Edwards School of Business
Academic Information & Policies
The following addresses college-level policies and information. For university-wide policies, please visit the U of S Policies and Regulations.
Business Co-operative Education Program
The Edwards School of Business offers the Business Co-operative Education Program (BCEP) for third-year Bachelor of Commerce students. Co-operative education programs are designed to integrate classroom studies with related work experience in a student's academic field of study. In addition to fulfilling the academic requirements of the School, Co-op students will be required to successfully complete two consecutive four-month work placements (work placements are not guaranteed) and a series of non-credit workshops held after admission to the program, but prior to the first work term. The goal of the workshops is to provide the students with the appropriate tools to successfully secure a work placement.
The Business Co-operative Education Program is a pass/fail non-credit program, offered in term two of the third year of study and the following summer of a student's program. Students are required to apply for admission to the program in January of their second year. Admission requirements include a combination of minimum academic standards, application documents and an interview. Entrance to the program will be competitive. For more information, contact Edwards Career Services in the Edwards School of Business.
Honours Program Option
The Edwards School of Business offers the Honours program to provide students of proven academic ability with an opportunity to pursue a more advanced program of studies in one of the following areas: Accounting, Finance, Human Resources, Management, Marketing, or Operations Management.
A student in an Honours program must fulfill all the requirements of the regular 120 credit-unit program, including the requirements for the major in the honours field. All students must substitute the 6 credit unit Honours Seminar for 6 credit units of senior electives. The Honours program consists of an independent research project completed in consultation with a faculty member.
Students may enter an Honours program only with the permission of the Department Head in consultation with members of the department. Formal admission is not granted until the end of the students' third year, i.e., following the successful completion of 90 credit units* taken in accordance with the curriculum of the Bachelor of Commerce program. However, students should make formal application for admission during program planning in February of their third year. At the time of admission, the student must have a Cumulative Weighted Average of 70% and a weighted average of 70% in courses (including core) in the honours field.
The recommendation for the granting of a degree with Honours or High Honours will come from the department of the honours field. To be granted Honours, a student must maintain a Cumulative Weighted Average of 70% and a weighted average of 70% in courses in the honours field (includes the Honours Seminar). To be granted High Honours, a student must maintain a Cumulative Weighted Average of 80% and a weighted average of 80% in courses in the honours field (includes the Honours Seminar).
Honours or High Honours may be denied if the student's performance in the honours year is deemed to be below acceptable standards. Students who fail to maintain the standard of performance expected of an honours student, but who otherwise complete the regular program requirements of the college, will be awarded the regular Bachelor of Commerce degree.
* This may be reduced to a minimum of 72 credit units for students entering their final Regular Session who intend to complete no more than 18 credit units in the following Spring and Summer Session.
Academic Performance Standards
Students will be eligible for the Bachelor of Commerce degree if they have passed the program courses prescribed by the Edwards School of Business and achieved sufficiently high standing in these courses to meet each of the averages as follows:
- Cumulative Weighted Average of 60% on all courses required for B.Comm. degree completion
- Current year weighted average of 60% on Fall and Winter Term and Spring and Summer Term courses
- Weighted average of 60% in the courses taken to meet the requirements for a major.
Students are required to maintain a yearly weighted average of at least 60%. Students who do not fulfill this requirement will be assigned a Faculty Action as follows:
- A first year student will be Required to Discontinue studies in the Edwards School of Business for at least one academic year; re-apply for admission; and if re-admitted at a later date repeat all courses in which a grade less than 60% was obtained. A first year student may attend Spring and Summer Terms ONLY in an attempt to raise their average and clear their faculty action. The student must repeat the course(s) in which a grade of less than 60% was earned and raise the weighted average to 62%. For purposes of the average calculation, the grade(s) obtained at Spring and Summer Terms will be substituted for the original grade(s).
- An upper-year student who has not had a previous faculty action will be assigned a Repeat Year Action, and will be required to repeat or substitute (with permission) all courses in which a grade of less than 60% was obtained in that year. An upper-year student may attend Spring and Summer Terms in an attempt to raise their average and clear their faculty action. The student must repeat or substitute (with permission) the course(s) in which a grade of less than 60% was earned and raise the weighted average to 62%. For purposes of the average calculation, the grade(s) obtained at Spring and Summer Terms will be substituted for the original grade(s). If the 62% average is obtained, the faculty action will be removed and credit restored for those grades less than 60%. If the 62% average is not obtained, courses must be repeated in the next academic year.
- An upper-year student who has had a previous faculty action in any college will be Required to Discontinue studies in the School for at least two years; re-apply for admission; and if re-admitted to the Edwards School of Business they will be required to repeat or substitute (with permission) all courses in which a grade of less than 60% was obtained in that year. Students are rarely re-admitted after a second faculty action. Consult the Edwards School of Business Student & Faculty Services Office for further information.
