Program Description

Bachelor of Business Administration in Innovation and Sustainability

Throughout the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Innovation and Sustainability program, you’ll work with a variety of stakeholders on specially selected client projects. This hands-on experience will help you to develop practical skills in real time, while tackling important issues facing organizations and society. It will also inspire you as a changemaker, giving you a deeper understanding of the complexity and far-reaching impact of social and environmental issues.

This program is offered as a 4-year undergraduate degree or a 4-year undergraduate degree with language support for students typically entering from high school (or equivalent), as well as a 16 months on-campus, full-time, degree-completion option (years 3 & 4).

Royal Roads BBA offers you project-based learning that lets you earn a degree and make a difference in the community at the same time. In this program, you will:

  • gain contemporary business knowledge and job-relevant competency within core business subjects
  • develop leadership, adaptability, and collaboration skills to help you work and communicate effectively with a variety of stakeholders
  • apply creative approaches and hone your critical thinking skills through complex problem solving
  • contribute to context- and community-responsive projects focused on social and environmental sustainability
  • foster a unique sense of purpose and vision that will make you career-ready, position you to make meaningful changes in society, and enhance your personal fulfillment
  • build a deep portfolio of project work to showcase your learning, skill development, and contribution to the community while you were in the program
  • pursue a capstone or internship option that helps you integrate and polish your skills

Common Foundations

Through challenge-based learning, you'll receive an interdisciplinary foundation for the first two years of your undergraduate program. You'll be immersed in world issues while acquiring the key knowledge and skills essential for today's careers. Working in teams, you'll design sustainable solutions for local challenges while learning transferrable skills, such as leadership, communication, critical thinking and collaboration. Visit the common foundations page to learn more about challenge-based learning in the first two years of this program.

Who is it for?

Do you want to position yourself for a successful career and change the world? The Royal Roads BBA in Innovation and Sustainability allows you to build on your previous experience and education with practical, relevant, and community-conscious project work. The program is designed to give you the innovation- and sustainability-focused experience employers want and that global leaders are calling for. It equips you to tackle the social and environmental issues you care about while you invest in your own career.

This program is right for you if you:

  • are committed to financially, socially, environmentally sustainable enterprise, value creation for all stakeholders, and responsible management practices
  • want to impact the local and global community through social innovation
  • are looking for ways to discover, challenge, and maximize your personal potential
  • are curious about the relationships among individuals, organizations, society, and the environment
  • want to develop career-ready knowledge, skills, and a portfolio of hands-on experience

How is the program designed and delivered?

The Royal Roads BBA in Innovation and Sustainability is designed to give you the solid business knowledge base you expect from a BBA degree. But beyond this, we know you need opportunities to directly apply that knowledge to develop practical career-ready skills and context-specific awareness.

Working on a variety of projects throughout the program will help you to recognize real opportunities for business and social innovation. You’ll also be equipped to meet the 21st-century career demands for adaptability, complex problem-solving, decision-making under uncertainty, collaboration, and digital and technological literacy.

For each project, you will work with real clients and use modern tools and technologies. Project facilitators, who will take the place of more traditional lecture-oriented instructors, will provide you with coaching and support through every project.

Learn more about the program design.

What can you do with a Royal Roads University BBA degree?

Businesses with strong social and environmental values are looking for employees with the vision, skills, and attitudes that will help them achieve their financial and social sustainability goals. Whether you aspire to be an entrepreneur or a transformational leader in an existing firm, in the corporate or non-profit world, our BBA in Innovation and Sustainability is designed to give you those strong business basics and practical skills that will help you find success—and help you create real change in the world.
This degree will open up many career options in business, sustainability, and related fields including:

  • Social and environmental start-ups
  • Business specialist roles within small- to medium-sized enterprises in areas of green technology, sustainable energy, fair trade, etc.
  • Government and non-government organizations (local and international) involved in economic development, business development, social innovation, and community planning
  • Sustainability specialist roles (officers, consultants, auditors, etc.) or sustainability training roles within larger organizations

You will graduate with adaptable skills that can be applied to a wide range of business, management, and sustainability-oriented careers. 

For more information about the program or how to apply, contact one of our enrolment advisors by email, or call 1.877.778.6227. If you are an international student, please contact our international enrolment team.

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