Co-op Education Program

The Edwards Co-op Program allows students to integrate classroom instruction with real life paid work situations in the middle of their third year of study. This will extend the completion of the degree to four and a half years. Students will be required to complete COMM 380.0 and COMM 480.0 in January and May, respectively, of their third year of study with one or two separate employers.

How to complete the program
Students will apply to the Business Co-operative Education Option through Edwards Career Services in February of their second year. Once admitted, the student must complete a minimum of 9 credit units (6 credit units may be considered) towards their designated major prior to starting their first co-op work term the following January.

Co-op students will be monitored on their work terms and will complete Work Term Reports graded as Pass/Fail on their transcripts. 

NOTE:

  • Admission to the Business Co-operative Education Program is competitive
  • Admission to the program does not guarantee a work placement
  • Students must complete mandatory co-op workshops prior to securing a placement
Apply now for the Co-op Program

Honours Program

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. Students are encouraged to apply for the honours program pertaining to their chosen major.

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.

Admission Requirements

  • Students apply during program planning in third year of the B.Comm. program - deadline for applications is April 30th
  • Cumulative weighted average of 70% and weighted average of 70% in courses in the honours field (including core) at time of admission
  • 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. 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/or Summer Session.

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 (including 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 (including 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 School will be awarded the regular B.Comm. degree.

Study Abroad Program

Edwards students have an opportunity to pursue studies around the world. Taking university classes in another country will broaden your horizons, enrich your university experience and open your employment opportunities globally.

Edwards School of Business have study agreements with a number of universities (in Austria, Australia, France, Sweden, Thailand and many other locations) where you can study a pre-approved set of classes and credit will transfer back to the B.Comm. degree program.

If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, meet with a program advisor or check out the website:

U of S Study Abroad

Second Degree Programs

  • Business and Law

    Please visit the College of Law website for further information regarding admission and to view Frequently Asked Questions. The sense of community with other students in a small college (126 students accepted each year) and studying with students having a diverse background make the College of Law at the U of S a very attractive option.

    The combined B.Comm./JD (Juris Doctor) program allows a student to obtain both the Bachelor of Commerce and Law degrees in six years rather than the seven years needed to complete the degrees separately. Students interested in this program should consult an advisor regarding the necessary substitution of classes in years two and three in order to complete all necessary 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 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 they have 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.

    Students intending to complete this program would not take the business law classes COMM 304.3 (formerly COMM 208.3) and COMM 404.3.

    Applications for the College of Law are accepted beginning October 15 with a deadline of February 1.

    A competitive average for students applying would be approximately 78% or higher. A competitive LSAT score is approximately 159. There are four opportunities to write the LSAT each year - October, December, February, June.

  • Business and Arts & Science

    A student who wishes to pursue a B.Comm./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. COMM 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 and Science and Business degrees can originally apply to either the College of Arts & Science or the Edwards School of Business.

    Please visit the College of Arts & Science website for more information about the College.

Experiential Learning

Experiential learning is learning by doing, or “hands-on” learning. Experiential learning is incredibly valuable to students who wish to gain real-world and applicable experience that is not always gained in a traditional classroom setting.

Edwards School of Business offers a variety of experiential learning classes and initiatives that enable students to reach their full potential and learn beyond the classroom. Students leave these classes with heightened confidence and experience working with clients on real projects and providing real solutions. 

Interested in getting involved with class projects or community-based opportunities? Check out the options below and build these classes into your program planner:

