Business Administration (BBA) and Computer Science (BCS) with UW

The Lazaridis School of Business and Economics at Laurier and the Cheriton School of Computer Science at the University of Waterloo (UW) have teamed up to give you two highly respected degrees from our two outstanding institutions. In this double-degree program, you’ll earn both a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) from Laurier and a Bachelor of Computer Science (BCS) from UW in only five years.

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Apply Your Learning

At Laurier, you'll participate in a number of practical case-based learning opportunities:

  • Live Case: In your very first semester, you'll work in a group to answer a strategic business question posed by a real company. Cash prizes are awarded to the top teams.
  • New Venture Competition: Working in a team, you'll generate and present a concept, value proposition and business plan for your new venture.
  • Pitch Competition: This competition offers you the opportunity to perfect the "art of the pitch," a critical business skill in today’s world.
  • Integrated Case Exercise (ICE) Week: In your third year, you'll put your business knowledge to the test during in a ten-day live case competition. Within a group, you'll analyze a real problem facing a real company and offer real solutions.

Check out the Business Experience Guide.

 

top percentage of business schools worldwide*

 

number of times Laurier has won "School of the Year" at JDCC

 

graduates who have founded their own business

*Accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business since 2004.

Admissions

Format: full time      Duration: five years     Start: September (fall term)     OUAC code: UWB

You must meet the requirements of both programs to be accepted. If you choose to apply to Laurier and accept Laurier’s offer of admission, your main campus will be Laurier and you will automatically be entered into Laurier’s business degree co-op program, the largest business co-op program in Canada. You’ll take classes at both universities and receive a student card from both universities for convenience.

Ontario High School Admission Requirements
  • Minimum admission range: mid 90s.
  • Competitive admission range based on last year’s admitted students: mid 90s.
  • English at 80%.
  • Advanced Functions at 90%.
  • Calculus and Vectors at 90%.
  • All prerequisite courses calculated in admissions average.
Canadian Admission Requirements (Outside of Ontario)

Students applying to this program from a Canadian province outside of Ontario are encouraged to review our course equivalents by province chart. This chart will show you what courses from your province are equivalent to the admission requirements listed under Ontario High School Admission Requirements.

International Admission Requirements

Students applying to this program from an international curriculum are encouraged to review our curriculum-specific requirements; you must also meet all program-specific requirements listed under the Ontario High School Admission Requirements section.

English-Proficiency Requirement

Laurier's language of instruction is English, and so we may require you to provide evidence of your English proficiency to help make sure you experience success in your academic courses.

Your three most recent years of full-time education must be in English without taking any ESL (English as a Second Language) courses. If you do not meet this requirement, you must provide evidence of your English proficiency.

We reserve the right to request an English-language test from any applicant.

If you do not meet Laurier's English proficiency requirement but are academically qualified for your program, you may be eligible for a conditional offer of admission.

Laurier English and Academic Foundation (LEAF) Program

The Laurier English and Academic Foundation (LEAF) program is an academic English program for Laurier applicants who have to prove English proficiency. If you have received an offer to Laurier with a condition to meet our English- proficiency requirement, you can meet that condition by successfully completing the LEAF program.

Other Admission Requirements

Visit our admission requirements section to find specific requirements for international curriculums, other Canadian curriculums, and more.

Note: Transfer students are not eligible for admission to this program. You must be attending postsecondary for the first time to be eligible for admission.

Program Options and Courses

Concentrations

You'll build a solid foundation and become a well-rounded business and computer science graduate, as well as a specialist that will lead directly to the career you want by having the freedom to choose one of the following concentrations in upper years:

  • Accounting
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Human Resource Management
  • International Business
  • Marketing
  • Risk Management
  • Strategic Management
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Sustainability

First-Year Courses

  • Understanding the Business Environment
  • Functional Areas of the Organization
  • Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • Introduction to Microeconomics
  • Introduction to Macroeconomics
  • Introduction to Mathematics for Finance
  • Calculus I and II
  • Introduction to Mathematical Proofs

Sample Upper-Year Courses

  • Windows Application Programming
  • Human Resources Management
  • Ethics and Professional Practice in Computer Science

Co-op

Co-op is a way to integrate what you are learning in the classroom with practical experience in your field of study. Build your resume, earn money, develop your network, and graduate with work experience.

As a student in this program, you’ll be required to take part in Canada’s largest business degree co-op program, gaining 12 to 16 months of work experience while earning these two degrees in only five years.

Interested? Learn more about co-op.

Tuition and Scholarships

Getting a university education is an investment in your future.

At Laurier, we take financial health seriously by providing a wide variety of funding opportunities for you throughout your degree, such as scholarships and bursaries, and by equipping you with the skills to manage your finances effectively in the years to come.

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"Seeing how Laurier integrated theoretical knowledge with practical experience through co-op, presentations, case competitions and student union clubs showed me that this was the right fit for me and my future goals."

Gursimar Sachar, Lazaridis School alumnus

Your Career Awaits

It’s not only about the journey; it’s about the destination. Let us help you get to where you’re going.

Here are just some examples of our graduates' destinations. What’s yours?

Sample Career Options

Note: Additional training and education may be required.

  • business analyst
  • chief information officer
  • computer security specialist
  • entrepreneur
  • investment banking analyst
  • project manager
  • security systems programmer
  • software developer/engineer

Explore more careers.

Support After Graduation

Alumni for life means that you have access to Career and Employment Support offered at Laurier for your entire career.

Waterloo Campus

The Waterloo campus is tucked into about one city block, so you’re steps away from your classes, food and your new favourite study spot.

There are many ways to tour our Waterloo campus, whether that's on a guided tour with one of our Laurier student ambassadors, on your own using virtual reality, or even on-demand through one of our pre-recorded tours. See our campus spaces and start to picture yourself at Laurier.

Interested in More Info?

Email chooselaurier@wlu.ca, call 519.884.0710 x3385 or see all contact information.