Business and Management Program Policies

Our program policies help ensure that we are able to offer the highest quality programs and the best experience possible for our students. Please read them carefully and contact us if you have any questions.

All registered students must be 18 years or older by the start date of your study program, with no exception.

If English is not your first language, you will be asked for proof of proficiency in English before you will be admitted to a Business and Management course or program.

Required levels:

  • IELTS (academic) 6.0 overall (no section less than 5.5)
  • TOEFL IBT 79 (no section less than 17)
  • UVic ELC level ELPI 570
  • UVic ELC English Proficiency Test: B2+ or higher
  • Successful completion of approved English Partner Pathway Program (contact our office for details)

Please note that in rare circumstances we may request secondary verification of English proficiency prior to admission. 

Students applying to the Business and Management programs who meet all academic requirements except for the English proficiency requirement, may apply for conditional admission. 

You may qualify for conditional admission if registered in an English program through one of our approved English pathway partners - please contact us for more info. Students have 1 year from acceptance date to remove the condition.

If you do not provide proof of meeting the English proficiency requirement within 1 year of acceptance date, you will be withdrawn from your registered program and re-application will be necessary.

You must apply online for the CBA, DBA, and Fast Track programs by deadlines indicated, including receipt of all required supplementary documents such as transcripts, resumes, and/or records of English proficiency.

Business and Management Programs has the right to edit or change application deadlines without notice, waitlist applications, or to close application deadlines. Acceptance into the program does not guarantee registration in individual courses, as such early program application and course registration is strongly encouraged. 

If you are interested in completing a short Professional Development Certificate (PDC) such as the PDC in Business Communication, application is not required and a one-time program fee of $20 is charged upon course registration. 

Application fees and tuition deposit (if applicable) are due at time of application. Business and Management Programs cannot process applications before receiving the required fees. Remaining tuition and student fees are due at, or prior to, course registration. View information about available payment options.

If you are interested in completing a short Professional Development Certificate (PDC) such as the PDC in Business Communication, application is not required and a one-time program fee of $20 is charged upon course registration. 

We advise early registration in courses as space or course selection cannot be guaranteed. All course tuition and student fees are due at time of registration. Business and Management Programs will not hold seats in courses without payment.

Students may register for individual courses online and are not required to apply for CBA/DBA programs. 

If you have any questions or concerns about registration, course selection, or graduation requirements, please contact us.
 

Regular attendance and participation in all face-to-face and online courses is expected. Students who do not attend class or connect to their course site without previous written communication and consent for absences may be administratively withdrawn from a course.

For international students in CBA/DBA full-time programs:
Please note that if you are inactive in any course you could be administratively withdrawn, which may drop you to part-time status.  This may have implications for your temporary resident status in Canada and eligibility for future immigration programs. It is the responsibility of students to ensure they are meeting the requirements of their study and/or work permits. 
 

All students must follow the University of Victoria’s academic regulations on standards of academic integrity noted in the Policy on Academic Integrity. All allegations of academic integrity violations, including plagiarism, multiple submissions and cheating, will be dealt with according to the University’s academic regulations. If you have any questions about appropriate ways to acknowledge other people's work, contact your instructor or program staff.
 

Students in the CBA or DBA programs who wish to study full-time must take a minimum of 3 courses per term. In order to set yourself up for success with a manageable workload, we strongly suggest registration in no more than 4 courses per term. Upon Director approval, students may be able to register for 5 courses in a term.

Please note that our intensive programs have a set schedule and do not fall within the guidelines noted above. 
 

Students not meeting the minimum passing requirements (multiple assigned grades of W, F, or I) may be withdrawn from the program. Students wishing to continue their studies would then need to re-apply for a subsequent term.
 

Business and Management Programs reserve the right to make changes to program or course fees, schedules, and programs without notice. 

Courses or programs may be cancelled without notice. If a course or program is cancelled, all tuition fees including applicable student services fees, will be refunded. The application fee is non-refundable. Business and Management Programs reserves the right to establish special regulations for admission to programs at any time.
 

Students who are unable to begin the program on their accepted program term start date can request a deferral to a future term within 1 year and are only permitted to defer to a future term once. A non-refundable $100 deferral fee will apply. 

