The following college-level policies are subject to University Council Regulations. In the absence of information, or in the case of discrepancies between university and college regulations, university regulations will prevail. Please note that students will graduate according to the regulations effective for the year in which they are approved to graduate. In all other cases, the most current rules will apply, unless otherwise stated.
Edwards Co-operative Education Option
The Edwards School of Business offers the Edwards Co-operative Education Option (ECEO) for third-year Bachelor of Commerce students. Co-operative education programs are designed to integrate classroom studies with related work experience in a student's academic field of study. In addition to fulfilling the academic requirements of the School, Co-op students will be required to successfully complete two consecutive four-month work placements (work placements are not guaranteed) and a series of non-credit workshops held after admission to the program, but prior to the first work term. The goal of the workshops is to provide the students with the appropriate tools to successfully secure a work placement.
The Edwards Co-operative Education Option is a pass/fail non-credit program, offered in Winter Term of the third year of study and the following summer of a student's program. Students are required to apply for admission to the program in January of their second year. Admission requirements include a combination of minimum academic standards, application documents and an interview. Entrance to the program will be competitive. For more information, contact Edwards Career Services in the Edwards School of Business.
- COMM 380.0
- COMM 480.0
- COMM 483.0
Honours Program Option
The Edwards School of Business offers the Honours program to provide students of proven academic ability with an opportunity to pursue a more advanced program of studies in one of the following areas: Accounting, Finance, Human Resources, Management, Marketing, or Supply Chain Management.
A student in an Honours program must fulfill all the requirements of the regular 120 credit-unit program, including the requirements for the major in the honours field. All students must substitute the 6 credit unit Honours Seminar for 6 credit units of senior electives. The Honours program consists of an independent research project completed in consultation with a faculty member.
Students may enter an Honours program only with the permission of the Department Head in consultation with members of the department. Formal admission is not granted until the end of the students' third year, i.e., following the successful completion of 90 credit units* taken in accordance with the curriculum of the Bachelor of Commerce program. Applications are due April 30 of the third year. At the time of admission, the student must have a Cumulative Weighted Average of 70% and a weighted average of 70% in courses (including core) in the honours field.
The recommendation for the granting of a degree with Honours or High Honours will come from the department of the honours field. To be granted Honours, a student must maintain a Cumulative Weighted Average of 70% and a weighted average of 70% in courses in the honours field (includes the Honours Seminar). To be granted High Honours, a student must maintain a Cumulative Weighted Average of 80% and a weighted average of 80% in courses in the honours field (includes the Honours Seminar).
Honours or High Honours may be denied if the student's performance in the honours year is deemed to be below acceptable standards. Students who fail to maintain the standard of performance expected of an honours student, but who otherwise complete the regular program requirements of the college, will be awarded the regular Bachelor of Commerce degree.
* This may be reduced to a minimum of 72 credit units for students entering their final Regular Session who intend to complete no more than 18 credit units in the following Spring and Summer Session.
Academic Performance Standards
- Cumulative Weighted Average of 60% on all courses required for B.Comm. degree completion
- Annual weighted average of 60% on Fall and Winter Term and Spring and Summer Term courses
- Weighted average of 60% in the courses taken to meet the requirements for a major.
All Edwards Undergraduate Programs students who attempt a minimum of 18 credits between May 1 and April 30 each year must earn a yearly weighted average of at least 60% to remain in good standing and continue their studies in the Edwards School of Business. Students who do not meet this requirement will be subject to a Repeat Year or Requirement to Discontinue faculty action
All Edwards Undergraduate Programs students who attempt less than 18 credits between May 1 and April 30 each year are expected to earn a yearly weighted average of at least 60%. Students who do not meet this requirement will be subject to a Partial Warning faculty action.
First Faculty Action (Did not fail 50% of courses attempted)
A student who attempts a minimum of 18 credit units with a yearly average below 60% (calculated on classes taken between May - April) who does not fail 50% or more of the courses attempted in an academic year and who has no previous faculty actions on their record will be assigned a Repeat Year (RY) faculty action and will lose credit for classes taken in that year with a grade between 50-59%. A student in this situation will be able to continue in the Edwards School of Business the following year but will need to repeat any classes in which they have lost credit for (identified with an "N" on the transcript, indicating no credit).
A student may attend Spring/Summer Session to raise their average and clear their faculty action. The student must repeat or substitute (with permission) the course(s) in which a grade of less than 60% was earned and raise the weighted average to 62%. For purposes of the average calculation, the grade(s) obtained at Spring/Summer Session will be substituted for the original grade(s). If the 62% average is obtained, the faculty action will be removed, and credit will be restored for the grades between 50-59% that were not repeated during Spring/Summer session. If the 62% average is not obtained, the faculty action stands. Students will then have to repeat courses between 50-59% in the next academic year.
