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What is involved in doing a Business degree at the University of Winnipeg?

All University of Winnipeg undergraduate degrees, including a Business degree, involve meeting general requirements (set at the university level) as well as specific requirements of a particular discipline (set by Departments and/or Faculties).  The specific requirements for a Business degree are set by the Department of Business and Administration.  We recognise that many students have questions about their degrees and/or courses.  For that reason, we have developed a comprehensive FAQ at the bottom of this page.

If you're still not sure whether a Business degree is right for you, you should spend a bit of time with one of our Business Programme Advisors.  These Advisors are actually experienced Professors and Instructors from the Department of Business and Administration who can answer questions about careers, expectations, course content, etc. You will find a link to their schedule near the top of this page.

WHAT TO DO FIRST

If you have decided studying Business is right for you, it is a good idea to declare your intent to undertake a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree by downloading and completing a Major Declaration Form.  

Declaring your degree is important for several reasons:

  1. It helps to give the university an indication as to which degree requirements should be used to determine your eligibility for graduation;
  2. It can be a catalyst to require you to think through your degree program all the way to completion and to help you do so in time to make necessary plans (in consultation with a Business Academic Advisor, on an annual basis);
  3. It will bring you into contact with a representative of the Business and Administration Department who can help you plan your degree (the aforementioned Business Academic Advisor);
  4. It helps the Department (and the University) gain a better understanding of the number of the students in the program for resource planning purposes (i.e. hiring needs, number of course sections, different types of courses, etc.)
  5. Finally, by declaring your intent the Student Planning module in WebAdvisor will more accurately reflect your progress in your degree and/or requirements.

WHAT TO DO NEXT

Once you have declared your intent to study toward a BBA degree, your next step is to make an appointment to speak to the Business Academic Advisor, Christy Campbell.  Christy will review your course selections and help you plan for future years.  In fact, you should be making an appointment to see Christy every year to ensure your are on track to complete your degree.

To make an appointment to see Christy, visit the following link: https://calendly.com/fbeadvisor/academic-advising

For those studying Accounting

For those studying Accounting, we have created two Course Maps that will help you progress through your degree: 

The second Course Map will be useful if you are looking to get the maximum CPA prerequisite credit from your undergraduate degree prior to entering the CPA program.  For more information on the CPA Program please visit our CPA Campus Recruitment Page.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Below are answers to some of the most common questions students have about a BBA degree, as well as referrals to sources of further information. 

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
  • Commercial Sales Representative
What are the primary differences between a 3-year bba degree and a 4-year bba degree?

The 4-Year BBA (120 credit hours) 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 (90 credit hours) 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 toward a BBA degree?

First, we are thrilled you'll be joining the Department.  Second, declaring your intent to pursue a BBA is easy: a form is available for this purpose.  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.

Why is there a form?  The rationale for getting you to declare your intent to work toward a BBA 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.

All that said, 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 uwinnipeg.ca/business/help page available for you to download and use to plan out your degree trajectory.

And finally, we recommend that students see an academic advisor often throughout their degree.

Choosing and taking courses
What courses can/should 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?

We've got a few resources to help you with this.  First, we offer several degree planning worksheets (available at uwinnipeg.ca/business/help) that can assist you with your plans.  As well, 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.

If you are just starting out in your degree, see the answer to the question "What courses can/should I take as a first year student?" here in the FAQ.

When you are ready, 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.”

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 Department Chair (email business@uwinnipeg.ca).  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.

Please note: permission to take a course a third time, if given, will only be granted once the course has commenced and only once any and all students on the waitlist have been offered admission.  WebAdvisor shows the capacity, current availability (if any) and current waitlist (if any) for all courses. 

Permission will not be granted if there is no available capacity or if the course/section is waitlisted.

Do you offer courses in the Spring semester?

We certainly do, although we do not offer a full suite of courses like you will find in either the Autumn or Winter semesters.  Many students utilise the Spring semester to catch up on pre-requisites or get a headstart on degree requirements.  That said, students should NOT expect that the courses they need/want will necessarily be offered.

Can I take business courses at another University and have them count toward my BBA at UW?

As a matter of principle and policy this is not permitted. Business courses (i.e., those courses which start with BUS) needed for Concentration or other degree requirements must be taken at the University of Winnipeg.

We feel that it is not unreasonable to ask that BUS courses for a UW BBA degree should be taken at the University of Winnipeg.

It is absolutely imperative that you meet with an academic advisor often (at least once a year) to ensure your degree trajectory is on track.

Do you offer courses online?

For the Autumn 2021 semester, we are offering the majority of our courses online.  Students are able to see which courses are planned for online vs. in-person by reviewing the University's Timetable.  Those courses which are scheduled in person will have a room number (e.g., 3BC55, 3C64, etc.).  Other courses will indicate "LIVE ONLINE", which means you will have live lectures run online during the scheduled class time.  Still others will indicate "HYBRID ONLINE", which means you will have some pre-recorded material to watch and engage with on your own time combined with live sessions during the scheduled class period. 

Students should review the Department's Autumn 2021 information for additional advice and guidance.

Prerequisites
Can I take the a course if I do not have the prerequisite(s)?

We get asked this question frequently, and usually in the context of two scenarios:

SCENARIO 1: Early in the programme (first or second year)

The first scenario pertains to those students early in the programme.  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 the math requirement (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.

