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Program Summary

The Sprott School of Business offers a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) program that provides a complete business education. The program is very flexible with eight concentrations, as well as options to add co-op, study abroad and/or a minor in another subject.

The first two years of the BCom program consist of foundation courses in all business areas. You will also develop critical skills in various forms of business communications, including presentations, cover letters and resumés.

The Sprott School of Business also offers a separate Bachelor of International Business degree program.

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Business is personal at Sprott. Here you’ll belong to a spirited and connected student community that offers endless opportunities to explore your interests and build your personal and professional networks, while gaining valuable skills and experiences that help you stand out to employers.

  • Home to a tightknit community and ready-made network for students.
  • Outstanding student support.
  • Close interaction between faculty and students.
  • Real-world learning through industry speakers, class trips, case studies, hands on projects involving real organizations as clients, and pratica in all concentrations.
  • Career development from first to final years.
  • Experiential learning opportunities, such as interuniversity case competitions and Sprott’s student-managed investment fund.
  • Award-winning faculty who have been recognized for teaching and research excellence.
  • Research-intensive culture brings latest business knowledge directly to the classroom.

International focus

  • Internationally accredited by AACSB International and the Network of International Business Schools.
  • Study abroad opportunities for all business undergraduates.
  • International business programs offered at all academic levels—undergraduate, MBA, PhD.
  • The Sprott MBA is delivered in Canada, China and Colombia.
  • Sprott students participate in international business competitions.
  • Sprott also has an International faculty.

Entrepreneurial culture

  • Academic programs—Bachelor of Commerce in Entrepreneurship, Minor in Entrepreneurship, Master’s degree in Technology Innovation Management.
  • The Carleton accelerator provides workspace, training, support, mentorship and funding to help students turn their ideas into successful ventures.

Sprott Business Career Management Centre

Career planning and preparation throughout your studies is the key to success in finding a rewarding job after graduation.

As a Sprott student, you’ll have exclusive access to a business career centre tailored to meet your needs from first to final year. The Business Career Management Centre (BCMC) offers a full range of services, including:

  • mySprott web portal for business-specific job postings and career resources;
  • One-on-one career advising, resume review and interview preparation;
  • Industry career panels and employer events;
  • Opportunities to meet and network with alumni of the program;
  • Tickets to business networking events, such as the Mayor’s Breakfast Series;
  • Special workshops to help you stand out to employers, such as business fashion and social media for networking; and
  • Access to CareerLeader, a self-assessment tool used by top business schools worldwide, including Harvard, Stanford, Oxford and INSEAD, that matches your interests and skills to business career paths.

Sprott Student Investment Fund

Students who dream of careers on Bay Street and Wall Street have the ultimate opportunity to gain real money-management experience and learn investment strategies through the Sprott Student Investment Fund (SSIF).

Managed by a team of top finance students, SSIF is an investment portfolio valued at close to $900,000. All members of the fund contribute to the analysis process, helping to assemble the ideal portfolio that safely and wisely grows the fund’s capital.

Alumni of the fund have gone on to top graduate programs and careers in investment banking and financial services at such organizations as Bank of Canada, Brookfield Asset Management, Canaccord Genuity, M Partners, and RBC Capital Markets.

Sprott Competes

Sprott students have proven they are among the best in the world, earning top place finishes at major national and international business case competitions.

In case competitions, teams must apply all of the knowledge gained through their courses to prepare and present a solution to a real-life business problem, in just a few hours.

Through Sprott Competes, our case training program, students develop skills that are highly valued by employers such as integrative thinking, decision making, communication, public speaking, the ability to work under pressure, and teamwork. Students are exposed to a variety of real-life business scenarios and feedback from industry professionals, giving them a real-world perspective that is typically gained through on the-job experience.

Student life

Sprott students are known for their passion and entrepreneurial spirit. There are 10 student-run organizations at Sprott that offer students opportunities to make new friends, build leadership skills and network with industry professionals, while exploring their interests. All Sprott undergraduates automatically belong to the Sprott Business Students’ Society (SBSS). SBSS puts on a number of events throughout the year, including the annual Business Banquet, 5 Days for the Homeless campaign, case competitions, sports tournaments and social events.

At Carleton, we have the distinct advantage of being situated in Ottawa, Canada’s capital, which offers our students unique opportunities and a complementary blend of city life and nature, culture and heritage, business and government.

Best known as the seat of Canada’s federal government, Ottawa offers an unparalleled international network of government departments, international agencies, global companies, and over 130 embassies and high commissions.

Ottawa is home to a global technology hub of over 1,900 companies, ranging from large multinationals to small and medium sized enterprises. Ottawa is Canada’s most connected city and boasts a strong entrepreneurial culture.

