Programs & Courses

Business Administration

About This Program

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The business program offers you the opportunity to focus on your own strengths and career goals. Students interested in the Accounting, Marketing, Financial Services, and Management majors take a common first year of classes before concentrating on a specific area. You can also pursue a Business/Administrative Office Professional (formerly Office Technology) major. You will be asked to indicate a major when you apply to the program. However, you may change majors during or after completion of the first year. Students must notify Medicine Hat College of the program major changes by filling out the Program Major Change form available on the student dashboard. Students who enter the program in January can expect to take a minimum of 2.5 years to complete the program. 

Thanks to a partnership with Mount Royal University, you can now you complete a Bachelor of Business Administration at Medicine Hat College as well. Graduates of MHC’s Business Administration diploma (with majors in Accounting, Financial Services, Management, or Marketing) are eligible for a block-transfer of the two-year diploma into the Mount Royal University degree program offered at MHC. If you have questions about this degree opportunity, contact Academic Advising. Transfer agreements are also in place with other institutions (see menu below.)

Accounting prepares you for an entry-level accounting position. In addition to acquiring a basic knowledge of accounting theory and practice, you will also gain a range of business skills that are of value to many businesses and organizations. If your goal is to earn recognition as a Certified Professional Accountant (CPA), you can build a program that fulfills the specific requirements for these designations.

Financial Services is designed to prepare you for entry level positions in banks, credit unions and other financial institutions. Courses in the program include personal investing, accounting, marketing, and communications. These subjects will help provide you with a wide range of knowledge and skills related to modern business theory and practice.

Marketing prepares you for careers in the field by focusing on the skills needed to create successful relationships with consumers and organizational customers. Possible areas of employment include sales promotion, sales, customer relations/service, marketing research, advertising, public relations, and retailing.

Management students are prepared for entry-level positions in profit and non-profit organizations. Graduates may also choose to work for a small or family-owned business or to become an entrepreneur.

Business/Administrative Office Professional (formerly Office Technology), is appropriate for individuals wishing to work in a technical position within a business office or develop comprehensive perspective on business theory and practice. You may enter this major after completing the Administrative Office Professional certificate.

Graduates with an Accounting Major are prepared to find work as an

  • Accounting Technician
  • Accounts Payable or Accounts Receivable Clerk
  • CGA or CMA Trainee
  • Bookkeeper

Graduates with a Financial Services Major are prepared to find work as a

  • Financial Advisor
  • Credit Officer
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Loans Officer
  • Accounts Manager Trainee
  • Personal Financial Services Officer

Graduates with Management Major are prepared to find work as a(n)

  • Management Trainee in Financial Institutions, Retail, Wholesale or the Hospitality Industries
  • Project Coordinator
  • Shipping and Logistics Clerk
  • Production Scheduler
  • Health Services Administrator
  • Operations Manager
  • Office Manager
  • Entry Level Position in Human Resource Management such as Recruiter, Trainer, or Personal Assistant

Graduates with a Marketing Major are prepared to find work as a(n)

  • Promotions Coordinator
  • Public Relations Assistant
  • Event Marketing Representative
  • Events Coordinator
  • Merchandiser/Buyer
  • Fundraising for Not-For-Profit Agencies
  • Researcher for Marketing Organizations
  • Marketing Research Analyst

High School Route

  • ELA 30-1 or ELA 30-2
  • Math 30-1 or Math 30-2 
  • Two Grade 12 5-credit subjects with 50% or better.

Mature Route (21 years of age or older)

  • ELA 30-1 or ELA 30-2
  • Math 30-1 or Math 30-2 


Academic Transition Plan (ATP)

If you do not possess all of the admission requirements, the Academic Transition Plan (ATP) may provide conditional acceptance to this program, provided space is available.

First Year:
(Common to Accounting, Financial Services, Management and Marketing Majors)

Fall
ACCT 111 Introductory Accounting I
COMM 140 Communications in the Workplace
GNED 230  Citizenship Without Borders
MGMT 161 Management Theory
MGMT 193  Business Problems Software Applications

Winter
ACCT 113 Introductory Accounting II
COMM 252 Advanced Business Communications
ECON 201 Principles of Microeconomics*
MGMT 243 Human Resource Management
MKTG 171 Marketing

*ECON 201 and ECON 203 may be taken in any order.

Second Year: Accounting Major
Fall
ACCT 211 Intermediate Accounting I
ACCT 276 Advanced Computerized Accounting
MGMT 263 Organizational Behaviour
MGMT 284 Business Statistics I
MGMT 395 Business Law

Winter
ACCT 213 Intermediate Accounting II
ACCT 215 Managerial Accounting
ECON 203 Principles of Macroeconomics*
FINA 255 Finance
MGMT 268 Business Integration

*ECON 201 and ECON 203 may be taken in any order.

Second Year: Financial Services Major
Fall
ACCT 219 Taxation
FNSV 200 Canadian Investment Funds
MGMT 263 Organizational Behaviour
MGMT 284 Business Statistics I
MGMT 395 Business Law

Winter
ECON 203* Principles of Macroeconomics
FINA 255 Finance
FNSV 210 Personal Investing
MGMT 268 Business Integration
MKTG 345 Managing Marketing Relationships

*ECON 201 and ECON 203 may be taken in any order.

