Aboriginal Business Administration Certificate (ABAC)

Two-Year Full Time Program

Program Description

The ABAC program allows Aboriginal students to study business at the Edwards School of Business without committing to a four-year degree program. The two-year certificate of proficiency incorporates significant student success activities designed to assist students with their transition to studying business in an urban university setting. Students also have the opportunity to upgrade their high school math after admission to the program.

Program Highlights

  • Two years to complete (based on 24 credits per year)
  • Flexible admission standards – direct entry, transfer or mature admission
  • Credits transfer to B.Comm. program upon successful completion
  • Pathway programming available for students who need to upgrade high school math
  • Enhanced student support through non-credit business skills courses, math tutoring, business visits and workshops led by Edwards staff

Math Bridging Program

If you are interested in a program at the U of S 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.


  • 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

Apply for Admission


Start Date Application Deadline
September 2019 August 1, 2019

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 will the Aboriginal business certificate 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 U of S 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.


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.

Ready to Study With Us?

For more information on the Aboriginal Business Administration Certificate, please contact:

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

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