Honours Specialization BA / Ivey BA Honors Business Administration

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Combined Ivey–Psychology Program

Purpose: The combined Psychology-Ivey program allows students to complete all the requirements of the Honours BA in Psychology and the Honours Business Administration degree in a 5-year time frame.  The training provided by the HBA program prepares students graduating with a HSP in Psychology to compete for professional careers in the administration of agencies that provide mental health and social services, or alternatively, enhances their preparation for graduate training in business related fields of Psychology (e.g., Industrial/Organizational Psychology).

FIRST YEAR Requirements:

To be eligible for admission to the Honours Specialization in Psychology program-BA, students must complete 5.0 first-year courses by May 1, with no failures, and must have an average of at least 75% in 3.0 principal courses, with no mark in these principal courses below 60% (HOWEVER, because this is a competitive program, the cut-off average is usually well above the minimum of 75%; it is currently in the lower 80’s, around 83%). 2.0 of the principal courses must include the Psychology and Mathematics courses listed below. The 1.0 additional principal course will be any 1.0 credits worth of courses, other than Psychology or Mathematics, in which the student receives the highest final mark(s).

1.0 courses from: both of Psychology 1002A/B AND Psychology 1003A/B (or Psychology 1000)
0.5 course from: Data Science 1000A/B
0.5 course from: Calculus 1000A/B, Calculus 1301A/B, Calculus 1500A/B, Mathematics 1225A/B, Mathematics 1228A/B, Mathematics 1229A/B, Mathematics 1600A/B, or Applied Mathematics 1201A/B. Mathematics 1228A/B is recommended.


1.       Psych 1002+1003 (or Psych 1000)

2.       0.5 Data Sci.1000 + 0.5 First Yr Math

3.       Other Year 1 courses            

4.       Other Year 1 courses

5.       Other Year 1 courses                 

Module Requirements:

1.0 courses:  Psychology 2801F/G (min 70%) and 2802F/G (min 75%)

1.0 courses:  Psychology 2811A/B (min 70%) and 2812A/B (min 75%)

0.5 course from:
  Psychology 2100-2299 series.

0.5 course from:
  Psychology 2300-2799 series.

1.0 course from:
  Business Administration 2257

10 x 0.75 courses from: Business Administration 3300K, 3301K, 3302K, 3303K, 3304K, 3311K, 3316K, 3321K, 3322K, 3323K

0.5 course:  Psychology 3801F/G (must be taken prior to Thesis Course)

0.5 Research course from:
Psychology 3184F/G, 3185F/G, 3285F/G, 3480F/G, 3485F/G, 3580F/G, 3780F/G, 3840F/G (must be taken prior to Thesis Course)

0.5 course from:
  Psychology 3100-3299 (exclud. Research courses above)

0.5 course from:  Psychology 3300-3799 (exclud. Research courses above)

1.0 course from:
  Psychology 2000-3999 (exclud. Research courses above)

0.5 course:  Business Administration 4505

0.5 course from:  Business Administration 4538, 4539, 4588, 4625

0.5 course:  Business Administration 4624

1.0 course:  Business Administration 4569

1.0 courses from:  Psychology 3000-4999 (exclud. Research courses above)

0.5 course from:  Psychology 4000-4995

0.5 course from:  Psychology 2100-4999

1.0 course: Psychology 4850E

2.5 courses from:  Business Administration Electives



If you are fulfilling your 2nd year Statistics requirement in the Psychology Hon. Spec. module with a 2nd year Statistics course taught in another department that is antirequisite to Psychology 2811A/B, then you MUST replace it with 0.5 credit course in Psychology numbered 2100 or higher.  In other words, you need fully 9.0 pure Psychology credits at the second year level and higher for the Psychology Hon. Spec B.A.  You must also receive a grade of 70% or higher in the alternative stats course.   

Subsidiary Courses: 3.0 Non-Psychology and Non-Bus.Admin. courses 

Progression Requirements: Students who are enrolled in a Psychology Honours Specialization module must maintain a minimum modular average of 75%, with minimum grades of 70% in both Psychology 2801F/G and Psychology 2811A/B, minimum grades of 75% in both Psychology 2802F/G and Psychology 2812A/B, and no mark below 60% in any of the other modular courses to progress in this module.  If taking an antirequisite to Psychology 2811A/B, they must have a minimum grade of 70% in that alternative statistics course.  

Late Entrance Requirements: Students who wish to enter this module after Years 2 or 3 must have a minimum cumulative average of 75% in their last 10.0 courses and meet the Progression Requirements listed above.  However, because this is a competitive program, the cut-off entry average is usually in the lower 80’s, around 83%.

YEAR 2, 3 4, and 5

6. Psych 2801F/G + Psych 2802F/G
7. Psych 2811A/B + Psych 2812A/B
8. Psych 2100-2299 + Psych 2300-2799
9. Bus. Admin. 2257
10. Option
11. Bus.Admin 0.75 credit + Bus.Admin 0.75 credit
12. Bus.Admin 0.75 credit + Bus.Admin 0.75 credit
13. Bus.Admin 0.75 credit + Bus.Admin 0.75 credit
14. Bus.Admin 0.75 credit + Bus.Admin 0.75 credit
15. Bus.Admin 0.75 credit + Bus.Admin 0.75 credit

16. Psych 3801F/G + Psych “Res. In”
17. Psych 3100-3299 + Psych 3300-3799
18. Psych 2000-3999
19. Bus.Admin. 4505 + 0.5 4538/4539/4588/4625
20. Bus.Admin. 4624 + 0.5 Bus Admin electives
21. Bus.Admin. 4569

22. Psych 4850E
23. Psych 3000-4999
24. Psych 4000-4995 / Psych 2100-4999
25. Bus.Admin. Electives
26. Bus.Admin. Electives

You are responsible for the accuracy and completeness of your program.

NOTE:  If taking more than 10.0 courses in Psychology (including the first year Psych 1000), students need to consider the impact this may have on their other module.

NOTE:  The Honours programs in Psychology have limited enrolment.  In cases where the number of applicants exceeds the number of available spaces, entry into the program will be competitive; students who meet the minimum requirements may be refused admission.

Please note that this is the Psychology component of your degree only.  For information on complete degree requirements, please refer to the official Western Academic Calendar.

All degrees require 1.0 Social Science course (A), 1.0 Arts & Humanities course (B), 1.0 Science course (C) and 2.0 essay courses.