The Ivey Business School, the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, and the Faculty of Science administer these combined degrees.
The completion of the Combined BMSc (Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences)/HBA Program usually takes five academic years.
Students apply for admission to the Combined BMSc (Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences)/HBA Program during the first year of the HBA (HBA1), typically their third year of university. See ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR THE HONOURS BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (HBA) PROGRAM.
Once in HBA1, students must satisfy the following conditions to be eligible for admission to the Combined BMSc (Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences)/HBA Program:
Students will usually complete MEDICAL SCIENCES FIRST ENTRY (Medical Sciences 1 and 2) prior to ADMISSION TO THE BACHELOR OF MEDICAL SCIENCES (BMSc) PROGRAM. Students are encouraged to complete their BREADTH REQUIREMENT FOR BACHELOR DEGREES by the end of Year 2.
In Year 3, students enroll in the first year of the HBA program. Demonstrated participation in extracurricular and/or community activities, leadership, and work experience are admission criteria for the HBA, in addition to academic achievement.
For Years 4 and 5, students register in the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry and the Ivey School of Business in the Combined BMSc (Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences)/HBA Program.
Below is a brief outline of the requirements for the combined degree program.
Applications for the combined degrees must be made during HBA1 to the HBA program and the BMSUE Coordinator by the published deadlines for Ivey. The Ivey School's Advanced Entry Opportunity (AEO) students are also eligible to apply to the combined degrees. Entrance to the combined degrees is competitive and limited.
Year 3: HBA1
The third year of the undergraduate program in Business Administration consists of an integrated set of courses (7.5 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, Business Administration 3301K, Business Administration 3302K, Business Administration 3303K, Business Administration 3304K, Business Administration 3311K, Business Administration 3316K, Business Administration 3321K, Business Administration 3322K, Business Administration 3323K.
No substitute for any of the above courses is permitted under any circumstances.
Years 4 and 5 (HBA Requirements can be taken over year 4 or 5 - except Business Administration 4569 must be taken in Year 4)
2.5 additional business elective courses.
Years 4 and 5: BMSc requirements for the Honours Specialization in Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences (IMS)
2.0 courses from Group 1 – see Note 1.
1.0 course from: Group 1 or (0.5 from Group 1 and 0.5 from Group 2) – see Note 1.
0.5 course from: Group 3 or Physiology and Pharmacology 3000E. See Note 2.
0.5 course from: Chemistry numbered 2100-3999 or 0.5 course from Group 1 or 2 - see Note 3.
A maximum of 0.5 course from either Chemistry numbered 2100-3999 or Groups 1-3 that is completed prior to admission to the combined program course may be used toward the Year 4 BMSc (IMS) requirements. Any additional course(s) completed prior to admission to the combined program may be used toward the Year 4 BMSc (IMS) requirements only if an additional optional course(s) is completed. A maximum of 0.5 of the courses listed in the Year 4 BMSc (IMS) requirements may be deferred until Year 5.
Group 1: Anatomy and Cell Biology 2200A/B, Anatomy and Cell Biology 3309, Biochemistry 3381A, Biochemistry 3382A, Biostatistics 3100A, Biostatistics 3110B, Epidemiology 2200A/B, Epidemiology 3200A, Medical Biophysics 3330F/G, Medical Biophysics 3336F/G, Medical Biophysics 3501A, Medical Biophysics 3503G, Medical Biophysics 3505F, Medical Biophysics 3507G, Microbiology and Immunology 2500A/B, Microbiology and Immunology 3100A, Microbiology and Immunology 3300B, Pathology 3500, Pharmacology 3620, Physiology 3120, Physiology 3140A, any of the former courses: the former Epidemiology and Biostatistics 2200A/B, the former Pathology 3240A, the former Pathology 3245B.
