Sep 26, 2020  
2020-2021 Academic Calendar Mount Royal University 
    
2020-2021 Academic Calendar Mount Royal University

First-Year Advising Guide - Business Administration Certificate


Mount Royal Business Administration certificates are designed for people who have a foundation credential and who wish to specialize in a new area. Each certificate is eight courses - some courses are required, and some are chosen from a list of approved options. In most instances, students pursue the certificates on a part-time basis while working.

Prerequisites and transfer equivalencies
Students must demonstrate that the proper prerequisites are in place before moving on to more senior coursework. If you think you have met a prerequisite based on previously completed course work, you need to ensure your prior courses have been given the specific transfer equivalency stated as a prerequisite. Check your transfer equivalencies on mruGradU8 to see how your previous coursework has been articulated to the Business Administration Certificate. If your prior coursework is currently recognized as unspecified credit (e.g., UNSP 2XXX or ACCT 2XXX), you will not be able to take the higher-level course. You need to submit your course outline(s) (not just the course description), following the process and deadlines outlined here. This can be a lengthy process, so students are encouraged to submit their requests early.

Attending full-time
If you intend to be a full-time student, please review your equivalencies and prerequisites to ensure you have enough courses to choose from to attend full-time. To be a full-time student you must be in at least three courses (nine credits) to a maximum of five courses (15 credits). As higher-level courses require prerequisite courses, you need to ensure you have the prerequisite courses as you plan your semesters. Please note that if you are required to be a full-time student, you may need to register in courses that are not part of your program. The certificates can rarely be completed in one year, due to the laddering of course prerequisites. Additionally, not all courses are offered each term, and many courses are not offered in the optional spring term. You may register for both fall and winter terms at this time. Spring 2021 registration will begin in March 2021.

International students who are required to be full-time to meet the conditions of their visas may need to take courses not in the program to meet the full-time student threshold. Prerequisites must be followed for all courses in the certificates. The certificates can rarely be completed in one year, and the timeline will depend on the articulation of previously completed coursework. If a student has questions about the visa letters provided, they are encouraged to speak directly to the Admissions department.

Course selection


The curriculum for each of the certificates is outlined below.  Find more detailed course descriptions, including prerequisites, in the Mount Royal Academic Calendar under ‘courses’. Admission to a certificate does not guarantee course availability. It is always best to register early, as courses fill quickly.

 

Advanced Accounting


The Business Administration Certificate - Advanced Accounting is designed for individuals with previous work experience who wish to increase their business knowledge or who are seeking a career change. The certificate provides theoretical and practical insight into the field of accounting so you can gain a current and employer-valued background.

The Business Administration Certificate - Advanced Accounting is intended to supplement your present career or allow you to change careers into or within the accounting profession. It also serves as a bridging program for degree holders who need to complete prerequisite courses for entry into the CPA accounting designation program. Please note that the curriculum of our Advanced Accounting Certificate program will not include all of the prerequisite coursework required for admission to the CPA Professional Education Program (PEP) program. Students intending to pursue the CPA PEP post-graduation need to make themselves aware of the CPA student academic achievement requirements for pre-requisite learning for entrance into the PEP program. These academic requirements can be found by visiting the CPA Alberta website.

The diagram below shows the typical course sequence taking into account the need to meet prerequisites:

Required for Admission

  • ACCT 2121 - Financial Accounting Concepts

Students applying for admission to the Advanced Accounting Certificate are required to have successfully completed ACCT 2121 - Financial Accounting Concepts . Because of the sequential (prerequisite) nature of accounting courses, the time required to complete the Advanced Accounting Certificate is typically three to four Fall/Winter semesters (18 months to two years). Most ACCT courses are not offered in the Spring term.

Semester 1 – Fall (September - December)

Semester 2 – Winter (January - April)

Semester 3 – Fall (September - December)

Human Resources


The Business Administration Certificate - Human Resources is designed for individuals who wish to increase their business knowledge or who are seeking a career change. You will take a core group of courses providing a general business background and can then take a variety of options to suit your interests and needs. The certificate will give you both the theoretical and practical insight into the field of human resources and you will gain a current and employer-valued background.

The diagram below shows the typical course sequence taking into account the need to meet prerequisites. Because of the sequential (prerequisite) nature of the courses required for the certificate, the time required to complete the Human Resources Certificate is typically three Fall/Winter semesters (20 months). Most HRES courses are not offered in the Spring term.

Semester 1 – Fall (September - December)

Semester 2 – Winter (January - April)

Semester 3 – Fall (September - December)

 

Marketing


The Business Administration Certificate - Marketing is designed for individuals who wish to increase their business knowledge or who are seeking a career change. You will take a core group of courses providing a general business background and can then take a variety of options to suit your interests and needs. The certificate will give you both the theoretical and practical insight into the field of marketing and management, you will gain a current and employer-valued background.

The diagram below shows the typical course sequence taking into account the need to meet prerequisites. Because of the sequential (prerequisite) nature of the courses required for the certificate, the time required to complete the Marketing Certificate is typically three Fall/Winter semesters (20 months). Most MKTG courses are not offered in the Spring term.

Semester 1 – Fall (September - December)

Semester 2 – Winter (January - April)

Semester 3 – Fall (September - December)

  • Approved Option #4
  • Approved Option #5

Choose from the following list of Approved Options:

Students wishing to focus on marketing creative as part of their certificate are advised to take:

Students wishing to focus on strategic marketing as part of their certificate are advised to take:

Registering for courses


It is your responsibility to register in your courses and ensure that the courses you select meet the program and graduation requirements as outlined in the MRU Academic Calendar and summarized above.

Use the online Academic Calendar to explore possible courses of interest and to check that you meet prerequisites. You will register for courses using the registration system found in mymru.ca, Register & Pay tab.

Visit our Tutorials page for useful videos to guide you on using mymru, our degree audit system (mruGradU8), course descriptions and how to register for your courses.

Tracking your program progress


mruGradU8 is a program audit system and advising tool designed to assist you in reviewing your academic history, identifying requirements you completed and those that are still needed for graduation. As you move through your degree, mruGradU8 will become a great planning tool for you to measure your progress.

You will login to mruGradU8 through your mymru.ca account, under the ‘My Program’ tab. When you click on the icon or follow the link, your audit will open.

In order to ensure that your curriculum is current, please click the ‘Process New’ tab at the top of the audit every time that you login to mruGradU8.

Each semester, information about your course registration will be added to your audit so you can see which courses you register in and which ones you complete. This will be a great tool for you and your advisor to use to ensure that the courses you are taking will meet graduation requirements for your program.

Please visit this page for more information about mruGradU8, including frequently asked questions.

Your advisor


Contact your advisors Heather Ansari or Carmen O’Callaghan via email at businessadvising@mtroyal.ca.