English (U)
  • Any grade 12 mathematics (U) *
  • Any 4 additional grade 12 courses (U) or (M)

* Students who have not completed grade 12 mathematics (U) but have grade 11 mathematics (C) or (M), must complete BUS1211 – Business Mathematics with a passing grade of 65% or greater to meet admission requirements. 

International Student Admissions

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Additional admission requirements

Applicants with transcripts from institutions where the language of instruction is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency with a minimum test score on one of the following language proficiency tests or equivalent scores from another internationally recognized English language test:

  • IELTS overall band of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0
  • TOEFL iBT 88
  • CAEL 70, no sub-test band score less than 60
  • PTE Academic 58

Program Delivery

Program delivery


Fall term start

SEMESTER 1:  Fall 2024
SEMESTER 2:  Winter 2025
SEMESTER 3:  Fall 2025
SEMESTER 4:  Winter 2026
SEMESTER 5:  Fall 2026
SEMESTER 6:  Winter 2027
SEMESTER 7: Spring 2027 (Internship)
SEMESTER 8: Fall 2027
SEMESTER 9:  Winter 2028

Business Accounting and General Business Pathways Students

Business Accounting and General Business pathways students receiving direct entry into Year 3 of HBBA in Fall 2024 will progress through the following terms:
SEMESTER 5: Fall 2024
SEMESTER 6:  Winter 2025
SEMESTER 7:  Spring 2025 (Internship)
SEMESTER 8: Fall 2025
SEMESTER 9: Winter 2026


During the degree program students will be exposed to general business education through core courses, knowledge in other domains through non-core degree breadth courses, and specialized business education in a chosen discipline.

The specializations will allow students to receive exposure to more complex theory in their chosen field starting in semester 5. The specializations will reflect current needs in the workforce so that students will graduate ready to meet the needs of industry and fill gaps in the current market. 

1. Accounting

Students wishing to graduate with a specialization in Accounting must choose the following electives.  Assuming they have met the minimum grade requirement, will have completed the preparatory courses required for admission to the CPA Professional Education Program (CPA PEP)

FIN 3720 Corporate Finance

ACC 3721 Intermediate Accounting I

ACC 3723 Audit and Assurance

ACC 3722 Intermediate Accounting II

ACC 3724 Personal Taxation

ACC 3725 Management Accounting

ACC 4720 Advanced Financial Reporting

ACC 4721 Management Control

ACC 4722 Corporate Taxation

ACC 4723 Case Analysis in Accounting

2. Data Analytics

Students wishing to graduate with a specialization in Data Analytics must choose the following electives from the Data Analytics stream.

ANA 3720 Discrete Math

ANA 3721 Data Programming for Analytics

ANA 3722 Responsible Data Management

ANA 3723 Database Design

ANA 3724 Applied Data Cleaning

ANA 4721 Intro to Machine Learning

ANA 4720 Data Visualization

ANA 3725 Data Mining

ANA 4722 Statistical Modelling

ANA 4723 Prescriptive Analytics

3. Digital Marketing

Students wishing to graduate with a specialization in Digital Marketing must choose the following electives from the Digital Marketing stream.

MKT 3720 Intro to Digital Marketing

MKT 3721 Marketing Research

MKT 3722 Social Media Marketing

MKT 3723 E-Commerce Strategies

MKT 3724 Campaign Strategies

MKT 3725 Marketing Communications

MKT 4720 Trends in Consumer Behaviour

MKT 4721 Digital Brand Management

MKT 4722 Professional Selling

MKT 4723 Marketing Metrics and Analysis

4. General Business

Students wishing to graduate with a General Business degree, without a specialization, can select electives from any of the areas listed above to develop a more rounded skill set.

