Accounting Business Transfer to Ontario Tech University Bachelor of Commerce (ACTU)

Why and how do I apply internally to be accepted into the ACTU program?

WHY – The ACTU program includes university courses. Ontario Tech requires students to apply and meet a minimum grade requirement for admission to their courses.

HOW  An information session is planned where we provide details about the program and mandatory Ontario Tech application. There is a enforced due date for the Ontario Tech application and it is typically submitted online. Every student interested in the embedded program must submit the application.

Can I apply for credit transfer?

If you have studied previously at Durham College or another recognized post-secondary institution, you may be eligible to receive credit for Durham College courses, however; Ontario Tech will not accept any credit transfers for any embedded course, students are required to complete all five embedded courses with Ontario Tech. Application and further information is available on MyCampus or by using this link,

What is the grade requirement to be in the program?

We recommend that students have a 4.0 or “A” (85-89%) average in their semester one, year one Durham courses, before they apply to the ACTU program for semester two; however, the requirement is a “B+” (75-79%) or 3.5 GPA in the Durham College courses. You must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 in all Durham College courses and receive a minimum “C” (60-66%) grade in each of the Ontario Tech courses. Each institution has different grading systems. Please see each of the institutional charts.

Can I repeat a Ontario Tech course if I fail it?

Yes, but only one time and you will need to pay the full university fee to retake the course. If you are required to retake an Ontario Tech course you would request to meet with your Durham College Student Advisor to complete the course registration forms prior to the registration deadline.  Students do not register themselves for any of the Ontario Tech courses.

What are the five embedded Ontario Tech courses that I need to take?

The embedded Ontario Tech courses are:

  • Critical Thinking & Ethics,
  • Finance I,
  • Organizational Behaviour,
  • Managerial Accounting and
  • Business Math I.

*Courses and program of studies are subject to change by Durham College and Ontario Tech.

What diploma will I graduate with?

Durham College diploma will indicate: Accounting-Business (two-year)

Can I major at Ontario Tech?

Yes, as an additional opportunity, you can major in accounting at Ontario Tech; however, in order to major in accounting you will be required to obtain the following:

  • a minimum C+ grade in each of the 5 embedded Ontario Tech courses taken during the ACTU studies
  • additional requirements are necessary for specific Durham College courses.

Please note, major requirements and eligibility is at the discretion of Ontario Tech. For additional inquiries please email,

If I complete the two-year ACTU diploma, but I don’t want to continue to Ontario Tech, can I enter Year 3 Accounting at Durham College?

Yes, but not directly. You would need to take the missing year two Accounting courses prior to entering year three. You would need to take these courses as a part-time student or through Professional and Part-time Learning. It could delay a year of studies, because of the outstanding courses and third year only begins in September.

Can I make schedule (timetable) changes?

Sometimes, this is possible for the Durham College courses, but definitely not for the Ontario Tech courses. We also prefer that you remain in the scheduled block so you are together as a cohort. This makes it easier to plan sessions for you and get important information to you in person. Be prepared for fourteen weeks (the length of the semester) to be in class at Durham College anywhere from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Ontario Tech 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. throughout the week.

Being at two institutions are there any differences?

Yes, there are many. You are at two separate institutions with varying expectations, procedures and policies. You are required to adhere to both institutional policies. There can also be different break weeks and varying exam schedules (for instance, a Saturday night Ontario Tech exam). ACTU is a unique program and some services will require more attention. If you experience a delay in service or response time, please be patient.

What LMS –Learning Management System does Ontario Tech use?

Ontario Tech uses Blackboard. Any of your embedded Ontario Tech courses will not appear on DC Connect, you will need to access Blackboard for the Ontario Tech course information.

For more information about Blackboard, for more information about Blackboard, please use this link,

Do I still use MyCampus?

Absolutely, MyCampus is for administrative records, final grades, registration, fees, and important messages are posted through MyCampus. Both institutions use MyCampus as a primary system, but with different tabs.

Where, how, and when do I pay the Ontario Tech fees?

Your account will be updated with the fees you owe through MyCampus (Ontario Tech tab). Please check your account and ensure you have paid all courses fees. You may pay these fees through a bank transfer or bank draft. Bank drafts can be submitted in person at the Software and Informatics Research Centre located across the street at 40 Conlin Road West.

Please visit the following link regarding payment and refund deadlines:

There are a variety of ways to pay your tuition fees, compulsory ancillary fees and program associated fees.

Important: it may take five business days for payment to post to your MyCampus account.

Methods of payment

Please use this link for a list of payment options, methods of payment, acceptable and non-acceptable options:

What happens after Semester 2?

When your semester two final grades are available from both institutions (Ontario Tech final grades are typically posted a little after Durham College). Your grades will be reviewed to determine if you can proceed into year two of the ACTU program or if you will be transferred into the Accounting program. You are required to have a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA and a minimum “C” grade in the Ontario Tech course(s). If you are continuing with the ACTU program you will be invoiced, pay your fees (Durham College fees are paid through Durham College), you will need to pay the Ontario Tech course fees to Ontario Tech directly (see fees for further information).

What happens after Year 2?

You are required to have successfully completed all year one and two courses with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 and a minimum “C” in the five embedded Ontario Tech courses to apply to enter year three of the four year (Hons) Bachelor of Commerce degree at Ontario Tech. Admissions staff at Ontario Tech in conjunction with Durham College schedule an information session (typically in March of semester four) to respond to questions and explain the application process for Ontario Tech. Please attend this information session for valuable information and an opportunity to ask any questions.

If I want to be an Accountant and work toward a professional designation is ACTU the best pathway for me?

You can either take the ACTU program, or you can take the three year Business Administration-Accounting (Advanced) diploma, and apply to enter the third year of the four year BCOM at Ontario Tech (no bridge courses). This will take you an additional year, and you must have a GPA of 3.5 to qualify.

Are there additional fees for the Ontario Tech courses?
Yes, students will also be required to pay an additional tuition fee to Ontario Tech for one course in semester 2, two courses in semester 3 and two courses in semester 4. Ontario Tech tuition will be charged at the beginning of each semester starting in Semester 2. Fees are based on each academic year and are required to be paid by the Ontario Tech fee deadline. If you are receiving OSAP you are required to inform OSAP of the additional fees for the university courses.