Business Administration (BBA)

The renowned Lazaridis School of Business and Economics is one of the first internationally accredited business schools in Canada (AACSB accreditation), where you’ll learn to work in teams tackling real-world problems that exist in society and in business. Our Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) program is full time and direct entry, which means your business education begins on day one.

Through class discussions, case analysis exercises and competitions, and training from professors and industry executives, this program delivers an immersive experience revealing the reality of today’s business world.

Apply Your Learning

At Laurier, you'll participate in a number of practical case-based learning opportunities:

  • Live Case: In your very first semester, you'll work in a group to answer a strategic business question posed by a real company. Cash prizes are awarded to the top teams.
  • New Venture Competition: Working in a team, you'll generate and present a concept, value proposition and business plan for your new venture.
  • Pitch Competition: This competition offers you the opportunity to perfect the "art of the pitch," a critical business skill in today’s world.
  • Integrated Case Exercise (ICE) Week: In your third year, you'll put your business knowledge to the test during in a ten-day live case competition. Within a group, you'll analyze a real problem facing a real company and offer real solutions.

Check out the Business Experience Guide.

 

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*Accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business since 2004.

Admissions

Format: full time      Duration: four years     Start: September (fall term)     OUAC code: UB

Program Options and Courses

Concentrations, Options and Minors

You'll build a solid foundation and become a well-rounded business graduate, as well as a specialist that will lead directly to the career you want by having the freedom to choose one of ten business concentrations in upper years:

  • Accounting
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Human Resource Management
  • International Business
  • Marketing
  • Risk Management
  • Strategic Management
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Sustainability

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).

Looking to do more with your degree? Add an option or minor to your BBA degree.

First-Year Courses

  • Understanding the Business Environment
  • Functional Areas of the Organization
  • Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • Introduction to Microeconomics
  • Introduction to Macroeconomics
  • Introductory to Calculus and Social Sciences or Calculus I
  • 2.0 non-business electives

Sample Upper-Year Courses

  • Creative Thinking for Marketing Managers
  • Consumer Behaviour
  • Building and Managing Products, Services and Brands

Co-op

Co-op is a way to integrate what you are learning in the classroom with practical experience in your field of study. Build your resume, earn money, develop your network, and graduate with work experience.

You can apply for admission to co-op in your first year and may be eligible for an admission interview early in your second year. As a student in this program, you will be eligible to complete three work terms of four months’ duration, between second and fourth year, enabling you to obtain 12 months of full-time work experience.

Interested? Learn more about co-op.

Tuition and Scholarships

Getting a university education is an investment in your future.

At Laurier, we take financial health seriously by providing a wide variety of funding opportunities for you throughout your degree, such as scholarships and bursaries, and by equipping you with the skills to manage your finances effectively in the years to come.

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"I've always had that small-school spirit, and that's definitely what drew me towards Laurier. Everyone's passionate about what they do and that builds a great community."

Simrit Randhawa, current Business Administration student

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"I like that I can take courses across all functional areas, so I have a better idea of what I like and what I don't.”

Haleigh Running, current Business Administration student

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"Participating in competitions as a first-year student gave me the greatest sense of belonging amongst my classmates and within my program. This experience has allowed me to gain a greater sense of self-confidence and drive to succeed in this program and in my future career."

Abigail Tossios, current Business Administration student

Your Career Awaits

It’s not only about the journey; it’s about the destination. Let us help you get to where you’re going.

Here are just some examples of our graduates' destinations. What’s yours?

Sample Career Options

Note: Additional training and education may be required.

  • actuary
  • brand strategist/manager
  • financial analyst
  • investment banking analyst
  • project manager
  • recruiter
  • trader

Explore more careers.

Support After Graduation

Alumni for life means that you have access to Career and Employment Support offered at Laurier for your entire career.

Waterloo Campus

The Waterloo campus is tucked into about one city block, so you’re steps away from your classes, food and your new favourite study spot.

There are many ways to tour our Waterloo campus, whether that's on a guided tour with one of our Laurier student ambassadors, on your own using virtual reality, or even on-demand through one of our pre-recorded tours. See our campus spaces and start to picture yourself at Laurier.

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"Laurier’s co-op program accelerated my professional development far beyond what I could have expected and allowed me to gain meaningful work experience to understand my strengths and interests before beginning my career full time."

Sophie Ziomecki, current Business Administration student

Interested in More Info?

Email chooselaurier@wlu.ca, call 519.884.0710 x3385 or see all contact information.