Concurrent Program Information and FAQ

What is a concurrent program?

Concurrent programs are other certificates or diplomas that are taken alongside your degree or diploma and are a completely separate credential that you can get awarded.

Please be aware that students can only have ONE declared concurrent program at a time. To discuss additional certificates please speak to your Academic Advisor.

What programs count as a concurrent program for Business Students?

Students in the Bachelor of Business Administration Degree cannot declare the Diploma in Business as a concurrent program due to laddering program rules (See the Graduation section of the UG Calendar under the heading “Awarding of Concurrent and Additional Degrees, Diplomas, and Certificates”).

Almost all other certificates or diplomas from other programs count as concurrent programs alongside the BBA. Some popular options are:

  • Certificate in Economics through the Faculty of Arts
  • Certificate in Nonprofit Sector Leadership & Innovation through Faculty of Arts or CCE
  • Certificate in Ideation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship through the Hill School
  • Certificate in International Business through the Hill School
  • Certificate in Local Government Administration through CCE
  • Certificate in Public Relations through CCE
  • Certificate in Hospitality, Tourism & Gaming Entertainment Management through CCE
  • Diploma in Computer Science through the Faculty of Science

NOTE: The Certificate in Administration Level I or Level II through the Centre for Continuing Education (CCE) are not permitted as concurrent programs alongside Business programs.

How do you declare a concurrent program?

Students should first speak to their Academic Program Advisor to see how a concurrent program would fit into their current Degree or Diploma program. Most concurrent program requirements can fit into the 120 credit hours required for a degree, but if alongside a diploma, it may go over the 60 credits needed, which is not a problem.

Students then need to fill out the Application for Undergraduate Concurrent Program form and submit it by the next deadline:

  • New program effective for Fall, submit form to advisor by August 1st
  • New program effective for Winter, submit form to advisor by December 1st
  • New program effective for Spring/Summer, submit form to advisor by April 1st

NOTE: Undeclared concurrent programs WILL NOT show up as an option to apply to graduate with when looking at the Grad App in UR Self-Service. (See “When can/should a student declare a concurrent program?” for more information.)

When can/should a student declare a concurrent program?

Students interested in a concurrent program can start planning for one as early as their second year of study. In fact, starting early is a good practice because the requirements are more likely to fit into your primary program better.

Students further along in their primary program studies who want to declare a concurrent program need to do so at least one semester before their last academic semester. This is to guarantee that all signatures required are received, and to make sure that the option to apply to graduate with the desired concurrent program shows in the online Grad App through UR Self-Service.

If a student does not inquire or reach out to have their concurrent program declared within enough time we cannot guarantee that the student will be able to graduate with the concurrent program during their desired graduation timeline.

Can a student get awarded their concurrent program after graduating from a primary program?

The idea behind concurrent certificate and diploma programs is to complete them either before you graduate with your primary program, or graduate with them at the same time as your primary program.

Concurrent programs that will not be completed until after a primary degree is awarded are subject to a rule that requires a lesser credential have 50% new courses completed to be awarded after the highest credential of a degree is awarded.