Edwards School of Business

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Coordinates: 52°7′59.85″N 106°38′18.34″W / 52.1332917°N 106.6384278°W / 52.1332917; -106.6384278

N. Murray Edwards
School of Business
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Established 1914
2007 (under current name)
Type Public
Dean Dr. Daphne Taras
Academic staff 64[1]
Admin. staff 35[1]
Undergraduates ~1,800
Postgraduates ~223
Location Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Campus Urban
Website http://www.edwards.usask.ca
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Edwards School of Business

The N. Murray Edwards School of Business, also known as the Edwards School of Business, or simply Edwards, is located on the University of Saskatchewan campus in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Formerly the College of Commerce, the school was renamed in 2007 to honor N. Murray Edwards, an alumnus and entrepreneur.


The school was established in 1914 as the School of Accounting, leading to the degree of BSc.[2] However, the first students were not admitted until 1917, due to the impact of World War I on enrollment. This was the first accounting degree in Canada, and the first university-level school of accounting in Canada.[3]

In 1936, the school was named the College of Accounting, and in 1943 it became the College of Commerce, coupled with a broader mission that would encompass the training of future business executives.[2][3]

In 2007, the school was named after Canadian entrepreneur N. Murray Edwards, an alumnus and long-time supporter of the school.



The school grants both undergraduate and graduate programs. The undergraduate degree offered is the Bachelor of Commerce, or B. Comm. Students can specialize in one of six majors: Accounting, Finance, Human Resources, Management, Marketing, or Operations Management.[4] Students choose their major in their 2nd semester of their 2nd year. If accepted into the major of their choice, they begin classes in their field of study at the beginning of their 3rd year. Additionally, undergraduate students may also partake in a co-operative education program during their 3rd year, which sees them undergo an 8 month in-field work placement.


In addition to its undergraduate programs, Edwards offers a Master of Business Administration (MBA), as well as a Master of Science in Finance, Master of Science in Marketing, and a Master of Professional Accounting (MPAcc). The MBA program is housed in the school's downtown campus.[5]


The school also currently offers certificate programs, including a Business Administration Certificate program, along with an Executive Business Administration Certificate program, and an Aboriginal Business Certificate program.[6]

Typical classroom


  1. ^ a b http://www.edwards.usask.ca/faculty/
  2. ^ a b Hayden, Michael (1983). Seeking a Balance: The University of Saskatchewan, 1907-1982. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press. pp. 126–127. ISBN 0-7748-0194-8. 
  3. ^ a b Buhr, Nola; Glenn D. Feltham; Tracey Thompson Tremaine (May 2006). "Institutional Dances: How the First Accounting Degree in Canada Came to Be at the University of Saskatchewan". Canadian Accounting Perspectives 5 (1): 113–143. doi:10.1506/7NC7-3Y0X-T97X-CACJ. 
  4. ^ http://www.edwards.usask.ca/programs/undergrad/Major%20Specializations/index.html
  5. ^ http://www.edwards.usask.ca/programs/grad.html
  6. ^ http://www.edwards.usask.ca/programs/certificate-programs/index.html

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