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Business and Administration


Thank you for your interest in the Bachelor of Business Administration degree at The University of Winnipeg.

Below are answers to some of the most common questions students have had about a BBA degree as well as referrals to sources of further information.  Students are expected to review the University Calendar on an annual basis to keep current with any changes.


CHOOSING AND DECLARING A BBA DEGREE


WHAT ARE SOME POSSIBLE CAREER OPTIONS FOR A BBA GRADUATE?


Students graduating with a BBA are qualified for entry-level positions in business, not-for-profit organizations and the public sector. For BBA graduates with significant work experience, a BBA can create opportunities for promotion and middle management positions.

Past graduates of the business program at The University of Winnipeg have found work in accounting firms, banks, insurance companies, retail management, manufacturing, as well as in government and not-for-profit organizations.

Here is just a sample of some of the positions held by graduates as gleaned from the LinkedIn connections of one of our faculty members: Business Development and Project Management, Community Relations Specialist, Realtor, Account Manager, Marketing Manager, Marketing Specialist, Operations Specialist, Research Associate, Owner/Operator, Supply Chain Analyst, Communications Specialist, Team Lead, Financial Analyst, Talent Acquisition Leader, Management Counsel, HR Information Systems Analyst, Economic Development Analyst, District Sales Manager, Regional Partnerships Manager, and Commercial Sales Representative.


WHAT ARE THE PRIMARY DIFFERENCES BETWEEN A 3-YEAR BBA DEGREE AND A 4-YEAR BBA DEGREE?


Any 3-Year degree at The University of Winnipeg requires successful completion of 90 credit hours; any 4-Year degree requires successful completion of 120 credit hours.

The 4-Year BBA covers the fundamentals subjects of business and allows for concentration in a particular area, such as Accounting, Marketing, International Business or Human Resources / Organizational Behaviour. Many of our senior 4th year courses (4000 level) are small and thus run in a seminar format, with weekly opportunities to engage with current issues, the academic literature and business case studies. A 4-year BBA is an excellent foundation for further study in business such as an MBA or other graduate degree program, and is more widely recognized in the business and government communities as analogous to a Bachelor of Commerce degree.

The 3-Year BBA is covers the fundamental subjects of business, and is an excellent complement to a degree in another field. As such, it is intended to be readily accessible as a part of a double degree program.

Please note that it is not possible to "double major" with a BBA and a major in some other subject.  A BBA is a degree in and of itself, not a "major" within some other type of degree. In order to earn two degrees, students must meet all the requirements of both degrees sought and complete an additional 30 credit hours beyond what would be expected for the "longer" of those two degrees.

IS IT POSSIBLE FOR A 3-YEAR BBA DEGREE GRADUATE SUBSEQUENTLY TO EARN A 4-YEAR BBA DEGREE?

Yes. The requirements for a 3-Year BBA degree are all relevant to a 4-Year BBA degree, so it is relatively straightforward to complete the additional requirements for a 4-Year BBA degree after having graduated with a 3-Year BBA.

However, it is not possible to hold both a 3-Year BBA and a 4-Year BBA, as this would be double counting the same credits. Once the additional requirements have been met for a 4-Year BBA degree, it will replace the original 3-Year BBA degree. Note that Student Central (or the Convocations Office in Student Records) must receive the original 3-Year BBA degree back from the graduate before it will issue the 4-Year degree.


HOW DO I DECLARE THAT I WANT TO WORK TOWARDS A BBA DEGREE?

A form is available for this purpose and can be found amongst the various sub-pages under "Undergraduate Programmes" on the left.  This completed form must be submitted to Student Central after you have completed 36 credit hours and before you have completed 60 credit hours. Of course, you are welcome to do this sooner if you choose.

The rationale for this requirement is to encourage you to think through your degree program all the way to completion at a time when you still have at least two academic years ahead of you to schedule courses.  Therefore, an advisor will not sign a blank form or fill out the form for you as you hold the right and responsibility to decide what courses you take.

However, even after you and the advisor have signed the form, you are not “locked in” to that plan for the next two or more years; you can substitute other courses for the ones on you were planning, provided that the resulting combination of courses still meets the program requirements of the BBA degree you are working towards.

Once you have filled out the form, make an appointment with an advisor in the Business & Administration department to have the form signed. At that time, you are welcome to ask any questions you may have about the BBA program, some of which may be covered by the answers to some Frequently Asked Questions listed below.

 
HOW SHOULD I ORGANIZE MY BBA PROGRAM IN ORDER TO COMPLETE IT MOST EFFICIENTLY?

