A concentration is an area of specialization within the Bachelor of Business Administration. Beedie students will complete at least one of the eight areas of concentration available in their BBA.
Students may choose their area of concentration in years 3 and 4. All upper division (300 & 400) level concentration courses must be completed at SFU.
Areas of concentration are only open to approved Business Majors, Joint Majors, Honours and Joint Honours students, with the exception of Entrepreneurship & Innovation. Students pursuing a Business minor may not pursue an area of concentration.
The courses listed below are specific to students entering Business Fall 2015 - Summer 2016. For all other Business students, please refer to your specific concentration course requirements.
(for students admitted to the accounting concentration Fall 2013 onwards).
Accounting identifies, measures and communicates economic information to external groups such as investors, and to internal groups, such as managers. You take accounting courses in the core degree program as well as courses in tax, auditing and advanced accounting. Some accounting courses may count toward the professional designations of the Chartered Professional Accountants Program (CPA).
Students are eligible to apply for entry into the Accounting Concentration upon achieving:
Only students formally admitted to the Accounting Concentration will be permitted to enroll in 300- and 400-level accounting courses (with the exception of Bus 320-3).
Students must complete all of*
Plus at least two of*
*Must be completed at SFU.
For more information about the new Accounting concentration, please refer to the Changes to the Accounting Concentrations FAQ and/or consult with one of our Undergraduate Business Advisors.
Add the Accounting Concentration to your program
Do you know how to take a vision for a business, formulate it as a business plan and make it grow? It’s not easy but it can be done. Luck can help, but ultimately success is akin to the survival of the best prepared. Studying entrepreneurship will show you how to identify market opportunities, get the funding you need, find and keep employees, deliver quality goods and services at a cost effective price, and much more. Courses include Project Management, New Venture Planning, New Product Development and Design, Leadership, New Venture Finance and more.
In the long term, a firm must change if it is to survive. Driven by new and often disruptive technologies, this requirement for change has evolved into a more immediate imperative. Studying Innovation will show you how to manage projects, manage the innovation process, understand and leverage the behavioral dynamics of change and provide leadership in a rapidly changing environment.
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The financial services sector is a significant component of the BC and Canadian economy, and is likely to be a growth industry in the future. Securities and their markets, investment portfolios and long-term investment in real assets are some of the areas analyzed in the context of both personal and corporate financial decision making. The Finance concentration offers courses in investments, financial management, options and futures, financial markets and institutions, and international finance.
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Introductory courses help students in all business fields understand, predict, and manage behavior in organizations. Specialized knowledge is provided in two professional career streams: Personnel Specialist covers recruitment, training, negotiation skills and performance management. Managing People includes design of employment systems, change and organizational leadership. HRM students are prepared for entry level positions in human resource management and consulting firms.
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It is recommended that students who wish to become a personnel specialist in a human resource function complete three of:
It is recommended that students who wish to develop skills in managing people, including employment systems design, change and organizational leadership, complete three of:
The International Business (IB) concentration deals with aspects of competition across national boundaries. To understand how firms can successfully compete in the global arena, students assess structures, systems and processes that contribute to efficient, effective international business activities.
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Other 400 level courses deemed to have significant international business relevance may, with prior faculty permission, be substituted for the above courses. These may be offered in another faculty.
Note: students concentrating in International Business are strongly advised to consider combining it with another business concentration.
Management Information Systems (MIS) integrates our understanding of people, information, technology and strategy to find ways to make organizations more agile, effective and efficient. The focus areas include how Information Systems and emerging technologies affect business processes, decision making and organizational and societal change. Students learn to manage project teams, to manage and use information, and to design and build systems in support of business processes. This is an excellent concentration for those interested in business analysis and managing change through projects. MIS is also a good complement and catalyst to other concentrations.
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This specialization focuses on the use of quantitative methods in solving management problems. Students encounter a wide variety of quantitative models, study how these methods are formulated and solved, and learn how they are used to help managers attack real problems. Students from Operations Management have gone on to careers that involve designing systems to reduce wait times at Vancouver airport, enhancing security systems, developing retail store layouts, creating inventory management systems, and determining best positioning for emergency facilities such as fire or ambulance stations.
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Note: students concentrating in Operations Management are strongly advised to combine it with a concentration in a related area such as Management Information Systems, Marketing, or Finance.
The study of marketing encourages students to become problem solvers. Marketers are in the middle – they present the face of the company to its customers and, in turn, bring the voice of the customer into the organization. The Marketing concentration takes an analytical approach to marketing management, consumer behaviour, market research and analysis.
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