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This is a Combined Program also featured at the following pages:

The combined program takes five academic years to complete. Students are registered in the combined program for Years Four and Five. The specifics may change as courses change in each faculty. It is assumed that students do not take more than two years of Health Sciences course work prior to beginning HBA1.

Admission Requirements

Students apply for the combined program during their HBA1 year. To be eligible for admission for the combined program, students must complete all requirements for the first two years of the Honours Specialization in Health Sciences, obtain a minimum two year average of 80% and achieve a minimum 70% in Business Administration 2257. Demonstrated participation in extra curricular and/or community activities, leadership and work experience are also required. In addition, students must attain a weighted rounded average of 78% in the HBA1 year. Admission to the combined program is competitive and limited. Upon completion of the combined program students will receive two degrees: a BHSc with an Honours Specialization in Health Sciences and a BA in Honours Business Administration.

Students applying to the Ivey Business School's Advanced Entry Opportunity (AEO) are also eligible to be considered for the combined program.

Module/Program Information

First Year
All students, including those admitted via the AEO route, must complete the following first-year requirements:

Health Sciences 1001A/B, Health Sciences 1002A/B, Health Sciences 1111A/B, Health Sciences 1300A/B; Biology 1201A and Biology 1202B or Biology 1001A and Biology 1002B.

Second Year
All students, including those admitted via the AEO route, must complete the following second-year requirements:

4.5 courses: Health Sciences 2250A/B, Health Sciences 2400A/B, Health Sciences 2610F/G, Health Sciences 2700A/B, Health Sciences 2711A/B, Health Sciences 2800; Business Administration 2257.

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, which must be taken in Year 4)

2.5 courses:

2.5 additional business elective courses.

Years 4 and 5 (Health Science)

0.5 course: Health Sciences 3801A/B.
0.5 course in Health Research Methods from: Health Sciences 3811F/G, Health Sciences 3840A/B, Health Sciences 3910F/G, Health Sciences 4200F/G, Health Sciences 4205A/B, Health Sciences 4240F/G, Health Sciences 4250A/B.
0.5 course in Ecological Health from: Health Sciences 3010F/G, Health Sciences 3025A/B, Health Sciences 3071A/B, Health Sciences 3240A/B, Health Sciences 3250F/G, Health Sciences 3704A/B, Health Sciences 4220F/G, Health Sciences 4505F/G, Health Sciences 4615F/G.
3.0 courses from: Rehabilitation Sciences, Health Sciences, or Communication Sciences and Disorders at the 2010-level or above (not otherwise selected).
1.0 course from: Health Sciences at the 4000-level.

Program Requirements

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


Progression Standards

Students in this combined program must meet the following progression standards:

Students enrolled in HBA1 (Year Three) must attain a minimum weighted rounded average of 78%.
In Years Four and Five, students must attain a minimum weighted average of 75% in their 4000-level HBA courses and a minimum weighted average of 75% in their Health Sciences courses.

Failure to Meet Progression Standards

A student who fails to meet the combined program progression standards in any year must withdraw from the combined program. However, a student who has met the progression standards of either the HBA or Health Sciences 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 combined 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 Honour List

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.

In the Faculty of Health Science, students will be adjudicated for the Dean's Honour List based on all courses taken in the academic year (i.e., September – April) provided the student is registered in a minimum of five courses. In addition, an average of 80% must be achieved on all courses taken toward the BHSc degree with no failed courses.

Graduation With Distinction

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

Related Information

Exchange Programs

Students in the combined Honours Specialization in Health Sciences/HBA degree program may be eligible to participate in academic exchange programs. Interested students should discuss exchange options with the HBA Program Office and Undergraduate Program Office in the School of Health Studies.


Students pay the prevailing fees as determined by the University policy on combined programs.
Contact the Office of the Registrar, Western Student Services building, RM 1120, 519-661-2100 or at for details.