Business Administration – Diploma FAQ

Students who applied to the program before September 1, 2021, can view program completion requirements prior to September 2021

Students who apply to the program after September 1, 2021 can view the program completion requirements on the DBA course schedule.

Students are not advised to change program structures, as regardless of when you applied to the program, all students will receive the same credential upon graduation.  The change in program completion requirements for applicants after September, 2021 is intended to only streamline the required course options for program completion. Therefore, there is no need to request to be switched to the updated program structure.

As of September 1, 2021 students applying to the program will be required to complete the new structure, no changes will be allowed.

Admission requirements for the DBA program are as follows:

  • Graduation from secondary school
  • 2+ years professional, full-time work experience (recommended)
  • Proof of English proficiency through one of the following:
    • Transcript showing graduation from a Canadian secondary school
    • Four years of full-time academic studies in which all language of instruction is English at a high school or post-secondary institution in a recognized English-speaking country
    • Successful completion of a recognized degree program from an accredited university in which all language of instruction is English, in a recognized English-speaking country
    • IELTS (academic) 6.0 overall (no sub-score less than 5.5)
    • TOEFL IBT 79 (no sub-score less than 17)
    • TOEFL Paper-based Test 550
    • UVic ELC level ELPI 570
    • UVic ELC English Proficiency Test: B2+ or higher
    • Successful completion of approved English partner pathway level

Please see the DBA program page for the application deadline for each starting term. Application deadlines will be approximately two weeks before the program start date. We will continue to accept applications until the posted deadline, space permitting. International students are encouraged to consider study permit processing times when selecting a starting term in their program application.

After submitting your complete application and all required documents, application processing time will span approximately 5-7 business days. Please note that during high volume periods, application processing times may vary. To check the status of your application, please email

The estimated fee totals listed on the program page for domestic students and international students are for the entire 2-year program. Tuition is paid term by term upon course registration. Applicable student fees are paid term by term upon registration.

Student Service fees are mandatory in each term of full-time face-to-face study, and include a bus pass, gym membership to the on-campus athletic facility CARSA, and UVic student society access. In addition, international students studying in Canada will be charged for medical insurance until MSP coverage is in place. More information for international students can be found through the UVic Continuing Studies International Student Fees and Health Insurance page and through our International Student FAQs.

Course tuition and any required student fees are due at time of registration for each term of study.

Students are welcome to pay for up to one year of study in advance.

Required textbooks and other course materials are generally purchased from the UVic Bookstore. You can use your course code to locate your book in the bookstore in person or online approximately 3-5 weeks prior to the start of your course.

Yes, you can complete the DBA program through exclusively online study. Please note that our courses are offered on a rotating basis each term. Students completing the DBA program through exclusively online study may choose from a smaller pool of elective courses.

In distance courses (online), you will receive an email prior to the course start that will instruct you on how to access your course and obtain required course materials. You will then login to the course and communicate with your instructor and fellow classmates via the course management system Brightspace. All assignments and course activities are submitted electronically to the course instructor.

Most CBA and DBA online courses are Asynchronous and do not require you to be online at a particular time or on a particular day. Exams and assignments may require students to log in during a limited window of time. Please note the delivery style associated with each course, as a small number of distance courses will have Synchronous or Hybrid delivery, requiring live participation. All of our distance courses are paced and require adherence to the course schedule.

For further information about Moodle, visit the Continuing Studies Guide to Accessing Your Online Courses.


Full-time CBA and DBA students should register for a minimum of 3 courses per regular term of study in order to maintain full-time status. Students in a non-intensive program looking to register for more than four courses per term may be required to meet with a Program Coordinator. This is to ensure they have a manageable course load, and can be successful and fully engage with each course. Most students complete 3 or 4 courses per term.

Students who are in their final term of study with fewer than three course requirements remaining will be permitted to register for fewer than three courses while maintaining full-time status.

To see our upcoming offerings and review the overall DBA program course requirements, please view our anticipated course schedule. To assist in your program planning, you can also view all course descriptions. A different selection of courses are offered every term. Students in the DBA program register for courses according to program completion requirements and preferred electives. As such, not all students will complete all of the same courses.

Students can request Advanced Standing in up to three DBA courses. To request advanced standing, please submit a Request for Advanced Standing form, along with all applicable transcripts and course outlines, to

  • Requests must indicate the DBA course(s) targeted for Advanced Standing. To review all DBA courses, please visit this page.
  • Transcript(s) should clearly show the final grade and term/date of the course(s).
  • Course outline(s) should describe learning objectives, expectations, and the units covered throughout the course.

