Frequently Asked Questions

What is the application procedure?

What is the application deadline?

What are the tuition costs for a UVic Gustavson School of Business BCom degree?

Will my application be reviewed if I submit my supplemental application and transcripts before the deadline?

I’ve moved since I applied. How do I change my address so the Gustavson School of Business can contact me?

What is the GPA cut-off for the program?

How do you calculate my GPA?

If I am a current UVic or transfer student, will my grades from the spring term be used to calculate my admission GPA?

What if I have not completed 30 units of course work by the application deadline?

What if my college/university calculates my GPA differently than UVic?

How do I appeal your admission decision and how does that procedure work?

What if I fail a course?

What pre-commerce electives should I take?

Do some courses “count” more than others?

What transfer credit will I get?

Can I defer my offer of admission?

Once I am a student at the Gustavson School of Business, can I delay my start to the BCom core?

What is the application procedure?

Please see this page.

What is the application deadline?

Please see this page.

What are the tuition costs for a UVic Gustavson School of Business BCom degree?

Student complete 20 non-commerce courses and 20 commerce courses to fulfill their degree. Normally students complete 10 courses per academic year. 

Tuition is calculated per unit. Most courses are 1.5 units.

Tuition fees can be calculated using the information provided by UVic Accounting Services. Please note that only COM, ENT, IB, SMGT courses are calculated at the business tuition rate.

Will my application be reviewed if I submit my supplemental application and transcripts before the deadline?

Yes, if you submit your application before the deadline and your application is complete your file will be reviewed. High school applicants will be reviewed based on your completed courses and self-reported grades.

Applicants are encouraged to submit their application early in January, before the deadline. No preference is given to early applications, but the application date might impact the admission decision date.

I’ve moved since I applied. How do I change my address so the Gustavson School of Business can contact me?

For current or returning UVic students, address changes can be made through MyPage>Student Services>Personal Profile.

For applicants studying at a different institution, please contact your UVic Undergraduate Admissions Assistant.

What is the GPA cut-off for the program?

The final admission cut off varies from year to year; it is determined once we have received and reviewed the entire application pool for that admission period.

Please review the BCom application criteria by applicant type.

How do you calculate my GPA?

British Columbia high-school applicants: GPA is calculated on Pre-Calculus 12, English 12 and your top two approved academic 12 courses. 

Alberta high-school applicants: GPA is calculated on Mathematics 30-1, English Language Art 30-1 and your top two approved academic 30/31 courses.

Other high school applicants: please use this guide and indicate your region of study and curriculum. 

Current UVic or transfer students: we calculate your most recent 12.0 units of attempted course work. In addition, we calculate your GPA on all required courses completed by the application deadline. The combination of these two averages equates to your quantitative score (admission GPA).

If I am a current UVic or transfer student, will my grades from the spring term be used to calculate my admission GPA?

No, only course work completed by the application deadline, Feb. 28, will be used to calculate the quantitative score.

However, if you have completed fewer than 30 units of course work by the application deadline, your offer of admission will be conditional based on your grades in your remaining course work in the spring term.

What if I have not completed 30 units of course work by the application deadline?

If you are a current UVic or transfer student and have completed less than 30 units of course work by the application deadline, your offer of admission will be conditional based on your grades in your remaining course work in the spring term.

Please review the information regarding application criteria for more detail.

What if my college/university calculates my GPA differently than UVic?

We suggest contacting the Business Admission Officer at UVic Undergraduate Admissions to clarify how your grades will be viewed at UVic.

When will I know if have been accepted into the program?

You will be notified by email of our admission decision. We will attempt to communicate all decisions by April 15.

If I don’t get in, what do I do then?

You may find speaking to a BCom program adviser helpful in creating a course plan or providing advice that may better your chances of admission in the future, including feedback on your BCom supplemental application.

You can contact the BCom program office at 250-472-4728 or email your questions to bcom.admissions@uvic.ca.

How do I appeal your admission decision and how does that procedure work?

Individuals whose application for admission is denied may submit their written request for reconsideration to the BCom Program’s Director of Administration, Kate Donovan, within 14 days of notification of a denial of admission.

What if I fail a course?

A fail counts as an attempt at a course, and the grade is included in any GPA calculation. You should make an appointment to see a BCom Adviser to determine how it may impact your future course planning.

What pre-commerce electives should I take?

The BCom program does not value certain non-commerce electives over others; however, we do encourage students to consider taking courses in foreign languages, other cultures, and different economic and political systems and ethics. You may wish to refer to our Pre-Core Course Guide.

Do some courses “count” more than others?

All applicants must complete the required courses for application to the BCom program. These courses will count for your GPA in required courses, and maybe also for your GPA on most recent 12.0 units of course work, if any of the required courses have been attempted within your last 12.0 units of course work.

What transfer credit will I get?

Transfer credit is usually determined by Undergraduate Admissions when you apply to UVic. Your official transcripts are required to evaluate any credit. Undergraduate Admissions may also request syllabi or course outlines for any courses you took, to determine if they are transferrable. Students from British Columbia post-secondary institutions can access transfer credit information through the BC Transfer Guide.

Can I defer my offer of admission?

Yes, as long as you are not planning to attend another post-secondary institution, you may request that your admission offer be deferred by one year. An offer of admission may only be deferred once. If a student does not commence studies the following year, they will need to reapply.

Current high school students: You must apply for an official admission deferral through the University of Victoria. To defer your offer from UVic, please visit the admissions website

Transfer students and current UVic students: To defer your offer with the Gustavson School of Business, please send us your request in writing to and we will respond letting you know whether or not your request has been approved. Please note that transfer students might be required to submit a new application to UVic and an updated résumé.

Once I am a student at the Gustavson School of Business, can I delay my start to the BCom core?

Yes, BCom students may choose to delay their start date for the BCom core. Students may request an in-program deferral in order to allow themselves more time to complete their progression conditions or for personal reasons for up to one year. To request an in-program deferral, please contact the BCom program office in BEC 283 or advisor@uvic.ca to book an appointment with an advisor. Please note this only applies to students who have already started classes as a student at UVic and have been admitted to the Gustavson School of Business. If you have recently been admitted but have not commenced classes yet, please see “Can I defer my offer of admission?