Applied Business Technology Majors

A major (also known as a major concentration or concentration) is a term most commonly applied to a program of study leading to a bachelor's degree. Community college programs generally do not have majors as such. Their 1- to 3-year diploma and certificate programs (which are of varying lengths and comprehensiveness) carry a designation, for instance a diploma in Fashion Business Management or Computerized Accounting and Payroll, which are much more specific than a bachelor's degree. As well, unlike a traditional bachelor's degree, many applied business technology diplomas and certificates are offered in partnership with industry groups and this leads to "certification" upon a student's successful graduation.

Often, students in a community college or career college program--sometimes all the students in the department--will take a common set of core foundational courses in the first year (or term, in the case of shorter programs) which then enables them to pursue a specialized area of study. But generally the field of study at the community or career college level is job-focused to the point where students do not take "elective" courses as they do for bachelor's degrees. Hence the designation of the diploma effectively stands in for the "major."

Check out CampusStarter's database of Canadian Applied Business Technology Schools and Programs