Early Start to the Finance option

The Early Start to the Finance option is an opportunity for students to begin specializing in Finance in Year 2 and complete all of the requirements for the Finance option by the end of Year 3. This early start is intended for academically strong students who would like to:

  1. pursue a career in capital markets, and
  2. better prepare for recruitment opportunities beginning with internship applications early in their third year.   

Early Start to the Finance option course pathway

Year 2
COMM 298Introduction to Finance (Term 1)
COMM 370Corporate Finance (Term 2)
Year 3
COMM 371Investment Theory (Term 1)
COMM 374Applied Financial Markets (Term 2)
Year 3 or Year 4
Six credits from the following courses:
COMM 3771International Financial Markets and Institutions
COMM 4702
Venture Capital
COMM 4713Mergers and Acquisitions
COMM 4741Fixed Income Markets & Management
COMM 4751Investment Policy
COMM 4774Risk Management & Financial Engineering
COMM 4795Advanced Topics in Corporate Finance
COMM 486H1Advanced Topics in Investment Management
1 Can be taken at the earliest in Year 3 Term 2 because COMM 371 is a prerequisite for the course.
2 Formerly numbered COMM 386G and titled Venture Capital and Angel Financing. COMM 470 may be used to fulfill requirements toward either the Entrepreneurship or Finance option, but not both.
3 Formerly titled Financial Management. 
4 Can be taken at the earliest in Year 4 Term 1 because COMM 374 is the prerequisite for the course.
5 Formerly numbered COMM 486Q.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the Early Start to the Finance option in the 2021 Winter Session, students are required to: 

  • be starting Year 2 for the first time in 2021W (students who had a Year 2 standing in 2020W or a previous winter session are not eligible to apply),
  • have COMM 290, 293, and 295* completed or be completing them in Term 1 of 2021W,
  • complete COMM 298* in Term 1 of 2021W, 
  • have COMM 291 and COMM 294 completed or be completing them in 2021W, and
  • be eligible for promotion to Year 3 at the end of 2021W.
* COMM 290, 293, 295, and 298 must be completed while registered in the BCom program at UBC Sauder.

Admission

You must submit a two-part application for admission to the Early Start to the Finance option. Part One of the application must be submitted after successful registration in COMM 298 in Term 1 as a condition of continued registration; students who do not submit it will be removed from the course. Part Two of the application must be submitted by the end of Term 1 (date to be determined).

Space in the Early Start to the Finance option is limited. Admission is competitive and based on of the following criteria:  

  • A minimum grade of 65% on the first attempt in each of the following UBC courses: COMM 290, COMM 293, and COMM 295. All of these courses need to be completed by the end of Term 1 of Year 2. Grades from repeated attempts will not be considered.
  • A minimum grade of 75% in COMM 298.
  • A minimum average of 76% calculated on all of COMM 290, COMM 293, COMM 295, and COMM 298.
  • Qualitative evaluation in COMM 298.

Applicants to the Early Start to the Finance option will be notified of decisions at the start of Term 2 of Year 2. Students who are admitted to the option will be registered in their first required Finance option course, COMM 370 Corporate Finance, in Term 2 by the Undergraduate Office.

Note: Students who are not admitted to the Early Start to the Finance option can still choose the Finance option after completing Year 2. Selection of the Finance option requires a competitive GPA (see option selection criteria).

Frequently asked questions

 

Eligibility and registration

Is this option pathway for me?
What if I’m not able to register myself in a Term 1 section of COMM 298 because the sections are full?
Will I still be eligible to apply to the Early Start to the option if I can’t complete one or more of COMM 290, COMM 293, COMM 295, or COMM 298 in Term 1?
Can I retake any of COMM 290, COMM 293, COMM 295, and COMM 298 if my grades were less than the required minimums?
What if I register for the Term 1 section of COMM 298 and decide that I no longer want to pursue the Early Start to the Finance option?
Can I take COMM 271 Introduction to Capital Markets and still be eligible for the Early Start to Finance?
 

Admission

Once I register myself in a Term 1 section of COMM 298, when will I need to submit Part One of the application to remain registered in my Term 1 section?
Is the 76% minimum average requirement based on only COMM 290, COMM 293, COMM 295, and COMM 298 or does it include other courses?
If I meet the academic minimums, will admission be considered by my average or would admission be more heavily based on my written application?
If the number of applicants to the Early Start exceeds the limited number of seats available, does that mean that achievement of the academic minimums required for admission may not guarantee admission?
When will I know if I’ve been admitted?
Can I still join the Finance option even if I wasn’t admitted to the Early Start to the Finance option?
 

Option requirements

Are the option requirements the same for the Early Start to the Finance option and the traditional Finance option?
What are the promotion requirements for the Early Start to the Finance option?
Can I still complete a double option if I’m admitted to the Early Start?
If I’m in the Combined Major in Business and Computer Science (BUCS), am I eligible to complete the Early Start to Finance as a second option and use these credits toward elective requirements?
Can I take Finance as a minor if I am not sure about taking Finance as my major?
If I finish the option in Year 3, can I graduate early?
Will my academic transcript indicate that I completed the Early Start to the Finance option?
  

Career preparation and employment opportunities

What extracurricular activities should I do if I want to pursue a career in capital markets?
What are the benefits of completing the Early Start to the Finance option versus the traditional Finance option?
Do my grades matter once I’m admitted to the Early Start?
Does taking the Early Start to the Finance option guarantee I will find an internship in the capital markets?
Will not getting into the Early Start to the Finance option prevent me from landing an internship in the capital markets?
 


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