General Program Requirements

Last updated: April 10, 2024

We've mapped out the requirements of your BCom over a four-year period, allocating a full course load of 30/31 credits in each year. Keep in mind that this is just a guide – you may want to join the Co-op program, take a term abroad on exchange, or participate in one of many other co-curricular opportunities – any of which could take you on a slightly different learning path. That's okay! Just be aware of course prerequisites, co-requisites and restrictions, and promotion and continuation requirements when planning your program.

To see your program requirements, select the tab with the year level and session that you entered the program

Your specific degree requirements will depend on when you were admitted. Be sure to refer to the correct requirements that apply to you by selecting the year level and session in which you entered the program. Keep in mind that you have six years to finish your degree requirements from the date that you were first admitted to the BCom program.

  • Year 1 entry in 2022W and onwards
  • Year 1 entry in 2014W to 2021W

Year 1 entry in 2022W and onwards

The following requirements apply to students who:

  • entered directly to Year 1 in 2022 and onwards.
  • transferred to Year 2 in 2023 and onwards.
  • transferred to Year 3 in 2024 and onwards.

Jump to: Year 2 | Year 3 | Year 4

 

Year 1
All of the following courses:
COMM 1011 Business Fundamentals 
COMM 105
Values, Ethics, and Community3
COMM 1902
Introduction to Quantitative Decision Making 
COMM 1912Application of Statistics in Business 3
COMM 1923 Management and Organizational Behaviour3
COMM 196Business Communications I3
ECON 101Principles of Microeconomics3
ECON 102Principles of Macroeconomics3
MATH 1005Differential Calculus with Applications3
Three credits of non-Commerce electives63
Total credits30
1 For students transferring into Year 2 or 3 of the BCom program, COMM 101 is not required. In lieu of these credits, transfer students will take three credits of Commerce or non-Commerce electives at any level.
2 A minimum grade of 67% in COMM 190, COMM 191 are requirements for the Finance option in Year 3. 
3 For students transferring into Year 2 or 3 of the BCom program, an acceptable alternative to COMM 192 is COMR 329.
4 You must attain a minimum of 60% or a 'C' in COMM 196.
5 Acceptable alternatives are MATH 104/184, MATH 110, MATH 120 or MATH 180. Students should make themselves aware of elective courses for which MATH 100 and 101 are prerequisites and plan accordingly. Students planning to pursue a Minor in Economics or Computer Science must take MATH 100 and 101 (or equivalents). 
6 See electives page for requirements and restrictions.
Continuation in the BCom program

A winter session average of 60% or greater based on all courses attempted from September to April is required to continue in the program.  This is a weighted average, taking course credit values into consideration, and does include any failing grades.

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 to Year 2

As of 2024 and sessions onwards*: You will be promoted to Year 2 once you have met all of the following requirements: 

  • Completed a minimum of 24 credits including:
    • all of COMM 101, COMM 105, COMM 196. 

Criteria for 2023 winter and previous sessions: You will be promoted to Year 2 once you have met all of the following requirements: 

  • Completed a minimum of 24 credits including:
    • all of COMM 101, COMM 105, ECON 101, ECON 102, MATH 100 (or accepted Math equivalent), and
    • at least two7 of COMM 190 (formerly COMM 290), COMM 191 (formerly COMM 291), COMM 192 (formerly COMM 292), COMM 1968
*This criteria will be implemented for the 2023/24 winter session. This means all courses taken from September 2023 to April 2024 will be evaluated by both the new and previous promotion criteria.
7 While a minimum of two of COMM 190, COMM 191, COMM 192, COMM 196 are required for promotion to Year 2, all four courses must be completed to be eligible for promotion to Year 3. All courses must eventually be completed to fulfill BCom degree requirements.
8 If you have not successfully completed COMM 196 in Year 1, you must complete it in Year 2. A minimum grade of 60% in the course is required, however, a passing grade of 50% or greater can be used for the purpose of promotion to Year 2. In such cases, COMM 196 must be retaken to achieve a grade of 60% or greater.

