Start Dates

  • September 03, 2024
  • January 09, 2025


Program Delivery

  • Any-time Online
  • Blended
  • In Class
  • Real-time Online
Tuition & Fees

Domestic: CAD $13,748
International: CAD $33,523
Estimated Book Costs: CAD $2,400

Not all courses may be offered in each delivery modality each semester.

The maximum course load for Fall or Winter semester is five (5) courses. Taking less than five courses for Fall or Winter term will take longer to complete the program. If taking condensed courses in the Spring/Summer term, the recommended maximum course load is two (2) condensed courses plus one (1) full-term (Spring/Summer) course. Students may elect to register in any combination as long as no more than two (2) condensed spring or summer courses are taken at the same time.

Note: Students can maintain full time status with at least three courses.

Program Description

Every business export and import goods and services. Supply chain management professionals determine the best combinations of outsourcing and procurement. In this major, you'll learn the various aspects of business operations including procurement, logistics and transportation, supplier relations, and inventory management. With this knowledge, you can contribute to the operational efficiency of a company. 

To learn more about working in the supply chain management field, Watch Video Here

Time commitment

This is a two-year (four term) diploma program. A standard course load is five courses per term. Students can maintain full time status with at least three courses. Taking less than five courses per term will take longer to complete the program.

Learning Options

The Business Administration diploma program consists of core business courses and major specific courses. Courses are available both in class and online. Please note that not all courses may be available online each semester. Consult with Academic Advising Team to assist with your program planning. 

For courses with scheduled midterms (max two per course) and final exam, they are required to be completed in person or at an approved invigilation site.

The University of Lethbridge and Bow Valley College Integrated Pathway

A new and unique program that will train students for the high-demand profession of supply chain management. The Business and Supply Chain Management integrated pathway program will see students earn a Business Administration Diploma with a major in supply chain management through Bow Valley College and a Bachelor of Management with a major in general management through the University of Lethbridge’s Dhillon School of Business.

University Transfer (Supply Chain Specific)

Transferability is available towards SAIT's Bachelor of Business Administration degree, Supply Chain Management major (upon acceptance by SAIT). 

Supply Chain Management Professional (SCMP) Designation

Supply Chain Management Major program graduates who successfully complete and achieve a grade of B or higher in their BVC courses may be exempt from the following modules and workshops in the Supply Chain Management Professional (SCMP) designation program.

SCMP Modules include (BVC equivalent courses in Brackets):

  • Module 1: Supply Chain Management (SCMT2101)
  • Module 2: Procurement and Supply Chain Management (SCMT2301)
  • Module 3: Logistics and Transportation (SCMT2401)
  • Module 4: Operations and Process Management (SCMT2201)
  • Workshop 2: Negotiation Skills (SCMT2302)
  • Workshop 3: Communication and Relational Skills (MGMT1201)

Eligible Business Administration Diploma graduates are required to complete all other SCMP program requirements (modules/workshops, In-Residence Week and Final Examination) before the SCMP designation can be granted by SCMA.

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Admission Requirements

Academic requirements
  • Credit in English Language Arts 30-1 or minimum 65% in English Language Arts 30-2 or equivalent
  • Credit in Math 30-1 or Math 30-2 or equivalent


Successful completion of the General Educational Development (GED) test that consists of five tests with a minimum score in the following sections:

  • Language Arts: Reading and Writing: 520 minimum standard score
  • Math Test: 520 minimum score


  • Satisfactory results on the Bow Valley College Admissions Test


  • Completion of 30 credits from a recognized business program (departmental approval required)  
English language proficiency requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English, please review English language proficiency requirements.


Transfer opportunities are available to a variety of institutions. Transfer credits are reviewed and accepted on an individual basis by the institution to which you apply. See our most current transfer agreements here

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Domestic Applicants

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International Learner Applicants

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Employment Rate


Training Related Employment Rate


Based on 2019-2020 domestic and international students who self-reported finding employment or training-related employment within 6-12 months after graduating.

Octavio Gonzalez Lopez

"The Chiu School of Business is truly engaged in helping students succeed in their professional paths. The instructors have vast experience, making the learning process very enriched. I’m starting a full-time position and Bow Valley College helped me enhance my management skills and abilities to be more attractive to companies that were hiring."

Octavio Gonzalez Lopez

Graduate, June 2018

Course Listing

Full course outlines are available here.

Curriculum subject to change.

