Student FAQ


Your marks for your 600-level courses will appear on your transcript and are included in your cumulative GPA. They are not included in degree specific calculations (i.e. Dean’s List).

The Certificate does not replace a major or a minor; rather, it complements your degree.

Yes, you can still apply for the certificate even though you have applied to transfer. As long as you are currently a full-time student in a degree program, you are eligible.

Overall, we accept approximately 160 students each year from Arts and Science, 80 students from Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, and five (5) students from the Four-Year Nursing program.

Yes, CIB students have up to three (3) terms, post-convocation, to complete Certificate requirements.

No, all Certificate courses must be taken at Smith. However, we do offer online courses so you may be able to take a course while on exchange.

Currently, there are four (4) courses available in the summer: Business Fundamentals - COMM 200/600, Financial Accounting – COMM 211/611, Fundamentals of Marketing - COMM 231/631, and Organizational Behaviour - COMM 251/651. Please note that the timetable is updated annually, which may impact the courses offered in any term.

You may apply two (2) of the six (6) courses towards your undergraduate degree. These two (2) courses are taken at the 200-level. The remaining four (4) courses are taken under the Certificate and will not be counted toward your degree. These courses will be at the 600-level.

We recommend that you complete your first two (2) Certificate courses at the 200-level.

Students can apply in any year of their degree, after completing a minimum of 18.0 graded units at Queen’s, as long as they have not convocated yet.

Your offer will appear on SOLUS. Admissions decisions are released on Tuesdays.

Should you be admitted into the program and choose not to continue, you can opt to withdraw from the Certificate. There is no penalty; however, 600-level courses cannot be applied to your degree and cannot be changed to the 200-level. Your enrolment in the Certificate will still be noted on your transcript, even if you have not taken a course.

Admission Requirements

There are no prerequisite courses for this program, but you must meet the admission requirements. Admission requirements are as follows:

  • Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.60
  • Students must have achieved a minimum grade of C in any completed 200-level COMM course

You do not need any previous business knowledge. All courses are introductory level.

You are not required to have taken any Commerce courses prior to the program, however we recommend taking at least one (1) course before applying. If you have taken any Commerce courses at the 200-level, you are required to earn a minimum grade of C.


All courses taken at Smith will appear on your transcript and the grades you receive in these courses will be included in your cumulative GPA.

You will choose which courses are 200-level and which courses are 600-level when you enroll in the courses. You will not be able to change the level once the courses are completed.

The minimum GPA qualification must be met in order to be eligible for the certificate. It is a strict requirement.


The 200-level courses can be applied to your undergraduate degree as electives. However, the faculty of Arts and Science, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, and the Four-Year Nursing Program do not recognize courses above 599, so the 600-level courses cannot be applied to your degree. For this reason, you will be charged Commerce tuition for each 600-level course.

For any information regarding financial assistance please contact the Registrar’s Office.

All 200-level courses are still open to students outside of Commerce. However, students enrolled in the CIB are given priority. 600-level courses are restricted to CIB students.

Students are encouraged to take up to two (2) courses at the 200 level before applying to the Certificate, which will count toward the Certificate requirements. If a student has taken more than two (2) courses at the 200-level, they may be required to repeat the course at the 600-level.

Taking the certificate will only ensure you have access to the required courses required within the Certificate, it will not gain you access to upper-year Commerce courses.