Program Advising

Bachelor of Business Administration

Welcome to the Bissett School of Business at Mount Royal University!

Congratulations on your admission to the Bachelor of Business Administration! As a BBA student, you will join over 2000 other students working on business degrees that combine experiential learning and small class sizes to become the community leaders of tomorrow.

Your Academic Advisors have provided you with information below to learn about your new program and how to choose courses for fall.  

My MRU BBA Degree: 40 courses
16 courses
All BBA students complete 16 core courses throughout their four years, beginning with introduction to key disciplines (e.g. Accounting, Marketing) and ending with capstones (Strategic Management, Business Plan Development).
10 courses

The BBA offers students a selection of four majors and six concentrations. Choose between Accounting, Marketing, Human Resources, General Management, Financial Analysis, Financial Services, International Business, Supply Chain Management, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and Social Innovation. 

General Education
10 courses
You choose your Gen Ed courses from four clusters and three tiers:
- numeracy and scientific literacy,
- values, beliefs and identity,
- community and society, and
- communication.
4 courses
Your remaining courses are electives, any three-credit courses at any level from any subject area, as long as you meet the prerequisites. There are hundreds of courses to choose from depending on your program.

To be a full-time student you must be in at least three courses (nine credits) to a maximum of five courses (15 credits). Courses that are restricted to specific programs (e.g. Nursing, Interior Design, etc.) will not be available to you. It is recommended that in your first year you take 1000–level courses and avoid courses at the 3000–level or higher (unless you have previously completed 10 university–level courses).

Your first year of your BBA should be focused on the course suggestions included in this guide.  Your advisors recommend that you avoid taking electives until your second year so you can use them as a part of a minor, Directed Readings, a term abroad or field school.

You can register only in classes for the Fall semester at this time. The schedule of classes for the Winter semester will be available beginning of October, and you can register for your second semester towards the end of October. This is always a good time to check in with your academic advisor. It’s best to register as soon as possible, as courses fill quickly.

As a student “with experience”, a first task is for you to review your transfer equivalencies and previous course work, and how they are currently being used in your program. If you think you have additional coursework that is not showing, or coursework being used differently than you think it should be, you need to take action.

You can view your transfer equivalencies in as well as through mruGradU8. More information about transfer equivalencies, including timelines for transfer equivalency assessments, is available online. You may need to submit a course outline to gain more specific equivalency. If you miss the posted deadline, an equivalency may not be established in time for course registration. This can affect whether a prerequisite has been met. You can still submit the course outline prior to a future deadline, but it will not be processed in time to make decisions for fall term.

Students are encouraged to contact the Transfer Credit office at if they have questions about their credit or the articulation process.

There are 10 General Education requirements within the BBA. 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 at

If you would like to discuss your core and other equivalencies and how they apply to your degree with an Advisor, please email from your account.

When you receive confirmation from the Transfer Credit office that the equivalencies for all of your submitted requests have been finalized, please contact Advising to confirm your remaining degree requirements.

You may also declare your intended program (major/concentration/minor) as early as October 1. In the meantime, please use the ‘what if’ feature on mrugradu8 to see your courses requirements for your intended program (be sure to choose '2018-2019' as your Calendar Year).

For an overview of a four-year pattern for different majors/concentrations, please see the program planning pages and be sure to use the correct years' pages (Fall 2018); for program and graduation requirements, please see the Academic Calendar.

Interested in Cooperative Education?  Newly admitted students who have completed about a year's worth of courses are encouraged to apply for the coop program, even though the published application deadline has passed.

All new students are admitted to the General Management major. Use your first year to explore the key areas of business, then choose your preferred combination of available majors, concentrations and/or minors from the disciplines below to customize your degree. (Note: For an overview of a four-year pattern for different majors/concentrations, please see the program planning pages; for program and graduation requirements, please see the Academic Calendar).

    Program of Study Major Concentration Minor Coop
    Accounting X   X X
    Business & Society     X  
    Business of Sport and Recreation     X  
    Finance Analysis   X X X
    Finance & Economics     X  
    Financial Services   X X X
    General Management X      
    Human Resources X   X X
    Innovation & Entrepreneurship    X X  
    International Business   X X X
    International Business& Economics     X  
    Marketing X   X X
    Social Innovation    X X X
    Supply Chain Management   X X X
     ... minors from another faculty     X  

All new BBA students take the same courses in their first year. This sequence is designed to balance course workload and to ensure you take junior courses before senior courses with prerequisites.

You will be able to view the fall schedule of classes starting March 5th. After you have reviewed and chosen your preferred fall courses from the "First Year Courses" below, view the schedule of classes to see the various days/times the courses are available. Build a few possible timetables so that you will be prepared to register on April 16th.

Find more detailed course descriptions in the Mount Royal Academic Calendar or on through the Interactive Course Search.

If you already know what you want to major/minor in, look at that program’s requirements using the “What if” feature in mruGradU8 (be sure to choose '2018-19' for the calendar year) or use the program planning pages and be sure to use the correct years' guides (Fall 2018).

