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 degree program usually takes five academic years. In Year 1, students typically enroll in the Biological and Medical Sciences first-entry program in the Faculty of Science and take the courses required for admission into an Honors Specialization in Medical Sciences. In Year 2, students register in the Faculty of Science and complete the courses as listed below with marks that satisfy the admission/progression requirements for a BMSc (Honors) degree with an Honors Specialization in Medical Sciences. 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 Honors BMSc/HBA program (the Honors Specialization module in Medical Sciences is the only module involved in the combined program).
Below is a brief outline of the requirements for the combined degree program.
Students apply for the combined degree program during the first year of the HBA (HBA1). To be eligible for admission to the combined program, students must achieve a minimum weighted rounded average of 78% in HBA1, as well as a minimum average of 80% in the 10.0 courses completed prior to admission to HBA. Within the 10.0 courses completed prior to admission to HBA, students must complete the first-year admission requirements for entry into the Honors Specialization in Medical Sciences, as well as the following courses: Business Administration 2257 (minimum mark of 70% required); Biochemistry 2280A; either Chemistry 2213A/B or 2273A; either Chemistry 2223B or a Chemistry half course at the 2000- or 3000-level; Biology 2581B; Biology 2382B; Biology 2290F/G; 0.5 course from either Biology 2244A/B or Statistical Sciences 2244A/B or the former Statistical Sciences 2122A/B; and 0.5 course from any Faculty (minimum mark of 60% required in option course – see “Notes for the BMSc component” following Years 4 and 5). Students must satisfy the minimum admission/progression requirements and criteria for registration in a BMSc degree and the Honors Specialization in Medical Sciences, as outlined under the BMSc PROGRAM.
It 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.
Applications for the combined degrees must be made on-line to the HBA program 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.
Completion of first-year requirements with no failures. Students must have an average of at least 70% on the following 3.0 principal courses, with no mark below 60% in any of these (full or half) principal courses:
1.0 course: Biology 1001A and 1002B, or the former Biology 1222 or 1223.
1.0 course: Chemistry 1100A/B and 1200B, or the former Chemistry 1020, 1050, or 023.
1.0 course from: Calculus 1000A/B or 1100A/B, Calculus 1301A/B or 1501A/B, Mathematics 1600A/B or the former Linear Algebra 1600A/B, Mathematics 1225A/B, 1228A/B, 1229A/B, Statistical Sciences 1024A/B, Applied Mathematics 1201A/B or the former Calculus 1201A/B, Applied Mathematics 1413, or the former Mathematics 030.
Although it is strongly recommended that the following first-year physics requirement be taken in Year I, it may be delayed until Year 2 (a mark of at least 60% is required in each half course):
0.5 course from: Physics 1028A/B, 1301A/B or 1501A/B.
0.5 course from: Physics 1029A/B, 1302A/B or 1502A/B.
1.0 course from either Category A or B must be included in Year 1.
1. Biology 1201A with a mark of at least 70% may be used in place of Biology 1001A, and Biology 1202B with a mark of at least 70% may be used in place of Biology 1002B.
2. Either the former Physics 1020 or 1024 with a minimum mark of 60%, may be used in place of two half courses in Physics listed above.
1.0 course: Business Administration 2257.
0.5 course: Biochemistry 2280A.
0.5 course from: Chemistry 2213A/B or 2273A.
0.5 course from: Chemistry 2223B or a Chemistry half course at the 2000- or 3000-level.
1.5 courses: Biology 2290F/G, 2382B, 2581B.
0.5 course from: Biology 2244A/B or Statistical Sciences 2244A/B, or the former Statistical Sciences 2122A/B.
0.5 course from any Faculty (see “Notes for the BMSc component” following Years 4 and 5).
All students, including those admitted via the AEO route, must have completed all the Admission Requirements for the Honors Specialization in Medical Sciences module as well as all the modular courses listed above and Business Administration 2257, prior to acceptance into the first year of the HBA.