If a student with a faculty action attempts to clear the action by repeating courses at Spring/Summer Session and is not successful in removing the action, the grades in those courses will be included in the subsequent academic year's average.
First Faculty Action (failed 50% of courses attempted)
A student who attempts a minimum of 18 credit units, has not had a previous faculty action and who fails 50% or more of the courses attempted in an academic year (calculated on classes taken between May - April) will be assigned a Requirement to Discontinue (RTD) faculty action and will lose credit for all courses in which a grade of 50-59% was earned in that year. The first RTD action means that the student will not be allowed to continue in the Edwards School of Business for at least one academic year. These students do NOT have an opportunity to attend Spring/Summer session to clear their faculty action. Consult the Re-Admission Standards for information on how to apply back to Edwards after receiving an RTD faculty action as an upper year student.
Two or More Faculty Actions
A student who attempts a minimum of 18 credit units with a yearly average below 60% (calculated on classes taken between May - April) who has received a previous RY or RTD faculty action will be assigned a Requirement to Discontinue (RTD) faculty action and will lose credit for all courses in which a grade of 50-59% was earned in that year. Receiving a second faculty action means that the student will not be allowed to continue in the Edwards School of Business for at least two academic years following their most recent action. These students do NOT have an opportunity to attend Spring/Summer session to clear their faculty action. Consult the Re-Admission Standards for information on how to apply back to Edwards after receiving an RTD faculty action as an upper year student.
A part-time student who attempts less than 18 credit units in an academic year (calculated on classes taken between May - April) will be assigned a Partial Warning if their yearly average falls below 60%. The Edwards School of Business believes that all students should have an adequate opportunity to prove their academic abilities. Therefore, no official faculty action is assigned, but a letter is sent to these students indicating that their average is below the minimum standard and that the grades will carry forward. When a student has attempted 18 credit units or more, an average will be calculated at the end of that academic year that includes all grades retroactive to the year in which the partial warning was assigned. An appropriate action will be taken (see above) if the calculated average is below the minimum standard of 60%.
The Edwards School of Business Regulations on Examinations and Academic Performance should be examined for specific cases such as: eligibility for supplemental and deferred examinations; the effect of courses dropped during the year or taken during Spring and Summer Terms on the calculation of the year's average; requirements for final year students who fail to meet the average requirements, etc.
The Edwards School of Business has the following repeat rule:
The general rule is that the course with the highest grade is used.
- A student is only allowed to repeat a course for which they received a grade of 59% or less.
- A repeat permit is required for a student to repeat a course in which they have received a grade between 50% and 59%. However, if credit has been revoked for the course resulting in an N-grade, a repeat permit is not required.
- A student cannot repeat a course in an attempt to improve a passing grade more than once.
- If a student received a grade between 50% and 59%, then subsequently received transfer credit, the USask course would still be included. They would have to retake the class at the USask to obtain a higher grade.
- If a student repeats a course for which they have received a grade of 60 or higher the repeat is not used (even if the grade is higher).
Time Period for Program Completion
Students returning to the program after an absence of five years or more will be placed under the curriculum requirements in effect on the date that the student is readmitted to the School. In 2006 and thereafter, upon first admission to the Edwards School of Business, students must complete the degree requirements within a ten (10) year time period. Under exceptional circumstances, the School may grant an extension.
Degree with Distinction
Students who have a Cumulative Weighted Average in courses taken at the University of Saskatchewan and credited towards the Bachelor of Commerce degree that is 75% or over but less than 80% are awarded their degree with Distinction; those who have a Cumulative Weighted Average that is 80% or over are awarded their degree with Great Distinction.
For students in the B.Comm./JD Second Degree Program, the average requirement must be achieved in the 90 credit units taken at the Edwards School of Business and in the grades earned in the second year of Law.
Dean's Honour Roll
Once a year, the Dean of Edwards School of Business honours those students who have a yearly weighted average of 75% or higher by sending them a letter of congratulations on their academic performance. Recognition of this accomplishment is posted annually on the Dean’s Honour Roll plaque displayed within the School. Upon graduation, students who have received this honour are recognized with a certificate.
- First, second, and third year students who earned an average of 75% or higher on at least 24 credit units taken during the academic year (September to April)
- Fourth year students (spring graduates) who earned an average of 75% or higher on at least 15 credit units
- Fourth year students (fall graduates) who earned an average of 75% or higher on at least 24 credit units
- Students in study abroad programs can be considered for the Dean’s Honour Roll providing they have completed 24 credit units or more between the University of Saskatchewan classes and study abroad classes. An average will be calculated using only the University of Saskatchewan classes and must be 75% or higher.
