Bachelor of Commerce (B.Comm.)

 

Welcome to Edwards

At the Edwards School of Business, we pride ourselves on being just the right size. We offer Saskatchewan’s best business students an AACSB-accredited education in a welcoming classroom environment. Our classes facilitate learning and interaction with faculty and other students. We are situated on Treaty 6 Territory and the Homeland of the Métis, at the University of Saskatchewan main campus in Saskatoon, SK. Our campus and business communities provide social and professional activities business students crave.

The Bachelor of Commerce (B.Comm.) degree is a four-year direct-entry program. The first two years are dedicated to providing you with general business knowledge. You will take an introductory course in each of the major specializations (accounting, finance, human resources, management, marketing and supply chain management) before selecting your major in the middle of year two.

As part of the Edwards advantage, you can add real-world, practical experience to your resumé through one of our many experiential learning courses. You can also get practical experience in your field of study with the Edwards Co-operative Education option through our Career Services office, which includes pre-placement workshops and a paid eight-month work placement in your third year. There is also a combined B.Comm./J.D. (Juris Doctor), an option that allows you to obtain both a business and a law degree in six years rather than the seven years needed to complete the degrees separately.

Edwards has a number of dedicated awards for new, first-time students, in addition to general USask scholarships, bursaries, and awards. In 2020, continuing Edwards students received over $1.4 million in scholarships and awards.

Join us today and experience all that Edwards has to offer! 

Discover why business is the right choice for you.

 

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Program Overview

During your time in Edwards, you will complete the curriculum below. These courses have been selected to give you the most impactful business education today, while allowing you to specialize in one of our six majors.

  • Year 1 - Foundational Elements (30 Credits)

    Current Curriculum

    Course Number Course Name
    COMM 100.3 Business Communication
    COMM 101.3 Introduction to Business
    COMM 104.3 Foundations of Business Statistics
    COMM 105.3 Introduction to Organizational Behaviour
    COMM 121.3 Business Math
    COMM 204.3 Introduction to Marketing
    COMM 211.3 Human Resource Management
    COMM 229.3 Personal Financial Management
    3 credits English Writing Component1
    Non-Commerce Elective.3 3 credits of 100 level non-Commerce electives2 (your choice)
    1 List to be distributed.
    2 No restrictions on social sciences and humanities for non-COMM electives.
  • Year 2 - Functional Areas of Business (30 Credits)

    Current Curriculum

    Course Number Course Name
    COMM 201.3 Introduction to Financial Accounting
    COMM 203.3 Introduction to Finance
    COMM 205.3 Introduction to Operations Management
    COMM 207.3 Statistics for Business Decisions
    COMM 210.3 Introduction to Management Accounting
    COMM 213.3 Management Information Systems
    ECON 111.3 Introductory Microeconomics
    ECON 114.3 Introductory Macroeconomics
    Non-Comm Electives.6 6 credits of any level non-Commerce electives1 (your choice)
    1 No restrictions on social sciences and humanities for non-COMM electives.
  • Year 3 - Analysis and Major Specialization (30 Credits)

    Current Curriculum

    Course Number Course Name
    COMM 304.3 Introduction to Business Law
    COMM 306.3 Ethics and Strategic Decision Making
    COMM 347.3 Indigenous Business in Canada
    Major Classes & Free Senior Electives.18 18 credits of major classes and free senior electives1
    Free Elective.3 3 credits of any level non-Commerce elective2 (your choice) OR 300 or higher COMM elective
    1 Free senior electives can be chosen from 300+ level COMM classes and/or 200+ level non-Commerce electives.
    2 No restrictions on social sciences and humanities for non-COMM electives.
  • Year 4 - Decision Making and Strategy (30 Credits)

    Current Curriculum

    Course Number Course Name
    COMM 401.3 Business Strategy
    COMM 447.3 Entrepreneurship & Venture Development
    Major Classes & Free Senior Electives.24 24 credits of major classes and free senior electives1
    1 Free senior electives can be chosen from 300+ level COMM classes and/or 200+ level non-Commerce electives. No restrictions on social sciences and humanities for non-COMM electives.

