Academic Calendar

Sobey School of Business

Dr. Patricia Bradshaw, Dean
Lois Larson, Undergraduate Program Manager
Mahbouba Kafrouny, BComm Program Advisor

General Information
Bachelor of Commerce
a.            BComm (without major)
b.            Accounting Major
c.            Computing and Information Systems Major 
d.            Economics Major
e.            Entrepreneurship Major
f.             Finance Major
g.            General Business Studies Major    
h.            Global Business Management Major
i.             Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations Major
j.             Management Major
k.            Marketing Major
Bachelor of Commerce - Honours Economics
Minors for Bachelor of Commerce Students
Minor in Business for Arts and Science Students
Cooperative Education Programs
Dual Bachelor Degree Programs
Second Undergraduate Degrees
Graduate Studies


 

General Information

Frank H. Sobey, a Canadian entrepreneur whose dedication, creativity and hard work built an extensive retail empire, including Canada’s second largest food retailer, is the inspiration of the Sobey School of Business.  The leading business school in Atlantic Canada, the Sobey School offers a full range of graduate and undergraduate programs:

Bachelor of Commerce
Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) in Economics
Certificate in Human Resource Management
Certificate in Financial Instrument Analysis
Master of Applied Economics
Master of Business Administration
Master of Business Administration / Chartered Professional Accountant
Master of Finance
Master of Technology Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Master of Management – Cooperatives and Credit Unions
Graduate Diploma in Cooperative Management
Executive Master of Business Administration
Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration (Management)
 
The four-year Bachelor of Commerce program provides a strong foundation of general knowledge and skills, followed by an opportunity to specialize.  After the two-year foundation program, eligible students may choose a major area of study in Accounting, Computing and Information Systems, Economics, Finance, General Business Studies, Global Business Management, Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations, Management, Marketing, or Entrepreneurship.  A cooperative education option, placements at the Sobey Business Development Centre and study-abroad opportunities are available to qualified students.

Certificate programs in Financial Instrument Analysis and Human Resource Management can be completed independently or concurrently with a Bachelor of Commerce.  For information on these programs see Section 4 of the Calendar: Human Resource Management.

For information on graduate business programs, consult the Graduate Academic Calendar.


 

Bachelor of Commerce

The following requirements apply to all entering Commerce students.

1. a.        The Bachelor of Commerce program consists of one hundred and twenty (120) credit hours beyond Nova Scotia Grade 12 (or equivalent). Students lacking the equivalent of Nova Scotia Grade 12 may be required to complete additional courses as specified by the Dean. Courses beginning with zero (0) are designated preparatory and will not be credited toward any degree, diploma or certificate.

b.            Nova Scotia Grade 12 Academic Mathematics (or equivalent) is a prerequisite for two first-year MGSC courses [MGSC 1205 and MGSC 1206].  Students who do not have Nova Scotia Grade 12 Academic Mathematics on admission, will be required to upgrade their mathematical knowledge before taking MGSC 1205 and 1206.

c.            To receive a Saint Mary’s University Bachelor of Commerce, transfer students must complete all requirements for the degree as stipulated in this Academic Calendar. Students must successfully complete a minimum of 50% of the credit hours required for their degree or certificate program at Saint Mary’s. Among these credit hours, students must complete a minimum of 50% of the credit hours required for the major, honours or concentration at Saint Mary’s.

2. a.        In conformity with Academic Regulation 7c (i), students must achieve a minimum degree grade point average of 2.00 in order to qualify for graduation. 

b.            Honours and cooperative education students must attain a minimum degree grade point average of 3.00.

c.            To be eligible to declare a major, students must have completed a minimum of 45 credit hours and must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0. 

d.            Completion of a major – i.e., to have a major formally recognized on a student’s academic record – requires that students complete the designated courses with a grade point average of 2.2.  (The courses required for each major are listed in Regulation 5 below.).

3.            During the regular Academic Year (September to May), full time students will normally take the equivalent of thirty (30) credit hours (i.e. five courses in each academic term).  Students who have completed at least thirty (30) credit hours at Saint Mary’s may elect to take an additional three (3) credit hours (i.e., one course) each term.  Permission is not required.  (See academic regulation 1.)

