About Program Admission Requirements

The Commerce program – offered as a Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) and a BCom Specialized Honours in Information Technology (BCom ITEC) – at York is one of the largest business programs in Canada.

All of our Commerce programs focus on how to apply theory to real-world situations, using a variety of methods including multimedia presentations, seminars, case studies and visits from prestigious guest speakers. With the help of our expert faculty, you will sharpen your critical-thinking, analytic, communication and leadership skills.

Broaden your career horizons and gain practical business experience. Our BCom Specialized Honours program provides you with the rare opportunity to specialize at the undergraduate level, focusing on one of the following areas:


Our program offerings include our popular BCom accounting honours degree and an accounting certificate. These programs prepare you for various fields of accountancy, including public practice, controllership, and general managerial accounting. They also provide excellent preparation for the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation.  In the Honours program, you may be eligible to take on one or more full-time paid internship positions – ranging from four to 16 months in duration – between your third and fourth years of university.

Business Research

Reliable data and research are critical to the effective management of businesses and organizations. In addition to building a solid foundation in general business and management practices, the program will provide you with specialized knowledge in survey design, data collection and interpretation, quantitative measure and market and decision analysis. You will take courses in marketing, research, critical decision-making and information systems design. As a graduate of the Business Research stream, you will be qualified to pursue a variety of careers in the private and public sectors, from market research or analysis to business or strategic planning.


Finance is an essential part of managing any organization, large or small, and is also essential to helping families plan their own financial future. The program teaches you how to manage the financial affairs of a company and to work in corporate finance. You will learn personal financial planning and investment analysis to work in wealth management careers and to help you get the CFA or CFP designation. You also learn critical skills such as law, marketing, accounting, business strategy and human resource management that you will need anywhere you work. Graduates can go on to work as corporate financial managers, financial planners, investment advisers or investment portfolio managers.

Human Resources Management

Gain both a solid foundation in general business and management practices. You will also develop specialized skills and knowledge in a wide range of Human Resources-related issues such as workplace productivity, labour-management relations, hiring, compensation, retention and safety & equity issues. Prepare for a career as a labour-relations specialist, corporate recruiter, Human Resources systems analyst or training professional.

Information Technology

Information Technology (IT) blends information management with an education in business. Specialize in Business Systems Analysis; E-Commerce Development; or Information Technology Auditing & Assurance. 


Effective leadership is critical to the smooth operation of all organizations and businesses. In this stream you will learn the principles of effective management that reflect the diverse scope and varied responsibility of modern management. You'll gain general knowledge in a variety of areas, including marketing, human resources management, financial management, strategic planning and general management practices from the perspective of small (including entrepreneurial), medium and large organizations and companies. As a graduate of this stream, you will be prepared to pursue a range of careers, including business direction, entrepreneurship or business development consulting.

Management Science

The Management Science stream will prepare you both academically and professionally to address the unique and complex issues organizations face in their short-term and long-terms strategic planning. You will develop a strong foundation in quantitative methods as well as in operations and logistics management.


Today’s businesses depend on the creativity and expertise of marketing professionals to effectively promote their products. The Marketing stream provides you with the skills and knowledge needed in this fast-paced and challenging field. Through in-class lectures, case studies and simulations, you'll gain both theoretical and practical knowledge in all aspects of the marketing process including product management, advertising and communications, market research and strategies, retailing, international markets and consumer behaviour.

The Bachelor of Commerce in Information Technology (BCom ITEC) is unique in Commerce, blending information management with business. You'll take courses in applied computer networks, systems design and principles.

Stand out to future employers by completing one of three streams:

  • Business Systems Analysis: will prepare you for a career as an information technology analyst, systems analyst or information technology consultant.
  • E-Commerce Development: gives you the technical knowledge required for the design and development of consumer and business-to-business electronic commerce systems.
  • Information Technology Auditing & Assurance: responds to the growing demand for information system audit, control and security professionals. This stream was developed in close consultation with the Information Systems Audit and Control Association and will be of interest to students seeking the certified Information Systems Auditor designation.

Enhance your degree

Add a minor in business to any Honours program in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, as well as programs in the Faculty of Health and the Faculty of Science.

Investigate our broad range of Certificates in Accounting, Emergency Management, Human Resources Management, Information Technology Auditing & Assurance, Logistics, Marketing and Real Estate. Students pursuing a degree may take a certificate concurrently with their degree program or separately as a stand-alone program.

Sample First-year Schedule

  • Introduction to Administrative Studies
  • Introduction to Microeconomics
  • Exploring the Functions of Business
  • Introduction to Macroeconomics
  • Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • Social Science, Natural Science or Humanities general education courses

Possible Career Paths

Explore what you can do with your degree
  • investment and financial analyst
  • professional accountant
  • human resource professional
  • chief operating officer
  • marketing and sales manager

You are required to provide official evidence of academic achievement in secondary education. This can be demonstrated through:

  • Final grades under the Ontario curriculum (obtained through correspondence, night school or through TVO)
  • Credentials through other curricula, such as results from Advanced Placement (AP) or Advanced-level courses in the General Certificate of Education (GCE). (Students may register to sit for the AP and GCE examinations as private candidates.)

In the absence of final grades in courses:

  • You must submit the results of standardized tests such as the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) with a minimum combined total of 1170 on the Critical Reading and Math components or a composite American College Testing (ACT) score of 24.
  • Your application will be reviewed by an admissions sub-committee. If admitted, you will not be eligible for entrance scholarships. You will be considered for continuing student scholarships at the end of your first year of study, if you satisfy those criteria.

You may also be required to provide proof of language proficiency. You will be considered for entrance scholarships on the basis of your overall averages in the six 4U/4M (Ontario curriculum) or equivalent courses.

We are adding to our database of admission requirements by country. Please check back in October for additional admission requirements by country. General requirements are currently available by country — note that program-specific requirements may apply in addition to general requirements.