 

Year 2
All of the following courses:
COMM 2029 Career Fundamentals1
COMM 203 Managing the Employment Relationship 3
COMM 204 Logistics and Operations Management 3
COMM 205
Introduction to Management Information Systems 3
COMM 29310, 11Financial Accounting3
COMM 29410, 11Managerial Accounting3
COMM 29510, 12Managerial Economics3
COMM 296Introduction to Marketing3
COMM 29810, 13Introduction to Finance3
Six credits of non-Commerce electives14 (direct entry students only)6
Total credits31
9 If you are transferring to Year 3 of the BCom program, you will take COMM 202 in your third year of studies.
10 A minimum grade of 67% in COMM 293, COMM 294, COMM 295, COMM 298 are requirements to self-declare the Finance option in Year 3. See registering for your option page for more information
11 A minimum grade of 60% in COMM 293, COMM 294 are requirements to self-declare the Accounting option in Year 3. See registering for your option page for more information
12 You may take ECON 301 and ECON 303 (both must be completed) instead of COMM 295 to fulfill this requirement. Three of the six credits will apply to your non-Commerce electives requirement. 
13 For the Early Start to the Finance option, COMM 298 would need to be taken in Term 1.
14 See electives page for requirements and restrictions.
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 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 to Year 3

As of 2024 and sessions onwards*: You will be promoted to Year 3 if you have met all of the following requirements: 

  • Completed a minimum of 49 credits including: 
    • 27 credits from COMM 190-298 
    • All of COMM 105, COMM 196, COMM 202 

Criteria for 2023 winter and previous sessions: You will be promoted to Year 3 once you have met all of the following requirements:

  • Completed a minimum of 49 credits including
    • all Year 1 required courses,
    • COMM 202, and
    • at least four15 of COMM 203, COMM 204, COMM 205, COMM 293, COMM 294, COMM 295, COMM 296, COMM 298
*This criteria will be implemented for the 2023/24 winter session. This means all courses taken from September 2023 to April 2024 will be evaluated by both the new and previous promotion criteria.
15 While a minimum of four of COMM 203, COMM 204, COMM 205, COMM 293, COMM 294, COMM 295, COMM 296, COMM 298 are required for promotion to Year 3, all eight courses must be completed to be eligible for promotion to Year 4. All courses must eventually be completed to fulfill BCom degree requirements.

 

Year 3
All of the following courses:
COMM 393Commercial Law3
COMM 394
Environment, Society, and Government3
COMM 39616Business Communications II3
Option CoreRequired course for option3
Option CoreRequired course for option3
15 credits of electives1715
Total credits30
16 You must attain a minimum of 60% or a 'C' in COMM 396. 
17 See electives page for requirements and restrictions.

 

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 to Year 4

As of 2024 and sessions onwards*: You will be promoted to Year 4 if you have met all of the following requirements:

Completed a minimum of 73 credits including:

  • All of COMM 105, COMM 196, COMM 202
  • 6 credits from COMM 306-489 (excluding COMM 393-396) and/or COHR 301-486
  • 6 credits from COMM 393-396

Criteria for 2023 winter and previous sessions: You will be promoted to Year 4 if you have met all of the following requirements:

  • Completed a minimum of 73 credits including:
    • all Year 1 and Year 2 required courses,
    • two option courses (6 credits)17, and 
    • at least two18 of COMM 393, COMM 394, COMM 39619
*This criteria will be implemented for the 2023/24 winter session. This means all courses taken from September 2023 to April 2024 will be evaluated by both the new and previous promotion criteria.
17 Students in the General Business Management option must complete any two 300/400-level COMM/COHR courses (6 credits) that do not count toward their BCom core requirements. Commerce courses taken to fulfill BCom core requirements (e.g., COMM 393, COMM 394, etc.) cannot be double counted toward General Business Management option requirements
18 While a minimum of two of COMM 393, COMM 394, COMM 396 are required for promotion to Year 4, all courses must eventually be completed to fulfill BCom degree requirements.
19 A minimum grade of 60% in COMM 396 is required.

 

Year 4
All of the following courses:
COMM 400Capstone Experience1
COMM 491Strategic Management3
All of the following courses:
Option CoreRequired course for option3
Option CoreRequired course for option3
Option CoreRequired course for option3
18 credits of electives2018
Total credits31
20 See electives page for requirements and restrictions.
Graduation

Once you have fulfilled your BCom degree requirements, it’s time to apply to graduate. Note that if you achieve a winter session average below 60% in your final year, you will be permitted to graduate, however, a notation of ‘Failed Year’ will appear on your academic transcript for that session. 

 
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.

