Bachelor of Business Administration
Earn your SFU BBA degree and get career ready as you develop core business and management skills framed in the context of innovative, socially responsible, and globally minded leadership. Gain skills in critical thinking, communications, teamwork, and quantitative stats and math, as well as specialized knowledge in one or more area(s) of concentration. Become career ready through the Professional Development series (BUS 100/300/496) and the Business Career Passport.
Year 1: Lay the Foundation for Business & Career Knowledge
Spend your first year as an SFU Beedie student getting to know yourself, the program, and the fast-paced business world you are working to join. Begin to explore your concentration options through the common core courses while also building your resume through experiences in courses, student clubs and organizations, and by participating in co-curricular programs and events that build community and expand your network.
Business Foundation Program
Kick-off the first two years of the BBA degree with an introduction to business foundations in BUS 201 (high school) or BUS 202 (transfer) and professional development and degree navigation in the co-requisite BUS 100. Explore the many facets of business through common core introductory business courses, along with foundational electives to set you up for success. Meet the team of professional advisors and services dedicated to supporting your academic, professional, and personal growth.
Business Career Passport
Learn core skills to help prepare you for exploring, seeking, and landing a job or volunteer position during your degree, and beyond! Testing out roles on a volunteer or paid basis can help you decide on what you want to study, build your resume, and help you be successful in launching your career. Students admitted to the BBA are required to complete a series of workshops in their first year. Learn how companies hire candidates, how to craft attention-grabbing resumes and cover letters, and what it takes to interview and network like a professional.
Year 2: Establish Fundamental Business & Career Skills
Continue to build on your new business and career knowledge with exposure to more in-depth business core courses and begin to develop and apply your skills in co-curricular programs like case competitions, student organizations, leadership programs, and more! Now familiarized with the BBA program, the requirements, and opportunities ahead, this is the time to begin to prepare for both deciding on your concentration and which enrichment experiences you will add to your degree.
Experiential opportunities to consider:
- Co-operative Education
- Study Abroad
- Case Competitions
- Student Organizations
Academic enrichment opportunities to consider:
- Joint Majors
Year 3: Select Your Concentration(s) & Gain Experience
Your foundational business knowledge now supports your decision making on a concentration(s) and a deeper exploration of those areas you are most passionate about. You will engage in BUS 300 which is designed as a checkpoint in the program to develop and expand your professional development and understanding of the relationship between business courses and your academic plan.
We offer nine different areas of concentration to explore through a mix of core upper-division courses and concentration courses. You must declare and complete the required courses for at least one of the following concentrations:
- Entrepreneurship and Innovation
- Human Resources
- International Business
- Management Information Systems
- Operations Management
- Strategic Analysis
Once you have identified your interests, take advantage of the SFU Beedie career supports that are available to help build and launch your career, such as networking at career expos, workshops, recruitment events and online interview practice. Do not forget to explore our study abroad and co-op education options and the possibility of upgrading your CV with a Joint Major, Honours degree or Certificates.
Year 4: Launch Your Career
Your future beyond graduation is now sharply in focus. Spend your fourth year as a BBA student polishing the skills and competencies you have worked hard to cultivate. You will be immersed in a concentration or a custom combination of concentrations and preparing to complete BUS 496 where you will be encouraged to reflect on and apply what you have learned and experienced on your academic journey.
All the career-building skills and contacts made during your BBA degree can now be put to full use. The Career Management Centre will help you prepare for your career, including how to leverage the extensive alumni network and the connections made during your BBA.
As an AACSB and EQUIS accredited school we are committed to ongoing curriculum review and revision. After a detailed evaluation of the Undergraduate Program curriculum we identified eight key principles to support curriculum alignment. The resulting modifications to the BBA program requirements come into effect for new BBA students in September 2022.