Business Administration

Welcome to the Bachelor of Business Administration program

On Campus in North Bay

If you want to prepare for a career, and for life in general, Nipissing’s School of Business offers a unique approach to learning that gives you more than a degree. Along with core business knowledge, our faculty will help you develop professional and social skills. The program’s combination of theoretical background, practical skills, experience, independent thinking, and problem solving will give you an advantage and better chance of success in a competitive market.

Taylor Hummel, DMLA Recipient

"Making the choice to get my BBA from Nipissing is one of the best choices I’ve ever made. I’ve often experienced scepticism from others regarding the opportunities Nipissing University can offer students because it is a smaller institution; take it from me that Nipissing’s smaller size is actually one of the most beneficial opportunities a business student can get in this competitive industry. Building professional relationships with professors, peers and community businesses has opened up more opportunities for experiential learning and career paths, both locally and internationally, than I could have ever imagined. The tight-knit and supportive community at NipissingU offers opportunities that are second to none!”

Taylor Hummel - BBA Marketing, 2019

The Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) program is a general business degree that provides students with a strong foundation of business knowledge along with the opportunity to develop an area of focus. Some of these areas can lead directly to professional designations. The degree has six knowledge concentration streams as follows:

  • Accounting
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation Leadership
  • Finance
  • Human Resources
  • International Business
  • Marketing

The BBA program requirements can be viewed through the Academic Calendar.


These minors are available to students pursuing a program of study in a different discipline. 

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Jesse Lopinski, BBA 2019

"Being at Nipissing has allowed me to work on creative projects and has given me a very personal education. As an economics and marketing student, I have diversified my experience at Nipissing and had the opportunity to see the BBA program from different perspectives. This diversity in perspective was crucial in my growth as a business student. Having multiple streams paired with experiential learning opportunities has better prepared me for the future, and I am proud to have gone to Nipissing University."

Jesse Lopinski - BBA Marketing & Economics, 2019

Experience sets you apart!

Experiential learning is key to preparing students for success by providing opportunities for practical, hands-on learning both inside and outside of the classroom.


The School of Business BBA Co-op Program is an integrated approach to university education that enables students to alternate academic terms on campus with work terms in suitable employment. The success of such programs is founded on the principle that students can apply theoretical knowledge from course studies in the workplace and return to the classroom with practical workplace experience.

For more information on co-op, click here or email

The Sparrow Family Experiential Learning Centre 

Sparrow Family

Thanks to a long relationship with and the generous support of the Sparrow Family, Nipissing University and the School of Business celebrate the opening of The Sparrow Family Experiential Learning Centre.   

The new centre will be instrumental in capturing the imagination, encouraging collaboration, honing presentation and professional competencies, and helping to direct the entrepreneurial spirit of our students. Included in the new centre are a large boardroom, collaborative work spaces, and smaller meeting rooms.

"We chose to support the Sparrow Family Experiential Learning Centre because our Dad (Herb Sparrow) was a self made entrepreneur, and our Mom (Tena Sparrow) was an excellent bookkeeper with a great mind for numbers. Together they supported a lot of business start-ups in Northern Ontario, including one of the first hydroponic farms. When Dad brought home the first “hydroponic” tomato, he said it was the most expensive but best tomato he had ever tasted!"

The Sparrow Family Experiential Learning Centre is made possible through the generous support of the Sparrow Family.

Cooper Allen

"The Nipissing School of Business offers several unique experiential learning opportunities that connect classroom theory with real-world application. Being involved with case learning, and more specifically case competitions, through each year of my degree not only enriched the overall learning experience, but also allowed me to connect with many great people in our program and in the business community. I would highly recommend a student become involved with case competitions as early in their degree as possible."

Cooper Allen - BBA Accounting, 2019


iLEAD business experience certificate

he iLEAD Program allows you to Learn through Experience, Action and Discovery while earning credits toward your BBA or BComm degree. The program is designed to help you gain valuable and relevant work experience through activities such as directed studies, writing an honours thesis, participating in workplace internships or studying overseas. The iLEAD program allows your learning to transcend the classroom so you can hone your personal and professional skills and realize success in all facets of your life.

For more information on how to get involved click here or email

Applied Projects

Many of our business courses incorporate applied projects within them, providing you with opportunities to work with clients on real world business challenges that add depth to your resume.

Read more about some of the exciting applied projects students have undertaken:


Nipissing’s small size allows undergraduates to assist with faculty research; an opportunity often reserved for graduate students at larger institutions. This experience is invaluable for students looking to pursue graduate studies. If you’re interested in getting involved in research, speak with a faculty member for more information.

