Bachelor of Commerce Admission Requirements

Pre-Professional Year

The Alberta School of Business does not accept students directly from high school. All applicants must complete one year of pre-professional studies at a recognized post secondary institution. Pre-professional studies can be completed at the University of Alberta in a program offered by the following faculties: Agricultural Life & Environmental Sciences, Arts, Augustana, Native Studies, Kinesiology, Sport & Recreation and Science. If you have questions about admission into another Faculty at the U of A, please consult the Undergraduate Admissions & Programs website. Pre-professional studies can also be completed at another recognized post secondary institution.

Admission Requirements

1. Students must present a minimum of 24 units of course weight in university transferable courses.
2. Completion of the following six U of A courses or their equivalents:

  • ENGLISH (6 ucw) - Choose two of any junior level (100 level) English course OR (3 ucw) junior ENGL + one of: WRS 101, 102 or 104
  • ECONOMICS 101 (3 ucw) - Introduction to Microeconomics
  • ECONOMICS 102 (3 ucw) - Introduction to Macroeconomics
  • MATHEMATICS 154 (3 ucw) - Calculus for Business and Economics I
  • STATISTICS 161 (3 ucw) - Introduction to Statistics for Business and Economics

3. Competitive GPA

Applicants must possess a minimum GPA of 2.3 on that scale in their most recent consecutive Fall/Winter session (September through to April) before their application will be considered. A GPA of 2.3 and possession of the basic requirements does not guarantee admission and historically has not been a competitive GPA. The competitive GPA can fluctuate each intake due to the quality of the applicant pool and the number of spaces available in the undergraduate program quota.

How is the GPA calculated?

The GPA is calculated on the most recent Fall/Winter session (September to April) where a student has completed a minimum of 15 credits. If a student has more than 15 credits, all course work taken will be used to calculate the GPA. Calculations are based on university transferable courses and will include failed courses taken during the Fall/Winter session. Repeated courses, if previously passed, will not be included in the GPA calculation.The U of A uses a custom 4-point grading scale and GPAs will be converted to that scale.

Important Deadlines:

March 1, 2021: Deadline to apply for Fall 2021
June 15, 2021: Official Transcript Deadline

Apply Online

Make sure you submit the U of A application for admission form by March 1st in your pre-professional year. For information about admission policies,procedures and early admission conditions, please visit the U of A Calendar. If you are attending another post-secondary institution, your official transcripts and documents are required by June 15th. If you are a U of A student, you are not required to submit your U of A transcript.

Early Admission with Conditions

Students are considered for Early Admission with Conditions in April and for Final Admission from June 15 to the end of August. Information on qualifying for Early Admission with Conditions is available in the U of A Calendar. To be considered, you must submit your application for admission and official non-U of A transcript (if applicable) to the Office of the Registrar by February 15.

Transfer Credit and Residency Requirements

At the time of admission to the BCom program, a maximum of 60 credits for transfer credit may be eligible towards the BCom degree, pending official evaluation by the Alberta School of Business. Please note that transfer credit is not assessed officially for a student until they have been admitted to the BCom program.Please refer to the U of A Calendar for additional information on our residency requirement.

Attending Another Post Secondary

Some students may elect to attend another Alberta post-secondary university or college for their pre-professional year. To determine if the courses you will take are transferable to the University of Alberta, consult the Transfer Alberta website. You must check each of your courses individually on the website to determine if there is a transfer agreement. If no transfer agreement for the course is found in the guide, then the course is not transferable to the U of A. If you are attending a university or college outside of Alberta, determining transferability may be more difficult. Please contact us for further information.


For more information on the BCom program, please consult the admission and program information sections in the U of A Calendar. If you have any questions, please contact the Undergraduate Program Office.