Bachelor of Commerce (Co-operative)

This five-year program is designed to provide students with valuable work experience to complement knowledge learned in the classroom. The co-operative component of the program alternates academic study terms with periods of full-time employment, equating to one full year of work experience.

These work terms may be in industry, government or other organizations and will give you an opportunity to apply classroom learning while developing professional networks and gaining valuable, practical experience for today’s business environment. With a 100 per cent placement rate for co-operative business work terms, graduates gain a diverse set of skills and abilities that make them in-demand employees.

You may choose to focus your business electives in one of the following areas:

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Human resources and labour relations
  • Information systems
  • International business
  • Marketing
  • Operational research
  • Resource-based industries management
  • Small business and entrepreneurship
  • Supply chain management

You may also choose a minor from the following faculties and school:

Structure of the degree

1Terms A/B 
2AT 1AT 2 
3AT 3WT 1AT 4
4WT 2AT 5WT 3
5AT 6AT 7 
AT - Academic Term; WT - Work Term

Admission requirements

New Memorial students

You may apply for admission into the first year (Terms A/B) of the bachelor of commerce (co-operative) (B.Comm. (Co-op)) directly from high school. To apply, indicate the Faculty of Business Administration as your faculty and the B.Comm. (Co-op) Terms A/B as your program of study in the appropriate place on the university application for admission. Direct entry into the faculty from high school is subject to meeting the general admission requirements for Memorial University and admissibility into Mathematics 1000, 1090 or 109A/B.

Promotion to Term 1

To be promoted to Term 1, you must complete the following 30 credit hours (10 courses) in Terms A/B:

  • Business 1000
  • Economics 1010 and 1020
  • English 1090 and 1110 (or 1020 and 1021)
  • Mathematics 1090 and 1000 (or 1000 and three credit hours in a non-business elective)
  • Nine credit hours in non-business electives

You must achieve a minimum overall average of 65% on these 10 courses to meet the promotion requirements to Term 1.

Current Memorial and transfer students

If you are a current Memorial University student or are transferring from another post-secondary institution, you may apply for admission with advanced standing to Terms 1, 2, 3 or 4.

Admission with advanced standing beyond Terms A/B is competitive and limited. If you are a transfer student, you must complete at least one semester with five, three-credit hour courses before applying for admission into the program. It’s recommended that current and transfer students consult with an academic advisor to determine their pathway of admission into the program.

To apply for admission to the B. Comm. (Co-op) beyond Terms A/B, indicate the Faculty of Business Administration as your faculty and B.Comm. (Co-op) as your program of study in the appropriate place on the undergraduate application for admission.

While a 65% overall average may make you eligible for the program, it does not guarantee admission. Further information about applying for advanced standing may be found on the Faculty of Business Administration website.

Sample first year

Wondering what courses you would take in your first year? Check out a sample program of suggested courses for B. Comm. (Co-op) students. 

Sample courses

BUSI 1210 - Introduction to Marketing Strategy
BUSI 3310 - Organizational Behaviour
BUSI 4000 - Business Law I

It’s recommended that students contact the Faculty's Academic Programs Office for academic advising early in their program.

Program Information

Faculty of Business Administration


St. John's

Honours Option:


Co-op Available:

Yes (mandatory)


5 years


Application Deadline:

Supplementary Application:

Yes (for transfer and advanced standing students only)


Tuition InformationWebsite


Undergraduate Admissions and Programs

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