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Bachelor of Commerce (BCom)

Develop the skills, confidence and experience to take your future in any number of directions. Business can take you anywhere, from the art gallery to the alternative-energy start-up or the international financing group. Whether you know exactly where you’re going, or don’t know where to start, a BCom equips you with the building blocks to grow, change and succeed over the course of your career.
We give you the tools. You build your own definition of success.


graduate career ready
create lifelong connections
enjoy 3 paid co-op work terms

Hands-on learning

Our BCom program includes 1 year (3 terms) of paid, full-time work experience. Apply knowledge from the classroom in a real-world setting and find what fits.

All BCom students can take part in our mentorship program. You'll get one-on-one guidance from a business executive who will help you understand what you need to succeed in your chosen field. 

One-on-one coaching, a career-development course, reflection exercises and more; you'll graduate ready for a range of careers.

Teams & collaboration

In year 3, when you enter business core classes, you’ll be placed in a 60-person cohort for the full year. All your classes are taken with this group, making it a personalized, close-knit experience.

You are also assigned to a team of 4-6 students with whom you complete all group assignments for year 3. Working within teams is a key part of your education at Gustavson, as it is a key part of succeeding in the workplace after graduation.

Case competitions 
All BCom students participate in at least one case competition. It’s an opportunity to apply your business knowledge, teamwork and presentation skills to solve a business case for a panel of judges.

Lead responsibly

Innovate to create a more equitable society, put business solutions to work on climate change or tackle critical issues like mental health—it’s all possible at Gustavson. Our non-traditional business education can put you at the heart of meaningful change including social, environmental and economic reform. 

  • 93% of courses in BCom integrate sustainability content
  • projects and events such as the Mission Impossible sustainability competition and the Carbon Offset Pitch Competition challenge your innovation skills
  • Working for a Better World co-ops fund work terms for students at organizations with a social responsibility or sustainability mission
  • the Centre for Social and Sustainable Innovation integrates responsible practices throughout the school

Program structure: 2+2 and you

With our 2+2 program, you design the first 2 years. Complete a mix of required courses and non-business electives to create your own business path. Dive into the BCom core in year 3 and enter a cohort of 50-60 students. 

Year Fall Spring Summer
Year 1 Pre-core Pre-core Free
Year 2 Pre-core Pre-core Co-op
Year 3 BCom core BCom core Co-op
Year 4 Exchange Co-op Specialization

Note: This is a typical schedule for BCom students. Your program order may vary.


Our non-traditional specializations help you master the building blocks of business no matter which area you choose.


Experience cross-cultural perspectives and business practices with an exchange at one of our 100+ partner institutions.

Admission requirements

Learn how to apply to the Gustavson School of Business as a high school student or a transfer student from another post-secondary institution. Fill out the "Show me program details" wizard to receive admission requirements specific to your situation.

Transferring from within UVic

Students can transfer into year 2 or 3 of the BCom program after 1 or more years of full-time study at UVic.

Student stories

Many people think that an education can only be acquired if you’re in a classroom. Well, I think the experience of an international exchange completely disproves this belief. While on exchange I grew as a person, a student and as a global citizen.

Exploring sustainable solutions for business travel

April 22, 2024

Q&A with Ethan Yang (4th year BCom) about his co-op with the Centre for Social and Sustainable Innovation.

Saurabh Suryavanshi Award invests in perseverance

March 18, 2024

A new award for students of UVic’s Applied Portfolio Management Program is named for one of the program’s most beloved instructors—the legendary Saurabh Suryavanshi.

Blast from the past: A mother-daughter duo's reflection on their BCom experience, almost 20 years apart

December 6, 2023

Have you ever wondered how the student experience at Gustavson has evolved over the last 20 years? Vanessa Le, BCom ’04, and Veronica Huynh, BCom ’23, a mother-daughter duo,...

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