- If a student with a faculty action attempts to clear the action by repeating courses at Spring and Summer Terms and is not successful in removing the action, those courses taken will be included in the subsequent academic year's average.
- A student who fails 50 percent or more of the courses attempted in any one academic year will be Required to Discontinue for at least one year if it is their first faculty action and at least two years if it is their second faculty action.
Degree with Distinction
Students who have a Cumulative Weighted Average in courses taken at the University of Saskatchewan and credited towards the Bachelor of Commerce degree that is 75% or over but less than 80% are awarded their degree with Distinction; those who have a Cumulative Weighted Average that is 80% or over are awarded their degree with Great Distinction.
For students in the B.Comm./JD Second Degree Program, the average requirement must be achieved in the 90 credit units taken at the Edwards School of Business and in the grades earned in the second year of Law.
Dean's Honour Roll
Once a year, the Dean of Edwards School of Business honours those students who have a yearly weighted average of 75% or higher by sending them a letter of congratulations on their academic performance. Recognition of this accomplishment is posted annually on the Dean’s Honour Roll plaque displayed within the School. Upon graduation, students who have received this honour are recognized with a certificate.
The Dean’s Honour Roll is given to:
- First, second, and third year students who earned an average of 75% or higher on at least 24 credit units taken during the academic year (September to April)
- Fourth year students (spring graduates) who earned an average of 75% or higher on at least 15 credit units
- Fourth year students (fall graduates) who earned an average of 75% or higher on at least 24 credit units
- Students in study abroad programs can be considered for the Dean’s Honour Roll providing they have completed 24 credit units or more between the University of Saskatchewan classes and study abroad classes. An average will be calculated using only the University of Saskatchewan classes and must be 75% or higher.
- Students enrolled in the Business Co-operative Education Program are considered if they take at least 24 credits between September and April each academic year (COMM 380.0 will be considered as 15 credits). The average is calculated on Term 1 grades only.
- Only students in their graduating year will be granted supplemental examinations.
- Supplemental examinations will only be considered in courses taught in the Edwards School of Business, and for which there is a final examination, in the case where the student has received 40 to 49 percent. Students wishing to obtain supplemental privileges under this provision must make application, in writing, to the Edwards School of Business Undergraduate Studies Committee.
- For courses taught by another college, the supplemental examination regulations of that college will prevail.
- Supplemental examinations will be accorded the same weight as the regular examination in the recomputation of the student’s final grade. The maximum final grade that a student may obtain as the result of a supplemental examination is a pass. This will be recorded in the student’s average as a 50 percent.
Study Abroad Opportunities
Bachelor of Commerce students proceeding to third and fourth year have the opportunity to make application to study abroad for one semester and have the classes applied toward the B.Comm. degree. There are opportunities to study in locations including Austria, Australia, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Japan, Mexico, Sweden, Thailand and the United States. If you are interested in studying at one of these universities to increase your global and cultural awareness, please contact an Undergraduate Programs Advisor in the Edwards School of Business Student & Faculty Services Office.
For information on study abroad opportunities at the University of Saskatchewan, please visit the Go Abroad website.
Second Degree Programs
Agriculture and Commerce
A student can achieve both the B.Comm. and B.S.A. degree in six years or less by carefully selecting appropriate courses and electives in the Agriculture B.S.A. program. Students wishing to pursue Agriculture and Commerce should originally apply to the College of Agriculture and Bioresources.
Arts and Science and Commerce
A student who wishes to pursue both the B.Comm. and B.A. or B.Sc. degree must complete the equivalent of a minimum of 150 credit units if they are obtaining a B.A. or B.Sc. Three-year degree or a minimum of 180 credit units for a B.A. or B.Sc. Four-year degree. Further, in order to meet the requirements of the B.Comm. degree, the student must complete at least 60 credit units selected in such a manner as to satisfy requirements in both colleges. Commerce courses may not be offered in fulfillment of any of the requirements for the Arts & Science degree. However, appropriately selected Arts & Science courses can be taken to satisfy the B.Comm. requirements. Students wishing to complete both Arts & Science and Commerce degrees can originally apply to either the College of Arts and Science or the Edwards School of Business.
Law and Commerce
The combined B.Comm./J.D. program allows a student to obtain both the Commerce and Law degrees in six years rather than the seven years needed to complete the degrees separately. The Edwards School of Business will exempt B.Comm. students from up to 30 credit units of electives. Specific course exemptions may vary according to major. Students should consult an Undergraduate Programs advisor for details.
