Academic Services at Edwards

Academic advising is a partnership and shared responsibility between each student and their advisor. It helps you develop an educational plan that fits your abilities, interests, personal circumstances and career goals. Current students receive one-on-one guidance on a wide range of academic, administrative, and social concerns, as well as referrals to other college advisors and university services. 

Please note: all appointments are currently being held remotely either via WebEx or telephone due to COVID-19 and all campus buildings being closed.

To make an appointment or view our drop-in schedule for Edwards students you can use our online system, call (306) 966-4785 or drop by in person at the office in room 185. 

  • Academic Advising Syllabus
    The academic and career advising syllabus outlines the role of an Edwards advisor, supports for Edwards international students, Edwards Career Services, and the student. Familarize youself with the syllabus for success in each year of your Edwards B. Comm.
  • Book with an Advisor

    To make an appointment or view our drop-in schedule for Edwards students you can use our online system, call (306) 966-4785 or drop by in person at the office in room 185. 

  • B.Comm. Degree Audit Record

    Edwards students are responsible for their progression to degree completion.

    Students can now view their degree progression online with their official B.Comm. degree audit record (folder report). The folder report indicates the classes you have completed, classes in which you are currently registered and classes that are still remaining in your program.

    All undergraduate students at the U of S also have access to a self-serve degree audit record in PAWS, through a program called Degree Works. Please note that Degree Works is not your official record. Your official record is maintained by the Edwards Student & Faculty Services Office, using custom in-house software.

    If you notice any discrepancies between this official record and information found in Degree Works, please contact us.

  • Non-Commerce Electives

    Non-Commerce electives are an opportunity to take something outside of business that interests you. We checked to see what other B.Comm. students have taken to fill elective requirements and here are the most popular choices! If you have questions about a possible elective that isn’t on the list, please contact undergrad@edwards.usask.ca to check with an academic advisor.

    List of Non-Commerce Electives

  • Program Planning

    This information does not pertain to first-year students. 

    All students who need to request a major AND all second, third and fourth year students who are planning to take classes in 2021-22 must complete a program plan in January 2021.

    January 19-29, 2021: Second, third and fourth year students (who are not graduating at the end of April) plan for spring and summer 2021 and the 2021-22 year (both terms).

    Please check back in January 2021 for up-to-date information on 2021-22 program planning.

    Release of Classes Fact Sheet for 2020

    2020-21 Program Planner

  • Second Year Advising

    Students in the Bachelor of Commerce degree program request permission to enter a major in second year. You can choose one of six majors: accounting, finance, human resources, management, marketing or supply chain management (previously operations management).

    Five of the majors are restricted and access is based on cumulative average, of all classes taken at USask and applied to the B.Comm. degree, to the end of Term 1 in second year (or the year in which a student applies for a major). The only major available to all students is Management.

    The first two years of the B.Comm. program are common for all students (except those pursuing the B.Comm./JD degree program). The majority of required courses introduce students to business principles. Students choose non-Commerce electives from other colleges in order to develop a general base of knowledge in various disciplines.

    The last two years of the B.Comm. program are designed to provide a focused education in a particular field with electives that complement and supplement the major choice. Students also choose their free senior electives (300+ COMM and 200+ non-Commerce courses).

    Second Year Advising Booklet

    Bachelor of Commerce Majors

  • Tutor List

    Need a little extra help on your courses? Take a look at the Edwards Tutor List

    Looking for help in MATH 121. The university offers free drop-in Math & Stats help in the Murray Library. A list of private tutors for Math & Stats help can be found here

Money Matters

  • Scholarships, Awards, and Bursaries

    Edwards School of Business Scholarships, Awards, and Bursaries 

    The Edwards School of Business Scholarship Committee administers a number of scholarships and bursaries for both entering and continuing students. Awards have specific criteria based on academic achievement, financial need, student background, and leadership skills. The awards are divided into two groups with application deadlines being March 31st and September 30th annually.

    Through the generosity of alumni and friends, these scholarships, awards and bursaries amount to over $1.4 million annually ranging from $200 - $10,000 each.

    Whether you are a continuing student or an entering student, we have a number of awards that you can apply for. For detailed information please review all University of Saskatchewan Scholarships and Bursaries. There are general awards and there are Edwards specific awards, so to find the Edwards awards simply type “Edwards” in the search for awards section to find what you are looking for.

    If you are required to complete the Financial Need Calculator for Edwards School of Business awards, you can log in using your NSID and password. The Financial Need Calculator which is currently open is the "Financial Need Calculator - 2020-2021 Academic Year". All of the financial information gathered will be for the period of May 2020 - April 2021. The Pre-study Term is May 1, 2020 - August 31, 2020 and the Study Term is September 1, 2020- April 30, 2021.