In order to complete a BBA program efficiently, take foundation courses (such as Introduction to Business I and II, your math requirement and the 2000-level Fundamentals courses) as early in your program as possible because they are prerequisites for most other courses required for a BBA. This strategy will give you the most schedule flexibility for subsequent semesters.

The selection of courses offered in our Spring semester is usually less broad than that offered during Fall and Winter sessions.  The breadth of courses offered in the Spring varies considerably and is generally not consistent, especially at the 3000 and 4000 levels.  As such, we recommend that you do not necessarily rely on the availabilty of Spring courses to complete your degree.

Note that we have specific 'Course Maps' on our Plan your degree page available for you to download and use to plan out your degree trajectory.

COURSES AND PREREQUISITES


WHAT COURSES CAN I TAKE AS A FIRST YEAR STUDENT?

As a first year student we have a fairly standard suite of courses that we recommend.  These are best viewed in the "course maps" that we have designed in order to help students plan out their degree.  You can find these here.

 

HOW DO I KNOW WHAT COURSES TO CHOOSE?

The Business and Administration section of the University of Winnipeg Course Calendar states the requirements for earning a BBA degree, and takes precedence over any other documentation pertaining to that subject.

Prerequisites and other possible conditions pertaining to taking a particular course are stated in the Course Description section.  Students are responsible for ensuring they have the required prerequisites as waivers will not be given.

The Declaration for a Bachelor of Business and Administration (BBA) Degree form will help to plan a way to meet the business-specific requirements of a BBA degree. Academic Advising has forms that will help to plan a way to meet the university's general degree requirements that are common to all undergraduate degrees.

Tip: Not all courses described in the Course Calendar are offered every term, so check the Timetable or WebAdvisor (online registration) to see when a particular course is being offered.

Every year, some new “Experimental” courses are offered for the first or second time in a variety of subject areas. Their descriptions can be found in the Calendar at the end of the Business course listings.”


IS IT POSSIBLE TO TAKE A COURSE WITHOUT HAVING ALL THE PREREQUISITES OR THE MINIMUM GRADE REQUIRED FOR A PREREQUISITE?  

No. 

We get asked the question frequently, especially as it pertains to a student's interest in progressing to taking 2000 level Business courses (the so-called "Fundamentals").  The first two years of the business programme at UW are very strict in that students cannot proceed to the 2000 level "Fundamentals" courses without a minimum grade of C+ in BUS1201, BUS1202 and either MATH1301 or ECON 1201.  There are no exceptions to this.  We structure our programme this way because the academic content in the 2000 level Fundamentals courses is substantial and we want students to be prepared to succeed.  If you do not meet the C+ requirements in any or all of these first year courses, you will need to re-take them.

The strict prequisite requirements also applies to our senior students.  Here is an example: for students taking their 2000 level Fundamentals courses, please note that you need a C+ in these to continue to 3000 level courses and beyond.  As such, if you do not earn a minimum of C+ in the prerequisites for the 3000 level courses in which you wish to enrol, you will very likely be required to re-take the necessary prerequisites for which you do not hold a C+ grade.  In other instances, you may need a certain grade requirement in 3000 level courses in order to proceed to a specific 4000 level course.  As always, check the prerequisite requirements in the University Calendar.


I NOTICED SOME PREREQUISITES CHANGED IN STARTING SEPTEMBER 2020. WHY DID THEY CHANGE AND WHY IS IT AFFECTING MY DEGREE PROGRESS?

Great question.  You are likely referring to the decision to require a math prerequisite (offered by either the Department of Economics or the Department of Mathematics and Statistics) in the first year of a student's programme. 

First, let's discuss what the change actually entailed. 

All students, effective September 2020, must have the stated grade minimum in BUS 1201 and BUS 1202 (the two BUS introductory courses) and either MATH 1301 or ECON 1201 before they can progress to take any of our BUS 2XXX "Fundamentals" courses.  Students were advised of this starting in July 2019 (email, online and via individual courses), so there was adequate time to plan for, and complete, MATH 1301 or ECON 1201 AND/OR complete all the second year fundamentals in the 2019/2020 academic year (all with a minimum final grade as indicated in the Calendar). In fact, multiple sections of both of MATH 1301 and ECON 1201 were scheduled and available to students in Fall 2019, Winter 2020, and Spring 2020.  As well, to ensure students already in the programme were not caught out by these changes, extra sections of all second year fundamentals were offered in the 2019/2020 academic year.  Overall, students were provided with an option to either complete all second year courses in the 2019/2020 academic year or take the MATH 1201 or ECON 1201 prerequisite.  If planned properly, these changes should not have had an impact on a student's progress in the degree.

