Admissions

Why are you motivated to join the Business program? We'd like to get a fuller picture of who you are through your record of academic grades and extra-curricular activities, so don't forget to include your resume and essay together with your BCom supplemental application form.

Note: All students admitted to the BCom program must also complete two years of pre-commerce required and elective courses prior to beginning the BCom program core.

Who can apply?

I am a high school student

To apply for Year 1 admission, you must have a minimum GPA of 80 per cent on required high school courses.  Your application must include a complete application to UVic, self-reported grades, and your  BCom supplemental application.  

Meeting the minimum GPA requirement does not guarantee admission to the BCom program. Once you have applied, and upon receipt of grades from Admission Services as reported by the BC Ministry of Education, conditional offers will be confirmed.

Application Deadline: 28 February

I am a first year college or university student

You are assessed on your most recent 15 units of course work, on your performance in required courses and your BCom supplemental application.  You must have completed at least two of the required courses with minimum grades of C+ and a GPA of 4.0 for these courses by the application deadline.

Application Deadline: 28 Feburary

I am a second year college or university student

To apply for direct-entry (during spring of year 2) into the BCom program core, you must have completed all the required courses and have completed a minimum of 27.0 units* of course work by April of the year you are applying in. You are assessed on your most recent 15 units of course work, on your performance in required courses and your BCom supplemental application.  You must have completed at least three of the required courses with minimum grades of C+ and a GPA of 4.0 for these courses by the application deadline. 

Application Deadline: 28 February   

*note: all students must have 30 units of course work completed by August prior to starting the BCom core (3rd year)

How do I apply?

New UVic students

If you are a new student to UVic please:

  1. Complete the online BCom Supplemental Application form, or if you cannot access the online form, download and complete the paper form:BCom Supplemental Application form
  2. Submit UVic Application for Undergraduate Admission

The printed BCom Supplemental Application form can be submitted to the BCom program office directly. All other material must be submitted to:

Admission Services
University of Victoria
PO Box 3025 STN CSC
Victoria BC  V8W 3P2
Canada

Current or returning students

If you are a current UVic student please:

  1. Complete the BCom online supplemental application form, or if you cannot access the online form, please download and complete the paper form:BCom Supplemental Application form
  2. Submit UVic Undergraduate - Faculty/Program Change form.

If you are a returning UVic student please:

  1. Complete the BCom online supplemental application form, or if you cannot access the online form, please download and complete the paper form:BCom Supplemental Application form
  2. Submit an Undergraduate - Re-Registration Application

Note: The printed BCom Supplemental Application form can be submitted to the BCom program office directly. All other material must be submitted to:

Records Services
University of Victoria
PO Box 3025 STN CSC
Victoria BC  V8W 3P2
Canada

How do I qualify?

Application information

Pre-commerce required courses

Economics: 1.5 units
  • ECON 103: Introductory Microeconomics (1.5 units)

English: 3.0 units

  • Applicants must have satisfied the university AWR English requirement
  • 1.5 units of ENGL 135, ENGL 146, ENGL 147, ENGL 100-level
  • 1.5 units may include the above as well as other approved English courses including ENGL 100-level or 200-level  (exluded ENGL 101)

Math and Statistics: 3.0 units

  • MATH 151: Finite Mathematics (1.5 units) and STAT 252: Statistics for Business (1.5 units), or
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  • STAT 255*: Statistics for Life Sciences: I and STAT 256*: Statistics for Life Sciences: II, or
  • ECON 245*:Descriptive Statistics and Probability and ECON 246*:Statistical Inference

If you are transferring from another instititution, you may have different combinations of math and statistics courses. At a minimum, you must have 3.0 units of courses in the math and statistics area. The following combinations are acceptable:

  • One course in business statistics (1.5 units), and one other math course (1.5 units) which may not include pre-calculus, pre-calculus math, pre-calculus algebra, or math for elementary education. Acceptable topics for the other math courses include linear algebra, business math and math for economics among others. A minimum transfer credit of MATH 100-level must be awarded for the other math course.
  • Students who select ECON 245 and ECON 246 or the STAT 255 and STAT 256 combinations can satisfy both the statistics requirement (1.5 units) and the other math requirement (1.5 units).

Decisions regarding the appropriateness of math and statistics courses are at the discretion of the faculty.