As a business student, you also have the opportunity to participate in Nipissing University’s Annual Undergraduate Research Conference to showcase your research and engage in scholarly debate with peers, faculty and the public.


Interested in being your own boss? We can help. The School of Business offers courses specifically for those looking to start their own business including ADMN 2156 - Introduction to Entrepreneurship and ADMN 3306 - Small Business Administration. The Sparrow Centre can also help you connect with a variety of community partners who can support you through your startup journey by providing access to mentorship, grants and funding, networking opportunities and workshops.

Jeremy Butterworth portarit

Turning ideas into reality

For award winning business student Jeremy Butterworth, the Introduction to Entrepreneurship course he took in 2017 instantly helped him realize his dreams. The third-year student turned his course-work into a full-fledged business opportunity, with external funding allowing him to make a reality out of his idea for a fitness-based app, named Flex.

“My professors were incredibly helpful in pushing me to flesh out all aspects of the business plan, including financial forecasting and competitor analysis. They really helped me synthesize the plan to become a professional product, and also helped me to find grants that were available for young entrepreneurs. I highly recommend this course to any students interested in entrepreneurship.”

Jeremy is now working with a company to develop the app and is planning to launch Flex this year.

Executive in Residence Program

The Executive in Residence Program provides students with the opportunity to learn from a seasoned business professional.  The Executive in Residence serves as an important link between the classroom and boardroom by delivering guest lectures, mentoring students, and providing feedback on program development.

George Flumerfelt, President and CEO of The Redpath Group is the School of Business' inaugural Executive in Residence.  

Dan Miller

“The school of Business gave me so many great opportunities to further develop my passion for marketing. The iLead placement gave me the chance to take skills from the classroom and apply them in real scenarios. I was fortunate enough to do an eight-month iLead placement with Laker’s Athletics, which gave me relevant social media management skills, game-day promotion and the ability to run my own “More Than an Athlete Campaign”. Furthermore, the School of Business gave me a chance to attend the Algoma University Business Case Competition with fellow classmates. This attached with the relationships I have built with faculty and staff has put me in a great position as I enter the workforce.”

Daniel Miller - BBA Marketing, 2019

​​​​​​Academic Support Services

Our goal is to support your academic and personal development. Look for assistance with accessibility services, learning style assessments, writing skills, writing formats, study strategies, time management, note-taking skills, academic resources, group seminars, peer support, career development activities, and more. Learn More...

Personal Counselling Services

Our registered counsellors offer free, year-round personal counselling services, specialized therapeutic groups, referral services and a host of wellness, educational and awareness events to all full- and part-time undergraduate and graduate students. Learn More...

Academic Advising

Undergraduate students who wish to plan their programs or who need advice on any academic matter should consult an Academic Advisor.

To schedule an appointment with an Academic Advisor, you can visit A207, request an appointment through WebAdvisor by clicking the link Request Academic Advising Appointment, or send an email to

Do you have a quick question for an Academic Advisor? You can speak with an advisor during Drop In Hours.

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Financial Support Services

Achieve your goals on time and on budget. We’ll help you fund your education through scholarships, awards, bursaries, government assistance, and work study programs. Learn More...

Internationalize your Degree

If you want to experience a year or a semester at one of our partner schools across the globe, we have support services and programs to help you get there. If you want to assist International students with adjusting to life in Canada, we’ll connect you. Check out your options...


Our top-rated residences will make you feel right at home. You will make fast friends with your residence community. Our student leaders, Residence Dons, and award winning residence staff give tutorials on everything from the basics of laundry and cooking to making connections within the community. Learn More...


NUBC Logo, 2019

Nipissing University Business Community (NUBC)

NUBC is a student organization that helps School of Business students get the most from their education. It organizes events that facilitate networking between students and community members, and assist in developing relationships between students and faculty, as well as other business-related activities to help students gain more than a degree.

Shawna Armstrong, NUBC President

“NUBC is an amazing club to be a part of. We promote student engagement through the various events we hold throughout the school year, such as the Future in Business event and our year end Formal and Awards Ceremony. Our events are known for their ability to allow students to network with the business community here in North Bay and present several opportunities for Nipissing Students to further their education and their careers.

Students and faculty can find us on social media to keep up-to-date on all NUBC related events!”

Shawna Armstrong- NUBC President, 3rd year BBA student 

Lakers Athletics

Exercise and healthy competition always help to clear the mind.


Nipissing’s Athletics Department offers a wide range of intramural activities to keep you on your game


Club sports are available to all Nipissing students and are both recreational and competitive.


Go Lakers! Our varsity athletes always bring their “A” game. Get your friends together and come out to cheer on your favourite teams.


Whether you are a gym enthusiast or a weekend warrior, Nipissing has just what you need.

