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Applied Business Technology: Diploma

All intakes for this program have been postponed indefinitely. Please see Legal Administrative Studies for an alternate program.


The program requirements, courses, course credits, and graduation requirements for this program are currently being revised.

Students may exit at diploma, certificate or citation level. The two-year diploma program (which is currently under review) prepares students for advancement in office careers and/or for transfer into the third year of the KPU Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Entrepreneurial Leadership. The first year of this program is the Applied Business Technology certificate.

The first year of study provides students with excellent workplace skills of an intensive, practical nature. The curriculum provides a background in Business Communications, Bookkeeping Basics, Computer Competency, Office Dynamics, and Word Processing, as well as courses specific to the specialty option selected by each student. These options are Administrative Assistant and Legal Administrative Assistant. Students may exit the program at the certificate level with skills appropriate to the office workplace.

The ten additional courses required for the diploma will provide students with enhanced knowledge, skills, and attitudes for the various office workplaces they have chosen. They will be better prepared for advancement and for supervisory positions with enhanced communication skills and knowledge of management, organizational behaviour, marketing, microeconomics, human resource management, project management and administrative management. Students also have the opportunity to select from a group of optional courses. Not all courses are offered each semester or each campus.

Transfer to a BBA Degree

Graduates are eligible for admission into the third year of KPU's Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Entrepreneurial Leadership.

Student Profile

Students who are recent high school graduates or are mature students with or without higher education. Students have a large variety of previous work experiences. Some students are seeking entry to the workforce, some are upgrading office skills, some wish for a change in career path, and others have completed higher education and are seeking a hands-on, learning environment with a practical focus.

Career Opportunities

Graduates find employment in a wide variety of businesses, legal offices and departments. They may be considered for entry-level supervisory and office management positions in both the public and private sector.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the Faculty's Admission Requirements, which consist of KPU's undergraduate English Proficiency Requirement, the following program admission requirements apply:

  • Successful completion of the ABTY Certificate or equivalent

Curricular Requirements

Core Requirements (complete all):
  ABTY 2110 Administrative Management 3 credits
  ABTY 2120 Project Management 3 credits
  CMNS 1140 Business and Technical Communication: Theory and Application 3 credits
  BUSI 1250 Human Resources Management I 3 credits
  ECON 1150 Principles of Microeconomics* 3 credits
  MRKT 1199 Introduction to Marketing* 3 credits
  BUSI 1210 Essentials of Management * 3 credits
  BUSI 1215 Organizational Behaviour* 3 credits
Electives (complete 3):
  ACCT 1230 Business Statistics* 3 credits
  ACCT 2293 Accelerated Introductory Financial Accounting* 3 credits
  BUSI 2360 Union Management Relations (prerequisites are BUSI 1210 or BUSI 1215) 3 credits
  BUSI 2390 Business Law 3 credits
  CBSY 2305 Advanced Microcomputer Applications 3 credits
  PHIL 1150 Basic Logic 3 credits
  PSYC 1100 Introduction to Psychology: Basic Processes 3 credits
  ENGL 1100 Introduction to University Writing 3 credits

To be eligible for admission to the Bachelor of Business Administration in Entrepreneurial Leadership Degree, the prescribed bridging courses must be taken within the elective course choices.

* Bridging courses required to enter the BBA degree program

Credential Awarded

Upon successful completion of this program, students are eligible to receive a Diploma in Applied Business Technology.

At a Glance

School of Business

Program Type:

  • Undergraduate

Credential Granted:

  • Diploma

Offered At:

  • KPU Surrey  Surrey

Start Date(s):

  • Fall Intake (September)  September

Intake Type:

  • Open Intake  Open intake


  • Full-time  Full-time

Minimum Credits Required:

  • 33

Instructional Cycle:

  • Semester-based

Curriculum Effective Date:

  • 01-Sep-2011

Applying to KPU:

Last Updated: 14-Jun-2016

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