Business Administration

Cornwall Campus | Program Code: 0293 | Open for International Students
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In our fast-paced and technologically complex business world, the need for effective business professionals with active decision making and leadership skills is critical. Business Administration graduates bring a broad base of knowledge to the workplace in a variety of specialized areas including marketing, management, operations and accounting. While successfully handling specific business functions, they have the background to cultivate key skills needed for a variety of management positions to the benefit of corporate and organizational success.

Program Details

Code 0293
Start Date May, January, September
Credential Ontario College Advanced Diploma
Campus Cornwall
Program Length 3 Years
Delivery Full-Time
Open for international students
Special May Intake - International Students Only

Program Highlights

Business Administration graduates are generalists with specialized skills in marketing, accounting, and human resources management. Graduates are effective communicators and team players who are trained in problem-solving and in the use of computer software to assess and manage data and information.

Note: The first two semesters of all Business programs are common.

Qualified graduates from the two-year Business diploma program in Cornwall and Brockville have the opportunity to continue their education by entering directly into the third year of this Business Administration advanced diploma program.

Program Outline


Introductory Accounting is intended to provide an overview of financial accounting. Canadian generally accepted accounting principles are used as the foundation to complete the accounting cycle, perform the adjusting process and prepare financial statements for both service and merchandising entities. Additional topics also include payroll, petty cash and bank reconciliations.

Through the perspective of both the Canadian and global business environments, this course will provide students with a foundational knowledge of the current state of business and an opportunity to consider what the future may hold. Learners will develop their business vocabulary, understanding of business concepts, and engage with current and relevant issues in both a Canadian and global context. Students will learn the foundations of teamwork as a component of successful business operations. The functional areas of business and their relationship to management, leadership, and the future of work are discussed.

COMM 34 provides instruction and practice in college and workplace communication skills with an emphasis on the development of strategies to organize and express ideas in a clear and professional manner suitable to a variety of audiences. Course work also provides opportunities for the development of writing, grammar, research, citation, analytical, reading, and listening skills.

This is an introductory computer course that familiarizes students with the functionality of internal college systems and the current version of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.  It also explores theory and concepts of computer hardware and software, with a hands-on introduction to the Windows operating system, file management techniques, and Internet browsers. This course allows students to navigate through the software applications and learn how to create effective documents, spreadsheets and presentations.

The purpose of this course is to prepare students to be successful in business and financial mathematics. This course emphasizes the development of business-related numeracy and algebraic skills. Topics covered include order of operations, percentages/fractions/ratios, exponents, logarithms, algebra, linear equations, linear systems, linear inequalities, and simple and compound interest. These topics are applied to business concerns such as taxation, allocation, currency conversion and the consumer price index. Graphical optimization to maximize profit and minimize costs is addressed. 

This course continues to introduce students to both the principles and practices of financial accounting. Further training in accounting systems and the preparation, analysis, and interpretation of a basic set of financial statements is provided. Students gain skills in the ability to report a variety of business transactions to users of financial statements. Topics include special journals, subsidiary ledgers, accounts receivable and uncollectible accounts, notes receivable, inventory, current liabilities, capital assets, and accounting for partnerships and corporations.

Prerequisite(s): ACCT 1

This course offers an opportunity to explore a variety of business careers and to engage with business professionals. It provides insight into workplace expectations, future employment trends and focuses on the essential employability skills. Activities and sessions are designed to enhance student attributes as well to aid in making a realistic assessment of the many opportunities available upon graduation and how to prepare for them. Course activities primarily involve independent learning opportunities.

In this course, the emphasis is on the development of professional communication. Students develop communication and teamwork skills through the preparation and delivery of a range of professional documents and presentations utilizing current workplace technologies.

Macroeconomics introduces the student to the workings of our economy at large. In particular the student is introduced to the concepts and interrelationships between the following macroeconomic variables: GDP, the price level and inflation, real GDP, the unemployment rate, interest rates, stock prices, the foreign exchange rate, and the balance of international payment. Emphasis is placed on the practical application of the foregoing topics towards understanding how current events of either a private or government nature affect the economy at large.
Human Resources Management is intended to provide students with an understanding of human resources management functions within organizations. The course provides an introduction to the purpose and the application of Human Resources activities which will assist organizations in achieving their goals and objectives. As such, this course is designed to lay the groundwork for more advanced studies in Human Resources and related subjects.

Introductory Marketing is a core course in the Business Program (Diploma) at St. Lawrence College. It is designed to introduce students to the principles and practices of marketing and marketing management in both small and large organizations. It provides a framework for marketing decisions from which students can proceed to more advanced courses in the discipline of marketing.

