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Combined BMSc/HBA

Two honors degrees - a BMSc Honors degree and an HBA degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business - are granted after completion of the 5-year Combined BMSc/HBA Program.  Two Honors Specialization modules, only, participate in the combined program:

Note:  students in Year 5 of the Combined BMSc/HBA program in 2015/16 will complete an Honors Specialization in Medical Sciences for the BMSc degree (see the Academic Calendar for more details).

For information about the HBA Program, see the Academic Calendar and the Ivey HBA website.

Students interested in the combined program typically register in Medical Sciences for their first two years of university (Medical Sciences 1 and 2).  Below is an overview of the 5 year combined program  (the two-year HBA program is referred to as HBA1 and HBA2, or as Ivey, or as Business Administration):

Year 1 = (usually) Medical Sciences 1

  • students register in first year (usually Medical Sciences 1)
  • course selection is the usual Medical Sciences 1 course selection (4.0 first-year science courses + 1.0 course from either Category A or B):
    • although not required, many students take Business Administration 1220E in Med Sci 1 to find out about the approach used in the study of management in the Business School
      • if Business Administration is not taken in Year 1, students are strongly encouraged to take 1.0 course from Category B to satisfy the Breadth Requirements for Graduation
      • if not completed in first year, an extra course might need to be taken (during a Fall/Winter session or during the summer) to satisfy the Category B requirement
  • Intent to Register (ITR) is submitted in February/March of first year to register in second year (Medical Sciences 1 students submit an ITR for Medical Sciences 2 by selecting "continue in same program" for the online ITR 2).  Students don't indicate that they're interested in the combined program at this point in time.

Year 2 = (usually) Medical Sciences 2

  • students register in second year (usually Medical Sciences 2) and take the courses needed for one of the two Honors Specialization modules they wish to pursue in the combined program + Business Administration 2257 (a prerequisite for admission to the HBA program)
  • course selection differs slightly, depending on whether students want to pursue the Honors Specialization in IMS or the Honors Specialization in Biochemistry in the combined program:
    • Honors Specialization in Biochemistry = 5.0 courses:
      • Biochemistry 2280A, Biology 2581B, Chemistry 2213A and 2223B (or Chem 2273A and 2283G), Biology or Statistics 2244A/B, and 1.0 course from (two of) Biology 2290F/G, 2382B, Chemistry 2211A/B, 2214A/B, 2374A, 2384B
      • Business Administration 2257
      • 0.5 option (see NOTE below)
      • NOTE:  students who don't take 1.0 Category B course in first year should take a half course Category B course in Year 2 and another half course from Category B at a later date (as an extra half course).  Requesting special permission to take 5.5 courses in Year 2 so that the Category B course can be completed in Year 2, may not be the best route to get into Ivey.
    • Honors Specialization in IMS = 5.0 courses:
      • Biochemistry 2280A, Biology 2290F/G, 2382B, 2581B, Chemistry 2213A, Biology or Statistics 2244A/B (note:  a second half course in Chemistry at the 2000-level is NOT required in the IMS/HBA combined program)
      • Business Administration 2257
      • 1.0 course (see NOTE below)
      • NOTE:  students who did not take 1.0 Category B course in first year and want to leave this requirement for a future year should seriously consider taking 1.0 2000-level course listed in Groups 1 and/or 2 in the Honors Specialization in IMS (this 1.0 course satisfies a Year 4 requirement in the combined program).  The 1.0 Group B requirement could then be taken in Year 4.  Alternatively, 0.5 Category B course and 0.5 2000-level course from Group 1 or 2 could be taken in both Years 2 and 4.  If an option course is taken in Year 2, an extra course will need to be taken
  • Students submit an Intent to Register (ITR) in February/March for Year 3 BMSc AND apply to the HBA Program by the deadline established by Ivey
    • students must be eligible/admitted to Year 3 BMSc (and the Honors Specialization in either Biochemistry or IMS) and admitted to HBA1 in order to be considered for the combined program in Years 4 and 5. See the Academic Calendar for additional requirements.

Year 3 = HBA 1

  • students take the full set of 8.25 courses required for HBA1 (listed in the Academic Calendar)
  • during HBA1, students apply for admission to the combined program (Ivey refers to the the combined program as "dual degrees")

Year 4 = Year 4 of combined program

  • the HBA2 requirements (5.0 Business Administration courses) are taken over Years 4 and 5
    • although no Business Administration course is restricted to either year, students should consult with Ivey about which courses might be recommended in Year 4 of the combined program
  • the course requirements are different for students selecting the Honors Specialization in Biochemistry vs. the Honors Specialization in IMS:
    • Honors Specialization in Biochemistry = 2.0 courses in Year 4 (see full details in the Academic Calendar):
      • Biochemistry 3380G, 3381A, 3382A and 3390B
    • Honors Specialization in IMS = 3.5 courses in Year 4 (see full details in the Academic Calendar) or 4.0, if Physiology and Pharmacology 3000E is taken as the Group 3 requirement:
      • 3.0 courses from Groups 1 and 2, with a minimum of 2.5 courses being from Group 1 (it is not mandatory to take any Group 2 courses)
      • a course from Group 3 (0.5 course or Physiology and Pharmacology 3000E)
      • NOTE:  any courses from Groups 1 and 2 that are completed before Year 4 are used to satisfy the 3.5 courses required for Year 4 (e.g. if you completed Microbiology and Immunology 2500A in second year, it can be used toward the Year 4 requirements).

Year 5 = Year 5 of combined program

  • the rest of the HBA2 requirements
  • the course requirements are different for students in Honors Specialization in Biochemistry vs. Honors Specialization in IMS:
    • Honors Specialization in Biochemistry = 4.0 courses (see full details in the Academic Calendar):
      • Biochemistry 4410A, 4415B, 4420A, 4425B and 4483E
      • 0.5 from either Biochemistry 4450A or 4463G
    • Honors Specialization in IMS = 3.0 courses (see full details in the Academic Calendar):
      • Medical Sciences 4900F/G and 4930F/G (both must be taken in the same term)
      • 2.0 courses at the 4000-level from at least two of the following subject areas:  Anatomy and Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Medical Biophysics, Medical Sciences, Microbiology and Immunology, Pathology, Pharmacology and Physiology
        • as long as you have two subject areas (e.g. Physiology 4710A and Medical Sciences 4200G), there is no requirement as to the maximum number in one subject area - e.g. you can take three half courses in Physiology at the 4000-level and Medical Sciences 4200G
      • NOTE:  check out the priority access and reserved spaces in 4000-level half courses

Review the Counselling and Registration Tips for students registered in the Honors Specialization in IMS and the combined BMSc (IMS)/HBA program.

BMSUE Drop-in


Special Permission - the process


Intent to Register - only for students in Yr 4 of the combined program


Course Registration, including Summer Registration, Tips from A-Z, etc.