Business

 

What is business?

Business affects every aspect of society and the skills learned here will help students succeed in a wide variety of career paths.

Memorial University's Faculty of Business Administration is recognized as a leader in Canadian business education, offering innovative programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels including Bachelor of Commerce (Co-operative), International Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Business Administration, Master of Business Administration, Master of Employment Relations, Master of Science in Management and PhD degrees.

Graduates of the Faculty of Business Administration occupy positions of leadership in the private and public sectors provincially, nationally and internationally. They build successful careers in diverse fields such as:

  • accounting
  • advertising and marketing
  • arts and events management
  • banking and investment
  • entrepreneurship
  • environment and sustainability
  • financial analysis
  • human resources
  • information systems
  • management consulting
  • not-for-profit leadership
  • project management

 

Why study business?

Studies in business will provide the knowledge and real-world experience students need to become leaders in their chosen fields and make a positive impact on the world. They will develop skills in critical thinking, explore today’s challenging economic and social issues, learn from top faculty members and use state-of-the-art technologies.

Both our undergraduate and graduate students excel in case competitions and are widely recognized as being some of the best teams in the world. Our programs are internationally accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the highest distinction a business school can receive. Our commerce degree is also certified by the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education (CAFCE).

We offer a placement rate of 100 per cent for work term students and we have over 40 partner institutes for international exchanges. We help students discover the world and learn to make it better!

At the Faculty of Business Administration, you begin as a student but become a leader.

Students have the opportunity to specialize in one of the following areas:

  • accounting
  • finance
  • human resources and labour relations
  • information systems
  • international business
  • marketing
  • operational research
  • resource-based industry management
  • small business/entrepreneurship
  • supply chain management

 

Degree programs:

Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)

The Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) is a flexible, 120-credit hour program. A general business degree that is completely course based, the BBA can be completed in four years as a full-time student or as a part-time student. Courses are available on campus as well as online.

The program features a blend of business and non-business courses, with an option to do a minor in another area. Students can complete a minor program from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Science, School of Music or Grenfell Campus (where minor programs are available).

To be admitted to the BBA program, students should select this option on the Undergraduate Application for Admission or self-declare this option by sending an email to reghelp@mun.ca.

Sample program for first year

Students pursuing a BBA will normally take the following courses in their first year:

Sample program

Fall SemesterWinter Semester
Math 1090 or 1000*Math 1000* or non-business elective
Economics 1010**Economics 1020**
English 1090 (or 1020)English 1110 (or 1021)
Business 1000***non-business elective
non-business electivenon-business elective

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




* Students who complete Mathematics 1000 in the Fall semester will complete an additional non-business elective in the Winter semester.

**These courses may be taken in any order in either semester.

***Business 1000 may be taken in either semester. 


For assistance with course selection, students should contact:
Academic Advising Centre, advice@mun.ca

 

Bachelor of Commerce (Co-operative) (B.Comm. (Co-op.))

The Bachelor of Commerce (Co-operative) (B.Comm. (Co-op.)) is a five-year, full-time, structured program that includes three four-month work terms.

Students may apply for admission to the first year of this program (known as Terms A/B) directly from high school by indicating this in their application for admission to Memorial. Terms A/B normally start in September. Direct entry from high school is subject to the applicant’s final acceptance to the university and admissibility into Mathematics 1000, 1090 or 109A/B.

The B.Comm. (Co-op.) program is designed to prepare students for a career in business. The co-operative component of the program alternates classroom study with periods of full-time employment. The three work terms, which may be in industry, government or other organizations, give students the opportunity to apply classroom learning and develop practical skills for today’s business environment.

In the first year of the B.Comm. (Co-op.) program, Terms A/B, students must complete 30 credit hours as outlined in the sample program. Students must achieve a minimum overall average of 65 per cent on these 30 credit hours to be promoted to Term 1. In Terms 1 through 7, students must complete 57 credit hours of required courses and 48 credit hours of electives, of which some must be business courses and others must be non-business courses.

Students enrolled in the B.Comm. (Co-op.) program may complete a minor in another area by using the non-business electives required for graduation.

Sample program for first year

Students pursuing a B.Comm. (Co-op) will normally take the following courses in their first year:

Sample program

Fall SemesterWinter Semester
Math 1090 or 1000*Math 1000* or non-business elective
Economics 1010**Economics 1020**
English 1090 (or 1020)English 1110 (or 1021)
Business 1000***non-business elective
non-business electivenon-business elective

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




*Students who complete Mathematics 1000 in the Fall semester will complete an additional non-business elective in the Winter semester.

**These courses may be taken in any order in either semester.

***Business 1000 may be taken in either semester. 

Note: Students who follow the above sample program, and who were not admitted directly into the B.Comm. (Co-op.) program from high school, are eligible to apply for admission into Term 1 of the program. Applications must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar by March 1. Please note that while a 65 per cent average enables eligibility to the program, it does not guarantee admission.


For assistance with course selection, students should contact:
Academic Advising Centre, advice@mun.ca

International Bachelor of Business Administration (iBBA)

The International Bachelor of Business Administration (iBBA) degree is a 120-credit hour program that combines business and cross-cultural study experience in a second global region.

The iBBA is a challenging program that contains four key components:
  • core training in fundamental business skills
  • international business courses immersed in a wide variety of international business topics
  • non-business cross-cultural skill development that provides both a global and regional (e.g. Asian, European or Latin-American) perspective. This normally includes coursework in a foreign language but should also contain study in areas such as international relations, economics or any other area offering international or cross-cultural perspectives.
  • a mandatory cross cultural study experience, spent in the student’s chosen region of interest. A range of study locations are available in Europe, Asia-Pacific and Latin America.