Year 1 entry in 2014W to 2021W

The following requirements apply to students who:

  • entered directly to Year 1 in 2014 to 2021.
  • transferred to Year 2 in 2015 to 2022.
  • transferred to Year 3 in 2016 to 2023.

Jump to: Year 2 | Year 3 | Year 4

 

Year 1
All of the following courses:
COMM 1011 Business Fundamentals 
COMM 186E2Values, Ethics, and Community3
COMM 2903 Introduction to Quantitative Decision Making 
COMM 2913 Application of Statistics in Business 3
COMM 2923 Management and Organizational Behaviour3
ECON 101Principles of Microeconomics3
ECON 102Principles of Macroeconomics3
MATH 1044Differential Calculus with Applications to Commerce and Social Sciences3
WRDS 150B5Writing and Research in the Disciplines3
Three credits of non-Commerce electives63
Total credits30
1 If you are transferring to Year 2 or 3 of the BCom program, you are not required to take COMM 101. In lieu of these credits, you will take three credits of Commerce or non-Commerce electives at any level.
2 COMM 186E has been approved by the UBC Sauder School of Business as a new requirement for the Bachelor of Commerce degree. The course will count toward Commerce elective requirements in 2020W and 2021W. The course was renumbered to COMM 105 in 2022W. For students transferring into Year 2 of the BCom program in 2022W or Year 3 of the BCom program in 2022W or 2023W, COMM 186E/105 is not required. In lieu of these credits, transfer students will take three credits of Commerce or non-Commerce electives.
3 If you are transferring to Year 2 of the BCom program, you will take COMM 290 (renumbered as COMM 190 starting in 22W), COMM 291 (renumbered as COMM 191 starting in 22W), and COMM 292 (renumbered as COMM 192 starting in 22W) in your second year of studies.
4 Acceptable equivalents to MATH 104 include MATH 100, MATH 102, MATH 180, MATH 184, MATH 110, MATH 120, and the former MATH 140. Students should make themselves aware of elective courses for which MATH 104 and 105 are prerequisites and plan accordingly. Students planning to pursue a Minor in Economics or Computer Science must take MATH 104 and 105 (or equivalents). 
5 You must attain a minimum of 60% or a 'C' in your first year writing course. ENGL 100, ENG 112 (as of 2020W, ENGL 112 is no longer offered at UBC), ENG 120, ENG 121, and WRDS 350 can also be used to satisfy this requirement.
6 Prior to 2020W, students take 6 credits of non-Commerce electives in Year 1. See electives page for restrictions.
Continuation in the BCom program

A winter session average of 60% or greater based on all courses attempted from September to April is required to continue in the program.  This is a weighted average, taking course credit values into consideration, and does include any failing grades.

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 to Year 2

Criteria for 2023 winter and previous sessions*: You will be promoted to Year 2 once you have met all of the following requirements: 

  • Completed a minimum of 24 credits including all of COMM 101, ECON 101, ECON 102, MATH 104 (or accepted Math equivalent), and at least two7 of COMM 290, COMM 291, COMM 292, WRDS 150/ENGL 112 (or accepted English equivalent)8
*As of 2024 winter and onwards, the system will use new criteria to evaluate students and this will prevent an automatic promotion to Year 2. At this stage, your year level will remain as Year 1. An academic advisor in the UGO will review and promote students to Year 2 on an individual basis.
7 While a minimum of two of COMM 290, COMM 291, COMM 292, WRDS 150/ENGL 112 are required for promotion to Year 2, all four courses must be completed to be eligible for promotion to Year 3.
8 If you have not successfully completed WRDS 150/ENGL 112 in Year 1, you must complete it in Year 2. A minimum grade of 60% in the course is required to fulfill this requirement, however, a passing grade of 50% or greater may be used for the purpose of promotion to Year 2. In such cases, WRDS 150/ENGL 112 must be retaken to achieve a grade of 60% or greater.

