Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Bachelor of Commerce

Program Description

The Bachelor of Commerce degree program provides you with the business and management skills necessary to become effective managers and leaders in today's dynamic, global economy. The program blends a practical management education with a broad general education. You can specialize in a business discipline or pursue a general management degree. Choose from an array of concentrations: Accounting, Finance, General Management, Human Resources, Leadership, Marketing, Public Sector or Technology. Then, after graduation, complete a professional designation.

What Can You Do With This Credential?

Graduation from this program may help you meet the entrance requirements for TRU's Master of Business Administration.

Program Requirements

Admission Requirements

Completion of a minimum of 60 applicable credits or a suitable two-year business diploma program

Applicants who are assessed as lacking some requirements may be admitted to the degree program provisionally, pending completion of required coursework.

Specific laddering agreements include:

  • Applicants with a recognized two-year college business diploma receive a block transfer of up to 60 credits toward the Bachelor of Commerce. Other recognized diplomas are also eligible but may receive a reduced block transfer.
  • Applicants who have completed the Certified Management Accountants (CMA) program are normally awarded a block of up to 90 PLAR transfer credits for successful completion of the CMA's syllabus, entrance examination, Strategic Leadership program and experience requirements.
  • Those who have completed the Certified General Accountants' (CGA) program receive a block of up to 90 PLAR credits for successful completion of the foundation level courses, PACE level courses, and the mandatory practical experience requirement.
  • Those in the process of completing the CMA or CGA programs are eligible for provisional admission and may take TRU-OL courses concurrent to their CMA or CGA program.

Students who plan to complete a credential through TRU-OL must complete and submit a Program Admission form.

Residency Requirements

A minimum of 15 TRU credits (distance or on-campus)

Degree Requirements

120 credits total, including 45 upper-level credits, with a GPA of 2.00 or higher for all general education and core knowledge requirements needed to complete this credential, as follows:

General Education Requirements (18 credits)

3 credits in English
3 credits in natural sciences
6 credits in humanities, social sciences
6 credits in arts and sciences

Core Knowledge Requirements (54 credits)

MATH 1071, Fundamentals of Mathematics for Business and Economics (3) or MATH 1091, Business Mathematics (3) or MATH 1101, Finite Mathematics (3)
STAT 1201, Introduction to Probability and Statistics (3)
MNGT 1211, Management Principles and Practices (3)
ACCT 1221, Accounting II (3) or ACCT 2211, Introduction to Financial Accounting (3)
ECON 1901, Principles of Microeconomics (3)
ECON 1951, Principles of Macroeconomics (3)
FNCE 2121, Financial Management (3)
ACCT 2251, Management Accounting (3)
MKTG 2431, Marketing (3)
MIST 2611, Management Information Systems (3)
ORGB 2811, Organizational Behaviour (3)
HRMN 2821, Human Resource Management (3) or HRMN 3841, Employee and Labour Relations (3) (in development) or BBUS 3661, Strategic Human Resource Management (3)
BLAW 2911, Commercial Law (3)
MNGT 3711, Business Ethics and Society (3)
MNGT 4711, Decision Analysis (3) (BBUS 4251, Advanced Management Accounting may be substituted)
MNGT 4781, Strategic Management (3)

Two courses from the following:
CMNS 1291, Introduction to Professional Writing (3)
CMNS 1811, Business, Professional and Academic Composition (3)
BBUS 3631, Open Communication: Effective Communication Skills (3)


Public Sector Management Concentration students only may substitute the following public administration courses for certain core knowledge requirements:

ORGB 2811: BBUS 3129 and BBUS 4099
MNGT 3711: BBUS 4229 (UVic ADMN 422)
FNCE 2121 BBUS 4219 or BBUS 4489
HRMN 2821: BBUS 4319
BLAW 2911: BBUS 4529
MNGT 4781: BBUS 4209 or BBUS 4779
ECON 1901: BBUS 3109
ECON 1951: BBUS 4459
MNGT 1211: BBUS 3129

