UBC Bachelor of Commerce

Admissions & Finance

Who should apply

Along with a strong academic record, if you’re enthusiastic and involved, show great communication skills and can demonstrate teamwork and leadership potential - chances are you’ll be a great fit for the program and your undergraduate studies will be successful and rewarding.  

We welcome applicants from across Canada and the globe, of all cultures and backgrounds. It’s a diverse and dynamic group, sure to inspire you.

Pathways to entry

There are different admissions requirements for the UBC BCom depending on where you're coming from and what year you're eligible to apply to.

Direct entry to Year 1

Secondary school graduates who have not started post-secondary studies or who have completed a maximum of 6 credits of coursework at a post-secondary institution.

 
 

Transfer to Year 2

Current UBC students transferring from programs in other faculties, students studying at other post-secondary institutions, and previous degree holders.

 
 

Transfer in Year 3

Students studying Business or Commerce at other post-secondary institutions and previous degree holders.

 
 

Frequently asked questions

  • Admissions decisions are based on a combination of academic performance and an assessment of your Personal Profile and other information submitted in your application. In addition to excellent grades, outstanding candidates will possess great leadership, teamwork and interpersonal skills. We are also looking for those who are capable of setting and achieving goals, show an ability to deal with challenging situations, demonstrate solid communication skills and are involved with the community. To complete the application you will need to draw on your real life experiences inside and outside the classroom. We want to learn more about who you are.

  • Yes. Even though you’re applying for a BCom at UBC Sauder, you also need to meet the admissions requirements for UBC too. Visit you.ubc.ca/applying-ubc to check the University’s general admission requirements.

  • No. If you have completed more than 6 credits of coursework at a post-secondary institution, you are not eligible to apply for direct entry to Year 1. To be eligible for the BCom program, you must complete all course requirements necessary to transfer to Year 2.

  • No. We have only one intake of new students per year, who start their studies in September. Due to the sequential sequence of course requirements within the BCom program, it's not possible to start in January. Direct entry Year 1 students are eligible to start in the summer session.

  • No. Commerce courses offered at UBC are restricted to students in the BCom program. If you're currently attending UBC and would like to complete requirements necessary to transfer to Year 3, you may consider completing these courses at another BC college or university. Keep in mind that if you leave UBC to complete these requirements, you must reapply to the University (re-admission is not guaranteed). You can review course equivalencies by using the online BC Transfer Guide.

  • UBC Enrolment Services processes your application for admission, checks your required documents and calculates your admission average(s) and transfer credit. The UBC Sauder School of Business Undergraduate Office makes a final decision after considering your academic average, your Personal Profile, and other information provided in your application.

    If you're admitted to UBC, your offer of admission will include a list of your transfer credit. If you've already completed Commerce courses, review your credit before you register for your classes to ensure that you do not register for a course that you have already completed.

  • We will start to make offers of admission after the application deadline in January. Because admission to the BCom program is a comparative process, we can't make the majority of our decisions until we've received all transcripts and required documents from everyone who has applied. The majority of our decisions for Year 1 are made in April, while the majority of our decisions for transfers to Years 2 and 3 are made in May/June. If you are an exceptionally strong applicant and we have received all required information for your application, we may be able to extend an offer at an earlier date. For this reason, we encourage you to submit any required documentation as soon as it is available.

    If you are applying to Year 1, we encourage you to apply by December 1 to also be considered for a Presidential Scholars Award.

  • Yes! We encourage applicants who would like to reapply to our program to make an appointment to speak with one of our admissions officers. They will be able to advise you on why your application was refused and how to improve it. Call us at +1 604.822.8333 to schedule an appointment.

Financing your studies

We understand that the commitment you and your family make toward your education can be a financial challenge. UBC offers a wide range of scholarships, awards, and bursaries to help.

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