*Check course pre-requisites before registering

Qualitative admission criteria

We recognize that many factors contribute to a person's  success in business. You are therefore required to submit additional information as outlined in BCom Supplemental Application form. An evaluation of qualitative considerations will form 40 per cent of the admissions decision.

Applicants are required to submit a current resume as part of the supplemental application, and may wish to use the Gustavson resume template as a guide to develop their resume.  A link to the template is also included in the BCom Supplemental Application Form.  

Quantitative admission criteria

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  1. Application with a GPA of  less than 4.0 (B- on the UVic nine-point scale), or 3.0 on a four-point scale, in their last units of course work will not be reviewed by the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business.
  2. Applicants with a GPA of 4.0 (B- on the UVic nine-point scale), or 3.0 on a four-point scale, will be ranked based on their most recent (as of 31 December) 15 units and required course grades. The combination of the student's most recent 15 units of completed course work and the GPA on all completed required courses, form the quantitative basis for admission.

Applicants must have a minimum of 27 units of course work, including all required courses, completed by the end of the winter session (April) of their application year. Successful applicants will be admitted on the condition that they complete 30 units of course work, including the pre-commerce required courses, prior to beginning BCom Core studies.

An evaluation of quantitative considerations will form 60 per cent of the admissions decision.

Limitation of commerce credit and course waivers

Students intending to transfer to the BCom program from another institution should be aware that a maximum of 4.5 units of commerce related courses may be used as part of the 30 units of pre-commerce courses. Students are expected to complete all of the required courses and will not be granted waivers from any courses in the BCom program based on previous credit. UVic students please note COM 220, COM 240, COM 250, and COM 270 cannot be used for credit in the BCom program.

Computer literacy

You are expected to have computer competence in MS Office applications, email and web browsing. Commerce courses require you to use a variety of software including word processing, database, presentation (PowerPoint) and spreadsheet software. Instruction on any required software will not be provided in courses.

Recommended courses

The faculty recognizes the value of courses emphasizing other languages and cultures, and courses of a global nature. You may wish to consider including courses in languages, other cultures, and other political or economic systems. These courses are of great benefit to students interested in overseas academic exchanges and co-op placements. You may wish to consider completing a certificate in language and cultural proficiency offered through the Faculty of Humanities. A maximum of 4.5 units of course work in commerce or business courses can be utilized as elective courses.

Other highly recommended courses include:

  • COM 100: Introduction to Business Decision Making
  • ECON 104: Principles of Macroeconomics
  • ECON 203: Intermediate Microeconomics I
  • ECON 205: Managerial Economics
  • ECON 305: Money and Banking
  • ENGL 225: Technical Communications: Written and Verbal
  • ES 200: Introduction to Environmental Studies
  • F A 101: Creative Being (registration for this course follows FA student registration)
  • MATH 102: Calculus for Students in the Social and Biological Sciences
  • EPHE 142: Personal Health, Wellness and Potential
  • PHIL 201: Applied Logic: I
  • PHIL 330: Professional and Business Ethics
  • SOCI 100A: Introduction to Sociology
  • STAT 359: Decision Analysis
  • THEA 150: Public Speaking

Note: Priority is not given to students who have taken these courses.

A maximum of 4.5 units of course work in commerce or business courses can be utilized as elective courses.

Transfer credit equivalency

Students transferring from other institutions in British Columbia should consult the BC Transfer Credit Guide for assistance with determining transferability of courses. Students from outside British Columbia may wish to contact the faculty for informal assistance and recommendations.

Co-op work term requirement

You are normally required to complete one co-op work term prior to commencing the BCom program core and two co-op work terms upon completion of the BCom program core. The first co-op work term may be satisfied by completing one of the following:
  1. Upon admission to the BCom program, you can complete your first co-op work term during the summer session (May to August) immediately prior to entry to the BCom program core. Note: this is only an option if you have been admitted into the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business in first or second year.
  2. If you are a Year 3 (Direct Entry) student, then you have the ability to challenge one co-op work term if you have sufficient relevant work experience. See details regarding criteria and regulations for co-op challenges under the Business Co-op Program section or consult the Business Co-op and Career Centre.
  3. You can transfer a co-op work term or internship completed through an accredited co-op program prior to entry into the program.

If you do not complete a pre-commerce co-op work term, a challenge or transfer, you are expected to complete this requirement after completion of the BCom program core, which will add an additional term to your program.