Elective Requirements (33 credits)

Academic and/or applied credits to bring the total number of credits to 120

Concentration Requirements (15 credits)

A grade of C+ or higher is required in each concentration course. Students must complete one of the following concentrations:

 Accounting Concentration (15 credits)

This concentration prepares you to become an integral part of an organization’s financial management team or to enter public practice as an auditor, tax specialist or consultant. Government, non-profit organizations, major corporations, small businesses and high-worth individuals all need accountants to manage their financial affairs. Upon graduation, most students choose to pursue the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation.

Required Courses

ACCT 3201, Intermediate Financial Accounting 1 (3)
ACCT 3211, Intermediate Financial Accounting 2 (3)
ACCT 3221, Income Taxation 1 (3)
ACCT 3251, Intermediate Management Accounting (3)

One course from the following:
ACCT 4201, Advanced Financial Accounting (3)
ACCT 4231, Assurance (3)
ACCT 4251, Advanced Management Accounting (3)

 Finance Concentration (15 credits)

This concentration is a demanding program that prepares you to play an important role in the financial industry. The profession is divided into two main fields: managerial finance and investments.

Investments deal with managing savings in the economy by transferring them to individuals and corporations in need of capital in exchange for an appropriate return. Professionals spend their time designing, pricing, and trading investment instruments such as term deposits, personal loans, stocks, bonds and asset-backed securities to aid in the flow of funds. Some of our economy's biggest corporations, including banks, mutual fund companies, private equity firms and insurance companies, serve as intermediaries in this process.

In managerial finance, professionals arrange required financing for an organization's daily operations and future growth. Sources of capital such as lines of credit, corporate paper, term loans, mortgages, bonds, leases, venture capital and IPOs are used to finance seasonal build-ups in working capital and major asset purchases. In doing this, financial managers are careful not to expose the organization to unacceptable levels of risk by over borrowing or leaving exposures to currency or interest rate fluctuations unhedged.

Upon graduation, an increasing number of students go on to complete a professional designation such as the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) or Certified Financial Planner (CFP) or one of the many financial training programs offered by the Canadian Securities Institute.

Required Courses

FNCE 3151, Investments 1 (3)
FNCE 3171, Investments 2 (3)
FNCE 3180, Risk Management and Financial Engineering (3) (TRU on-campus course) or Athabasca University's FNCE 403, Risk Management (distance course)

Two courses from the following:
ACCT 3221, Income Taxation 1 (3)
MKTG 3451, Professional Selling (3)
FNCE 4130, Advanced Financial Management (3) (TRU on-campus course) or Nipissing University's ADMN 3117, Financial Management II (3) (distance course)
FNCE 4160, Portfolio Management (3) (TRU on-campus course) or Athabasca University's FNCE 470, Portfolio Management (distance course)
FNCE 4180, International Financial Management (3) (TRU on-campus course) or Nipissing University's ECON 3127, International Financial Management (3)
FNCE 4190, Financial Institutions Management (3) (TRU on-campus course) or Nipissing University's ADMN 2116, Management of Financial Institutions (3) (distance course)

 General Management Concentration (15 credits)

This concentration is designed for you if you do not want to specialize in a specific area of business but would like to take an array of courses instead to receive greater breadth in your management education or if you want to focus on a specialized field of your own choosing. Many positions in business require the varied skills that a generalist can offer.

Required Courses

Approved 3000- and/or 4000-level courses (normally ACCT, BLAW, BUSN, ENTR, FNCE, HRMN, IBUS, MIST, MKTG, MNGT, ORGB and SCMN), with a minimum of 6 credits at the 4000 level

 Human Resources Concentration (15 credits)

The Human Resources concentration prepares you to pursue the Certified Human Resource Professional (CHRP) designation, which is increasingly becoming a requirement for advancement in the field. Human resources management professionals are the employee relations specialists who manage employee planning, recruitment, selection, compensation, training and development, health and safety and evaluation. They are also active in labour relations, taking the lead in union contract negotiations, grievance handling, including mediation and arbitration, and all other employee-related matters such as wrongful dismissal, personal harassment and privacy.