Majors

Edwards School of Business is excited to offer students the choice to specialize in one of six majors, including:

  • Accounting

    Accounting is the art of measuring, communicating, and interpreting financial activity, and is sometimes referred to as "the language of business." It involves interacting with numbers and people to determine the financial health of an organization.

    The Accounting major is designed to provide students with the general, business and accounting knowledge necessary for them to succeed as professional accountants. Since accounting is a dynamic field, all accounting majors will learn how to keep their knowledge up-to-date so they can continue to grow throughout their professional careers.

    Accounting majors will also acquire the communication, computer and interpersonal skills necessary to successfully resolve complex problems in unstructured settings. Accounting majors also benefit from participation in activities such as the Volunteer Tax Program where fourth year accounting students volunteer their time to prepare tax returns for seniors and people with disabilities.

    Post-Degree

    Most students who major in accounting choose to pursue a professional accounting designation after completing a B.Comm. degree. The accounting profession in Canada has united under the single banner of Chartered Professional Accountant – CPA. The new professional program is called the CPA-PEP and it leads to the CPA designation.

    Students have the option of applying to the Edwards MPAcc program or to the CPA Professional Education Program (PEP) to complete the requirements of the CPA designation.

    Possible career options: accountant, auditor, actuary, budget analyst, investment analyst, claims adjuster, taxation specialist
    Courses offered on: corporate accounting, taxation, cost accounting, auditing, control systems

  • Finance

    Finance is the science of funds management, with a focus on saving, lending, and investing money. The field of finance deals with the concepts of time, money, and risk, and how they are interrelated. The major is well positioned to provide students with specialized financial knowledge and the necessary management skills to be competent financial managers. Learn how people should invest their money and how companies will perform in the future based on the past.

    The finance industry expanded at a fast pace for almost three decades. Currently, the industry is a major employer. It ranks behind only construction and health care in the number of jobs. The major banks alone employ more than 170,000 individuals and there are no signs that this situation will change any time soon.

    Students who major in finance graduate well trained and ready to compete and succeed in the market place.

    Possible career options: financial analyst, financial planner, real estate agent/broker, stock broker
    Courses offered on: corporate finance, management of financial institutions, entrepreneurial finance, security analysis, portfolio theory, investment management, personal financial planning

  • Human Resources

    Human Resources is about helping organizations succeed by managing employees and helping them reach their full potential. It serves a strategic function linking talented people with organizational success.

    The major prepares students to handle human resource concerns in a timely and professional manner relating to all HR competencies including strategy, professional practice, engagement, total rewards, labour and employee relations, health, wellness and safe workplace, learning and development, workforce planning and talent management, HR metrics, reporting and financial management.

    Human resource specialists find it rewarding to know their work has a direct, immediate impact on their organization.

    Possible career options: arbitrator, compensation specialist, training and development manager, HR generalist, mediator, recruiter

    Courses offered on: recruitment, selection and engagement, training and development, collective bargaining, compensation, strategic HR, employment law, occupational health and safety

  • Management

    Management is the organization and coordination of business activities in order to achieve certain goals and objectives. As a manager, you need to be a forward thinker who can create a plan, organize the resources to make it work, direct the people who will make it happen, and monitor and control its effects.

    The major is designed for those students who seek a business education and do not wish to narrow their focus to a specific functional area. Students within the major have significant flexibility to take a collection of courses from accounting, finance, human resource management, marketing, management and operations management. This wide breadth of knowledge gives you an ideal understanding of the strategy needed to achieve overall organizational goals and objectives.

    If your interests range across the many areas of business, the Management major is right for you.

    Possible career options: consultant, event planner, small business owner, entrepreneur, general manager
    Courses offered on: international business, Aboriginal business in Canada, entrepreneurship, consulting, and classes from all other major areas

  • Marketing

    Marketing includes everything an organization does to acquire customers and maintain a relationship with them. The field of marketing includes advertising, sales, product and services design, brand management, and public relations.