In some cases, our BUS 2XXX "Fundamentals" courses have been changed to account for the stong(er) quantitative skills these new prerequisites provide.  In the case of BUS 2501 (Fundamentals of Operations Management), the course has been re-designed assuming students have the requisite quantitative and mathematical skills. 

That answers what was changed, and we can now address why these changes were made.  Put simply, they were changed directly in response to employer feedback and, thus, to provide students with the necessary background and knowledge for the job market.  We found that, specifically, students were missing the necessary quantitative analytical skills required to be successful in private and public employment.  In short, these changes were implemented to improve significantly the quality of the degree and to better prepare students for the highly competitive employment landscape they face after graduation.

What does all this mean for you? 

If you started your degree (e.g., declared a BBA degree intent) before September 2020 and you have not taken all of the "Fundamentals" courses, this means that you will need to first complete the math requirement (and obtain the minimum grade requirement as specified in the Calendar) before you can take any remaining BUS 2XXX Fundamental course that you need for your degree. 

If you started your degree (e.g., declared a BBA degree intent after September 2020, you simply follow your degree requirements.  These state what is indicated above: effective September 2020, all students must have the stated grade minimum in BUS 1201 and BUS 1202 (the two BUS introductory courses) and either MATH 1301 or ECON 1201 before they can progress to take any BUS 2XXX "Fundamentals" course.

I DO NOT HAVE MATH 40S (APPLIED OR PRECALCULUS). CAN I OBTAIN A WAIVER SO I MAY TAKE EITHER BUS 1201 OR BUS 1202?

No.  MATH 40S Applied or Precalculus or the equivalent is required for a BBA degree and is a prerequisite for BUS1201 and BUS1202. Having a solid foundation in math is integral for your studies in Business, and thus this requirement will not be waived. The Department of Mathematics and Statistics offers mathematics access courses that you can take to earn the equivalent 40S requirement.

I HAVE FAILED A BUS COURSE TWICE AND NOW WISH TO TAKE IT A THIRD TIME. IS THIS POSSIBLE?

A student wishing to attempt a course for the third time requires permission of the Deparment Chair.  This will not normally be given unless the student has seen an Academic Advisor and a plan for success has been established, especially if that student's GPA is not strong.  We do this because we want to ensure that students wishing to proceed in our programmes are prepared for the level of academic rigour they will encounter. Fourth attempts for BUS courses will NOT be granted, as per University policy. Students should make sure that they are well positioned to be successful in the third attempt; this may mean taking additional writing or math courses and / or MUTLI 1000.

TRANSFER CREDITS/COURSES


I AM NEW TO UW. IS IT POSSIBLE TO TRANSFER CREDITS FROM COURSES I HAVE TAKEN AT OTHER INSTITUTIONS?

First, welcome to UW!  It may be possible to transfer credits from university-level work done at other institutions both within Canada and beyond. Many courses from local institutions, such as The University of Manitoba and Red River College have already been evaluated as analogous to particular University of Winnipeg courses. The UW Admissions team will look after that for you.

In order to initiate the process of having work completed at other institutions evaluated for transfer credit at The University of Winnipeg you must first apply to The University of Winnipeg.

I AM A CURRENT UW STUDENT. IS IT POSSIBLE TO TAKE A COURSE THAT IS NOT OFFERED AT THE UNIVERSITY OF WINNIPEG AND HAVE IT COUNT TOWARDS MY UNIVERSITY OF WINNIPEG DEGREE? WHAT IS THE PROCESS TO DO SO?

In rare cases this may be possible, but note that courses needed for Concentration requirements must be be taken at the University of Winnipeg. Where it is possible to take courses towards a University of Winnipeg BBA degree at other institutions, permission will only be given provided those courses meet University of Winnipeg academic standards of substance and rigor. Note that courses will not be pre-approved. The process outlined below happens after courses have been taken at another institution. 

You will first need to obtain appropriate documentation about the course at the outside institution, normally a course description and a course outline. (Documentation may not be required if you are planning to take the course at a Manitoba institution, because most courses at our sister institutions have already been evaluated for credit at The University of Winnipeg.)

Next, you will need an Application for Letter of Permission (LOP) form. This completed form, supported by the documentation about the course you want to take at an outside institution must then be signed by the 
Business and Administration Department Chair who may want to know why you are interested in taking the course.   However, assuming the course meets University of Winnipeg standards for substance and rigor, and that you have the required prerequisites or equivalencies to give you a fair chance of succeeding in the course, you will normally be granted permission to count the course towards your University of Winnipeg degree.

