Continuation and promotion

Academic evaluations for continuation and promotion

Each year during the month of May, the Undergraduate Office (UGO) reviews your academic progress and calculates your winter session average based on all courses taken from September to April to determine if you have successfully completed: 

  • continuation requirements to remain in the program
  • course requirements for promotion to the next year level

This is a weighted average, taking course credit values into consideration, and does include any failing grades. If you participate in a study abroad and exchange program during the winter session, grades earned on exchange will be included in the calculation. Courses taken during the summer session (May to August) are not included in the winter session average.

Your winter session average is also used to determine:

Your academic success is important to us!

In addition to year-end academic evaluations, we also conduct mid-session checks after December exams to provide assistance and resources to students who may be struggling in their studies. If you have concerns about your academic progress, we strongly encourage you to meet with an academic advisor in the UGO and take advantage of academic coaching services in the CLC.

Continuation and promotion requirements by year

Continuation in the BCom program

A winter session average of ≥60% based on all courses attempted from September to April is required to continue in the program at all year levels. This is a weighted average, taking course credit values into consideration, and does include any failing grades. If you participate in a study abroad and exchange program during the winter session, grades earned on exchange will be included in the calculation. If your winter session average falls below 60%, you will be considered to have failed the year and will be required to discontinue your studies at UBC for a period of at least one year. Decimals are not rounded (i.e., a winter session average of 59.9% would be a failed year). Courses taken during the summer session (May to August) are not included in the winter session average.

Promotion requirements

BCom program requirements have changed in recent years, so when reviewing your promotion requirements, take careful note of when and at what year level you entered the program so that you're referring to the requirements that apply to you.

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3
  • Year 4
Year 1

Year 1 to Year 2

You will be promoted to Year 2 once you have met all of the following requirements:

  • successful completion of 24 credits including all of COMM 101, ECON 101, ECON 102, MATH 104 (or accepted Math equivalent), and at least two1 of COMM 290, COMM 291, COMM 292, ENGL 1122
  • winter session average of ≥60% on all courses attempted from September to April
1 While a minimum of two of COMM 290, COMM 291, COMM 292, ENGL 112 are required for promotion to Year 2, all four courses must be completed to be eligible for promotion to Year 3.
2 If you have not successfully completed ENGL 112 in Year 1, you must complete it in Year 2. A minimum grade of 60% in ENGL 112 is required to fulfill the English requirement, however, a passing grade of 50% or greater may be used for the purpose of promotion. In such cases, ENGL 112 must be retaken to achieve a grade of 60% or greater.

 

Combined Major in Business and Computer Science (BUCS)

If you're enrolled in the BUCS program, you will be promoted to Year 2 if you have met all of the following requirements:

  • successful completion of a minimum of 24 credits including:
    • all of COMM 101, ECON 101, ECON 102, MATH 104 (or accepted Math equivalent), and CPSC 110
    • at least one3 of ENGL 1124, COMM 292, CPSC 121
3 All courses must eventually be completed to fulfill BCom degree requirements. 
4 If you have not successfully completed ENGL 112 in Year 1, you must complete it in Year 2. A minimum grade of 60% in ENGL 112 is required to fulfill the English requirement, however, a passing grade of 50% or greater may be used for the purpose of promotion. In such cases, ENGL 112 must be retaken to achieve a grade of 60% or greater.

 

Continuation in the BCom program without promotion

If you have not completed the minimum requirements for promotion to Year 2, you may still continue in the next winter session, remaining in Year 1, provided your winter session average is greater than or equal to 60% on all courses attempted from September to April. You must achieve the minimum 60% continuation requirement by the end of the current winter session in April.

Year 2

Year 2 to Year 3

Existing requirements for 2015W

You will be promoted to Year 3 if you have met all of the following requirements:

  • successful completion of 54 credits including all Year 1 requirements
  • successful completion of at least six1 of COMM 203 (formerly COMM 392), COMM 204 (formerly COMM 399), COMM 205 (formerly COMM 391), COMM 293, COMM 294, COMM 295, COMM 296, COMM 298 
  • winter session average of ≥60% on all courses attempted from September to April
1 All courses must eventually be completed to fulfill BCom degree requirements.

