Business Administration and Applied Communications with a Minor Undergraduate Diploma


The following program is an APPROVED and Designated program as an International Learning Program. This course is eligible to receive foreign nationals on a study permit. Designated Learning Institution Number O142243313422 is issued by the International Student Program, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada Office. 

Admission criteria for International Applicants:

1.) All Applicants must have graduated from High School (12th Standard), achieving a minimum mark in their 12th level of studies and received:

a.) A minimum of 65% overall within a Social Studies course (or equivalent)

b.) A minimum of 65% within Math (or equivalent)

c.) A minimum of 70% Overall in English, Language Arts

ALL High School marks must be certified by the issuing school.

2.) All students that have attended a post-secondary schooling must provide their credentials and show a PASS, credentials will be required to be certified by the issuing school and will be compared to the International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS) Criteria for the country of origin. To learn more about the IQAS Please CLICK HERE:

3.) All applicants MUST pass a pre-admission interview, (this is a fee-for-service) this is where you will provide evidence that you are fluent in reading, writing and speaking in English. Interviews will be arranged prior to formal application. To learn more about the interview assessment for English fluency please CLICK HERE.

Pre-Admission Interviews will require applicants to bring:

  1. Two personal references from a former employer or teacher indicating the applicant’s maturity and responsibility.
  2. Evidence of age (must be 19 years of age or older, exceptions may apply for those that apply at the age of 18 and turning 19 while in School)
  3. Transcript of ALL MARKS including high-school marks, post-secondary education, language proficiency exam results.

Transcripts will be utilized to assess the students ability within a classroom, pass and fail marks DO NOT result in rejection into the college.

Formal Application (Upon acceptance) will require the applicant to provide:

  1. To have the ability to have a valid passport for a minimum of 5 years, and never been denied entry into Canada.
  2. Proof of ability to acquire funds for a G.I.C (from a bank in India to Bank of Nova Scotia) A sponsorship letter or official documentation (notarized) indicating that the student can pay for the program and living expenses. Remember that you will have to show Canadian Immigration that you have a place that you can reside in while your enrolled in the program.
  • An registration fee of $500.00 (applied to tuition cost once the student commences) to be provided before a letter of acceptance is issued (Payment is in Canadian Dollars and is to be paid online and directly to College via-bank transfer)  ADMISSIONS ARE CAPPED
  • For further reference please visit the “International Student Pathway” tab within this site.

Admission for Canadian Citizens: 

To be eligible for Regular Admission, applicants must present a high school diploma with Grade 12 courses, or equivalents, such as General Education Development (GED) Test AND/OR required post-secondary courses or post-secondary credential with a PASS and have two letters of reference outlying the applicants character.


Apply as a “Mature Student” The Royal Alberta College defines  “mature student” as an individual that is at least 19 years of age and has completed 10th Grade that has been out of school for a minimum of four (4) years and has related work experience within the program they wish to enroll in.

Start dates:  January / September / October (Fall Term) Yearly

Practicum: Students are required to complete a work practicum to graduate from this program. Practicums will be arranged by the student and the Practicum Coordinator. Arrangements have been made for the intake of students from The Royal Alberta College with several businesses, including yet not limited to: The City of Edmonton for the top performers. The remaining students will be requested to engage businesses for practicums for credit, this engagement will be supported by the Practicum Coordinator through their extensive network.

Course overview : 

