Program Requirements

2021-2022 Academic Year

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Chair

Sandi Findlay-Thompson, BBA (MSVU), MBA (Dalhousie University), Ph.D. (Northcentral University)

Admission Requirements
Please refer to 2.1.4 Admission Requirements and 2.1.6 Additional Admission Requirements.

Admission of Mature Students
Please read 2.1.4.3 Mature Admissions Policy carefully. Mature students intending to apply to the program should complete the following 2.0 units to be considered: BUSI 1112, 0.5 unit of humanities elective and 1.0 unit of arts and science courses.

Obtaining Credit for Previous Professional Study
Mount Saint Vincent University recognizes learning that applicants have acquired through institutes, corporate and/or on-the-job training programs and educational settings not normally eligible for transfer credit. Refer to sections 2.1.9 Challenge for Credit and 2.1.8 Prior Learning Assessment for more information.

Special Studies
Students may count a maximum of 4.0 units of directed/independent/research studies courses in a 20.0 unit degree, with no more than 2.0 units in any single discipline.

Certificate in Accounting

This certificate provides a solid foundation in the field of accounting. It will be of interest to those working in the accounting field and to those with non-business university degrees working in administrative positions.

The Certificate in Accounting is intended for persons only in business or allied fields or those with at least 5.0 units of university credit. Please refer to sections 2.1.4 Admission Requirements and 2.1.6 Additional Admission Requirements. Transfer or non-degree students must have a GPA of 2.0 over 3.0 units for admission to the certificate.

Students can enroll in the Certificate in Accounting as a separate program or concurrently with another MSVU program. Both the certificate and degree may be taken concurrently. If taken concurrently, the Principles Governing the Awarding of Multiple Credentials will be in effect. If not earned concurrently, the University regulations regarding a second credential will be in effect. Students are advised to review sections 2.1.5 Holders of University Degrees, Diplomas and Certificates  and 2.1.11 Principles Governing the Awarding of Multiple Credentials during program planning and completion.

The certificate may be completed through online learning on a part-time or full-time basis.

Program Requirements
A Certificate in Accounting consists of 6.0 units, 3.5 units of which are required and 2.5 units of elective courses. Students must achieve a minimum of a 2.0 GPA in the 6.0 units in order to receive the certificate.

Required Courses (3.5 units)
❏ BUSI 2259 0.5 unit
❏ BUSI 2321 0.5 unit
❏ BUSI 2322 0.5 unit
❏ BUSI 3320 0.5 unit
❏ BUSI 3325 0.5 unit
❏ BUSI 3360 0.5 unit
❏ CMPS 2245/INTE 2245 0.5 unit

Elective Courses (2.5 units)
❏ 2.5 units selected from the following:
BUSI 2255 0.5 unit
BUSI 3324 0.5 unit
BUSI 3326 0.5 unit
BUSI 3343 0.5 unit
BUSI 4415 0.5 unit
BUSI 4423 0.5 unit
BUSI 4424 0.5 unit
BUSI 4425 0.5 unit
BUSI 4426 0.5 unit
BUSI 4427* 0.5 unit
BUSI 4428 0.5 unit
BUSI 4465 0.5 unit
* BUSI 3324 is a prerequisite for BUSI 4427

Certificate in Business Administration

The objective of the certificate is to give the student a basic introduction to the concepts of business administration.

Admission requirements for the Certificate in Business Administration are the same as for the Bachelor of Business Administration. Please refer to sections 2.1.4 Admission Requirements and 2.1.6 Additional Admission Requirements for admission requirements. Transfer or non-degree students must have a GPA of 2.0 over 3.0 units.

Students can enroll in the Certificate in Business Administration as a separate program or concurrently with another MSVU program. Both the certificate and degree may be taken concurrently. If taken concurrently, the Principles Governing the Awarding of Multiple Credentials will be in effect. If not earned concurrently, the University regulations regarding a second credential will be in effect. Students are advised to review 2.1.5 Holders of University Degrees, Diplomas and Certificates and 2.1.11 Principles Governing the Awarding of Multiple Credentials during program planning and completion.

The certificate may be completed online on a part-time or full-time basis.

Program Requirements
A Certificate in Business Administration requires successful completion of the following 6.0 units:
❏ BUSI 1112 0.5 unit
❏ BUSI 2214 0.5 unit
❏ BUSI 2215 0.5 unit
❏ BUSI 2230 0.5 unit
❏ BUSI 2231 0.5 unit
❏ BUSI 2321 0.5 unit
❏ ECON 1101 0.5 unit
❏ ECON 1102 0.5 unit
❏ 1.0 unit of BUSI or THMT elective
❏ 1.0 unit of Arts and/or Science electives

Certificate in Marketing

The objective of the Certificate in Marketing is to give the student who is interested in marketing a good foundation in the field.

