Business Administration (BBA)

The renowned Lazaridis School of Business and Economics is one of the first internationally accredited business schools in Canada (AACSB accreditation), where you’ll learn to work in teams tackling real-world problems that exist in society and in business. Our Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) program is full time and direct entry, which means your business education begins on day one.

Through class discussions, case analysis exercises and competitions, and training from professors and industry executives, this program delivers an immersive experience revealing the reality of today’s business world.

Apply Your Learning

At Laurier, you'll participate in a number of practical case-based learning opportunities:

  • Live Case: In your very first semester, you'll work in a group to answer a strategic business question posed by a real company. Cash prizes are awarded to the top teams.
  • New Venture Competition: Working in a team, you'll generate and present a concept, value proposition and business plan for your new venture.
  • Pitch Competition: This competition offers you the opportunity to perfect the "art of the pitch," a critical business skill in today’s world.
  • Integrated Case Exercise (ICE) Week: In your third year, you'll put your business knowledge to the test during in a ten-day live case competition. Within a group, you'll analyze a real problem facing a real company and offer real solutions.

Check out the Business Experience Guide.

 

top percentage of business schools worldwide*

 

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*Accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business since 2004.

Admissions

Format: full time      Duration: four years     Start: September (fall term)     OUAC code: UB
Ontario High School Admission Requirements
  • Minimum admission range: high 80s.
  • Competitive admission range based on last year’s admitted students: low 90s.
  • Advanced Functions at 70%.
  • English at 70%.
  • One of Calculus and Vectors or Data Management at 60%.
  • All prerequisite courses calculated in admissions average.
Canadian Admission Requirements (Outside of Ontario)

Students applying to this program from a Canadian province outside of Ontario are encouraged to review our course equivalents by province chart. This chart will show you what courses from your province are equivalent to the admission requirements listed under Ontario High School Admission Requirements.

International Admission Requirements

Students applying to this program from an international curriculum are encouraged to review our curriculum-specific requirements; you must also meet all program-specific requirements listed under the Ontario High School Admission Requirements section.

English-Proficiency Requirement

Laurier's language of instruction is English, and so we may require you to provide evidence of your English proficiency to help make sure you experience success in your academic courses.

Your three most recent years of full-time education must be in English without taking any ESL (English as a Second Language) courses. If you do not meet this requirement, you must provide evidence of your English proficiency.

We reserve the right to request an English-language test from any applicant.

If you do not meet Laurier's English proficiency requirement but are academically qualified for your program, you may be eligible for a conditional offer of admission.

Laurier English and Academic Foundation (LEAF) Program

The Laurier English and Academic Foundation (LEAF) program is an academic English program for Laurier applicants who have to prove English proficiency. If you have received an offer to Laurier with a condition to meet our English- proficiency requirement, you can meet that condition by successfully completing the LEAF program.

College Pathways

The Bachelor of Business Administration is considered competitive and requires outstanding academic achievement in college courses and the required high school courses to be admissible. Space for transfer students is subject to availability based on the number and calibre of applicants. Transfer students will be admitted to first-year regardless of transfer credits awarded. 

Other Admission Requirements

Visit our admission requirements section to find specific requirements for university students, indigenous applicants, mature learners, homeschooled applicants, senior citizens, refugees, and more. 

Program Options and Courses

Concentrations, Options and Minors

You'll build a solid foundation and become a well-rounded business graduate, as well as a specialist that will lead directly to the career you want by having the freedom to choose one of ten business concentrations in upper years:

  • Accounting
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Human Resource Management
  • International Business
  • Marketing
  • Risk Management
  • Strategic Management
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Sustainability

You also have the opportunity to earn all the university credits required for the major professional designations: CPA (accounting), CFA (finance) and CHRP (human resources).

Looking to do more with your degree? Add an option or minor to your BBA degree.

First-Year Courses

  • Understanding the Business Environment
  • Functional Areas of the Organization
  • Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • Introduction to Microeconomics
  • Introduction to Macroeconomics
  • Introductory to Calculus and Social Sciences or Calculus I
  • 2.0 non-business electives

Sample Upper-Year Courses

  • Creative Thinking for Marketing Managers
  • Consumer Behaviour
  • Building and Managing Products, Services and Brands

Co-op

Co-op is a way to integrate what you are learning in the classroom with practical experience in your field of study. Build your resume, earn money, develop your network, and graduate with work experience.

You can apply for admission to co-op in your first year and may be eligible for an admission interview early in your second year. As a student in this program, you will be eligible to complete three work terms of four months’ duration, between second and fourth year, enabling you to obtain 12 months of full-time work experience.

Interested? Learn more about co-op.

Tuition and Scholarships

Getting a university education is an investment in your future.

At Laurier, we take financial health seriously by providing a wide variety of funding opportunities for you throughout your degree, such as scholarships and bursaries, and by equipping you with the skills to manage your finances effectively in the years to come.

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"Seeing how Laurier integrated theoretical knowledge with practical experience through co-op, presentations, case competitions and student union clubs showed me that this was the right fit for me and my future goals."

Gursimar Sachar, Lazaridis School alumnus

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"My Lazaridis School BBA gave me the business fundamentals that I needed to begin my own company, and I got a lot of practical experience applying those tools. Ultimately that let me dive into entrepreneurship with confidence."

Jessica Chalk, Lazaridis School Alumna, founder and CEO of TrafficSoda

Your Career Awaits

It’s not only about the journey; it’s about the destination. Let us help you get to where you’re going.

Here are just some examples of our graduates' destinations. What’s yours?

Sample Career Options

Note: Additional training and education may be required.

  • actuary
  • brand strategist/manager
  • financial analyst
  • investment banking analyst
  • project manager
  • recruiter
  • trader

Explore more careers.

Support After Graduation

Alumni for life means that you have access to Career and Employment Support offered at Laurier for your entire career.

Waterloo Campus

The Waterloo campus is tucked into about one city block, so you’re steps away from your classes, food and your new favourite study spot.

There are many ways to tour our Waterloo campus, whether that's on a guided tour with one of our Laurier student ambassadors, on your own using virtual reality, or even on-demand through one of our pre-recorded tours. See our campus spaces and start to picture yourself at Laurier.

"The soft skills I was able to learn through the small classroom environments, even in just first year, put me at an incredible advantage in comparison to others. I have been trained to think on my feet, be motivated, be knowledgeable in what I do, and, most importantly, be professional."

Merna Riad, Lazaridis School alumna, manager of strategic partnerships at Maple

Interested in More Info?

Email chooselaurier@wlu.ca, call 519.884.0710 x3385 or see all contact information.