 

New requirements for 2016W

You will be promoted to Year 3 if you have met all of the following requirements:

  • successful completion of 48 credits including all Year 1 requirements
  • successful completion of at least four2 of COMM 203 (formerly COMM 392), COMM 204 (formerly COMM 399), COMM 205 (formerly COMM 391), COMM 293, COMM 294, COMM 295, COMM 296, COMM 298
  • winter session average of ≥60% on all courses attempted from September to April
2 All courses must eventually be completed to fulfill BCom degree requirements.
Students admitted to Year 2 in 2016W

If you were admitted to Year 2 of the BCom program in 2016W and you meet these requirements upon entry to the program, you will not be considered for promotion to Year 3 until you have completed your Term 1 courses. Please meet with an academic advisor once your Term 1 grades have been posted in December.

 
Combined Major in Business and Computer Science (BUCS)

If you're enrolled in the BUCS program, you will be promoted to Year 3 if you have met all of the following requirements:

  • successful completion of a minimum of 50 credits of the first and second year BUCS program including:
    • all required courses from first year
    • COMM 205, COMM 290, and CPSC 210 

 

Continuation in the BCom program without promotion

If you have not completed the minimum requirements for promotion to Year 3, you may still continue in the next winter session, remaining in Year 2, provided your winter session average is greater than or equal to 60% on all courses attempted from September to April. You must achieve the minimum 60% continuation requirement by the end of the current winter session in April.

Year 3

Year 3 to Year 4

Existing requirements for 2014W and 2015W

You will be promoted to Year 4 if you have met all of the following requirements:

  • successful completion of 80 credits including all Year 1 and 2 requirements
  • successful completion of two option courses (students in the General Business Management option must complete at least 3 credits from COMM 393 and COMM 399, as well as 3 credits from the analysis course combination requirement)
  • successful completion of at least four1 of the following Year 3 core courses: COMM 296, 390 (minimum grade of 60% in COMM 390), 391 (equivalent to COMM 205), 392 (equivalent to COMM 203), 393, 394, and 399 (equivalent to COMM 204; students in the General Business Management option must complete at least four1 of the Year 3 core courses in addition to the option requirement of 3 credits from COMM 393 and COMM 399 - COMM 393/399 may not be double counted to satisfy both requirements)
  • winter session average of ≥60% on all courses attempted from September to April
1 All courses must eventually be completed to fulfill BCom degree requirements.

 

New requirements starting in 2016W

You will be promoted to Year 4 if you have met all of the following requirements:

  • successful completion of 72 credits including all Year 1 and 2 requirements
  • successful completion of two option courses (students in the General Business Management option must complete at least 3 credits from the analysis course combination requirement)
  • successful completion of at least two2 of COMM 390 (minimum grade of 60% in COMM 390), COMM 393, COMM 394, COMM 395
  • winter session average of ≥60% on all courses attempted from September to April
2 All courses must eventually be completed to fulfill BCom degree requirements.

  

Combined Major in Business and Computer Science (BUCS)

If you're enrolled in the BUCS program, you will be promoted to Year 4 if you have met all of the following requirements:

  • successful completion of at least 81 credits including:
    • all required courses from first and second year
    • at least one3 of CPSC 304, CPSC 310
    • all of COMM 203, COMM 296
    • at least two3 of COMM 204, COMM 390, COMM 393, COMM 395. 
3 All courses must eventually be completed to fulfill BCom degree requirements.

 

Global Supply Chain and Logistics Management option

Year 3 students enrolled in the Global Supply Chain and Logistics Management option will be promoted to Year 4 once they have successfully completed a minimum of 80 credits including all Year 1 and 2 requirements, four option core courses, and achieved a winter session average of ≥60% on all courses attempted from September to April.

  

Continuation in the BCom program without promotion

If you have not completed the minimum requirements for promotion to Year 4, you may still continue in the next winter session, remaining in Year 3, provided your winter session average is greater than or equal to 60% on all courses attempted from September to April. You must achieve the minimum 60% continuation requirement by the end of the current winter session in April.

Year 4

Completing your degree

Once you have fulfilled your BCom degree requirements, it’s time to apply to graduate. A winter session average greater than or equal to 60% on all courses attempted during your final year(s) is required to be eligible for graduation. 

Continuation in the BCom program

If you have not completed all of your requirements for graduation, you may still continue in the next winter session, remaining in Year 4, provided your winter session average is greater than or equal to 60% on all courses attempted from September to April. You must achieve the minimum 60% continuation requirement by the end of the current winter session in April. When planning your studies, keep in mind that you must complete all of your degree requirements within six years of entering the program to be conferred a Bachelor of Commerce from UBC.


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