U of T Scarborough offers the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree through the Specialist Program in Management and the Specialist Program in Economics for Management Studies. The BBA degree reflects the reality of our changing world: increased globalization, together with a shift in emphasis away from (though not excluding) the banking sector toward smaller, entrepreneurial businesses. Our BBA degree is designed to give students a broad exposure to all of the functional areas of Management as well as instill a solid grounding in Economics.
The BBA program encompasses interactive lectures and challenging academic assignments that enable students to learn and practice skills in leadership, negotiation, innovation, communication, and teamwork—all of which are vital for today's business managers. In addition, students who wish to pursue more in-depth study in a particular business niche have the option of completing a Specialist program within one of the following areas:
Graduates from the BBA program go on to find exciting positions in a wide range of industries, and their record on professional exams is stellar. For a list of common questions regarding these programs, please visit our FAQ page.
What Is the Difference Between Our BBA and a BCom?
The BBA is the general business degree given by American universities, whereas the BCom degree originated in Britain and embodies a historically based European focus. Traditionally, the BCom degree at the University of Toronto has been highly focused on Economics. The Scarborough campus introduced the BBA degree to be broadly focused on Management, and the degree requirements are designed to expose students to all functional areas of Management while also providing a solid grounding in Economics. This characteristic of the degree means that the BBA is, in effect, a junior Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree.
It is important not to overemphasize the differences between the two degrees. U of T Scarborough Management professors are associated with the U of T Rotman School of Management, so the content of business courses across U of T is similar. The main differences between our BBA and the BCom are:
- The Management Co-op program at U of T Scarborough ensures that our courses and curriculum are highly focused on the needs of today's employers.
- U of T Scarborough economists are associated with the Rotman Business Economics group and the U of T Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources. As such, our Economics courses tend to be less theoretical and more focused on business.