    Award recipients are recognized annually at an Awards Reception hosted by Edwards School of Business, November of each year. Recipients, donors and guests are invited to attend the event where Edwards celebrates the student's achievements.

    EDWARDS AWARD APP

    University of Saskatchewan Scholarships, Awards, & Bursaries 

    The University of Saskatchewan offers scholarships and bursaries for both entering and continuing students. Awards are open to students based on academic achievement, financial need, and contributions to school and community life. There are also awards that recognize students from particular backgrounds, acknowledge contributions to certain clubs, and reward outstanding achievement in music or athletics.

    CONTINUING STUDENTS APP

  • Tuition & Related Costs

    For current tuition information and International tuition rates, as well as information on textbooks, insurance and income tax deductions, visit:

  • Financial Appeals

    Students who have to withdraw from a class due to extenuating circumstances can request to have their tuition reviewed and possibly reduced.

    More information is available on the University's Financial Appeals webpage or in PAWS -- Academics Tab -- Appeals Channel.

  • Financial Aid
  • Co-Curricular Funding

    The Co-Curricular Fund was established in 2014-15. It is meant to encourage students to pursue extra activities outside of the classroom to enhance the student experience while studying at the Edwards School of Business.

    Purpose

    The purpose of this fund is to provide financial assistance to undergraduate students to enable them to participate in:

    • academic-related conferences,
    • academic competitions,
    • professional development events (must be general skills development in nature and not linked to receipt of a professional designation i.e. Project Management Professional, Certificate Professional in Accounting),
    • student memberships to professional associations,
    • And other university activities or student organized academic events.

    Funding Eligibility & Criteria

    Students may not submit more than one request for funding per term. The activity must occur during the term students are applying for the funding i.e. apply in October for case competition that happens in November. Any requests received after the application deadline will not be considered. Group activities that receive funding from other sources are not eligible, i.e. JDC West. Amounts of funding vary depending on number of requests each term, always based on percentages and the amount of the request. However, the target percentage is 50-75% of amount requested up to a maximum of $800. Funding decisions are at the full discretion of the Co-Curricular Committee. In the event that students do not attend or take part in the approved co-curricular activity the funds cannot be re-distributed to other activities the student is participating in.

    Application Requirements

    The application period to apply for co-curricular funding is currently twice per year, in Term 1 (September 15 – October 15) and Term 2 (January 15 – February 15). The application is open for the entire month each term. Students are required to complete an application form which includes a description of the activity, why the activity is important and a budget breakdown.

    Further details, including the application, are included in the weekly newsletter 'The Latest' which is sent out by the Edwards Student & Faculty Services Office prior and during each application period.

    Submit your Co-curricular Receipt of Funding Form

Regulations

  • Academic Appeals, Regulations and Procedures
    Students are expected to familiarize themselves with university regulations and procedures:

    Students requiring any clarification or interpretation of the regulations should contact the Director of Undergraduate & Certificate Programs.

  • Dean's Honour Roll

    Every year, the Dean of the Edwards School of Business honours those students who have an average of 75% or higher by sending them a letter of congratulations on their academic performance. Recognition for this accomplishment is also posted on the Dean’s Honour Roll plaque displayed within the Nutrien Centre.

    Academic Requirements - 1st, 2nd, 3rd year
    Average of 75% or higher on at least 24 credits taken between September and April each academic year.

    Academic Requirements - 4th year
    Spring Graduates - 75% on at least 15 credits taken between September and April in their fourth year.
    Fall Graduates - 75% on at least 24 credits between September and April in their fourth year.

    Students in the Study Abroad program are considered if they take at least 24 credits between U of S and study abroad courses. The average is calculated on U of S courses only.

    Students in the Edwards Co-operative Education program 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 for this purpose). The average is calculated on Term 1 grades only.

  • Class Release and Overrides
    For more information about class releases and overrides view this document
  • Exams

    Final exams are scheduled by the Registrar and the Exam Schedule is posted here.

    Students who are unable to write a final exam due to illness or other extenuating circumstances should apply to their home college for a deferred exam within 3 business days of the missed exam.

    Please consult Edwards Regulations on Examinations & Academic Performance document for details regarding deferred and supplemental exams.

  • Faculty Actions

    All students in the Bachelor of Commerce program are expected to maintain a yearly average1 of 60% or higher to remain in good standing.

    Students who attempt a minimum of 18 credit units and earn a yearly average below 60% or fail 50% of their classes will be assigned a Faculty Action.

    Students who attempt less than 18 credit units and earn a yearly average below 60% will receive a Partial Warning.