Admission requirements for this certificate are the same as for the Certificate in Business Administration. Please refer to sections 2.1.4 Admission Requirements and 2.1.6 Additional Admission Requirements for admission requirements.

Students can enroll in the Certificate in Marketing as a separate program or concurrently with another MSVU program. Both the certificate and degree may be taken concurrently. If taken concurrently, the Principles Governing the Awarding of Multiple Credentials will be in effect. If not earned concurrently, the University regulations regarding a second credential will be in effect. Students are advised to review sections 2.1.5 Holders of University Degrees, Diplomas and Certificates and 2.1.11 Principles Governing the Awarding of Multiple Credentials during program planning and completion.

The certificate may be completed online learning on a part-time or full-time basis.

Program Requirements
A Certificate in Marketing requires successful completion of the following 6.0 units:
❏ BUSI 1112 0.5 unit
❏ BUSI 2230 0.5 unit
❏ BUSI 2231 0.5 unit
❏ BUSI 3331 0.5 unit
❏ BUSI 4430** 0.5 unit
❏ MATH 2208* 0.5 unit
❏ MATH 2209* 0.5 unit
❏ 1.5 units of Marketing electives
❏ 0.5 unit of Arts or Science elective
❏ 0.5 unit of free elective

*These courses are currently required as prerequisites for BUSI 4430.
**Students in the BBA program are expected to take BUSI 4430. Students in other disciplines can substitute BUSI 4430 with one of the following courses: NUTR 3313, PSYC    3301, MATH 2284, PBRL 3016, THMT 3312 or SOAN 3512.

Certificate in Community Leadership

The objective of the Certificate in Community Leadership is to give students the knowledge and skills required to work in a senior leadership position in a Community Sector organization.

Admission requirements for the Certificate in Community Leadership are the same as for the Certificate in Business Administration. Please refer to sections 2.1.4 Admission Requirements and 2.1.6 Additional Admission Requirements for admission requirements.

Students can enroll in the Certificate in Community Leadership as a separate program or concurrently with another MSVU program. Both the certificate and the degree may be taken concurrently. If taken concurrently, the Principles Governing the Awarding of Multiple Credentials will be in effect. If not earned concurrently, the University regulations regarding a second credential will be in effect. Students are advised to review sections 2.1.5 Holders of University Degrees, Diplomas and Certificates and 2.1.11 Principles Governing the Awarding of Multiple Credentials  during program planning and completion.

Program Requirements
A Certificate in Community Leadership requires successful completion of the following 4.0 units:

Required Courses (3.0 units)
❏ BUSI 2230 0.5 unit
❏ BUSI 2601 0.5 unit
❏ BUSI 3338 0.5 unit
❏ BUSI 3602 0.5 unit
❏ BUSI 3603 0.5 unit
❏ BUSI 3604 0.5 unit

Elective Courses (1.0 unit)
❏ 1.0 unit of Arts and/or Science electives

Diploma in Business Administration

The objective of the diploma program in business administration is to increase and enrich the knowledge acquired during the certificate program in business administration.

Admission requirements for the Diploma in Business Administration are the same as for the Bachelor of Business Administration. Please refer to 2.1.4 Admission Requirements and 2.1.6 Additional Admission Requirements for admission requirements. Transfer or non-degree students must have a GPA of 2.0 over 3.0 units.

Students can enroll in the Diploma in Business Administration as a separate program or concurrently with another MSVU program. Both the diploma and degree may be taken concurrently. If taken concurrently, the Principles Governing the Awarding of Multiple Credentials will be in effect. If not earned concurrently, the University regulations regarding a second credential will be in effect. Students are advised to review sections 2.1.5 Holders of University Degrees, Diplomas and Certificates and 2.1.11 Principles Governing the Awarding of Multiple Credentials during program planning and completion.

Students cannot transfer into this program without specific permission from the Registrar.

The diploma may be completed online on a part-time or full-time basis.

Program Requirements
A Diploma in Business Administration requires successful completion of the following 12.0 units:
❏ BUSI 1112 0.5 unit
❏ BUSI 2214 0.5 unit
❏ BUSI 2215 0.5 unit
❏ BUSI 2230 0.5 unit
❏ BUSI 2231 0.5 unit
❏ BUSI 2259 0.5 unit
❏ BUSI 2321 0.5 unit
❏ BUSI 3308 0.5 unit
❏ BUSI 3320 0.5 unit
❏ BUSI 3360 0.5 unit
❏ BUSI 3361 0.5 unit
❏ ECON 1101 0.5 unit
❏ ECON 1102 0.5 unit
❏ MATH 2208 0.5 unit
❏ MATH 2209 0.5 unit
❏ 2.0 units of BUSI electives
❏ 0.5 unit of BUSI or THMT elective
❏ 1.5 units of Arts and/or Science electives at any level
❏ 0.5 unit of Arts or Science elective at the 2000 level or above