4.            All students must successfully complete the following required courses, arranged by year as a guide to students in preparing their programs of study.  Students required to complete additional courses due to background deficiencies should consult the BComm Program Manager.  Course descriptions, listed alphabetically by discipline, can be found in Section 4, Description of Courses.

Note:

A non-Commerce elective is a course offered by the Faculties of Arts or Science.

A free elective is a course offered by Arts, Science or Business.

Year 1

CISY 1225     Introduction to Computer Applications
ECON 1201   Principles of Economics: Micro
ECON 1202   Principles of Economics: Macro
ENGL 1205    Introduction to Literature
MGMT 1281   Introduction to Business Management
MGSC 1205   Quantitative Methods I
MGSC 1206   Quantitative Methods II
Nine (9) non-Commerce elective credit hours
 
Year 2

ACCT 2241    Introductory Financial Accounting
ACCT 2242    Introductory Managerial Accounting
CMLW 2201   Legal Aspects of Business - Part I
COMM 2293  Communications
MGSC 2207   Introductory Statistics
MGMT 2383   Micro Organizational Behaviour
MGMT 2384   Macro Organizational Behaviour
MKTG 2270   Introduction to Marketing
Three (3) credit hours in Economics electives (except ECON 4475) - see Note below
Three (3) credit hours in non-Commerce electives – see Note below.
 
Notes:    

(i)    It is recommended that student planning to major in Accounting and considering pursuing a professional accounting designation take ACCT 3350 and FINA 2360 in Year 2 and defer 3 credit hours in ECON electives and 3 credit hours in non-commerce electives until Year 3.

(ii)   It is recommended that students planning to major in Economics take ECON 3300 and ECON 3301 in Year 2 and defer three (3) credit hours of Economics electives and three (3) credit hours in non-Commerce electives to Year 3.

(iii)  Students planning to major in Human Resource Management should take ECON 3340.

(iv)  Students may elect to take FINA 2360 in Year 2 (once prerequisites are completed) and the Economics elective in Year 3 or 4.

(v) Students may substitute one of BIOL 3308, ENGE 2309, GEOG 3326, MATH 1216, PSYC 2350 or CRIM/SOCI 3102 in lieu of MGSC 2207

 Year 3 and Year 4

FINA 2360     Business Finance I (may be taken in Year 2, once prerequisites completed)
FINA 3361     Business Finance II
MGMT 3480  Ethical Responsibilities of Organizations
MGMT 4489  Strategic Management
At least twelve (12) credit hours in non-Commerce electives
Courses required by the major or non-major route to the degree – see Regulation 5 below.

Note: 

The BComm degree requires students to successfully complete at least twenty-four (24) credit hours of non-Commerce electives.  (Some majors require students to complete more than the minimum).  Non-Commerce courses taken in lieu of Commerce courses cannot be counted as non-Commerce electives.

  

5.            Students are not required to complete a major.  However, upon completion of a minimum of 45 credit hours, students with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 may elect to choose a major.  (In exceptional circumstances, students can also be admitted to a major by permission of the appropriate Departmental Chairperson or Program Director.) 

Eligible students can undertake majors in

Accounting
Computing and Information Systems
Economics
Entrepreneurship
Finance
General Business Studies
Global Business Management
Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations
Management
Marketing
 
To complete a major, students must attain a grade point average of 2.2 in the designated required courses. 

It is possible for students to double major by fulfilling the requirements of two majors (with the exception of General Business Studies).  However, undertaking a double major may require students to complete more than the standard 120 credit hours required for the degree.  

To assist students, the Year 3 and Year 4 course requirements for each major, and the core BComm degree program requirements, are listed below.  Course descriptions, listed alphabetically by discipline, can be found in Section 4, Description of Courses.

