The Ivey Business School, the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, and the Faculty of Science administer these combined degrees.
Structure of the Combined Degree
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 HONORS 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 should 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.
is recommended that students do not complete more than two years of
course work prior to admission to HBA1. It is possible, however, to
undertake the combined program with more than 10.0 courses prior to
entry into the first year of the HBA but completion of the program may
take more than five academic years. Students in this situation should
contact both the BMSUE Coordinator and the Ivey School of Business.
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
of an integrated set of courses (8.25 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
All students will take:
Business Administration 3300K, 3301K, 3302K, 3303K, 3304K, 3307K, 3311K, 3316K, 3321K, 3322K, 3323K
No substitute for any of the above courses is permitted under any circumstances.
Years 4 and 5: HBA2 requirements
HBA2 Requirements can be taken over Years 4 or 5 - no course is restricted to either year.
Years 4 and 5: BMSc requirements for the Honors Specialization in Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences (IMS)
3.0 courses from: Groups 1 and 2 (see below) with a minimum of 2.5 courses selected from Group 1. A maximum of 2.0 courses from one subject area (e.g. a maximum of 2.0 courses in Biochemistry) can be used towards the Group requirements.
0.5 course from: Group 3
Group 1: Anatomy and Cell Biology 3309, Biochemistry 3381A, 3382A, Biostatistics 3100A, 3110B, Epidemiology 2200A/B, 3200A, Medical Biophysics 3330F/G, 3336F/G, 3501F, 3503G, 3505F, 3507G, Microbiology and Immunology 2500A/B, 3100A, 3300B, 3400B, Pathology 3240A, 3245B, Pharmacology 3620, Physiology 3120, 3140A, any of the former courses: Epidemiology and Biostatistics 2200A/B, Microbiology and Immunology 2100A, 3400B.
Group 2: Anatomy and Cell Biology 3319, Biochemistry 3385A, 3386B, 3390B, Epidemiology 3210B, 3315B, 3330F/G, Microbiology and Immunology 3500B, Pharmacology 2060A/B.
Group 3: Biochemistry 3380G, Medical Biophysics 3970Z, Medical Sciences 3900F/G, Microbiology and Immunology 3610F, 3620G, Pharmacology 3580Z, Physiology 3130Z, the former Biochemistry 3387G, Microbiology and Immunology 3600G.
1.0 course: Medical Sciences 4900F/G, 4930F/G.
2.0 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
1. 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.
2. Both the breadth and essay requirements of a BMSc degree must be
satisfied. See "Graduation Requirements for Honors Bachelor degrees".
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
Honors 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 Honors Specialization in Interdisciplinary
Medical Sciences (IMS).
Failure to Meet Progression Standards
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
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
Dean's Honor List
Students are considered for the Dean's Honor List in the Faculty of Science in Year 1 and 2.
who take courses required for the Honors 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 Honor 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 Honor 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 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. The Dean's Honor 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.
Upon completion of the combined program, students will receive
two degrees: a BMSc (Honors) degree with an Honors Specialization in
Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences (IMS) and a BA in Honors Business Administration.
Students pay the prevailing fees as determined by the University policy on combined degrees.
International Exchange Programs
Students in the combined BMSc/HBA program may be eligible to
participate in academic exchange programs (for HBA, only). Interested
students should discuss exchange options with the HBA Program Office and
the BMSUE Program Office.