BBA with BTM Concentration (Acadia)

Bachelor of Business Administration with BTM Concentration
F.C. Manning School of Business
Acadia University – Wolfville, NS

Acadia’s BBA program with a BTM concentration produces graduates who pursue their careers with integrity, initiative, and curiosity! It will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of business fundamentals and an opportunity to develop your knowledge of information and communication technologies (ICT).

“Since Acadia I have completed two post graduation programs and after talking to many students from different universities, I still believe that Acadia has the best business program. We had so many hands-on learning experiences and the Core program really gave us an in-depth understanding of working in groups in the business world. The class sizes are small, so students are taught by their professors and have the opportunity to ask questions to their professors—not a TA. Overall I loved getting my BBA from Acadia and would recommend it to anyone.”
-Caren Magraken


With classrooms in the heart of Annapolis Valley, just 100 km northwest of Halifax, the F.C. Manning School of Business offers a liberal arts education with active and engaged learning. With small 20-25 person classes, students get individual attention from their professors. In other words, no 500 person teaching assistant-run classes!

The curriculum includes foundation, core, and interest-driven courses.  First year consists of introductory classes in economics, statistics, communications, math, accounting, and business. In second year you learn financial, marketing, operational and human realities of business. The third and fourth year BTM concentratioun includes a variety of computer science electives. Acadia’s Jordrey School of Computer Science [] is a true partner in this program, allowing you to work with real programmers and engineers. You’ll study computer applications, multimedia programming, databases and data analytics, systems analysis and design, and green computing and IT.

The program also offers an elective co-op program, with 3 work terms at a local business and real-world projects. Additionally, you gain access to the Acadia International Executive Insight Series (AIEIS) [] and the Acadia Centre for Social Business Entrepreneurship (ACSBE) []. AIEIS is a web-based video database containing interviews with more than 150 business, industry and government leaders. The ACSBE helps individuals and organizations reach their entrepreneurial potential through counseling and consulting, professional development, and educational programs.

This 4-5 year undergraduate program is aligned with the CCICT/CareerMash national BTM program. The length depends on whether or not you go for the co-op program.

Job titles of recent graduates include business analyst, project manager, and business development manager. Organizations that work with the Manning School include BMO Financial Group,  the Canada–Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board, Export Development Canada (EDC), InNOVAcorp, the Nova Scotia Department of Transportation, and Pearson Canada.

Finally, the small town of Wolfville offers a diversity of experiences for all to enjoy. A short drive away from the scenic Bay of Fundy, Wolfville hosts the Randall House Musuem, the Acadia University Art Gallery, and the Atlantic Theatre Festival. The annual Annapolis Valley Music Festival showcases talented musicians from across the Maritimes.

Fun Facts

Acadia is the only university to have placed first in all four categories in Maclean's annual reputation survey: best overall, highest quality, most innovative, and leaders of tomorrow. In fact, Acadia has ranked as the most innovative undergraduate institution 15 times.

Acadia is also a laureate of the Smithsonian Institution. As the only Canadian institution selected for inclusion in the Education and Academia category of the prestigious Computerworld Smithsonian Award, Acadia’s submission is now part of the permanent research collection at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

Fred C. Manning was the first person in Canada to receive the honour of having a business school named after him. From humble beginnings, he created one of the largest business empires to have emerged from the Maritimes, and amazingly, he did so during the Great Depression. United Services Corporation, the company he founded, owned service stations, automobile agencies, bus lines, trucking companies, and wholesale automotive supply companies.