Academic Advising

Be Challenged | You can count on our support through those challenges. Our undergraduate advising team can help you navigate through your academic journey, exploring opportunities tailored to your needs and connecting you with useful resources.

Our support services include:

Drop-In Advising Sessions (Burnaby & Surrey campuses)

Because student academic information is confidential, you must bring your SFU ID card or other photo ID to your advising session.


Undergraduate Academic Advising

(sfubusiness_undergrad@sfu.ca or 778.782.5567)

Tip: Wait times are generally shorter if you arrive before noon.

View the calendars below for advising hours on both the Burnaby and Surrey Campus:

Burnaby Campus: sign in at West Mall Complex 2330

Surrey Campus: sign in at Galleria 5, Room 5003


Beedie Study Abroad Advising

Information | Advising Hours.

Learning Resources

Access to Business Courses

Business Course Access Rules

1) Business Course Access Rules for Students in faculties other than Business

  1. Non-Business Students

Registration in upper division Business Administration courses is only open to those students who are approved into a Business plan. (A business plan is defined as a major, honours or joint program), except where otherwise noted. Students are permitted to enroll in lower division business courses, except for BUS 201, BUS 202 and BUS 217W without formal faculty admission.

Non-business students are able to register in upper division business courses, space permitting and prerequisite(s) met, from the day before classes begin each term (excluding BUS 360W, all Accounting concentration courses and all upper division courses required for the minor program) until the end of the first week of classes. Those eligible to register in a class will have the ability to add and swap business courses during week 1 of the term only.

Check out our new 200 level Business courses accessible to non-business students: 

BUS 200(3) Business Fundamentals with a Breadth Social Science designation.

BUS 216 (3) Essentials of Business Writing

BUS 221 (3) Personal Finance

BUS 233 (3) Introduction to Business Law and Ethics

  1. Business Minor Students

Business minor students have access to enroll in lower division business courses, except for BUS 201, BUS 202 and BUS 217W. The following upper division Business minor courses are reserved for approved Business minors: BUS 311, 340, 341, and 401.

To access upper division Business minor courses, declared Business minor students must also meet the required prerequisites and Beedie minor course access GPA, which is an overall SFU Business course GPA of 2.00 or higher. Students who do not meet this requirement should see a Business Academic Advisor to create a study plan and gain access to these courses.

To review the Business minor admission requirements and apply go here.

  1. Non-Business Students Pursing the Certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Seats are reserved in the upper division (300 and 400 level) approved I & E Business courses required for the completion of the certificate for students who have declared the I&E certificate.

To access upper division Business I&E certificate courses, declared certificate students must also meet the required prerequisites and Beedie continuance average, which is an overall SFU Business GPA of 2.30 or higher. Students who do not meet this requirement should see a Business Academic Advisor to create a study plan and gain access to these courses.

To declare the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Certificate go here.

2) Business Course Access Rules for Business Major, Joint Major, and Honours students

  1. Business students who do not meet the course access average

Students who have fallen below Beedie’s course access average (2.30 or higher SFU Business course GPA)  will no longer be able to access upper division business courses the day before classes begins. Instead, they will need to create a study plan with a Business Academic Advisor before their enrollment date in order to access upper-division Business courses when they enroll. 

  1. Upper Division Accounting Courses

All Business major students have access to BUS 320 - Financial Accounting: Assets and BUS 329 – Income Tax for Business Decision Making on their enrollment date if course access requirements and prerequisites are met and space is still available. Registration in the following Accounting courses are restricted to those Business students with an approved Accounting concentration or Accounting Honours Degree: BUS 321, 322, 420, 421, 424, 426 and 427.

Review the Accounting Concentration admission requirements or apply to the Accounting Concentration.

  1. All Business Major, Joint Major, and Honours Students

All Business major students have access to upper division Business courses (300 and 400 level) on their enrollment date, course access GPA and prerequisites* met and space permitting, apart from the Accounting concentration courses listed above.

Students who do not meet the Beedie course access GPA (2.30 or higher SFU Business course GPA) should contact an Academic Advisor well before their enrollment date in order to create a study plan and gain course access.

*Please note you must have 45 units to enroll in 300 level Business courses.

How to Determine Your SFU Business Course GPA

How to run your advising transcript and check your overall Business course GPA:

Step 1: Log in to the Student Information System

Step 2: Select Transcript: Advising from the drop-down menu and continue

Step 3: Make sure it's sorted by Both, then continue

Step 4: Wait a minute or two then click refresh until the View PDF link is available

Step 5: Look for your overall Business course GPA. Since your transcript is sorted by term and by subject, you can scroll down to the page that lists all of your Business courses. Underneath your courses, you will find your overall Business GPA, which includes all Business courses taken at SFU.

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