If you are still deciding on your preferred major, follow the General Management major course suggestions.

If you have transfer credit, contact your advisor for program planning that optimizes your transfer equivalencies after reading the above information for students with previous post-secondary coursework.

For course descriptions, please follow this link to Interactive Course Search.

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 courses per semester and making up the remaining courses in a future optional spring semester.

Year One, Semester 1 [Fall], Sept. – Dec. -- Registration begins April 16, 2018
Choose up to five of the following:


 ACCT 2121* – Financial Accounting Concepts OR
 ECON 1101* – Principles of Microeconomics 
 ECON 1103* – Principles of Macroeconomics
 HRES 2170 – Introduction to Human Resources
 MKTG 2150 – Introduction to Marketing
 1st Year Business Option (One of ENTR 2301 – Innovation and the Entrepreneurial Experience OR MGMT 2130 – Management Principles and Practices OR SINV 2201 – Introduction to Social Innovation)
  MGMT 2262* – Business Statistics I
 GNED 1101 OR 1103 (Cluster 1, Foundation)
 GNED 1201 OR 1201 OR1203 (Cluster 2, Foundation)
 GNED 1301 OR 1303 OR 1304 (Cluster 3, Foundation)
 GNED 1401 OR 1404 (Cluster 4, Foundation)

* Please note that ACCT 2121, ECON and MGMT 2262 have an extra lab or tutorial component.


Year One, Semester 2 [Winter], Jan. – Apr. -- Registration begins  mid October 2018
Check your Registration Status on mymru for your specific Registration Access Date

You will choose courses from the above list that you did not complete in the Fall semester.


A great education doesn’t just make you an expert in one area - it gives you a well-rounded knowledge base in a variety of areas. That is why all of Mount Royal’s baccalaureate degree and diploma programs will include General Education, a collection of courses in a range of subjects that will complement studies in your chosen field. As part of your degree, up to 25% of your course load (10 courses) will consist of General Education courses.


As you start your studies, you take a total of four Gen Ed foundation courses. Choose one from each cluster.

Cluster 1: Numeracy and Scientific Literacy
» Take one of: GNED 1101, or GNED 1102, or GNED 1103 within your first 10 courses.

Cluster 2: Values, Beliefs and Identity
» Take one of: GNED 1201, GNED 1202 or GNED 1203 within your first 20 courses.

Cluster 3: Community and Society
» Take one of: GNED 1301, GNED 1303 or GNED 1304 within your first 20 courses.

Cluster 4: Communication
» Take one of: GNED 1401, or GNED 1403, or GNED 1404 within your first 10 courses.

Tier 2

As you progress through your degree, choose three Gen Ed courses from a wider variety of courses

You will take:
» one Tier 2 course from Cluster 1
» two Tier 2 courses from two of the following: Clusters 2, 3, or 4.
Tier 3

You must take three Tier 3 courses. These three courses must be from at least two different Clusters.

You could take:
» three Tier 3 courses each from a different Cluster (Total 3);
» two Tier 3 courses from one Cluster, plus one more from a different Cluster (Total:3).

It is your responsibility to register in your courses and ensure that the courses you select meet the program and graduation requirements as outlined in the information above.

Use the online Academic Calendar to explore possible courses of interest and to check that you meet prerequisites. You will register for courses using the registration system found in, Register & Pay tab.

Resource site for registration help you solve your registration issues:


mruGradU8 is a program audit system and advising tool designed to assist you in reviewing your academic history, identifying requirements you completed and those that are still needed for graduation.  As you move through your degree, mruGradU8 will become a great planning tool for you to measure your progress. 

You will login to mruGradU8 through your account, under the ‘My Program’ tab.  When you click on the icon or follow the link, your audit will open.

In order to ensure that your curriculum is current, please click the ‘Process New’ tab at the top of the audit every time that you login to mruGradU8.

The information in your audit is separated into three sections:

  • Core and/or Major Requirements
  • General Education (GNED) Requirements
  • Electives
  • If you declare a minor, which is optional, this will be added to the bottom of your audit.

Each semester, information about your course registration will be added to your audit so you can see which courses you register in and which ones you complete.  This will be a great tool for you and your advisor to use to ensure that the courses you are taking will meet graduation requirements for your program. You can also use mruGradU8 to explore what a certain major/minor combination may look like. You can also save your audits or 'what-if' scenarios as .pdf files for future reference.

Please visit this page for more information about mruGradU8, including frequently asked questions.

Please read our FAQS, where you will find the answers to many of our commonly asked questions.

Group Advising Sessions for new BBA students are available throughout the spring. To register, visit the
the Bissett School of Business Advising for dates and sign up. There are sessions for students coming from high school and sessions for students bringing transfer credit from another institution. Please make sure to sign up for the appropriate session.

If you have more questions after attending one of these sessions, or can't attend a session, contact your advisors Heather Ansari or Carmen O’Callaghan, via email at