This course provides an overview of the mathematics of business financial management. Time value of money is used in both compound and simple interest applications. Annuities are studied and applied to various business applications and financial decision-making such as bonds, investments, loans and net present value. 

Prerequisite(s): MATH 35


This course covers Excel from basics to advanced topics. It is designed to introduce students to electronic spreadsheets and then introduces more advanced features of Microsoft Excel. During the course students will create simple spreadsheets using the four building blocks of cell content: labels, values, formulas and functions. Students will also gain skills in visually formatting the spreadsheet and creating simple charts. Students will create spreadsheets using more complex functions including arithmetic on date values; managing multi-sheet workbooks; incorporating protection within the workbooks and use filtering of data in tables. Advanced topics in Excel includes: creating automated worksheet tasks, What-If analysis, Pivot Tables, exchanging data with other programs and programming in VBA.

Prerequisite(s): COMP222

This course introduces students to the workings of our market system, within which business organizations must function. In particular, the course studies consumer and business behaviour within a mixed government-market framework. Emphasis is placed on understanding how microeconomic analysis is employed in such functional areas as accounting and finance, marketing, and human resources management, as well as in interpreting government actions in the marketplace and other events of a microeconomic nature.

The study of organizational behaviour is the study of three separate, but interrelated, processes. The course begins with the study of individual behaviour in organizations, including such topics as perception, attitudes and work motivation. The study of group dynamics is also addressed, including such topics as team building, leadership, and decision-making. Finally the course explores the study of organizational structure, culture and change.

This introductory course is designed to help students develop persuasive communication skills, build self-confidence in making presentations and provide a sound grounding in the field of professional selling. Students learn about the principles of professional selling which are essential to most career-oriented or entrepreneurial opportunities. Students develop skills in building rapport in a sales context, navigating buyer-seller relationships throughout the decision-making process, and executing an effective sales presentation.

With the pace of change in businesses today comes the increasing need for projects and the need for people to understand how projects work. This course is designed for those wanting to understand the basics of project management according to a logic model or plan. Students learn the major concepts, processes and tools of project management in business projects and apply these processes and techniques to significantly improve the efficiency with which business goals can be achieved. Each step in the process is examined including goal setting, project scope, charter, risk management and evaluation. Students also experience first-hand the communication challenges that can make or break a project. Learning occurs primarily through class/small group discussion, individual/group activities and case studies.

This course provides the students with an opportunity to explore the field of operations and supply chain management. Students study the planning and management of all activities involved in sourcing, procurement, conversion, and logistics management. The course also exposes students to theory regarding topics including Just-in-Time, lean management, risk management, utilization, inventory analysis and outsourcing/offshoring. The course addresses the importance of facility location and warehouse types that are used in today’s environment.

In Administrative Law students review the legal environment for businesses and identify its impact on operations. Students analyze legislation, statues, regulations, and company policies to identify compliance requirements, mitigate risk, and determine strategy. Exploring contracts, the law associated with business relationships, and various special legal rights and relationships students learn to consider the complex regulatory context in which businesses operate.
This course is designed to assist students in searching for career opportunities in the business environment. Students create resumes and cover letters, and practice interview skills. In addition to the traditional hardcopy methods of job searching and submission of resumes and cover letters, students learn how to employ online resources. 

This course explores the range of skills, knowledge and competencies required to become a successful entrepreneur or to work in a small - medium sized enterprise that expects these skills to develop the venture. Fundamentals of business planning, feasibility analysis, debt / equity financing, financial management, business growth and productivity concepts are explored. Students utilize entrepreneurial techniques, opportunity identification, resource allocation and profit planning and embed these skills through written business plans, oral presentations, discussions and decision-making scenarios. Business planning activities, guest speakers, and articles help to develop an integrated understanding of the importance of entrepreneurship, business building and venture development. 

Computer Applications in Accounting is designed to provide the student with experience in maintaining computerized accounting records, primarily using current accounting software. This course will reinforce all of the principles and concepts that were introduced in Introductory Accounting. Students set up a computerized accounting system for a company, process transactions in all modules and are expected to print and interpret generated reports.

Prerequisite(s): ACCT1

This course is designed to prepare the students for the roles and responsibilities of placement. Students also further develop techniques designed to enhance professional behaviour. 

