Joint Degrees of Bachelor of Commerce (Co-operative) and Bachelor of Arts

Starting in fall 2022, the faculty of business administration will offer revitalized undergraduate programs that respond to the changing needs of the business world. New students interested in applying for fall 2022 admission should select "Business One (Fall 2022 Admission Only)" as their academic program in the admissions portal. 


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. Some of the normal degree requirements have been relaxed in order to complete both programs in a minimum of 150 credit hours and 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

1 Terms A/B  
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

New Memorial students

You may apply for admission into the first year (Terms A/B) of the 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 undergraduate 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.

Once admitted to the university, students may email and request the BA be added to their application as a second degree.

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 be promoted to Term 1.

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


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. It is 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 the B. Comm. (Co-op) as your program of study in the appropriate place on the .

Students may then e-mail and request the BA be added as a second degree.

While a 65% overall average enables eligibility to the program, it does not guarantee admission. Further information about applying for advanced standing can be found on the Faculty of Business Administration website.

Sample first year

In order to fit the requirements of both degrees within a five-year period, students are advised to follow the suggested sample 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.

Program Information

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and Faculty of Business Administration


BA and B.Comm. (Co-op)


St. John's

Honours Option:


Co-op Available:

Yes (mandatory)


5 years

  • Fall only (for Terms A/B)
  • For advanced standing, refer to the program website
Application Deadline:
  • March 1 for fall admission (Terms A/B)
  • For advanced standing, refer to the program website
Supplementary Application:

Yes (for transfer and advanced standing students only)

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