 

a.            BComm (without major)

Year 3

FINA 2360     Business Finance I
FINA 3361     Business Finance II
MGMT 3480 Ethical Responsibilities of Organizations
9 credit hours Commerce electives at 3000 level or above
6 credit hours non-Commerce electives
6 credit hours free electives

Year 4 

MGMT 4489 Strategic Management
9 credit hours Commerce electives at 3000 level or above
6 credit hours non-Commerce electives
12 credit hours free electives

Note:

Students who do not declare a major must complete a minimum of nine (9) credit hours of commerce electives at the 3000-level or above at Saint Mary’s University.


b.            Accounting Major

In addition to all other requirements for the major, a minimum GPA of 2.2 out of 4.3 is required in the 3rd and 4th year ACCT courses (as indicated below by *).

Year 3

*ACCT 3323 Management Information Systems
*ACCT 3335  Intermediate Managerial Accounting
*ACCT 3350  Financial Accounting Foundations-see Note below
*ACCT 3351  Intermediate Financial Accounting I
FINA 2360     Business Finance I
FINA 3361     Business Finance II
MGMT 3480 Ethical Responsibilities of Organizations
Nine (9) credit hours in non-Commerce electives – see Note below.

Year 4

*ACCT 3352  Intermediate Financial Accounting II – see Notes below
*ACCT 4470 Accounting Seminar
*Nine (9) credit hours in Accounting electives - see Notes below
MGMT 4489 Strategic Management
Three (3) credit hours in non-Commerce electives
Nine (9) credit hours in free electives

Notes:

(i)    It is recommended that students who are considering pursuing a professional accounting designation take ACCT 3350 and FINA 2360 in Year 2 and take ACCT 3352 in Year 3. In Year 2, student would defer 3 credit hours in ECON electives and 3 credit hours in non-commerce electives until Year 3.

(ii)  CISY 2320, CISY 3326, CISY 4435, ACCT 3345, ACCT 3357 or any 4000 level course in Accounting not used to fulfill other requirements may be used to satisfy this requirement.

(iii)  Students cannot receive credit for any of ACCT 3332, 3333, 3334, 3341, 3342, and 3343 towards accounting electives or free electives if they major in Accounting. 


 

c.            Computing and Information Systems Major

In addition to all other requirements for the major, a minimum GPA of 2.2 out of 4.3 is required in  all courses specifically required to complete the Computing and Information Systems major at the 2000 level or above (as indicated below by *). 

Students who are planning to major in Computing and Information Systems are advised to take CISY 2320 during year two.

Year 3

*ACCT 3323 Management Information Systems
*CISY 3326   Database Programming
FINA 2360     Business Finance I
 FINA 3361    Business Finance II
 MGMT 3480         Ethical Responsibilities of Organizations
Three (3) credit hours in Computing and Information Systems electives
Three (3) credit hours in Commerce electives at 3000-level and above
 Six (6) credit hours in non-Commerce electives
Three (3) credit hours in free electives
 
Year 4

*CISY 4425   System Analysis and Design
*CISY 4435   Information Systems Projects and Practice
*CISY 4436   Communications Networks and Security
 MGMT 4489 Strategic Management
 Six (6) credit hours in non-Commerce electives
 Twelve (12) credit hours in free electives


 

 

d.            Economics Major

In addition to all other requirements for the major, a minimum GPA of 2.2 out of 4.3 is required in ECON 1201, ECON 1202, Economics electives from second year, and the 3rd and 4th year ECON courses (as indicated below by *).

Year 3

*ECON 3300 Intermediate Microeconomic Theory - see note below
*ECON 3301 Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory - see note below
*ECON 4400 Advanced Microeconomic Theory
or
*ECON 4401 Advanced Macroeconomic Theory
FINA 2360     Business Finance I
FINA 3361     Business Finance II
*Three (3) credit hours in Economics electives at the 3000 level or above
Six (6) credit hours in humanities or language electives [Classics, History, Philosophy (except PHIL 1200), Religious Studies, English, or Modern Languages]
MGMT 3480 Ethical Responsibilities of Organizations
Three (3) credit hours in free electives
 
Year 4

MGMT 4489 Strategic Management
*Six (6) credit hours Economics electives at 3000 level or above
*Three (3) credit hours in Economics electives at 4000 level (except ECON 4475)
Six (6) credit hours in social sciences (excluding Economics) [Anthropology, Geography, Political Science, Sociology, or Psychology]
Twelve (12) credit hours in free electives

Note:      It is recommended that students planning to major in Economics take ECON 3300 or 3301 in Year 2 and defer three (3) credit hours of Non-Commerce electives to Year 3.


e.            Entrepreneurship Major

In addition to all other requirements for the major, a minimum GPA of 2.2 out of 4.3 is required in ACCT 3332, MGMT 2383, MGMT 2384, MGMT 3380, MGMT 3389, MGMT 4487, MGMT 4494, and MGMT 4495 (as indicated below by *).

