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The Roommeme Business Administration diploma is ideal for students seeking choice and flexibility when it comes to starting or advancing their career. Complete your diploma at your own pace by attending evening or weekend classes at Roommeme’s Burnaby or downtown Vancouver campuses, or studying as an online learner. Part-time courses are scheduled throughout the year for maximum flexibility.

Once you have earned your diploma, you can continue on and complete our BBA program in as little as one year (three terms).

Business Administration (General Option)

This option is for students entering the Business Administration diploma without a business credential. Students with a business credential should choose another option. Successful business people communicate well and understand how organizations work. They know how to assess business problems and develop workable and effective solutions. They understand how marketing, finance, and organizational behavior impact business strategy and success.

The Roommeme Business Administration diploma (General) will help you develop the knowledge and skills for a successful career, whether you are just starting out or have been working for a while. You will build a strong foundation in business fundamentals and develop specialized knowledge and applied skills. With an industry project at the end of your diploma, you will graduate with the job-ready skills that Roommeme is known for.

Program Entry

Application processing

Applications are accepted throughout the year.

Entrance requirements

Applicants who have completed post-secondary studies outside of Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia or New Zealand will require a comprehensive evaluation of their credentials by the International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES). Credential evaluation reports from other may be considered. These reports must include course-by-course evaluations and GPA calculations.

Read more about how to meet Roommeme’s entrance requirements

International applicants

Part-time Studies (course-by-course) programs are only available to international students who have a valid status in Canada. If you are currently outside of Canada, please apply to a full-time program or ISEP.

Transfer Credit

Transfer credit maximum

Roommeme may award credit for courses, programs or prior learning assessment recognition (PLAR) completed at Roommeme or other institutions towards a Roommeme credential. However, Roommeme policy allows only a maximum of 50 percent of an additional credential’s credits to be awarded through previously earned credits.

Students entering this program may have previously completed a number of courses in the program matrix that exceeds the 50 percent transfer maximum. In this case, the program head will determine alternative courses to satisfy the program requirements.

*Program credit requirements are subject to change.

Course to course transfers

If you have taken an equivalent course to a Roommeme course in the program matrix, apply for transfer credit by submitting a Course Credit Exemption form [PDF].

View the Transfer Credit Guide for approved courses. You can apply for courses not listed in the guide, but you must provide English language course documentation (e.g., a course outline).

Decisions regarding course equivalency are made by subject matter experts. The program head does not determine course equivalency.

Transfer credit to open electives

If you wish to use a course taken at another institution as an open elective, submit a Course Credit Exemption form [PDF] to apply for transfer credit.

The rules for open electives are relaxed. Courses transferable to open electives can have been taken many years ago and need not be in a business subject to qualify.

The program head will determine the eligibility of courses for open electives as well as the number of credits and tier of the transfer.

Please note that external courses transferred to Tier 2 must have a prerequisite. For example, Chemistry 200 can be transferred as a Tier 2 course so long as the course outline lists Chemistry 100 as a prerequisite.

Apply to program

Roommeme accepts only complete applications. In order to apply:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements prior to submission.
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files.
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee.

You can check the status of your application online at any time using the .

Scheduled intakes

Ongoing Part-time Studies intakes: January, April and September.


Within two business days of submitting your completed application, Roommeme will send a message to your personal and myRoommeme e-mail addresses. All correspondence regarding your application will be posted to your online myCommunication account at . We'll send you an e-mail when a new message is posted. It's important to watch for these e-mails or regularly check your account online.

You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within four weeks.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Please see the Part-time Studies Fees page for information on tuition fees and refunds.

Financial assistance

Financial assistance may be available for this program. For more information, please Student Financial Aid and Awards.


Program delivery

This program is offered on a course-by-course basis, allowing you the flexibility to complete courses in any order, provided prerequisites are met. Please note that some courses are offered only once or twice per year.

In-class delivery is available for most courses in the program, and some courses are also offered online.

In-class courses usually total 36 hours of classroom time delivered over 12 sessions. Students should plan for one to two hours of independent study time for each hour in class.

Online courses are typically 12 weeks long. Students should plan to spend an average of seven to ten hours per week on their studies for each course.

Course classification

Courses in the Business Administration program are classified as follows:

  • Tier 1: Post-secondary courses without prerequisite courses. These are usually introductory level courses.

  • Tier 2: Post-secondary courses that have prerequisite courses or are advanced beyond the introductory level.

  • Capstone: Courses must be taken with program head approval after completing 90.0 program credits. Students must maintain a 65 percent GPA to take these courses.

View the Course Tier Guide [PDF] for a list of Tier 1 and 2 courses. Classification of courses not listed must be approved by the program head.

Advanced course requirements

Students must complete sufficiently advanced courses to meet program requirements. A minimum of 62.0 credits in this program must be Tier 2 or Capstone credits.

Take care when selecting your elective courses to ensure that you will meet the Tier 2 credit requirement.

