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
Edwards School of Business Logo
Type Public
Established 1914
2007 (under current name)
Dean Keith Willoughby (Interim)
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Undergraduates ~1,800
Postgraduates ~223
Location Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Campus Urban
Website http://www.edwards.usask.ca
PotashCorp Centre
Edwards School of Business
K.W. Nasser Centre
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. In a report published by the reputed British company Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), since 2011 Edwards School of Business has been ranked among the Emerging Global Business Schools in North America.


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 degrees. 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 or 4th 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 school also currently offers certificate programs, including a Business Administration Certificate program and an Aboriginal Business Administration Certificate program.[5]

Ranking and Reputation[edit]

Since 2011, Edwards MBA program has consistently made it into the Global 200 Business School Report published by the reputed British company(QS). The Rankings are based on employer survey(85%) and academic reputation(15%). Since 2011, the school's MBA program has been placed among the top 100 MBA programs in North America by QS. The School's ranking peaked in 2013/14 when it was placed among the Top 50 MBA programs in North America.

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/certificate-programs/index.html

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