Year One

Term One

In the business environment, accounting and financial information are essential for internal and external decision-making. Therefore, understanding the basics of accounting and financial statements are important for every business graduate. This course provides an introduction to the fundamental principles and concepts of accounting with an emphasis on decision-makers' objectives and use of financial information. Key concepts explored include accounting principles and standards, the complete accounting cycle, recording and reporting business transactions, and preparing and analyzing financial statements.

Learners are recommended to complete the Business Math Skills Self-Assessment (https://bowvalleycollege.ca/schools/chiu-school-of-business/MSA) prior to taking this course.

Note: Learners with prior credit in ACCT1101 and ACCT1102 cannot take ACCT1103.

With today's dynamic business climate and diverse workforce, the demands of managers to engage employees, be innovative, and be adaptive have become paramount to organizational effectiveness. As a result, managers are required to demonstrate a diverse range of skills which include, but are not limited to: planning and strategic management; effective decision-making and critical thinking; organizing human capital to facilitate efficient and effective work-practices; fostering positive influence to engage a diverse workforce with a focus on employee wellbeing, satisfaction, and performance; and implementing controls to establish and measure performance. This course provides the opportunity for students to explore key management concepts and the multi-faceted role of a manager within an organization.

Confident business communication requires learners to explore the changing landscape of digital media, while developing writing skills and techniques to compose competent, professional communications. In this course, learners explore research tools to aid in effective oral presentations and strengthen interpersonal skills to be an effective communicator in the Canadian workplace.

The allocation of scarce resources in the face of unlimited wants and needs is at the core of economics. This course introduces the fundamentals of microeconomics and creates the foundation for economic analysis and thinking. The course starts with the study of individual choice and opportunity cost, then proceeds to introduce supply and demand and the market adjustments leading to equilibrium, and addresses the use of market price and the sources of market failure. It transitions to consumer behaviour focusing on how consumers make decisions, while creating a framework to understand how firms optimize production under different market structures. The course concludes with the application of microeconomic theory to more advanced topics such as international trade, marginal analysis and the trade-off between equity and efficiency.

Learners are recommended to complete the Business Math Skills Self-Assessment (https://bowvalleycollege.ca/schools/chiu-school-of-business/MSA) prior to taking this course.

Learners are introduced to concepts aimed at providing a solid foundation of marketing principles and the role marketing plays in business. Emphasizing a holistic approach, learners have the opportunity to analyze and apply the marketing mix. Key concepts include product, price, placement, and promotion (4Ps), the Integrated Marketing Communications Mix (IMC), market research, and consumer behaviour.

Term Two

The central theme of the course focuses on the relationship between thinking, human behaviour, and organizational effectiveness. Opportunity is provided for learners to experience incidental learning as they evaluate their own behaviour. Learners explore how concepts and ideas pertaining to human behaviour can transform self, relationships, and the workplace.

Introduction to organizations and sustainability articulates a management approach to integrating economic, ethical, and environmental responsibilities into all aspects of organizations working to benefit society. Learners examine ethics of business and constructs of morally appropriate behavior concerning decision-making and businesses' relationship with the community. Concepts and practical approaches are used to discuss and integrate sustainability criteria with business requirements, including performance management and evolving strategies as business needs change.

Learners critically evaluate day-to-day economic subjects in a personal and business context. Throughout the course the economy is examined at the aggregate level with an emphasis on the determination and measurement of national income in the short and long run. The role of households, businesses, government, financial intermediaries and the international sector in influencing national income is examined. Learners analyze business cycles, money and banking, inflation, unemployment, exchange rates, and fiscal and monetary policies.

Operations management is the administration of all activities that transform inputs to outputs for all goods and services. This course explores the design and management of products, processes, services, and supply chains. Learners examine the integration of critical business processes from planning to short-term scheduling.

Supply chain management (SCM) is the movement of material and information through integrated processes in a supply chain to provide the highest degree of customer satisfaction at the lowest possible cost to achieve a sustainable competitive advantage. The key building blocks of a supply chain, logistics, procurement, and operations execution, will be covered. Learners will explore the scope of SCM and its impact on organizations.

Year Two

Term Three

Project management is an essential skill contributing to an organization's competitive advantage. This course incorporates the global standards from the Project Management Institute. The essential elements of project management include principles of project management, proposal stages, project scheduling, controlling, reporting, and the use of technologies to manage projects.

This course is an introduction to business analytics as a way to improve business decisions. Learners explore descriptive, predictive and prescriptive analytics, and have the opportunity to compile database analytics including querying databases. Learners focus on descriptive analytics to create data visualization for real-world applications, use Excel, and explore other tools such as SQL and Power BI.

