Aboriginal Business
Administration Certificate (ABAC)

Overview

The Edwards School of Business is just the right size. We offer exemplary students an AACSB-accredited education in a welcoming classroom environment. Our classes facilitate learning and interaction with faculty and other students. Situated on Treaty 6 Territory and the Homeland of the Métis, the Edwards School of Business provides social and professional activities business students crave.

The Aboriginal Business Administration Certificate (ABAC) is designed for self-declared Métis, First Nation, and Inuit students. The certificate is a gradual step towards a successful career in business with an option to transfer into the B.Comm. degree program upon completion. It provides students with an introduction to business including courses in accounting, marketing, finance, and human resource management and also incorporates significant student success activities.

What will I study?

Here is what a typical schedule might look like:

  • Term 1 (Sept - Dec)
    Course Number Course Name
    COMM 101.3 Introduction to Business
    COMM 115.0

    Business School Life I (Math Skills, English Writing Skills, Group Work)

    COMM 119.3 Skills for Academic Success
    ECON 111.3 Introductory Microeconomics
    ENG 1XX.3 One of English 111, 112, 113, 114
  • Term 2 (Jan - April)
    Course Number Course Name
    COMM 100.3 Business Communications
    COMM 105.3 Intro to Organizational Behaviour
    COMM 115.0 Business School Life I
    ECON 114.3 Introductory Macroeconomics
    Non-Commerce Elective 3 c.u. of Social Sciences or Humanities
  • Term 3 (Sept - Dec)
    Course Number Course Name
    COMM 120.0 Business School Life II
    COMM 201.3 Intro to Financial Accounting
    COMM 204.3 Intro to Marketing
    MATH 1XX Math 104.3 or Math 102.3
    Non-Commerce Elective 3 c.u. of Social Sciences or Humanities
  • Term 4 (Jan - April)
    Course Number Course Name
    COMM 104.3 Business Statistics I
    COMM 120.0 Business School Life II
    COMM 203.3 Intro to Finance
    COMM 211.3 Human Resource Management
    COMM Elective 3 c.u. of 300 or 400-level Commerce

Featured classes

COMM 115 – Business School Life I

Taught by Edwards advisors, this first-year course is designed to build skills to enhance success in the business world. Topics will include academic honesty and appropriate citation, presentations and case writing, study skills and exam writing skills, time and stress management and more.

COMM 120 – Business School Life II

A course designed to build a set of skills required for success in the business environment. Taken in your second year, topics will focus on: career counseling and job search techniques, resume writing and interview skills, and business etiquette. There will also be a networking event and local business visit.

Rawlinson Centre for Aboriginal Business Students

At the Rawlinson Centre, Aboriginal students can find a place to study, attend cultural events, and access dedicated student scholarships, tutoring services, and emergency financial assistance. The Centre is one of the only dedicated spaces for Aboriginal business students in the country. Services include:

  • Scholarships
    In addition to general USask scholarships, bursaries, and awards, Edwards has a number of dedicated awards for self-declared Métis, First Nation, and Inuit students. The Rawlco ABAC Awards (valued at $2,000) are provided to all graduates of the Edwards Aboriginal Business Administration Certificate (ABAC) program.
  • Professional development fund
    Edwards students can apply for co-curricular funding to subsidize costs related to activities that support academic success and the development of a professional network.
  • Math Bridging Program
    If you are interested in a program at the University of Saskatchewan that requires Foundations of Mathematics 30 and/or Pre-Calculus 30 (Grade 12 MATH B 30 and/or MATH C 30), the Rawlinson Centre can help you upgrade while taking courses in the ABAC program.
  • Tutoring
    Assistance is available for individuals or small groups to receive extra help in classes or to prepare for an exam or assignment.

Apply for admission

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Start date Application deadline
September 2020 August 1, 2020
 

Admission requirements

  • Direct entry admission - high school
    • First Nations, Metis or Inuit ancestry
    • Less than 18 credit units of transferable post-secondary courses
    • Grade 12 standing or equivalent
    • Successful completion of Foundations of Math 30 or Pre-Calculus 30 preferred
    • Minimum average of 70% on five subject high school average. Learn how we calculate your admission average.
    • Proficiency in English
  • Transfer admission
    • First Nations, Metis or Inuit ancestry
    • Attempted 18 or more credit units of transferable post-secondary level studies
    • Grade 12 standing, or equivalent
    • Successful completion of Foundations of Math 30 or Pre-Calculus 30 preferred
    • Meet the minimum university transfer entrance average of 60%
    • Transfer credit will not be rewarded for any cohort classes in the program
    • Proficiency in English
  • Mature admission
    • First Nations, Metis or Inuit ancestry
    • Entering first year of study (applicants who have completed 18 credits or more of university-level credits are not eligible to apply for mature admission)
    • Applicants must be 21 years of age by the first day of classes
    • A written submission demonstrating capacity to undertake university-level studies
    • Transcripts of any secondary or post-secondary coursework
    • Copies of supporting documents covering any non-credit programs completed
    • Resume
    • Proficiency in English

Money matters

Tuition and student fees

One of the most frequent questions asked by students is "How much does ABAC cost?"

In 2018-19, students in the ABAC program will pay $839.10 per 3-credit unit COMM class. Tuition for electives is dependent on the courses you choose. For current tuition information, visit the USask tuition website.

All certificate students must pay on-campus student fees. These fees are subject to review and revision at any time and are non-refundable after the add/drop deadline for a given term.

Textbooks

Textbook expenses vary depending on the requirements of each course. Generally students should expect to budget between $100 and $200 per class for texts and materials.

Get Involved

We encourage you to get involved beyond the classroom, as this is a great way to enhance your experience at university!

Ready to Study With Us?

If you would like more information on the Aboriginal Business Administration Certificate, please contact us:

Student & Faculty Services Office
Edwards School of Business
University of Saskatchewan
25 Campus Drive
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
S7N 5A7

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