Joint bachelor of commerce (co-operative) and bachelor of arts

PROGRAM INFORMATION
Campus: St. John's Faculty: Business Administration and Humanities and Social Sciences
Length: Five years Practical experience: Three mandatory work terms
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The joint degrees of bachelor of commerce (co-operative) (B.Comm. (Co-op.)) and bachelor of arts (BA) can be completed in five years, although careful planning is required. Students must complete a minimum of 150 credit hours and will graduate with both degrees at the same convocation.

This program is designed to provide students with valuable work experience to complement knowledge learned in the classroom. The co-operative component 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 give students an opportunity to apply classroom learning while developing professional networks and gaining valuable, practical experience for today’s business environment. With a 100% placement rate for co-operative business work terms, graduates of the program gain a diverse set of skills and abilities that make them sought after employees.

Students are encouraged to seek academic advice early in their program by contacting the faculty's Academic Programs Office.

Structure of the degree

YEARFALLWINTERSPRING
1 Business One  
2 AT 1 AT 2  
3 AT 3 WT 1 AT 4
4 WT 2 AT 5 WT 3
5 AT 6 AT 7  
AT - Academic Term; WT - Work Term

Students should follow the academic and work term schedule outlined in the Calendar.

Admission requirements
Entry to Business One

Intake:
Fall, winter or spring semesters
Application deadline:
Applications are considered on a rolling basis. Students are encouraged to apply by:
 - March 1 for fall admission
 - October 1 for winter admission
 - February 1 for spring admission

New Memorial students

You may apply for admission into Business One directly from high school. To apply, indicate the Faculty of Business Administration as your faculty and Business One 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, 1005, 1090 or 109A/B.

Once admitted to the university, you should email the Office of the Registrar to request the BA be added to your student record as a secondary program.

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

Upon completion of Business One, you will apply for admission into the B.Comm.(Co-op.) program. See Admission to B.Comm.(Co-op.) below.

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Current Memorial students

If you are a current Memorial University student you must declare Business One by emailing the Office of the Registrar.

Upon completion of Business One, you will apply for admission into the B.Comm.(Co-op.) program. See Admission to B.Comm.(Co-op.) below.

Transfer students

If you are a transfer applicant, you can select Business One when you apply for admission. To apply, indicate the Faculty of Business Administration as your faculty and Business One as your program of study in the appropriate place on the university application for admission.

If you have already submitted your application for admission, you can contact the Office of the Registrar and ask to have Business One added to your application.

Upon completion of Business One, you will apply for admission into the B.Comm.(Co-op.) program. See Admission to B.Comm.(Co-op.) below.

Admission to B.Comm.(Co-op.)

Intake:
Fall or winter semesters
(first intake will be the fall 2023 semester)
Application deadline:
 - March 1 for fall admission
 - October 1 for winter admission

Upon completion of the Business One courses, you must apply for admission into the B.Comm.(Co-op.) program. To be eligible for admission you must complete the following 30 credit hours (10 courses) in  with an overall average of at least 65% on these 10 courses:

  • BUSI 1000: Introduction to Business in Society
  • ECON 1010: Introduction to Microeconomics
  • ECON 1020: Introduction to Macroeconomics
  • MATH 1000: Calculus I or MATH 1005: Calculus for Business
  • Six credit hours in English, three credit hours of which may be replaced by any critical reading and writing (CRW) course at Memorial
  • 12 additional credit hours in non-business electives

In addition to the 65% overall average in Business One courses, you must have a cumulative average of at least 60% to meet admission requirements and demonstrate that you can successfully complete 15 credit hours loads with an acceptable performance. Admission into the B.Comm.(Co-op.) program is competitive and limited.

Details on how to apply for the B.Comm.(Co-op.) will be available in early 2023. Interested students should meet with an academic advisor within the Faculty of Business Administration.

Transfer applicants must complete a minimum of 15 credit hours (five courses) at Memorial University prior to admission into the B.Comm.(Co-op.) program.

Advanced standing (for current Memorial and transfer students)

Current Memorial University students and transfer students from another post-secondary institution, may apply for admission with advanced standing to Terms 1, 2 or 3. Admission with advanced standing beyond Business One is competitive and limited. We recommend that current and transfer students consult with an academic advisor within the Faculty of Business Administration to determine their pathway of admission into the program.

Sample first year

Wondering what courses you would take in your first year? Check out the Business One program. 

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.