University Information (campus info, achievements and USPs, awards and accreditations)
University Canada West (UCW) is an innovative business and technology-oriented, teaching-focused institution in Vancouver, Canada, offering undergraduate and graduate degrees for domestic and international students.
The University is a dynamic and growing institution defined by its close connections to the business community and a commitment to outstanding student services, high-quality education and successful graduate outcomes.
Located across two campuses in Vancouver’s downtown core, UCW draws students from more than 90 countries. The University’s professors have real-world business experience combined with a strong academic background.
UCW’s smaller classes ensure each student gets the individual attention they deserve, and flexible programming allows students to attend in-person or online. With four terms per year, motivated students can complete their degrees faster than at many traditional universities.
UCW students are ready to join the workforce as soon as they graduate. 100% of our MBA grads find employment within six months of graduation. And our Career Development Specialists help set students up for success with resumé, cover letter and job interview guidance, as well as weekly career workshops.
UCW is accredited and recognized by the following organizations for its high-quality education:
Education Quality Assurance (EQA)
The Education Quality Assurance (EQA) designation identifies BC public and private post-secondary institutions that have met or exceeded provincial government-recognized standards for quality assurance and consumer protection. UCW has received permission from EQA to use its seal on its materials.
Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) Global Business Accreditation
UCW has earned ACBSP Global Business Accreditation for its MBA and Bachelor of Commerce degree programs. The Accreditation for Business Schools and Programs accredits business, accounting and business-related programs at the associate, baccalaureate, master and doctoral degree levels worldwide.
UCW has earned NCMA National Accreditation for its MBA and BCom degree programs from CIM | Chartered Managers Canada. CIM | Chartered Managers Canada offers a comprehensive National Accreditation process that reviews college and university programs and grants equivalency to the association’s Chartered Management Program (CMP).
BC Transfer System (BCCAT)
University Canada West is a member of the BC Transfer System (BCCAT) with more than 2,000 credit transfer arrangements with other post-secondary institutions.
EduCanada supports the international education offerings of Canada’s provinces and territories. It is the result of collaboration between the provinces and territories through the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC) and Global Affairs Canada. EduCanada and the leaf design is a trademark of the Government of Canada and is subject to a Master Licence Agreement between CMEC and the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development.
UCW is accredited by Languages Canada, Canada’s national language education association representing more than 225 private and public language education members that offer accredited English and French programs.
UCW is a member of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACBS), which connects educators, students and business to achieve a common goal – create the next generation of great leaders.
Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE)
UCW is a member of the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE), an association of educational institutions that are engaged in internationalizing education programs, student services, campuses and communities. They seek to enhance their members’ knowledge and skills in cross-cultural communications, managing services for inbound and outbound students, and developing capacity-building project abroad.
American Marketing Association (AMA)
University Canada West is proud to be officially recognized as an affiliate collegiate chapter of the American Marketing Association. The University launched the UCW Marketing Association Collegiate Chapter in January 2020 to bring together students and marketing professionals to connect, learn and find inspiration.
Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)
University Canada West is pleased to be a member of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), furthering campus efforts to build a thriving, equitable and ecologically just world. Through membership in AASHE, UCW receives support in advancing its sustainability initiatives throughout its campuses and in the community.
University Infrastructure services and Benefits of studying at your university.
Benefits of studying at UCW:
- 100% employability for MBA graduates within six months
- Business and technology-focused university with an emphasis on practical experience
- Two downtown locations with a new state-of-the-art campus
- ACBSP-accredited MBA and Bachelor of Commerce programs
- A teaching-intensive institution with qualified, expert faculty with real industry experience
- A dynamic and practical learning environment with small class sizes
- Study in the heart of Vancouver’s vibrant business community
- Two downtown campuses provide you with unparalleled access to a network of prospective employers
- We have students from more than 90 different countries and plenty of networking opportunities.
- Personalized academic planning and advising services
- A student-centered environment, additional support and free workshops in various areas, including writing and statistics
- Fully engaged student services with student-centered activities and events
- Experienced Career Development specialists to help you land your dream job
- Flexible study options, study on-campus or blended delivery online, or a combination of both
- Flexible schedules, offering courses in the evenings and weekends
- Putting students' wellbeing first, with 24/7 emotional and psychological support available for students
List of Courses, any scholarships and offers.
University Canada West offers four degree programs – Master of Business Administration, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Arts in Business Communication and Associate of Arts – and two preparatory programs – MBA Foundation and the University Access Program.
Master of Business Administration
The ACBSP and NCMA-accredited Master of Business Administration (MBA) program from UCW will prepare you for success on a global level. You will learn how to take challenging situations in a stride, apply pragmatic solutions to problems and ultimately drive the success of your organization through intelligent decision-making.
The MBA degree program has been refined to allow you to acquire more specific knowledge and skills in one of three areas by choosing their three elective clusters from one of the following subject areas: marketing, finance or leadership. Our MBA program also includes relevant digital components.
We collaborate with digital leaders such as the Digital Marketing Institute, Salesforce (Trailhead), Tableau and IBM to keep our students updated with upcoming technological trends.
