The completion of these combined degrees takes five academic years. In Year 1, students must complete the admission requirements for entry into an Honors Specialization module offered by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. To be considered for admission to this combined program, students must complete a minimum of 10.0 courses including Business Administration 2257 and the required second year courses for an Honors Specialization module in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. A minimum of 5.0 courses must be taken in each of Years 1 and 2. Students apply for the combined degree program during the HBA 1 year, typically their third year of University. Entrance to the program may be limited.
In Year 2, students must enrol in an Honors Specialization offered by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and achieve a minimum 75% modular average. They must also 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.
To be considered for admission to this competitive program, students must achieve the following requirements:
- a minimum overall average of 75% on the 10.0 courses of
Years 1 and 2;
- a minimum modular average of 75% with no mark less than 60% in each modular course in Year 2 and a passing grade in each option;
- a minimum grade of 70% in Business Administration 2257;
- demonstrated participation in extracurricular and/or community activities, leadership, and work experience.
Students applying to the Richard Ivey School of Business Advanced Entry Opportunity (AEO) are also eligible to be considered for the Combined Degree Program.
5.0 courses including:
Note: If 1.0 Category C course is not taken in Year 1 as part of the 5.0 courses, it may be taken during the subsequent Spring/Summer session and must be completed successfully by the end of August prior to entry to this program.
5.0 courses including:
- 3.0 courses from a 9.0 course Honors Specialization module offered by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities plus Business Administration 2257 and 1.0 option
- 4.0 courses from a 10.0 or 11.0 course Honors Specialization module offered by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities plus Business Administration 2257
Year 3 (HBA 1)
The third year of the undergraduate program in Business Administration consists of an integrated set of courses designed to give a basic understanding of the functions and the interrelationships of the major areas of management, as well as to develop problem-solving and action-planning skills.
All students will take: Business Administration 3300K, 3301K, 3303K, 3304K, 3307K, 3311K, 3316K, 3321K, 3322K and 3323K. No substitute is permitted for any of these courses.
Years 4 and 5 (HBA2 requirements can be taken over Years 4 and 5 - no course is restricted to either year)
3.0 additional business elective courses.
Years 4 and 5 (Arts and Humanities requirements to be taken over Years 4 and 5: 6.0 or 7.0 courses as noted below)
6.0 courses from any 9.0 or 10.0-course Honors Specialization module offered by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. (Along with the required courses in Business Administration, this will require a total of 5.0 courses in one year and 6.0 courses in the other year, or 5.5 courses in each year.)
In the case of the Honors BFA, Honors Specialization in Studio Arts module (11.0 courses), students will be required to take 7.0 modular courses. (Along with the required courses in Business Administration, this will require a total of 6.0 courses in each year.)
Students registered in the Combined HBA/Arts and Humanities Program are expected to meet all of the requirements of each program.
Students in the Combined HBA/Arts and Humanities Program must meet the progression standards of each program. A student who fails to meet the Combined HBA/Arts and Humanities program standards in any year must withdraw from the program. However, a student who has met the progression standards of either the HBA or Arts and Humanities program will be allowed to progress 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 concurrent degree, must complete all the degree requirements of the individual program or concurrent programs in order to graduate from that/those program(s).
HBA: 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.
Arts and Humanities Years 4 and 5: Students must attain a minimum average of 75% on their modular courses with no mark less than 60% in each one.
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 determination of Dean's Honor List standing. Courses taken outside the Business School are excluded. Calculations for Ivey Scholar and Gold Medals are completed in the same way.
In Arts and Humanities, students will be considered for the Dean's Honor list in Years 1 and 2 according to the normal criteria (minimum 80% average on 5.0 courses with no failures). Students enrolled in Years 4 and 5 will be considered for Dean's Honor list in Year 5 only by considering all Arts and Humanities courses taken in Years 4 and 5 (minimum 80% average on 5.0 courses with no failures).
Upon completion of this Combined Program, students will receive an Honors BA degree and a BA in Honors Business Administration.
Graduation with Distinction
Eligibility to graduate “With Distinction” for each degree is determined by each Faculty.
International Exchange Programs
Students in the Combined Program may be eligible to participate in academic exchange programs. Interested students should discuss exchange possibilities with the HBA Program Office and with the Faculty of Arts and Humanities Academic Counselling Office.
Students pay the prevailing fees as determined by University policy on Combined Programs. Contact Registrarial Services (Office of the Registrar) for details.