Get your Bachelors degree in Commerce or Business Communication (or ´fast-track´) from University Canada West (Vancouver)!

Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Arts in Business Communication, Associate of Arts

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 be able to:
  • Use managerial and financial tools to assess basic business issues critically.
  • Research and analyze business systems, processes and functions in the context of local, regional and global conditions.
  • Apply contemporary business methods to problems and contexts.
  • Create ethically and legally sound proposals, plans and projects.
  • Organize information to communicate persuasively to target audiences.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking and reflection skills in course deliverables.
  • Work productively in a collaborative and multicultural environment.

The Bachelor of Arts in Business Communication (BABC) is an interdisciplinary program that will develop your knowledge of media, cultural studies and business alongside theoretical and practical skills. The communication methods learnt and media training students get throughout this course are relevant to careers in professional writing, journalism, public relations, communications, and advertising.

Graduates of the BABC program will be able to:
  • Use communication theories to assess basic issues in cultural contexts
  • Critique communication media influence on audience perceptions of issues, events, products and services.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness and integration of all types of media and communications.
  • Demonstrate communication-oriented research and information seeking strategies.
  • Create ethically and legally sound content for a variety of forms of media and markets.
  • Integrate media and content to communicate persuasively to specific audiences.
  • Apply communication methods to business problems and contexts.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking and reflection skills in course deliverables.
  • Work productively in a collaborative environment.

The Associate of Arts (AA) degree prepares students for life as an educated person and lays a solid foundation for further study.

This two-year, 60-credit (20 courses) undergraduate program is equivalent to the first two years of a four-year degree in the Arts. It prepares students to transfer to research or teaching universities to complete a bachelor’s degree or serves as a credential to enter the labour market. The AA degree is accepted for transfer into bachelor degree programs at University Canada West (UCW) and all British Columbia degree-granting institutions, provided other admission requirements are met.

Graduates of the AA program will be able to:
  • Acquire knowledge and skills to help you find a career.
  • Become an effective oral and written communicator for the workplace.
  • Develop the ability to work collaboratively.
  • Prepare for entry into four-year bachelor’s degree programs.
  • Prepare for entry-level positions in the industry of your choice.

Courses are provided in face-to-face learning environments.

With the completion of 30 credits in the Associate of Arts degree, a student may transfer to the Bachelor of Arts in Business Communication or Bachelor of Commerce degree seamlessly. Alternatively, the student may continue in the Associate of Arts degree and complete the program with an additional 30 credit hours of study as per provincial Associate of Arts degree guidelines. Please refer to the Course Descriptions section for detailed information on the actual courses.

From $36.540 (Associate) to $73.080 (full Bachelors)

Find out all about the courses, structure, fees and benefits!

Canadian High School (Grade 12) diploma or equivalent with an overall average of C or better (2.0 on a 4.33 scale) OR 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 AND 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.
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Fall 2023