Students who wish to continue beyond the diploma may apply for admission to the Bachelor of Business Administration degree program. The following 8.0 units would be required for completion of the degree:
❏ BUSI 2202/THMT 2202 0.5 unit
❏ BUSI 3311 or BUSI 3312 0.5 unit
❏ BUSI 4400 0.5 unit
❏ 2.0 units of BUSI electives
❏ 0.5 unit of Humanities elective (See Core C – Humanities listed under the Bachelor of Arts (General Studies))
❏ 1.5 units of Arts and/or Science electives at the 2000 level or above
❏ 2.5 units of electives

Bachelor of Business Administration - General

Students who graduate from the Bachelor of Business Administration without a concentration or major will graduate with a general Bachelor of Business Administration.

Students who graduate with a Bachelor of Business Administration – General may complete one or more minors in accounting, finance, management, marketing, community leadership, tourism and hospitality management, strategic human resource management or any other area as specified by the department offering the minor. A minor requires completion of 3.0 units of coursework. Students must achieve a minimum GPA of 2.0 in the required 3.0 units and must meet any specified requirements for the minor.

Program Requirements
Students must successfully complete 20.0 units or 23.0 units if the co-operative education option is chosen, with the following requirements:
❏ obtain a minimum GPA of 2.0 in 8.0 units of coursework including all required business courses. Note: For students in the co-operative education option, co-operative education work term courses (BUSI 1188, 2288 and 3388) cannot be counted in the calculation of the GPA.

Required Courses
❏ BUSI 1112 0.5 unit
❏ BUSI 2202/THMT 2202 0.5 unit
❏ BUSI 2214 0.5 unit
❏ BUSI 2215 0.5 unit
❏ BUSI 2230 0.5 unit
❏ BUSI 2231 0.5 unit
❏ BUSI 2259 0.5 unit
❏ BUSI 2321 0.5 unit
❏ BUSI 3308 0.5 unit
❏ BUSI 3311 or BUSI 3312 0.5 unit
❏ BUSI 3320 0.5 unit
❏ BUSI 3360 0.5 unit
❏ BUSI 3361 0.5 unit
❏ BUSI 4400 0.5 unit
❏ ECON 1101 0.5 unit
❏ ECON 1102 0.5 unit
❏ MATH 2208 0.5 unit
❏ MATH 2209 0.5 unit
❏ 4.5 units of BUSI, THMT and/or ECON elective

❏ 3.5 units of Arts and/or Science electives

  • Note: 2.0 units must be at the 2000 level or above. No more than 3.0 units of any discipline may be counted. Economics courses do not count as arts and science electives.
  • Note: With the department Chair’s prior written approval, a student may replace 0.5 unit of arts & science electives with 0.5 unit of professional electives. The chair may approve the replacement of up to an additional 1.0 unit of arts & science electives with Business courses to meet profession specific accreditation, certification or exemption requirements.

❏ 0.5 unit of Humanities elective (See Core C – Humanities listed under the Bachelor of Arts (General Studies))

❏ 2.5 units of electives. Note: These units may be taken in any area.

Bachelor of Business Administration with a Major

Students may complete a Bachelor of Business Administration with one or more majors in accounting, management, marketing or strategic human resource management, or community leadership.

Students who graduate with a Bachelor of Business Administration with a major may also complete one or more concentrations in accounting, economics, management, marketing, strategic human resource management, community leadership, or tourism and hospitality management.

Students who graduate with a Bachelor of Business Administration with a major may complete one or more minors in accounting, finance, management, marketing, strategic human resource management, community leadership, tourism and hospitality management, or any other area as specified by the department offering the minor. A minor requires completion of 3.0 units of coursework. Students must achieve a minimum GPA of 2.0 in the required 3.0 units and must meet any specified requirements for the minor.

Program Requirements
Students must successfully complete 20.0 units or 23.0 units if the co-operative education option is chosen, with the following requirements:

Required Courses
❏ BUSI 1112 0.5 unit
❏ BUSI 2202/THMT 2202 0.5 unit
❏ BUSI 2214 0.5 unit
❏ BUSI 2215 0.5 unit
❏ BUSI 2230 0.5 unit
❏ BUSI 2231 0.5 unit
❏ BUSI 2259 0.5 unit
❏ BUSI 2321 0.5 unit
❏ BUSI 3308 0.5 unit
❏ BUSI 3311 or BUSI 3312 0.5 unit
❏ BUSI 3320 0.5 unit
❏ BUSI 3360 0.5 unit
❏ BUSI 3361 0.5 unit
❏ BUSI 4400 0.5 unit
❏ ECON 1101 0.5 unit
❏ ECON 1102 0.5 unit
❏ MATH 2208 0.5 unit
❏ MATH 2209 0.5 unit

❏ 4.5 units of BUSI, THMT and/or ECON elective

❏ 3.5 units of Arts and/or Science electives

  • Note: 2.0 units must be at the 2000 level or above. No more than 3.0 units of any discipline may be counted. Economics courses do not count as arts and science electives.
  • Note: With the department Chair’s prior written approval, a student may replace 0.5 unit of arts & science electives with 0.5 unit of professional electives. The chair may approve the replacement of up to an additional 1.0 unit of arts & science electives with Business courses to meet profession specific accreditation, certification or exemption requirements.