    As a Marketing major you will learn how to develop a comprehensive marketing strategy and plan, understand and analyze consumer behaviour, and undertake market research projects.  You will develop the ability to see an organization from a customer’s, or client’s, perspective.

    Individuals who are successful marketers tend to be excellent communicators, possess good analytical and decision-making skills, and enjoy working with a variety of different people.

    Possible career options: advertising and public relations, direct and event marketing, brand/product manager, communications officer, sales management, market researcher, creative design specialist
    Courses offered on: marketing strategy, consumer behavior, advertising, branding, pop culture, retail marketing, distribution, international marketing

  • Supply Chain Management

    Supply Chain Management (Previous to May 2021 - Operations Management) is delivery-focused, coordinating the end-to-end flow of an organization’s goods, information and money, and ensuring that an organization successfully turns inputs to outputs in an efficient manner.

    The major prepares students to deal with the management of all activities directly related to the design and delivery of services, manufacturing and production of goods, and management of supply chains. Supply Chain Management professionals are detail-oriented and constantly think about how to make processes more efficient.

    Possible career options: business forecaster, layout design specialist, project manager, quality control manager, business analyst
    Courses offered on: distribution, purchasing, forecasting, supply chain management, logistics, total quality management

Get a Head Start

High school students (and those studying at a USask regional college) can now complete their first business class online. We offer COMM 101: Introduction to Business twice per academic year and high school students can receive dual credit for Introduction to Business 30L.

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Join the business program when you're ready - we offer admission for Fall and Winter starts.

Start Date Application Deadline

September 2021

May 1, 2021

January 2021

September 1, 2020 (International Students)

December 1, 2020 (Canadian Residents)

APPLY Admission Fact Sheets

Don't meet our English language requirements? Consider U-Bridge! U-Bridge enables you to earn credits towards your B.Comm. while improving your English language proficiency.

Students who take a year off from university and are in good standing1 when they leave can apply to return before August 15th each year and will be guaranteed admission back to the program. Apply through PAWS or complete a new application as a 'returning student'.

1 Students in the B.Comm. program are in good standing as long as they maintain a 60% or higher year average.

Transfer Credit

New students can transfer up to 60 credits of course work from another college or institution. In most cases, transfer credit is assessed on a course-by-course basis but Edwards also has block transfer credit agreements with programs from Aboriginal Financial Officers' Association, Dorset College, Lakeland College, Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies (SIIT), and Saskatchewan Polytechnic.

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Money Matters

Tuition & Related Costs

One of the most frequent questions asked by students (and their parents) is "how much will first year cost?"

In 2020-21, first year domestic students will pay approximately $8,410.90 in tuition and fees based on completion of 30 credit units. 

COMM classes (100.3, 101.3, 104.3, 105.3 and 119.3) $4,237.50
MATH 121.3 or 110.3   $676.20
ECON 111.3 and 114.3 $1,275.00
6 credits of 100 level non-Commerce electives

$1,275.001

Total Tuition $7,463.70
University Student Fees    $947.202
Total Tuition and Fees $8,410.90
1 Will vary depending on choice of electives.
2 Includes Heath & Dental fee of $274.60 which has an opt-off option with proof of other coverage.

Scholarships, Student Awards, and Bursaries

Students attending Edwards have access to a full range of funding through scholarships, awards and bursaries which recognize academic achievement, financial need, and leadership through extracurricular involvement. Through the generosity of alumni and friends, these scholarships, awards and bursaries amount to over $1.4 million annually ranging from $200 - $10,000 each.

We have a number of awards for new students that you can apply for. For detailed information please review all University of Saskatchewan Scholarships and Bursaries at https://students.usask.ca/money/scholarships.php.

 

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Prospective students receive one-on-one guidance on undergrad and certificate business programs, university services and referrals to other units on campus.

Please note: all appointments are currently being held remotely either via WebEx or telephone due to COVID-19 and all campus buildings being closed.

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Edwards School of Business
University of Saskatchewan
Room 185, 25 Campus Drive
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
S7N 5A7

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