Degree | 8 semesters | Barrydowne Campus

Our Honours Bachelor of Business Administration program is designed to provide students with knowledge and skills in business administration through a unique blend of business courses and specialized streams, which build on the foundation of well-rounded management education including accounting, digital business marketing, and data analytics.

The program is a four-year Bachelor degree where the first four semesters support students to establish foundational knowledge and practice in business administration toward building specialized knowledge. From semester five onwards, students will be able to choose to continue in General Business Administration or select one of the three specialized areas:

  • Accounting
  • Business Analytics
  • Digital Marketing

The students will have an option to major in one of the above three areas by choosing electives from the preferred area of specialization. Students, however, will have the option of completing a general business degree by by selecting from the three focus areas to develop a more rounded skill set.  Students choosing to major in Accounting, 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®).

Program Highlights

  • Students may choose to complete their degree as business generalists, or, to major in one of three specialized areas: Accounting, Business Analytics and Digital Marketing.
  • A full semester Internship (co-op) with leading businesses in the community, and globally.
  • An Applied Learning Project in the final semester where students will have an opportunity to apply various decision-making skills in a real-world business situations.
  • Through case studies and simulations, you will put your skills into action to solve real-life business problems
  • Courses are taught by a faculty group comprising of academicians and industry experts.
  • The program covers all the functional areas of business in a global context with a focus on decision-making skills.
  • Accounting stream courses are recognized by CPA Ontario as preparatory courses required for admission to the CPA Professional Education Program (CPA PEP®)

Experiential Learning/Work Experience

As part of the HBBA degree, students will explore work-integrated learning experiences with local businesses and organizations.  Students will contribute to analysis and solutions for a variety of real-world business problems, team building events, and departmental projects.  Students will also obtain valuable hands-on experience through:

  • Various workshops designed to build decision-making skills
  • A mandatory 14-week paid Internship/Co-op 
  • An Applied Learning Project

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How to Apply

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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 60%, 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)

Additional 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


This program will be delivered in the following terms:

Fall Term Start

Year 1
  1. SEMESTER 1 Fall 2023
  2. SEMESTER 2 Winter 2024
Year 2
  1. SEMESTER 3 Fall  2024
  2. SEMESTER 4 Winter 2025
Year 3
  1. SEMESTER 5 Fall 2025
  2. SEMESTER 6 Winter 2026
  3. SEMESTER 7 Internship Spring 2026
Year 4
  1. SEMESTER 8 Fall 2026
  2. SEMESTER 9 Winter 2026

For specific term start/end dates and other key dates/deadlines, please see the Academic Schedule posted on our website.

Program of Study for 2023-24 Academic Year

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Semester 1Credits
ECN 1720 Microeconomics 3
BUS 1720 Intro to Business Management 3
MTH 1720 Business Math 3
ACC 1720 Intro to Accounting 3
MKT 1720 Marketing Essentials 3
COM 1901 Business Communication 3
Semester 2
FIN 1720 Financial Math 3
BUS 1722 Business Professionalism 3
BUS 1723 Spreadsheets for Business 3
ACC 1722 Intro to Managerial Accounting 3
BUS 1725 Organizational Behaviour 3
BUS 1726 Case Analysis Workshop 2
Second Year
Semester 3
ECN 2710 Macroeconomics 3
BUS 2720 Business and Commercial Law 3
BUS 2721 Statistics for Business 3
ACC 2720 Financial Accounting 3
MKT 2720 Marketing Management 3
MTH 3720 Data Literacy Workshop 2
Semester 4
FIN 2720 Introduction to Finance 3
SCM 2720 Logistics and Operations 3
HRM 2720 Managing Human Resources 3
BUS 2722 CSR and Ethics 3
BUS 2723 Intro to Business Analytics 3
One Degree Breadth Elective Course. 1 3
Third Year
Semester 5
ACC 3720 Financial Statement Analysis 3
BUS 3721 Business Strategy 3
BUS 3722 Decision Models 3
One Degree Breadth Elective Course. 1 3
Two Elective Courses. 2 6
Semester 6
BUS 3726 New Venture Creation 3
BUS 3724 Artificial Intelligence 3
PRM 3720 Project Management 3
BUS 3725 Career Fundamentals Workshop 2
BUS 3728 International Business 3
Two Elective Courses. 2 6
BUS 3727 HBBA Internship 12
Fourth Year
Semester 7
BUS 4720 Applied Research Methods 3
BUS 4723 Seminar Series in Business 3
One Degree Breadth Elective Course. 1 3
Three Elective Courses. 2 9
Semester 8
BUS 4721 Workshop on Leadership 2
BUS 4722 Applied Learning Project 6
Three Elective Courses. 2 9
 Total Credits155