❏ 0.5 unit of Humanities elective (See Core C – Humanities listed under the Bachelor of Arts (General Studies))

❏ 2.5 units of electives 2.5 units. Note: These units may be taken in any area.

❏ obtain a minimum GPA of 2.0 in 8.0 units of required business coursework including the 6.0 units required for the major. Note: For students in the co-operative education option, co-operative education work term courses (BUSI 1188, 2288 and 3388) cannot be counted in the calculation of the GPA.

❏ complete 6.0 units of coursework in the area of the major as listed below:

Accounting major (6.0 units from the following):

  • BUSI 2321, 2322, 3320, 3325, 3326 and CMPS/INTE 2245 (all required)
  • and the remaining 3.0 units from BUSI 1112, 3324, 3343, 4400, including a minimum of 1.0 unit from the following accounting courses: 4415, 4423, 4424, 4425, 4426, 4427, 4428, 4465

Management major (6.0 units from the following):

  • 6.0 units selected from BUSI 1112, 2011, 2012, 2202, 2214, 2215, 2255, 2601, 3306, 3308, 3311, 3312, 3313, 3314, 3316, 4400, THMT 2225, 3323, 3401, including a minimum of 1.0 unit from the following management courses: 4406, 4410, 4412, 4413, 4414, 4415, 4416, 4417, 4418, 4419, 4446
    Note: Students who earn a major in management will not be able to earn a major in strategic human resource management.

Marketing major (6.0 units from the following):

  • BUSI 3331, 4430 and 4434 (all required)
  • 4.5 additional units selected from BUSI 1112, 2202, 2230, 2231, 3332, 3333, 3334, 3336, 3337, 3338, 4400, 4432, 4433, PBRL 1010

Strategic Human Resource Management major (6.0 units from the following):

  • BUSI 3313, 3314, 4406, 4413, 4417, 4418 (all required)
  • 1.0 unit selected from BUSI 3316, 4412, 4416, 4419, ECON 2204 and SOAN 2531
  • a minimum of 2.0 additional units selected from BUSI 1112, 2214, 2215, 3316, 4412, 4416, 4419, 4400, ECON 2204 and SOAN 2531
    Note: Students who earn a major in strategic human resource management will not be able to earn a major in management.

Bachelor of Business Administration with a Major in Community Leadership

Students may complete a Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in Community Leadership. The objective of the major in Community Leadership is to give students the knowledge and skills required to work in a senior leadership position in a Community Sector organization.

Students who graduate from the Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in Community Leadership may also complete one or more majors in accounting, management, marketing or strategic human resource management.

Students who graduate with a Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in Community Leadership may also complete one or more concentrations in accounting, economics, management, marketing, strategic human resource management or tourism and hospitality management.

Students who graduate with a Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in Community Leadership may complete one or more minors in accounting, finance, management, marketing, strategic human resource management, tourism and hospitality management, or any other area as specified by the department offering the minor. A minor requires completion of 3.0 units of coursework. Students must achieve a minimum GPA of 2.0 in the required 3.0 units and must meet any specified requirements for the minor.

Program Requirements
Students must successfully complete 20.0 units or 23.0 units if the co-operative education option is chosen, with the following requirements:

Required Courses
❏ BUSI 1112 0.5 unit
❏ BUSI 2202/THMT 2202 0.5 unit
❏ BUSI 2214 0.5 unit
❏ BUSI 2215 0.5 unit
❏ BUSI 2230 0.5 unit
❏ BUSI 2231 0.5 unit
❏ BUSI 2259 0.5 unit
❏ BUSI 2321 0.5 unit
❏ BUSI 2601 0.5 unit
❏ BUSI 3311 or BUSI 3312 0.5 unit
❏ BUSI 3320 0.5 unit
❏ BUSI 3338 0.5 unit
❏ BUSI 3360 0.5 unit
❏ BUSI 3361 0.5 unit
❏ BUSI 3602 0.5 unit
❏ BUSI 3603 0.5 unit
❏ BUSI 3604 0.5 unit
❏ BUSI 4400 0.5 unit
❏ ECON 1101 0.5 unit
❏ ECON 1102 0.5 unit
❏ MATH 2208 0.5 unit
❏ MATH 2209 0.5 unit

