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Memorial University established the first co-operative undergraduate business program in Canada in 1973. Memorial's Bachelor of Commerce (Co-operative) program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council of the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education (CAFCE).

Students from Memorial University's Bachelor of Commerce (Co-operative) program offer a diverse array of skills and abilities to employers. These individuals can assist employers of all sizes and industries with a variety of management related tasks, including the development and implementation of marketing strategies, management of finances and accounts, human resource management, and the use and development of information systems.

 Areas of concentration within the program include:

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Human Resources & Labour Relations
  • Information Systems
  • International Business
  • Marketing
  • Operational Research
  • Small Business / Entrepreneurship
  • Suppy Chain Management

The three, four-month work terms, alternating with the seven academic terms, are scheduled as follows:

YEAR 1 Term A Term B Open
YEAR 2 AT 1 AT 2 Open
YEAR 3 AT 3 WT 1 AT 4
YEAR 4 WT 2 AT 5 WT 3
YEAR 5 AT 6 AT 7  
*AT = Academic Term; WT = Work Term

Areas of Academic Study

In Academic Terms 1 - 4, all students take a common program of introductory business, computer, economics, statistics and communications courses. For the remaining three terms, students may elect to concentrate studies in either one the disciplines indicated above. A further option is to complete a general program selecting courses from two or more of these areas.

Work Report

To develop skills in time and project management, and in communications, students are required to complete a work report which is evaluated by the university. While the report generally comprises a project selected by the student and approved by the employer, the employer may also assign the topic. It usually involves the analysis of a practical, work related business issue. The use of employer facilities and the allocation of time to the student for the report is at the employer's discretion. Specific steps can be taken to protect confidentiality where required.