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Faculty of Business Administration

www.business.mun.ca

The Faculty of Business Administration offers three undergraduate degree programs in business.  The bachelor of commerce (co-operative) (B.Comm.Co-op) is a five-year program that alternates regular full-time academic semesters with work terms. The bachelor of business administration (BBA) is a flexible four-year program that does not have a work-term requirement. New in 2006, the international bachelor of business administration (iBBA) is a four-year program that combines business and cross-cultural studies with a required semester of studies overseas. The faculty also offers joint degree options to students admitted to the B.Comm. (Co-op) program including a bachelor of commerce (co-op)/bachelor of arts degree program, and a bachelor of commerce (co-op)/bachelor of science in computer science degree program.

Degree Programs

Bachelor of Commerce (Co-operative)

The B.Comm. (Co-op) is awarded upon meeting the requirements of the commerce program, which takes five years to complete.  This program is designed to provide the student with a liberal business education in preparation for a creative role in management.  A co-operative component has been incorporated in the program to achieve this objective.

Co-operative education involves alternating classroom study with periods of full-time employment.  The three work terms, which are arranged with businesses, government departments and other organizations, give students the opportunity to develop practical skills for today’s business environment.

In the first year of the B.Comm. (Co-op) program, Terms A and B, students must complete 30 credit hours in required courses.  In Terms 1 through 7, students must complete 60 credit hours of required courses and 51 credit hours of electives, of which some must be business courses and others must be non-business courses.  Through the electives,students have the opportunity to specialize in one of the following concentrations:

 accounting
 finance
 human resources and labour relations
 information systems
 management science
 marketing
 small business/entrepreneurship

A student enrolled in the B.Comm. (Co-op) program may, using the non-business electives required for graduation from the program, complete a minor in areas such as arts, science or music, or one offered at Grenfell.

Bachelor of Business Administration

The BBA program responds to the high demand for undergraduate business education at Memorial. 

Like the bachelor of commerce program, the BBA program is designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge to compete in today's complex and rapidly-changing business environment.  Its aim is to provide superior management skills and competence in analysis and decision making.

The BBA is a 120 credit hour program with a flexible  structure and no work term or work experience requirements.  It features a blend of business and non-business courses, with an option to do a minor in another area such as arts,  science,  music or from Grenfell.  Also, students who choose the BBA program are able to use Memorial’s distance education offerings to complete their program.

Students enrolled in the BBA program do not specialize in a concentrated area, as the degree is meant to provide a general understanding of business administration practices.

Admission, Promotion and Continuance Requirements

The admission requirements for the B.Comm. (Co-op) and the BBA programs are the same.  Students are admitted directly from high school into Terms A/B of the B.Comm. (Co-op) or BBA programs subject to final acceptance to the university and admissibility into Math 1000 or 1090. Students may apply for direct entry to a business program by indicating this in the appropriate place on their General Application for Admission to Memorial University. 

Students are normally accepted into a  program  in the Fall semester.

The 30 credit hours to be completed in Terms A/B include:

a) six credit hours in English (It is strongly recommended that these include English 1110.)

b) Mathematics 1000

c) Economics 2010 and 2020

d) Business 1000

e) twelve credit hours in non-business courses, at least nine credit hours of which must be chosen from the faculties of Arts and/or Science and/or Music.  Computer Science 1600 cannot be used as part of these twelve credit hours.

Requirements for promotion to Term 1 of the B.Comm. (Co-op) or continuation to second year of the BBA are similar and require the successful completion of the 30 credit hours prescribed, with an overall average on those 30 credit hours of at least 65 per cent.

Sample Programs

Sample: Program A

Term A Term B
Mathematics 1000 Business 1000
Economics 2010 Economics 2020
English 1080 English 1110 (or equivalent)
Two electives* Two electives*

Sample: Program B

Term A Term B
Mathematics 1090 Mathematics 1000
Economics 2010 Economics 2020
Business 1000 English 1110 (or equivalent)
English 1080 Two electives*
Elective*  


*12 credit hours in non-business electives must include 9 credit hours from the faculties of Arts and/or Science and/or the School of Music.

Further information can be obtained at: www.business.mun.ca

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International Bachelor of Business Administration

The international bachelor of business administration (iBBA) is being introduced in 2006 in response to the worldwide demand for a new type of business professional.

The process of globalization has been associated with ongoing growth in international business activities. Increasingly, activities of the modern organization take place overseas, within different business and cultural environments.

As a result, there is an urgent need for a new breed of business professional who can perform successfully, across national borders and within different cultural and regulatory environments. The iBBA has been specifically designed to give students the skills to play this role.

The iBBA is a challenging 120 credit hour program that contains four key components:

a) Core training in fundamental business skills.
 
b) Additional “international business” courses dealing with the different types of international business activity, the different types of market where this activity takes place and the different types of behaviour met in these markets.
 
c) Non-business cross-cultural skills that provide both a global and regional (eg. Asian, European or Latin-American) perspective. This would normally include 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.
 
d) An approved program of study overseas, spent in the student’s chosen region of interest. A range of study locations will be available in Europe, the Asia-Pacific and Latin-America.

Admission, Promotion and Continuance Requirements

Admission to the iBBA is competitive and selective. To be eligible for admission to the iBBA an applicant must have successfully completed the 30 credit hours of the Pre-iBBA program (see below) with an average on those credit hours of 65% or better.

Students who meet this requirement will also satisfy the Terms A and B requirements for promotion to the B.Comm.(Co-op) and BBA.

Students who are commencing study at Memorial directly from high school and who wish to proceed to the iBBA should therefore enrol initially to the Pre-iBBA program.

The Pre-iBBA program

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

a) six credit hours in English (It is strongly recommended these include English 1110.)

b) Mathematics 1000

c) Economics 2010 and 2020

d) Business 1000

e) Political Science 2200 (Introduction to International Politics)

f) nine credit hours in non-business courses, chosen from the faculties of Arts and/or Science and/or Music. Six of these credit hours would normally be a foreign language. Computer Science 1600 cannot be used as part of these nine credit hours.

Pre-iBBA Sample Program 

Term 1 Term 2
Mathematics 1000 Business 1000
Economics 2010 Economics 2020
English 1080 English 1110 (or equivalent)
Foreign Language* Foreign Language*
Political Science 2200 Elective*

*For the iBBA degree students must choose non-Business electives so that their degree as a whole has a coherent global and regional content. To achieve this, students need to nominate a particular global region (eg. Asia, Europe, Latin-America) as a focus area within their program.
 
This choice of region will affect both the languages and other electives chosen, as well the choice of location and content of the study abroad program undertaken later in the program.

For this reason languages will normally be chosen from the following:

 French              Chinese
 German            Japanese
 Italian
 Spanish

 

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