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New Cambrian-LU agreement is good news for business students

Arrangement between Sudbury schools allows students to earn both diploma and degree in a little more than four years
Thanks to an agreement between Cambrian College and Laurentian University in Sudbury, students in Cambrian’s Business diploma programs won’t need to choose between college or university. (File photo)

Thanks to an agreement between Sudbury schools Cambrian College and Laurentian University, students in Cambrian’s business diploma programs won’t need to choose between college or university anymore.

Instead, they can earn both a college diploma and Laurentian’s Bachelor of Business Administration degree in a little more than four years, or a little more than five years, if they graduate with an advanced diploma at Cambrian first.

“Agreements like this mean students don’t have to choose between college and university. They can choose both and broaden their experience, contacts and networks by choosing programs that are complementary and offer them excellent value,” said Jean Brown, Cambrian College’s vice-president, academic, in a release.

Kaitlyn McDonald graduated from Cambrian College in 2016 with a three-year advanced diploma in Business Administration. Thanks to the agreement between the two Sudbury post-secondary institutions, McDonald will be able to complete her Bachelor degree in Business Administration from Laurentian in mid-2018.

Originally from North Bay, McDonald is continuing her education at the degree level to expand her career options and to delve deeper into project management, a subject that she was introduced to at Cambrian, and for which she has developed a keen interest. 

“Initially, I thought that I would like to specialize in human resources, but once I learned about project management and operations management, my focus shifted,” said McDonald. “My professors at Cambrian sparked my interest in these fields, and I’m enjoying the courses at Laurentian as well.”

For her, the opportunities to explore different aspects of business in college and university is extremely valuable, and she is confident that this will give her a competitive edge in the job market.

To further their education and employment options, students often transfer from college to university or choose to pursue college certificates or diplomas after university. Having clear pathways ensures they can plan their education and customize it to suit their interests, goals and objectives.

Cambrian Business professor Marnie Staffen said students who enter the Laurentian University Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) program “go in confident, well-prepared, and ready to meet the challenges of BBA life.”

For full details about how to take advantage of the options provided for business students at Cambrian College and Laurentian University, contact the Pathways office at Cambrian College or email

Cambrian College graduates can take advantage of more than 750 agreements negotiated with universities and colleges around the world to facilitate credit transfers and enable graduates to add to their credentials.