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Why study Commerce at Dalhousie?

Our School of Business offers one of the few mandatory commerce co-op programs in Canada and provides the opportunity to gain "real world" business experience. Dalhousie has offered its Commerce degree for more than 80 years, and it has been a co-op program for 20 years. It's also accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).


Accredited by AACSB International

Only 15% of the world's business schools hold this distinction.

You'll complete three mandatory co-op work terms and have the option of graduating with a general commerce co-op degree or declaring one of seven major options.

Co-op work terms allow you to develop valuable skills, gain workplace experience, build a network of professional contacts and gain greater self-confidence before you begin your career—all while earning a pay cheque.

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Get a glimpse of the student experience you'll enjoy when you choose to enrol in Commerce.

Program details

Bachelor of Commerce (BComm)

Program options

Visit the Academic Calendar to view program options.

Your first two years are dedicated to core courses in accounting, finance, marketing, statistics, and organizational behaviour. In your third and fourth years, you'll choose electives to tailor your degree to your strengths and interests. Choose from one of seven majors below to focus on your area of interest, or stay flexible by doing a general degree without a major.

Major in Accounting

Learn the judgment and technical skills needed for external financial reporting and developing internal information used for management planning and control. Graduates may pursue careers in the accounting department of a specific company, or in a professional services (public accounting) firm. Accounting majors will often continue their studies after graduation and complete a professional designation (CA, CMA or CGA). Courses taken at Dalhousie earn exemptions from these professional associations.

Learn more about the requirements to major in Accounting.

Major in Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship prepares students to start their own business, acquire a business, act entrepreneurially in a large organization or provide services to the entrepreneurial community.

Learn more about the requirements to major in Entrepreneurship.

Major in Finance

Gain an understanding of both corporate finance and investments in such areas as securities analysis, portfolio theory, risk management, the operation and regulation of security markets and financial institutions, international finance and applied techniques of financial management.

Learn more about the requirements to major in Finance.

Major in International Business

An interdisciplinary major that will provide students with basic problem-solving and analytical tools, while exploring specific international areas of interest. Choose a regional focus selected from the Americas, the European Union, Russia and Eastern Europe, Asia or developing nations.

Learn more about the requirements to major in International Business.

Major in Managing People and Organizations

Explore the dynamics involved in managing a workforce in today's business environment. A business management major develops knowledge of organizational design and change, cultural differences in the workforce, labour relations, ethics and international management.

Learn more about the requirements to major in Managing People and Organizations.

Major in Supply Chain and Logistics Management

From procurement to production, and to the final delivery of goods and services, Supply Chain and Logistics Management encompasses, within and among the extended enterprises, a coordinated operation of all business functions, which aims to fulfill customer orders at the right time and place. With experiential learning our unique major prepares students for the professional workforce in the global marketplace. Upon successful completion of this major, students will be confident in framing supply chain and logistics problems and in using analytics to derive effective and efficient managerial decisions that are values-based and sustainable.

Learn more about the requirements to major in Supply Chain and Logistics Management.

Major in Marketing Management

Learn about the factors that influence consumer behavior and how to collect and use information about the marketplace, while developing abilities to solve marketing problems. This area provides an opportunity for students to be both creative and analytical.

Learn more about the requirements to Major in Marketing Management.

 

A number of certificate options can be taken as a supplement to your degree:

Intercultural Communication Certificate

This certificate recognizes academic learning, volunteer and work experience, and language skills related to the effective use of communication in diverse cultural contexts, an important skill set needed for career development in a global market. Find out more at the Intercultural Communication Certificate website.

Interdisciplinary Health Studies Certificate

With this certificate you will learn about the breadth of study that is connected with health: social, psychological, physical and spiritual influences on health and avenues for social, physical and political change, while developing essential information gathering, management, analysis, interpretation and communication skills. Find out more at the Interdisciplinary Health Studies Certificate website.

Certificate in Disability Management

As a graduate of the Dalhousie Certificate in Disability Management you will be eligible to work in the field of disability management, and once you gain some work  experience, to apply for voluntary national certification exams. For aspiring human resource professionals, this specialized certificate will provide you with the tools and confidence to negotiate new hires and develop return-to-work plans for employees with accommodation needs. Find out more at the Certificate in Disability Management website.