Transfer Applicant Guides for 2023W
Year 3 admission requirements has changed for the 2023W admissions cycle. For transfer students applying to the BCom program starting in Fall 2023, click below to view the Transfer Applicant Guide for updated requirements.
Dates and Deadlines
- January 15 – Final application deadline
- February 15 – Deadline to submit document to meet UBC English Language Admission Standard
- April – Required courses for admission must be completed
- May 15 – Deadline to submit final transcripts if you are currently attending a university or college
- May - June – Admission decisions are made
You must have completed a minimum of 48 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 100 – Differential Calculus. Acceptable equivalents include MATH 102, MATH 104, MATH 110, MATH 180, MATH 184.
- COMM 190* – Introduction to Quantitative Decision Making
- COMM 191* – Application of Statistics in Business
- COMM 192* – Management and Organizational Behaviour
- A minimum of four** of the following second year core courses:
- COMM 203 - Managing the Employment Relationship
- COMM 204 - Logistics and Operations Management
- COMM 205 - Introduction to Management Information Systems
- COMM 293 - Financial Accounting
- COMM 294 - Managerial Accounting
- COMM 295 - Managerial Economics
- COMM 296 - Introduction to Marketing
- COMM 298 - Introduction to Finance
Applicants applying as a Year 3 transfer for 2023W are strongly advised to complete UBC WRDS 150 or equivalent with a minimum grade of 60% or "C". ENGL 100, ENGL 112, WRDS 350, Arts One or CAP satisfying the Faculty of Arts writing requirement is acceptable. Courses that are transferable as WRCM 1st for 3 credits will also be accepted.
UBC requires all applicants to fulfill the English Language Admission Standard in order to be eligible for admission. More information is available at you.ubc.ca/applying-ubc/requirements/english-language-competency
* COMM 290, 291, and 292 have been renumbered to COMM 190, 191, and 192 respectively.
** This minimum requirement is for the purpose of eligibility for admission to the UBC BCom program. All courses listed must be completed to fulfill BCom degree requirements.
If admitted to the program, you will select a specialization—also referred to as an “option"—when registering for your Year 3 courses. Many COMM 20x and COMM 29x courses are prerequisites that must be completed before taking courses within a specialization.
Eligibility to select your preferred specialization
Selection of the Accounting or Finance specialization is competitive; demand for these specializations exceeds the limited space available in each. If you plan to select either specialization, you must complete all prerequisite courses by April (preceding entry to the program in September of the same year) and all transfer credit must be assigned to your UBC student record for you to be eligible to choose the respective specialization when you register for Year 3 courses:
- To select the Finance specialization, you must have previously completed COMM 190, COMM 293, COMM 295, COMM 298
- To select the Accounting specialization, you must have previously completed COMM 190, COMM 191, COMM 293, COMM 294, COMM 295
If you plan to complete prerequisites for Accounting or Finance during Term 1 of the winter session at UBC Sauder, you will have an opportunity to add yourself to a waitlist for your specialization in December. Successful addition to your preferred specialization will depend on demand and remaining space, if any, in it.
You may select any one of the following specializations when you register, even if you have not yet completed its prerequisite courses: Business Technology Management, Entrepreneurship, General Business Management, Marketing, Operations and Logistics, Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources, Real Estate. You must then complete any missing prerequisite courses in Term 1 of the winter session at UBC Sauder before taking subsequent specialization courses in Term 2.
You are encouraged to complete all prerequisite courses by April preceding entry to the program in September of the same year so as not to delay your progression.
You must complete/provide:
- UBC online application: submit by January 15, 2023, 11:59pm PST.
- Final official transcripts of your grades. Admission requirements must be met by end of April.
- Additional documentation: proof of English Language proficiency and more may be required depending on where you’ve completed post-secondary studies.
Visit you.ubc.ca/applying-ubc for more information.
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 or university outside of BC, compare course descriptions to best estimate which courses may transfer and fulfill admission requirements.
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. Please make note of the Requirements to Receive a Degree.
Transfer credit is awarded at the university level rather than for a particular program. It's possible that not all of the transfer credit you received can be applied toward the BCom program.
All applicants must meet a minimum average of 65% (2.50 on 4 pt. scale) for both their overall and core average.
- Overall Average: calculated based on the most recent 30 transferable credits of coursework.
- Core Average: calculated based on all transferable Commerce courses. All attempts at core courses are used in the calculation of the 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 3 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.
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.
UBC-Langara Indigenous Transfer Partnership
If you’re an Indigenous student enrolled at Langara College, the UBC-Langara Indigenous 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.
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 nine-month Master of Management program offered through the Robert H. Lee Graduate School at the UBC Sauder School of Business.
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