Should charities, ministries and NGO's follow the same business practices as for-profit companies?
The not-for-profit sector is dynamic and provides unique opportunities and challenges for managers. It needs leaders who are passionate about activism and positive change through the promotion of causes or by providing a public service. The Business - Not-for-Profit Management program at Redeemer equips students with a biblical framework for ethical business practice, preparing them to think critically about how to reflect Christ in the NFP sector's approach to program planning, fundraising, partnership-building, and volunteer engagement.
Business - Not-for-Profit Management is a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. It is offered as an honours major and as a major.
Right from the start, Redeemer’s business degree programs build a solid foundation of concepts, models, and theories across the disciplines while also grounding you in a Biblical framework for meaningful business networking and practices.
Your first-year courses introduce you to the different disciplines within business studies before digging deeper into topics that are more specific to the Business - Not-for-Profit Management stream. You have the flexibility to design a program tailored to your specific interest in the not-for-profit sector while also getting a broad and balanced understanding of all business disciplines with practical, real-world experiences you will encounter later on in the program
The Core Curriculum is a set of 10 courses that every student takes. The courses are woven through every major and gets you to think deeply and broadly about what you’re studying. Think about it this way…
In your classes, you will build a solid foundation across the disciplines while also honing soft skills in courses like Not-for-Profit Management, Development and Fundraising, and Not-for-Profit Marketing. Small classes taught by dedicated professors who are experts in their field mean you will conduct and critically assess research as you review the methods, concepts and findings of contemporary business practices.
In Redeemer’s business program, Prof. Susan Van Weelden, Prof. Laurie Busuttil and their colleagues are advancing the case method, an experiential learning approach for business students where students take on the role of managers in a variety of industries, organizations and scenarios. This case method provides a way for students to practice and gain confidence in their management skills.
Participate in two 8-month paid work placements as part of the business co-op program. You will learn from and network with people in the industry, while also gaining invaluable experience and practice.
The new bachelor of business administration degree will better reflect the calibre and range of courses across multiple business disciplines that are taken by...
Erica Costin, a respected team player, has been named the 2020 Co-op Student of the Year, after a term as a research assistant in the business department.
James Cuthbert ’09 owns and operates Urban Green, a company that creates indoor gardens and green spaces in offices and homes across southern Ontario.
Fifth-year business student Matthew Schoenmaker recently competed in the Great Canadian Sales Competition.
Redeemer business professors Laurie Busuttil and Susan Van Weelden make their mark on the North American business landscape with best-selling course materials.
In the face of an increasingly complex not-for-profit landscape, Redeemer University College is offering a new Business program stream: Not-for-Profit Management.
Redeemer honoured Leanna Petrusma’s outstanding contributions in her co-op work terms, naming her the first Co-op Student of the Year Award winner.
After studying for a year at a public university, Julia DeWeerd '21 felt God calling her to transfer to Redeemer's Business program instead.
Sisters and alumni — Elise, Maria, Carola and Loretta Vanderspek — have careers that span the professional sphere: an accountant, a lawyer, a doctor and a teacher.
Take that first step and experience Redeemer’s one-of-a-kind community like never before. Visiting campus — whether in-person or online — is the best way to figure out if Redeemer is the right fit for you.
Students in either the Honours Major or Four-Year Major who wish to add an Internship could add BUS 480 to their program as a general elective. This would be encouraged for students who do not opt for the co-op program since it would provide valuable experiential learning.
Discover the crucial role business plays in your life as a consumer and employee. Relate
the purpose and necessity of profit to a business’s goals for employees, suppliers, the community, the environment, and other stakeholders. Use effective marketing, financial management, and people strategies, combined with the right form of business
ownership, to achieve those goals.
Prepare yourself for the wide range of business decisions managers make on a daily basis. Compete against other teams as you run your own simulated business. Using case studies, practice analyzing financial reports, marketing data, and other information to make marketing, operating, human resource, accounting, and finance decisions.
Begin to speak accounting, the “language of business”. Learn how transactions and events related to cash, receivables, long-lived assets, liabilities, and equity are captured in financial terms and are compiled into financial statements. Read and interpret financial statements, and compare performance from one year to the next or one business to the next.
Apply basic tools to determine what it costs to deliver products and services, what
activities drive costs up or down in your business, what volume of business you need
to achieve your desired level of profit, and what costs are relevant for making decisions
about special orders, make or buy decisions, product pricing, and capital investments.
Prepare and use budgets to translate your business goals into monetary terms.
Discover the strategic role of information technology and management information systems in organizations. Learn about hardware and software. Gather, analyze, and use
data, information, and knowledge to make well-informed business decisions.
Learn how businesses obtain and use cash and other sources of financing. Realize the
time value of money and how it impacts short- and long-term financing decisions. Apply financial statement analysis and financial forecasting techniques. Use tools to effectively obtain and manage short-term sources of financing. Look ahead to long-term investment and financing decisions that will be the focus of BUS-336, including capital budgeting.
Develop insight into how individuals and teams behave in organizations. Harness values, perceptions, attitudes, communication, power, conflict and change management, and organizational design to motivate and equip people to accomplish organizational goals.