  • COMM 340 - Intro to International Business
    Introduction to the global setting in which international business decisions are made. In addition to the basic economic factors; socio-cultural, legal and political considerations are also examined. Students will examine factors which are relevant to decision-making in a wide range of international business functions (i.e. marketing, finance) and international business forms (i.e. export-import, foreign manufacturing, joint ventures). Students will complete an International Business Team Group Project where they will identify international business opportunities for a potential client. 
  • COMM 352 - Marketing Strategy
    In this course, students explore the theory and practice of marketing in a strategic manner. Many general topics were covered in COMM 204, but in COMM 352, students will explore these topics and others in much more detail. COMM 352 teaches students about sensing the relationship between marketing and external forces, applying theory, learning from practical examples, and integrating information. A real time decision-making simulation will simulate the outcomes of groups of students as they step into the shoes of a brand management team for a fictitious company.
  • COMM 357 - Marketing Research
    This course is designed to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the principles and practices of modern marketing research methods. Students will be introduced to the marketing research process and its role in operating modern organizations. Several tools, methods, measurements, statistics methods and data analysis techniques will be taught and applied throughout the course. A small-scale marketing research group project will allow students to formulate a problem, collect data and analyze it to provide deliverables to a real client.
  • COMM 447 - Entrepreneurship & Venture Development
    Students taking COMM 447 will learn processes and acquire skills required for the successful creation of new business ventures and the ongoing management of small businesses. Each student will create a comprehensive business plan during the class, and while doing so, they will gain a new appreciation for how integrated and mutually reliant the functional areas of operations, marketing, human resources, and finance are in a business venture. Students will pitch their business ideas during an end-of-class event. 
  • COMM 448 - Management Consulting Project
    This course is designed to lead students through the management consulting process, including developing and presenting a consulting proposal and then completing the consulting project. Students will learn how to identify specific business challenges, propose appropriate methods of researching these challenges, conduct analysis, and present conclusions and recommendations. Each consulting group (2 or more students) will work with an external client and be expected to manage the relationship with the client from start to finish. The most common types of business research requested by clients have been marketing research studies, marketing plans, business plans, feasibility studies, organizational reviews and industry opportunity surveys.
  • COMM 449 - Governance & Leadership Development Practicum
    This experiential course offers extensive leadership development opportunities through interactive seminars, multi-level mentorship relationships, and community-engaged learning via a not-for-profit Board internship placement. Students are paired with a community-based organization and designated Board Mentor for 8 months, during which time they will serve as non-voting active Board members. In-class seminars will provide relevant knowledge and skill development in areas such as governance, strategy, and leadership.
  • COMM 451 - Integrated Marketing Communications
    This course teaches students the basics of integrated marketing communications: advertising, sales promotion, and public relations. It is a how-to course; by the end of the semester, students will be able to develop a marketing communications campaign from strategic planning to measuring effectiveness. Along the way, we will brush up other skills such as teamwork, creativity, and presenting. In groups, students will have the opportunity in the course to pitch their own IMC campaign for a real client, and have it adopted by the client following the conclusion of the course.
  • COMM 456 - International Marketing
    This course examines the managerial aspects of international marketing activities of the firm. The various decision areas in marketing including marketing research, product policy, pricing, distribution and promotion are considered in an international context. The formulation and implementation of an integrated marketing plan will be taught to students throughout the course through examples and case analysis. The group project challenges students to create an internationally-focused integrated marketing campaign for potentially a real client. 
  • COMM 458 - Branding
    This course will teach students, through a hands-on approach, how to analyze, evaluate and manage a brand. Students will first understand the various theories of branding and how a brand is created and maintained. Through several case studies and discussions, students will examine and apply their knowledge of marketing strategy and branding to solve diverse scenarios for multiple brands. A group project, where students will work with a real client, allows students to experience the challenge in formulating a new brand through data collection, analysis and strategy recommendations. Students will have the opportunity to have their brand adopted by the client following the conclusion of the course.
  • COMM 486 - Case Analysis and Presentation Skills
    Case analysis skills are critical in both academic research, as well as in most real business cases. This course teaches students various skills they need to analyze business cases, develop recommendations, and create implementation plans. Several case studies will be analyzed and presented throughout the course. Students will have the opportunity to attend several workshops to hone their analysis and presentation skills. This course is only open students who are a part of the Edwards JDC West team of the academic year it is being offered.
  • COMM 498 - Research-Based Strategy and Decision Making
    This unique course provides students with the opportunity to study outside of Saskatoon and learn about both research-based decision making and international business culture. The 2017 COMM 498 class was delivered in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and Stuttgart, Germany. Students spent nine days in Germany visiting various businesses and learning about research, market insights, and integrating evidence into decision making processes. Students also gained a greater cultural awareness and both personal and professional development. At the end of the course, students are required to apply their observations and transferable skills by sharing a deliverable with the Saskatchewan business community. 
  • Workshops on Special Topics

    Workshops are offered at least once a semester to all Edwards students. In 2016-2017 EELI offered two workshops: How to Run Effective Meetings and How to File Your Tax Return. The first workshop taught attendees how to improve their skills when chairing or attending meetings and offered a simulation at the end so that students could apply the new knowledge they had gained. The second workshop taught students how to prepare and file their personal tax return. It consisted of a practice portion where the students learned the content, and then provided an opportunity for students to file their own tax returns. Stay tuned to the Latest newsletter for more information each semester.