Academic Advising

New Student Advising

Congrats on your offer of admission to the Bachelor of Business Administration at Mount Royal University!  Your Business Advisors have put together some important information for students newly admitted to the BBA.  

Please note that this website will continue to be updated as more information becomes available, as the curriculum for 2018/2019 has not yet been finalized.  Information on Group Advising Sessions will be posted by the beginning of April.

New from High School or Academic UpgradingFor information on first-year course selection for the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) program, please review the applicable program advising guide below.

Bachelor of Business Administration Program Advising Guide

If you need additional help with the registration process use some of the helpful links below to assist you with getting registered in classes for Fall 2018.

Step 1: Review the appropriate program advising guide (above) for registration information and recommended first-year courses for your major.

Step 2: Use the General Education list of approved courses, the online Interactive Course Search and/or the course descriptions in the Academic Calendar to assist with course selection.

Step 3: Use the tutorials available at www.mru.ca/registration.

Step 4: Visit the Credit Registration website for answers to common registration related questions such as error messages and wait listing for courses. You can also contact the Registration Help Line by phone at 403.440.3303 or by email (from your @mtroyal.ca email account) to creditregistration@mtroyal.ca.

Transfer Student (from MRU Open Studies, University Entrance Option, or another post-secondary institution)Step 1: Understand your degree. You are fulfilling three degree components: you will need 26 courses for your major (16 core courses and 10 major courses), 10 General Education courses, and 4 electives, for a total of 40 courses. Please access your mruGradU8 program audit to help understand how transfer credit is being applied to your BBA degree program. Go to myMRU, find the My Program link and then find the icon for mruGradU8. Click on the icon to open your audit and click on "Process New" to refresh the information. In addition to your mruGradU8 audit, it helps to review the BBA program information in the 2018/2019 Academic Calendar.

Step 2: Plan your courses. The mruGradU8 audit details the course requirements and components of the BBA program. Use this tool for course planning. For additional help with course selection, you can use the General Education list of approved courses. Electives are any 3-credit course of interest. You can also explore possible courses by searching the Interactive Course Search or using the 2018/2019 Academic Calendar course descriptions. Please make note of course prerequisites before registering. Course selection for General Education and electives is completely up to you.

Step 3: Register for your courses. Once you have settled on some courses, you can use the schedule of classes found in your myMRU Register & Pay page – Look up courses. You can find credit registration assistance information on the Student Registration & Records website. If you are new to Mount Royal, registration access will begin April 16. If you are a current MRU student new to the BBA, check for an earlier registration access date in your myMRU Register & Pay page - click on the "When can I register?" link.

Step 4: Getting even better credit. If some of your transfer credit does not appear to be very specific (e.g. UNSP 1XXX or SLGY 2XXX) and you think you have completed equivalent content to specific course requirements you see in the audit, you will want to submit course outlines from your previous institutions to help determine more specific transfer credit. You can find information online about the process.  If you think your previous coursework provides the depth and breadth comparable to MRU’s GNED and would like to have a conversation about this, please email the GNED Advisor (from your @mtroyal.ca email account) at gnedadvising@mtroyal.ca.

Step 5: More help is available. If you feel you need more assistance, you can contact a Business Advisor to understand how your transfer credit is being applied to your program and to assist you with determining courses for fall registration. Contact the Business Advisors (from your @mtroyal.ca email account) at businessadvising@mtroyal.ca.

Certificate Student (Advanced Accounting, Human Resources and Marketing)Information for newly admitted students to the Advanced Accounting, Human Resources and Marketing certificates is available on the Program Advising website.

New Student FAQs

The Admissions department has put together a list of steps for you to follow once you receive your offer of admission to the BBA. Follow those, and you're well on your way to becoming an MRU student.
New students who have not attended post-secondary yet do not need to see an advisor in order to register for courses. All the information you need to know (which courses to register in and how to register into those courses) can be found on the Program Advising Information website.

If you are a student who has already taken some post-secondary course work, please email us (from you @mtroyal.ca email account) once you have viewed your transfer equivalencies through your mymru.ca account on mruGradU8.
All new BBA students are accepted to the General Management major, and all majors in the BBA share common first year courses. Once you have completed at least ten courses, you may declare your intended major, concentration and/or minor by completing the appropriate form and email it to Student Records or drop it off at the Office of the Registrar. Transfer student may declare their intended major/minor as early as October 1.  In the meantime, you should use the 'what if' feature on mruGradU8 to see what the major/minor would look like, and see an Advisor if you want to discuss your program options further.

Depending on where and when you took the courses, the transfer credit may already be loaded into your mymru.ca account. If you feel that you've taken some courses that are not listed, or that you think deserve different credit than was assessed, check out the information online about Transfer Equivalencies - be sure to watch the deadlines!

A list of recommended first year courses is provided on the Program Advising Information website.  Students new to MRU can also sign up for a Group Advising Session - we start holding these mid-April (until the end of May) to assist you through the process of registration and to answer all of your questions.

Students have the option of selecting one of three courses as their first year Business Option.  There is no "best choice option" as none are specifically recommended for a certain major/concentration or minor - we suggest picking the course that you'd be the most interested in by looking at the course description.  More detailed information about course is available in the course descriptions - found either in the Academic Calendar, or through the interactive course search.

