9. Business Administration Curriculum
A. General Information
- Choice of program: For Upper level students, two program paths are available: BBA and Honours BBA. Upon the successful completion of 60 ch, students must declare their intent to follow one or the other of these two paths. Their decisions must be made in consultation with the academic advisors of the Faculty of Business Administration. The Honours degree is designed for candidates with a high level of ability who wish to undertake intensive study of an area within business administration. Students who satisfy the requirements for an Honours degree will have that designation included on their final transcript.
- Approval of courses: Students are expected to consult with the academic advisors of the Faculty of Business Administration in the development of their program of study. Students must follow the course sequence outlined in this Calendar and complete prerequisites prior to enrolment in intermediate-or upper-level courses. Approvals for any exceptions to this policy will occur only under extraordinary conditions.
- The normal course load for all BBA students is 30 ch in each of the first two years of the program. Students who take the BBA degree complete 30 ch in each of the last two years. Students who take the Honours BBA degree must complete a further 6 ch in the last two years.
- A full-time student is one whose work load consists of a minimum of 12 ch in each term (or 24 ch for two terms in the regular session). Students may enroll for a maximum of 36 ch in any year of the program provided they obtained at least a 2.5 grade point average on at least 30 ch in the immediate preceding year at university. Students who do not obtain at least a 2.5 grade point average on at least 30 ch in the immediate preceding year at university are advised to take no more than 30 ch of course work. Students should take no more than 12 ch per term of course work in a year following placement on academic probation, or upon re-entering university after being required to withdraw. Part-time students are subject to the maximum course loads permitted in Summer Session.
- Candidates must obtain a grade of at least C in the courses required for the BBA degree. This includes all required Business Administration courses, all first or second year electives from Groups A, B, and C (see Section 10). As outlined below, students who seek to complete a concentration or Major within Business Administration must also obtain a minimum cumulative GPA on the courses designated for the concentration or major (see Section 11).
- At least 39 ch of electives must be chosen from courses beyond the introductory level. These normally include courses for which there are prerequisites. Prerequisites include both specific courses and/or specific credit hour specifications.
- At least 12 of the 39 ch in 9.A.7 must be courses beyond the introductory level from within a single faculty other than the Faculty of Business Administration. Students should select those electives in consultation with the academic advisors of the Faculty of Business Administration. The courses should constitute a logical and coherent set of studies.
- It is the responsibility of a student to ascertain that elective courses are acceptable for BBA or Honours BBA degree credit. Service courses offered by other faculties are not acceptable for degree credit. In addition, various courses (such as those in statistical methods) duplicate some of the material in required Business Administration courses and will not be accepted for credit. The following courses are not allowed for BBA or Honours BBA credit: CE 3933, CE 3963, CE 3973, CE 5623, ED 3113, ENGG 4013, FE 3233, FE 3603, FE 5252, FOR 3006, ME 3232, PSYC 2113, PSYC 2123, SOCI 3123, and the following STAT courses: STAT 2043, STAT 2253, STAT 2263, STAT 2264, STAT 2283, STAT 2293, STAT 2593.
B. BBA Degree
- Students taking a BBA must complete at least 120 credit hours (ch) of approved course work and maintain an assessment year grade point average of at least 2.0 in order to qualify for the BBA degree.
- Not more than 15 ch of electives in a specific area of Business Administration (Accounting, Finance, Marketing, etc.) may be counted for degree credit.
- Not more than 30 ch of Business Administration electives may be counted for degree credit.
- Concentrations are offered in Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Human Resource Management, International Business, Logistics, and Marketing. (See Section 11).
C. Honours Degree
- Students must apply for Honours after the completion of 60 ch. Students subsequently will be permitted to enter the Honours BBA only under exceptional circumstances. Entrance into the Honours BBA requires that a student shall have demonstrated a high level of ability in first- and second-level courses. The Faculty of Business Administration will normally refuse to admit to Honours students whose cumulative GPA is below 3.0 at the completion of 60 credit hours or whose grades in relevant courses are below B. Students should note that admission is competitive and meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.
- Students taking the Honours BBA path must complete at least 126 ch of approved course work, including at least 24 ch in courses for a designated major within Business Administration. (See Section 12).
- Students must maintain an assessment year grade point average of at least 3.0 in order to qualify for the Honours BBA. Students also must achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above on the courses designated for a major.
- Honours candidates who are able to fulfill the requirements laid down for a Major, in a discipline outside the Faculty of Business Administration, may, if they choose, register for a supplementary Major. Their transcripts will record that they have fulfilled the requirement for a Major in that subject. Registration for the supplementary Major shall normally be completed no later than the completion of 90 ch.
- Not more than 36 ch of Business Administration electives may be counted for degree credit.
- Concentrations: Students completing an Honours BBA may also take a concentration in another area of Business Administration but may need additional Administration electives in order to complete the concentration (See Sections 11 and 12 below.)