Second Year: Management Major
Fall

ECON 203 Principles of Macroeconomics*
MGMT 263 Organizational Behaviour
MGMT 270 The Entrepreneurial Experience
MGMT 284 Business Statistics I
MGMT 395 Business Law

*ECON 201 and ECON 203 may be taken in any order.

Winter
COMM 253 Human Relations in the Workplace
FINA 255 Finance
MGMT 267 Leadership Development
MGMT 268 Business Integration
Business Elective

Business Electives for Management Majors

Second Year: Marketing Major
Fall
ECON 203 Principles of Macroeconomics*
MGMT 263 Organizational Behaviour
MGMT 284 Business Statistics I
MKTG 315 Science of Persuasion
MKTG 325 Evidence-Based Marketing

*ECON 201 and ECON 203 may be taken in any order.

Winter
FINA 255 Finance
MGMT 268 Business Integration
MGMT 395 Business Law
MKTG 345 Managing Marketing Relationships
MKTG 355 Creating Brand Intelligence

International Experience Elective
The Business Administration program offers MKTG 280 as an elective course if you are interested in an international experience. See the Business Administration Coordinator for a course outline.

 

Administrative Office Professional Major
(This major does not transfer to the University of Lethbridge or Mount Royal University)
This program is appropriate if you wish to work in a technical position within a business office and also wish to develop a comprehensive perspective on business theory and practice. Many business disciplines are introduced including accounting, marketing, management, business mathematics, and economics. If you are entering this major you must meet the entrance requirements for Business Administration.

First Year - Administrative Office Professional Certificate
See Administrative Office Professional for program selection

Second Year - Business Administration
To change from the Business Administration program to the Administrative Office Professional program for the second year, students must apply to the Administrative Office Professional program in January for the following Fall semester. (Administrative Office Professional has a limited enrolment.)

Fall
ACCT 111 Introductory Accounting I
GNED 230 Citizenship Without Borders
MGMT 161 Management Theory
MGMT 193 Business Problems Software Applications
Business Elective* or MKTG 171

Winter
ACCT 113 Introductory Accounting II 
COMM 252 Advanced Business Communications
MGMT 243 Human Resource Management
Business Elective* or MKTG 171

One of
ECON 201 Introduction to Microeconomics*
ECON 203 Introduction to Macroeconomics*

Administrative Office Professional Business Electives*

*With permission of the Program Coordinator, you may take an elective course from outside this list.

Continuation Requirements

Prerequisite grades must be "C-" or higher.  For the Administrative Office Professional courses, you must have a minimum of a "C" grade (2.0) as a prerequisite for the next level.

Graduation Requirements

To successfully complete the Business Administration diploma in Accounting, Financial Services, Management or Marketing, students must:

  • Complete a minimum of 20 required Business Administration courses and approved electives
  • Complete a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 (C grade)

To successfully complete a second diploma within the Business Administration diploma in Accounting, Financial Services,Management or Marketing, students must meet the MHC residency requirement and:

  • Complete 4 major specific courses
  • Complete 4 additional courses approved by the department

To successfully complete the Business Administration Administrative Office Professional major, students must:

  • Complete a minimum of 22 required Administrative Office Professional and Business Administration courses
  • Complete a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
  • Obtain at least a C grade (2.0) in Administrative Office Professional, and Administrative Office Management courses

Transfer

Athabasca University 
The Business Administration diploma transfers to Athabasca University’s Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Management, and Bachelor of Professional Arts (Communication Studies) degrees. For more information consult with a MHC Business Academic Advisor.

Mount Royal University
Mount Royal University and Medicine Hat College offer a degree completion program for Mount Royal's Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) on-site at Medicine Hat College.  This program will be of interest to diploma graduates with majors in Accounting, Financial Services, Management, or Marketing of Medicine Hat College's Business Administration program.  For more information consult with the Business Administration Academic Advisor.

Royals Roads
Graduates of the MHC Business Administration diploma (all majors) are eligible to enter into the third year of the Bachelor of Business Administration in Sustainability and International Business or the Bachelor of Commerce in Entrepreneurial Management degrees at Royal Roads University. To be eligibilt for this transfer students must also maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.

University of Lethbridge
After completing the Medicine Hat College Diploma in Business Administration with majors in Accounting, Financial Services, Management or Marketing, you may transfer into the Post-Diploma Bachelor of Management Program at the University of Lethbridge subject to qualifying restrictions.  Consult with the Program Coordinator (Business), the Medicine Hat College Academic Advising Office, or the University of Lethbridge calendar or website for specific information about this program and GPA requirements.

International Transfer Opportunities

For more information about international transfer opportunities, visit International Mobility. International transfer agreements exist at the following institutions.

Griffith University, Australia
Graduates are eligible to receive advance standing toward a Bachelor of Business or Bachelor of Commerce. For more information contact the Business Administration Program Coordinator.

Montana State University - Northern
Montana State University-Northern, located in Havre, Mt., offers degree completion opportunities to graduates of the Business Administration diplomas in the management and marketing majors towards a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a minor in marketing or small business management. For further information contact the MSU-Northern Academic Advisor directly.

International Exchange Opportunities

You can explore short-term education abroad opportunities in countries such as Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Finland, the Netherlands and Ecuador. Visit the International Mobility Program section to find out more.

Scholarship Info

Medicine Hat College distributes over $300,000 in scholarships and bursaries each year. Applying online is easy!

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