Concentrations

Choose your area of concentration

A concentration is an area of specialization that approved Business majors pursues to complete their Bachelor Business Administration. Choose to specialize in one or more of eight different concentrations in Business.

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 is only open to approved Business majors. Students pursuing a Business minor may not pursue an area of concentration.

The courses listed below are specific to students entering Business Fall 2013 - Summer 2014. For all other Business students, please refer to your specific concentration course requirements.

Accounting (Burnaby)

(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:

  • Successful completion of all Lower Division Business requirements (all 11 courses)
  • A minimum grade of a 'C+' obtained in both BUS 320-3 and BUS 360W-4
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of at least 2.70 is met

Students are encouraged to apply in the term in which they are:

  • In progress to complete BUS 320-3 and/or BUS 360W-4
  • Have or are in progress to complete the Lower Division Business requirements

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*

  • Bus 320-3 Financial Accounting: Assets
  • Bus 321-3 Financial Accounting: Equities
  • Bus 322-3 Intermediate Managerial Accounting
  • Bus 421-3 Accounting Theory

Plus at least two of*

  • Bus 420-3 Advanced Accounting
  • Bus 424-3 Advanced Managerial Accounting
  • Bus 426-3 Auditing and Assurance: Concepts and Methods
  • Bus 427-3 Financial Statement Analysis

*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.

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Entrepreneurship and Innovation (Surrey)

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.

Course requirements:

  • Bus 338-3 Foundations of Innovation
  • Bus 342-3 Foundations of Entrepreneurship
  • Bus 477-4 New Venture Planning

and two of:

  • Bus 314-3 New Venture Finance
  • Bus 361-3 Project Management
  • Bus 443-3 New Product Development and Design
  • Bus 450-3 Emerging Technologies for Business
  • Bus 453-3 Sustainable Innovation
  • Bus 486-3 Leadership

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Finance (Burnaby and Surrey)

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.

Course requirements:

  • Bus 312-4 Introduction to Finance
  • Bus 315-4 Investments
  • Bus 316-3 Derivative Securities

And two of:

  • Bus 410-3 Financial Institutions
  • Bus 413-4 Corporate Finance
  • Bus 417-4 Security Analysis
  • Bus 418-3 International Financial Management
  • Bus 419-3 Advanced Derivative Securities

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Human Resource Management (Burnaby)

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.

Course requirements:

  • Bus 374-3 Organization Theory
  • Bus 381-3 Introduction to Human Resource Management

And three of:

  • Bus 432-3 International Human Resource Management
  • Bus 472-3 Seminar in Organizational Behavior
  • Bus 481-3 Recruiting and Selection
  • Bus 482-3 Performance Management
  • Bus 484-3 Employment Systems
  • Bus 485-3 Negotiations and Conflict Management
  • Bus 486-3 Leadership
  • Bus 487-3 Organizational Development and Change Management
  • Bus 488-3 Group Dynamics and Teamwork
  • Bus 489-3 Management Practices for Sustainability

Suggested Options:

Option A:

It is recommended that students who wish to become a personnel specialist in a human resource function complete three of:

  • Bus 432-3 International Human Resource Management
  • Bus 481-3 Recruiting and Selection
  • Bus 482-3 Performance Management
  • Bus 484-3 Employment Systems

Option B:

It is recommended that students who wish to develop skills in managing people, including employment systems design, change and organizational leadership, complete three of:

  • Bus 485-3 Negotiations and Conflict Management
  • Bus 486-3 Leadership
  • Bus 487-3 Organizational Development and Change Management
  • Bus 488-3 Group Dynamics and Teamwork
  • Bus 489-3 Management Practices for Sustainability

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International Business (Burnaby)

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.

Course requirements:

  • Bus 346-3 International Business

And four of:

  • Bus 418-3 International Financial Management
  • Bus 430-3 Cross-Culture Management
  • Bus 431-3 Business with East Asian Countries
  • Bus 432-3 International Human Resource Management
  • Bus 434-3 Foreign Market Entry
  • Bus 435-3 Management of International Firms
  • Bus 447-3 International Marketing Management
  • Bus 49X-3 Selected Topics in Business Administration (when offered in an International Business related topic)

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.

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Management Information Systems (Burnaby)

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.

Course requirements:

  • Bus 361-3 Project Management
  • Bus 362-4 Business Process Analysis
  • Bus 468-3 Managing Information Technology for Business Value

And two of:

  • Bus 462-3 Business Intelligence
  • Bus 464-3 Data Management and IS Audit
  • Bus 466-3 Web-Enabled business
  • Bus 49X-3 Selected Topics (approved MIS topic)

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Operations Management (Burnaby)

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.

Course requirements:

  • Bus 336-4 Data and Decisions II
  • Bus 473-4 Operations Management

And two of:

  • Buec 433-5 Forecasting in Business and Economics
  • Bus 437-3 Decision Analysis in Business
  • Bus 440-4 Simulation in Management Decision Making
  • Bus 474-3 Supply Chain Management
  • Bus 475-3 Sustainable Operations
  • Bus 49X-3 Selected Topics in Business Administration (if/when offered with an OM topic)

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.

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Marketing (Burnaby and Surrey)

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.

Course requirements:

  • Bus 343-3 Introduction to Marketing
  • Bus 345-4 Marketing Research
  • Bus 347-3 Consumer Behavior

And three of:

  • Bus 443-3 New Product Development and Design
  • Bus 444-3 Business to Business Marketing
  • Bus 445-3 Customer Analytics
  • Bus 446-4 Marketing Strategy
  • Bus 447-3 Global Marketing Management
  • Bus 448-4 Integrated Marketing Communications
  • Bus 449-3 Ethical Issues in Marketing
  • Bus 459-3 Services Marketing

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