Computer Science and Ivey

One of the challenges into today's world is that technology and business are so entwined. Thus it is important that there are people who have a firm understanding of both areas and how they related to each other. A student benefits by having a combination of computer science and business degrees since the student will gain insight into business operations in order to understand the potential power of technology in facilitating the business process.

Why is a joint degree in computer science and business useful?

What the experts have to say:

Even in such technical lines as engineering, about 15% of one's financial success is due one's technical knowledge and about 85% is due to skill in human engineering, to personality and the ability to lead people.
- Dale Carnegie, Author of "How to Win Friends and Influence People

Information technology and business are becoming inextricably interwoven. I don't think anybody can talk meaningfully about one without the talking about the other.
- Bill Gates, Founder of Microsoft

I believe that Silicon Valley is truly a place of excellence and the impact of this tiny community on the world is completely disproportionate to its size. We are the undisputed leaders of technological change. But with our abundance of talent and resources, we also have the opportunity to be the pioneers of social change and, ultimately, this may be our greatest contribution.
- Jeff Skoll, Founder of EBay

Why do you need one from Western?

Western's HBA/BSc option which is offered jointly with the Ivey business school provides students with a unique set of skills and knowledge to enable them to meet the challenges posed by integrating IT into the business operation.

Did you know that:

  • Two in five of Ivey's over 20,000 graduates carries the title of Chair, President, CEO, Vice-Chair, Vice-President, Managing Director/Partner of their companies?
  • In The Caldwell Partners' "Top 40 Under 40", Ivey continues to dominate this distinctive list with more honorees than any University?
  • Top industry publications continue to report high starting salaries and excellent placements for computer science graduates despite ongoing economic uncertainties?
  • Western Computer Science graduates have gone on to work in various sectors of the business world, including finance (Visa, TD Canada Trust), telecommunications (RIM, Motorola), entertainment (Pixar, Electronic Arts) and, of course, the IT industry (Google, Microsoft, Apple, IBM)?

Where do you go from here?

The Computer Science Department offers a 5 year program in conjunction with The Richard Ivey School Of Business. Students successfully completing this program will receive a BSc degree and an HBA degree from Ivey!

The courses selection is designed so that students can pick courses from both the Ivey calendar and the Western calendar without scheduling conflicts. The requirements for the BSc side of the program can be found in the description of the Honours Specialization in Information Systems Module. The requirements for the HBA side of the program can be found at HBA Year 1 and HBA Year 2.

In this age of technology, graduating with our HBA/BSc diploma may make you the most marketable person in your graduating year!