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:

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 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 do NOT 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)
      • NOTES:
        • students who did not take 1.0 Category B course in first year and want to leave this requirement for a future year should consider taking 0.5 course from the Year 4 BMSc requirements for the combined BMSc (IMS)/HBA
  • Students submit an Intent to Register (ITR) 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 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
    • students should consult with Ivey about which courses are recommended for 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:

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:

Intent to Register for Combined BMSc/HBA

For students in HBA1

Submit an application through Ivey for the combined BMSc/HBA Program (referred to as dual degrees by Ivey). The BMSUE Coordinator (Kathy Boon) will be informed of your application and will contact you sometime between February- April to inform you of your eligibility for the BMSc portion of the combined program. If you are eligible, the BMSUE Coordinator will submit an ITR to the Office of the Registrar on your behalf.

For students in Year 4 of the combined program

Go to Student Center to submit your ITR. Look under Student Services Links (right-hand side) and click on Complete My Intent to Register.

  • choose your status for the next Fall/Winter by selecting Full-time and click on Continue
  • click on "Continue in Current Program"

THAT'S IT - your ITR is submitted for Year 5 of the combined/dual degree program!