Year 3

*ACCT 3332 Planning and Control – see Note
FINA 2360     Business Finance I
FINA 3361     Business Finance II
*MGMT 3380 Family Business
*MGMT 3389 Structuring the Start-Up
MGMT 3480 Ethical Responsibilities of Organizations
Six (6) credit hours in non-Commerce electives
Six (6) credit hours in free electives
 
Year 4

*MGMT 4487 New Venture Opportunities
MGMT 4489 Strategic Management
*MGMT 4494 Entrepreneurship: Theory and Concepts
*MGMT 4495 Small Business Performance Improvement
Six (6) credit hours in non-Commerce electives
Twelve (12) credit hours in free electives

Note: Students cannot receive credit for both ACCT 3332 and ACCT 3333


f.             Finance Major

In addition to all other requirements for the major, a minimum GPA of 2.2 out of 4.3 is required in FINA 4463, FINA 4466, FINA 4467 and the six (6) credit hours used to satisfy the 4000 level Finance electives requirement (as indicated below by *).

Year 3

ACCT 3343    Financial Accounting Analysis
FINA 2360     Business Finance I
FINA 3361     Business Finance II
MGMT 3480 Ethical Responsibilities of Organizations
Three (3) credit hours in Commerce electives at 3000 level or above.
Six (6) credit hours in non-Commerce electives.
Nine (9) credit hours in free electives.

Year 4

*FINA 4463   Financial Management
*FINA 4466   Investments
*FINA 4467   Portfolio Management
MGMT 4489 Strategic Management
*Six (6) credit hours in Finance electives at 4000 level except FINA 4491 [ACCT 4445 and ECON 4403 may be used to satisfy this requirement].
Six (6) credit hours in non-commerce electives.
Six (6) credit hours in free electives.


 

 

g.            General Business Studies Major

The General Business Studies Major is designed to enable students to customize a major.  Students may not double major by combining another major in Commerce with a Major in General Business Studies.

In addition to all other requirements for the major, a minimum GPA of 2.2 out of 4.3 is required in the eighteen (18) credit hours in Commerce electives completed in fulfillment of the major.  (Courses included in the GPA calculations are indicated by *).

Year 3

FINA 2360     Business Finance I
FINA 3361     Business Finance II
MGMT 3480 Ethical Responsibilities of Organizations
*Nine (9) credit hours in Commerce electives at 3000 level or above
Six (6) credit hours in non-Commerce electives
Six (6) credit hours in free electives

Year 4

MGMT 4489 Strategic Management
*Nine (9) credit hours in Commerce electives at 3000 level or above
Six (6) credit hours in non-Commerce electives
Twelve (12) credit hours in free electives


         

h.            Global Business Management Major

In addition to all other requirements for the major, a minimum GPA of 2.2 out of 4.3 is required in ACCT 3357, MKTG 3375, FINA 4476, MGMT 4488, and the Geographic and Cognate electives completed in fulfillment of the major (as indicated below by *).

Students are advised that they should take their language requirements as early as possible in their program so that later they will have increased flexibility in choosing their courses. Students are responsible to schedule their classes to meet prerequisite requirements for their advanced courses.

Year 3

ACCT 3332    Planning and Control - see Note (viii)
*ACCT 3357 International Accounting
FINA 2360     Business Finance I
FINA 3361     Business Finance II
MGMT 3480 Ethical Responsibilities of Organizations
*MKTG 3375        International Marketing
Six (6) credit hours in a Modern Language (except English) [Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, or Spanish] - see Notes (a) and (b) below.
*Six (6) credit hours in Geographic electives – see Note (c) below.

