This program is also available online.
The Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) will provide you with a broad foundation knowledge of contemporary business and its practices. Based in Vancouver, Canada, this ACBSP-accredited degree prepares you for a successful career in business or management, where you will contribute constructively to a global economy.
UCW’s BCom program has also received the NCMA designation from CIM | Chartered Managers Canada.
Students currently enrolled in the BCom program are entitled to a free Associate Membership with the association, giving UCW students the chance to belong to Canada’s chartered management and leadership association while earning their degree.
Associate Members can participate in all the networking and professional development opportunities the association offers, helping them get ready for their new career after they graduate.
Graduates of the BCom program will:
- have a comprehensive understanding of contemporary business practices across all areas of business management.
- know how to conduct business in a multicultural environment, spanning international borders and working cross-culturally.
- have the ability to use interdisciplinary approaches to solve problems and create new business opportunities.
- be able to use critical thinking to analyze and interpret information to make informed decisions.
UCW follows professional trends in industry closely and develops elective areas that reflect the best professional standards in specific fields. Currently, we offer the following elective areas in the BCom degree:
Accounting skills are consistently in demand. The accounting elective area, in combination with the rest of the BCom degree, will prepare you for entry into a professional accounting program.
To complete the Accounting elective area you must, in addition to your required core courses, take:
- ACCT 303 – Managerial Accounting II
- ACCT 305 – Principles of Auditing and Assurance
- ACCT 307 – Taxation
- ACCT 401 – Strategic Managerial Accounting
Communication is an essential component of every organization, whether communicating internally to staff and managers, or externally to customers, stakeholders, or the public. The Business Communications elective area will prepare you to produce effective communications materials for a wide range of contexts and in the framework of business strategy.
To complete the Business Communications elective area you must, in addition to your core required courses, take:
- COMM 304 – Social Media
- PUBR 300 – Public Relations in Practice and Theory
- PUBR 308 – Persuasive Presentations
- MRKT 302 – Integrated Marketing Communications
- COMM 410 – Communication Strategy
Course Coverage for CPA Programs
University Canada West has an articulation agreement with the Chartered Professional Accounts of British Columbia and students can transfer UCW credits to the CPA Professional Education Program for some courses.
Students who are missing one or more of the required courses for direct admission into the Chartered Professional Accountants Professional Education Program (CPA PEP) can complete the equivalent coursework at University Canada West.
A list of specific CPA prerequisite requirements that University Canada West students may be exempt from taking if they have the completed courses at UCW can be found here.
The BCom follows a course framework of four tiers, allowing you to progress efficiently. Team activities are an intrinsic part of many courses and build skills vital for professional success. You will learn through a combination of the following methods:
- Lectures and class discussions
- Studying academic literature
- Looking closely at case studies
- Team activities
Students must remain in Good Academic Standing to continue their studies at UCW. To remain in Good Academic Standing, undergraduate students must maintain a 2.00 Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA). For full details about Academic Standing, refer to the current Academic Calendar here.
- Canadian High School (Grade 12) diploma or equivalent with an overall average of C or better (2.0 on a 4.33 scale)
- Twenty-one (21) years of age or older and out of high school for at least two years, and
- Documented success through academic, professional or volunteer activities
- Academic IELTS - 6.5 or better with a minimum of 6.0 in the writing band, or equivalent (for students whose first language is not English). More information is available in the English Proficiency section of this website.
You can complete the English pathway courses (University Access Program) in order to meet the English proficiency requirements of the Bachelor of Commerce program.
UCW students must fulfil the requirements listed in the Academic Calendar in order to be eligible to graduate. For full details about Graduation Eligibility, refer to the current Academic Calendar here.