Admission, promotion and continuance requirements

Admission to the iBBA is competitive and selective. Students who wish to proceed to the iBBA degree should enrol in the pre-iBBA program. Students must achieve an overall average of 65 per cent on the 30 credit hours of pre-iBBA courses to be promoted to the iBBA. Please note that while a 65 per cent average enables eligibility to the program, it does not guarantee admission.

The 30 credit hours to be completed in the pre-iBBA program are as follows:

  • Mathematics 1000
  • Economics 1010 and 1020
  • English 1090 and 1110 (or 1020 and 1021)
  • Business 1000
  • Political Science 2200
  • nine credit hours in non-business elective courses. Six of these credit hours would normally be in a foreign language

3 program for first year

Students pursuing an iBBA will normally take the following courses in their first year:

Sample program

Fall SemesterWinter Semester
Math 1090 or 1000*Math 1000* or non-business elective
Economics 1010**Economics 1020**
English 1090 (or 1020)English 1110 (or 1021)
non-business elective (foreign langauge***)non-business elective (foreign langauge***)
Political Science 2200Business 1000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





* Students who complete Mathematics 1000 in the Fall semester will complete an additional non-business elective in the Winter semester.

** These courses may be taken in any order in either semester.

***For the iBBA degree, students are expected to gain knowledge of and to experience the cultural and business environment in a global region other than their home, or primary region. In order to achieve this bi-cultural knowledge and experience, students must nominate a second global region on which to focus in their program. The secondary region selected will affect the choice of elective courses as well as the choice of location and content of the cross-cultural study experience undertaken later in the program.

 

For assistance with course selection, students should contact:
Academic Advising Centre, advice@mun.ca

Bachelor of Commerce (Co-operative) and Bachelor of Arts joint degrees

The joint degrees of Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Commerce (Co-operative) (BA/B.Comm. (Co-op.)) can be completed in five years, provided appropriate planning is undertaken. Some of the normal degree requirements have been relaxed by each faculty for students who wish to complete both programs in a minimum of 150 credit hours and graduate with both degrees at the same convocation.

Note: For the Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree, students must choose a major program from a subject that is considered humanities or social sciences. The minor program for the BA will be business.

Admission and program planning

In the first year, Term A/B, students must successfully complete 30 credits as outlined in the sample program. A student must achieve an overall average of 65 per cent on these 30 credit hours to be promoted to Term 1.

In order to fit the requirements of both degrees within a five-year period, it is strongly recommended that elective courses are selected with specific requirements for the BA in mind. Language study courses and courses in the intended major should round out the first-year program.

The schedule of courses and work terms required for the B.Comm. (Co-op.) are set out in the Plan of Operation in the University Calendar.

For the BA, students are recommended to discuss their programs before the end of their first year with the Head of the department of their major to make sure that required courses will be available within the constraints of course scheduling and prerequisites. In order to fit the requirements of both degrees within a five-year period, students are advised to follow the suggested first-year program as indicated in the sample programs.

Sample program for first year

 

Sample program

Fall SemesterWinter Semester
Math 1090 or 1000*Math 1000 or (BA Core Requirement course)*
Economics 1010 or 1020**Economics 1010 or 1020**
English 1090 (or 1020)English 1110 (or 1021)
Business 1000***BA Core Requirement course
BA major program courseBA major program course










 

 

 

 


** Math 1000 is required for the BComm (Co-op) program. Students may take Math 1090 in the Fall semester and Math 1000 in the Winter semester, or Math 1000 in the Fall semester and a course toward the BA core requirements in the Winter semester.

**These courses may be taken in any order in either semester.

****Business 1000 may be taken in either semester.

Notes: 

  1. Students who follow the above sample program, and who were not admitted directly into the B.Comm. (Co-op.) program from high school, are eligible to apply for admission into Term 1 of the program. Applications must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar by March 1. Please note that while a 65 per cent average enables eligibility to the program, it does not guarantee admission. 
  2. For the Bachelor of Arts degree, students must complete a minimum of six credit hours in the study of a single language, other than English. Students whose first language is not English and who do not meet the standards for entry into regular first-year English courses may use English 1020 and 1021 to fulfill this requirement. Such students are permitted to complete up to an additional six credit hours in Department of English Critical Reading and Writing courses at the 1000 level in order to fulfill the Critical Reading and Writing Requirement.

 

For assistance with course selection, students should contact:
Academic Advising Centre, advice@mun.ca

 

 

Minor Programs:

  • Students completing the BBA or B.Comm. (Co-op.) program may complete a minor program from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Science, School of Music or Grenfell Campus (where minor programs are available).
  • Students in the iBBA program may complete a minor program from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.
  • Students completing a degree other than business may elect to complete one of the following minor programs offered by the Faculty of Business Administration:
    • business administration
    • international business

 

 

Course available in first year

Business 1000
Introduction to Business in Society introduces the basics of business and business corporations in society, in a real-world relevant manner. Particular attention is given to the societal stakeholders and to corporations’ internal business processes and management functions. Major emphases include corporate social responsibilities and management ethics and these are recurring themes in other topics, such as technology, globalization and people in organizations. The course is a combination of textbook theory and guided learning activities and assignments based on finding and integrating real world information.
Lectures: Three hours per week
Prerequisite: None

 

Contact information


For additional information please contact:
busihelp@mun.ca
www.business.mun.ca

 

Contact

Guide to First Year

230 Elizabeth Ave

St. John's, NL A1B 3X9 CANADA

Tel: (709) 864-2530

Fax: (709) 864-2552

becomestudent@mun.ca