ENTR 2301 - Innovation & Entrepreneurial Experience - This experiential course develops an understanding of innovation and builds awareness of the practical experiences of entrepreneurs. Students participate in experiential activities and competitions, and learn using a practical framework that integrates current research, practice and lessons learned from people who have started impactful businesses with limited resources.

MGMT 2130 - Managment Principles & Practices - This course is a comprehensive and practical study of the major functions that comprise management processes, and the constraints within which the manager must operate. The focus (through the use of case studies and experiential exercises) is on how to perform these functions in an ethical and socially responsible manner to maximize productivity within the constraints of the organizational environment. A strong emphasis is put on understanding and identifying ethical dilemmas in the business world.

SINV 2201 - Introduction to Social Innovation - This course introduces social innovation and values-centred management in Canada. It explores the history of the values driven business sector, the public sector, Indigenous and treaty-based worldviews, the social economy, community, volunteer, nonprofit organizations and their activities.

The Economics lab sections are walk-in tutorial assistance with no formal instruction. When students register for LAB 501 as part of their registration for ECON 1101 or 1103, they will have access to the staffed Economics computer lab in EA 2065 any time between 9:30 am and 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday for help. Students who take day sections of ECON 1101 and ECON 1103 need not to worry about potential time conflict with the lab as they can do the lab part whenever they want during the posted lab hours. LAB 501 will NOT pose any time conflict to your schedule.

If you are experiencing errors in registering for ECON 1101 or 1103 because the lab is full, but there is room in the lecture, please email Credit Registration from your @mtroyal.ca email address, and include the five-digit CRNs of the courses you'd like to add (both the LEC and LAB), and they will assist you in the process.

Students may choose to take either ECON 1101 or ECON 1103 first - there are no prerequisites to either course. For more information on each course, check out the course descriptions online - found either in the Academic Calendar, or through the interactive course search.
MGMT 2131 (Introduction to Business Administration) is a great course for students who do not intend to complete the BBA, but who are interested in business. It is a GNED approved course in Tier 2, Cluster 3 for non-business students. BBA students should choose either of ENTR 2301, MGMT 2130 or SINV 2201 as their approved first-year Business Option course instead.
The program is built on five courses per semester, so if you maintained a regular full-time course load in high school, you should be able to take five courses per semester at MRU. If you are especially worried about the transition and/or have significant outside commitments (sports, work, family, personal), you can consider taking only four and making it up in a future optional spring semester or extend your degree by a year.

New students are encouraged to attend either a Group Advising Session, or to email their questions to the Advisors. One-on-one appointments are generally offered to students already on campus.

The Group Advising Session is designed to lead students through the registration process, highlighting the tools and information provided on the Program Advising Information website.  For an idea of what will be covered in the session, please view our presentation outline.

In the days before your session, you should work through the following checklist to ensure you are prepared to register for classes: - log in to your mymru.ca account and explore - the more familiar you are with the site, the easier it will be to register,
- visit the Program Advising Information website,
- review the first year required courses you should register in and choose the ones you will take this Fall,
- review the course descriptions,
- take a look at the online registration tutorials, and
- register as best you can. Know that you can change your registration up until September 14, 2018, so register for what you think is best, and confirm with an Advisor if need be.

Note that the earlier you register for classes, the more selection in courses and sections you will have.

The MRU website is a wealth of information.  Below, we've gathered links to many of the important resources on campus for your convenience.  This is not an exhaustive list of all the services provided, but lists many services specific to making your transition to MRU as easy as possible.

Have questions about course selection or program requirements?
Academic Advising Services - mtroyal.ca/beadvised

Looking for academic policies, definitions and deadlines?
Academic Calendar - mtroyal.ca/AcademicSupport/AcademicCalendar

Do you have special learning or mobility needs?
Accessibility Services - mtroyal.ca/accessibility

Need textbooks, MRU clothes and other school supplies?
BookStore - bookstore.mtroyal.ca

When and where can you get your campus ID card?
Campus Card - mtroyal.ca/campuscard

Looking for employment, co-op placement or help with your resume?
Career Services - mtroyal.ca/careerservices

Are you First Nations, Inuit or Métis? Are you interested in learning about these cultures?
Iniskim Centre - mtroyal.ca/iniskimcentre

Looking for tools to help you succeed as a new Mount Royal Student?
New Student Orientation - mtroyal.ca/orientation

Looking for transportation information or locker rentals?
Parking, Locker rental and U-Pass - mtroyal.ca/parking

Want to stay active while in school?
Recreation - mtroyal.ca/recreation

Having problems registering into courses online through MyMRU?
Registration Helpline - mtroyal.ca/CreditRegistration

Need somewhere to live?
Residence Services - mtroyal.ca/residence

Looking for student health & dental information?
Students’ Association of Mount Royal University (SAMRU) - samru.ca

Need help paying for your education?
Student Awards and Financial Aid - mtroyal.ca/moneymatters

Looking for personal, career and educational guidance?
Student Counselling - mtroyal.ca/counselling

Looking for tutoring, writing services or learning skills?
Student Learning Services - mtroyal.ca/studentlearningservices

Want to be a better academic writer?
Essay-Zone online writing tutorial. Login to MyMRU and go the homepage to find the access link and registration instructions.

Need help getting started with technology?
START (Student Technicians and Resource Tutors) - mtroyal.ca/start

Need a doctor, chiropractor or other healthcare professional?
Wellness Services - mtroyal.ca/wellness