❏ 3.5 units of BUSI, THMT and/or ECON electives of which 1.5 units must be chosen from the following:BUSI 2012, BUSI 2250, BUSI 3316, BUSI 3336, BUSI 3337, BUSI 4406/WOMS 4406, BUSI 4412, BUSI 4416

❏ 3.5 units of Arts and/or Science electives

Note: 2.0 units must be at the 2000 level or above. No more than 3.0 units of any discipline may be counted. Economics courses do not count as arts and science electives.
Note: With the department Chair’s prior written approval, a student may replace 0.5 unit of arts & science electives with 0.5 unit of professional electives. The chair may approve the replacement of up to an additional 1.0 unit of arts & science electives with Business courses to meet profession specific accreditation, certification or exemption requirements.

❏ 0.5 unit of Humanities elective (See Core C – Humanities listed under the Bachelor of Arts (General Studies))

❏ 1.5 units of electives. Note: These units may be taken in any area

Bachelor of Business Administration (International Option)

Students may complete a Bachelor of Business Administration with an International Option. In addition to gaining a thorough understanding of the core areas of business management, the BBA (International Option) allows students to explore global issues from both a business and public policy viewpoint. A highlight of the program is a term spent at a partner university outside of Canada.

Students who graduate with a Bachelor of Business Administration with an International Option may also complete one or more majors in accounting, management, marketing, Community leadership or strategic human resource management.

Students who graduate with a Bachelor of Business Administration with an International Option may also complete one or more concentrations in accounting, economics, management, marketing, community leadership, strategic human resource management, or tourism and hospitality management.

Students who graduate with a Bachelor of Business Administration with an International Option may complete one or more minors in accounting, finance, management, marketing, Community leadership, strategic human resource management, tourism and hospitality management, or any other area as specified by the department offering the minor. A minor requires completion of 3.0 units of coursework. Students must achieve a minimum GPA of 2.0 in the required 3.0 units and must meet any specified requirements for the minor.

Program Requirements
Students must successfully complete 20.0 units or 23.0 units if the co-operative education option is chosen, with the following requirements:

Required Courses
❏ BUSI 1112 0.5 unit
❏ BUSI 2202/THMT 2202 0.5 unit
❏ BUSI 2214 0.5 unit
❏ BUSI 2215 0.5 unit
❏ BUSI 2230 0.5 unit
❏ BUSI 2231 0.5 unit
❏ BUSI 2259 0.5 unit
❏ BUSI 2321 0.5 unit
❏ BUSI 3308 0.5 unit
❏ BUSI 3311 or BUSI 3312 0.5 unit
❏ BUSI 3320 0.5 unit
❏ BUSI 3360 0.5 unit
❏ BUSI 3361 0.5 unit
❏ BUSI 4400 0.5 unit
❏ ECON 1101 0.5 unit
❏ ECON 1102 0.5 unit
❏ MATH 2208 0.5 unit
❏ MATH 2209 0.5 unit

❏ 4.5 units of BUSI, THMT, and/or ECON of which 2.0 units must be chosen from the following: BUSI 3312, 4419, 4432, 4464, THMT 2205, 3305

❏ 3.0 units from the specialization in Global Issues coordinated by Public Policy Studies chosen from the following: POLS 1001/CANA 1001, POLS 1002/CANA 1002, POLS 2219, 2224, 2244, 3308, 3312, 3324, 3334, 3344, 3391, ECON 2311, 2312, SOAN 3533

❏ 0.5 unit of Humanities elective (See Core C – Humanities listed under the Bachelor of Arts (General Studies))

❏ 0.5 unit of Arts/Science elective

❏ 2.5 units of electives. Note: These units may be taken in any area.

❏ of the 20.0 units required, a minimum of 1.5 units of study must be completed onsite at a partner university outside of Canada.

❏ obtain a minimum GPA of 2.0 in 8.0 units of required business coursework. Note: For students in the co-operative education option, Co-operative Education Work Term courses (BUSI 1188, 2288 and 3388) cannot be counted in the calculation of the GPA.

Bachelor of Business Administration with a Concentration

Students may complete a Bachelor of Business Administration with one or more concentrations in accounting, economics, management, marketing, community leadership, strategic human resource management or tourism and hospitality management.

Students who graduate with a Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration may also complete one or more majors in accounting, management, marketing, community leadership or strategic human resource management.

Students who graduate with a Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration may complete one or more minors in accounting, finance, management, marketing, community leadership, strategic human resource management, tourism and hospitality management, or any other area as specified by the department offering the minor. A minor requires completion of 3.0 units of coursework. Students must achieve a minimum GPA of 2.0 in the required 3.0 units and must meet any specified requirements for the minor.