UCW’s partnership with the Digital Marketing Institute (DMI) means that upon successful completion of the Marketing Management course, you will receive associate-level certification from DMI. You will then have the option to take a set of three digital marketing electives, which will set you up to take DMI’s Pearson VUE test to get certified as a Digital Marketing Professional, in addition to earning your MBA degree.
Students who do not have the professional or academic qualifications for entry into the MBA program have the option of completing the three MBA Foundation courses first. In order to qualify for admission to the MBA program, students will need to earn a grade of B or better on each Foundation course.
The MBA Foundation courses include – Business & Academic Writing, Quantitative Skills for Business and Economics from a Business Perspective.
Associate of Arts
The Associate of Arts (AA) degree provides you with a broad foundation of knowledge. This 60-credit (20-course) program prepares you for additional post-secondary education or to enter the workforce. The AA degree is accepted for transfer into bachelor’s degree programs at University Canada West (UCW) and all British Columbia degree-granting institutions provided other admission requirements are met.
Students pursuing an Associate of Arts degree at UCW can gain a broader multi-disciplinary focus in their chosen field. Students can focus on one of eight areas while completing the requirements of the Associate of Arts degree. You will not earn a formal credential by completing a focus area, but it can be a great way to shape your Associate of Arts degree and help prepare you for your career or further study.
Areas of focus include Accounting, Economics, Hospitality and Tourism, Management, Marketing, Media Communication, Psychology, and Social Justice.
Bachelor of Commerce
The Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) will provide you with a broad foundation of knowledge of contemporary business and its practices. Based in Vancouver, Canada, this ACBSP and NCMA-accredited degree prepares you for a successful career in business or management, where you will contribute constructively to a global economy.
UCW follows professional trends in industry closely and develops course focuses that reflect the best professional standards in specific fields. Currently, we offer the following focuses in the BCom degree:
Accounting skills are consistently in demand. The accounting focus, in combination with the rest of the BCom degree, will prepare you for entry into a professional accounting program.
Communication is an essential component of every organization, whether communicating internally to staff and managers, or externally to customers, stakeholders, or the public. The Business Communications focus will prepare you to produce effective communications materials for a wide range of contexts and in the framework of business strategy.
Bachelor of Arts in Business Communication
The Bachelor of Arts in Business Communication (BA) is an interdisciplinary program designed to provide core skills in writing, communication, research, and team performance. It also focuses on the understanding of media and communications and how they function in the contemporary business world.
The communication methods learned and media training students get throughout this course are relevant to careers in professional writing, journalism, public relations, communications and advertising.
University Access Program
Students who do not meet the minimum English language requirements for entry to an undergraduate or MBA program, can still improve their English skills and qualify for a degree at University Canada West.
The University Access Program (UAP), accredited by Languages Canada, covers everything you need for higher level education in an English-speaking institution. The program focuses on Academic English, ensuring that you will be able to study, and complete assignments and examinations with confidence.
UAP will also cover specific academic skills, such as essay writing, research methods, note taking, critical thinking and seminar or tutorial discussion, giving you a great start to your program at University Canada West.
Awards & Scholarships
UCW offers a number of scholarships, bursaries and grants. International students can save up to $20,000 in tuition fees.
Any campus placements if any and student services
UCW offers a range of services for students who wish to enrich their UCW experience or who require assistance in achieving their educational goals and personal pursuits. The University’s Student Affairs and Academic Affairs staff work together with students to assist, support and develop their academic performance and foster an environment that supports undergraduate and graduate students.
Academic Advisors will work with students to help plan their academic development by providing assistance and guidance in ensuring program and course selections are consistent with their academic and career goals.
UCW is committed to helping its students start strong and succeed in their academic journey. Part of that commitment is the Centre for Learning Success.
The Centre for Learning Success provides access to evidence-based integrated learning programs designed to support student achievement. As part of UCW’s network of campus resources, the student-centred programs are available to all UCW students throughout their education.
The Centre provides a number of workshops for students covering key skills like effective presentations, academic reading, time management and befriending their challenge response. As well as workshops designed specifically for new students, covering things like academic integrity, improving their academic writing, preparing to study for and take exams, and key skills to collaborate successfully.
Students are also able to book one-on- appointments with a learning strategist where they can build their skills toolkits and work on learning what matters the most to them.
UCW’s Student Affairs department provides opportunities for students to participate in activities and social events outside the classroom, coordinated and organized by Student Affairs staff and students from the Peer2Peer program. The Peer2Peer program aims to assist new students with the transition into university life and living in a new city. Each new UCW student is assigned to a Peer Leader for their first term. Peer Leaders can help new students build a sense of community and establish a committed network.
University Canada West’s Career Development Centre was created to facilitate an engaging partnership with all its students and alumni as they transition from higher education into the workforce environment and beyond. Through these partnerships, the Career Development Centre bridges the gap between employers’ needs and employment opportunities for UCW students and alumni.
These student-centric services include help with resumés and cover letters, interviewing techniques, networking and various other workshops, on-campus employer info sessions, business social networking and internship resources, scholarships, volunteer expos and job fairs.