    1 Edwards calculates the yearly average using all courses attempted from May to April on an annual basis.
  • Graduation

    Students are eligible to receive the Bachelor of Commerce (B. Comm.) degree once you have passed all courses required for degree completion with a grade of 50% or higher and earned a cumulative, major and current year weighted average (May 1-April 30) of at least 60.00%. We do not round averages. Contact an advisor if you would like more information on how we calculate averages. 

    Students who finish their degree in December or April are spring graduates and should apply to graduate on or before March 31. Those who finish in June or August are fall graduates and need to apply on or before August 31. You can apply to graduate through PAWS.

    Students will receive their B. Comm. degree with Distinction if they meet the minimum standards for graduates and earn a cumulative average of 75.00-79.99%. 

    Those who earn a cumulative average of 80.00% and above in addition to meeting minimum standards will receive their degree with Great Distinction. 

    For students in the B.Comm./JD combined degree program, the cumulative average requirement must be achieved in the 90 credit units taken in the Edwards School of Business and the grades earned in the second year of Law.

  • Repeating Courses

    As of June 1, 2018 The Edwards School of Business has changed the repeat rule to the following:

    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 UofS course would still be included. They would have to retake the class at the UofS 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 highest).

    As of the 2014-15 academic year, students may receive credit for COMM 102 as an equivalent course to COMM 101. Students who have completed COMM 102 prior to 101 but performed better in 101 will receive credit for 101 toward the B. Comm. program.

  • Visiting Another Institution
    It is expected that Edwards students will take the classes laid out in the Bachelor of Commerce curriculum. Prior approval for exception to these requirements and expectations must be received from the Edwards Undergraduate Studies Committee.

    A student may alternatively receive approval to take up to 50% of the program at another university while registered in the Edwards School of Business.

    Procedure for Requesting Permission to Take a Course at Another Institution
    Prior to registering for a course at another institution, students must receive permission for the Edwards School of Business to take a course as a visiting student. Students must submit a written appeal to the Edwards Academic Affairs Committee asking for special permission. The appeal letter can be dropped off at the Edwards Student & Faculty Services Office - Room 185 or emailed to undergrad@edwards.usask.ca.

    The written appeal should include:

    • The student’s name, student number (8 digits), and current mailing address
    • The name of the course and the institution that the student wants to take the course through
    • The course for which it is to be substituted for in the B.Comm. degree program
    • The time frame in which the student intends to complete the course(s)
    • The reason why the student wants to take the course(s) from another institution

    The request will be evaluated by the Committee and a written response will be sent by mail to the address on file. Once the student has completed the class at the specified institution, they must ensure that an official transcript is sent to the Edwards School of Business for the transfer credit to take effect.

    U of S Transfer Credit - list of previously granted transfer credit from select post-secondary institutions 

    Note: This is not a comprehensive list of transfer credit. The Edwards School of Business will evaluate course outlines from external institutions that have not been previously evaluated if they are submitted with the visiting student request letter.

Specialized Programs

  • Co-operative Education Program

    The Edwards Co-operative Education 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
    If you are interested in applying for admission to the Edwards Co-operative Education Program, you must submit your application form in CareerLink (School of Business tab). The application process opens each year in late November and closes the 2nd week of January. Once admitted, the student must complete a minimum of 9 credit units towards your major and have completed 90 credit units or less (transfer students are allowed no more than 99 credit units) towards your degree by December of the Co-op admission year.

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

    Important Notes:

    • 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
    • Students must remain in good academic standing (minimum 60% yearly and cumulative average in all classes used for degree purposes with no faculty actions)

    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

    Honours Application Form      Available Faculty

    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.

  • Global Business

    There are two global business credentials that B.Comm. students can pursue - the Global Business Stream (GBS) and/or the Advanced Global Business Stream (GBSA).

    All academic classes within the streams are taught by fully-qualified faculty instructors. The Forum for International Trade Training (FITT) 'Going Global' Workshops are also taught by qualified instructors who hold the Certified International Trade Professional (CITP) designation - the highest mark of professionalism in international trade and the leading designation of its kind.

    FITT has trained such reputable organizations as the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, Export Development Canada and Business Development Bank of Canada and has conducted the 'Going Global' Workshops in Canada for over 20 years.

  • 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 Program

    Business & 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 typically 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. The Clinical Law Practicum and Clinical Law Seminar cannot be used toward B.Comm. requirements; students pursuing this option will complete their B.Comm. degree after third year Law. 

    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 & Agriculture 

    A combined B.COMM./B.S.A. degree can be achieved in six years or less by selecting appropriate courses and electives in the Agriculture BSA. program. Students wishing to pursue Agriculture and Business should originally apply to the College of Agriculture.

    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. 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.

  • Edwards Experiential Learning Initiative

    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.