A student would initially apply to the Edwards School of Business and spend three years completing the core and major classes. Once a student has gained admission into the College of Law, they complete the regular three year program. A student would be eligible to obtain their B.Comm. degree after successful completion of two years in Law.
Note: Following the program set out for three years in the Edwards School of Business does not guarantee entrance into Law as this college has high admission standards. If a student is not admitted to Law, they would spend their fourth year in the Edwards School of Business and graduate with a B.Comm. degree.
Three graduate programs in the Business area are offered in the College of Graduate Studies and Research, leading to the degrees of Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), Master of Professional Accounting (M.P.Acc.) and Master of Science (M.Sc.).
Leading to a professional general management graduate degree, the Edwards MBA's intensive and highly integrated format will develop management ability in an applied and useful way. A student will learn the people skills of management: how to manage oneself and others; how to communicate effectively; how to lead. The Edwards MBA is a highly integrated program designed to meet the needs of individuals whose undergraduate education has been in either business or academic disciplines other than business, and whose future careers are likely to involve managerial activities.
The Master of Business Administration program is offered through the Edwards School of Business by the College of Graduate Studies and Research. For details on the MBA program, please refer to the College of Graduate Studies and Research section of the Catalogue.
The M.P.Acc. program is designed to prepare candidates as professional accountants in public practice and industry. The program consists of eleven courses taken over two consecutive summer semesters (May through August). The courses include advanced study in accounting, assurance and taxation, and expose candidates to financial and strategic management, the modern business environment, information systems and entrepreneurship. The program also develops candidates’ personal and professional competencies such as ethical behaviour, independence, integrity, critical thinking, strategic problem solving, and written and verbal communication skills through a series of workshops and seminars.
Successful candidates are prepared to challenge professional accounting qualifying examinations (i.e. the Chartered Accountants’ Uniform Evaluation UFE).
Prospective students with non-Canadian undergraduate credentials should consult the "International Applicants" web page under the "Prospective Students" section of the Edwards' MPAcc's website.
The Master of Professional Accounting program is offered through the Edwards School of Business by the College of Graduate Studies and Research. For details on the MPAcc program, please refer to the College of Graduate Studies and Research section of the Catalogue.
The M.Sc. program offered in the area of Accounting represents an intensive analysis of the discipline. Course work and thesis are directed towards an examination of the current status and the evolution of accounting thought as well as that of various organizations and structures which the profession has developed. The level of course work will assume that students have a very strong background in accounting. Candidates for admission should be at a minimum either undergraduate accounting majors or professional accountants. Enrolment will be restricted to four or five students per year. Students interested in this program should consult the Director of the M.Sc. program in the Accounting Department.
Note: For 2013-2014, applications are not being accepted for the M.Sc. in Accounting program.
The Master of Science in Finance Program (M.Sc. in Finance) offered by the Department of Finance and Management Science, provides students with a theoretical background in contemporary finance issues and a strong foundation in empirical methods. The program can be used as a platform for students who wish to pursue a Ph.D. and it equips students with a competitive advantage in jobs that have a significant research component.
The two-year program features seminars and lectures in a small class size setting. A thesis is required in the second year. Due to the research intensive nature of the program and individual student supervision at the thesis stage, enrolment is limited. Only a handful of universities across North America offer programs that have a similar focus on financial research at the Master’s level.
Prospective students requiring more information about our program are invited to visit the M.Sc. in Finance website at www.edwards.usask.ca/programs/mscfinance or email the Director of the Master of Science in Finance program at firstname.lastname@example.org.
During the year, the Edwards Executive Education (Exec Ed) offers training and development through various open enrollment programs including partnership programs, in-company and customized training, and special events for managers and executives in both the public and private sectors. By combining the expertise of business leaders with the resources of the Edwards School of Business, these programs encourage effective learning and interaction among the participants.
Exec Ed offers two residential programs, The Effective Executive Summer and Winter at Prince Albert National Park and Elk Ridge Resort. This premier learning experience enables senior managers and executives the opportunity to address current issues and enhance their leadership practices and techniques. The Effective Executive programs are designed for both personal and professional growth and renewal.
Exec Ed also offers five non-credit professional development programs in partnership with the Schulich School of Business at York University. The Masters Certificate in Project Management (MCPM) is the number one project management certification program in Canada and covers all 9 areas of the ‘Project Management Body of Knowledge' (PMBoK) over a period of 5 months. This program features results-oriented practical learning with top caliber instruction. It has a convenient modular program schedule and format, and prepares participants for PMP Certification and the PMI Exam. The Masters Certificate in Business Analysis (MCBA) follows the same format as the MCPM and is aligned with the latest draft of the IIBA Body of Knowledge and will help prepare candidates for IIBA certification. The three-day Business Analyst’s Course is recommended for anyone who interfaces with the Business Analyst function or who directs systems or business development teams. This is a practical course and covers planning, gathering, communicating and documenting End User Requirements. The other three-day course is The Project Management Course which takes a comprehensive view of “the total project,” from the planning and organizational stages to the actual implementation stage with special emphasis placed on control and continuous improvement. This is an ideal overview for anyone directly or indirectly involved in project development. In addition, Exec Ed has a three-day course on Agile Fundamentals for Project Managers and Business Analyst’s, which uses the agile framework to successfully manage an endless variety of complex projects.
