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The challenge of competing effectively in a rapidly changing global economy can only be met through well-educated responsive business leadership.

Preparing those who will successfully meet this challenge is the Haskayne School of Business's mission, accomplished through its mandate of teaching, research and community service. Recognizing that the practices of commerce, business and management are fundamental to, and impact upon every facet of contemporary society, delivery of comprehensive business education programs that are relevant and rigorous, yet responsive to change, forms the fundamental framework for the business school's broad range of academic and executive programs.


The business school offers the undergraduate programs in traditional fashion in which students complete eight academic study terms or through the Co-operative Education program in which students complement their academic studies by interspersing two to four four-month paid work terms with their study terms. (Details regarding the Co-operative Education program appear in the Co-operative Education section of this Calendar.)

After admission to the Bachelor of Commerce program, a student will complete an integrative core curriculum of business education in the areas of strategy and global management, entrepreneurial thinking, accounting, finance, organizational behaviour and human resources, operations management, business technology management, and marketing. An advisory system will provide assistance in selecting an area of concentration. The curriculum allows pursuit of a degree program fulfilling the business school objective of a strong general educational background together with a broad, integrative commerce education permitting a limited amount of functional specialization. An opportunity for applied research is available through the completion of the Honours program.


The component parts of the programs have been formulated on the principle that graduates will spend a major portion of their work life in a constantly changing environment. Therefore, the task of the business school is to provide the student with the opportunity to obtain a broad knowledge of the concepts underlying the operation and management of organizations. Upon graduation, a student should be equipped to function, not only in an initial position, but also for the whole of their subsequent career.


The Bachelor of Commerce program and Master of Business Administration program are accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

Bachelor of Commerce

The generalist orientation of this degree enables graduates to succeed in a range of diverse industries and positions. Organizations seek candidates who have developed relevant educational, extracurricular (clubs, volunteer positions), summer/part-time work experiences and take responsibility for the direction of their working lives.

The key to obtaining meaningful employment after graduation is the development of a marketable portfolio of skills and experiences. The Haskayne School of Business assists business students in:

  • Researching career interests
  • Skill identification
  • Resume/cover letter targeting
  • Interview preparation
  • Identifying work opportunities

For students looking for a research focus or to continue into graduate studies in business, the BComm Honours program offers a research-intensive option.


The mission of the Haskayne MBA is to challenge students to develop their abilities as managers. The program develops skills in leadership, business development, communication, and strategic analysis through the core functions of business, and through focused specializations.


Designed for recent graduates of non-business fields, the Haskayne Master of Management (MMgmt) is an intensive 10-month program that provides students with comprehensive knowledge of business essentials, opportunities to make connections, grow their skills, and develop the competitive edge to successfully launch their career.


The Haskayne Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) is designed to provide students with the research, analytical, and critical thinking skills to become recognized contributors to new business knowledge and the application to practice.


In addition to the role of an academic professor, students earning the PhD degree can succeed in research and advisory roles in government as well as a broad spectrum of industries and organizations.

Haskayne Student Organizations

Student-run organizations help to build community with fellow classmates, professors, alumni and businesses. Participating students apply theory to practice and develop interpersonal, leadership, task management, and creative thinking and problem-solving skills. A network of business contacts starts here.

The Commerce Undergraduate Society supports and co-ordinates student club affairs, and organizes major social, sports, networking and academic-related events in collaboration with campus and corporate communities (

The Haskayne Students' Association provides student governance and voice, works to resolve student issues and transparency, and develops initiatives to improve the student experience, engagement, and recognition of the school (


Computers in the Business School

All areas in business make extensive use of computers. Therefore, the business school recommends that students entering the business school purchase an appropriate computer for use in their academic program. Information on the recommended hardware and software configuration is available at Student FAQs, Haskayne IT Support.