Program Requirements
Students must successfully complete 20.0 units or 23.0 units if the co-operative education option is chosen, with the following requirements:

Required Courses
❏ BUSI 1112 0.5 unit
❏ BUSI 2202/THMT 2202 0.5 unit
❏ BUSI 2214 0.5 unit
❏ BUSI 2215 0.5 unit
❏ BUSI 2230 0.5 unit
❏ BUSI 2231 0.5 unit
❏ BUSI 2259 0.5 unit
❏ BUSI 2321 0.5 unit
❏ BUSI 3308 0.5 unit
❏ BUSI 3311 or BUSI 3312 0.5 unit
❏ BUSI 3320 0.5 unit
❏ BUSI 3360 0.5 unit
❏ BUSI 3361 0.5 unit
❏ BUSI 4400 0.5 unit
❏ ECON 1101 0.5 unit
❏ ECON 1102 0.5 unit
❏ MATH 2208 0.5 unit
❏ MATH 2209 0.5 unit

❏ 4.5 units of BUSI, THMT and/or ECON elective

❏ 3.5 units of Arts and/or Science electives

  • Note: 2.0 units must be at the 2000 level or above. No more than 3.0 units of any discipline may be counted. Economics courses do not count as arts and science electives.
  • Note: With the department Chair’s prior written approval, a student may replace 0.5 unit of arts & science electives with 0.5 unit of professional electives. The chair may approve the replacement of up to an additional 1.0 unit of arts & science electives with Business courses to meet profession specific accreditation, certification or exemption requirements.

❏ 0.5 unit of Humanities elective (See Core C – Humanities listed under the Bachelor of Arts (General Studies))

❏ 2.5 units of electives.  Note: These units may be taken in any area.

❏ obtain a minimum GPA of 2.0 in 8.0 units of required business coursework including the 4.0 units required for the concentration. Note: For students in the co-operative education option, Co-operative Education Work Term courses (BUSI 1188, 2288 and 3388) cannot be counted in the calculation of the GPA.

❏ complete 4.0 units of coursework in the area of the concentration as listed below:

Accounting concentration

  • BUSI 2321, 2322, 3320, 3325 and 3326 (all required)
  • and the remaining 1.5 units from BUSI 3324, 3343, 4415, 4423, 4424, 4425, 4426, 4427, 4428, 4465

Economics concentration

  • ECON 1101 and 1102
  • 3.0 additional units of ECON

Management concentration

  • BUSI 2214 and 2215
  • 3.0 additional units selected from the following management electives, 1.0 unit of which must be at the 3000 level or above BUSI 2011, 2012, 2202, 2255, 2601, 3306, 3308, 3311, 3312, 3313, 3314, 3316, 4406, 4410, 4412, 4413, 4414, 4415, 4416, 4417, 4418, 4419, 4446, THMT 2225, 3323, 3401

Marketing concentration

  • BUSI 3331, 4430 and 4434 (all required)
  • 2.5 additional units selected from BUSI 2202, 2230, 2231, 3332, 3333, 3334, 3336, 3337, 3338, 4432, 4433, PBRL 1010

Community Leadership concentration

  • BUSI 2601, 3338, 3602, 3603, 3604
  • 1.5 additional units of Arts and/or Science electives

Strategic Human Resource Management concentration

  • BUSI 2214, 2215, 3313, 3314, 4406, 4413, 4417, 4418 (all required)

Tourism and Hospitality Management concentration

  • THMT 1101, 1116, 1201, 2216 and 2221 (all required)
  • 0.5 unit of THMT at the 2000 level or above
  • 1.0 unit of THMT at the 4000 level

Professional Concentration in French
Business Administration students have the opportunity to pursue a 3.0 unit concentration in French. Students must fulfill the following requirements:

  • 3.0 units of French language courses (excluding FREN 1101 and 1102)

Professional Concentration in Spanish
Business Administration students have the opportunity to pursue a 3.0 unit concentration in Spanish. Students must fulfill the following requirements:

  • SPAN 1101, 1102, 2201, 2202, 3301 and 3302

Students completing SPAN 2202 may write the internationally recognized Spanish examination prepared by the Spanish Ministry of Education and receive the Initial Certificate (Certificado Inicial). Students completing SPAN 3302 may write the Spanish examination prepared by the Spanish Ministry of Education and receive the Basic Diploma (Diploma Basico).

 

Minors

Minors

Students completing the Bachelor of Business Administration may complete a minor in accounting, finance, management, marketing, community leadership, strategic human resource management, tourism and hospitality management, or any other area as specified by the department offering the minor. A minor requires completion of 3.0 units of coursework. Students must achieve a minimum GPA of 2.0 in the required 3.0 units and must meet any specified requirements for the minor.

