Full-Time Upper-Year Admission
Smith School of Business
The Bachelor of Commerce program at Queen's University allows students to study:
- International Business
- Quantitative Methods
- Industrial and Human Relations
- Management Information Systems
There is a very limited number of upper-year spaces. To be considered for admission, upper-year applicants must have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.3 (B+). However, most successful applicants have a minimum GPA of 3.7 (A-). As well as submitting academic documentation, all upper-year applicants to the Bachelor of Commerce program must fill out a Queen's Commerce Personal Statement of Experience.
Definition of Upper-Year Candidates
- Students who have completed a minimum 24 units (or equivalent) at another accredited university or college with a university transfer program. 24 Queen's units are typically 4 full-year courses (one course taken over two terms) or 8 one-term only courses. Upper-year candidates have generally attended university for a minimum of 2 terms taking academic courses - as opposed to applied or professional;
- Ontario community college students who are in a three-year diploma program and will be graduating;
- Graduates from three-year Ontario community college diploma programs;
- CEGEP students who are in the final year of a three-year professional/career program who will be receiving their DEC;
- Graduates of three-year CEGEP professional/career programs who have their DEC;
- University graduates applying to do a second undergraduate degree program (See NOTE below).
The Application Procedure
- Applications must be submitted to the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) by 1 June. The OUAC on-line application is available here.
- Acknowledgement letters, indicating what supporting documentation is required, are sent when Undergraduate Admission receives the applications from the OUAC.
- All documentation requested must be received at Undergraduate Admission by 15 June.
- Complete files of eligible applicants are reviewed for admission decisions in late June.
- In early July offers of admission will be sent to candidates whose applications have been approved.
Calculus at either the senior high school or university level is a prerequisite. There are no other specific university-course prerequisites.
Transferability of Courses
- Transfer credits are assessed by individual departments and are based on grades achieved as well as equivalency to Queen's courses. A "Statement of Transfer Credit" is sent out after the offer of admission. Credit is not granted for courses with a final grade lower than 1.7 (C-).
- Graduates from Ontario community college three-year diploma programs or from three year professional/career CEGEP programs receive a maximum of 30 units.
- The regulations of the Smith School of Business state that at least half of the work required for a degree must be completed at Queen's University if a Queen's degree is to be awarded. Students admitted to third year normally take a minimum of two and a half year of study to satisfy the course requirements for a Bachelor of Commerce degree.
Important to Note
- Queen's University does not operate on a semester system; full-time admission to an undergraduate program is possible only in September.
- Residence accommodation is not guaranteed for upper-year applicants. To investigate other housing options, visit the Queen's Community Housing website.
Note For Second-Degree Applicants
Candidates who have already completed an undergraduate degree at Queen's or another academic institution are encouraged to consider applying either:
As a post-degree student on a non-degree program.
Post-degree students on a non-degree program are permitted to take courses in the School of Business for one or two terms during one academic year. To be considered as such a candidate, please apply directly to Undergraduate Admission no later than 1 July.
- to an MBA program