- Students enrolled in the Edwards Co-operative Education Option are considered if they take at least 24 credits between September and April each academic year (COMM 380.0 will be considered as 15 credits). The average is calculated on Fall Term grades only.
Supplemental and Deferred Examinations
Supplemental and deferred examination procedures and policies are subject to the university-wide regulations on supplemental and deferred examinations outlined in the Academic Courses Policy. For the regular supplemental and deferred examination schedule, students should refer to the Academic Calendar.
- Students will only be granted a regular deferred exam if they are absent from a final examination due to medical or compassionate reasons, supported by documentation.
- Students will not be granted a special deferred exam unless there are mitigating circumstances to justify why a student cannot write during the regular deferred exam time period.
- Students must apply to their home college (not necessarily the college that offers the course they are registered in) within 3 business days of the missed exam. In the Edwards School of Business, students must meet with an Undergraduate Programs Advisor in the Edwards Student & Faculty Services Office, Room 185.
- Students will then have 3 business days to complete the application form, obtain supporting documentation, have their instructor complete an instructor information form and submit all documents back to the Edwards Student & Faculty Services Office.
- Deferred examinations will be accorded the same weight as the regular examination in the recalculation of the student’s final grade.
- Only students in their graduating year will be granted supplemental examinations.
- Supplemental examinations will only be considered in courses taught in the Edwards School of Business, and for which there is a final examination, in the case where the student has received 40 to 49 percent. Students wishing to obtain supplemental privileges under this provision must apply, in writing, to the Edwards School of Business Undergraduate Studies Committee.
- For courses taught by another college, the supplemental examination regulations of that college will prevail.
- Supplemental examinations will be accorded the same weight as the regular examination in the recalculation of the student’s final grade. The maximum final grade that a student may obtain as the result of a supplemental examination is a pass. This will be recorded in the student’s average as a 50 percent.
Appeals of evaluation, grading, and academic standing are governed by university-wide council regulations.
Study Abroad Opportunities
Bachelor of Commerce students proceeding to third and fourth year have the opportunity to apply to study abroad for one semester and have the classes applied toward the B.Comm. degree. Edwards has partnerships with institutions in Austria, Chile, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, and Sweden. Other USask partner destinations include Australia, Finland, Hong Kong, and the United Kingdom. If you are interested in studying at one of these universities to increase your global and cultural awareness, please contact an Undergraduate Programs Advisor in the Edwards School of Business Student & Faculty Services Office.
For information on study abroad opportunities at the University of Saskatchewan, please visit the Go Abroad website.
New Edwards students can transfer up to 60 credits of course work from another college or institution. To be eligible for graduation, at least 50% of program requirements (including at least 50% of degree requirements) must be completed while enrolled at the Edwards School of Business at the University of Saskatchewan.
If the student has both institutional and transfer credit the first passed credit (by date) will be used. If transfer & institutional credit earned in the same term, the institutional grade will be used. If a student first took a class at USask, then received transfer credit in a subsequent term, the USask course would be included, regardless of grade.
Second Degree Programs
A student can achieve both the B.Comm. and B.S.A. degree in six years or less by carefully selecting appropriate courses and electives in the Agriculture B.S.A. program. Students wishing to pursue Agriculture and Commerce should originally apply to the College of Agriculture and Bioresources.
A student who wishes to pursue both the B.Comm. and B.A. or B.Sc. degree must complete the equivalent of a minimum of 150 credit units if they are obtaining a B.A. or B.Sc. three-year degree or a minimum of 180 credit units for a B.A. or B.Sc. four-year degree. Further, in order to meet the requirements of the B.Comm. degree, the student must complete at least 60 credit units selected in such a manner as to satisfy requirements in both colleges. Commerce courses may not be offered in fulfillment of any of the requirements for the Arts & Science degree. However, appropriately selected Arts & Science courses can be taken to satisfy the B.Comm. requirements. Students wishing to complete both Arts & Science and Commerce degrees can originally apply to either the College of Arts and Science or the Edwards School of Business.
The combined B.Comm./J.D. program allows a student to obtain both the Commerce and Law degrees in six years rather than the seven years needed to complete the degrees separately. The Edwards School of Business will exempt B.Comm. students from up to 30 credit units of electives. Combined program students will replace the following classes with approved second-year LAW classes:
- 6 credit units any level non-COMM elective
- COMM 304 Introduction to Business Law
- Free Elective – any level non-COMM or 300 or higher COMM
- Up to 18 credit units Free SR elective (where majors allow)
Students pursuing the Management Major will replace 6 credit units of Management electives with approved second-year LAW classes.
Specific course exemptions may vary according to major. Students should consult an Undergraduate Programs advisor for details.
