Western University

Honours of Business Administration (HBA)- Ivey


Founded on March 7, 1878 by Bishop Isaac Hellmuth of the Anglican Diocese of Huron, Western originally had 4 faculties: law, medicine, arts, and divinity. Since the first graduating class in 1883, Western has grown to 36,000 students, 12 faculties, and more than 400 available specializations.
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Details and Information

Academic Profile

Western is considered one of the best universities in Canada, ranking 7th best in our nation, and 257th worldwide in the 2011 QS World University Rankings. Bloomberg Businessweek 2010 individually ranked the Richard Ivey Business school the 2nd best in Canada, and 6th best outside of the USA. Western is a Publicly funded research university and a member of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada. It has 30,655 undergraduate students, and 5,297 graduate students. It's twelve faculties are as follows:

  • Arts & Humanities
  • Don Wright Faculty of Music
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
  • Health Sciences
  • Information and Media Studies
  • Law
  • Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry
  • Science
  • Social Science
  • Richard Ivey School of Business

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Campus Overview

Western is located in London Ontario, and its campus covers 445 Hectares of land. It is mostly surrounded by residential neighbourhoods. Western road, which runs North to South through campus is the main transportation route.
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Campus Life

The campus environment at western is lively and thriving due to the many opportunities for students to enjoy the wide array of activities that are at their disposal.

Living on Campus

Living on residence at Western costs $5,940-$6,970 for double accommodation, or

$6,670-$8,180 for single accommodation. The price includes the room, laundry card and light housekeeping. Reznet costs an additional $360.

Meal plans cost $4,040 - $4,600, and and be modified on campus with an official.

Tuitions and Fees

The most expensive courses at Western are Dentistry, Business & Commerce, Medicine, Law, and Computer and Electrical Software Engineering. Most other program hover at the same cost as each-other. Please see the chart below for more details.

(note: the extra fees make up $1,238.71 of yearly tuition at Western)

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Scholarship Opportunities

There are 8 possible scholarships to receive from Western, either renewable or non-renewable. 5 of the 8 require an application, while 3 do not. Please see below for more information.
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What is Ivey?

The Richard Ivey school of business is a faculty of Western University, formerly known as the school of business administration. It was added to the university in 1949 and contributed to the school's growth after the second world war. It offers full-time undergraduate (HBA), MBA, MSc, and PhD programs.

Honours Business Administration (HBA) at Ivey School of Business

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Program Outline

The HBA is arguably one of the most interesting undergraduate programs at Western University. It involves the first two years of university spent studying whatever interests you, and the second two spent studying business. After two years of Ivey, students have the option to do fifth year of schooling and claim an undergraduate in the degree they were studying in their first two years of schooling as well. (this is only if they were studying in a faculty at Western or Huron) After these 5 years, students leave the program with an HBA and another undergraduate degree in what they have chosen to study, ultimately getting 2 undergraduate degrees in 5 years. Tuition fees vary for the first two years depending on what one studies, and line up with the yearly Business and Commerce costs for years 3 and 4.
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Admission Methods and Requirements

AEO: Advanced Entry Opportunity- Secondary (High School) Students

High school students can apply to the HBA program and receive pre-admission status. This available to students who study at Western or an affiliate of Western for their first two years of university schooling.

Requirements are:

  • a 90%+ average in their final year of secondary school
  • completion of a university-level math course
  • a demonstration of leadership in extracurricular activities, community involvement, and work experience

Maintaining AEO Status

AEO students must maintain a certain level of achievement to be allowed to progress into year 3 at Ivey.


  • the must have a full course load (5 full credits) each year at Western during the academic year
  • they must achieve a two-year overall average of at least 80% in 10 full university credits with no failed courses
  • they must enroll in a module and take 2 of the required courses in the module, plus Business Administration 2257 (achieving no less than 70%) in year 2
  • all year 2 courses must be senior level (code in the 2000s)
  • they must complete the equivalent of a grade 12 u-level math course if not taken in high-school
  • they must complete an AEO update form between years 1 and 2, and an 'intent to register" from between years 2 and 3

University Student Applicants

University students can apply directly to Ivey HBA during their second of higher year of full-time study.

Applicants Must:

  • Complete at least years 1&2 at Western or another university, but must maintain a course load equivalent to 10 Western courses each year, achieving a minimum average of 70% in the courses completed including Business 2257
  • complete a secondary school U-level Math course
  • achieve a minimum of 70% in Business 2257 or an equivalent

A Strong HBA application also includes:

  • leadership demonstration (as stated earlier)
  • preferably an average of 80%+ as opposed to the minimum 70%

First Two University Years

These may be spent studying in any faculty at either Western or another recognized university. At Western, 3 Pre-Ivey business electives are offered, with the only required course for entry being Business 2257.
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First Year at Ivey

After your first year at Ivey, you’ll have covered the essentials of what every good manager needs to know and be able to do. Ivey's HBA1 will help you define your career goals and develop a job strategy. It consists of 11 core courses, each worth 0.75 credits. (8.25 total credits without elective courses)

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