Bachelor of Business Administration FAQs
The Business Advisors are available by email and one-on-one appointments to assist current MRU students by:
• providing clear and accurate explanations of MRU policies, procedures and resources
• helping students understand degree and program requirements and why the exist
• engaging students in the academic planning process
• making appropriate referrals to other services on campus
• advocating for students when the student requires further assistance.
Advisors can give you options, things to think about and provide you referrals to various MRU services. Advisors cannot pick your courses, tell you what to major in, or make decisions for you.
The program is built on five courses per semester, so if you maintained a regular course load in high school, you should be able to take five courses per semester at MRU. Alternatively, you can consider four courses per semester and make up missing courses in the Spring or Summer semesters. This plan sets a student up to graduate in four years. For every additional year it takes you to graduate, you forfeit full-time professional earnings, plus additional school costs (estimate $50,000).
Other ways to "catch up" or accommodate other commitments:
- block week courses (course offered in a single week in-class, plus online activities),
- online offerings (limited at MRU),
- offerings at other institutions (you need to request and receive a Letter of Permission prior to registering in a course elsewhere)
Two courses is considered full-time in either a Spring or Summer semester at MRU. Classes are condensed to about six hours per week, so you progress through the coursework much faster than in a regular semester. Course offerings are limited, so you will likely be able to choose electives and GNED courses, not major-specific courses.
The Declaration of Major forms are available at the Bissett main office and the Registrars Office. Students can also download the form online.
The Declaration of Concentration forms are available at the Bissett main office and the Registrars Office. Students can also download the form online.
The Declaration of Minor forms are available at the Bissett main office and the Registrars Office. Students can also download the form online.
Co-operative Education (Co-op) is a program that formally integrates students’ academic studies with paid work experience. Students alternate academic semesters at Mount Royal University with periods of experience in appropriate work settings, which are approved by the institution as suitable learning situations. Co-operative Education students are engaged in productive work, are paid for the work performed, and are monitored by Mount Royal University. A students’ performance on the job is supervised and evaluated by the employers.
Students should apply for Co-op by March 1 of their first year of studies to ensure that there is enough time to complete the Orientation to Co-operative Education course and three work terms.
MRU exchange agreements allow students to study abroad for one semester at over 79 institutions in 24 different countries on an international exchange. BBA students are encouraged to participate on an exchange in their third year of study... that way much of the prerequisite coursework has been completed, and there is ample time remaining to complete any remaining degree requirements back at MRU.
Students should check the International Education website for more information.I want to pursue a designation after graduate, and involve their Advisors in the application process.
Graduate school is a logical step for people whose ambitions require graduate or professional degrees (doctor, lawyer, professor). It is also a great opportunity for those who enjoy their field of study and want to continue pursuing their love of knowledge in a specific discipline and/or conduct in-depth, comprehensive research in a special field of study.
Ideally, start the process 12 to 18 months prior to the semester you wish to enroll. Career Services has two excellent Tip Sheets for those interested in graduate school:
Counselling Services offers a structure and process that will take students through all stages of career exploration. Counselling Services explores important factors like aptitudes, motivations and personal circumstances in relation to career paths.
The Deferred Exam Policy sets out the rules and regulations by which a program Chair may grant or deny a deferred final exam request. Midterm and quiz deferrals are granted at the discretion of the course instructor.
MRU advisors are experts on MRU programs and advise you on what courses to take if you want to graduate from MRU. If you intend to complete a program elsewhere, you need to contact that institution to understand their program, admissions and transfer credit policies. You may find some information on the Transfer Alberta web page helpful.
Before you decide to leave MRU, you should explore why you want to leave MRU and be sure you understand the program you are heading to. In some cases, students may think the program they are interested in is not available at MRU, but it may just be called a different name here. Even similar programs (business degrees) are structured differently at each institution, so you might want to research and compare curriculum (required courses, areas of specialty, courses offerings) and school amenities first. If you are interested in exploring MRU programs before you decide to look elsewhere, email us! Counselling is also available at the MRU to help with decision making.