Requirements by entry point

Requirements

  • You must meet UVic admission requirements for Business
  • You must complete the required and pre-commerce courses at UVic (Year 1 and Year 2).  You are required to complete at least two of the required courses in Year 1
  • You must obtain a minimum GPA of B- (4.0) on your required courses, with a minimum grade of C+ in each course.
  • You must have an overall GPA of 5.0 on your most recent 30 units of pre-commerce course work. Students must undertake the pre-commerce co-op work term requirement prior to entry into the BCom program core studies (Year 3)

Requirements

  • Meet UVic entrance requirements
  • Complete the remainder of your pre-commerce course work at UVic (Year 2)
  • Obtain a minimum GPA of B- (4.0) in your remaining required courses, with a minimum grade of C+ in each course
  • Achieve a GPA of at least 5.0 (B) on your most recent 30 units of pre-commerce course work to be eligible for entry into the BCom program core
  • Complete all required and elective pre-commerce courses (30 units) by the end of spring (January to April) term, (Year 2) prior to commencement of the BCom program core studies (Year 3)
  • Satisfy your first co-op work term prior to entry into the BCom program core

Direct-entry students

2nd year college or university students can apply for 'direct-entry' into the BCom program core.  To be eligible you must have completed 27.0 units of pre-commerce course work, including all required courses, by 30 April of the year in which you are applying.  Please note, you must complete 30 units of pre-commerce course work prior to starting BCom program core studies (Year 3)

The following BCom admission entry points are available to international students:

  • High school students attending Canadian or BC curriculum may apply for early admission. Application deadline is February 28 for September entry.
  • Alternatively, you can complete your first year of university-level study at UVic as a pre-business student in the humanities or social sciences programs, then apply to the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business. You should plan on taking COM 290: Introduction to Canadian Business and COM 206C: Business English and Communications Level II in the spring semester of Year 2.  Registration for these courses can be done through a BCom adviser.
  • You may also apply directly into the third year of the BCom program, having completed the first two years of general studies including our required courses, at another institution. We strongly suggest you apply for early admission in order to meet our specific program requirements.

International Hospitality Students

Students who have completed a recognized two-year hospitality management/hotel and restaurant administration diploma may be eligible for entry to the BCom program. Please contact the BCom office for information on eligibility.

English Language Requirement

If the primary language of your home country is not English, you must meet UVic's English language requirement. There are various ways to meet this requirement. Typically students either take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam or complete a transferable 100-level English course at a local college or university. Students taking the TOEFL exam require a minimum of 233 on the computer-based exam (575 on the paper-based or 90 Internet-based).  Those taking the academic IELTS exam require a score of 6.5 or higher (with no subsection less than 6.0). For more information on how to meet UVic's English language requirement, visit undergraduate admissions.

Applicants from two-year hospitality management / hotel and restaurant administration diploma programs may be eligible for entry to the BCom program, if they meet the following criteria:

  • The diploma is completed with a minimum of B (5.0 GPA on nine-point scale) average, as determined by the Undergraduate Admissions and Records. The average as calculated by the Undergraduate Admissions and Records is a cumulative GPA, which includes all course attempts.
  • Except for the pre-admitted students, the diploma is granted by August 31 of the year for which the student is applying for admission. Final official documentation will be required.
  • The diploma is awarded by a college that offers the "BC Provincial Hospitality Management Diploma Program" or its equivalent.
  • Completion of a microeconomics course (equivalent to UVic ECON 103: Principles of Microeconomics), 1.5 units of university-level mathematics (not to include UVic Math 120 or equivalent) and an acceptable statistics course (equivalent to STAT 252) each with a minimum grade of B-.
  • Satisfaction of the Undergraduate English Requirements.

Diploma students are encouraged to contact the BCom office early in their program to find out how these courses can be met.

Institutions in British Columbia that currently deliver the "BC Provincial Hospitality Management Diploma Program":

Camosun College (Victoria, BC)College of New Caledonia (Prince George, BC)
Douglas College (Coquitlam, BC)
North Island College, Campbell River Campus (Campbell River, BC)
Selkirk College (Castlegar, BC)
Thompson Rivers University (Kamloops, BC)
Vancouver Community College (Vancouver, BC)
Vancouver Island University(Nanaimo, BC)

Alberta and Other Institutions

Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (Calgary, AB)

Students who have completed two or three-year Hospitality Diploma programs outside of BC

To find out if you are eligible, please contact the BCom office.