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Richard Ivey School Of Business - HBA Combined Programs

The combined degree programs are administered on behalf of the Richard Ivey School of Business and the Don Wright Faculty of Music.

The combined program is a five-year program leading to a Bachelor of Music (Honours) and a BA in Honours Business Administration (HBA). In Years 1 and 2, students are registered in the Bachelor of Music  (Honours) in the Don Wright Faculty of Music and follow the normal curriculum for this degree. In Year 3, students are registered in the HBA program. Students are registered in the combined program in Years 4 and 5.

Admission Requirements

Students must meet normal admission requirements for both programs. Normally, students apply to the HBA program during their second year in the Bachelor of Music (Honours). Students applying to the Ivey Business School's Academic Excellence Opportunity (AEO) are also eligible to be considered for the combined program. Admission is competitive and limited.

To be eligible for consideration for admission to the combined program, in the first two years, students must complete all requirements for Years 1 and 2 of the Bachelor of Music (Honours), including Business Administration 2257. In the first two years, students must attain a minimum weighted average of 78%, a minimum mark of 70% in Business Administration 2257, and no mark less than 60%. They must also gain admission to the HBA program through the regular application process.

Program Requirements

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

Module/Program Information

Year 1

Ensemble: One, or more, of: Music 1901, Music 1902, Music 1903, Music 1904, Music 1905, Music 1906, Music 1910, Music 1911, Music 1912, Music 1913
3.5 courses: Music 0914 (if required), Music 1639U, Music 1641U, Music 1649A/B, Music 1651A/B, Music 1710F/G, Music 1750F/G, Music 1920.
0.5 course from: Music 1629A/B, Music 1730A/B, Music 1802A/B.
0.5 course from any Faculty.
0.5 course from a Faculty other than Music.

A weighted average of at least 70% and no mark less than 60% in Music courses, and a passing grade in the non-Music course.

Year 2

Ensemble: One or more of Music 2901, Music 2902, Music 2903, Music 2904, Music 2905, Music 2906, Music 2910, Music 2911, Music 2912, Music 2913
3.0 courses: Music 2639U or the former Music 2635A/B, Music 2641U or the former Music 2636A/B, Music 2651A/B or the former Music 2649A/B, Music 2671F/G or the former Music 2650A/B, Music 2750F/G or the former Music 2710F/G or the former Music 2711F/G, Music 2920
1.0 course from the Faculty of Music
1.0 course: 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

Years 4 and 5 (5.0 Music courses and 6.0 HBA2 credits)

Music (5.0 Music courses must be taken over Years 4 or 5)

From Year 3 of the BMus (Honours) program:

0.5 course: Music 3924Y and Ensemble* (Music 3901, Music 3902, Music 3903, Music 3904, Music 3905, Music 3906, Music 3910, Music 3911, Music 3912, Music 3913) or 0.5 music elective
1.5 courses at the 2000 level or above from the Faculty of Music
*The ensemble requirement becomes an optional elective for those students not registered in Music 3924Y and Music 4924Y.

From Year 4 of the BMus (Honours) Program:

0.5 course: Music 4924Y and Ensemble* (Music 4901, Music 4902, Music 4903, Music 4904, Music 4905, Music 4906, Music 4910, Music 4911, Music 4912, Music 4913), or 0.5 music elective
1.0 course at the 2000 level or above from the Faculty of Music
1.5 courses from the Faculty of Music

Note: In the Bachelor of Music (Honours) program, no more than 8.0 courses may be numbered 1000 to 1999.

Years 4 and 5 (HBA requirements can be taken over Year 4 or 5 – except Business 4569 must be taken in Year 4).

2.5 courses:

3.5 additional business electives

For students who entered the HBA Program in September 2016 and prior, please refer to the 2016-2017 Academic Calendar.


Students in the combined program must meet the normal progression standards for both the Bachelor of Music (Honours) and HBA programs. Students enrolled in HBA1 (Year 3) must attain a minimum weighted average of at least 78%. In Years 4 and 5, students must attain a minimum weighted average of 75% in their 4000-level HBA2 courses. They also must attain a minimum average of 70% with no grade less than 60% in Music courses, and a passing grade in each non-Music course.

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 Bachelor of Music (Honours) 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 of the individual programs or both programs through a concurrent degree, must complete all the degree requirements of the individual program or concurrent 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 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 purposes of determination of Dean's Honour List standing. Courses taken outside the Business School are excluded. Calculations for Ivey Scholar and Gold Medals are completed in the same way.

In the Don Wright Faculty of Music, students are considered for the Dean's Honour List during Years 1, 2, 4 and 5, based on achieving an average of 80% or higher, with no failed courses, during that academic year.

Related Information


Upon completion of this combined program, students will receive a Bachelor of Music (Honours) and a BA in Honours Business Administration.

Graduation with Distinction

Eligibility to graduate "With Distinction" for each degree is determined by each Faculty.

International Exchange Programs

Students in the combined HBA/Music degree program may be eligible to participate in academic exchange programs. Interested students should discuss exchange options with the HBA Program Office and Don Wright Faculty of Music.


Students pay the prevailing fees as determined by the University policy on combined programs. Contact the Office of the Registrar for details.