Minors for Students in Professional Degree Programs

Students in other professional degree programs may complete a minor in accounting, finance, management, marketing, community leadership, strategic human resource management or tourism and hospitality management from the Department of Business Administration and Tourism and Hospitality Management as per the calendar requirements for those minors.

Accounting minor

  • BUSI 2321, 2322, 3320 and 3325
  • and the remaining 1.0 unit from BUSI 3324, 3326, 3343, 4415, 4423, 4424, 4425, 4426, 4427, 4428, 4465

Finance minor

  • BUSI 3360 and 3361
  • 2.0 units selected from BUSI 2060, 2263, 3324, 4461, 4464, 4465, 4466, ECON 2311, ECON 3305

Management minor

  • BUSI 2214 and 2215
  • 2.0 units of management electives, 1.0 unit of which must be at the 3000 level or above (see listing in concentration)

Marketing minor

  • BUSI 2230, 2231 and 3331
  • 1.5 units of marketing electives (see listing in concentration)

Community Leadership minor

  • BUSI 2601, 3338, 3602, 3603, 3604
  • 0.5 unit of Arts and/or Science elective

Strategic Human Resource Management minor

  • BUSI 2214, 2215, 3313 and 3314
  • 1.0 unit selected from BUSI 3316, 4406, 4412, 4413, 4417, 4418, 4419, ECON 2204

Tourism and Hospitality Management minor

  • THMT 1101, 1116, 1201 and 2221
  • 0.5 unit of THMT elective
  • 0.5 unit of THMT elective at the 3000 level or above

Minors for Students in the BA and BSc

Students completing a BA can complete a minor in Business Administration or a minor in Community Leadership. Students completing a BSc with a Major may only complete a minor in Business Administration or a minor in Community Leadership as a second minor. BSc students should consult the calendar entries for the Biology Major, Chemistry Major, BSc Mathematics Major, or BSc Psychology Major, as appropriate, for further information.

Business Administration minor
To obtain a Business Administration Minor, students must fulfill the following requirements:

  • BUSI 1112
  • 2.5 units of BUSI courses*
    *Any five courses with a BUSI prefix; all current prerequisites for these courses must be met.

Community Leadership minor

  • BUSI 2601, 3338, 3602, 3603, 3604
  • 0.5 unit Arts and/or Science electives

Co-operative Education Option

Mount Saint Vincent University offers a 23.0 unit degree in business administration with the co-operative education option. The Bachelor of Business Administration (Co-operative Education) degree is accredited by Co-operative Education and Work Integrated Learning (CEWIL). Students complete all required coursework for the Bachelor of Business Administration and in addition must complete BUSI 1188, 2288 and 3388.

Co-operative education option involves a sequencing of normal academic terms and three four-month co-op terms. Students complete the normal academic sequence for their first 7.5 – 10.0 units of study. For the remainder of the program, co-op terms and academic terms alternate. Co-op students usually graduate one term later than traditional students. The following schedule depicts the typical Bachelor of Business Administration Co-operative Education program.

Bachelor of Business Administration Co-operative Education program schedule (PDF)

Bachelor of Business Administration Co-operative Education program schedule Table

By integrating academic study with three co-op terms, students will have an opportunity to determine career goals; gain practical knowledge and experience; develop confidence, maturity and human relations skills; apply academic material to practical working situations; generate employment contacts and provide financial assistance to meet educational expenses.

Co-op terms are available in the areas of accounting, management, and marketing. Students must satisfactorily complete the three co-op terms in order to receive the Bachelor of Business Administration (Co-operative Education) degree. Students completing fewer than three co-op terms and completing the academic requirements for the Bachelor of Business Administration degree will receive a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with transcript notation of their completed co-op terms.

Program Standards:
Before the first co-op work term, students must meet these prerequisites:

  • a 2.0 CGPA at the end of the academic term prior to the job search process*
  • normally completion of 10.0 units
  • successful completion of BUSI 2214, BUSI 2321, BUSI 2230, and ECON 1101

*Students who do not meet the 2.0 CGPA requirements for co-operative education but have more than 7.5 units of transfer credits, or grades from courses completed more than five years ago, may request an individual review of their transcripts by the department Chair who may approve admission.

Once you have accepted a co-op term, there are three possible grades for co-op terms:

  • P  – Pass. Student continues academic study.
  • NCR  – No credit, repeat. Normally, a student may receive only one NCR grade and remain in the degree program.
  • F  – Fail. A failing grade in a co-op term results in dismissal from the program.

For additional information, refer to the Co-operative Education Program section of the Academic Calendar and the Co-operative Education website.

Honours Degree

Students wishing to complete an honours degree must make formal application to the department Chair after successful completion of 12.5 units. Admissions to the honours program are approved by the Honours Committee of the Department of Business Administration. Students must have a GPA of 3.0 in required courses to be considered for admission and must have completed MATH 2208 and 2209 and either BUSI 4430 or THMT 3312. Acceptance is contingent upon the agreement of a faculty member to supervise the thesis.