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to applied statistical analysis and analytical decision making. During this course, students build a "statistical tool kit" that allows them to organize, present, and analyze data that arises in accounting, marketing, human resources and in business in general. Major topics covered include sampling, graphing, measures of central tendency and dispersion, probability distributions, normality, hypothesis testing, and regression. The course emphasizes the role of statistics in business applications such as quality control, forecasting, and quantitative decision making. Statistical software and technology will be used.

Prerequisite(s): MATH90

This course introduces the concepts and theories of leadership to help students develop the skills essential to becoming leaders in the workplace, the community and in society. Course content focuses on self-managed leadership and explores related innovation, communication, problem-solving, group dynamics, empowerment, and conflict management concepts. By way of practical exercises, students are encouraged to examine systematically their own leadership potential.

Prerequisite(s): HUMA 53

The quality of a firm's marketing strategy may determine its ultimate success or failure. Therefore, the perspective of this course is from that of a Marketing Manager engaged in marketing problem solving and decision making. The elements of marketing planning are studied, particularly, the task of assessing marketing opportunity and designing and implementing marketing strategy so as to exploit such opportunity. This course focuses on strategy at the operational level of the organization but also considers the role and importance of marketing in achieving corporate level objectives. The course culminates with the development and presentation of a complete marketing plan. To achieve this, the case study and presentation methods approach is used.

This course offers the opportunity for students to experience what it is like to run a business. Operating in multi-disciplinary teams, students analyze problems, develop strategies and implement solutions, requiring them to make a wide range of decisions. Students are made aware of functional specialization and develop a team approach for problem solving and decision making. 

This course provides an introduction to the field of business financial management. FINA 1 includes a review of the preparation of the primary financial statements and emphasizes their application in financial forecasting. Other major topics addressed include financial statement analysis, working capital management, and sources of short-term financing. The course also provides a brief review of time value of money concepts and their application in capital budgeting decisions which are examined in detail in FINA 2.

Prerequisite(s): ACCT5


Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with the majority of Grade 11 and 12 courses at the C, U or M Level including the following prerequisites:

  • Grade 12 English at the C or U level
  • Grade 11 Math at the C, U or M level

For OSSD equivalency options, see Admission Requirements.

If you are missing prerequisite courses, enroll in the Career/College Prep program - free for Ontario residents who are 19 years or older.



Program Fees
Ancillary Fees
$2,721.36 CAD
Program Fees
$0.00 CAD
Ancillary Fees
$818.32 CAD
$3,539.68 CAD

Fees are estimates only.  Tuition is based on two semesters.

Tuition fees are subject to change pending confirmation of provincial Ministry Funding rates for 2021-2022.

Program Fees
Ancillary Fees
$14,600.00 CAD
Program Fees
$0.00 CAD
Ancillary Fees
$1,529.65 CAD
$16,129.65 CAD

Fees are estimates only.  Tuition is based on two semesters.

Tuition fees are subject to change pending confirmation of provincial Ministry Funding rates for 2021-2022.


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Career Opportunities

Career opportunities in Business Administration are numerous and graduates may find themselves working in:

  • management
  • finance
  • marketing
  • human resources or operational leadership roles
  • entrepreneurs also develop the skills and acumen needed to leverage their business ideas forward.


Business Program placements are a minimum of 140 working hours, and are one of the highlights of Year 3. Students have the opportunity to experience real-world learning by applying their skills within local businesses and organizations. Placement is a resume-worthy opportunity to network with other business professionals.

Previous students have secured placements with a wide variety of industries including healthcare, retail, manufacturing, government, hotel services, logistics and finance.



Other Information

Programs at St. Lawrence College are delivered using a variety of instruction modes. Courses may be offered in the classroom or lab, entirely online, or in a hybrid mode which combines classroom sessions with online learning activities. Program delivery can be run weekdays, weekends or evenings. Upon registration, each full-time student is provided a St. Lawrence College email account which is used to communicate important information about program or course events.

Students starting in February must take the second semester during the spring/summer in order to be on track for the third semester in the fall.

Advanced Standing

High school students with a minimum grade of 75% in Grade 12 M level accounting (BAT4M) are eligible to receive advanced standing in St. Lawrence College Introductory Accounting, ACCT 1. Once you have been accepted into your college program, contact your program coordinator for details.

Graduates from the three-year Business Administration program have the opportunity to continue to the Laurentian University Bachelor of Business Administration degree offered on the Kingston campus.

Program Contacts

Program Contact
David White
613.933.6080, ext. 2115

Admissions Information
Contact a member of our recruitment team
1.800.463.0752 and ask for Recruiting

International Students Contact
+1 613.544.5400 ext. 5514