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Business Minor

How to Apply

Whether you’re inspired by the arts, sciences, education or any other discipline offered at SFU, a minor in business can help you discover how your passions fit into the global economy.

Designed for non-business majors, the program requires a minimum of 38 units of coursework and offers a foundation in business principles to complement and add value to your chosen field.

This application is for you if you are:

  • currently in an SFU Faculty other than SFU Beedie School of Business.

For admission to the Business Minor program, you must meet the following admission requirements:

  • Be in Good Academic Standing (CGPA 2.00 or higher)
  • Attain a minimum SFU Business Course GPA of 2.00 by the end of the application term
  • Complete Required Courses for Admission (minimum grade of C- required)
  • Meet the competitive Business Minor Admission Average Requirement
For students who have completed admission requirements during the Spring 2020 term, please click here for our frequently asked questions.

Admission to the Business Minor program is selective based on the size and competitiveness of the applicant pool each term. The competitive Business Minor Admission Average has varied between a 2.50-2.60 GPA in previous terms.

Admission Average & Required Courses for Admission

Complete the following 5 required courses. These courses are also used to calculate the Business Minor Admission Average.

Use our GPA Calculator to calculate your Business Minor Admission Average.

  • BUS 237-3 Introduction to Technology Management
  • BUS 251-3 Financial Accounting I
  • BUS 272-3 Behavior in Organizations
  • ECON 103-4 Principles of Microeconomics (or ECON 113-3)

And any one of:

  • ECON 105-4 (or ECON 115-3)
  • ENGL 111W-3
  • ENGL 112W-3
  • ENGL 113W-3
  • ENGL 114W-3
  • ENGL 115W-3
  • ENGL 199W-3
  • PHIL XX1-3 or PHIL 105-3
  • PHIL 100W-3
  • PHIL 110-3
  • PHIL 120W-3
  • PHIL 150-3
  • WL 101W-3
  • WL 103W-3
  • WL 104W-3
  • WL 105W-3

Any one of the above ENGL/PHIL/WL courses may be replaced by any three unspecified transfer units in English or in ENGL-Writing at the 100 or 200 level.

NOTE: The following courses are not required for admission, even though these courses are listed as part of the lower division requirements for graduation:

  • BUS 200-3 Business Fundamentals
  • BUS 233-3 Introduction to Business Law and Ethics

We encourage you to take BUS 200-3 before attempting any lower division business courses to gain foundational knowledge.

Repeated Courses

Of the required courses, a maximum of 2 of the 5 required courses may be repeated one time each for admission.

Should you repeat more than 2 of the 5 courses, the best 2 are used to calculate your Business Minor Admission GPA. We evaluate subsequent repeated, required courses based on the letter grade achieved on the first attempt at the course.

Minimum Grade in Each of the Required Courses

Admission to SFU Beedie School of Business requires a minimum C- (C minus) grade in each of the required courses. This complies with the graduation requirements outlined in the SFU Calendar.

Internal Transfer Application Periods

Spring 2024 (Jan.)
September 15 - October 15
Summer 2024 (May)
January 15 - February 15
Fall 2024 (Sept.)

NOTE: Once applications have closed for the current term, you will no longer be able to submit, or make changes to, your application.

Apply for admission to the Business Minor program through the Internal Transfer Application portal either during, or once you have finished, the term in which you are completing the 5 lower division required courses for admission. You will receive a confirmation email upon the successful receipt of your application. 

Once the application deadline has closed, you will be notified via your @SFU email with an update on your admission status. We encourage you to frequently monitor your @SFU email once the application deadline has passed. 

As a Business Minor student you must complete BUS 200-3 Business Fundamentals, either before or in the same term that you enroll in any 300-level Business Minor course. We recommend you take BUS 200 first to get introduced to Business, then work on the 5 required courses for admission.

Check out the Business Minor Course Planner and connect with one of our helpful undergraduate academic advisors.

Upon admission to the Business Minor program, we will issue a formal confirmation letter by email.

NOTE: If you are admitted to the Business Minor but decide to pursue the Business Major or a Business Joint Major program instead, you must reapply for admissions to the Business Major/Joint Major program and meet the entrance requirements for the term in which you reapply

Frequently Asked Questions

SFU BUS 200 (3) and BUS 233 (3) are not required for admission consideration to the Business Minor program, however, we recommend you take BUS 200 first to get introduced to Business then work on the 5 required courses for admission. For admission requirements, including required courses, please refer to our Business Minor page.

Admission decisions will be made once final grades are released for the semester during which the application took place. For example, if you apply for admission to the Fall semester, decisions will be made once Summer final grades are released. You will be notified of your admission decision via your @SFU email.

Please note that students will not have access to 300/400 level courses required for successful completion of the Minor program until gaining formal admission to the program.

You may submit an appeal to the Beedie School of Business Appeals Committee provided you meet eligible grounds for an appeal. Please review appeal eligibility and instructions on our website here.

For additional questions, please contact our office at

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