Year 4

*FINA 4476   International Financial Management
*MGMT 4488 International Business Management
MGMT 4489 Strategic Management
Six (6) credit hours in a Modern Language (except English)  [Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, or Spanish] see Notes (b) and (c) below.
*Six (6) credit hours in Geographic electives – see Note (d) below.
*Six (6) credit hours in cognate electives – see Notes (e) and (f) below.
Three (3) credit hours in free electives

Notes:

(a) If the non-Commerce elective in Year 1 was a Modern Language, then this requirement can be replaced with six (6) credit hours in free electives.

(b) In cases where a student is fluent in two languages, other courses relevant to the major may be substituted for the language credits with the approval of the Program Coodinator.

(c) Credit must be in the same language as Year 3 language credit.

(d) Geographic electives must be selected from the approved lists below for any of the following regions: Africa, Americas, Asia, or Europe unless another has been approved by the Program Director.

(e) Cognate electives must be selected from the approved lists below unless, on an individual basis, they have been approved by the Program Coordinator.

(f)  If ECON 3310, ECON 3312, ECON 3315ECON 3365ECON 4410ECON 4413, or ECON4414 were used to satisfy the Economics elective in Year 2, the number of free electives is increased by three (3) credit hours.

(g) Notwithstanding the course substitutions possible in notes (b) and (f), all students must complete at least twenty- four (24) credit hours of non-commerce electives.

(h) Students cannot receive credit forboth ACCT 3332 and ACCT 3335.


 

 

i.      Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations Major

 In addition to all other requirements for the major, a minimum GPA of 2.2 out of 4.3 is required in ACCT 3332, MGMT 2383, MGMT 2384, MGMT 3385, MGMT 3386, MGMT 4482, MGMT4483, MGMT 4485 and MGMT 4486 (as indicated below by *). 

 Students who successfully complete the above requirements for the Human Resource Management major will automatically be granted the Certificate in Human Resource Management.

 Year 3

*ACCT 3332 Planning and Control - see Note (i)
ECON 3340   Human Resource Economics
FINA 2360     Business Finance I
FINA 3361     Business Finance II
*MGMT 3385 Human Resource Management
*MGMT 3386 Industrial Relations
MGMT 3480 Ethical Responsibilities of Organizations
Nine (9) credit hours in free electives - see Note (ii) below

 Year 4

*MGMT 4482 Staffing and Selection
*MGMT 4483 Management Skills I
*MGMT 4485 Wage and Salary Administration
*MGMT 4486 Training and Development
MGMT 4489 Strategic Management
Twelve (12) credit hours in non-Commerce electives
Three (3) credit hours in free electives

Notes:    

(i)   Students cannot receive credit for both ACCT 3332 and ACCT 3335.

(ii)  If ECON 3340 was used to satisfy the required Economics elective in Year 2, the number of free electives credits is increased by three (3) credit hours.


 

j.             Management Major

In addition to all other requirements for this major, a minimum GPA of 2.2 out of 4.3 is required in ACCT 3332, MGMT 2383, MGMT 2384, MGMT 3385, MGMT 3386, MGMT 4481, MGSC 3317, plus the courses satisfying the required ACCT, FINA, and MKTG electives (as indicated below by *).

Year 3

*ACCT 3332 Planning and Control – see Note
FINA 2360     Business Finance I
FINA 3361     Business Finance II
MGMT 3480 Ethical Responsibilities of Organizations
*MGSC 3317 Operations Management
*Three (3) credit hours in Accounting electives
*Six (6) credit hours in Marketing electives
Three (3) credit hours in Commerce electives
Three (3) credit hours in free electives

Year 4

*MGMT 3385 Human Resource Management
*MGMT 3386 Industrial Relations
*MGMT 4481 Organization Theory: Structure, Process, Analysis and Design
MGMT 4489 Strategic Management
*Three (3) credit hours in Finance electives
Twelve (12) credit hours in non-Commerce electives
Three (3) credit hours in free electives

Note: Students cannot receive credit for both ACCT 3332 and ACCT 3335.


 

k.            Marketing Major

In addition to all other requirements for the major, a minimum GPA of 2.2 out of 4.3 is required in MKTG 2270 and the 3rd and 4th year MKTG courses (as indicated below by *).

