Program Admission Entry Points
There are two possible entry points to the BBA program: Year 1 (Direct-Entry Stream) or Year 2 (Delayed-Entry Stream).
The majority of students enter Year 1 of the program in the Direct-Entry Stream and spend their four years of study at the Schulich School of Business.
A limited number of spaces are reserved for students in the Delayed-Entry Stream. Provided certain prerequisite courses are completed, these students may enter into Year 2 of the BBA program after completing their one year of university studies. Students in the Delayed-Entry Stream spend one year of university studying in another faculty at York University, or at another university. They spend the next three years at the Schulich School of Business in the BBA program. Some courses offered through other faculties at York (e.g. ADMS or Correspondence courses) do not satisfy degree requirements for Schulich programs and will not be counted in the 30.00 credit hours presented for admission into Year 2. For more information, please consult the Undergraduate Programs Unit at Schulich, and the Degree Program Note and Course Credit Exclusion sections, outlined in the Undergraduate Academic Handbook
The minimum length of time required to complete the BBA program is four years of full-time study (minimum 24.0 credit hours per Fall/Winter session (8 half courses)).
Students select non-business elective courses to broaden their education. However, please note that a maximum total of 12.00 credit-hours of non-business electives will be counted towards the BBA degree for Year 1 and Year 2.
Non-business credit-hours are generally counted in chronological order and additional credit-hours are counted toward the next academic year.
- Year 1 and Year 2 students may pursue their electives at any year-level (provided that they meet the prerequisite requirement) to satisfy their non-business requirements in the first 60.00 credit-hours of their degree.
- Year 3 students must pursue their electives at a minimum 2000-level to satisfy their non-business requirements between 60.00 and 90.00 credit-hours of their degree.
- Year 4 students must pursue their electives at a minimum 3000-level to satisfy their non-business requirements between 90.00 and 120.00 credit-hours of their degree.
- Please note that this rule does not apply to courses taken through the Department of Languages, Literature and Linguistics or the Department of French Studies, where the language of instruction is not English. This includes American Sign Language courses.
There are some courses offered by other units of York University that BBA and iBBA students may not take for degree credit. Students may take these courses for their general interest, but such courses will not satisfy BBA program requirements for either business or non-business electives, nor may they be substituted
for superficially similar Schulich core courses. These courses are excluded from credit towards the BBA degree.
The following types of courses will not count towards the BBA program:
- Management or business courses offered through other units of the University including business courses in either the Economics and Business program or the Mathematics for Commerce program (including cross-listed courses).
- Administrative Studies (ADMS) and Human Resources Management (HRM) courses offered by the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, including cross-listing of these courses in other disciplines or Faculties.
- SB/BFND and SB/NPMG courses. Although these courses are offered through Schulich, they are open only to those students in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies pursuing a Certificate in Business Fundamentals.
- Physical Education Practica (PKIN).
- Correspondence courses (Any course that indicates “CORS” as the lecture type on the online course timetable)
- AP/POLS 1090 3.00 or AP/SOSC 1340 6.00 (Formerly: AS/POLS 1090 3.00 or AS/SOSC 1340 3.00) can be counted for credit toward the BBA program only if used to fulfill admission requirements for the Delayed-Entry Program.
Please view page 11 of the Undergraduate Student Handbook for a complete list of courses that may not be taken for credit.
To maintain good standing in the BBA/iBBA program, a total of at least 30.00 credit-hours for each year of study must be completed before the beginning of the Fall term of the following year, including all prescribed courses. Students must complete a minimum of 24.00 credit-hours of academic work for each Fall/Winter session with a minimum of 12.00 credit-hours per each Fall and Winter session. The average student completes 15.00 credit-hours per semester. Although it is not recommended, the students may take as many as 18.00 credit-hours per term during the Fall/Winter session. Students cannot take more than 18.00 credit-hours per term during the Fall/Winter session.
Leave of Absence
- Prior to entering the Fall term of Year 2, 30.00 credit-hours must be completed, including all prescribed core courses
- Prior to entering the Fall term of Year 3, 60.00 credit-hours must be completed, including all prescribed core courses
- Prior to entering the Fall term of Year 4, 90.00 credit-hours must be completed, including all prescribed core courses
In rare and unforeseen circumstances, a student may petition for a leave of absence for one term or one academic year. This request should be made in writing and directed to the Schulich Student Affairs Committee. Prior to submitting a petition, students are required to meet with an Undergraduate Academic Advisor. Please refer to page 28 of the Undergraduate Student Handbook
for guidelines regarding petition submissions.
Direct-Entry students are expected to complete the program within 48 months (4 years) and must complete the program within 60 months (5 years). Delayed-Entry students are expected to complete the program within 36 months (3 years) and must complete the program within 48 months (4 years).
Exceptions to these courseload requirements are possible only on the basis of a successful petition to the Student Affairs Committee, which is composed of faculty, staff and students. The Committee will review petitions related to one-time modifications to the promotion requirements as outlined in the Undergraduate Student Handbook
. For example, Schulich students must petition if they fail a core course and are requesting permission to be promoted with a revised study plan. Requests to alter the prescribed course of study, to take more than the maximum allowable credit-hours during the summer term, to drop and be promoted without necessary core courses for the academic year in question, and other matters regarding the 120.00 credit-hours required for graduation are considered by the Student Affairs Committee. An appointment with an Undergraduate Programs Advisor is required prior to submitting a petition. Please note that students should not assume that a petition would be granted. Students are expected to attend all their classes and fulfill the regular requirements of the BBA/iBBA until receipt of the official decision from the Program Committee. Please refer to page 28 of the Undergraduate Student Handbook
for guidelines regarding petition submissions.
Although the Schulich School does not offer undergraduate business courses during the Summer terms, students may take up to 6.00 credit-hours of non-business (non-SB) courses at another York Faculty or at another university, upon pre-approval (via a Letter of Permission (LOP)), prior to the term in question.
Students must complete an Undergraduate Request for a Letter of Permission (LOP) form, attach it to a course description from the host University along with a concise statement outlining why he/she is requesting to take a course at another institution. The letter should also include how many credits and toward what year level the student would like for it to apply. The "Undergraduate Request for a Letter of Permission LOP" form may be obtained from the Undergraduate Programs Assistant or through this web site. All correspondence should be addressed to the “Undergraduate Program Committee.”
Students are required to make their requests in writing and provide course outlines from the host university. These requests can be given to the Undergraduate Programs Advisor/Coordinator. Students are encouraged, if they would like to take a course for credit at another post-secondary institution, to submit their request for a Letter of Permission as early as possible so that there is sufficient time for review. Academic rules and regulations regarding courses apply. Students who do not have approval for LOP courses prior to enrolling in them will not be granted credit in either the BBA or iBBA program. Credit(s) for the course(s) taken on a Letter of Permission will be added to the student record once an official transcript has been received from the host institution. It is the student’s responsibility to arrange to have the official transcripts forwarded to the Schulich School of Business. Transcripts should be forwarded to the attention of the Records and Promotions Administrative Assistant, Division of Student Services and International Relations, Schulich School of Business.
BBA and iBBA students who wish to take language courses at another institution on a letter of permission (LOP), can submit their requests to the Undergraduate Program Unit along with written confirmation from York's Department of Languages that the course taken at the other institution is indeed equivalent to a York language course.