LAW 491.3 Clinical Law Seminar, LAW 492.12 Clinical Law Practicum, LAW 482.3 Criminal intensive Seminar, LAW 484.12 Criminal Intensive Practicum cannot be used toward B.Comm. requirements; students pursuing this option will complete their B.Comm. degree after third year Law. Moot law courses will not be accepted to fulfil elective requirements.
A student would initially apply to the Edwards School of Business and spend three years completing the core and major classes. Once a student has gained admission into the College of Law, they complete the regular three year program. A student would be eligible to obtain their B.Comm. degree after successful completion of two years in Law.
NOTE: Following the program set out for three years in the Edwards School of Business does not guarantee entrance into Law as this college has high admission standards. If a student is not admitted to Law, they would spend their fourth year in the Edwards School of Business and graduate with a B.Comm. degree.
Please visit the College of Graduate and Post-doctoral Studies section of this Catalogue for information on graduate programs in business.
Certificate (Non-Degree) Programs for Full-time Students
*Please note that no new applicants will be accepted into this program.
Program Requirements (60 credit units):
- 6 credit units JR Social Sciences or Humanities
- BSCM 100.3
- CMPT 100.3
- COMM 101.3
- COMM 104.3
- COMM 201.3
- COMM 202.3 (now COMM 105.3)
- COMM 203.3
- COMM 204.3
- COMM 301.3
- ECON 111.3
- ENG 114.3
- MATH 110.3
- One of NS 110.6 or, INST 100.3 and 101.3 (U of R courses)
- 12 credit units from the following U of R courses:
- ADMIN 203 3
- ADMIN 220 3
- ADMIN 225 3
- ADMIN 228 3
- ADMIN 250 3
- ADMIN 302 3
- ADMIN 307 3
- ADMIN 320 3
- ADMIN 328 3
- ADMIN 352 3
- ADMIN 435 3
CFA Institute is the global association of investment professionals that sets the standard for professional excellence and credentials. The organization administers the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®) Program which is considered the investment profession’s most rigorous credentialing program.
The Edwards School of Business participates in the CFA Institute’s University Affiliation program and has been acknowledged as incorporating at least 70 percent of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK) into its curriculum.
Graduates of the Edwards School of Business wishing to proceed toward full professional recognition as a CFA can apply to become a charterholder: https://www.cfainstitute.org/en/programs/cfa/university-students. The extent of the credit granted depends on the courses selected for the degree and the level of performance achieved.
Students considering a career in investment should consult with the Edwards Student & Faculty Services Office before registration.
The Chartered Professionals in Human Resources (CPHR) Saskatchewan is the premiere professional association for human resource professionals. The association is the granting body of the Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) designation within the Province of Saskatchewan. CPHR Saskatchewan recognizes the Edwards School of Business human resource major as an accredited post-secondary program.
Graduates from April 2015 and onward are eligible to apply for a waiver for the National Knowledge Exam (NKE) with an overall cumulative average of 70% or higher.
Professional accountants in Saskatchewan are represented by a single, self-regulating body called the Institute of Chartered Professional Accountants Saskatchewan (CPA SK).
Graduates of the Edwards School of Business wishing to proceed toward full professional recognition as a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) will be granted substantial credit toward the professional designation. The extent of the credit granted depends on the courses selected for the degree and the level of performance achieved. In any case, it will be necessary for these students to complete additional study and examination requirements as may be determined by the University Boards of Examiners in Accounting and the governing body of the professional organization concerned. It will also be necessary for the students to complete such service requirements as may be determined by these professional bodies.
Students considering a professional accountancy career should consult with the Edwards Student & Faculty Services Office before registration.
Supply Chain Canada administers the Supply Chain Management Professional™ (SCMP™) Designation Program which is considered the national standard in the profession. Supply Chain Canada recognizes the Edwards School of Business supply chain management major as an accredited post-secondary program.
Graduates from April 2016 and onward with an overall cumulative average of 70% or higher are eligible to apply for advanced standing.
To obtain the designation, graduates complete the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) application and pay a non-refundable application fee. Once notified of their advanced standing, graduates can then apply for admission into the SCMP™ designation program, complete any remaining required coursework, attend the SCMP Leadership Residency, and write the SCMP National Exam.
Space in upper year courses is restricted to students in the Edwards School of Business and those colleges that have COMM courses as part of their degree requirements.
300- and 400-level ACCOUNTING, FINANCE, HUMAN RESOURCES, MARKETING, SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT, and select MANAGEMENT courses require the permission of the applicable department.
Bachelor of Commerce students take a number of courses offered by the College of Arts & Science to meet core and elective requirements in degree programs. For course descriptions, see the Course Descriptions section of the Course & Program Catalogue.