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Admission Requirements

Normally, students apply for the concurrent degree program during the first year of the HBA program. To be eligible for admission consideration for the concurrent program, students must complete all requirements for the first two years of the Honors Science Specialization module , obtain a minimum two-year (10.0 credit) average of 80%, and achieve a minimum 70% grade in Business Administration 257. Demonstrated participation in extracurricular and/or community activities, leadership, and work experience are also admission criteria. Applications must be made in writing to the Science Associate Dean (Academic) and the HBA Program Office by the published deadlines for Ivey. Entrance to the program is competitive and limited.

Students applying to the Richard Ivey School of Business Academic Excellence Opportunity (AEO) are also eligible to be considered for the concurrent program.

Year 1
  • 4.0 Science courses
  • Business Administration 020 or a first year course from either the Faculty of Arts and Humanities or another faculty.

Year 2
Year 3
Year 4
Year 5
  • 3.0 courses from a Faculty of Science Honors Specialization
  • 2.0 Business Administration elective credits chosen from available 400-series courses.

*Note: Students in the Concurrent Science/HBA Program must complete 9.0 courses from an Honors Specialization module offered by the Faculty of Science. If an Honors Specialization normally requires more than 9.0 courses, then the course selection from the Honors Specialization must be approved by the Department offering the Honors Specialization and by the Associate Dean (Academic) in the Faculty of Science.

Program Requirements
Students registered in the concurrent program are expected to abide by all guidelines associated with each of the individual programs.

Progression Standards
Students in the concurrent program must meet the progression standards of each Faculty or School. Students enrolled in HBA1 (Year 3) must attain at least 78%, and meet the progression requirements of the Honors Specialization module in which they are enrolled.

Failure to Meet Progression Standards
A student who fails to meet the concurrent program progression standards in any year must withdraw from the concurrent program. However, a student who has met the progression standards of either the HBA or Science 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 concurrent program and wishes to pursue either or both of the individual programs, must complete all the degree requirements of the individual program or programs in order to graduate from that/those program(s).

Dean's Honor List
At Ivey, students are considered for the Dean's Honor List during their first year of HBA. Students enrolled in Years 4 and 5 of the concurrent program are considered for the Dean's Honor List in Year 5 only. Only grades obtained in 400-level Business courses will be used in calculating averages for the purposes of determination of Dean's Honor List standing. Courses taken on exchange and courses taken outside the Business School are excluded. The Dean's Honor List for HBA2 typically includes the top 10% of all of HBA2 and is determined by vote of the teaching faculty. Those who stand on the Dean's Honors List over all courses at the 300 and 400 levels taken at Ivey at the completion of the concurrent program will graduate as Ivey Scholars.

Graduation With Distinction
A student who receives an overall average of at least 80% with no grade lower than 70% on the entire program of study will receive the designation graduation "With Distinction".

Exchange Programs
Academic exchange programs are not available for the combined degree program because of the core and elective courses required in Years Four and Five.