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Application criteria

How do I apply?

Additional information

Supplemental application


Application Criteria

Your application to the BCom program must meet a set of criteria. Some are common to all applicants, and the others are specific to your admission category. Make sure to be familiar with all application criteria that apply to you. If you have any questions, please contact a BCom Admissions Officer.

Common to all admission categories

Specific to each admission category

I am a high school student or a high school graduate applying for Year 1 admission
I am a first-year college or university student applying for Year 2 admission
I am a second-year college or university student applying for Year 3 admission
I am a student of a two-year Hospitality Management Diploma

Applicants from two-year hospitality management or hotel and restaurant administration diploma programs may be eligible for direct entry to the BCom core (Year 3), if they meet specific criteria.

How do I apply?

High school students and transfer students

If you are a new student to UVic you will complete your UVic application online, at which time you will upload your BCom supplemental application.

Current or returning UVic students

If you are a current or returning UVic student you will also complete your BCom application online through My UVic Application (select Sign in with your Netlink ID). You will upload your BCom supplemental application at that time.

Note: you are considered a returning student if you have attended UVic in the past but have not been registered in the two most recent consecutive sessions (summer and winter).

Additional information

Pre-commerce requirements

Prior to starting the BCom core in Year 3, all BCom students must complete five required courses (7.5 units) and 22.5 units of non-commerce electives. These courses are referred to as pre-commerce requirements. Make sure you familiarize yourself with them so that you plan your courses adequately for your application.

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.

Note: transfer credit will be formally assessed by Undergraduate Admissions once a UVic application has been submitted.

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 30.0 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.

Transfer students: please note that courses that transfer to UVic COM 202, COM 317 and COM 302 cannot be used for credit in the BCom program.

UVic students: please note COM 202, COM 220, COM 240, COM 250, COM 270, COM 302, COM 317 and IB 301 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.

CSC 105 provides a good foundation for business students and is a recommended course.

Supplemental Application

Why are you motivated to join our business program? In addition to your academic grades, we'd like to get a full picture of who you are through your supplemental application.


The supplemental application is an opportunity for you to introduce yourself to us. This is your chance to highlight any work, leadership, academic, volunteer and/or life experiences, and to reflect on how these experiences have allowed you to learn, develop and grow. We encourage you to use examples; whether those be in the classroom, in club or recreation activities, at work, through personal experiences or in community endeavours.

Reflect on who you are, what you've accomplished, and what your goals are. Where do you want to go, and how is Gustavson going to help you get there? The Gustavson BCom program is looking for dynamic and driven students who are eager to develop their global mindset, collaborate with others, and consciously work towards making a difference while developing their business acumen. If this sounds like you, we encourage you to apply! Keep these things in mind when answering the questions below. 

Prepare your supplemental application as one PDF file and upload it with the rest of your BCom application.

Required components

1. Current resume

Please refer to the UVic resume template for the resume components we encourage you to elaborate on. You are welcome to use this template or your own layout.

2. Personal statement: your background and motivation

What are the three things that you want us to know about you, and how will these contribute to your success in university and our BCom program?

3. Impact statement: your personal road map

Gustavson BCom students create a real impact in local and global communities. Please tell us: what impact do you intend to create, and how will the Gustavson BCom program help you to do this?

We encourage you to think about your future goals, and how our unique program features will contribute to your success.