As part of Exec Ed’s outreach and engagement initiatives the School offers a variety of Management Development Programs. These include a three-day Finance for the Non-Financial Manager Course covering critical financial fundamentals and financial statements, a two-day Process Mapping and Process Improvement Course teaching techniques to analyze and facilitate process improvement, and the Edwards Seminar Series of one-day seminars providing the business community an opportunity to hear from leading researchers and ask questions on topics of interest. All of these programs are offered out of Edwards School of Business Downtown Campus, The K W Nasser Centre.
In addition to these programs, the Edwards School of Business offers custom training and consulting services to meet specific company needs.
For more information, contact Edwards Executive Education at email@example.com or by phone at (306) 966-8686.
Certificate (Non-Degree) Programs for Part-time Students
The Edwards School of Business is actively involved in the presentation of several programs designed to meet the educational needs of people whose other commitments permit part-time study only. The programs concentrate on topics of concern to people in managerial positions. A certificate is awarded by the university upon successful completion of the program. The programs offered are:
Further information on these Certificates may be obtained from the Edwards School of Business Student & Faculty Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or 306-966-4785.
Certificate (Non-Degree) Programs for Full-time Students
Associate Certificate in Indigenous Business Administration (CIBA)
No new applicants will be accepted into this program.
Program Requirements (60 credit units):
- 6 credit units JR Social Sciences or Humanities
- BSCM 100.3
- CMPT 100.3
- COMM 101.3
- COMM 104.3
- COMM 201.3
- COMM 202.3 (now COMM 105.3)
- COMM 203.3
- COMM 204.3
- COMM 301.3
- ECON 111.3
- ENG 114.3
- MATH 110.3
- One of NS 110.6 or, INST 100.3 and 101.3 (U of R courses)
- 12 credit units from the following U of R courses:
- ADMIN 203 3
- ADMIN 220 3
- ADMIN 225 3
- ADMIN 228 3
- ADMIN 250 3
- ADMIN 302 3
- ADMIN 307 3
- ADMIN 320 3
- ADMIN 328 3
- ADMIN 352 3
- ADMIN 435 3
Admission to Professional Accounting Associations
The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Saskatchewan (ICAS), Certified Management Accountants of Saskatchewan (CGA SK) and Certified General Accountants of Saskatchewan (CMA SK) have become one professional body – the Institute of Chartered Professional Accountants Saskatchewan (CPA SK). CPA Saskatchewan was formally established with the proclamation of The Accounting Profession Act (Saskatchewan) by the Government of Saskatchewan.
Students admitted to the Accounting major in 2015 or later should be following CPA requirements. Those admitted earlier should speak to an advisor or contact CPA Saskatchewan or CPA Canada:
Graduates of the Edwards School of Business wishing to proceed toward full professional recognition as a CPA (or any legacy profession) will be granted substantial credit toward the professional designation. The extent of the credit granted depends on the courses selected for the degree and the level of performance achieved. In any case, however, it will be necessary for these students to complete such additional study and examination requirements as may be determined by the University Boards of Examiners in Accounting and the governing body of the professional organization concerned. It will also be necessary for the students to complete such service requirements as may be determined by these professional bodies.
Students considering a professional accountancy career should consult with the Edwards Student & Faculty Services before registration.
Space in upper year courses is restricted to students in the Edwards School of Business and those colleges that have COMM courses as part of their degree requirements.
300- and 400-level ACCOUNTING, FINANCE, HUMAN RESOURCES, MARKETING, OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT, and select MANAGEMENT courses require the permission of the applicable department.
Bachelor of Commerce students take a number of courses offered by the College of Arts & Science to meet core and elective requirements in degree programs. For course descriptions, see the Course Descriptions section of the Course & Program Catalogue.
This is a depth of study which prescribes a suite of courses that provides students additional expertise and specialized training in one aspect of their major. Typically, a concentration will be similar in requirements to a minor, but the majority of coursework will occur within the student’s major field of study rather than outside of it. Colleges have developed a variety of terms for concentrations (option, specialization within a major, themes, streams, etc.). Please see the University Nomenclature Report for more details: http://www.usask.ca/university_secretary/council/nomenclaturereport2011.php