Academic Calendar 2022/23

School of Business

Business Administration certificate

The Business Administration certificate program consists of two sections. In the core section students will complete four courses which provide a general background in the fundamentals and complementary skills and knowledge of business administration. The elective section allows students a choice of Business courses.

Entrance requirements

Option 1: Secondary school (for students with secondary school graduation only)

  1. B.C. secondary school graduation or equivalent, or minimum 19 years of age before the first day of classes.
  2. Prerequisites for MATH 140.

Option 2: University entrance (for students who have attended some post-secondary school)

  1. Prerequisites for MATH 140.
  2. One of the following:
    • Completion of a minimum of 9 credits in courses numbered at the 100 level and above, with a minimum CGPA of 2.00 on all credits attempted.
    • Completion of a post-secondary career or technical diploma (minimum of two years post-secondary credit) from a recognized Canadian or International post-secondary institution, with a minimum CGPA of 2.50 (equated to the UFV grading scheme), calculated on all courses taken.
    • Completion of a three- or four-year Bachelor's degree from a recognized Canadian or International institution, with a minimum CGPA of 2.00 (equated to the UFV grading scheme).

Students who do not meet these requirements might consider Qualifying Studies.

When to apply

Applications are accepted for entrance to the Fall, Winter, and Summer semesters. For application deadlines, see Specific intake application process.

How to apply

  1. Apply online at

    Additional documents required for a complete application:

    • Official transcripts (or interim transcripts) from all post-secondary institutions attended showing grade/course achievement as per entrance requirements. To be considered official, transcripts must be sent directly to UFV from the originating institution; see the Transfer Credit section for details.
    • Proof of B.C. secondary school graduation or equivalent.
  2. Applicants will be advised of an admission decision and, if accepted, will be provided with registration information. A deposit is required prior to registration (see the Fees and Other Costs section) and will be applied toward tuition fees.

Basis for admission decision

Applicants who meet the entrance requirements will be admitted in order of their application date. This date is set when an application, all required documentation, and the application fee have been submitted.

Fees and additional costs

See the Fees and Other Costs section.

Program duration

Depending on the number of courses taken per term and BUS elective course choices, the certificate can be completed in two semesters. The certificate requires 30-33 credits depending on the courses chosen. The program can be completed on either a part-time or full-time basis and must be completed within seven years of admission.


All courses are offered in Abbotsford. Some courses may also be offered at the Chilliwack and Mission campuses.

Program outline

Core courses

Course Title Credits
MATH 110 Pre-Calculus Math 3-4
or MATH 140 Algebra and Functions for Business (see Note)  
BUS 100 Introduction to Business 3
CMNS Any 100-level or higher Communications course 3-4
One of:   3-4
ECON 100 Principles of Microeconomics  
ECON 101 Principles of Macroeconomics  
STAT Any 100-level or higher Statistics course  

Note: Students are advised to take MATH 140 unless they have the prerequisite for MATH 141. Students with the prerequisite for MATH 141 may take a BUS course or general elective in lieu of MATH 140. Students planning to transfer their credits to the BBA should take MATH 141.

Elective courses

Students must complete 18 credits of 100-level or higher BUS electives (in addition to BUS 100).

Note: Students can receive credit for either BUS 145 or (BUS 143 and BUS 144), but not both. .

Transferring courses to other institutions and associations

Students intending to pursue commerce or business administration studies at another institution are advised to study those institutions’ academic calendars carefully before enrolling in any UFV courses which have a BUS designation. Students should consult an Advisor or at the institution to which they intend to transfer, or refer to the B.C. Transfer Guide at for transfer details.

A number of the School of Business' courses and programs are recognized by professional associations such as the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada) and Chartered Professionals in Human Resources (CPHR).

Undergraduate continuance

Students enrolled in undergraduate courses (courses numbered 100 or higher) must maintain an undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of at least 2.00 to remain enrolled in Good Academic Standing at UFV. Students in Good Academic Standing will have no registration limits placed on them. Failure to meet the minimum CGPA requirement will result in restrictions on registration and may eventually lead to academic suspension from undergraduate studies at UFV. Students on Academic Warning or Academic Probation are limited to registering in 10 credits. For further details, see the Academic standing and undergraduate continuance section of the academic calendar. Academic standing is governed by UFV’s Undergraduate Continuance policy (92).


Students must complete at least 25% of the credits required in the certificate at UFV.

Graduation requirements

To be eligible to graduate, students must achieve a minimum program and cumulative GPA of 2.00. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure all program requirements are met. This should be done by regular consultation with a School of Business advisor.

See the Graduation section of the calendar for more information.

Course listings

For complete details on courses see the course descriptions section.

Current Students