Commerce and Business Administration (Diploma)

New Westminster
Learning Format
Admission Type
Open Enrolment - General Admission Requirements


Get an introduction to a variety of business and other subjects with the Commerce and Business Administration Diploma program. Choose from courses in accounting, marketing, economics, computing studies and information systems, English, philosophy and more.

Get paid, full-time work experience during your studies

You’ll benefit from class projects that focus on real-world situations and from the resources in our state-of-the-art computer labs. Put your skills to work by joining the optional Co-operative Education Program, which alternates semesters of study with paid, full-time work in your field. You’ll earn money while gaining experience, building your resume and getting an employer reference. To participate in Co-op you need to plan two semesters in advance, so we strongly recommend contacting the Co-op Office at the start of your program.

Further studies

The program is designed to facilitate transition to a number of universities and colleges, and it satisfies most of the lower division and group requirements of Simon Fraser University's Bachelor of Business Administration degree program. You can also continue your education right here at Douglas by transferring up to 60 credits into one of our Bachelor of Business Administration programs. 

Program Requirements

Curriculum Framework

Graduation Requirements:

  • Successful completion of 60 credits
  • 25% (15 credits) of all coursework must be completed at Douglas College

Course Requirements:

Note: A university transferable course is a course that transfers to one of the 5 Research Universities - SFU, UBC, UBCO, UNBC or UVIC – according to the BC Transfer Guide.

Course Number Course Title Credits

Select one course from the following two options:

ACCT 1210**

Principles of Accounting II


ACCT 1235*

Principles of Accounting I & II


Select one course from the following two options:

BUSN 1210

Management Essentials


MARK 1120

Introductory Marketing


Select one course from the following two options:

CSIS 1175

Introduction to Programming I


CSIS 2300

Database I


Select one course from the following five options:

ECON 2408

Money and Banking


ECON 2418

History of Economic Thoughts


ECON 2460

Environmental Economics


ECON 2490

Canadian Microeconomic Policy


ECON 2491

Canadian Macroeconomic Policy


Select one course from the following six options:

ENGL 1102

Reading Literature and Culture


ENGL 1106

Reading Fiction


ENGL 2107

Classical and Biblical Backgrounds to Modern Literature


ENGL 1114

Reading Poetry


ENGL 1115

Reading Plays


ENGL 1130 (recommended)

Academic Writing


Select one course from the following two options:

MATH 1120

Calculus I


MATH 1125

Calculus for the Social Sciences


Select one course from the following four options:

PHIL 1101

Critical Thinking


PHIL 1102

Values and Contemporary Issues


PHIL 1103

Knowledge, Reason and Experience


PHIL 1152

Reality and Existence


Required courses:

BUSN 2429

Business Statistics


CSIS 1110

Introduction to Computers


CSIS 2200

Systems Analysis and Design


ECON 1150

Principles of Microeconomics


ECON 1250

Principles of Macroeconomics


SOSC 2140

Behaviour in Organizations


UT ECON Elective

Select one university transferable Economics course


UT English Elective

Select one University Transferable English course


UT Electives

Select five University Transferable courses
(ACCT 2320 and ECON 2350 are recommended.)


Total credits



* Please note that ACCT 1235 is an intensive three-credit course. Please check the course description for prerequisite information.

** The prerequisite for ACCT 1210 is ACCT 1110. Please note that ACCT 1110 and ACCT 1210 transfer as a group to many of the Research Universities in BC as one 3 credit course. Thus, for students who intend to complete ACCT 1110 and ACCT 1210, instead of ACCT 1235, they should take an additional 3 credit UT course to be elibile to receive 60 transfer credits at their intended transfer destination.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants must meet the admission requirements listed below:

Note: Some courses in this program require students to have completed Foundations of Math 11 with a grade of C (some courses may have a higher requirement). Therefore, it is strongly recommended that you check each individual course prerequisite and ensure that you have completed requirements prior to registration. 


You can get an average cost for your program - tuition and student fees, books, uniforms, lab fees etc - on the Program Cost page. 

Only programs approved for student loan funding are listed on the Program Cost page. For all other programs, refer to the Tuition Fee page.

Career Pathways

As program requirements vary between receiving institutions, students should consider the recommendations below when selecting their elective courses.

For transfer to SFU

Students who have completed the Commerce UT Diploma or a minimum of 30 credits, including the 11 lower division required core courses, can apply for admission to the third year of the BBA program at SFU. Students will be selected competitively based on the University grade point admission average.


Student choosing ACCT 2320 and ECON 2350 as electives in semester III and IV will have satisfied all 11 lower level core courses. If you choose electives other than these courses, they must be non-BUS and non-BUEC university transferable courses.

WQB (Writing, Quantitative and Breadth) Requirements:

Students admitted to SFU must meet writing, quantitative and breadth requirements as part of any degree program they undertake. Some of the WQB Requirements can be completed at college. Please see SFU’s WQB Requirements page for details.

For transfer to UBC

Students can transfer credits from the Douglas College Commerce UT Diploma on a course-by-course basis to satisfy most of the lower level requirements of the UBC Bachelor of Commerce degree.


Students should choose ACCT 1110 and ACCT 1210 in order to satisfy the COMM 293 Financial Accounting requirement, and should choose MARK 1120 to satisfy the COMM 296 Introduction to Marketing requirement.

For transfer to Douglas College BBA

Students who have completed the Commerce UT diploma can apply to complete their BBA Degree at Douglas College. The new BBA has specialties in either (1) Financial Services and Administration, or (2) Applied Accounting.

For transfer to University of Victoria

The Faculty of Business will accept a maximum of three courses that transfer as Commerce courses to the University of Victoria. Douglas College students who complete the diploma with certain restrictions will receive 30 units of credit at UVic and satisfy all of their pre-Commerce course requirements upon acceptance into UVic's Bachelor of Commerce degree program. This enables them to move directly into the third year of the UVic BComm degree program. To meet the entry requirements, students must observe some restrictions when choosing their courses:

  • Electives that transfer as non-Commerce courses at UVic must be chosen
  • In semester III, ACCT 2320 cannot be chosen

Consult an Academic Advisor at Douglas College for clarification of the requirements for this degree program and to ensure that appropriate courses are chosen as electives.

For transfer to Kwantlen Polytechnic University 

Students completing the 60-credit Douglas College Diploma, if accepted at Kwantlen, will receive 60 transfer credits towards their degree. Students should consult with an Academic Advisor to ensure they choose elective courses that help satisfy Kwantlen's "bridging" requirements.

For transfer to Royal Roads, University of Athabasca, and University of Lethbridge

Students completing the 60-credit Douglas College Diploma, if accepted at Royal Roads, University of Athabasca or University of Lethbridge, will receive 60 transfer credits toward their degree. Electives, therefore, may be chosen that satisfy personal interests or employability. For the latter purpose, Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration courses are recommended.NOTE: Some students transfer to other institutions before they complete the full two-year program at Douglas College. In fact, they can still apply for a Douglas College diploma by completing the missing courses at another institution; e.g., a student does not complete BUSN 2429 at Douglas College and proceeds to SFU where the student completes BUEC 232. Douglas College would accept SFU's BUEC 232 toward the completion of the Douglas College UT Commerce diploma program.Students should be aware that the Douglas College UT Commerce program has changed over time to better match evolving university requirements. For purposes of completing the Douglas College UT Commerce program, students can complete either the program requirements as of their first semester at Douglas College, or the current requirements as long as the program is completed within five years.

Program Guidelines

Program Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this program and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the program, consider the previous version as the applicable version.