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Sustainable Business Practices - Bachelor of Business Administration - Degree (2017/18)

Total Cost (tuition & fees)$16,009.50
Tuition: $13,864.14
  • Year 1: $3,180.60
  • Year 2: $3,180.60
  • Year 3: $3,180.60
  • Year 4: $4,322.34
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Additional Fees
Application Fee:30.00
Student Association Fee:276.00
Bus Pass Fee:355.20
Lab Fee:584.16
Health and Dental Fee:900.00
Total Fees:$2,145.36

*These prices are for domestic students and may not be 100% accurate. However, these estimates will give you an adequate idea of tuition and fees for our programs. These prices do not include textbook costs. All prices are subject to change.

Program Overview

The Bachelor of Business Administration (Sustainable Business Practices) (BBA) is an innovative program designed to integrate the conceptual approaches and methodologies of a business administration degree program with specialized knowledge of sustainable business practices. The four year program includes liberal arts and laboratory sciences in addition to specific business functions such as accounting or marketing and addresses the increasing need for organizations to commit to and demonstrate sustainability.

Students develop the capacity for independent intellectual work and prepare for the challenges of careers in accounting, marketing, financial services, hospitality, local governance, and other positions in a variety of organizations including corporations, small businesses, non-profits or local government. BBA graduates may also to continue their studies toward professional certifications and designations.

The program is designed to be flexible and accessible. Students may study full-time or part-time, in traditional classrooms or online formats, choose to focus with specific electives, and enter or exit the program at various points. Qualifying courses from other institutions may be used to meet up to approximately 75% of the upper level course requirements.


This program is delivered in a variety of formats including face-to-face, online, and hybrid models. Most courses will be delivered at the Cranbrook campus of College of the Rockies on a semesterized schedule. Many of the courses are available online. The Sustainable Business Project is self-paced and must be completed over a maximum of ten months, September ─ June.

It is anticipated that students will follow one of four progression models through the program:

  1. First complete a BUAD diploma from COTR or another institution then complete the additional degree requirements.
  2. First complete a Certificate in Environmental Studies, an Associate Degree or similar year of Arts and Science courses.
  3. Enter the degree directly and combine foundational business with arts and sciences courses in the first two years.
  4. First complete an Adventure Tourism Business Operations or Tourism and Recreation Management diploma then complete the additional degree requirements.

Admission Requirements

First year:

  • Grade 12 or equivalent
  • English 12 with a minimum of 65%, or C+, or COMC 100 with a minimum grade of C+, or ENGL 090 or 091 with a minimum grade of C+, or LPI test with Level 4 or better, or iBT TOEFL with a minimum of 80, or IELTS minimum of 6.0 overall with at least 6.0 in reading and writing, or ELT 089 with a minimum 85% or A-.
  • Prior to September 2013: Principles of Math 11, Applications of Math 12, or MATH 080 with minimum grades of 65%.
  • New Students after September 2013: Apprenticeship and Work Place Math 12, Foundations of Math 12, Pre-calculus Math 12, or Math 090 with minimum grades of 60%.
  • Mature Students after September 2013: Principles of Math 12 with a minimum grade of 60%, Applications of Math 12 with a minimum grade of 65%, or Math 090 with minimum grade of 60%.

BBA student's math pre-requisites will be checked-upon enrollment in the program or prior to admittance to MGMT 310. Students without the required math pre-requisite will need to upgrade to Math 090 or equivalent prior to enrollment in the BBA program unless they have Math 101 with a minimum grad of 65%.

Note: Students may commence certain courses in the program while they upgrade


Students wishing to complete the BBA in four years are required to take MGMT 310 in the fall of year three. It is the prerequisite course to MGMT 410 offered in the winter of year three. These course must be completed prior to registering in the BBA capstone project – MGMT 470 in the fall, MGMT 480 in the winter and MGMT 490 in the spring of year four.


Students are required to maintain a 65% average or GPA of 4.0 with a minimum mark of 60% in any course in order to continue in the BBA program.

Graduation Requirements

Four-Year BBA Degree
Students with a Business Administration diploma can ladder into the BBA program.

The baccalaureate degree is awarded to students completing 120 credits including foundational courses in business, liberal arts and sciences, upper level business specialization courses and a capstone project in sustainability.

Degree candidates must complete a minimum of 25% of third and fourth-year course credits through COTR, which includes a 15-credit sustainability requirement.

  • A total of 120 credits with minimum grades of 60% and average grade of 65% within scope of the degree program.
  • A minimum of 27 upper level business credits excluding the sustainability credits noted below which total 15 additional credits.
  • Completion of COTR's Sustainability Theory and Metrics (MGMT 310 – 3 credits) or equivalent course, Managing Sustainable Operations (MGMT 410 – 3 credits) or equivalent course and completion of COTR's Sustainable Business Capstone Project (MGMT 470, 480 and 490 – 9 credits)
  • A minimum of 15 upper level (300 or 400 level) credits must be completed at COTR.
  • Candidates are required to complete all requirements within ten years of being accepted into the BBA program, (as defined by direct entry or upon registration into MGMT 310, whichever comes first)

Course Outline

General education requirements (27 credits)

  • 3 credits English (any 1st year (100 level) English)
  • 3 credits in Advanced Professional Communication- (COMC 102) (COMC 100/101 excluded)
  • 6 credits in Social Sciences/Humanities/Fine Arts
  • 6 credits of Laboratory Sciences
  • 9 credits in non-business electives (any Arts or Sciences courses)
    27 credits for this section

Core knowledge requirements (lower or upper level)

  • 3 credits in Math (Algebra, Calculus, Business Math)
  • 3 credits in Statistics
  • 6 credits in Economics
  • 3 credits in Computers (Applications, Information Systems, Programming)
  • 3 credits in Financial Accounting
  • 3 credits in Managerial Accounting
  • 3 credits in Marketing
  • 3 credits in General Management/Organizational Behaviour
  • 3 credits in Canadian Business Law
  • 3 credits in Ethics
  • 3 credits in Research Methods
  • 3 credits in Strategic Management
    39 credits for this section

Business electives

  • 21 credits (maximum) - lower level (100 and 200)
  • 18 credits (minimum)-upper level (300 and 400)
    39 credits for this section

Sustainability requirements

  • 3 credits Sustainability Theory and Metrics
  • 3 credits Managing Sustainable Operations
  • 9 credits Sustainability Capstone Project
    15 credits for this section

Note: See the Business program coordinator for advice on program and course selections.

Transfer Information

Many of our programs and courses will allow you to transfer to other colleges and universities in Canada. You can also apply to get transfer credits from past courses that will go towards completing your program here at College of the Rockies.

Learn how to transfer your courses to College of the Rockies

Transfer Opportunities

If you would like to continue your studies our courses transfer to a wide number of Canadian colleges and universities. If you are transferring to a BC college or university visit the BC Transfer website to see if our courses transfer to that institution.


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