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Transfers to the BBA/BCS program

This page is for students currently enrolled at Waterloo or Laurier. For other prospective students, visit the double degree information page.

Transfers from BBA/BMath

If you are currently enrolled in the BBA/BMath program, you must meet the same requirements for transferring from Math to CS. Starting in Fall 2017, this will be a competitive process. 

If you are interested in transferring, fill out an application online (switch from Math to CS). In the "other information" section, make it clear you want to switch to BBA/BCS, not just BCS.

Eligibility for Waterloo students

In addition to BBA/BMath students (see above), we are currently only accepting transfer requests from students in the BCS, BMath(CS) or Computing and Financial Management (CFM) programs.

If you are in another program, you must be eligible to successfully transfer into one of the aforementioned programs. Note: Students that are not already in a co-op program will also have to meet the standards required to transfer from regular to co-op.

Eligibility for Laurier students

We are currently only accepting transfer requests from students already in a BBA program, and typically only after their first year in the BBA. The minimum requirement is at least 80% in each of MATH 135 and CS 135 at Waterloo during a term with a full course load (i.e., five courses).
 
After their 1A term, once their 1A grades are available (mid-December) students must submit an application to the BBA director for pre-screening. Only Students that have have been successfully pre-screened should contact the UW BBA/BCS academic advisor to enrol in MATH 135 and CS 135 in their 1B (Winter) term (they will need to have a Laurier cross-registration form completed). Note that these courses should be taken in the Winter term, and that CS 135 is not offered in the spring term.
 
At the end of their 1B term, students should then fill out an application online. They will competing among all UW students trying to switch to CS.
 

UWaterloo/WLU joint approval

Applications will be evaluated by and must be approved by both UWaterloo and WLU. Applicants that have completed most or all of the following courses are more likely to be successful:

CS 135, CS 136, BUS 111W, BUS 121W, MATH 135, MATH 137, ECON 101 (or 120W) and ECON 102 (or 140W).
 
The number of transfer students who will be accepted will be very limited. There is no fixed threshold (e.g., grades) that ensures that the transfer will be accepted. The application will be judged as a whole. Successful transfers typically have an overall average above 80 and grades in their individual CS/BUS courses above 80.

When/How to apply

Transfers are reviewed at the end of April and applications should be received before April 25.  If you are interested in transferring, fill out an application online (switch from CS to BBA/BCS). Transfers may be considered at the end of December or August in special circumstances (contact the UW BBA/BCS academic advisor).