Year 3: HBA1
The third year of the undergraduate program in Business Administration
consists 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 action-planning skills.
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 Medical Sciences
Because 4000-level courses offered by the Basic Medical Sciences Departments require certain prerequisites, students should consult with the Medical Sciences counsellor or the BMSUE Coordinator prior to selecting courses for Years 4 and 5.
1.0 course: Medical Sciences 4900F/G, 4930F/G.
4.5 courses*, including 3.0 courses at the 2000- and 3000-level and 1.5 courses at the 4000-level, from: Anatomy and Cell Biology 3309, 3319, 4410A, 4411B, 4429A, 4451A, 4461B, Biochemistry 3380G or 3387G, 3381A, 3382B, 3385A, 3386B, 4400F, 4410A, 4420B, 4430B, 4435B, 4440A, 4445F, 4450A, 4463G, 4465A, Epidemiology and Biostatistics 3330B, Medical Biophysics 3330F/G, 3336F/G, 3501F, 3503G, 3505F, 3507G, 4445A/B, 4455A/B, 4467A/B, 4475A/B, 4535A/B, Medical Sciences 4100F/G, Microbiology and Immunology 2100A, 2500B, 3300A, 3400B, 3600G, 4100A, 4200B, 4300A, 4700B, Pathology 3240A, 3245B, 4400A/B, 4500B, Pharmacology 2060A/B, 3580Y, 4320A/B, 4340A/B, 4360A/B, 4380A/B, 4430A/B, 4540A/B, 4620A, 4630A, 4660A/B, the former Pharmacology 3550A/B, 3560A/B, Physiology 3120, 3130Y, 3140A, 4420A/B, 4520A/B, 4610A/B, 4620A/B, 4630A/B, 4640A/B, 4650A/B, 4660A/B, 4670A/B, 4680A/B, 4690A/B, 4700A/B, 4710A/B, 4730B, the former Medical Biophysics 3302E, 3303E, the former Pathology 3900F/G.
0.5 course from any Faculty (see “Notes for the BMSc component” following Years 4 and 5).
*With these 4.5 courses, the following ‘discipline requirement' must be satisfied:
1.0 course at the 2000- or 3000-level from one of the Basic Medical Science disciplines (e.g. 1.0 course in Physiology);
1.0 course at the 2000- or 3000-level from a second Basic Medical Science discipline (e.g. 1.0 course in Microbiology and Immunology); and
1.0 course at the 2000- or 3000-level from any of the Basic Medical Science disciplines, including disciplines already selected (e.g. 1.0 additional course in Microbiology and Immunology, or 0.5 course in Medical Biophysics and 0.5 course in Pharmacology).
Basic Medical Science Disciplines:
Anatomy and Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Medical Biophysics, Microbiology and Immunology, Pathology, Pharmacology, and Physiology. History of Science courses may not be used to satisfy the ‘discipline requirement'.
Notes for the BMSc component:
1. The breadth requirement of a BMSc degree must be satisfied (1.0 course from Category B must be completed prior to graduation). See the "Graduation Requirements for Honors Bachelor degrees" in the Academic Information section.
2. To satisfy the essay requirement of a BMSc degree, one half course that is designated as an essay course (F or G) must be included in addition to Biology 2290F/G, Medical Sciences 4900F/G, 4930F/G.
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 Medical Sciences. 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 Medical Sciences.
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 Associate Dean, Basic Medical Sciences Academic Affairs, 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 Associate Dean, Basic Medical Sciences Academic Affairs, 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.
Dean's Honor List
Students are considered for the Dean's Honor List in the Faculty of Science in Year 1 and 2, and at the Business School during their first year of HBA (Year 3).
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.
Students who take courses required for the Honors Specialization in Medical Sciences module totaling at least six half courses in Year 4 and five 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.
Upon completion of the combined program, students will receive two degrees: a BMSc (Honors) degree with an Honors Specialization in Medical Sciences 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.