Admission Requirements for Internal Transfer Students | College of Business and Economics

Admission Requirements for Internal Transfer Students

This information is for current University of Guelph students interested in transferring into the Bachelor of Commerce program.

Minimum admission requirements

Grade requirement

  • A 70% cumulative university average (based upon a minimum of 2.0 credits) OR
  • Two consecutive full-time (2.00 credits minimum) semesters with an average of 70% in each semester immediately prior to the entry point

Math requirement

Major Requirement
  • Accounting
  • Food and Agricultural Business 
  • Management Economics and Finance 
  • Marketing Management
  • Real Estate and Housing
Advanced Functions (MHF4U) plus one additional 4U math course.
If you do not have a second 4U math course, MATH*1030 will also be required.
  • Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • Leadership and Organizational Management
  • Public Management
Advanced Functions (MHF4U)

Frequently asked questions

Can I count the courses I have already taken towards a BComm degree?

Core BComm courses such as ECON*1050-- Introductory Microeconomics, will automatically count towards your BComm degree.  Most non-business courses can be counted as Liberal, or Free electives, and possibly Restricted Electives. If you have completed more electives than your BComm major requires, you will need to complete more than 20.00 credits to graduate. A BComm Program Counsellor can help determine how many of your credits will count towards a BComm should you be admitted.

How do I apply?

Applications to switch programs are processed through Admission Services (Level 3, UC).  To access the online application as well as information on admission requirements and fees please visit the U of G Internal Transfer website. Your application must be submitted by the applicable deadline;

  • Winter Semester Entry -- November 15
  • Summer Semester Entry -- March 15
  • Fall semester Entry -- May 1 **

** Applying for Fall entry and taking summer courses? Summer grades are factored into your admission average so Admission Services will wait for these results before making a decision. 

I am interested in the Co-op option

All BComm majors, except Leadership & Organizational Management, offer the Co-op option. To be considered for Co-op you must submit a separate application to Co-op and Career Services by the appropriate deadline. For details on the application process please visit their In-course Admission website. Only those students currently enrolled in their first year may apply for co-op. *If you are a current Co-op student, contact Co-op and Career Services directly for the appropriate forms.

Can I take courses in the major before I transfer?

This is commonly known as ‘shadowing’. Students can choose to shadow another program or major, but shadowing most BComm majors can be difficult. Many BComm courses (e.g. ACCT, HROB, HTM, MCS) are restricted so that only BComm students may take them. It is possible to ask the department offering the course for a waiver of the restriction, but the department is under no obligation to let a non-BComm student into their course. For a list of departmental contacts please visit Course Selection FAQ

Shadow at your own risk!

While shadowing a major can be a time saver for students who are admitted quickly, it can be quite risky for those who will need two, three or more semesters of study before they will meet the admission requirements of the BComm Program.  

What are the risks?

  • Many courses are restricted. If you cannot get into those restricted courses your course options will be limited. Just because you choose to shadow doesn’t mean that the department has to waive their restrictions.
  • You are taking courses outside of the degree program that you are currently registered. If you do not get admitted to BComm you may end up with credits for courses that cannot be used to fulfill the graduation requirements of your current degree program.

What should I do?

  • Set realistic goals. Decide how many semesters you are willing to take the risk of shadowing. If you don’t have the grades you need after two semesters, you may want to reconsider.
  • Have a back-up plan. Know what you will do if you don’t meet the admission requirements in the time that you have allowed.

If you are admitted to the BComm program, please note the following:

  • You must follow the academic calendar year that you have been admitted to. Example; you started your studies in the BA program under the 16/17 calendar and have now been admitted to Marketing for Fall 2017. You therefore must now follow the 17/18 BComm academic calendar. This also applies to the fees that you pay, i.e. your fee Cohort Year.
  • The GPA you earned in your previous Guelph degree carries forward into your BComm program. You do not start with a new GPA.