Students must fulfill the following requirements:
❏ a minimum of 10.0 and a maximum of 12.5 units in business administration and tourism and hospitality management including BUSI 4499
❏ a concentration or major in one area as approved by the department. The area of concentration must include at least 1.0 unit at the 4000 level in addition to the honours thesis.
❏ Students who graduate with a Bachelor of Business Administration-Honours may complete one or more minors in accounting, finance, management, marketing, strategic human resource management, tourism and hospitality management, or any other area as specified by the department offering the minor. A minor requires completion of 3.0 units of coursework. Students must achieve a minimum GPA of 2.0 in the required 3.0 units and must meet any specified requirements for the minor.
❏ 1.0 unit from each core group A, B, and C listed under the Bachelor or Arts (General Studies):

  • Core A – Sciences & Mathematics (1.0 unit)
  • Core B – Social Sciences (1.0 unit)
  • Core C – Humanities (1.0 unit)

❏ obtain a minimum GPA of 3.0 and a grade of at least C- in 10.0 units of the required honours courses including all courses required for the concentration or major
❏ achieve a minimum of B- in BUSI 4499
❏ obtain an overall GPA of 3.0 or better in all courses counted for the degree beyond the first 5.0 units taken
Note: co-operative education work term courses (BUSI 1188, 2288, and 3388) cannot be counted in the calculation of the GPA

Note: First-class honours will be awarded to students who maintain a GPA of 3.5 or better in 10.0 units in the honours subject and no grade below B- in all courses counted for the degree beyond the first 5.0 units taken.

Honours Certificate

Students who have graduated from Mount Saint Vincent University with a Bachelor of Business Administration may apply to do an honours certificate. Students must fulfill the requirements for the honours degree listed above and meet the University regulations regarding honours certificates.

Professional Exemptions
1. The CPA Atlantic School of Business has a mission to attract, educate, and qualify individuals to become Chartered Professional Accountants. Successful graduates will have met the requirements of a challenging and rigorous CPA pre-certification process that meets the needs of business, public practice and government.

The CPA Atlantic School of Business has authorized exemptions for Mount Saint Vincent University students looking to enter the Chartered Professional Accountant Professional Education Program (CPA PEP). A full listing of courses eligible for exemption from Mount Saint Vincent University can be found online from the CPA Atlantic website (cpaatlantic.ca). Exemptions are granted for courses in which the standards and content are equivalent to those offered by CPA preparatory courses. To receive an exemption from prerequisite topics, minimum grade requirements exist. For full details on grade requirements, please contact your regional CPA Student Recruitment Advisor. Full exemptions from prerequisite courses required for entry to the CPA PEP are normally obtained through the completion of a Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in Accounting.

2. The Institute of Canadian Bankers Eastern Region has established an exemption policy for courses taken at Mount Saint Vincent University. Students may obtain information on equivalencies by contacting the ICB regional office in Halifax. A university grade of D or over is required to be considered as equivalent to an ICB pass and a university GPA of 3.5 or over is required for honours.

3. The Insurance Institute of Canada has authorized exemptions for Mount Saint Vincent University students in the following courses:
BUSI 1112
BUSI 2230
BUSI 2231
BUSI 2255
BUSI 2259
BUSI 2321
BUSI 3313
BUSI 3314
BUSI 3316
BUSI 3320
BUSI 3331
BUSI 3334
BUSI 3360
BUSI 3361
BUSI 4400
BUSI 4415
CMPS 1024/INTE 1024
ECON 1101
ECON 1102
ECON 2201
ECON 2210
MATH 2208
MATH 2209

4. The Purchasing Management Association of Canada (PMAC) has a well-established professional development program that leads to the designation, Supply Change Management Professional (SCMP). For more details about the program and possible exemptions, contact the PMAC Provincial or Territorial Institute.

5. The Association of Administrative Assistants has authorized exemptions for Mount students entering the Qualified Administrative Assistant Program in the following courses:
BUSI 1112
BUSI 2202/THMT 2202
BUSI 2214
BUSI 2230
BUSI 2231
BUSI 2259
BUSI 2321
BUSI 3313
BUSI 4406/WOMS 4406
ECON 1101
ECON 1102

6. The Canadian Institute of Management (CIM) has authorized National Accreditation status for the BBA degree. Students graduating from a CIM Nationally Accredited program will have met all the requirements for the Certified in Management (C.I.M.) professional designation once they have completed two years of managerial work experience and made appropriate application to the Canadian Institute of Management. For more details, please contact the Canadian Institute of Management.

Academic Note: This web-based calendar information is applicable for the 2021-2022 academic year which runs from September 01, 2021 to August 31, 2022.

For information on previous years, please consult the University Academic Calendars web page.

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