Year 3

FINA 2360     Business Finance I
FINA 3361     Business Finance II
MGMT 3480   Ethical Responsibilities of Organizations
*MKTG 3376  Consumer Behaviour
*MKTG 3378  Marketing Research
*MKTG 3379  Marketing Management
Nine (9) credit hours in non-Commerce electives
Three (3) credit hours in free electives
 
Year 4

MGMT 4489  Strategic Management
*MKTG 4479  Marketing Policy
*Six (6) credit hours in Marketing electives
Six (6) credit hours in non-Commerce electives
Twelve (12) credit hours free electives 


 

Bachelor of Commerce - Honours Economics

1.            Admission Requirements

 a.     Minimum grade point average of 3.00 at the end of Year 2.

b.     Students must make application for admission to the Honours program on the special form obtainable from the Registrar normally by the beginning of Year 3. They must obtain the approval of the Chairperson of the Economics Department and the Dean of Sobey School of Business.

 2.            Requirements for Continuance and Graduation

 a.     To continue in the program and to graduate, students must maintain a minimum degree grade point average of 3.00.

b.     The specific course requirements of the program are:

Year 1

CISY 1225 Introduction to Computer Applications
*ECON 1201 Principles of Economics: Micro
*ECON 1202 Principles of Economics: Macro 
ENGL 1205 Introduction to Literature
MGMT 1281 Introduction to Business Management 
MGSC 1205 Quantitative Methods I
Six (6) credit hours in humanities or language electives [Classics, History, Philosophy (except PHIL 1200), Religious Studies, English, or Modern Languages]
MGSC 1206 Quantitative Methods II
Three (3) non-Commerce elective credit hours

Year 2

ACCT 2241 Introductory Financial Accounting 
ACCT 2242 Introductory Managerial Accounting 
CMLW 2201 Legal Aspects of Business - Part I 
COMM 2293 Communications
MGSC 2207 Introductory Statistics
MGMT 2383 Micro Organizational Behaviour 
MGMT 2384 Macro Organizational Behaviour
MKTG 2270 Introduction to Marketing
*ECON 3300 Intermediate Microeconomic Theory
*ECON 3301 Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory

Year 3

FINA 2360 Business Finance I
FINA 3361 Business Finance II
*ECON 3302 Mathematical Economics
*ECON 3303 Intermediate Economic Statistics
*ECON 4400 Advanced Microeconomic Theory
*ECON 4401 Advanced Macroeconomic Theory
MGMT 3480 Ethical Responsibilities of Organizations
*Three (3) credit hours in Economics electives at the 3000 level or above
Six (6) credit hours in social sciences (excluding Economics) elective [Anthropology, Geography, Political Science, Sociology, or Psychology]Six (6) credit hours in free electives

Year 4

MGMT 4489 Strategic Management
*ECON 4403 Econometrics
*ECON 4404 Special Topics in Microeconomics
or
*ECON 4405 Special Topics in Macroeconomics
*ECON 4498 Research Seminar in Economics
*ECON 4499         Honours Project in Economics or another three (3) credit hours in an advanced economics course approved by the Chairperson
*Fifteen (15) credit hours in Economics electives

c.     For courses marked with an asterisk (*), no grade below a C is acceptable and at least thirty-nine (39)  credit hours must have a grade of B or higher.

d.     With the approval of the Chairperson of the Economics Department, a student may be permitted to substitute up to twelve (12) credit hours from a related subject for Year 3 and Year 4 required Economics courses.

e.     With the approval of the Chairperson of the Economics Department, a student may substitute nine (9) credit hours from the Department of Mathematics and Computing Science for ECON 3302, 3303, and 4403.

f.     Commerce students doing an honours in economics are permitted to count nine (9) economics credit hours at the 3000-level or above as non-commerce electives. 


 

Minors for Bachelor of Commerce Students

Students in the Sobey School of Business are permitted to declare a minor in a subject taught in the Faculty of Arts or Faculty of Science from those academic units which currently offer this program option. The specific requirements for minor programs are those set forth by the host academic unit. Although students may take a minor in another Faculty, they must fulfill the requirements of the degree in which they are registered, including officially declaring and fulfilling the requirements for a major or honours (or in the case of Science, a concentration).