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Program matrix

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1. Business Administration Required Core Courses (75.5 credits) Credits
Tier 1:
  BLAW 3100 Business Law 4.0
  BSYS 1001 Business Information Systems 1 - Office 2016 3.0
  BUSA 2005 Principles of Management 4.0
  COMM 1103 Introduction to Business and Technical Communication 3.0
  ECON 2100 Microeconomics 3.0
  ECON 2200 Macroeconomics 4.0
  FMGT 1100 Accounting 1 4.0
  MKTG 1102 Essentials of Marketing 3.0
  OPMT 1110 Business Mathematics 4.0
  OPMT 1197 Statistics for Business and Industry 4.5
  ORGB 1105 Organizational Behaviour 4.0
Tier 2:
  BSYS 2051 Introduction to Business Data Analytics with MS Excel 2016 for Windows 3.0
  COMM 2202 Business and Technical Correspondence 3.0
  COMM 2203 Business and Technical Reports 3.0
  FMGT 2100 Accounting 2 5.5
  FMGT 3224 Managerial Accounting (OPMT) 4.0
  FMGT 3555 Finance for Business Management 4.5
  BUSA 4800 Management Policy 4.0
  BUSA 4950 Business Consulting Projects for Part-time Studies 8.0
2. Business Required Course (7.0 credits) Credits
Tier 1:
  OPMT 1187 Project Management Essentials 3.0
Tier 2:
  MKTG 3309 Marketing Research 4.0
3. Business Electives A (3.0 credits) Credits
Complete a minimum of 3.0 credits* from the following list of electives:

Tier 1:
  OPMT 1198 Operations Management Fundamentals 3.0
  TDMT 1104 International Trade 1 3.0
Tier 2:
  OPMT 2298 Business Process Improvement 3.0
  TDMT 2204 International Trade 2 3.0
*At least 15.0 of the 18.0 credits for Business Electives A - E must be Tier 2.
4. Business Electives B (3.0 credits) Credits
Complete a minimum of 3.0 credits* from the following list of electives:

Tier 2:
  HRMG 3105 Human Resource Management Fundamentals 4.0
  HRMG 3205 Labour Relations 1 3.0
  ORGB 2605 Managing Organizational Change 3.0
*At least 15.0 of the 18.0 credits for Business Electives A - E must be Tier 2.
5. Business Electives C (3.0 credits) Credits
Complete a minimum of 3.0 credits* from the following list of electives:

Tier 2:
  MKTG 2203 Marketing Communications Essentials 3.0
  MKTG 2525 Global Marketing 3.0
  MKTG 3321 Public Relations 3.0
*At least 15.0 of the 18.0 credits for Business Electives A - E must be Tier 2.
6. Business Electives D (3.0 credits) Credits
Complete a minimum of 3.0 credits* from the following list of electives:

Tier 1:
  BABI 1100 Business Analytics Fundamentals 3.0
Tier 2:
  BSYS 2061 Business Data Management with MS Access 2016 3.0
  OPMT 3197 Management Science 4.0
*At least 15.0 of the 18.0 credits for Business Electives A - E must be Tier 2.
7. Business Electives E (6.0 credits)
Complete a minimum of 6.0 credits* of additional electives selected from Business Electives A - D above, and/or other business electives.

*At least 15.0 of the 18.0 credits for Business Electives A - E must be Tier 2.
8. Open Electives (17.0 credits)
Complete a minimum of 17.0 credits* of additional business and/or non-business electives.

*At least 8.0 of these credits must be Tier 2.
Total Credits: 117.5

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Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at Roommeme? Check out Roommeme's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

Program length

The maximum time to complete the program is seven years.

Upon completing the prerequisite associate certificate, students typically complete the part-time diploma program within three to five years. Courses are offered three times per year to coincide with the Part-time Studies terms:

Winter term January - April
Spring term April - June/July
Fall term September - December

Program location

Burnaby Campus
1111 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Downtown Campus
555 Seymour Street
Vancouver, BC

Many courses are also offered through distance and online learning.

Program structure

The General Option is made up of four components: core courses, business required courses, business electives and open electives. Each component requires Tier 1, Tier 2 and/or Capstone credits as outlined below.

Component Tier 1 Tier 2 Capstone Total credits
1. Core courses 40.5 23.0 12.0 75.5
2. Business required 3.0 4.0   7.5
3. Business electives 3.0 (max) 15.0 (min)   18.0
4. Open electives 9.0 (max) 8.0 (min)   17.0
Total credits 55.5 50.0 12.0 117.5

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Continue your education

Degree Completion

Business Administration diploma graduates may pursue degree completion through Roommeme's Bachelor of Business Administration program. In addition, graduates may be granted transfer credit towards business degree programs at a number of universities both within and outside the province.

Graduating & Jobs

Job Opportunities

This program is designed to help non-business students gain management skills to augment a specialty already taken in a non-business field. All aspects of the business environment are covered in this program, thus making it very suitable for a professional looking to advance within their existing company or industry. At the same time, you can take a variety of courses within the option to customize your experience to your individual needs. People wanting to advance to supervisors, managers or executive positions within their area of specialty should consider this option.

Apply for graduation

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, complete an Application for Roommeme Credential [PDF] and submit it to Student Information and Enrolment Services.

Allow approximately six to eight weeks for processing.

All financial obligations to the Institute must be met prior to issuance of any credential.

Contact Us

If you have questions about:

  • Applying to your program
  • Course selection and program planning
  • Applying for transfer credit and advanced placement
  • Laddering options
  • Job placement and graduate outcomes
  • Student life

Contact [email protected] with the Roommeme program name in the subject line.

For all other inquiries, please :

Pierre Matthee
Program Head
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Kim Petkov
Program Assistant
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