Concentrations

Be Challenged | Focus your talent in an area of specialization.

Beedie students pursue one or more of the eight areas of concentration available in their BBA. You may choose your concentration(s) in years 3 or 4 and will be required to complete upper division courses for your chosen concentration(s).

Areas of concentration are only open to approved Business Majors, Joint Majors, Honours, and Joint Honours students. Students pursuing a Business minor may not pursue an area of concentration.

The course requirements listed below are specific to students who entered the Beedie School of Business between Fall 2015 and Summer 2016. For all other Business students, please refer to the Degree Planning Checklist for your year of admission.

Accounting (Burnaby)

Accounting identifies, measures, and communicates economic information to external groups such as investors, and to internal groups, such as managers. You will 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).

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).

Eligibility to apply for the Accounting Concentration:

  • Successful completion of all Lower Division Business requirements (see your Degree Planner Checklist)
  • 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

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

  • Are in progress of completing BUS 320-3 and/or BUS 360W-4
  • Have or are in progress of completing the Lower Division Business requirements (see your Degree Planner Checklist)

Consult the SFU Calendar to see the required courses for this Concentration

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Entrepreneurship and Innovation (Surrey)

Do you know how to translate your vision into a business plan and make it grow? 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, steer the innovation process, understand and leverage the behavioural dynamics of change, and provide leadership in a rapidly changing environment.

Consult the SFU Calendar to see the required courses for this Concentration

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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. You will learn about securities and their markets, investment portfolios, and long-term investment in real assets and more, in the context of both personal and corporate financial decision-making.

Consult the SFU Calendar to see the required courses for this Concentration

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Human Resource Management (Burnaby)

The Human Resource Management (HRM) introductory courses help students in all business fields to understand, predict, and manage behavior in organizations. You may then choose to take courses focused on two professional career streams: the Personnel Specialist option covers recruitment, training, negotiation skills and performance management while the Managing People option includes design of employment systems, change and organizational leadership. HRM students are prepared for entry-level positions in human resource management and consulting firms.

Consult the SFU Calendar to see the required courses for this Concentration

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International Business (Burnaby)

The International Business (IB) concentration deals with aspects of competition across national boundaries. You will learn how firms can successfully compete in the global arena, and you will assess structures, systems, and processes that contribute to efficient, effective international business activities.

Consult the SFU Calendar to see the required courses for this 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.

Consult the SFU Calendar to see the required courses for this Concentration

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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 YVR, enhancing security systems, developing retail store layouts, creating inventory management systems, and determining best positioning for emergency facilities such as fire or ambulance stations.

Consult the SFU Calendar to see the required courses for this Concentration

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.

Consult the SFU Calendar to see the required courses for this Concentration

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