The combined degree programs are administered on behalf of the Richard Ivey School of Business and the Departments of History and Political Science in the Faculty of Social Science.
The combined program is a five-year program leading to a BA in Honors Business Administration (HBA) and a BA Honors Specialization in International Relations. In Year 1 students complete the general first year program including the first year prerequisites for admission to the Honors
Specialization in International Relations. In Year 2 they register in the normal curriculum for the Honors Specialization in International Relations. In Year 3, students are registered in the HBA program. Students are registered in the combined program in Years 4 and 5. Admission requirements for the combined program are outlined below.
To be eligible for consideration for admission to the combined program, in the first two years students must complete a minimum of 10.0 courses including Business Administration 2257. In Year 1 they must complete the admission requirements as specified in the current Academic Calendar for entry into the Honors Specialization in International Relations module offered by the Departments of History and Political Science.
Admission to the International Relations Honors Specialization occurs at the end of Year 1. The requirements are: completion of first year requirements with no failures, as well as an average of 75% in 3.0 principal courses, including a minimum grade of 75% in Political Science 1020E, 75% in 1.0 course in 1000 level History, and no mark in any other principal course below 60%.
For admission to the HBA, students must attain a minimum weighted average of 78%, a minimum mark of 70% in Business Administration 2257, and no mark less than 60%, in the first two years of study. They also must gain admission to the HBA program through the regular application process. In addition, students must normally attain a minimum weighted average of 78% in the first year of the HBA.
Students apply for the combined degree program during the HBA 1 year, typically their third year of University. Applications to the combined program must be made in writing to the Director of the International Relations Program and to the HBA Program Office by the deadlines published by the Richard Ivey School of Business. Entrance to the program may be limited.
Progression through the IR-HBA Combined Degree Program
1.0 course: first year History
1.0 course: Political Science 1020E
3.0 first year courses
NOTE: It is strongly recommended that students include in their first-year course selection 1.0 course requirement from Category B and 1.0 course requirement from Category C in order to meet the breadth requirements of their degree.
1.0 course: Political Science 2231E
1.0 course: History 2705E
1.0 course: International Relations 2702E
1.0 course: Business 2257
1.0 course: complete breadth requirements if not already done
8.25 courses from: Business Administration 3300K, Business Administration 3301K, Business Administration 3302K, Business Administration 3303K, Business Administration 3304K, Business Administration 3307K, Business Administration 3311K, Business Administration 3316K, Business Administration 3321K, Business Administration 3322K, Business Administration 3323K (with at least a 78% average for combined degree acceptance)
Years 4 and 5
HBA (Requirements can be taken over Year 4 or 5, except Business Administration 4569 must be taken in Year 4).
0.5 course: (International Perspective Requirement) Business Administration 4505A/B
0.5 course: (Corporations and Society Perspectives Requirement as determined and approved by the HBA Program Director to satisfy this requirement).
1.0 course: (Applied Project Requirement) Business Administration 4569
3.0 additional business elective courses. (These must be taken at the Business School and cannot be substituted with other Western courses.)
Years 4 and 5
International Relations (Requirements can be taken over Year 4 or 5 although students must have the prerequisites for 4000 level courses).
0.5 course: Political Science 3324F/G or acceptable substitute (must be pre-approved by the Department of Political Science through Special Permission)
1.5 Political Science designated essay courses (E,F, or G) at the 3000 level or above*
2.0 courses in History at the 3000 level or above*
1.0 additional course in History or Political Science designated essay course (E,F, or G) at the 3000 level or above*
1.0 course in History or Political Science designated essay course (E,F, or G) at the 4000 level*
1.0 course: International Relations 4702E
*Only eligible courses may count toward completion of the module requirements. For a list go to:
Note: Students must take a 1.0 course overload in Year 4 and Year 5.
Students registered in the combined program are expected to abide by all guidelines associated with each of the individual programs. The combined degree program cannot deviate from the 5 year program structure. That is, it cannot be completed in less time or extended beyond the 5 years.
Students in the combined program must meet the progression standards of each Faculty or School. Students enrolled in HBA1 (Year 3) must attain a minimum weighted average of at least 78%. In Years 4 and 5, students must attain a minimum weighted average of 75% in their 4000-level HBA courses. They also must attain a minimum weighted average of 75% in their Honors Specialization module and meet all other progression requirements of the Honors Specialization module in which they are enrolled.
Failure to Meet Progression Standards
A student who fails to meet the combined program progression standards in any year must withdraw from the combined program. However, a student who has met the progression standards of either the HBA or International Relations program will be allowed to proceed to the next year of that program. If the progression standards of both individual programs have been satisfied, the student may continue in either program and may petition the School or Faculty whose program was not selected for permission to complete that program at a later date. A student who is required to withdraw from the combined program and wishes to pursue either of the individual programs or both programs through a combined degree, must complete all the degree requirements of the individual program or combined programs in order to graduate from
Dean's Honor List
At the Richard Ivey School of Business, students are considered for the Dean's Honor List during their first year of HBA. Students enrolled in Years 4 and 5 of the combined program are considered for the Dean's Honor List in Year 5 only. Only grades obtained in 4000-level Business courses will be used in calculating averages for the purpose of determining Dean's Honor List standing. Courses taken outside the Richard Ivey School of Business are excluded. Calculations for Ivey Scholar and Gold Medals are completed in the same way.
In Social Science, students will be considered for the Dean's Honor List in the usual way in Years 1 and 2, and at the end of Year 5, by considering all Social Science courses that have been taken in Years 4 and 5. Students who take at least 2.0 Social Science courses in Year 4 will be
considered for the Dean's Honor List in that year on the basis of those courses.
Upon completion of this combined program, students will receive an Honors Specialization BA in International Relations and a BA in Honors Business Administration.
Graduation with Distinction
Eligibility to graduate “With Distinction” for each degree is determined by the Faculty or School.
International Exchange Programs
Students in the combined HBA/International Relations degree program may be eligible to participate in academic exchange programs. Interested students should discuss exchange options with the HBA Program Office and Director of the International Relations Program.
Students pay the prevailing fees as determined by the University policy on combined programs. Contact the Office of the Registrar for details.