Grade Requirements

These are the grade requirements for moving through the levels of the Commerce program. For details, please see the Undergraduate Calendar.

Entering Level II

At the end of Level I, you must have a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 5.0 (63%), on a minimum of 24 units of coursework for Business I, and these must include all required courses of the Business I program.

If you have failed a course, you may still be eligible to advance in the program if:

  • You have failed no more than one required course.
  • You have failed no more than 6 units overall.
  • You have a GPA of 5.0 or higher, with your failed courses included in the average.

You have the opportunity to repeat failed courses in order to qualify for Level II. Please refer to the McMaster’s Repeat Policy. If you successfully complete a previously failed course, the most recent grade will be included in your GPA and the course will no longer be considered “failed” in your review to advance in the program.

If you do not meet these requirements, please contact an Academic Advisor.

Entering Level III

  • Honours Commerce Program (Honours BCom)
    • At least 54 units of coursework must be completed.
    • Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 5.0 (63%).
  • Commerce Program (BCom)
    • At least 54 units of coursework must be completed.
    • Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 4.0 (60%).

Entering Level IV

  • Honours Commerce Program (Honours BCom)
    • At least 84 units of coursework must be completed.
    • Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 5.0 (63%).
  • Commerce Program (BCom)
    • At least 84 units of coursework must be completed.
    • Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 4.0 (60%).

Graduating

  • To graduate from the Commerce program (BCom) you need a final GPA of at least 4.0 (60%).
  • To graduate from the Honours Commerce program (Honours BCom) you need a final GPA of at least 5.0 (63%).
  • To graduate “with distinction” you need a final GPA of at least 9.5 (79%).
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