The Specialist (Co-operative) Program in Management and International Business (MIB) is a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) program that combines academic studies with paid work terms in public and private enterprises. Depending on their needs and abilities, students work in areas such as accounting, public administration, communications, economic development, finance, human resources/personnel, information systems, marketing, policy, strategic planning and entrepreneurship.
This Specialist (Co-operative) Program in Management and International Business is designed to give students a broad exposure to all functional areas of Management while providing a unique understanding of the business world in a global context. Academically, the program requires a language development component and a number of specially designed courses emphasizing international business. Through the high-level curricular programming as well as the practical experiences abroad, students will experience an emphasis on cross-cultural communications and leadership, while simultaneously maintaining a quantitative and analytical focus. Students will also have the opportunity to maintain a more general academic approach or use their electives to focus on a specific discipline within the Management Program.
The Program operates on a trimester schedule, featuring three semesters (Fall, Winter and Summer) in each Calendar year. Students work or study in all three semesters for four years, or until graduation requirements are met. The Program requires eight four-month semesters of study and three four-month work terms. At least one of the work terms and one of the study terms must be outside of Canada. Students normally begin with three to five study terms (Fall, Winter and Summer), then alternate study and work terms. Students always conclude their degree with a study term.
Enrolment in this Program is limited.
Most students will be accepted into the program directly from secondary school. Transfer students and current UTSC students may also apply for admission, but generally, only those students who are in the early stages of their academic careers will be considered. Admission is based on the applicant's academic performance as well as a supplementary application, and an interview process. Interviews are held in February, March and April for students who pass the initial screening. Successful students will demonstrate strength in academics, extra-curricular and volunteer activities, as well as an interest in, and focus on, developing global competencies. For further information please see section 6B.5 (Co-operative Programs) in this Calendar and the MIB section of the Management website.
Course Guidelines for Students Admitted to B.B.A. Co-op Programs Directly from High School
Students must complete the following courses in their first year of study: MGTA05H3, MGEA02H3, MGEA06H3, MATA32H3, MATA33H3, MGAB01H3, MGAB02H3, MGIA01H3, MGIB02H3, and MGTA36H3.
Course Guidelines for Students Admitted to B.B.A. Co-op Programs from other UTSC Programs
Students requesting admission after the first year must request ONLY ONE Management Co-op Subject POSt on ACORN. Students may apply at the end of the Winter semester and/or at the end of the Summer semester. Application for admission will be considered only for the round during which the student has made the Subject POSt request.
The minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) for Program admission is calculated for each application period and is based on University of Toronto courses only. Normally, the minimum CGPA requirement for Co-op Programs will be higher than for non Co-op Programs. Decisions are made when all grades have been received.
Students must have completed the following courses (or their equivalent): MGTA01H3, MGTA02H3, MGEA02H3, MGEA06H3, MATA32H3, and MATA33H3. [MATA32H3 and MATA33H3] are strongly recommended, however [MATA29H3/A30H3/A31H3 and MATA35H3/A36H3/A37H3] may also be used to satisfy the calculus requirement. None of the courses listed above (or their equivalent) can be designated as CR/NCR. Of the total credits that students have completed when they apply, at least 4.0 credits must be in University of Toronto courses that have been graded (i.e., not designated as CR/NCR). Students may apply until they have completed up to 10.0 credits. Students who have completed more than 10.0 credits will not be considered for admission to the Program.
Applicants must submit a resume and covering letter to the Management Co-op Office during the limited Subject POSt request period outlined on the Office of the Registrar's website. For information on what to include in your resume and covering letter, visit the Management Co-op website. An interview may also be required.
Most internal admissions to Management Co-op will be done at the end of the Winter semester. Based on availability, a small number of students who apply at the end of the Summer semester may be admitted.
CGPA Requirement to Remain in the Program
Students whose CGPA falls below 2.5 will be placed on probation; Students whose CGPA falls below 2.3 will be removed from Co-op, and students whose CGPA falls below 2.0 will be removed from all BBA programs. A student may request reinstatement to the non Co-op Specialist Program only if they complete at least 2.0 credits (none of which can be designated as CR/NCR) in the following session and raise their CGPA to at least 2.0. This opportunity will be provided only once.
The Program requires the completion of 14.5 to 15.0 credits as part of a twenty-credit B.B.A. degree.
