Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration (BBA) vs Diploma (DiBA)

Mantissa College-JulianHaytham
Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) vs Diploma in Business Administration (DiBA)

SPM (O-Level) is around the corner and you have no clear vision of what your life will be like after that. There are a lot of options out there for fresh high school graduates.

You will start to hear words like Foundation, Matriculation, A-level, Diploma and Bachelor’s Degree, yet you have no idea what they all are. You have heard of business administration and know roughly what it is. However, you don’t know which programme to enrol for. Let us help you to narrow it down to two options- Diploma and Bachelor’s Degree.

What is business administration?
By definition, business administration is simply the management of a business. Every business, regardless of size, requires motivated and skilled management to succeed. By studying business administration, you will gain the knowledge and skills required to manage a business organisation towards success.

How do I enrol?
You can enrol for either programme, right after SPM (O-Level). All you require for entry is to pass your SPM- meaning you should get at least five (5) subjects with the grade C, to enrol for BBA-Bachelor of Business Administration or three (3) C subjects to enrol for Diba-Diploma in Business Administration

How long is the course?
DiBA is a full-time course, which takes two years and six months to complete. Students have the option of doing BBA full time or part-time. BBA can be completed within two to four years. One year contains three semesters; one short semester and two long semesters.

Which body will be awarding the certificate?
DiBA is awarded by Mantissa College with full accreditation by the Malaysian Qualification Agency (MQA A9523) and is recognised by Jabatan Perkhidmatan Awam (JPA) or Malaysia Public Service Department (PSD).

BBA is awarded by the Paris Graduate School of Management in Paris. As part of the BBA programme, students even have the option to take a semester or a whole year abroad in any of our European partner university.

How does the course structure look like?
Diba students have to complete 25 subjects, where coursework carries 60% and final exam 40%. Subjects include Accounting, Marketing, Finance, Statistics, Economics, Research and Business Law.

BBA consist of 32 subjects with a balance value of coursework and a final exam. Among the subjects are Mathematics, Business Ethics, Management Decision Making, Organisational Behaviour and Investments.

What will I learn from the course?
Both courses will expose you to the fundamental of business administration and prepare you for a future in among others; business management, human resource and finance.

Besides theories, you will be taught skills, which are practical in the business environment. You will be able to put theories learned in class into real business situations. You will acquire the skills of working in teams, effective communication, research and management. With these skills, you will be able to better understand the business organisation and its environment, including how to handle problems surrounding the organisation.

While both Diba and BBA will prepare you for the real business environment by putting theories to practice, BBA will help you build up the expertise needed in the industry. With BBA, you will be able to independently analyse and synthesise different business organisations and situations, at the same time, develop critical thinking skills.

In fact, in the final year of BBA, students have the choice to specify in either Human Resource, Marketing or Finance to further deepen their knowledge. In other words, BBA will provide you with complete and thorough knowledge of business administration. With the skills acquired during your BBA study, you can directly enter the business world upon completion.

If deemed necessary, you could also further your study into postgraduate to widen your knowledge in more specialised areas. Whereas, Diba is a foundation that will prepare you for further education in a business like a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management or other specific fields of your choice, including Finance, Marketing and Human Resource Management. Of course, you can start working in business organisations with a Diba.

Is the certificate internationally recognised?
Yes, both DiBA and BBA are recognised worldwide.

With DiBA, you will be able to further your studies at degree level internationally.

Knowledge acquired in BBA can be applied effectively worldwide as it is taught in a global setting. Graduates of BBA even have the opportunity to work in Europe as BBA is well recognised there.

How will my career path look like upon graduation?
DiBA will provide you with the basics of business management. It will serve as a stepping stone for your career in business. With knowledge in a global business context, graduates have the chance to take on junior positions in departments like Marketing, General Management or Human Resource in global operating organisations.

With a BBA in hand, graduates are equipped with various business skills, which widen the possibility of positions that they can fill in. Organisations, be it government, NGO or international commerce, are always in need of skilled business administrators. The possible careers include entry-level Manager, Business Analyst, Market Researcher, Human Resource Officer and Assistant Product Manager. With the knowledge and skills acquired in BBA, graduates can even start their careers abroad.

At Mantissa College, we deliver the Bachelor of Business Administration programme, a programme in collaboration with Paris Graduate School of Management, France. Meaning that students will have the opportunity to study with us here at Mantissa College, in Malaysia and get an accredited French Qualification. 

This BBA programme enables post-secondary school applicants, (applicants graduated from O-Level) with five (5) credits to apply directly into the Degree (BBA) programme, without the need of going through a foundation or Diploma programme.

Mantissa College’s BBA program boasts a dynamic global network of more than 80,000 alumni. One recent alumnus, Ms Cathy, says, “I took the 3-years Bachelor of Business Administration course right after my SPM (O-Level) without needed to go through Foundation or Diploma programme. The syllabus teaches me the basics elements needed in the business field. The programme also enables me to learn from real people with real problems. Thanks to the diverse and up-to-date programme syllabus, I am now capable of taking up more projects because I had been exposed to a wider perspective on handling matters from my learning experience.”

Certainly, evidence attests to the tremendous value of the BBA Programme. Between its focus on this learning style and many other desirable attributes, Mantissa College’s Bachelor of Business Administration offers an invaluable inside edge for aspiring business leaders

Click To find out more on the BBA Programme, do view the Pre-Recorded Trial Class 

Documents needed
i) Scan a copy of your SPM / O-Level / STPM / A-Level Results

To apply for the programme, please provide us with the required documents to info@mantissa.edu.my or Click Here to Submit your documents


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