Leadership and Community Engagement

If you are eager to get involved beyond the classroom, take part in the annual Undergraduate Research Conference, which gives you the opportunity to present your work to peers, professors, and family members. You may also have opportunity to work as a Research Assistant to help a professor conduct research and gain valuable experience at the same time.

Nipissing Promise

Students enrolled in the Nipissing University Promise program will be invited to return to Nipissing, tuition free, for up to 30 additional credits if six months after completing their four-year undergraduate degree program with a 70 percent average and all required elements of the program, they have not secured career-related employment.

Nipissing University Student Union (NUSU)

The Nipissing University Student Union (NUSU), Local 20 of the Canadian Federation of Students, is a body comprised of all Nipissing University students, representing approximately 5000 members at the main campus in North Bay, and long-distance students. Collectively, students have a much stronger voice, and NUSU is the embodiment of this voice. Members should expect accurate representation, social advocacy, diverse programming, and a number of services on behalf of the students from their Student Union.

Record of Student Development

Involvement and experiential learning lead to more personal and academic success by connecting classroom learning to real world experience. Volunteer on your campus and within the community and be officially recognized for all that you do. The Record of Student Development (RSD) documents that you have completed a series of involvement outcomes that all employers are looking for. Achieving all the competencies associated with the RSD will help you communicate the depth of your experiences as you apply to career opportunities.

Employers are looking for people with the following proven abilities:

  • Analytical Skills
  • Communication skills
  • Problem-Solving skills
  • Strong Work Ethic
  • Teamwork

To register and see the full list of RSD competencies visit

Welcome Back Huddle

The School of Business hosts a number of different events throughout the academic year, including the Welcome Back Huddle. The Welcome Back Huddle takes place during the third or fourth week of classes and all business students, faculty, and business student clubs are invited to attend. This event is a great opportunity for students to meet faculty, business students in all years of study, and to learn more about the various business student clubs. 

Future in Business Event

The Future in Business Event is an annual event that is organized by NUBC and the School of Business. The Future in Business Event takes place in January or February and various community business representatives, faculty, and all business students are invited to attend. This event is a great opportunity for all business students to network and learn about potential careers in business and internship opportunities.

End of the Year Formal and Awards Night

At the end of each year, the School of Business and NUBC hosts a School of Business Formal and Awards Night. This event is a great way for students and faculty to celebrate the end the academic year and it is also an opportunity to recognize our Business Student Leaders for their accomplishments.


School of Business Awards

Business Leader Awards

These awards are presented to the student(s), from each year, who best exemplifies the values of the Code of Excellence for The School of Business: professionalism, participation, academic integrity and excellence.

2019-2020 Recipients
1st Year Madysin Carrier
2nd Year Haley Hopkins
3rd Year Shawn Page and Giovanni Serebro
4th Year Jessica Rochon, Tiana Bedford, Carter Hodgson, Ryan Samuelson

Past Business Leader Award Recipients

2018-2019 Recipients
1st Year Giovanni Serebro
2nd Year Shawn Page
3rd Year Tiana Bedford
4th Year Taylor Hummel, Dan Miller, Dakota O’Hara, Abbey Thompson
2017-2018 Recipients
1st Year Shawn Page
2nd Year Juliett Iradukunda
3rd Year Taylor Hummel
4th Year Samuel White, Cole Holowenko, Natasha Snoddon, Brock Morison


