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Admissions Information

Admission requirements are based on the Ontario High School System. Prospective students can view the admission requirements through the Admissions website at The overall average required for admission is determined each year on a program-by-program basis. Holding the minimum admission requirements only establishes eligibility for consideration; higher averages are required for admission to programs for which the demand for places by qualified applicants exceeds the number of places available. All programs have limited enrolment and admission is not guaranteed. Some programs may also require specific course prerequisites and prerequisite averages and/or supplementary admission portfolios. Consult for further details.

Note: If a course is listed as recommended, it is not mandatory for admission. Students who do not follow the recommendations will not be disadvantaged in the admission process.


  • Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com.) (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com.)

Admission Requirements

First Year

Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com.) (Honours)
The Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent including a minimum of six 4U or M courses. The six 4U or M courses must include English (or anglais), Advanced Functions, and Calculus and Vectors.  Applicants who do not present with Calculus and Vectors must successfully complete MATH 0009 at Carleton in the Fall semester of first year in order to be eligible to continue.

Applicants submitting an English language test to satisfy the requirements of the English Language Proficiency section of this Calendar may use that test to also satisfy the 4U English prerequisite requirement.

Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com.)
No direct entry; access is restricted.

Advanced Standing

Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com.) (Honours)
Applications for admission to the second or subsequent years will be assessed on their merits. Applicants must present an overall CGPA of 9.00 (B+) or higher. 

Students may also be assessed for admission to second and subsequent years if they present with a minimum of 3 out of the following 6 courses (or equivalent): BUSI 1001, BUSI 1002, ECON 1001, ECON 1002, BUSI 1800, and MATH 1009 with no individual grade below C + and with a Major CGPA of 7.00 or higher. Note that MATH 1007, MATH 1004, MATH 1052, or MATH/ECON 1401 and MATH/ECON 1402 (both required) are acceptable for transfer in lieu of MATH 1009.  

Advanced standing will be granted only for those courses that are determined to be appropriate

Applications by B.I.B. (Honours) students for admission to the second or subsequent years of B.Com. (Honours) will be assessed on their merits. Students must present a Major CGPA and an Overall CGPA consistent with the Academic Continuation Evaluation requirements for B.Com. (Honours) students. Advanced standing will be granted for those courses determined to be appropriate.

Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com.)
No direct entry. Access is restricted to students in the Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) and Bachelor of International Business (Honours). (See Regulations for Business.)

Co-op Option

Direct Admission to the First Year of the Co-op Option
Applicants must:

  1. meet the required overall admission cut-off average and prerequisite course average. These averages may be higher than the stated minimum requirements;
  2. be registered as a full-time student in the Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) program;
  3. be eligible to work in Canada (for off-campus work placements).

Meeting the above requirements only establishes eligibility for admission to the program. The prevailing job market may limit enrolment in the co-op option.

Note: continuation requirements for students previously admitted to the co-op option and admission requirements for the co-op option after beginning the program are described in the Co-operative Education Regulations section of this Calendar.