Students must take a total of three (3) degree breadth electives as part of the  program.  These breadth electives can be taken from whichever category and level the student chooses.  However, the upper-level electives 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 major specializations: Accounting, Data Analytics and Digital Marketing.  Students can take all ten (10) of their electives in a specific major and receive a specialization with their degree.  Conversely, they can take a variety of electives from different majors and graduate with their degree without a specialization.  For more information on major specializations, click here.


Students must complete a paid Internship prior to commencing Year 4.  This internship will be delivered in the Spring semester between semester 6 and semester 7.

Major Specializations

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 through majoring in one of three areas of specialization. 

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 Major 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 3720Corporate Finance3
ACC 3721Intermediate Accounting I3
ACC 3723Audit and Assurance3
ACC 3722Intermediate Accounting II3
ACC 3724Personal Taxation3
ACC 3725Management Accounting3
ACC 4720Advanced Financial Reporting3
ACC 4721Management Control3
ACC 4722Corporate Taxation3
ACC 4723Case Analysis in Accounting3

2. Data Analytics

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

ANA 3720Discrete Math3
ANA 3721Data Programming for Analytics3
ANA 3722Responsible Data Management3
ANA 3723Database Design3
ANA 3724Applied Data Cleaning3
ANA 4721Intro to Machine Learning3
ANA 4720Data Visualization3
ANA 3725Data Mining3
ANA 4722Statistical Modelling3
ANA 4723Prescriptive Analytics3

3. Digital Marketing

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

MKT 3720Intro to Digital Marketing3
MKT 3721Marketing Research3
MKT 3722Social Media Marketing3
MKT 3723E-Commerce Strategies3
MKT 3724Campaign Strategies3
MKT 3725Marketing Communications3
MKT 4720Trends in Consumer Behaviour3
MKT 4721Digital Brand Management3
MKT 4722Professional Selling3
MKT 4723Marketing Metrics and Analysis3

4. General Business

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


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 & Supplies

The cost of books and supplies for Year 1 is under review. This is the best information available at the time of publishing to the website and is subject to change.

Employment Opportunities

HBBA will prepare individuals very well for entry level positions and some graduates may be well poised for management roles based on their work integrated learning and applied projects in a wide range of organizations including:

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

Furthering Your Studies

Graduates of Cambrian College’s HBBA program will be well poised to expand their learning potential by applying to MBA (Master of Business Administration) programs or other related Master’s programs where the admission requirements include the completion of a four-year Honours Bachelor’s degree program and work experience. Cambrian College’s graduates will have the necessary skills to work in teams to complete analytical problem solving, including case studies, and confidently discuss work experiences in which they contributed to business operations. These experiences will be an asset to any graduate in starting their own venture, working for an existing business, or pursuing a Master’s program.

Advanced Standing Pathways

Cambrian College will grant advanced standing to graduates from Business Diplomas. Graduates from the Business Diploma (GEBU) and the Business Accounting Diploma (BUAP), with a minimum GPA of 2.5 will be eligible to apply to enter the 5th semester of the Honours Bachelor of Business Administration. Students will be granted advanced standing, but will have to take specialized workshops as well as some additional courses within semesters five through eight. For further details, please contact Parvinder Arora.

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