2016-2017 Recipients

1st Year Christian Celebre

2nd Year

Taylor Hummel & Cooper Allen

3rd Year

Cole Holowenko

4th Year

Gregory Charbonneau, Zachary Filipov, Markus Hawco, Hayley Heaslip


2015-2016 Recipients

1st Year

Taylor Hummel

2nd Year

Landon Larabie

3rd Year

Aaron Veley

4th Year

Kimberly Knobel, Matthew Lewis, Carly Turcotte, Darren Wilson


2014-2015 Recipients

1st Year

Gillian McCaskill

2nd Year

Jessica Demers

3rd Year

Carly Turcotte

4th Year

Bailey Brown, Michael Codina-Lucia, Nathan Gravelle, Aaron Miller


2013-2014 Recipients

1st Year

Jessica Demers

2nd Year

Eben Gowan

3rd Year

Nathan Gravelle

4th Year

John Jackson, Brittany Lazure, Ingrid Neubert, Michelle Gibb


2012-2013 Recipients

1st Year

Rick Shaver

2nd Year

Nathan Gravelle

3rd Year

Kayla Fitzsimmons

4th Year

Kristen Van Leeuwen, Andrew Brown, Ian Szeto, Marissa Carman, Jason Gray


2011-2012 Recipients

1st Year

Nathan Gravelle

2nd Year

James Higginson

3rd Year

Ian Szeto, Nicholas King

4th Year

Leah Armstrong, Kristopher Brown, Alisa Di Benedetto, Kim Tait


2010-2011 Recipients

1st Year

Paul Cianfrini

2nd Year

Nicholas King

3rd Year

Leah Armstrong

4th Year

Derek Clouatre, Miranda Hunt, Dawn S. Lambe, Morgan Marchant, Kelsey Pletzer


2009-2010 Recipients

1st Year

Jaqueline Slaman

2nd Year

Leah Armstrong, Dawn S. Lambe

3rd Year

Sheldon Root

4th Year

Justin Chartrand, Paulo Carvalho, Emily Richards, Rachel Roy


2008-2009 Recipients

1st Year

Leah Armstrong

2nd Year

Mitchell Crown

3rd Year

Rachel Roy

4th Year

Matthew Bradley, Sean Feretycki, Stephanie McGinnis, Chris Waddell, Ryan Webster


2007-2008 Recipients

1st Year

Morgan Marchant

2nd Year

Justin Chartrand, Don Lord

3rd Year

Matthew Bradley

4th Year

Geoff Brown, Dawn Carlyle, Bruno Prazeres, Joel Russell, Leslie Wardley


2006-2007 Recipients

1st Year

Justin Chartrand

2nd Year

Stephanie McGinnis

3rd Year

Leslie Wardley

4th Year

Christie Hayne, Ryan Briggs, Amy Timmons, Chela Breckon, Joel Ahrens


2005-2006 Recipients

1st Year

Stephanie McGinnis, Jennifer Wong

2nd Year

Sean Feretycki

3rd Year

Christie Hayne

4th Year

Lindsay Pepin, Melissa Toupin-Laforge


2004-2005 Recipients

1st Year

Dawn Carlyle

2nd Year

Christie Hayne

3rd Year

Lindsay Pepin

4th Year

Kristy Phillips


2003-2004 Recipients

1st Year

Julie Laperriere

2nd Year

Derek Stacey, Melissa Toupin-Laforge

3rd Year

Jacqueline Emes

4th Year

Shannon Brown


2002-2003 Recipients

1st Year

Derek Stacey

2nd Year

Jacques Ouelette

3rd Year

Amanda Wallance, Shannon Brown

4th Year

Stephanie McGarry


2001-2002 Recipients

1st Year

Donna Mitchell

2nd Year

Shannon Brown

3rd Year

Laureen Flinders

4th Year

Karol Douglas

Peer Recognition for Excellence Award

The Peer Recognition award goes to the student chosen by his or her peers of the fourth year graduating class, as that student who best exemplifies the values of the Code of Excellence for The School of Business: professionalism, participation, academic integrity and excellence.

2019-2020 Recipient         Not Awarded due to Pandemic

Past Peer Recognition Award Recipients

2018-2019 Abbey Thompson
2017-2018 Connor Musselman


Aaron Veley


Emily Bond


Kurt Tempelmans-Plat


David Jackson


Marissa Carman


Lisa Snider


Vanessa Garvin


Justin Chartrand


Matthew Bradley


Dawn Carlyle


Christie Hayne


Curtis Smith, Lindsay Pepin, Melissa Toupin-Laforge


Not awarded


Joey McNally


Vincent K Yeung


Adam Schure

Student Entrepreneur of the Year Award

This award is presented to a student in the Business program, as nominated and selected by the faculty of the School of Business, who shows potential in the field of entrepreneurship.

2019-2020 Recipient         Chris Coughlin

Past Student Entrepreneur of the Year Award Recipients

2018-2019 Olivia Hall
2017-2018 Tealia Carrier
2016-2017 Jeremy Butterworth

Post-Baccalaureate Leadership Award

This award is presented to the student in the Post-Baccalaureate, from each year, who best exemplifies the values of the Code of Excellence for The School of Business: professionalism, participation, academic integrity and excellence.

2019-2020 Winner: Aamil Ferhath

The Stockfish Family Start-Up Competition reflects the entrepreneurial spirit that initially brought George and Lynn Stockfish to North Bay in 1976. This Competition began in 2019 and is intended to encourage ambitious entrepreneurship students in the School of Business at Nipissing University. Students compete on the basis of a business plan they create in a course and present it to an esteemed panel of successful entrepreneurs. It is an exciting and prestigious event made possible by a generous donation from the Stockfish family. 

Here are the inaugural 2019 Competition Winners. Congratulations!

1st Place Stockfish Competition
1st Place - ADU
2nd Place Stockfish Competition
2nd Place - Robertson Pool Co.
3rd Place Stockfish Competition
3rd Place - Lensly