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Richard Ivey School Of Business - HBA Combined Programs

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

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for consideration for admission to the combined program, in the first two years students must complete a minimum of 10.0 courses including Business Administration 2257. In Year 1 they must complete the admission requirements as specified in the current Academic Calendar for entry into the Honours Specialization module offered by the Department of Psychology.

In Year 2 students must enrol in the Honours Specialization in the Department of Psychology and satisfy the minimum progression requirements for the second year of that Honours Specialization. Under certain conditions, students who in Year 2 enrol in a Major in Psychology may be eligible for admission to the combined degree program, but they will have to transfer into an Honours Specialization module in the Department of Psychology if they are accepted into the combined degree program. Such a transfer is only possible if they have taken the requisite courses and received the marks needed to transfer into an Honours Specialization module and are able to complete all the requirements of the combined degree program for that module.

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. In addition, students must normally attain a minimum weighted average of 78% in the first year of the HBA.

Students apply for the combined degree program during the HBA 1 year, typically their third year of University. Applications to the combined program must be made in writing to the Undergraduate Program Advisor of the Department of Psychology and to the HBA Program Office by the deadlines published by the Richard Ivey School of Business. Entrance to the program may be limited.

Module/Program Information

Year 1
5.0 courses including:

1.0 course: Psychology 1000 or Psychology 1002A/B AND Psychology 1003A/B.
0.5 course: Data Science 1000A/B.
0.5 course from: Calculus 1000A/B, Calculus 1301A/B, Calculus 1500A/B, Calculus 1501A/B, Mathematics 1225A/B, Mathematics 1228A/B, Mathematics 1229A/B, Mathematics 1600A/B, Applied Mathematics 1201A/B, the former Statistical Sciences 1024A/B. (Mathematics 1228A/B is recommended).

Completion of first-year requirements with no failures. Students must have an average of at least 75% in 3.0 principal courses, including introductory psychology, the mathematics courses, and 1.0 other course, with no mark in these principal courses below 60%.

Year 2
5.0 courses:

1.0 course(s) from: Psychology 2801F/G, Psychology 2802F/G, the former Psychology 2800E.
1.0 course(s) from: Psychology 2811A/B, Psychology 2812A/B, the former Psychology 2810.
0.5 course from: Psychology 2100-2299.
0.5 course from: Psychology 2300-2799.
1.0 course: Business Administration 2257.
1.0 course: Option (must be a course from Category B if not completed in Year 1).

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 (HBA Requirements can be taken over Year 4 or 5 - except Business Administration 4569 which must be taken in Year 4)
5.0 courses:

0.5 course: (International Perspective Requirement) Business Administration 4505A/B
0.5 course: (Corporations and Society Perspectives Requirement) At least one 0.5 course from Business Administration - Corporations and Society designated electives offered during the academic year (Business Administration 4538A/B, Business Administration 4539A/B, Business Administration 4588A/B, Business Administration 4625A/B)or other business elective as determined and approved by the HBA Program Director to satisfy this requirement. 
0.5 course: (Managerial Accounting Requirement) Business Administration 4624A/B.
1.0 course: (Applied Project Requirement) Business Administration 4569.
2.5 additional business elective courses.

Years 4 and 5 (Psychology)
6.0 courses:

0.5 Research course from: Psychology 3184F/G, Psychology 3185F/G, Psychology 3285F/G, Psychology 3480F/G, Psychology 3485F/G, Psychology 3580F/G, Psychology 3780F/G, Psychology 3840F/G, Psychology 3860F/G.
0.5 course: Psychology 3800F/G.
0.5 course from: Psychology courses numbered 3100-3299 (excluding the Research courses listed above).
0.5 course from: Psychology courses numbered 3300-3799 (excluding the Research courses).
1.0 course from: Psychology courses numbered 2000-3999 (excluding the Research courses).
1.0 course from: Psychology courses at the 3000 level or above (excluding the Research courses).
0.5 course from: Psychology 4100-4995.
0.5 course from: Psychology courses numbered 2100-4999.
1.0 course: Psychology 4850E.

Note: To complete the program in five years, students must take a 1.0 course overload in Year 4 or Year 5, or a 0.5 overload in both Years 4 and 5.

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 the combined program must meet the progression standards of each Faculty or School. 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 HBA courses. They also must attain a minimum average of 75% in their Honours Specialization module and meet all other progression requirements of the Honours Specialization module in which they are enrolled.

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 Psychology 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 combined degree, must complete all the degree requirements of the individual program or combined 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 Social Science, students will be considered for the Dean's Honour List in the usual way in Years 1 and 2, and at the end of Year 5 by considering all Social Science courses that have been taken in Years 4 and 5. Students who take at least 2.0 Social Science courses in Year 4 will be considered for the Dean's Honour List in that year on the basis of those courses.

Related Information


Upon completion of this combined program, students will receive a BA with Honours Specialization in Psychology 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/Psychology degree program may be eligible to participate in academic exchange programs. Interested students should discuss exchange options with the HBA Program Office and Psychology Undergraduate Program Advisor.


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