Admission Process

Undergraduate

UCW have a range of programs for undergraduates to choose from that can lead you into the career you want. Small classes make sure you get the individual support that you need from UCW outstanding faculty members, and all of our courses focus on the practical skills you’ll be using in the workplace.

General entry requirements

Secondary School Applicants who have graduated from British Columbia secondary school (high school) or equivalent are required to have, at minimum, the equivalent of a BC high school (Grade 12) diploma, with an overall average of C.

If you have graduated from high school but do not meet the minimum grade levels, you may still be considered for admission if you have successfully completed at least 30 academic post-secondary credits at a recognized institution.

Special Considerations

In certain circumstances, applicants who have not completed the equivalent of a Canadian High School (Grade 12) diploma, or who do not meet the minimum admissions requirements, maybe accepted into an undergraduate program. Such applicants must:

  • Be over twenty-one (21) years of age on or before the first day of classes
  • Have been out of high school for at least two years
  • Be approved by the Admissions Committee

In lieu of a high school diploma, the Admissions Committee will consider if the applicant has the work experience, or a combination of education and experience, that indicates their ability to be successful in their program of study.

Additional Entry Requirements for International Students

Applicants who completed high school or any post-secondary studies outside Canada must also submit:

  • Documentation confirming their high school completion was awarded, if not already indicated on official transcripts
  • Proof of English language proficiency as specified in the “English Proficiency” section.

Documents Checklist

Applicants must submit:

  • A completed application form
  • An official high school transcript
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended (if any)
  • Official proof of English proficiency (if applicable)
  • A credential evaluation from a recognized service confirming equivalency if the applicant submits a credential from an unrecognized institution or if additional analysis is required by the Admissions Committee; and
  • Where transcripts are in a language other than English, the applicant must provide a certified English translation from a certified translator on official letterhead.

Official Transcripts

Applicants must arrange for official transcripts to be sent from any previous high school and post-secondary institution along with their University Canada West application. An official transcript is one that:

  • Is on official institution transcript paper or letterhead;
  • Has an original signature and/or seal from the institution; and
  • Has been sent directly from the issuing institution to the Registrar’s Office at University Canada West.

The envelope must be sealed and tamper-free. Students must submit official transcripts from every institution at which they were registered, even those from which they withdrew from classes.

Graduate

An MBA degree from University Canada West will give you the business expertise you need to succeed in your career, covering skills like critical thinking, management, leadership, and business ethics. Our MBA program focuses on the practical application of theory through case studies and examples from the real world, ensuring that you get the knowledge you need to be an effective leader in the workplace.

General Entry Requirements

Applicants to the MBA program may qualify for admission based on the following requirements:

A Bachelor’s degree awarded by a recognized post-secondary institution, with a cumulative GPA of 3.00 (on a 4.33 scale) or better and

Have one of the following:

  • Acceptable score on a Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) that has been written in the last five years.
  • An appropriate Canadian professional designation or equivalent international designation (e.g. CPA, CA, CGA, CMA, CHRP or P.Eng).
  • A Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (BBA) or Commerce (BComm) or equivalent.
  • A minimum of three (3) years documented professional or management experience with evidence of career progression and relevant education and/or training.

GMAT and GRE scores must be no more than five (5) years old. The Admissions Committee looks for scores that indicate strength in the verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing assessment portions of the exams.

Applicants who elect to submit their test scores directly to University Canada West from standard testing services should specify University Canada West’s institution code as follows:

  • GMAT 5HW
  • GRE 7570

MBA Foundation

Applicants to the MBA program who do not meet the requirements for direct admission may qualify through completion of the MBA Foundation courses. To be admitted to the MBA Foundation courses you must have a Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university with a cumulative GPA of 2.33 or better.

Students must earn a grade of B (GPA of 3.0) or better on each Foundation course in order to continue into the MBA program.

Special Consideration

Applicants who do not meet the minimum admission standards may be considered for admission to the MBA or MBA Foundation courses if they can demonstrate a significant depth and breadth of business/management experience or a combination of education and experience. Such applicants must be over twenty-one (21) years of age on or before the first day of classes.

English Proficiency

English is the language of instruction at University Canada West. If your first language is not English, you must submit proof of English Proficiency as specified in the English Proficiency section of this website.

The Admission Committee may require proof of English language proficiency from applicants who attended English language-based education systems if the Committee sees deficiencies in language proficiency when the application package is reviewed.

English language test scores are valid for admission purposes for a maximum of 2 years from the date of the test.

Documents Checklist

All applicants to the MBA program must submit:

  • A completed application form;
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended;
  • Official documentation confirming professional designations, where applicable;
  • A detailed chronological résumé clearly outlining educational achievements, work experience and progression, and other related experience; and
  • Proof of English language proficiency as specified in the “English Language Proficiency” section of the Admissions Policy;
  • Certified translations of any documents not in English.

Applicants who completed undergraduate studies outside Canada must also submit:

  • Documentation confirming awarding of their previous degree(s), if not already indicated on official transcripts; and
  • A credential evaluation from a recognized service if additional analysis is required by the Admissions Committee.

Domestic applicants who are permanent residents must provide a current copy of proof of permanent residency (landed immigrant status) with their application.

Applicants who are Convention Refugees must provide proof of their Refugee status with their application.

Official Transcripts

Applicants must arrange for official transcripts to be sent from any previous high school and post-secondary institution along with their University Canada West application. An official transcript is one that:

  • Is on official institution transcript paper or letterhead;
  • Has an original signature and/or seal from the institution; and
  • Has been sent directly from the issuing institution to the Registrar’s Office at University Canada West.

The envelope must be sealed and tamper-free.

Students must submit official transcripts from every institution at which they were registered, even those from which they withdrew from classes.