Minor in Business for Arts and Science Students

A minor in Business is available for students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree. Students pursuing a major in Entrepreneurship are not eligible for a Minor in Business. The minor consists of the equivalent of thirty (30) credit hours, namely:

ACCT 2241    Introductory Financial Accounting
ACCT 2242    Introductory Managerial Accounting
CISY 1225     Introduction to Computer Applications
CMLW 2201 Legal Aspects of Business I
COMM 2293 Communications
MGMT 1281 Introduction to Business Management
MGMT 2383 Micro Organizational Behaviour
or MGMT 2384 Macro Organizational Behaviour
MKTG 2270   Introduction to Marketing
Six (6) credit hours in electives in Commerce subjects

Notes:

(i)    This minor is not available to students pursuing a Bachelor of Commerce degree.  The regular “Declaration of Major/Minor/Concentration” form is to be used to declare a minor. Students must fulfill all requirements for any minor(s) which they officially declared in order to qualify for graduation, or officially (i.e., in writing) withdraw their declaration of a minor(s).

(ii)   A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00 is required for the minor in Business.


Cooperative Education Programs

Cooperative Education Advisor -Heather Sceles, Accounting

 The Sobey School of Business offers cooperative education options to the Bachelor of Commerce program. Cooperative education is a dynamic approach to university education which integrates academic classroom studies with related practical work experiences outside the formal university environment. The principle upon which this concept is based is that learning and individual development are greatly enhanced when the concepts studied in the classroom are periodically applied, tested and observed by the students in meaningful work situations. Through this program, participating businesses have an excellent opportunity to observe and influence the education of bright enthusiastic students. They also benefit from the access gained to university faculty and expertise, while university faculty and students become aware of the concerns of business and the varied problems which they face.

 1.            Admission Requirements for Undergraduate Cooperative Education Programs

 a.     Enrolment in the cooperative education option is limited and admission is on a competitive basis.  The requirements listed below are the normal minimums.  Satisfying these requirements does not guarantee admission.

b.     Students are considered for admission to the cooperative education option in the Faculty of Commerce after the completion of forty-five (45) credit hours.  Normally, this will occur at the end of the first semester of the second year. 

c.     The normal admission requirement to the cooperative education program in a regular Bachelor of Commerce program is a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00.

d.     Candidates will be admitted to a cooperative education program on the basis of their interest, aptitude, and assessed ability to combine successfully the academic requirements of a major program together with the special work-term requirements of the program.

2.            Requirements for Continuance in and Graduation from the Cooperative Education Program

a.     Students must complete all of the regular requirements for a Bachelor of Commerce (see regulations 1 through 7 in the Bachelor of Commerce section of the Calendar).  Students are advised that for some majors, pursuing a cooperative education option may complicate course scheduling and therefore delay degree completion.  It is the student’s responsibility to schedule their courses to satisfy major requirements.

b.     In addition to the above requirements, students must officially register for and complete three work experiences.

c.     To continue in and graduate from the cooperative education program, students must earn a minimum degree grade point average of 3.00.

3.            Policies and Regulations Governing Cooperative Education Work Terms

a.     The University will make every effort to locate work term positions for cooperative education students in academically related areas of employment, but cannot guarantee placements. Employment settings may also be identified by cooperative education students, but require the approval of the Commerce Cooperative Education Program Advisor.

b.     The satisfactory fulfillment of cooperative education work terms require:

(i)    the completion of three terms of work experience in academically related paid employment situations of 13 to 16 weeks duration. Under certain circumstances, and with the approval of the appropriate department, students may be permitted to satisfy their work terms requirements in an unpaid position. Self-employment will be considered.
(ii)   a satisfactory employer evaluation for each cooperative education work term (self-employed students will be evaluated by an individual selected by the department);
(iii)  the satisfactory completion of a written report in the required format, submitted within 30 days after the end of each work term detailing the student’s work experience.

c.     A notation will be included on students’ academic transcripts following satisfactory completion of each work term.

d.     Graduating students who have successfully completed their cooperative work term requirements will have this noted on their academic transcripts. If, in addition, all other normal academic requirements are fulfilled, a “Cooperative Education” notation will be printed on their parchments.

