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

New Transfer Students (from Open Studies, University Entrance Option, or another post-secondary institution)


2023 New Student Advising Presentation
(a visual presentation based on the information in the Program Advising Guide)

Follow the steps below to better understand your remaining degree requirements, and get registered for your courses.

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 four electives, for a total of 40 courses. Please review your personalized mruGradU8 program audit to help understand how transfer credit is being applied to your BBA degree program and read Step #4 below to help optimize your transfer equivalencies. 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 Academic Calendar.

All new students are accepted into the General Management major. You can declare a different major as early as October 1.

Step 2: Plan your courses.

The mruGradU8 audit details the course requirements and components of the BBA program. Use this tool for course planning, along with the program planning sheets available for each major. For additional help with course selection, you can use the General Education list of approved courses . Electives are any three-credit course of interest. You can also explore possible courses by searching the Interactive Course Search or using the Academic Calendar course descriptions; this is also where you will find prerequisites. Please make note of course prerequisites before registering. Course selection for General Education and electives is completely up to you. See the FAQs , program planning sheets and tip sheet for additional help.

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 8.

If you are a current MRU student new to the BBA, check for an earlier registration access date on your myMRU Register & Pay page - click on the "When can I register?" link. You do not need to meet with an Advisor prior to registering for your courses.

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. Learn more about transfer equivalences.

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 email account) at

Note: International applicants are only assessed for eight 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.

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 email account) at .

Step 6: Interested in Cooperative Education?

Newly admitted transfer students are encouraged to apply for the Co-operative Education program, even if the published deadline has passed, as there may still be room depending on your intended major or concentration. Please email for more information.

Important information for students admitted from a business diploma - Foundation, Cluster 4 (GNED 14XX) General Education requirement
If you were admitted to the BBA, but were admitted based on completion of a business diploma, you may be missing a minimum high school English (ELA 30-1 or equivalent) grade needed as a prerequisite for a required GNED course. Please review the Foundation, Cluster 4 (GNED 14XX) GNED prerequisite in the Academic Calendar to determine if you need to upgrade to meet this minimum grade.
If you are missing this prerequisite, there will be red warning text on your worksheet when you register for GNED 14XX, letting you know that you are missing the prerequisite.
Options available to meet the prerequisite (if you are lacking the minimum high school grade):
  • Challenge the ELA 30-1 diploma exam, if that would bring up your total ELA 30-1 grade enough to meet the minimum grade required to use as a prerequisite
  • take ENGL 0130 (an academic upgrading equivalent of ELA 30-1 offered at MRU as a zero credit course and earn the required grade to use as a prerequisite

Registering for Courses using

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 Academic Calendar and 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.

Tracking your Progress through mruGradU8

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.

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.

Learn more about mruGradU8 , including frequently asked questions.

Preparing for your First Semester

  1. Activate and start using your email address. If you need some help doing so, instructions on activating your email address are available online.
  2. Sign up for New Student Orientation. Information on New Student Orientation is available online, and will be updated throughout the summer with more details.
  3. Apply for student loan funding, if needed. Applications are generally available in early June, and you can check out the Financing your Education website for more information.
  4. Buy your textbooks. Many books aren't available until mid to late-August, so keep an eye on the Cougars Campus Store website , where you can access your personalized booklist.
  5. Explore your and Blackboard accounts .  Don't be alarmed if your courses aren't loaded into Blackboard until right before the beginning of the semester, but it's a good idea to help familiarize yourself with the two programs prior to the beginning of your first year.
  6. Enter all of the important and critical dates and deadlines for each semester into your Google Calendar. Include your lectures, labs and tutorials, as well as the deadlines for adding/dropping courses, tuition payments, reading week, the withdrawal deadline, and the final exam period.

Thinking Ahead to your Second Year

Registration begins mid-March for the following academic year.

  • 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 sheets 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 prior to your registration date.

Still have Questions?

Visit the New Student FAQ page to see if your question is answered there. If not, email your Business Advisors at from your email address.