Degree Regulations


Academic Residency – Credit Requirements

Further to the Academic Residency requirements as outlined in the Policy on Graduation, the Bachelor of Commerce program requires that the 60 credits must include a minimum of 12 credits in a major with 6 of those completed at the 400 level.

Core and Major Requirements

The Bachelor of Commerce program consists of 120 non-duplicative credits. The core program requirements include 57 credits, comprised of 39 business credits and 18 non-business credits. Each Commerce major includes 21-33 credits of specific coursework requirements. Please refer to the Program of Study for each major for specific requirements.

Declaration of Major and Minors

Students are required to declare a major upon completion of 60 credits and by published deadlines. As completion of one major is a graduation requirement, students are strongly encouraged to consult with a program advisor prior to declaration of their major. If students change their major following their declaration, additional coursework may be necessary to fulfill the requirements of the new major.

Students have the option of completing a second major from existing majors in Commerce, or one or two minors, provided they can satisfy their requirements for Business, non-Business, and Open electives with that same coursework. Minors are comprised of 15 senior-level credits and are not a graduation requirement. Only one minor from outside the School of Business is permitted.

Depending on the courses or specializations in which a student chooses to enroll, meeting the requirements of a double major may require the completion of more than 120 credits. Further, students admitted into the Bachelor of Commerce via block transfer cannot complete a minor.

Electives and Options

The Bachelor of Commerce has specific requirements for elective and option credits. The four categories are:

  1. Options: a choice of courses from a list specified in the requirements for some majors.

  2. Business Electives: a choice of any baccalaureate level course from the School of Business which is not a required core or major course in the student’s primary major. Students may use Business Electives to meet minor or second major requirements.

  3. Non-Business Electives: a choice of any baccalaureate level course outside the School of Business which is not a required core or major course in the student’s chosen major. Students may use non-business electives to meet minor requirements inside and outside the School of Business.

  4. Open Electives: a choice of any baccalaureate level course which is not a required core or major course in the student’s primary major. Students may use open electives to meet minor or second major requirements.

Maximum 100-Level Courses

A maximum of 39 credits at the 100 level are permitted in completion of the Bachelor of Commerce degree. Additional credits at the 100 level will be declared extra to the degree. The required 100-level language credits for students in the International Business major are exempt from this limit.

Progression of Studies

Students are responsible for ensuring they meet the prerequisite and/or co-requisite requirements as noted on all courses that may fulfill Bachelor of Commerce program requirements.

Cooperative Education Degree Requirements

All students who apply and are accepted into the Co-operative Education stream will be subject to MacEwan Policy C2065 Co-operative Education and the Bachelor of Commerce Cooperative Education Degree Regulations.

Applying to the Co-operative Education Stream

Once students are admitted to the Bachelor of Commerce program and meet the eligibility criteria for the Co-operative Education Stream they may apply. International students are eligible to apply but are responsible for obtaining any visas or work permits that are required. Students will be assessed an application fee to apply to the Co-operative Education Stream.

Withdrawal from the Co-operative Education Stream

A student who fails to report to a work placement, or is dismissed from a work placement, may be assigned a failing grade for that work placement. Any student who leaves a work placement without University approval will receive a failing grade for the work placement and may be prohibited by the Chair or delegate from continuing in the Co-operative Education Stream. The University reserves the right, at any point during the work placement, to remove a student from situations in which students, clients, or other individuals are placed at risk, or when the student engages in behaviour that is contrary to the professional requirements of the work placement.

Additional Core Requirements

All co-op students must complete the following four courses in addition to the 120 credits required to graduate from the Bachelor of Commerce degree:

  • COOP 290 Co-op Pre-Employment Seminar

  • COOP 295 Co-operative Education: First Work Experience (480 hours)

  • COOP 395 Co-operative Education: Second Work Experience (480 hours)

  • COOP 495 Co-operative Education: Third Work Experience (480 hours)

As part of these courses students will create learning objectives, complete a work placement report and be evaluated by their employer.

Prior to the start of a work placement students are required to sign a declaration stating that they have read and understood their responsibilities to both their employer and the University.

Work Placements and Timing

Each work placement will consist of a minimum of 480 hours of paid employment in a job that is relevant to the student's program. The student must have no more than two academic terms remaining when the final work placement is completed; and the student's last term in the program must be an academic term.

Students benefit from their work placement experience by being exposed to the work setting in more than one season of the year. They are strongly encouraged to choose work terms in more than one season, unless it can be demonstrated that their work is of a purely seasonal nature.

Course load during Full Time co-op Work Terms

Co-op work and study are designed to be engaged in full time. Students may not be enrolled in any credit coursework concurrently when registered in a co-op work term. This regulation applies to students registered in any one of COOP 295, COOP 395 or COOP 495.

Under certain circumstances, students may obtain consent to register in one, three-credit course for which credit can be recognized in the MacEwan University Bachelor of Commerce degree, while registered in one of the three COOP work experience courses. Students will submit a written request to the Attention of the Department Chair (or delegate), c/o BCOM, Student Services, explaining compelling reasons to enroll while on co-op work term. Submissions must be: hand delivered, dated and signed by the student. Permissions may be granted based on individual circumstance. If students register in course(s) while being registered in one of COOP 295, COOP 395 or COOP 495 without obtaining written consent, they will be automatically removed from the co-op placement.

Responsibility for Obtaining a Work Placement

The University will facilitate the assignment of students in work placements. However, students are ultimately responsible for finding their own work placements, and all work placements must be approved by the University. The University cannot guarantee students' co-op employment, because labour market conditions are variable and beyond University control. A student's failure to find a work placement may result in the student being required to withdraw from the co-op stream.

Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirements

The student must maintain good academic standing (a grade point average of at least 2.0) to enrol in co-op work placements. Failure to maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 will result in the student being withdrawn from the Co-op Stream.