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December 18, 2014

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BBA Program - Transfer Process

How do I transfer into the BBA program? (1st or 2nd year only.)

Transfer into the BBA program at Laurier is a competitive process, as space is limited. Admission is based on high school eligibility, applicability of courses taken previously in university, and grades achieved. For further information on this process, please see our:

Step-by-Step Guide for students currently studying at another university

Current Laurier students - Information on requesting transfer is available on the Registrar's Office website.

BBA Program - Applicant Restrictions

CAAT Applicants

Transfer into the BBA program is extremely competitive and is considered for First or Second Year entry only. Transfer credits do vary by program and tend to be awarded for elective courses rather than as equivalents to the major subject area of a program, due to the difference in academic approach. Students seeking transfer from a business-related diploma will therefore likely receive minimal transfer credits.
There are several high school prerequisites required for admission consideration to this program, as outlined on our website at /page.php?grp_id=2256&p=12888#Business_and_Economics

Students who have completed a two or three year program at a College of Applied Arts & Technology, will be considered for the BBA program if they have:

1. completed high school prerequisite courses with the required minimum grades
2. have an A- average

Students who have completed the required prerequisite high school courses, and have achieved a minimum of a B in their CAAT diploma, may be considered for the Applied Economics program. They would then have the opportunity to take the same courses as required for First Year of the BBA program and seek transfer as they proceed into Second Year. Again, transfer is competitive, but may be possible with high academic standing during subsequent studies at Laurier.

Alternately, applicants may wish to consider a program within the Faculty of Arts and complement these studies with the Management Option, which is a collection of Business courses taken in conjunction with an Honours degree in another discipline. Combining a CAAT business diploma with a Bachelor of Arts degree provides the diversity, breadth of knowledge, and skills that appeal to many employers.

Additional options available at our Brantford Campus include the Leadership or Bachelor of Business Technology Management (BBTM) programs. As with the BBA program above, transfer credits for the BBTM program would likely be applied to elective requirements for the program.

Applicants who currently hold an Undergraduate Degree

Applicants who have completed an undergraduate degree are not eligible for Laurier's BBA program due to the structure of this program. However, we do have other program options which may be of interest to you.

Laurier offers a Diploma in Business Administration which is a 6.0 credit part-time program designed primarily for individuals who have completed a degree in another discipline and wish to pursue formal studies in Business. If you have an interest in pursuing a professional accounting designation (CA, CMA, CGA), Laurier also offers a Diploma in Accounting. Alternatively, you may be interested in our one-year full-time or part-time MBA Program.

AccountingOptions at Laurier

All courses required for a professional accounting designation (i.e. CA, CMA, CGA) are available at Laurier. There are several program options available, and all academic requirements can be completed within the degree or diploma program, plus one additional "add-on" term:

Honours Bachelor of Business Administration

Honours BA Economics and Accounting

Honours BA Mathematics with Finance and Accounting Option

Diploma in Accounting (for individuals who have completed an Undergraduate degree and require at least eight courses to satisfy academic requirements for an accounting designation)

Students who have completed an Undergraduate degree but require less than eight courses to satisfy remaining professional accounting academic requirements may wish to apply for Post Degree Studies to complete final academic requirements.