Commerce is highly flexible, reflecting the diverse business society that students will enter after graduation.
Built on a strong liberal arts foundation, the program provides you with the knowledge and skills necessary to view the business world from different perspectives.
At a Glance
At Mount Allison, Commerce provides you with an experiential and personal approach to business studies.
You'll benefit from small class sizes, one-on-one time with your professors, frequent interaction with fellow students, opportunities to gain real-world experience, and Mount Allison’s strong links to the business world.
You'll study a variety of business areas, such as:
The program is designed to give all students, regardless of your areas of concentration, a strong undergraduate foundation in the key disciplines of management education.
Students will be challenged both inside and outside the classroom to develop the problem-solving and decision-making skills that are essential to successful business enterprises.
Course work may include:
- developing an entrepreneurial business plan, obtaining funding, and beginning operations of a functioning business
- linking by e-mail to a university in another country to compare marketing strategies and experience cross-cultural business practices
- developing marketing plans for real businesses
- analyzing business cases
At Mount Allison, there are different degree options in Commerce depending on your interests and career goals.
Bachelor of Commerce (BComm)
The Bachelor of Commerce degree combines:
- Commerce degree core requirements (42 credits)
- Commerce electives (27 credits)
You'll also be required to minor in a discipline outside of Commerce in order to help expand your perspective on the world. You can choose any program offered as a minor.
- BComm honours
- BComm honours in Economics
Bachelor of Commerce (BComm) in Aviation
Our BComm — Aviation in conjunction with MFC Training is designed for students who wish to combine aviation training with business studies.
In addition to a bachelor's degree, Aviation students graduate with:
- a Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL)
- a multi-engine class rating
- a Group 1 instrument rating
For more details, see Aviation.
Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Commerce
A Bachelor of Arts in Commerce also includes courses from the core Commerce requirements.
As a BA student, you'll have more flexibility to combine your Commerce major (60 credits) with complementary courses from other disciplines.
Minor in Commerce
A Commerce minor (24 credits) can be combined with any degree program.
What's the difference between a BComm and a BA in Commerce?
COMM 1011 — Applications in Business Studies
This course introduces core elements and functions of businesses and organizations (herein, organizations) in contemporary society. It considers internal and external influences, pressures and demands on organizations to understand and critically reflect on the contexts in which they operate. It introduces different business and organizational structures, functions, and considers issues of competition and collaboration within and between businesses and stakeholder groups (including governments, sectors/industries, unions and the workforce).
COMM 2101 — Introductory Financial Accounting I
This course introduces the accounting model and analysis of Financial Statements and the important concepts associated with them.
COMM 22021 — Fundamentals of Marketing
This course stresses the meaning of products and services to the consumer recognizing that a consumer orientation is essential for effective decision making. Students have the opportunity to develop fundamental skills in analysis, report writing, and presentations.
COMM 2301 — Organizational Behaviour I
This course focuses on the micro aspects of organizational behaviour. It emphasizes human needs, motivation, perception, individual differences, personality, job design, work attitudes, performance appraisal, and stress management. The objective is to ensure that potential managers interact more effectively with subordinates, peers, and superiors in the organizational setting.
COMM 3361 — Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation
This course examines the process of business venture creation and start-up and of the role of the entrepreneur in this process. Topics include business opportunity assessment, the structure and function of the business plan, new venture financing, and the legal and regulatory aspects of start-up.
COMM 4521 — Corporate Finance
Financial concepts and techniques applied to problems such as working capital management, financial planning, capital budgeting, capital structure, cost of capital, and mergers and acquisitions.
COMM 4301 — Arts and Culture Management
This course examines unique factors that affect management decisions in the arts and culture sector, such as governance, organizational structure, community engagement, public pressure for accountability, fundraising needs and the desire of nations to develop the sector. It takes an interdisciplinary, applied approach to resolving management issues in a broad range of arts and culture organizations including art galleries, museums and performing arts programs.
COMM 4251 — Sports Marketing
This course examines the sports marketing industry in relation to amateur sports, professional leagues, media, endorsements by athletes, corporate sponsorship, and the revenue streams associated with sport. It considers how effective marketing strategies can be created for sporting properties, and also how sport is used as a vehicle to market non-sport products. There is an emphasis on understanding and applying the conceptual and theoretical bases of sport marketing to actual sports organizations and their business strategies.
COMM 4381 — Business of Aviation
This course explores a range of issues in the aviation industry in which decision making has to balance strategic and tactical thinking against moral and ethical implications under constraints of time.
Find a full list of Commerce courses in our Academic Calendar — Commerce
Whether you're entering the job market or continuing your education, your Mount Allison degree will stand out.
Mount Allison has been recognized by Maclean's as the top primarily undergraduate university in Canada more times than any other university.
With experiential learning and career development opportunities available in every degree, you'll also graduate with hands-on learning and on-the-job experience.
Our graduates also boast extraordinarily high acceptance rates to top graduate programs and professional schools such as law and medicine.
Popular career paths for Commerce graduates include:
- bank manager
- business/budget analyst
- supply chain analyst
- advertising/brand manager
- marketing research analyst
- business development officer
- human resources generalist/specialist
- compensation analyst
- project manager
- investment analyst/banker
- investment advisor/financial planner
- securities analyst/trader
- financial accountant
- industrial/management accountant
- international business developer
Melissa Corkum ('94)
Bachelor of Commerce, Economics
Chief, Polio and Communications Officer at UNICEF
What I loved most about the Commerce program was the welcoming and engaging student environment, as well as the opportunity to become involved. At Mount Allison you are part of a community, one that encourages student and academic success, especially within the Commerce program where peer and faculty support and relationships are so strong.
The Commerce program provided me with a strong knowledge of many skills that will be instrumental for furthering my career. People skills, quantitative skills, and the ability to communicate effectively within groups. Students who enjoy dynamic courses and experiential opportunities will excel in this program.
Ron Joyce Centre for Business Studies
The Ron Joyce Centre for Business Studies strives to be recognized as Canada's premier destination for undergraduate business education.
The Centre focuses on developing partnerships with businesses to provide Commerce students with hands-on learning opportunities, including:
- paid internships
- alumni career mentorships
- field trips
- case and business plan competitions
- international exchanges
- student clubs and conferences
- projects with businesses and community organizations
- entrepreneurship opportunities
- service learning opportunities
Mount A is 3rd in National Academic Awards won by students
A high percentage of Mount Allison’s graduating students move on to graduate programs or professional schools such as law and medicine. Maclean’s ranks Mount Allison third in the number of students who have won national academic awards. To date, 55 Mount Allison students have become Rhodes Scholars.