e.     Students may be required to withdraw from the cooperative education option of their degree if:

(i)    they are dismissed from, quit, or fail to accept an appropriate and approved cooperative work term position;
(ii)   they fail to submit or successfully complete a work term report;
(iii)  they do not maintain the required grade point average necessary for continuance in the Cooperative Education Program;
(iv)  in the judgment of the faculty, they are no longer suited for the particular requirements of the Cooperative Education Program.

f.     Students who voluntarily withdraw from or who are required to withdraw from the Cooperative Education Program may remain enrolled in and continue with the major or honours degree program offered by their department.

g.     Cooperative Education students will be expected to attend any special seminars or colloquia developed by the Sobey School of Business, or the Cooperative Education Department, which deal with employment orientation and the application of formal academic study to work experiences.

h.     Academic study during work terms is discouraged.  No more than six (6) credit hours may be taken during a work term.  Up to six (6) credit hours within the student’s major subject may be taken on a Letter of Permission at another institution.  This waiver of normal University policy is permitted only for study during work terms and only if the courses cannot be taken at Saint Mary’s University due to program sequencing.

4.     Registration and Fees for Cooperative Education

a.     Students are required to register for all work terms, according to normal registration procedures, including all stipulated deadlines. Work terms will be officially designated on students’ transcripts as:

               Work Term 1         = COOP 1000
               Work Term 2         = COOP 2000
               Work Term 3         = COOP 3000

b.     Students pay for their academic courses and work terms as they take them.

5.            Timing and Sequencing of Work Terms

The basic principles behind a co-op education are that (a) work terms should build upon the studies in the preceding semester(s) and (b) work terms should enrich subsequent study terms.  Ideally, work terms and study terms should alternate after the student has an academic foundation suitable for the first work term.

a.     Normally, the first work term will commence after the completion of the requirements for years 1 and 2 of the Bachelor of Commerce degree program.

b.     A “study term” is a semester of full -time study [minimum of 3 courses (nine (9) credit hours)]. Normally students must end their program with a study term.

c.     Normally, at least one work term must be in the fall or winter semester.  That is, students are not permitted to complete all work terms in the summer.

d.     Back to back work terms are permissible only with prior approval of the Sobey School of Business Cooperative Education Advisor.  These work terms must be with different employers or require significantly different job descriptions if with the same employer.  Students must make application to the Sobey School of Business Cooperative Education Advisor not less than one month before the start of the second work term, providing justification for back to back work terms and a job description for the second work term.

e.     Three work terms in succession, with no intervening full-time study term, are not permitted.

f.     Students may “stop out” for a semester, i.e., have a semester that is neither a work term nor a study term.  Students must make application to the Sobey School of Business Cooperative Education Advisor at least one month before the start of the “stop out” semester.


 

Dual Bachelor Degree Programs

 Since it is possible to pursue two bachelor degrees from Saint Mary’s University, students may desire to arrange their courses so as to obtain a bachelor degree in any two of the following three Faculties - Arts, Science, or Business.

 While the total time required is somewhat longer, such dual degree programs are quite feasible. Students must fulfill the degree requirements of each faculty with respect to required courses. Courses which are common to both degree programs and electives can be counted toward both degree programs.

 Students who contemplate pursuing any dual degree program should consult with the Deans of both Faculties before embarking on their program of study.

 If a student opts to graduate after completing only one of the degree programs, and subsequently wishes to complete the second program, the requirements are those for a second undergraduate degree as stated in academic regulation 25.

 Second Undergraduate Degrees

Students wishing to complete a second undergraduate degree at Saint Mary’s should consult Academic Regulation 25, Section 2 of this Academic Calendar.


 

Graduate Studies

Information concerning the Sobey School of Business’ programs at the graduate level is found in the GraduateAcademic Calendar.  Graduate programs in Business include:

  • Master of Applied Economics
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Business Administration – CPA Stream
  • Master of Finance
  • Master of Technology Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Master of Management - Cooperatives and Credit Unions
  • Graduate Diploma in Cooperative Management
  • Executive Master of Business Administration
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration (Management)