Commerce (minor)

The Minor in Commerce application is available each year between March 1st and May 31st.

The Minor in Commerce will expose you to various business disciplines: accounting, finance, marketing, organizational behaviour and business strategy. The minor normally takes two years to complete and may not be possible to complete in one year. Enrolment is limited. Upon admission to, and successful completion of this Minor program, the notation “Minor in Commerce” will be placed on your transcript.

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Prerequisites for admission to the Faculty of Arts Minor in Commerce must be completed by the end of the second term of the winter session in which the application is completed and must include:

  • the Writing component of the Writing and Research requirement,
  • Economics 101 and 102 or Economics 310 and 311,
  • one of Math 100, 102, 104, 110, 120, 180 or 184.

Prerequisites taken the following summer will not be considered because the marks will not be available at the time applications are reviewed.

The Faculty of Arts Minor in Commerce program consists of the following courses:

Commerce 329 (3) Principles of Organizational Behaviour
Commerce 457 (3) Fundamentals of Financial Accounting
Commerce 465 (3) Marketing Management
Commerce 473 (3) Business Finance
Commerce 493 (3) Strategic Management in Business
and one of the following; Commerce 458 (3) Fundamentals of Managerial Accounting or Commerce 398 (3) Introduction to Business Processes and Operations.


Application Procedure

  • The Minor in Commerce application is available each year between March 1st and May 31st. Access the minor in commerce form. (CWL authentication is required)
  • Applicants will be notified via email in early June of admission status; so be sure your email address is up-to-date.
  • It is possible to apply in your 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year, and you may apply more than once if your application is unsuccessful. Applying in your 4th year could extend your degree as it may not be possible to complete the minor requirements in one year due to course scheduling.

Admission into the Commerce Minor Program

  • A maximum of 160 students are accepted into this program every year.
  • You must be eligible for second-year standing or higher at the time of application (i.e. have completed a minimum of 27 credits including the Writing component of the Writing and Research Requirement) by the end of the current session.
  • You must have a minimum cumulative average of 60%.
  • Your cumulative average will be calculated based on all work previously attempted towards your BA.
  • After meeting the above minimum criteria, acceptance into the program is competitive and usually requires a GPA between 65% and 70%
  • At least 50% of the upper-level courses toward the Minor in Commerce must be completed at UBC while registered in the BA program.

Transcripts for Commerce Minor Application

Official Transcripts from previous (non-UBC) post-secondary institutions are required if:

  • You are a current UBC student who has completed pre-requisite coursework as a visiting student at another institution (on a letter of permission, or through Go Global)
  • Grades for your pre-requisite coursework have not yet been received by UBC Admissions

**Do not send a transcript to Arts Academic Advising if grade information for the pre-requisite coursework was included in your application to UBC as a transfer student.

Transfer Credits

Maximum Number of Transfer Credit

If you have more than 12 transfer credits that are equivalent to the commerce minor requirements you may be ineligible for the minor because you will be unable to obtain a minimum of 9 credits toward the minor (as required by the 50% rule, which states that students must complete at least 50% of their program while registered as a BA student at UBC).

Transfer Equivalencies

Please note that although Arts students may use these 200 level COMM transfer credits towards the COMM Minor in Arts they will not count towards the overall upper level requirement for the BA. Students may not take lower level COMM credits after being admitted to the BA program or the COMM Minor.

COMM 292 = 329
COMM 293 = 457
COMM 294 = 458
COMM 296 = 465
COMM 298 = 473
COMM 370 = 473
COMM 399 = 398
COMM 491 = 493


Questions regarding the minor in Commerce should be directed to Arts Academic Advising.


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Salima Hirji: Education Beyond the Classroom

Salima Hirji, a fourth-year sociology major and commerce minor, is the 2013 recipient of the Dean's Outstanding Leader from the UBC Community to Beyond award. During her four years at UBC, she has taken part in Go Global, presented at the Student Leadership Conference, co-coordinated a Student Directed Seminar, and brought Relay for Life to campus.

Sarah McNeill: Networking beyond your BA

Sarah McNeill graduated from UBC in 1992 with a BA in International Relations and a minor in Commerce. At the time, earning a minor outside of Arts was uncommon, but through her own initiative and perseverance she was able to convince the Faculty to let her do so.