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Commerce

Degree Bachelor of Commerce (Honours)
Faculty Faculty of Business and Information Technology
Location UOIT, North Oshawa
Start dates September
Length Four years
Program load Full-time
OUAC code DBC
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The Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) (BCom) program will enhance your understanding of key business functions and current systems technologies, preparing you to succeed in a specialized field such as accounting, finance, marketing, or organizational and human resources management.

General information

Our program put you one step ahead by combining the latest technology with the most current business and information technology (IT) trends. 

Integrating key business functions with the use and understanding of today’s latest technologies, this program provides you with the skills necessary for employment in a competitive market.

The first two years of the program have a common curriculum featuring simulations, teamwork and case studies. In your third year, you may choose one of the following five majors:

  • Accounting
  • Entrepreneurship 
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources Management

You may also complete a minor from one of these areas, or in Operations and Supply Chain Management.

Accounting

The Accounting major provides excellent preparation for an exciting career as a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA). Our program is accredited by CPA Ontario and students who complete all required courses are eligible to enter the CPA Professional Education Program (CPA PEP). Accounting graduates can also complete the first four modules of the CPA PEP at UOIT by obtaining the graduate diploma in Accounting during the summer following graduation. CPAs have a vast range of career opportunities in every industry and sector of the economy, including senior management positions. You will acquire the most up-to-date knowledge a CPA needs, including the skills and abilities required to pursue the CPA designation. 

Entrepreneurship

This major prepares you to start your own business. You will gain extensive knowledge of management with a focus on the opportunities and challenges of entrepreneurship. A variety of courses are offered including creative idea generation, small business management, lean venture creation and entrepreneurial finance. You will put theory to practice in the incubator program, or in an internship with an entrepreneurial start-up company.

Finance

This major prepares you for the Canadian Securities Institute (CSI) Global Education Inc. exam, the professional designation of Chartered Financial Analyst, and a successful career in the financial service industry.

Marketing

This area of study develops and deepens your knowledge of consumer behaviour, marketing research, digital marketing and strategy formulation in a dynamic environment.

Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources Management

This major will help you develop the skills and knowledge required to transform an organization's most important asset, human capital, into a sustainable competitive advantage. It prepares you for a human resources career, providing you with the courses needed to pursue the Certified Human Resources Leader professional designation. 


Additional information

Faculty of Business and Information Technology website

Admission requirements

Current Ontario secondary school students must complete the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with six 4U or 4M credits including English (ENG4U) with a minimum average of 60 per cent and one of Advanced Functions (MHF4U), Calculus and Vectors (MCV4U) or Mathematics of Data Management (MDM4U) with a minimum average of 60 per cent. 

Note: Admission is competitive. The specific average or standing required for admission varies from year to year. Students are selected by taking into consideration a wide range of criteria including school marks, distribution of subjects taken, and performance in subjects relevant to the academic program. Possession of the minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance. Preference will be given to applicants with the best qualifications.


Last year's cut-off 72 per cent
Expected cut-off low 70s

How to apply

The application process and important dates/deadlines are outlined on our admissions website:
Ontario secondary school applicants 
Ontario secondary school graduates
Canadian out-of-province high school applicants 
international applicants 
mature applicants (over 21 and never attended post-secondary) 
transfer applicants
General Arts and Science (GAS) applicants 
home-schooled applicants

Program curriculum

Sample courses: 

  • Business Communications 
  • Business Computer Applications 
  • Business Math 
  • Critical Thinking and Ethics 
  • Financial Accounting 
  • Macroeconomics 
  • Management of the Enterprise
  • Microeconomics
  • Statistics
  • UOIT Edge Capstone Study Project

The first two years of the program have a common curriculum featuring simulations, teamwork and case studies. In your third year, students can proceed to one of four majors:

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources Management

You may also complete a minor from one of these areas, or in Operations and Supply Chain Management.

A full program map is available in the Undergraduate Academic Calendar. Courses are subject to change without notice.

Experiential learning

You will gain firsthand business experience through internship work placements (locally or abroad) or Capstone study projects in which you work as a team to provide consulting services to one of our industry partners. Learn more on the faculty website.

Career opportunities

Accounting

  • accountant
  • auditor
  • banker
  • consultant
  • controller
  • credit analyst
  • financial analyst
  • financial planner
  • tax accountant

Entrepreneurship

  • corporate entrepreneurship 
  • family business manager 
  • gaming and virtual reality startups 
  • new venture planner 
  • social enterprise startups 

Finance

  • corporate lender
  • financial analyst
  • financial planner
  • investment advisor
  • investment banker 
  • portfolio manager 
  • securities trader
  • treasurer 

Marketing

  • advertising executive
  • brand manager
  • channel manager
  • marketing co-ordinator
  • marketing researcher
  • retail manager
  • sales manager

Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources Management

  • compensation analyst
  • employee benefits co-ordinator
  • health and safety officer
  • human resources manager
  • labour relations specialist
  • recruitment specialist
  • training and development officer

Success stories

"UOIT is where students break boundaries and do things they never thought possible. Students have access to great Business and Accounting professors who motivate and share their professional experiences, and accomplished mentors and colleagues who push students to achieve greatness. I played varsity sports as a member of the UOIT Ridgebacks men’s soccer team. I had the privilege of studying abroad on exchange in Europe for a semester; this experience will always be one of the best of my life."

- Nik Pandikiu
Bachelor of Commerce (Honours), class of 2014
Accountant, CAA South Central Ontario, Thornhill, Ontario

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