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.

If you are eager to register in your courses, below are the recommended first year courses for all majors. However, the rest of the information on this page is equally important, so please continue to read, and click on each bullet for more information about that topic.

If you have already completed some post-secondary coursework, please also read the bullet specifically for students with previous post-secondary.


The first year recommended courses are:
ACCT 2121, MGMT 2262, ECON 1101 & 1103, MKTG 2150, HRES 2170, one business option (one of MGMT 2130, ENTR 2301 OR SINV 2201), 3 foundation GNEDs (each from a different cluster).

Find detailed course descriptions in the Mount Royal Academic Calendar

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 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.

You will register for both fall and winter terms at this time.

Year One, Semester 1 [Fall], Sept. - Dec. -- Registration begins April 8, 2019

Choose up to five of the following:
1 One of ACCT 2121* - Financial Accounting Concepts, OR MGMT 2262* - Business Statistics I
2 One of ECON 1101 - Principles of Microeconomics, OR ECON 1103 - Principles of Macroeconomics
3 One of HRES 2170 - Introduction to Human Resources, OR MKTG 2150 - Introduction to Marketing
4 1st Year Business Option (one of ENTR 2301 - Innovation and the Entrepreneurial Experience, OR MGMT 2130 - Management Principles, OR SINV 2201 - Introduction to Social Innovation)

One of GNED 1101 or 1103, Cluster One Foundation (If you are hesitant about numbers, this course can help you prepare for ACCT 2121 and MGMT 2262),
OR GNED 1401 or 1404, Cluster Four Foundation (If you are hesitant about writing, this course can help you improve your academic writing and citation skills),
OR GNED 1201, 1202, or 1203, Cluster Two Foundation,
OR GNED 1301, 1303, or 1304, Cluster Three Foundation.

Please note that ACCT 2121, ECON 1101, 1103 and MGMT 2262 all have an extra lab or tutorial component. This is important in the course registration process.
Year One, Semester 2 [Winter], Jan. - Apr. -- Registration begins April 8, 2019

You will choose courses from the above list that you did not choose for the Fall semester.
Fall Semester Winter Semester
ACCT 2121 MGMT 2262
ECON 1101 ECON 1103
MKTG 2150 HRES 2170
SINV 2201 GNED 1103
GNED 1401 GNED 1202
There are lots of sections of most first year courses. Scroll to the very bottom of the listed sections to find ones with more available seats. Recently added sections will appear at the bottom of your screen.

You may not be able to have a perfect schedule. It is better to get a seat in most of your courses, and waitlist for fewer.

Know thyself! If you know you are not an early riser and will not be able to be on time for an 8:30 am section, choose a different section of the course.

Try to add some time in between your courses during the day/week. This will enable you to grab a bite to eat, meet for group project work, volunteer on campus, study or research in the library, or work out at the gym.

We recommend students coming from high school avoid evening, online and block format sections in their first year.

ECON sections can be hard to organize in your schedule. 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 email address, and include your ID number, 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 in the Academic Calendar.

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. We recommend you leave these requirements until later in your degree in case you want to pursue the Honours program, a term abroad, minors, Directed Readings, or field schools.

Please read our additional FAQs on the Bissett Advising web page, where you will find the answers to many commonly asked questions.

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.

  1. View your transfer equivalencies in as well as through mruGradU8.
    If you have unspecified credit (e.g. UNSP 1XXX of FNCE 1XXX) the only place this course can be used in your degree is as an elective and it will not work as a pre-requisite. If you think the course is equivalent to courses useful in your degree (e.g. core or pre-requisite), you will need to submit the course outline to have it reviewed and possibly changed to a direct equivalency that can be used as a core of GNED requirement in your degree, or as a pre-requisite.

    For example, if you took Intro to Finance at another school, and it has not been evaluated for equivalency at MRU before, it may appear as UNSP 1XXX of FNCE 2XXX. This course can only be used as an elective for now (it will not work as a pre-requisite), unless more specific equivalency is requested. If you submit the course outline, and the course is determined to be equivalent to FNCE 3227 (required for the BBA), you will not have to take FNCE 3227 here.

    Note: International applicants are only assessed for eight (8) equivalencies as part of the admission process. If you think you have more courses that could be used in your degree (e.g. additional electives), you need to contact to ask them to evaluate additional courses.

    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 equivalencies of the articulation process.
  2. You may 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 course requirements for your intended program (be sure to choose '2019-2020' 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 2019); for program and graduation requirements, please see the Academic Calendar.
  3. 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 to see if any of your unused courses can be used to meet GNED requirements.
  4. Your advisor can review your program plan and make suggestions about course sequencing. 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.
  5. 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 if 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 8th.

Find more detailed course descriptions in the Mount Royal Academic Calendar.

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 '2019-2020' for the calendar year) or use the program planning pages and be sure to use the correct years' guides (Fall 2019).

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

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

Registration begins mid-March 2020.

  • Pay your Registration Deposit ($125 per semester for each of the Fall and Winter = $250).
  • Check your Registration Status on for your specific Registration Access Date.
  • Access the program planning pages and use the 'what-if' feature on mruGradU8 to explore different majors, concentrations and minors. Consider attending a Career Passions workshop if you need help choosing an area of specialization.
  • You can declare your intended major/minor/concentration after you have completed at least 10 courses, including at least one in the discipline in which you plan to specialize.
  • See your Academic Advisor to help you choose your second year courses.
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 MRU Calendar and as summarized 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 through 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 using your email address.