8.1 General Structure of the Program
Prior to admission to the Asper School of Business/Assiniboine Community College Joint Program students must complete the Business Administration Diploma (University Stream) at Assiniboine Community College with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00. Admission is limited and competitive. Following admission to the Asper School of Business, students in the Joint Program will be required to complete 72 credit hours to earn the Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree. The 72 credit hours can be divided into the following components: the Core, the Major, Business Options, and Elective courses. These components and their associated limits are defined below.
The CORE comprises 42 credit hours of the 72 required in the Joint Program. It consists of specified mandatory courses from Accounting and Finance, Business Administration, Mathematics, Philosophy and/or Religion, Psychology or Sociology, and any department that offers a Written English course. The Qualifying Core courses (18 credit hours) should be taken in the first year in the Asper School. Students must achieve a minimum "C" grade in each Qualifying Core course. The Program Core courses (24 credit hours) may be taken at any point in the program, but the course GMGT 4010 must be taken in the student's final term. Core courses are listed in Course Requirements.
Each student must complete the course requirements of one MAJOR. Each Major will consist of a 12 credit hour unit of course work. The Majors are listed in Section 11.
Students may begin taking courses for their major as soon as prerequisites are met. Students have an opportunity to transfer from one Major to another, but this opportunity decreases as the student progresses in the program.
The third component of the program consists of a required number of Business courses freely selected by the student. These courses are referred to as Business OPTIONS. Students must take at least nine and not more than 12 hours of Options. Some students may want to take Options which will supplement their Major, whereas other students may prefer to broaden their educational base by selecting Business courses in other Majors. Students who want to supplement their Majors may take up to 12 hours of their Options from that area. Students may complete a second Major as part of their Options requirements. Such students should consult with staff in the Program Office.
The fourth component of the program is the ELECTIVE requirement. An Elective is any three or six credit hour course freely chosen by the student from courses taught in the degree programs of other faculties and schools, excluding the Asper School of Business. Students must take at least six and not more than nine credit hours of Electives.
The total of Major/Option/Elective courses is 30 credit hours. Therefore each student may choose a 12/9/9 credit hour combination or 12/12/6 credit hour combination.