This course introduces the basic concepts of transportation and warehousing operations. Learners explore the dynamic flow and storage of materials, services, and related information from suppliers to the final customers. In this course, learners examine the theories and best practices in logistics that lead companies to achieve efficient and effective operations to serve their customers and overcome their competitors.

For many organizations, inventory is one of the largest assets on the balance sheet. Minimizing inventory frees up money for use elsewhere in the organization. Materials management addresses techniques to manage inventory to allow processes or entities in the supply chain to operate interdependently and efficiently. This course addresses inventory from a financial, physical, forecasting, and operational standpoint.
Prerequisite: SCMT2101

Learners apply their knowledge of human resource functions through multiple stakeholder lenses while aligning functions to an organization's vision and strategy. Utilizing business scenarios, learners transition through the employment cycle adhering to legal requirements, ensuring health and safety in the workplace, and building positive work culture initiatives.

Term Four

This course covers the fundamentals of business strategy theory and application of the frameworks. Learners integrate the knowledge gained in previous business courses and demonstrate how the various pieces of the business puzzle fit together. Learners explore why the different parts of an organization need to be managed in strategic harmony to meet its goals within its competitive environment. A pragmatic approach to developing a strategic analysis skill set is followed. Learners work in multi-disciplinary teams from across the business majors to focus on building long-term strategies for organizations.

Procurement and contract management are central to a company's sustainable development efforts. Purchasing managers need to think strategically about the purchases they make and critically evaluate their purchases in light of the risks and uncertainties of the marketplace. This course addresses procurement from a strategic perspective. Learners will explore the relationship between supply chain management and procurement at the operational level.
Prerequisite: SCMT2101

Quality management is a vital part of an organization's strategy as well as its supply chain function. This course explores concepts of total quality management (TQM), just-in-time (JIT) management, and lean management with a focus on quality in procurement, logistics, and transportation. Learners gain an appreciation of quality management concepts and an ability to correlate between theory and practical application.
Prerequisite: SCMT2101

A basic understanding of key elements of the law is an essential factor in successful business management. Learners apply legal fundamentals useful in today's fast-paced, rapidly changing business environment.

Elective CoursesEarn at least 3 credits from the following courses:

The goal of finance is to increase the value of a firm as measured by the market value of the share price. Focusing on the framework of working capital management, capital budgeting process, long-term financing and external growth through mergers, learners explore the major financial decisions faced by the business. This course provides opportunities for learners to apply the skills and knowledge of finance to contemporary business situations.

This course introduces statistics for business disciplines. The course begins with an introduction to descriptive statistics and probability theory, then builds to a thorough understanding of theories and methods used in model building, estimation, and interpretation. Emphasis is placed on applying real data, technology, and statistical data analysis techniques to business problems to promote critical and informed business decisions and conclusions.

The impacts that differences in culture, politics, law, ethics, and economics have on business decisions are closely examined. Learners consider decisions in international expansion strategies and entry modes. Application of theory is focused on operations in human resource management, supply chain, marketing, and communications, all within the context of globalization and the global money system.
Prerequisite: MGMT2401

This course focuses on management information systems (MIS) and the roles, impacts, and risks of information technology infrastructure. Learners have the opportunity to understand how MIS is applied to address organizational challenges. The course explores how organizations use interconnected technology and systems to enable decision-making and achieve goals. Learners also analyze the effect of technology innovation on strategic planning.
Prerequisite: ACCT1103

Program FAQs

Today's companies seek employees with excellent communication and interpersonal skills. The evolution of the modern workplace, increasing competition, and rising consumer demands has forced employers to seek out motivated candidates with critical thinking and decision-making capabilities who also possess leadership potential. 

If you have prior work experience or have taken courses comparable to those required under this program at another institution, you may be eligible for Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) or transfer credit.

All requests must be submitted prior to the start of the program.  

The Business Administration Diploma typically takes two years or four terms to complete. This may take longer if the student takes less than five courses per term. 

Planning your course schedule according to availability and prerequisites requires some consideration. 

Once you are a registered student in a program at the Chiu School of Business, our Academic Advising Team can also assist you with planning. 



The Supply Chain Management Major helps you develop job-ready skills and other related business abilities. Supply chain is experiencing growth across Canada and needs a qualified and competent workforce to fill positions. Graduates can work across many business industries as supply chain skills are cross-functional. Graduates typically find employment in roles such as supply chain manager, transportation manager, logistics coordinator, sourcing analyst, inventory analyst, supply chain business analyst, buyer, contract analyst, warehouse associate, or expeditor.  



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Computer Requirements

Some courses might require additional software or applications packages. You will be given this information before starting the course.


The approximate cost of textbooks and other supplies is estimated at $750 per term. 

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