Required Courses

6 credits of ORGB 4871, Organizational Development and Change (3) or MNGT 4751, Project Management (6) or BBUS 4833, Effective Leadership (3)
BBUS 4135, Motivation and Productivity (3)

Two courses from the following (the remaining course satisfies the core HRM Labour Relations requirement):
HRMN 2821, Human Resource Management (3)
BBUS 3661, Strategic Human Resource Management (3)
HRMN 3841, Employee and Labour Relations (3)

 Leadership Concentration (15 credits)

This concentration focuses on development of the knowledge and skills necessary to be an effective leader in today's dynamic work environment.

Required Courses

MNGT 3731, Leadership (3)
BBUS 3671, Contemporary Leadership (3)
BBUS 4833, Effective Leadership (3)

Two courses from the following:
MNGT 4751, Project Management (6)
ORGB 4871, Organizational Development and Change (3)
LEAD 4901, Strategic Thinking for Leadership (3)

 Marketing Concentration (15 credits)

This concentration prepares you to assume one of the most important roles in business. Marketers are a company's creative force, focusing on the marketing mix also known as the four "Ps": product, price, promotion and place. They devise potentially profitable new product ideas that meet the needs of specific target markets and then develop and execute the detailed plans needed for their implementation. Other employees in accounting, finance or human resource management simply assist marketing professionals in this primary task and depend on them to generate the revenues required for a company's survival.

Required Courses

MKTG 3481, Marketing Research (3)

Four courses from the following:
MKTG 3451, Professional Selling (3)
MKTG 3471, Consumer Behaviour (3)
IBUS 3511, International Business (3)
MKTG 4411, Services Marketing (3)
MKTG 4431, Retail Marketing (3)
MKTG 4471, International Marketing (3)
MKTG 4481, Integrated Marketing Communication (3)
MKTG 4491, Business-to-Business Marketing (3)

 Public Sector Management Concentration (15 credits)

This concentration provides you with the knowledge and skills required to work in a leadership capacity in federal, provincial, local or First-Nations government or in the non-profit sector. It is offered in collaboration with the University of Victoria and acceptance into courses is subject to their approval. If you are interested in public administration, you may want to consider TRU-OL's Bachelor of Public Administration, which is also offered in association with the University of Victoria.

Required Courses

Two courses from the following:
BBUS 3119, Introduction to Public Administration (3)
BBUS 3149, Public Sector Research and Analysis (3)
BBUS 4239, Local Government in British Columbia (3)
BBUS 4459, Urban and Regional Economics (3)

Three courses from the following, to bring the total concentration courses to five:
BBUS 4079, Managing Service Delivery (3)
BBUS 4219, Financial Management (3) (may not be used to satisfy the core financial management requirement)
BBUS 4379, Program Evaluation and Performance Measurement (3)
BBUS 4469, Local Government Land Use Planning (3)
An approved 3000- or 4000-level course

 Technology Concentration (15 credits)

This concentration is intended for you if you have previously completed a technology-related diploma. Courses in the concentration normally consist of credits completed in technology prior to admission. Upon graduation, students are well prepared for management positions in the IT industry.

Required Courses

MNGT 4751, Project Management (6)
9 credits from a technology area

Student Responsibility

Students are responsible for consulting with their Program Advisor to ensure that the courses they select are available and appropriate for their program of study and educational goals. Students who proceed without approval from their Program Advisor may find that a course does not meet program requirements. Without such approval, students risk not being able to apply a course toward a credential. If the course can be used toward the credential, students will be required to pay the transcript assessment fee.


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