Bachelor of Technology

Bachelor of Technology

The Bachelor of Technology degree program is intended to provide individuals possessing strong technical expertise with the background skills required to help them become effective workplace managers. Graduates will understand how to:

  • Communicate clearly in a culturally diverse workplace
  • Effectively communicate with and lead teams
  • Manage change in the workplace
  • Manage large-scale projects
  • Manage emerging technologies
  • Operate business in a sustainable fashion
  • Support occupational health and safety
  • Effectively function in a global economy
  • Analyze and perform research

Graduates of the Bachelor of Technology program also have the option of using many of their courses as prerequisites towards TRU's Master of Business Administration.

Admission requirements

Completion of a two-year diploma in technology, a recognized trades qualification or an equivalent.

Students with a recognized four-year trades qualification or technology diploma can gain up to 60 credits toward this degree.

Students are expected to have university-level writing skills upon entry into this program. Writing skills will be assessed during the admission process. Those who do not have university-level writing skills should enroll in an introductory first-year English composition course.

Residency requirements

A minimum of 15 TRU credits (distance or on-campus).

Degree requirements

120 credits total,  at least 45 of which must be at the upper-level, with a grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher over all courses required for the credential, as follows:

Core knowledge/lower-level requirements (18 credits )

Composition and Interpersonal Communications (6 credits) – (ENGL 1100 or ENGL 1101) or  (CMNS 1290 or CMNS 1291 or CMNS 1811) and CMNS 2170

Statistics (3 credits) – (STAT 1200 or STAT 1201) or ECON 2320

Organizational Behaviour (3 credits) – ORGB 2810 or ORGB 2811

Economics (6 credits) – (ECON 1900 or ECON 1901) and (ECON 1950 and ECON 1951)

Upper-level requirements (45 credits)

Business Organization, Teamwork, Leadership (12 credits) – BBUS 3671 or BBUS 4135 or BBUS 4833 or (MNGT 3730 or MNGT 3731) or ORGB 3730 or ORGB 3770 or ORGB 3810 or MNGT 4720 or (ORGB 4870 or ORGB 4871)

Economics with an Environmental and International Focus (6 credits) – ECON 3550 and ECON 3710

Organizational Communications (3 credits) – CMNS 4530

Occupational Health and Safety (3 credits) – LEAD 3511 not available yet on campus at this time

Specialization Electives (9 credits) – Must be approved by the program advisor

Emerging Technologies (3 credits) –not available yet on campus at this time

Research Methods (3 credits) – BUSN 3980 or RSMT 3501

Project Management (6 credits) –MNGT 4751  not available yet on campus at this time

Students are responsible for consulting with a program advisor to ensure that the courses they select are appropriate for their program of study and educational goals. Students who proceed without approval may find that a course does not meet these requirements and may be subject to transcript assessment fees. Students may be required to take some distance courses through TRU-Open Learning.

Bachelor of Technology: Trades and Technology Leadership

Experience | Skills | Education

Leading organizations to succeed

The Bachelor of Technology: Trades and Technology Leadership degree program builds on your trades or technology qualifications, integrating your previous practical experience with studies in leadership and management skills.

This program, the only one of its kind in Canada, is aimed at allowing certified tradespeople and technologists to gain the business and leadership knowledge needed for management and other advanced positions. Delivered primarily online, TRU recognizes that many tradespeople or technologists wishing to advance in their careers are already working in their chosen field and so require flexible learning options.

Thompson Rivers University’s leadership degree includes:

  • Credit for previous trades/technology education and expertise — Thompson Rivers University will recognize previous knowledge as satisfying part of the credits required to receive the degree. Credit assessment will be according to TRU policies.
  • Flexibility and accessibility for working persons — Most courses will be available online so that an individual can study from their home with the schedule that suits them.
  • Choice of elective courses that suit the individual’s particular needs — It is intended that only the core leadership courses be prescribed. In recognizing that each individual will require different knowledge in their particular industry, position and organization, each person will be able to access suitable elective courses as part of the credit towards the degree. Further, they will be able to take these elective courses at other institutions, if it is convenient.

For more information on our degree programs, please email your request and a brief description of your trades or technology background to advisorD.

Program details at Open Learning