Indigenous Business Education Partners
First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Asper students are encouraged to join the Indigenous Business Education Partners. IBEP offers services to both undergraduate and graduate students studying in the faculty such as:
- networking opportunities
- employment opportunities
- scholarships and awards
Indigenous Student Centre
Migizii Agamik is the permanent home of the Indigenous Student Centre advisors and several student support providers spend dedicated time at Migizii Agamik each week to make it easy for you to take advantage of the guidance they offer.
Scholarships and awards
A range of financial aid opportunities for Indigenous students are available, both through the University of Manitoba and external partners. These programs improve access to education and increase representation of Indigenous students in various programs of study.
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Get involved in the many student groups or action groups at the Asper School of Business and University of Manitoba, such as the University of Manitoba Indigenous Commerce Students.
of Asper students self-identify as Indigenous
of BComm grads were employed full-time after graduating
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Year the Indigenous Business Studies major was introduced
Expected duration: 4 years
Students who major in Indigenous Business Studies will gain a better understanding of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit communities and their role in economic development.
Course offerings are drawn from Native Studies, Faculty of Arts and Asper School of Business and feature Indigenous peoples, culture, history, and organizations.
Students who obtain a major in Indigenous Business Studies complemented with any other Asper major will have a competitive advantage when they seek employment. As the importance of working with Indigenous organizations becomes a priority as an act of reconciliation, your studies will set you apart from other candidates. This major is open to both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students.
Choosing a major
In the Asper Bachelor of Commerce program, students typically choose a major at the beginning of their third year. Each student must declare at least one major and present a minimum Degree Grade Point Average of 2.00.
It is important to make sure you are following the correct program requirements for your chosen major. The best way to do this is to email an Asper program advisor or call the Asper Help Line at 204-474-6388.
Sample course offerings
- NATV 4320: Indigenous Economic Leadership (3 credit hours)
- ENTR 3100: Small Business Management (3 credit hours)
- NATV 2100: Indigenous Spirituality (3 credit hours)
- NATV 2110: Introduction to Indigenous Community Development. (3 credit hours)
- NATV 3360: Indigenous Women of Canada (3 credit hours)
For full course descriptions, please visit the Academic Calendar.
Before you graduate, you have a chance to explore different career paths, professions, industries, companies, majors and build a professional network to kick-start your career.
International exchange opportunities
Stand out to future employers with international study experience. Living abroad expands your horizons and demonstrates that you’re willing to take risks and solve problems under challenging circumstances.
To declare the Indigenous Business Studies major, you first have to be accepted to the Bachelor of Commerce program. The following are minimum requirements for entry into the Asper Bachelor of Commerce program.
Direct entry applicants are those who have not attended a post-secondary institution or have completed fewer than 24 credit hours at a recognized university or college.
Advanced entry applicants are those who have completed one year (24 credit hours) or more of studies in another faculty at the University of Manitoba or another recognized post-secondary institution.
Asper also gives individual consideration to students who meet some requirements for admission but may not have academically competitive marks because of reasons beyond their control.
Meeting these requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the program. Admission into the Asper Bachelor of Commerce program is academically competitive and within the discretion of the Asper School of Business.
How to apply
Domestic student application fee: $100
International student application fee: $120
Applications to the University of Manitoba are completed online. To begin your application, select the "Start or continue your application" button. The online application includes several parts, and you may be required to submit transcripts, proof of English Language proficiency, and other documents.
Admission and application inquiries
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Submit a question
Toll-free: 1-800-224-7713 ext 8808
Asper School of Business - Undergraduate Program Office
Room 268 Drake Centre
181 Freedman Crescent
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 5V4 Canada
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