Group 2: Anatomy and Cell Biology 3200A/B, Biochemistry 3385A, Biochemistry 3386B, Biochemistry 3390B, Epidemiology 3210B, Epidemiology 3315B, Epidemiology 3330F/G, Microbiology and Immunology 3500B, Pharmacology 2060A/B, the former Anatomy and Cell Biology 3319.
Group 3: Biochemistry 3380G, Medical Biophysics 3970Z, Medical Sciences 3900F/G/Z, Microbiology and Immunology 3610F, Microbiology and Immunology 3620G, Physiology and Pharmacology 3000E, one of the former Pharmacology 3580Z, the former Physiology 3130Z.
1.0 course: Medical Sciences 4900F/G/Z, Medical Sciences 4930F/G/Z.
2.0 additional courses at the 4000-level from at least two of the following subject areas: Anatomy and Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Medical Biophysics, Medical Sciences, Microbiology and Immunology, Pathology, Pharmacology, Physiology. Note: a maximum of 1.5 of these 4000-level courses can be selected from one subject area.
1. Of these 3.0 specific courses from Groups 1-2, a maximum of 2.0 courses can be from one subject area (e.g. a maximum of 2.0 can be Biochemistry courses). It is not mandatory to complete any Group 2 courses.
2. If Physiology and Pharmacology 3000E is selected to satisfy the Group 3 requirement, then the total number of courses required for the Honours Specialization in IMS will increase by 0.5 course.
4. See UNDERGRADUATE COURSE INFORMATION for the requisites for 3000- and 4000-level courses, and the BMSc website for information about constraints (priority and restricted access) for all basic medical science courses.
5. The breadth requirements of a BMSc degree must be satisfied. The essay requirement is satisfied with modular courses. See "Graduation Requirements for Honours Bachelor degrees".
For students who entered the HBA Program in September 2016 and prior, please refer to the 2016-2017 Academic Calendar.
For students who entered the HBA Program in September 2017, 2018 and 2019, please refer to the 2019-2020 Academic Calendar.
Students registered in the combined degrees are expected to abide by all guidelines associated with each of the individual degrees.
Students in these combined degrees must meet the following progression standards:
Students enrolled in first year HBA (Year 3) must attain a minimum weighted rounded average of 78%. In Year 4, students must attain a minimum weighted average of 75% in their 4000-level HBA courses and a minimum cumulative modular average of 75% with no mark less than 60% in any modular courses required for the Honours Specialization in Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences (IMS). In Year 5, students must attain a minimum weighted average of 75% in their 4000-level HBA courses and a minimum cumulative modular average of 70% with no mark less than 60% in any modular courses required for the Honours Specialization in Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences (IMS).
A student who fails to meet the progression standards in any year must withdraw from the combined degrees. With permission from the appropriate HBA Program Director and/or the Assistant Dean, Basic Medical Sciences Undergraduate Education, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, the student may continue in one degree, and request permission from the other School to complete the other degree at a later date.
A student who fails to meet the progression standards in any year of the combined degrees may appeal the decision in writing to either the HBA Program Director or the Assistant Dean, Basic Medical Sciences Undergraduate Education, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, depending upon the degree in which the progression standards were not met, in accordance with the University's policies on Academic Rights and Responsibilities.
Students are considered for the Dean's Honour List in the Faculty of Science in Year 1 and 2.
Students who take courses required for the Honours Specialization in Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences (IMS) module totaling at least six half courses in Year 4 and six half courses in Year 5 of the combined degrees are considered for the Dean's Honour List in the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry in each of those years on the basis of those courses.
At the Richard Ivey School of Business, students are considered for the Dean's Honour List during their first year of HBA. Students enrolled in Years 4 and 5 of the combined degree program are considered for the Dean's Honour 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 Honour List standing. The Dean's Honour List for HBA2 typically includes the top 25% of all of HBA2 and is determined by vote of the teaching faculty. Courses taken outside the Business School are excluded. Calculations for Ivey Scholar and Gold Medals are completed in the same way.