Note: A single course may only be used once to fulfill one of the following requirements:
1. 8.5 to 9.0 credits in Management as follows:
MGIA01H3 Principles of International Marketing
MGTA05H3 Foundations of Business Management or [MGTA01H3 and MGTA02H3]
MGTA36H3 Management Communications for Co-op
MGAB01H3 Introductory Financial Accounting l
MGIB01H3 Global Marketing
MGAB02H3 Introductory Financial Accounting ll
MGIB02H3 International Organizational Behaviour
MGAB03H3 Introductory Management Accounting
MGFB10H3 Principles of Finance
MGIB12H3 International Human Resources
MGIC01H3 International Corporate Strategy
MGIC02H3 International Leadership Skills
MGOC10H3 Analytics for Decision Making
MGFC10H3 Intermediate Finance
MGOC20H3 Operations Management
MGID40H3 Introduction to International Business Law
MGID79H3 International Capstone Case Analysis
3. 3.0 credits in Economics for Management Studies as follows:
MGEA02H3 Introduction to Microeconomics: A Mathematical Approach
MGEA06H3 Introduction to Macroeconomics: A Mathematical Approach
MGEB02H3 Price Theory: A Mathematical Approach
MGEB06H3 Macroeconomic Theory and Policy: A Mathematical Approach
MGEB11H3 Quantitative Methods in Economics I
MGEB12H3 Quantitative Methods in Economics II
4. 2.0 credits in Foreign Languages:
If those courses are taken at UTSC, they would be in either Language (LGG) or French (FRE) courses. For courses taken at UTSC, student language skills will be assessed by the Department of Language Studies before being formally placed in the course. The intent of the requirement is to have gained some proficiency in a foreign language, students should ideally take 2.0 credits in one language or at least 1.5 credits in the same language. Students may, with the permission of the MIB Academic Director, take 1.0 credit in one language and 1.0 credit in another.
If courses are taken elsewhere, they should be courses in language proficiency, or if the student already has some proficiency in the language in question, the course should be in the literature of that language and delivered in that language.
Routes to Specialization
The following routes to specialization are optional; students interested in concentrating in a specific area of study may choose from one of the following:
Accounting: Students interested in obtaining their accreditation in Accounting will require an additional semester to fulfill all of the requirements of a Specialist in Accounting. Students should select courses for the CPA by referencing the Specialist Program in Management and Accounting program in the online Calendar.
Economics: Students interested in Economics should take MGEC61H3 and MGEC62H3 and [an additional 1.0 credit in MGE courses at the C- or D-level, with the exception of MGEC91H3, MGEC92H3 and MGEC93H3].
Finance: Students interested in Finance should take MGFC50H3 in the Fall semester of Year 4 of their study, and an additional 2.0 credits in MGF courses. Taking one more course in Finance allows interested students to acquire a better understanding of the fundamental principles of the area.
Human Resources/Organizational Behaviour: Students interested in Human Resources and Organizational Behaviour should take 2.0 credits in MGH courses.
Marketing: Students interested in Marketing should take 2.0 credits in MGM courses, including 0.5 credit at the D-level.
Strategy & Entrepreneurship: Students interested in Management Strategy should take either MGSC03H3 or MGSC05H3 and an additional 1.0 credit in MGS courses. Students interested in Entrepreneurship should take 2.0 credits in MGS courses that are focused on Entrepreneurship.
Note: In selecting options and electives, students should refer to the guidelines for program breadth and depth found in the Degree Requirements section of this Calendar.
Complementary Elective Courses (optional)
The following are some courses from other departments that can be used to complement the Specialist Program in Management and International Business. Students may want to consider these courses as potential electives. Please note that some of these courses require prerequisites which are not included in this program:
Co-op Work Term Requirements
All Co-op students must take MGTA36H3 prior to the commencement of their first work term. Students are advised to consult regularly with the Academic Director, or the Program Advisor if they have questions regarding course selection and scheduling. It is, however, the students' individual responsibility to ensure that they have completed the correct courses to make them eligible for each work term and that they have correctly completed program and degree requirements for graduation.
Students who apply after the first year and are successful in receiving a June offer to any Management Co-op program will be expected to complete a Co-op Advancing Your Career Exploration (AYCE) course beginning in the third week of June, and continuing throughout the summer.
To compete for a work term a student must maintain a 2.5 CGPA, and must have completed:
1. For the first work term:
a) 7.0 credits, including: [MGTA05H3 or [MGTA01H3 and MGTA02H3], MGEA02H3, MGEA06H3, MGAB01H3, MGAB02H3, MGMA01H3, MGTA36H3, MATA32H3 and MATA33H3. [MATA32H3 and MATA33H3] are strongly recommended, however [MATA29H3/A30H3/A31H3 and MATA35H3/A36H3/A37H3] may also be used to satisfy the calculus requirement.
b) The Management Co-op Advancing Your Career Exploration (AYCE): [COPB13H3 and COPB14H3] or COPB10Y3.
2. For the second work term: 9.0 credits.
3. For the third work term: 11.0 credits.
International Work and Study Term Requirements
Students are required to complete at least one work term outside of Canada. The location of the international placements will vary according to student interest, availability of positions, practicability and safety of an area, as well as established international relationships.
Students are also required to complete one study term outside of Canada, typically in their third year with an approved partner University, and may be required to complete some of the program requirements during this time. Although scholarships may be available, students are expected to budget for the additional costs of studying abroad.
For information on fees and status in Co-op programs, and certification of completion of Co-op programs, see section 6B.5 or the Management Co-op section in the UTSC Calendar.