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2023-2024 Academic Calendar

Business Management Diploma

Location(s): Chetwynd, ​Dawson Creek, ​Fort St. John, and Online

The field of business provides many exciting careers and opportunities in such areas as finance, accounting, entrepreneurship, information technology, general management, marketing, and logistics. Northern Lights College’s Business Management Program prepares students for positions of responsibility in the business community and for further educational opportunities by promoting conceptual and technical skill development in business.

The Business Management Program at Northern Lights College offers a wide variety of first and second-year courses for students interested in working towards a Business Diploma, or transferring to university or professional designation programs elsewhere.

The Business Management diploma is a two year program with two streams, allowing students to earn a general business management credential or to specialize in accounting.

Career Prospects

Careers and opportunities in such areas as finance, accounting, entrepreneurship, information technology, general management, marketing, and logistics.

Learn how NLC courses are recognized by the Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia.



Dawson CreekFallFull-TimePart-Time
Fort St JohnFallFull-TimePart-Time


60 credits (915 hours), minimum.

This is a two year program taken over four semesters with minimum of 15 credits per semester.  Part-time studies will take longer. Students in this program select course loads and course schedules that fit their needs and course availability. Registration is completed semester-by-semester.

Estimated Program Fees

Program fee type: Academic

Costs indicated are estimates for a full-time course load.
Book, instruments, supplies, uniforms/clothing and third-party fees are additional.

Domestic Fees

 TuitionStudent FeesInstruction-related
Fees (includes GST)
Year 1$ 3,581.40$ 149.76$ 51.84$ 3,783.00
Year 2 (estimated)$ 3,653.03$ 152.76$ 0.00$ 3,805.78

International Fees

 TuitionStudent FeesInstruction-related
Fees (includes GST)
Medical Insurance
Year 1$ 11,580.00$ 149.76$ 51.84$ 828.00$ 12,609.60
Year 2 (estimated)$ 12,300.00$ 152.75$ 51.84$ 828.00$ 13,332.59

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Admission Requirements

English Requirement

For applicants from countries that practice Standard Written English, one of the following:

  • English Studies 12 with a grade of B or higher, or equivalent
  • English First Peoples 12 with a grade of B or higher, or equivalent
  • ENGL 050 with a grade of B or higher, or equivalent
  • ENGL 099 with a grade of B or higher, or equivalent
  • Any university-level English course with a grade of C or higher
  • NLC Writing Assessment with placement at the college level (100)

For all other applicants, one of the following:

  • IELTS result with an overall score of 6.0 or higher with no band less than 6.0*
  • TOEFL iBT of 78
  • Canadian Academic English Assessment (CAEL) 60 overall band
  • Canadian Language Benchmark Assessment (CLBA) 8 in each section
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) 57
  • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) 76
  • Cambridge-Michigan Language Assessment (CaMLA) 69 plus NLC’s Writing Assessment
  • A post-secondary level credential with equivalent English language requirements
  • Two years of full-time secondary school education in English in Canada and completion of English 12, English Studies 12, English Literature 12, English 12 First Peoples, or equivalent with a minimum grade of B.
  • Completion of the Citation in English for Academic Purposes Level 060

The General Academic English Language Proficiency Requirements  outline more details of the academic English requirements.

Students with a writing band of 6.0 or less are required to complete ENGL 099 with a B grade or higher before or during the first semester of their program.

Math Requirement

One of the following:

  • Pre-calculus 11 with a C grade or higher, or equivalent
  • Principles of Mathematics 11 with a C grade or higher, or equivalent
  • Foundations of Math 11 with a C grade or higher, or equivalent
  • MATH 040 with a C grade or higher, or equivalent
  • Readiness for MATH 050 as determined by the CCP Math appraisal.


Elective courses may have specific prerequisites. Meeting entrance requirements for the program does not ensure course prerequisites have been met for all available courses.

Important Notes

  1. This program is eligible for Canada Student Loans. Visit Student Aid BCto apply for financial assistance online.  Note that dual credit students are not eligible for Student Aid.
  2. Student must provide a finanical calculator. Students are required to have a computer (laptop or other mobile device) with minimum computer requirements.
  3. Block transfer agreements may allow diploma graduates to transfer directly into the third year of degree programs at the University of Northern British Columbia, North Island College, Okanagan College, and Royal Roads University.
  4. Northern Lights College courses are also recognized by professional associations such as the Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia, Aboriginal Financial Officers Association of BC, the Canadian Bankers Institute, and others.

Program Requirements

Residency Requirement25% of all coursework must be completed at Northern Lights College
Minimum Grade Requirements2.00 program Grade Point Average (GPA); D grade (50%) minimum in all courses
Additional RequirementsA minimum of six courses (18 credits in total) must be selected as electives and up to eight (24 credits).A maximum of three calculus credits is permitted.

Semester One

All of:

Semester Two

All of:

Semester Three

All of:

And one of:

Semester Four

All of:

Business Electives

ECON 101 and ECON 102 are recommended for students planning to transfer into degree programs.  However, students may substitute these courses for ECON 105 and another elective.

** Students have the option of taking MGMT 120 and an elective in place of MGMT 103 and MGMT 109.

Select from:

Or one of:

Or one of:

Or one of:

Suggested Electives

When selecting electives, students are encouraged to consider:

Electives best selected for a mathematical orientation or to prepare for a business degree  (B. Comm, BBA):

Electives best selected for a marketing orientation:

Electives best selected for an information technology orientation are:


Diploma in Business Management