Advanced Standing is subject to approval. A fee of $150 per approved course will apply.

On-campus dormitories are generally limited to undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in programs through main campus, which does not include our Continuing Studies students. Limited housing with local families may be available through the Homestay program. Most students seek rental housing, which can often be found on local Victoria classified websites. Additionally, the UVic Housing website has an off-campus housing resource page containing several resources for finding housing and connecting with potential roommates. Since the Victoria rental market can be quite busy, it is a good idea to secure housing well in advance of your intended arrival.

Our courses are non-credit, which means they will not, in general, ladder into undergraduate or graduate programs.

There are two pathways that may provide the opportunity for higher education, as described below:

  • Graduates of the Diploma in Business Administration (DBA) at the University of Victoria may be eligible to apply to Royal Roads University's Bachelor of Business Administration program. Graduates interested in pursuing this pathway will be required to complete additional courses and maintain grade minimums.
  • Additionally, graduates of our CBA Fast Track program, who also hold a non-business undergraduate degree, may be eligible to apply to the Master of Global Business program at UVic. 

For more information about these pathways, please contact

You can review our refund policies on our Policies Page. You can read our summary just below:

Application Fees and Program Deposits

Application fees for all DBA programs are non-refundable. Program deposits are refundable only in cases of study permit refusal.

Course Tuition Fees

A full refund will be issued for individual courses if you withdraw from a course prior to the start date of the course. A course refund, minus a CAD $60 administrative fee, will only be provided within six calendar days after the course start date for online and part-time courses. A request to withdraw from a course must be submitted in writing to the Business, Management and Technology office. In general, no refund of tuition is possible after six calendar days.

Special Note to International Students:

If you are an international student and your visa application is denied by the Canadian Embassy prior to starting your program, we can refund tuition paid in advance. To receive a refund of tuition, international students must inform the Business and Management Program office before the program starts and provide Canadian Embassy documentation by email to the Business and Management Programs office at

Please note that refunds may be less any applicable currency exchange or banking fees.

Students who are unable to begin their studies on their accepted program start date can make a one-time request to defer their studies to a later program offering. Please note, that in order to request deferral, students are required to:

  • Provide Business and Management Programs with written notification of the request prior to the program start date. Written notice can be emailed to
  • Specify the intended new program starting term to which you would like to defer. Please note that limits may apply to the target deferral date.

Please note: Students are only permitted to defer to future programs once, and a non-refundable $100 deferral fee will apply.

If you are an international student and your visa is denied, the above will apply. If your visa is denied a second time, you will need to submit a new application with another deposit and application fee.

International students already in Canada cannot transfer fees between programs unless an emergency requires them to return home. In these cases, students must provide the Business and Management Programs with a doctor’s note and proof of a return air ticket to their home country. This process is subject to an additional $100 transfer fee and must be approved by the Program Director.

Graduates of the Diploma in Business Administration (DBA) at the University of Victoria may be eligible to apply to Royal Roads University's Bachelor of Business Administration program. Graduates interested in pursuing this pathway will be required to complete additional courses and maintain grade minimums.

Additionally, graduates of our CBA Fast Track program, who also hold a non-business undergraduate degree, may be eligible to apply to the Master of Global Business program at UVic. 

For more information, please contact

Convocation ceremonies take place at the University of Victoria twice per year, in June and in November. Students attending the ceremony in person will receive their parchment (certificate or diploma) during the ceremony. Parchments can also be shipped to a student’s preferred address.

In order to formally graduate you are required to complete an Application to Graduate. The graduation application fee is $40 per program, and you will be required to choose between Spring (June) and Fall (November) convocation.

The deadline to submit your application will be August 15 for November convocation and February 28 for June convocation. You are welcome to apply to graduate while your final courses are still in progress.

  • For example, if you are completing your final courses during the Fall term, you will be eligible for June convocation and should apply to graduate by February 28. 

Following your successful application, the UVIC Ceremonies & Special Events Office will contact you 1-2 months prior to your anticipated convocation date in order to confirm your attendance and any other important details. You can contact our office with questions regarding your status, however the Certificate and Diploma parchments are produced and held at the Office of the University Registrar.

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