Transfer to Year 2

You can apply to transfer to the second year of the BCom program after your first year at UBC or another recognized post-secondary institution provided you have completed the admission requirements as listed below:

Courses required

You must have completed a minimum of 24 transferable credits including the following UBC courses (or their equivalents) by the end of April:

  • ECON 101 – Principles of Microeconomics
  • ECON 102 – Principles of Macroeconomics
  • MATH 104 – Differential Calculus. Acceptable equivalents include MATH 100, MATH 102, MATH 110, MATH 180, MATH 184.
  • ENGL 112 – University Writing. Minimum grade of 60% or "C" required in English. English courses taken at colleges or universities in countries where English is not the primary language do not satisfy this requirement. ASTU 150, ENGL 100, WRDS 150, WRDS 350, Arts One or CAP satisfying the Faculty of Arts writing requirement is acceptable.

In addition to meeting the English requirement for the BCom program, you must also meet the English Language Admission Standard for admission to UBC.

Documents required

You must complete/provide:

  • UBC online application: submit by January 15, 2019.
  • Interim and final official transcripts of your grades.
  • Additional documentation: proof of English Language proficiency, SAT scores (for US students) and more may be required depending on where you’ve completed secondary school. Visit for more information.

Transfer credit

Transfer credit will be assessed by the UBC Office of Enrolment Services once you have applied to UBC. If you’re attending a BC college/university you can see how your courses will transfer to UBC by using the online BC Transfer Guide. If you’re attending a college/university outside of BC, compare course descriptions to best estimate which courses may transfer and fulfill admission requirements.

Students transferring more than 60 credits should make note of the Requirements to Receive a Degree. A student transferring from another university or college may be granted transfer credit for a maximum of 50% of degree requirements. Of the 50% of the degree requirements that are to be completed while registered in the Bachelor of Commerce program, 30 credits must be upper-level commerce courses including commerce core courses and option core courses.

Average required to be considered for admission to Year 2

You must meet a minimum overall average of 65% (2.50 on a 4 pt. scale) calculated on the last 30 transferable credits of coursework and a minimum core average of 65% (2.50 on a 4 pt. scale) calculated on all Economics, all English, all transferable Commerce equivalent courses, and the required Math course. All attempts of core courses are used in the calculation of your core average.

Commerce programs at other post secondary-institutions

If you’re a commerce student attending another college or university who wishes to transfer to the BCom program at UBC, you must be admissible to Year 2 of the program (as per requirements above). Transfer credit will only be assessed after you’ve formally applied for admission to the program and each case will be assessed individually.

If you’re an Aboriginal student enrolled at Langara College, the UBC-Langara Aboriginal Transfer Program can provide a pathway to earning a BCom degree at UBC. Eligible First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students will be guaranteed admission to the BCom program by meeting transfer program requirements.

UBC-Langara Aboriginal Transfer Program


Once you’re accepted into the BCom program, you must be in attendance at UBC and registered in the school for a minimum of two full-time Winter Sessions (that’s two academic years).

Students who have been required to withdraw from another university will not be considered.

Previous degree holders

If you already hold a degree from a recognized post-secondary institution, you may be eligible for admission to the BCom program. You must meet admission requirements as listed above. Please make your formal application first and then you will be assessed.

Please note that students who have a business degree or a degree with a significant number of business courses are not eligible for admission to the BCom program.

Alternatively, you may want to consider the Master of Management program offered through the Robert H. Lee Graduate School at the UBC Sauder School of Business. More information on this nine-month program can be found at

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