Once you have the signed form, take it back to Student Central with the required application fee. A minimum of 10 working days for letters of permission to institutions inside Manitoba and 15 working days for Letters of Permission to institutions outside Manitoba is required to complete the request so be sure to get your application in well in advance of when you plan to take the course.



I HAVE THE REQUIRED PREREQUISITE FOR A COURSE BUT I TOOK IT AT ANOTHER INSTITUTION AND WEBADVISOR IS NOT RECOGNIZING THE CREDIT. HOW DO I FIX THIS?

If the transfer credit course appears on your WebAdvisor record with a grade of an "S" (for "Standing") you will have to register in person at Student Central as WebAdvisor is not recognizing the credit that you have received for the course.

If the prerequisite course does not appear in WebAdvisor at all call the Admissions Office at 786-9159 or email admissions@uwinnipeg.ca.

MISCELLANEOUS QUESTIONS


I HAVE COMPLETED BUS 3440 CONTEMPORARY HUMAN RESOURCE ISSUES WHEN IT WAS A 3000 LEVEL COURSE. NOW THAT IT HAS CHANGED TO A 4000 LEVEL COURSE, WILL THE CREDIT I RECEIVE BE CONSIDERED 4000 LEVEL FOR MY DEGREE REQUIREMENTS?

Yes. The former BUS 3440 will be considered as BUS 4440 for the purpose of fulfilling the 4000 level credit hours requirement within the 4-year BBA.

I STARTED MY DEGREE A NUMBER OF YEARS AGO AND THE DEGREE REQUIREMENTS HAVE CHANGED SINCE THEN. WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR ME TO GRADUATE?

Students may graduate based on either the requirements that were in effect when they started their studies at The University of Winnipeg or the current degree requirements.  Note that prerequisites changes are not considered degree changes.


IS THERE AN HONOURS OPTION FOR A BBA DEGREE?

No, there is no Honours option for a BBA degree at this time.

IS IT POSSIBLE TO DO A MINOR IN BUSINESS

Not at this time, no.


WHAT IS THE MINIMUM AVERAGE GPA REQUIRED FOR A BBA DEGREE?

That information can be found in the University Calendar.


I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE BUS 3110/3 ETHICS IN MANAGEMENT TO FULFILL MY CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY REQUIREMENT. CAN THIS COURSE ALSO BE USED TO FULFILL THE ADDITIONAL BUSINESS REQUIREMENTS?

Yes.  BUS 3110/3 Ethics in Management can be used towards fulfilling both the Corporate Social Responsibility as well as 3 credit hours of the Additional Business Requirements.

WHAT ABOUT RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING (PLAR) AND/OR ADULT LEARNER SERVICES?

Many learners have acquired valuable training, skills and knowledge gained through learning experiences such as industry-based education, professional development workshops and seminars, private study and paid and/or volunteer work experience.

Do you have enough knowledge about a subject that a course may be repetitive for you?  If so, check out University of Winnipeg’s (Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition) PLAR - Challenge for Credit option. We will help you evaluate your prior learning, discuss your educational goals, and identify courses you may wish to challenge for credit.

FURTHER INFORMATION

  • For inquiries from prospective international students not yet enrolled at The University of Winnipeg, please contact International Admissions.   
  • For inquiries from prospective students within Canada not yet enrolled at The University of Winnipeg, please go to Student Recruitment & Institutional Relations from which you will be able to contact a recruitment officer directly.
  • For inquiries from learners not coming directly from high school with or without other post-secondary academic work please go to Adult Learner Services.   
  • For inquiries relating to the joint program with Red River College please contact the Dean's Office.

Please note, inquiries relating to receiving transfer credit for courses already taken at other institutions and/or receiving academic credit for work experience and other non-traditional learning will only be addressed once students have applied for admission to The University of Winnipeg.

If you have already applied for admission to The University of Winnipeg and require further information with regard to:

  • Receiving transfer credit from courses already taken at other institutions, please contact the Admissions Office.
  • Receiving academic credit for work experience and other non-traditional learning, please go to Adult Learner Services, from which you will be able to contact someone from this area directly.

In you are already enrolled at The University of Winnipeg, and have questions specific to the Business and Administration department, such as

  • questions relating to the Co-op program, please contact Jessica Adkin.
  • questions relating to specific requirements of a BBA degree program, and/or to declare your BBA degree program, please contact the Advising Assistant.

Last update: 10 February 2021 @ 17:14CST