Program of Study

Program of study for 2024-25 Academic Year

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Semester 1Credits
ACC 1720Intro to Accounting3
BUS 1720Intro to Business Management3
COM 1901Business Communication3
ECN 1720Microeconomics3
MKT 1720Marketing Essentials3
MTH 1720Business Math3
Semester 2
ACC 1722Intro to Managerial Accounting3
BUS 1722Business Professionalism3
BUS 1723Spreadsheets for Business3
BUS 1726Case Analysis Workshop2
FIN 1720Financial Math3
IND 1725Indigenous Business Economics3
Second Year
Semester 3
ACC 2720Financial Accounting3
BUS 2720Business and Commercial Law3
BUS 2721Statistics for Business3
ECN 2710Macroeconomics3
MKT 2720Marketing Management3
MTH 3720Data Literacy Workshop2
Semester 4
BUS 2722CSR and Ethics3
BUS 2723Intro to Business Analytics 3
FIN 2720Introduction to Finance3
HRP 2720Managing Human Resources3
SCM 2720Logistics and Operations3
One Degree Breadth Elective Course. 13
Third Year
Semester 5
ACC 3720Financial Statement Analysis3
BUS 3721Business Strategy3
BUS 3722Decision Models3
One Degree Breadth Elective Course. 13
Two Elective Courses. 26
Semester 6
BUS 3724Artificial Intelligence3
BUS 3725Career Fundamentals Workshop2
BUS 3726New Venture Creation3
BUS 3728International Business3
PRM 3720Project Management3
Two Elective Courses. 26
Semester 7
BUS 3727BBA Internship12
Fourth Year
Semester 8
BUS 4720Applied Research Methods3
BUS 4723Seminar Series in Business3
One Degree Breadth Elective Course. 13
Three Elective Courses. 29
Semester 9
BUS 4721Workshop on Leadership2
BUS 4722Applied Learning Project6
Three Elective Courses. 29
 Total Credits155

Students must select a total of three (3) degree breadth electives from at least two (2) different categories as part of the Honours Bachelor of Business Administration program.  Two (2) breadth electives must be an advanced/upper-level course (represented by course codes beginning in 39xx).  These upper-level courses are only available in Year 3 or 4 of the program.  For more information regarding degree breadth electives, click here.


Students must take a total of ten (10) elective courses as part of the program.  These electives are divided into three specializations: Accounting, Data Analytics and Digital Marketing.  Students can take all ten (10) of their electives in a specific area and receive a specialization with their degree.  Conversely, they can take a variety of electives from different areas and graduate without a specialization.  For more information on specializations, click here.


Students must complete a paid internship prior to commencing Year 4.  This internship will be delivered in semester 7 in the Spring (between semester 6 and semester 8). For more information on program delivery, click here


Tuition Cost

Canadian Students

$7,622.58Estimated first year costView fee breakdown

International Students

$20,641.39Estimated first year costView fee breakdown

Important Notice

Fees presented are estimates based on projections for future academic year(s) of study. Actual fees charged may differ from what is published here. A full detailed listing of all fees is available in myCambrian and updated annually no later than May 1 for the following academic year. Students in Academic Upgrading are responsible for any fees listed on their invoice each term.

Tuition and ancillary fees

Please see our fees page for the breakdown of tuition and mandatory ancillary fees by program and semester for both domestic and international students.

Books and supplies

Books and supplies may be required at the course level over and above what is estimated above. Please consult your professor/instructor for further information.

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Work-integrated learning (WIL)

Take your education beyond the classroom!

Cambrian programs blend academic learning, hands-on training, and community involvement opportunities to help you achieve your ultimate goal – your dream career. You’ll have the opportunity to apply your knowledge to real-world scenarios within and outside of the classroom through work-integrated learning. Whether it be a capstone project, co-op, practicum, preceptorship component, or placement, you’ll benefit from a practical, job-related experience before you graduate.

Field of Study

School of Business

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Specific program pathways

Students graduating from a Business-Accounting diploma or a Business Administration – Accounting advanced diploma within the past 5 years and obtaining a 2.5GPA are eligible for an advanced standing in the Honours Bachelor of Business Administration program (HBBA).  Applicants should apply to HBBP at OCAS.  Graduates from a Business Administration – Accounting could be eligible for further transfer credits that will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Applicants accepted for advanced standing under this pathway will receive direct entry into Year 3 and must complete the following requirements.

Students graduating from a General Business diploma or Business Administration advanced diploma within the past 5 years and obtaining a 2.5GPA are eligible for advanced standing in the Honours Bachelor of Business Administration program.  Applicants should apply to HBBP at OCAS.  Graduates from a Business Administration advanced diploma could be eligible for further transfer credits that will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Applicants accepted for advanced standing under this pathway will receive direct entry into Year 3 and must complete the following requirements.

College or university degree opportunities  

If you are a graduate of this program, you may continue your studies at a college or university and you may receive credit(s) for your prior college education. Refer to Cambrian’s college and university agreement details for further information. 

Career Outcomes

Employment opportunities

The HBBA program will prepare graduates for entry level positions and some graduates may be well poised for management roles in varied organization based on their work-integrated learning and applied learning projects. Potential employment opportunities include:

  • Financial Managers
  • Financial Auditors
  • Accountants
  • Communication Specialists
  • Digital Marketers
  • Marketing Managers
  • Data Analysts
  • Business Intelligence Analysts
  • Data Scientists
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Minimum technology requirements

Success in this program requires that you come equipped with some program-specific technology requirements.

Bring your own device (BYOD)

Cambrian College has implemented a BYOD principle to both enrich the student learning experience in and out of the classroom and to ensure flexibility!

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