SCENARIO 2: Later in the programme (advanced courses)

This second scenario involves our more senior students.  To advance to 3000 and 4000 level courses, minimum grades are required in the prerequisites.  If a student does not have these minimum grades in those prerequisites, the courses must be taken again.  As always, check the prerequisite requirements in the University Calendar.

Is it possible to have the math prerequisite (MATH 1301 or ECON 1201) waived?

No.  The math requirement (MATH 1301 or ECON 1201) will not be waived.

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). If planned properly, these changes should not have had an impact on a student's progress in the degree.  Here is what the Department did to prevent this change from impacting current students:

  • Notice of the changes were sent via email to all students who had declared their intent to complete the BBA degree.
  • Multiple sections of both of MATH 1301 and ECON 1201 were scheduled and available to students in Fall 2019, Winter 2020, and Spring 2020. 
  • Extra sections of all BUS 2XXX "Fundamental" courses were scheduled in the 2019/2020 academic year.
  • Notices were posted on all Nexus course sites in Fall 2019, Winter 2020 and Spring 2020. 
  • Notices were posted prominently on the Department's website. 

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. 

In many 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. 

While that answers what was changed, we can now address why these changes were made.  Put simply, they were changed to ensure students hold 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 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 this be waived?

No. MATH 40S Applied or Precalculus (or equivalent) is required for a BBA degree and is a prerequisite. Having a solid foundation in math is integral for your studies in Business, and as a result 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, however these will take two semesters to complete and thus should be considered when planning your degree.  Another option is to take Math 40S from JobWorks, the Adult Education Centre, Crossroads Learning Centre or some other adult education centre.

I did not get the required C+ in the academic writing course. Do I need to re-take the course?

Yes. Successfully completing the academic writing course requirement with at least a grade of C+ is required to be successful in BUS 3000 or BUS 4000 level courses (for which the academic writing course is a requirement).  These upper year courses often feature substantial writing assignments, so the preparation provided by the academic writing courses is very important.

You will find additional information about the writing courses available here: https://www.uwinnipeg.ca/rhetoric/department-programs-writing-requirements.html

While there are multiple 'versions' of the academic writing course available (e.g., humanities, social sciences, business, etc.), all are acceptable.  The Department of Business and Administration recommends strongly that students enrol in the business 'version', however.  

Transfer Credits/Courses
Is it possible to transfer credits from courses I have taken at other institutions?

It may be possible to transfer credits from university-level work done at other institutions in Canada and internationally, however we will consider courses taken that are deemed equivalent to BUS 1000 or BUS 2000 level courses only.  This is because we require students to take 3000 and 4000 level courses at UW in order to have a UW BBA conferred.  

Many courses from local institutions, such as The University of Manitoba and Red River College have already been evaluated as analogous to specific BUS 1000 and/or BUS 2000 University of Winnipeg courses. The UW Admissions team will look after that for you.

Courses completed more than 5 years from the date of application for transfer will not be eligible for transfer credit.

Note that transfer credit is not given in advance of a course being completed at an outside institution.  In those situations, a Letter of Permission is required (see elsewhere in this FAQ for more information).

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.

I am a Red River College student. Can my courses transfer to the BBA at UWinnipeg?

At this time, you may only transfer to the BBA programme (either the 3-year or 4-year degree) once you have completed the full-time, two-year Business Administration Diploma with an overall 'B' average (3.0 GPA) and with a minimum grade of 'C+’ earned for all transferrable RRC courses.

Credit will only be given for BUS 1000 and/or BUS 2000 level courses in the BBA degree, and all transfer credits would receive grades of 'S' for Standing (the specific grade earned does not transfer).

The course transfer schedule/agreement in force at the time a student completes their RRC Diploma and applies to the UW for a transfer credit assessment shall be used to determine those RRC courses permitted transfer to specific BUS courses in the BBA degree.  (Note that the Department of Business and Administration can only assess transfer of "BUS" courses.)

There will be no retroactive transcript assessments processed after the application process has started; this will also apply to students previously assessed. Students must meet both Residency and Degree Requirements to graduate from the University of Winnipeg. For Information on Residency and Degree Requirements review the Degree & Major Requirements of the Academic Calendar: http://www.uwinnipeg.ca/academics/calendar/index.html.

Courses completed more than 5 years from the date of application for transfer will not be eligible for transfer credit.

PLEASE NOTE: As of March 11, 2020 that the following THREE RRC courses have not yet been assessed for transfer credit: MATH-3001, OFCM- 3000, and ADMIN-3002.

View the RRC/BBA(UW) course transfer schedule (for those students graduating from the RRC Diploma programme after 30 June 2019) here.

I am a PACE student at UW. Can my courses transfer to a BBA degree?

No. PACE is a continuing education programme offering courses which do not transfer to the BBA degree at the University of Winnipeg.

Can I take a CPA course and have it count toward my BBA Accounting Concentration?

No. Courses taken through CPA cannot be transfered to a BBA degree for credit.

Miscellaneous Questions
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?

Not at this time, no.

Is it possible to do a minor in business?

Not at this time, no.

What is the minimum average GPA 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.

Additional information
Other Common Questions

While we've attempted with this FAQ to answer most of the common questions we receive, inevitably there will be questions that students may have which have not been addressed.  The following links may be of use: 

  • 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 our Future Students Page from which you will be able to contact our Student Recruitment and Admissions departments.
  • 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.

Of course, please feel free to contact the Department directly if you wish.