Students must submitted their deferral request to bmt@uvic.ca, by the deadlines noted below. We are unable to accommodate late deferral requests. Deferral deadlines: 

  • September term: August 15
  • January term: December 15 
  • May term: April 15 
     

International agents provide valuable student recruitment and support service for UVic Business and Management Programs. We carefully screen, onboard, and train these representatives, however students should be aware of the following:

  • An agent's services are not required in order to apply to Business and Management programs. Students are welcome to send inquiries and applications directly to Business and Management Programs. 
  • Business and Management Program agents are only authorized to recruit for Business and Management Programs and other approved UVic Continuing Studies programs.
  • UVic Business and Management Programs cannot take responsibility for any errors, omissions or other failures of any agent.
  • Students may discontinue their agent relationship at their own discretion, by written request to the Business and Management programs staff at bmt@uvic.ca.
  • Students are not permitted to 'change' agents under any circumstance once their application has been processed, though they may discontinue their agent relationship.
     

A comprehensive medical insurance plan is one of the benefits provided to international students enrolled in full-time Business and Management programs, upon payment of the Student Services Fee. This fee includes:

  • Medical insurance provided by guard.me@UVCS
  • Access to CARSA, UVic’s world-class athletic facility.
  • A bus pass valid while you are studying
  • Expanded access to UVic student clubs, organizations and events

The cost of health care in Canada is very high for those who do not have health insurance. In order to ensure medical issues do not cause you financial difficulty, all Business and Management Program students are required to have comprehensive coverage for the duration of their studies. Family members who are with you in Canada should also have comprehensive coverage. You can purchase dependent coverage for them at an additional cost through guard.me directly. Further information can be found by visiting here.

British Columbia has a mandatory medical services plan (BC MSP) that provides health care coverage for people residing in the province. International students studying in BC for more than 6 months with a valid study permit must apply for BC MSP.
 

The application fee, program deposit and deferral fee for all programs are non-refundable.

Withdrawal deadlines and details are listed below:

Program or course Deadline for withdrawal and refund information
CBA or DBA term length courses (online or face-to-face) A full course refund will only be provided if you withdraw from the course prior to the course start date. A refund—less an administrative fee ($60)—will be issued if you request to withdraw from the course within six calendar days of the course start date. After six days, no refund will be available, even if you are requesting to transfer to another course.
CBA or DBA intensive courses (face-to-face) A full course refund will only be provided if you withdraw from the course prior to the course start date. A refund—less an administrative fee ($60)—will be issued if you request to withdraw from the course within six calendar days of the course start date. After six days, no refund will be available, even if you are requesting to transfer to another course.
 
CBA/DBA Fast Track program A tuition refund will only be provided if you withdraw from the program prior to the start date.
DBA Accelerated program A tuition refund will only be provided if you withdraw from the program prior to the start date.
 


All requests to withdraw from a course must be submitted in writing (email) to the Business and Management Programs office at bmt@uvic.ca

Full-time international students who are accepted in the program, but do not register for their courses by the program start date will be withdrawn. Re-application to the program including application fee and program deposit will be required.

If you are an international student and your visa application is denied by the Canadian Embassy and you wish to withdraw, we can refund tuition fees paid including the program deposit. In order to process the refund, students must provide a copy of the visa refusal from the Canadian Embassy. All requests for withdrawal must be received in writing to bmt@uvic.ca.

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

Please note that if you are an international student and your visa application is denied by the Canadian Embassy, we can refund tuition fees paid including the program deposit. In order to process the refund, students must provide a copy of the visa refusal from the Canadian Embassy. If your visa is denied a second time, you will need to submit a new application with another deposit and application fee.
 

Students who complete the CBA Program may continue to future study in the DBA program. Courses completed in the CBA program will be credited towards the DBA course requirements. Students must submit an application to the DBA program including the application fee. 

Students studying in our CBA Fast Track and DBA programs may qualify to apply to a degree program at a partner institution such as Royal Roads and the MGB Program at UVic.

Students can complete any number of approved Professional Development Certificates (PDC) within their CBA or DBA programs. Students may not retroactively receive a Professional Development Certificate if all courses are already completed. 
 

Students can transfer between programs once. Request must be submitted in writing to bmt@uvic.ca.

Students admitted to or who have started the CBA program may be permitted to transfer to the DBA program. Credit will only be granted for DBA program.

Students admitted to or who have started the DBA program may be permitted to transfer to the CBA program. Credit will only be granted for the CBA program. Students who wish to continue their studies in the DBA program would need to re-apply upon completion of the CBA.
 

BIDA, ISP, TECH, etc. elective course codes may adhere to different policies and deadlines. Please refer directly to those course pages for details. Please note Business and Management policies do not replace these individual course policies. 
 

The University of Victoria requires a student’s consent to release any information pertaining to the student record, or to conduct student-related business, with anyone other than the student. In order to release student information to another individual, students must email bmt@uvic.ca with their written permission.
 

For students who are in their final term of study or those who have completed the program requirements, please be sure to submit an Application to Graduate. The deadline to apply for Spring (June) convocation is February 28, and the deadline to apply for Fall (November) convocation is August 15.