Discover the world of Scripturally-directed personal finance. Uncover the myths, mysteries, and marvels of wealth creation by examining attitudes about money from around the world. Develop God-honouring models of stewardship towards earning, spending, saving, investing, and giving as you assume responsibility for managing your finances.
Discover how organizations create value and connect with customers through
relationships and technology. Examine market segmentation, select a target market,
position a company in relation to the competition, analyze new product development and brand management strategies, and develop an effective marketing mix (e.g., product, place, promotion, pricing).
Explore the key assumptions, principles, and methods used to develop accounting
information. Use that information to make sound marketing, operating, human resource, accounting, performance evaluation, and strategic investment decisions.
Discover the unique management dilemmas posed by the not-for-profit—or voluntary—
sector, including faith-based organizations. Learn to make effective decisions about
strategic planning; financial and risk management; recruiting, training, motivating,
and managing human resources; marketing and communications to a variety of
stakeholders served; program evaluation; and governance.
Explore the spirituality of philanthropy, the psychology of donor behaviour, and the
best practices in donor-centred fundraising. Translate knowledge about major gifts,
planned giving, direct response fundraising, grants, and corporate fundraising into an
understanding of donor development and retention.
Develop the character, competencies, and skills required to effectively lead yourself and
others through this seminar comprised of reading, reflection and journaling, discussion, guest speakers, and interactive exercises.
Learn how to get the right people in the right jobs at the right time and for the right price. Help employees develop their gifts and abilities, assess their performance on the job, and prepare them for successful careers.
Learn how to manage the processes used to transform inputs into products and services. Design products, select production processes, and layouts, forecast product/service demand, manage supply chains, schedule production, and ensure quality.
Equip yourself with the tools and skills you need to make sound financial decisions
throughout your life as you earn, save and spend money. Learn how to make wise decisions about everything from student debt to car loans to mortgages to insurance to retirement.
Discover how to craft marketing campaigns for not-for-profit organizations that influence social change. Understanding the steps in the marketing planning process will enable you to focus your marketing plan; select the target audiences; establish behavioural change objectives; and determine what it will take to influence others.
Learn how others make ethical business decisions, and develop a framework for making your own ethical business decisions in a complex global marketplace.
Discover how to integrate business skills with socially innovative opportunities to benefit and become agents of change in local and broader communities. Immediately apply course concepts during a service-learning opportunity with a local social enterprise.
Use program theory to design and evaluate programs. Become equipped to listen to a
community’s aspirations, assets, and limitations. Learn how to work with communities
to develop sustainable programs that reflect a theory of change that is relevant to each
Learn how to make strategic management decisions in this hands-on course that makes
extensive use of the case-study method. Integrate all of the skills and knowledge gained
in prior business courses to select the product/market focus, value proposition, and core activities that will successfully align with your organization’s environment, resources, stakeholder preferences, and organizational structures to produce a winning strategy.
Develop strategies to address a community’s needs, improve organizational
performance, and build capacity for NFP organizations. Examine and critically evaluate
strategy development and the practice of discernment in times of decision-making and
organizational transition. Build capacity in leadership, programs, and resources in order to maintain relevance to your mission.
An introductory survey of microeconomic principles, problems, and applications. Microeconomics is concerned with the study of the economic behaviour of individual economic units–the industry, firm, or household.
An introductory survey of macroeconomic principles, problems, and applications. Topics include economic goals, the role of the market and government in the economy, and the economic problems of unemployment and inflation.
Building on Finance I, learn about long-term investment and financing decisions,
including how capital markets function, how to choose between debt and equity
financing, and how to choose between public and private financing. Delve into the ever-changing world of hybrid debt/equity instruments, derivative securities, mergers and acquisitions, and international financing.
Create powerful and effective marketing campaigns that integrate a variety of media. Hone your skills by developing an integrated marketing communications plan for a client using appropriate advertising, personal selling, direct marketing, sales promotion, and public relations tools.
Explore the world of data. Discover how to transform data and develop the insights
needed to make wise, practical, creative, and innovative decisions; to solve problems;
and to evaluate organizational or project results. Using appropriate analytic tools like
spreadsheets and statistical software, delve into the data generated in all disciplines and functional areas of business.
Discover how management control systems direct behaviour towards achievement
of organizational strategies and goals. Design and evaluate control systems. Develop
effective budgeting systems, incentive systems, and corporate governance systems.
Evaluate progress towards organizational goals using a broad range of short- and long-term measures.
Learn how the Canadian legal and justice system provides a framework governing
contracts, negligence and other torts, property rights and obligations, employment rights and obligations, debtor-creditor relationships, forms of business, and dispute resolution.
Determine the cost of activities, products, and services; use that information to make
management decisions. Investigate how budgets and responsibility accounting affect
behaviour. Compare actual and expected results; and analyze how to improve future results. Evaluate strategic investment decisions using advanced capital budgeting techniques.
Gain field experience working in a business or not-for-profit organization. Work ten hours a week under the direction of an employer supervisor, meet regularly with a faculty supervisor, and submit relevant written work. Eligible work experience for an internship should involve one or more of the following components: analysis and problem-solving, communications, and integrated exposure to all aspects of the organization. See page 52 of the Academic Calendar for information on internships.
There are two courses recommended for students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Business at Redeemer:
Applicants from Ontario will be considered for general undergraduate admission based on the following requirements: