Honours Students

Honours Bachelor of Business Administration degree

The Honours Bachelor of Business Administration is available to students in all four majors of the BBA.  Admission is competitive, and applications are accepted each year from September 15 to November 1, as long as a student has completed a minimum of 20 courses and has a GPA of at least 3.5 on their most recently completed 20 courses as of June 30 of the application year.

Download the BBA Honours Program application (2017/2018).

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The Honours Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) is designed for students who are interested in pursuing graduate school and/or who are interested in gaining an additional in-depth perspective of their major.
The Honours BBA provides students a choice of two streams. The first is a scholarly stream and intended for students interested in pursuing graduate school. The second is an applied stream and intended for students seeking to enhance career skills – with a focus on applying theory to practice.

Students may complete the Honours stream in all of the BBA majors. Depending on the curriculum year a student is following, 36 to 37 of the courses in the Honours BBA are identical to those in the four BBA majors.

The students in the Honours BBA must take the following three (3) courses, and can be used towards their three (3) of four (4) (depending on curriculum year) BBA electives:

- MGMT 2263 - Business Statistics II (or an alternative data analysis course by the consent of the department
- MGMT 5110 - Research Methods for Business
- MGMT 5120 - Honours Research Project

Students will apply to the Honours BBA in the Fall semester following their completion of 60 credits (normally the Fall semester of their third year).  Coursework will begin in the Winter of their third year with MGMT 5110 (Research Methods for Business) and continue into their fourth year with MGMT 5120 (Honours Research Project).  MGMT 2263 can be taken before or concurrently with MGMT 5120 (although it is strongly recommended to take prior to MGMT 5120).
Please consult the Honours Program Information Handbook for Students for information on admission requirements and application procedures.
The course outlines are available for each of the three courses below. Please note that these outlines are subject to change at any time, and are to be used as a reference only.
- MGMT 2263 - Business Statistics II
- MGMT 5110 - Research Methods for Business
- MGMT 5120 - Honours Research Project
You should register for a full compliment of Winter courses, as if you were not in the BBA Honours program.  The time for MGMT 5110 will be listed on mymru.ca, so be sure to schedule your courses around that time, so that if you are accepted into the program, you will not have to make any radical changes to your courses when you go to add MGMT 5110 (and drop another course).
Students should consult the Honours Program Information Handbook for Students for the answers to more detailed questions, including those about faculty supervisors, the rigour of the applied research, assessment differences of the two streams, Human Research Ethics Board (HREB) clearance, and the expected outcomes and expectations of each required course. Students may also contact the Business Advisors for any questions that they may have about completing the BBA Honours.
The following Faculty members have expressed an interest in supervising students in the Honours Program.  This is not an exhaustive list, but may act as the first point of contact for students needing supervisors.

Harjinder Deol
Stream(s) willing to supervise: Applied and Scholarly
Research Interests:
- Capital markets
- Valuation
- Intellectual capital
- Not-for-profit organizations

Jim Fisher
Stream(s) willing to supervise – Applied
Research Interests:
- Passive investment management
- Libertarian economics

Simon Magennis
Stream(s) willing to supervise: Scholarly
Research Interests:
- Financial accounting/reporting
- Accounting education
- Financial analysis

Carlton Osakwe
Stream(s) willing to supervise: Scholarly
Research Interests:
- Corporate finance: agency problems and strategic options
- Financing of SMEs
- Financial markets
- Financial Risk Management
- Behavioural finance

Patti Derbyshire
Stream(s) willing to supervise: Applied
Research Interests:
- Entrepreneurship – materials and product development (motorcycles, wearables, apparel) for women
- Social Innovation – transforming communities and cities
- Pedagogy – pedagogies for reconciliation, pedagogies of difference, civic trust

Mohammed El Hazzouri
Stream(s) willing to supervise: Scholarly
Research Interests:
- Consumer behavior
- Consumer evaluation of advertising featuring ethnic minorities
- How consumers' evolutionary motivations affect their consumption
- Consumer debt

David Finch
Stream(s) willing to supervise – Applied and Scholarly
Research Interests:
- Strategic planning
- Segmentation
- Product management
- Reputation
- Sports marketing
- Sponsorship marketing
- Promotional marketing

Kendra Hart
Stream(s) willing to supervise – Applied and Scholarly
Research Interests:
- Advertising effects
- Brand management (specifically consumer-focused questions)
- Consumer behavior
- Judgement and decision making

Douglas MacDonald
Stream(s) willing to supervise – Applied and Scholarly
Research Interests:
- Scholarly – growth firm, transitional leadership in business, vulnerability and authenticity of leaders dealing with change (individual and organizational)
- Applied – retail channels

Katherine McGowan
Stream(s) willing to supervise – Scholarly
Research Interests:
- Social innovation (brief history of)
- Indigenous social innovation
- Cross-scale dynamics
- Institutional entrepreneurship/systems leadership

Catherine Pearl
Stream(s) willing to supervise: Applied and Scholarly
Research Interests:
- Social innovation
- Social entrepreneurship
- Social enterprise (applied and theoretical)
- Cooperatives
- Nonprofit Management

Rajbir Bhatti
Stream(s) willing to supervise: Applied and Scholarly
Research Interests:
- Logistics - Governance perspectives on goods movement strategies in Calgary - GHG Emission & Carbon footprint reduction in supply chain management - analytical modelling of selection of supply chain partners - Quality management systems

Abdulrahman Chikhoumi
Stream(s) willing to supervise: Applied and Scholarly
Research Interests:
- social network data analysis
- multi-level analysis (HLM)
- strategy and/or international business (for the applied stream)

Anna Korwin-Kowalewska
Steam(s) willing to supervise: Applied
Research Interests:
- international business and sustainability (cross-cultural perspective)

Christian Cook
Stream(s) willing to supervise: Applied and Scholarly
Research Interests:
- Strategic human resources
- Workplace culture
- Diversity and inclusion
- Employee engagement
- Teaching and learning
- Community services learning
- Burnout and engagement

Leah Hamilton
Stream(s) willing to supervise: Applied and Scholarly
Research Interests:
- Social and economic integration of newcomers to Canada
- Underemployment
- Mentorship
- Prejudice and discrimination
- Employability and labour market outcomes of undergraduate students
- Diversity initiatives

Rachel Pettigrew
Stream(s) willing to supervise: Scholarly
Research Interests:
- Employee supportive organizational practices
- Workplace inclusion/diversity
- Gender in the workplace
- Work/life balance
- Newcomer employment issues

Harris Rubin
Stream(s) willing to supervise: Scholarly
Research Interests:
My research is focused primarily on decision-making processes. This includes investigating the influence of factors such as emotions and ideal standards on decision-making. I am also interested in dyadic relationship processes such as trust, gratitude, and forgiveness. Finally, I also conduct research on undergraduate employability and labour market outcomes.

Uthpala Senarathne Tennakoon
Stream(s) willing to supervise: Scholarly
Research Interests:
- Work-life balance issues
- Employee attraction
- Life-friendly practices of organizations

Paul Varella
Stream(s) willing to supervise: Applied and Scholarly
Research Interests:
- Governance
- Leadership
- Organizational decision making
- Top management structures
- Organizational and professional social capital