 

Year 2
All of the following courses:
COMM 2029 Career Fundamentals1
COMM 203 Managing the Employment Relationship 3
COMM 204 Logistics and Operations Management 3
COMM 205
Introduction to Management Information Systems 3
COMM 29310, 11Financial Accounting3
COMM 29410, 11Managerial Accounting3
COMM 29510, 12Managerial Economics3
COMM 296Introduction to Marketing3
COMM 29810Introduction to Finance3
Six credits of non-Commerce electives13 (direct entry students only)6
Total credits31
9 If you are transferring to Year 3 of the BCom program, you will take COMM 202 in your third year of studies.
10 Starting 2024W, a minimum grade of 67% in COMM 293, COMM 294, COMM 295, COMM 298 are requirements to self-declare the Finance option in Year 3. See registering for your option page for more information
11 Starting 2024W, a minimum grade of 60% in COMM 293, COMM 294 are requirements to self-declare the Accounting option in Year 3. See registering for your option page for more information
12 You may take ECON 301 and ECON 303 (both must be completed) instead of COMM 295 to fulfill this requirement. Three of the six credits will apply to your non-Commerce electives requirement.
13 See electives page for restrictions.
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 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 to Year 3

As of 2024 and sessions onwards*: You will be promoted to Year 3 if you have met all of the following requirements: 

  • Completed a minimum of 49 credits including: 
    • 27 credits from COMM 190-298 
    • COMM 202 

Criteria for 2023 winter and previous sessions: You will be promoted to Year 3 once you have met all of the following requirements: 

  • Completed a minimum of 48 credits including all Year 1 requirements
  • Completed at least four14 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
*This criteria will be implemented for the 2023/24 winter session. This means all courses taken from September 2023 to April 2024 will be evaluated by both the new and previous promotion criteria.
As of 2024 winter and onwards, the system will use new criteria to evaluate students and this will prevent an automatic promotion to Year 3. At this stage, your year level will remain as Year 2. An academic advisor in the UGO will review and promote students to Year 3 on an individual basis.
14 All courses must eventually be completed to fulfill BCom degree requirements.
Year 3
All of the following courses:
COMM 39015Business Writing3
COMM 393Commercial Law3
COMM 39416Environment, Society, and Government3
COMM 39517 Business Communications 3
Option CoreRequired course for option3
Option CoreRequired course for option3
12 credits of electives1812
Total credits30
15 You must attain a minimum of 60% or a 'C' in your Business Writing course. Starting in 2023 Summer, COMM 390 Business Writing will be replaced by COMM 396 Business Communications II.
16 Formerly named Government and Business. Name change effective 2021W.
17 Formerly numbered COMM 486U.
18 See electives page for requirements and restrictions.

 

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 to Year 4

As of 2024 and sessions onwards*: You will be promoted to Year 4 if you have met all of the following requirements: 

  • Completed a minimum of 73 credits including: 
    • COMM 202 
    • 6 credits from COMM 306-489 (excluding COMM 393-396) and/or COHR 301-486 
    • 6 credits from COMM 393-396 

Criteria for 2023 winter and previous sessions: You will be promoted to Year 4 once you have met all of the following requirements: 

  • Completed a minimum of 72 credits including all Year 1 and 2 requirements
  • Completed two option courses (6 credits)
  • Completed at least two19 of COMM 390/396 (minimum grade of 60% in COMM 390/396), COMM 393, COMM 394, COMM 395
*This criteria will be implemented for the 2023/24 winter session. This means all courses taken from September 2023 to April 2024 will be evaluated by both the new and previous promotion criteria.
As of 2024 winter and onwards, the system will use new criteria to evaluate students and this will prevent an automatic promotion to Year 4. At this stage, your year level will remain as Year 3. An academic advisor in the UGO will review and promote students to Year 4 on an individual basis.
19 All courses must eventually be completed to fulfill BCom degree requirements.

 

Year 4
One of the following capstone courses:
COMM 46620New Venture Design6
COMM 48320Leadership and General Management6
COMM 486MStrategy and Integrated Decision Making3
COMM 491Strategic Management3
COMM 492Management Simulation3
COMM 497New Enterprise Development3
COMM 498International Business Management3
All of the following courses:
Option CoreRequired course for option3
Option CoreRequired course for option3
Option CoreRequired course for option3
18 credits of electives2118
Total credits30
20 Admission to COMM 466 and COMM 483 are by application only. Three of the six credits from COMM 466 or COMM 483 may be used to satisfy the capstone requirement. Note, you may receive credit for only one of COMM 466 and COMM 497.
21 See electives page for requirements and restrictions.
Graduation

Once you have fulfilled your BCom degree requirements, it’s time to apply to graduate. Note that if you achieve a winter session average below 60% in your final year, you will be permitted to graduate, however, a notation of ‘Failed Year’ will appear on your academic transcript for that session. 

 

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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