Registering for your option

When to register for your option

You are required to select your option when you register for your Year 3 courses. Your registration date is determined by your previous winter session average (courses taken from September to April). The higher your average, the earlier your registration date and time will be and the better your chances to select both your first choice of option, and the courses and sections in which you want to register. In early June you will receive an email from UBC Enrolment Services to notify you when your specific registration date and time are posted on the Student Service Centre.

How to register for your option

When your registration opens:

  1. log in to the Student Service Centre.
  2. navigate to the Course Schedule under Registration.
  3. select Browse on the top menu and choose Specializations from the dropdown list.
  4. select BCom from the list of degree programs.
  5. from the list of BCom specializations, choose your option and click on the Add Spec button.

Option prerequisites

You must complete all Year 2 prerequisite courses to be able to register in option courses. To be officially in an option and promotable to Year 4, you must register yourself in at least two of the required third year courses for that option. You can be officially registered in one option only. 

Option cutoffs

Finance and Accounting are both competitive options for which demand exceeds capacity. Once the required courses for an option has been filled, we will close registration for the option. To learn more about option cutoff averages, please review the eligibility requirements for BCom options.

If you did not achieve the cut-off average, but were within 3% of it, register yourself in your second choice and then add yourself to the option waitlist for your first choice. We will accommodate requests from the waitlist, in order from the highest average, if space permits. Cutoff averages may change for subsequent sessions depending on course availability and demand.

Changes underway for 2024W and how to declare your pathway (i.e., register for your option)

Last updated December 13, 2022

Starting 2024W, there will be changes to the way students register for their option in Year 3. GPA cut-offs will no longer be used. This early notification allows students to plan courses accordingly. 

  • Students must achieve a minimum grade of 60% in each of COMM 293 and COMM 294 to self-declare the Accounting option.
  • Students must achieve a minimum grade of 67% in each of COMM 190 (previously numbered COMM 290), COMM 191 (previously numbered COMM 291), COMM 293, COMM 294, COMM 295, and COMM 298 to self-declare the Finance option.

Students who do not achieve minimum grades in one or more of the courses required for Accounting or Finance may still be considered by adding themselves to a waitlist (details will be provided when 2024W registration information is distributed). Students on the waitlist will be prioritized based on previous academic performance. They will be added to their preferred option if space permits. 

Performance in prerequisite courses is usually indicative of performance in option courses so we recommend that if you have not achieved the minimum grades required for self-declaration of an option, then you should consider choosing another option instead. 


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