2 + 2 Program

Students completing a 2 year diploma in Business Administration at a recognized college and earning a grade point average of B or better receive 60 credit hours of advanced standings towards a 4 year degree at Brandon University. This applies to both the Bachelor of Business Administration and the 4 year Bachelor of Arts with a major in Business Administration. Courses taken at the college are evaluated and transferred in on a course-by-course basis. An additional block transfer is added so that a total of 60 credit hours are transferred in and 60 credit hours remain to be taken at Brandon University. The 2+2 program is not a separate program, but a method by which students receive advanced standing in earning their BBA or BA degree. Accordingly, all students must meet the course grade requirements outlined in the calendar for individual courses.

Residency Requirements

Brandon University normally requires students to complete at least 66 credit hours at Brandon University to earn a degree here. As the 2+2 program requires students to complete only 60 credit hours at Brandon University, no additional courses beyond the 60 credit hours in the diploma may be transferred in.

Please note: Students cannot take a course at Brandon University and have it included in their 60 credit hours of university credits if they have already completed the course successfully in their college diploma. A student may choose to repeat a course to upgrade a mark, but this must be in addition to the 60 credit hours that must be taken at Brandon University.

Program Information

Students accepted into either the Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) or the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) with a Major in Business through the 2 + 2 program must take:

1) 30 credit hours in Business Administration courses.
The course requirement differs for the B.B.A. and the B.A. See the additional information below for the specific requirements.

2) 18 credit hours in a minor subject area.
This must be a non-business subject area. Each discipline or subject area taught at the university sets out in the calendar the course work that must be completed in order to complete a minor. As this is a four year degree, the requirements set out for a four year minor must be completed.

To find information about a minor in a particular subject area, please refer to the Undergraduate Calendar.

** If students select Sociology or Native Studies for their minor, the required courses exceed the 18 credit hours allowed for in the 2+2 program. Students must still complete the courses required for the minor, as set out in the calendar. Special permission must be obtained from the Curriculum and Academic Standards committee, although this is not an onerous process.

3) 6 credit hours in the Humanities.
These courses must be selected from a list set out on pages 29 and 30 of the 2005 calendar.

4) 6 credit hours in the Natural Sciences.
These courses must also be selected from a list, this time on page 30 of the 2005 calendar.

The required courses in the Humanities and Natural Sciences are referred to as Liberal Education requirements, and can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

It is not necessary to take any additional courses in the Social Sciences, as Business is a Social Science and courses in the major fulfill this requirement.

Business Administration courses

Bachelor of Business Administration, 30 credit hours

Students are required to achieve a minimum overall grade point average of 2.5, and a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in the 30 credit hours of Business Administration courses.

1) Required courses: ( 15 or 18 credit hours)

  • 16:278 Business Finance unless the student has completed the equivalent content in finance courses as part of their 2 year diploma. If the equivalent content has been covered, the student must select a business elective in lieu of 16:278 (3 credit hours
  • 16:367 Marketing Management (3 credit hours)
  • 16:391 Operations Management * (3 credit hours)
  • 16:396 Strategic Management (3 credit hours)
  • 16:435 Small Business Management (6 credit hours)

2 + 2 students do not need to complete the electives listed in the calendar for 16:278, 16:367, 16:391 and 16:396. Successful completion of a recognized two year diploma is considered to be sufficient preparation for these courses. Students are expected to take these four courses in their first year at Brandon University. Once these are completed, students have then met the prerequisites to take 16:435 Small Business Management, regardless of the prerequisites listed for 16:435 in the calendar. 16:435 is a full year course, and is taken in the second year for 2 + 2 students.

* Students must achieve a grade of C+ or higher in this course.

2) Elective courses in Business Administration. (12 credit hours unless the student has already completed the equivalent of 16:278, then 15 credit hours are required).

In addition to courses listed in the Business Administration section of the calendar, which begin with the number 16, students may also take as a business elective:

38:356 Marketing and Retail Location Analysis, which is offered by the Geography Department.

The prerequisite courses are waived if 2 + 2 students wish to take 16:395 Business Policy as one of their electives. Successful completion of a recognized two year diploma is considered to be sufficient preparation for this course.

For all other elective business courses, students are expected to meet the required prerequisite courses. Course prerequisites may have been completed as part of the college diploma, if not they must be taken at Brandon University. If you believe that you have already completed the required content in your college diploma and this has not been reflected on your Brandon University transcript, please see the course instructor and take the college course outline.

Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Business Administration, 30 credit hours

Students are required to achieve a minimum overall grade point average of 2.0, and a minimum grade point average of 2.5 in the 30 credit hours of Business Administration courses.

1) Required courses: (9 or 12 credit hours)

  • 16:278 Business Finance unless the student has completed the equivalent content in finance courses as part of their 2 year diploma. If the equivalent content has been covered, the student must select a business elective in lieu of 16:278 (3 credit hours)
  • 16:367 Marketing Management (3 credit hours)
  • 16:391 Operations Management * (3 credit hours)
  • 16:396 Strategic Management (3 credit hours)

2 + 2 students do not need to complete the electives listed in the calendar for 16:278, 16:367, 16:391 and 16:396. Successful completion of a recognized two year diploma is considered to be sufficient preparation for these courses. Students are expected to take these four courses in their first year at Brandon University. Once these are completed, students have then met the prerequisites to take 16:435.

* Students must achieve a grade of C+ or higher in this course.

2) Elective courses in Business Administration. (18 credit hours unless the student has already completed the equivalent of 16:278, then 21 credit hours are required).

In addition to courses listed in the Business Administration section of the calendar, which begin with the number 16, students may also take as a business elective:

38:356 Marketing and Retail Location Analysis, which is offered by the Geography Department.

The prerequisite courses are waived if 2 + 2 students wish to take 16:395 Business Policy as one of their electives. Successful completion of a recognized two year diploma is considered to be sufficient preparation for this course.

Students may choose to take 16:435 Small Business Management as an elective.

For all other elective business courses, students are expected to meet the required prerequisite courses. Course prerequisites may have been completed as part of the college diploma, if not they must be taken at Brandon University. If you believe that you have already completed the required content in your college diploma and this has not been reflected on your Brandon University transcript, please see the course instructor and take the college course outline.

If you have additional questions that are not addressed on this web page, please contact me at GillanderH@brandonu.ca