For students, Ottawa offers employment and co-operative education opportunities in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Students have numerous opportunities throughout the year to network with industry professionals, who often take part in courses as guest speakers and presentation judges.

Ottawa offers the best of both worlds—the benefits of a big city with the feel of a small town. Ottawa ranks third in North America and 16th in the world in Mercer’s Quality of Living Survey 2015, and is one of the country’s most affordable cities.

As the nation’s capital, Ottawa hosts many visiting dignitaries, major sporting events, and over 50 festivals including Winterlude, Bluesfest and Canada Day. Ottawa is home to national museums, historic sites, and the Ottawa Senators hockey team.

Ottawa is one of the world’s most picturesque capitals with many parks, waterways and green spaces. Winter activities include downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, and ice skating along the world’s longest skating rink. In warmer seasons, activities include cycling, golf, white water rafting, kayaking, ziplining and more. Just minutes from downtown lies Gatineau Park, 361 square kilometers of forest, lakes, nature trails, beaches and stunning lookouts.

Carleton’s campus is situated a short ride from Parliament Hill and the downtown core. Our self-contained campus is bordered by the Rideau Canal, the Rideau River and a quiet residential neighbourhood. The campus is well serviced by public transportation with several bus routes and light rail stopping on campus.

Sprott’s Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) program delivers a complete business education and a lot of flexibility with eight concentrations, as well as options to add co-op, study abroad, and/or a minor in another subject.

To be an effective leader you have to understand all aspects of an organization. The first two years of the BCom program consist of foundation courses in all business areas. You will also develop critical skills in various forms of business communications.

In years three and four, you have the option to specialize in one of eight concentrations, select two for a double concentration, or continue without a concentration. You do not need to decide until end of second year.

Enhance your degree and your resumé by adding co-op or taking part in an international exchange at one of over 150 partner institutions in more than 30 countries. You may also add a four-credit minor (such as law or economics) to your degree for even greater career flexibility!


  • Accounting
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Information systems
  • International business
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Supply Chain Management

More information on the concentrations can be found below.

International Opportunities

In today’s global business environment, international experience is a standout item on your resumé. Studying abroad offers students a life-changing opportunity to be immersed in another culture and region of the world, thereby developing cross-cultural skills and a global perspective.

Study abroad is open to all Sprott undergraduates. Through Carleton’s exchange agreements, students pay Carleton tuition and receive transfer of credits for successfully completed courses. Bachelor of Commerce students can study abroad for up to two terms at one of Carleton’s 180+ partner institutions in more than 30 countries.

In addition to study abroad, Sprott students have many opportunities to gain international experiences, including taking part in international case competitions, global leadership programs, and international internships.

Co-op opportunities

Co-operative education (co-op) is an option open to the students in the Bachelor of Commerce program. Through co-op, you will:

  • Gain business-related work experience;
  • Network with industry professionals, gaining valuable references and future contacts;
  • Learn from a number of mentors and tutors;
  • Develop marketable skills;
  • Learn how to find work in a competitive job market; and
  • Earn money to help offset student debt.

As a co-op student, you will alternate study terms with four or eight month work terms, which begin the summer after second year. Typically, an additional one to two academic terms are required to complete your degree.

The workplace

Where can your Bachelor of Commerce lead you? Here is just a sampling of career paths you can pursue with your degree. (Further education may be required.)


  • assurance
  • controllership
  • enterprise risk advisory
  • financial and management accounting
  • corporate and personal taxation


  • commercial banking
  • corporate finance
  • financial planning
  • insurance
  • investment banking
  • money management
  • real estate


  • business development
  • entrepreneurship
  • franchising
  • small business consulting

Information Systems

  • application development
  • business analysis
  • content management
  • data analytics
  • database administration
  • IT consulting
  • IT management
  • network administration
  • project management

International Business

  • business analysis
  • business development
  • foreign affairs
  • imports/exports
  • international finance
  • international human resources
  • international marketing
  • international trade
  • regulatory affairs
  • tourism


  • advertising
  • brand management
  • digital marketing
  • marketing communications
  • marketing research
  • product marketing
  • public relations


  • general management
  • labour relations
  • management consulting
  • performance management
  • strategic human resources
  • training and development

Supply Chain Management

  • business analysis
  • business transformation
  • E-supply chain management
  • global supply chain management
  • inventory management
  • manufacturing management
  • procurement
  • project management
  • quality assurance

Graduate school

Many BCom alumni have gone on to graduate programs in Business, Finance, International Affairs, Law, International Development, Communications and more. The Sprott School offers an accelerated Master of Business Administration (MBA) for business graduates, which allows them to complete the Sprott MBA in just 12 months and includes an internship. The Sprott Master of Accounting is accredited by CPA Ontario and provides direct access to the CPA Common Final Exam.

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