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Business Administration (BBA)


 Waterloo

In the School of Business and Economics, our students say, “You don’t get a Laurier BBA, you live a Laurier BBA.” From day 1, you’ll learn to work in teams tackling real-world problems that exist now, not in the history books. Our business co-op program is Canada’s largest so you can gain valuable experience before you graduate. Our goal is to immerse you in the reality of today’s businesses and teach you to think for yourself. You’ll learn to adapt to a world of ever-growing complexity, and solve problems no one has faced before.

Our program uses a comprehensive approach to business. You’ll begin by taking courses that cover all of the foundational areas of business, and then develop specialized knowledge in your area of interest. Whether it’s accounting, marketing, brand communication, sustainability, finance, entrepreneurship, human resource management, risk management, international business, or supply chain management, you’ll find what you’re looking for at Laurier.

You also have the opportunity to earn all the university credits required for the major professional designations: CPA (accounting), CFA (finance) and CHRP (human resources).

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Program Highlights

  • In your first year, you’ll work in a team to generate and present a new venture for our BDO New Venture Competition, and in your third year, you’ll put your business knowledge to the test during a weeklong case study competition, where you’ll analyze a real problem facing a real company.
  • We offer the largest business degree co-op program in the country, which gives you the chance to explore different career options and develop skills for the future.
  • Only the top 5% of business schools worldwide are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business – the highest standard of achievement for business schools. Laurier’s School of Business and Economics has been accredited since 2004.
  • As a Laurier business student, you’ll have the advantage of being at a school that has won more accounting gold medals than any other university in Canada.
  • Check out options to enhance your degree.

Sample Courses

  • Introduction to Marketing Management
  • Building and Managing Products, Services and Brands
  • Financial Management
  • Intermediate Accounting
  • Entrepreneurial Finance
  • Strategic Human Resources Planning

Requirements

  • Admission range of high 80s.
  • English at 70%.
  • Advanced Functions at 70%.
  • Either: Calculus and Vectors or Data Management at 60%.
  • Prerequisite courses calculated in admissions average.
  • More admission requirements are available in our admissions toolkit.

International Baccalaureate Requirements

  • HL or SL English.
  • HL or SL Mathematics.
  • IB Minimum Score: 33.

Careers

Your Laurier business education will give you the skills that lead to a successful career in the private or public sectors, or as an entrepreneur running your own business. Sample careers of our recent graduates include:

  • Executive director and founder, Students Offering Support
  • CEO and co-founder, IEX (the Investor’s Exchange)
  • Risk analyst, Marsh Canada Ltd.
  • Senior director of marketing, Juice Mobile
  • Senior financial reporting manager, Square in California
  • Senior associate, PwC
  • Assistant controller, Desire2Learn
  • Human resources manager, PepsiCo Canada
  • E-Commerce manager, L’Oreal in New York
  • Founder, Sustainable Waterloo Region
  • Executive team leader, logistics, Target Canada
  • Commercial banking associate, TD Bank

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