Course Name Description Hours (min per week) #Number of weeks Total Hours per class
Social Psychology &  Self reflection Within this course students will become aware of their strengths and learn how to build on their weaknesses and have a better understanding of rejection. 20 2 40
Canadian Culture Within this course, students will be introduced to the history of Canada, including the governance, judicial and parliamentary systems upon completion students should be able to articulate “what is Canada.”. 20 2 40
Globalization A look at how the world has become “flat” and causes and effects of this transition 20 2 40
Intercultural Communications Within this course, students will revisit what makes Canada an ideal country to do business within, and learn the differences between other cultures that are actively visible in Canada and how they are integrated. Students will discuss provincial policies that uphold or hinder culture. 20 2 40
Canadian Workplace culture A look into the overview of small, medium and large Canadian companies and how the manage their day-to-day operations and compare to others sectors globally 20 2 40
Indigenous Culture Within this class students will learn about the Indigenous Heritage. 20 2 40
Technical Communications 1- Writing In this course, students will learn: proper sentence structure; the benefit of plain language; the “you” attitude of business writing and writing effectively in email and social media with the objective to be enabled to enhance customer service, reduce workload and showcase professionalism. Students will also be introduced on how to acknowledge other contributors work. 20 1 20
Technical Communications 2 – Negotiations Negotiations – Reliably negotiating optimal outcomes requires a keen appreciation of the negotiation process, systematic preparation, and honed interpersonal skills. In this intensive, interactive course students will acquire the framework, tools, techniques, and skills for maximizing outcomes by effectively navigating the negotiation process from setup to commitment to implementation. 20 1 20
Technical Development 1 – Online resources Students within this class will gain an understanding of Google online resources and learn how to utilize them for day-to-day business and communications. 20 1 20
Psychology in Business   20 1 20
Business Start-up – Entrepreneurship (intro) An introduction to Entrepreneurship 20 2 40
Administration Learning the administration and directing skills to adapt the conditions 20 2 40
Office organization Overview about the Canadian workplace and organizational skills 20 2 40
Workplace privacy Workplace privacy and privileged information will be studied, topics including the PIPA and FOIP Acts and an understanding of what is considered private by law and what considered simply discussion – and how topics if needed to be discussed outside the work environment. 20 2 40
The Basics of Project Management Gain an understanding of the project characteristics, along with the five Project Management Process Groups: Initiating, Planning, Executing, Monitoring and Controlling and Closing to enhance overall performance and the success of projects in any organization or industry. Discover how to integrate the ten Knowledge Area processes, tools, techniques and templates in a manner that can be readily applied in the workplace. Learn how to apply various techniques such as stakeholder analysis, work breakdown structure, scheduling, estimating, risk assessments, evaluation criteria, change control and lessons learned. 20 2 40
Group Facilitation Techniques In today’s increasingly complex and fast-changing world, collaborations is a necessity for organizations of all types and sizes. Getting and staying on the same page, and working together while leveraging individual and group creativity may not come automatically. Effective group facilitation can help maximize the synergy in collaboration. An effective facilitator can serve as an enabler to help accelerate the process of gaining clarity, solving problems, and building consensus 20 2 40
Social media (use case) Getting familiar with the use of latest trends and how to use them to form effective network – This class also covers Intro to Social media law for business 20 2 40
Introduction to the structures for an online business Within this class we discuss things from eCommerce, drop shipping and how online sales “Click and pay” versus Brick and Mortar businesses compete and how they are integrating to find synergies — 20 2 40
Capstone 1 – Social Media Marketing for Bricks and Mortar Students are presented a real-world business case, whereas they will have to apply their acquired classroom knowledge and practicum skills for a solution for a industry client – 20 3 60
AI In the workplace Within this class we discuss things from eCommerce, drop shipping and how online sales “Click and pay” versus Brick and Mortar businesses compete and how they are integrating to find synergies — 20 1 20
Introduction to Canadian Tax System Basis of taxation in Canada and information about personal taxation 20 2 40
Introduction to financial management Introduction to financial concepts in business and everyday life 20 2 40
Introduction to Canadian Law Learning about essential and basic laws in Canada 20 2 40
Bookkeeping Basics Basics of bookkeeping and accounting 20 2 40
Social Media Law The basics of Social Media Law and rules that employers and employees must be aware of. 20 1 20
Capstone 2 Students are presented a real-world business case, whereas they will have to apply their acquired classroom knowledge and practicum skills for a solution for a industry client – 20 3 60
Practicum Reflection(s) Students will provide their daily reports and review formally with educational staff. Discussions will occur on what happened, effectiveness and problems will be discussed. 20 2 40
Introduction to French levels 1 & 2  Within level 1 of this course students will be introduced to introductory words and phrases of the Canadian French Language. IN level 2, students will learn how to formulate entry level discussions, and how to use phrases in social and business environments.  20 4 80
Total in classroom hours weeks   910 Hours    
Practicum level 1 & 2 Students will elect to be placed into a workplace practicum of the schools choosing or shall provide a location that is approved by the school 200 Hours     
 Total Hours for Diploma     1,100 Hours over 44 Weeks *    
  *Hours are subject to be modified for the overall betterment for delivery to students.      

Ideal traits:

This list is not inclusive, as these “ideal traits” will continue to evolve, yet this list should provide you with a firm understanding of what are the minimal requirements; which include and are not limited to:

  • Students should have a general understanding of day-to-day business concepts.
  • Students that are seeking a “minor” in a finance field (accounting, bookkeeping) should have an already related post-secondary education (Foreign Charted Accountant designation or equivalency)
  • Students should be familiar with Google and its associated software systems.
  • Students should be outgoing, charismatic, polite and have a willing to learn different things. 
  • Students should have the ability to work well in a team environment. 
  • Students should be able to work independently when needed.
  • Students should be organized and know how to be resourceful. 

Career outlook: 

Career outlook is deemed to better than average according to the Federal Government of Canada’s Job Bank ( ) and also the Government’s of Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan industry indicators.  

These indicators along with the higher than average employment turnover due to members of the baby boom generation that are expected to retire over the next few years. To find out more click this Government of Alberta link:

Occupations for graduates (not inclusive):

  1. Educational support staff
  2. Department generalist
  3. Business Generalist
  4. Market Access facilitator Assistant
  5. International business facilitator
  6. Project researcher Assistant
  7. office analyst
  8. Communications Analyst
  9. Social Media Administrator 
  10. Requirements Analyst
  11. Functional Analyst
  12. Solution Architect
  13. Methods Analyst
  14. Needs assessor
  15. SWOT analyst
  16. Business Plan author
  17. Office policy administrator 
  18. Financial efficiency and other professions
  19. Quality Control / Proposal writers
  20. Tender facilitator
  21. Workplace/Workflow analyst
  22. Sales coordinator
  23. Sales Management Analysis 
  24. Social Media Marketer
  25. Office Assistant
  26. Office Administrator
  27. Business Analyst Admin
  28. General Analysts Business Analyst
  29. Data miner
  30. Business Systems Analyst
  31. Business Process Analyst
  32. Competitive Intelligence Admin 
  33. Receptionist
  34. Accounting Assistant 
  35. Customer service clerk
  36. Business Admin Assistant 
  37. Clerk levels 1,2,3,4
  38. Project Assistant 
  39. Administrative Support level 1,2,3,4
  40. Payroll Assistant 
  41. Executive Assistant
  42. Document Administrator 
  43. Government office Administrator
  44. Office manager 
  45. Assistant to Clerk
  46. Assistant office manager 
  47. Bookkeeper 
  48. Campaign worker
  49. Not-for-profit office worker

There are more than thirty job sites in Canada, and dozens in Alberta; we have these credible sites to provide you current statistical information on jobs for graduates from this field of study (Be certain to expand your search):

** It should be noted that the students that graduate from the Business Administration program will be able to apply for occupations in several other professions are not limited to the careers listed on this page.