Business / Commerce Programmes at Canadian Universities


Students who wish to enter a business programme in Canada have a number of choices. Many university business programmes are direct-entry from high school, but some will allow entry after one or two years of study in another discipline. The decision as to which route to choose is up to the student, but should be made after careful consideration.  If a student is absolutely certain that he or she wants to study business, then the direct-entry route is a wise choice. Students can start taking business courses in their first year and can begin to focus on a major.

Students who decide to enter a business programme after first year will have to choose courses that meet specific prerequisites for later entry. Second or third year entry allows students to pursue other academic interests before beginning a business concentration. Some universities encourage this well-rounded approach by requiring students to take one or two years of undergraduate education in another discipline before entering a business programme.

All business programmes in Canada have the following prerequisites:

  • English 12
  • Principles of Mathematics 12
  • 2 or 3 additional grade 12 academic subjects
  • Calculus 12 is highly recommended but not usually required

Each university confers a degree upon successful completion of the programme and although the degree might be different, the value of it is the same. For example, a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) is viewed in the same light as a Bachelor of Commerce (BComm). A Bachelor of Management  or Bachelor of International Business will have a more specific focus within the programme, but it still falls into the same general “category” as the BComm or the BBA. Students should pick the programme that offers the coursework and/or concentration that is most interesting to them.

Business Programme Comparison is a pdf document with additional information specific to each of the universities listed, including admission requirements, entrance average, and specializations. Other universities in Canada in addition to the following have business programmes, but these are the most well known:

Carleton University: Sprott School of Business

Concordia University: John Molson School of Business

Dalhousie University: Faculty of Management

Wilfrid Laurier University: School of Business & Economics

McGill University: Desautels Faculty of Management

McMaster: DeGroote School of Business

Queen’s University

Simon Fraser University

University of British Columbia: Sauder School of Business

University of Calgary: Haskayne School of Business

University of Guelph

University of Toronto (St George campus): Rotman Commerce

University of Victoria

University of Western Ontario: Richard Ivey School of Business

York University: Schulich School of Business


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