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The link below will take you to the Faculty of Graduate Studies site where you can fill out an online application.
You will also need to fill out other documents required by the Department but not required by the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

How to Apply

1. Complete the online application.
2. Upload scanned transcripts and supporting documents online.

The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies sets the minimum requirements for admission to any graduate program at UBC. International students should also check their country’s specific requirements (see the bottom of the page).

1. Apply Online

Complete the online application. To be considered for the September entry, submit your completed application including all supporting documents, reference letters and official, endorsed transcripts, by the deadlines noted below.
• The department deadline for receipt of completed, master programs applications is December 1. References are due December 12.
• The department deadline for receipt of completed, doctoral program applications is December 1. References are due December 7.
Early submissions are encouraged.

2. Submit Supporting Documents

Statement of Intent
In the application portal, you will be given the opportunity to add a Statement of Interest (Intent) describing why you choose to pursue graduate studies at UBC and in which area of research you want to concentrate your work. For more information, click here.

The most important first steps in applying for admission to our graduate program is finding and approaching a potential supervisor in the department. This gives you an opportunity to discuss the research you are interested in completing as a graduate student. We make every effort to match an applicant with a supervisor if the applicant is unable to identify one, however if there are no supervisors available we are unable to offer a place to an applicant. If you have a look on the Curriculum and Pedagogy website via the Faculty page) you will find a comprehensive list of the current faculty and their research interests. Please note, “Instructors” do not supervise grad students. There is a space in the application form for you to list your preferred supervisors.

Supporting Document Checklist
1. Scanned copies of all official transcripts
2. Three letters of recommendation
3. Evidence of English language proficiency
4. Permanent Resident Card (both sides), when applicable
5. Additional information

For detailed application process and requirements, click here.

For answers to our Frequently Asked Questions, click here.

Please follow the instructions on the online application portal.

Applicants will be asked to upload transcripts with their grade key (usually located on the back of the transcript). Even if the applicant does not yet have final marks on the transcript, we still require a copy as evidence of registration and academic progress.

References will be able to upload their letters once you have submitted your application, so please ensure that they are able to submit by the deadlines noted above and that you provide them with appropriate timelines.

Evidence of English language proficiency

Applicants from a university outside Canada in which English is not the primary language of instruction must present evidence of competency to pursue studies in the English language prior to the application deadline in January.

Test scores must have been taken within the last 24 months at the time of submission of your application, and official test scores ordered from the testing agency is required.

TOEFL minimum scores
Test Format Minimum Score
Internet-based 92 (minimum 22 on each component)
Computer-based 237
Paper 580

TOEFL Institution Code: 0965,
TOEFL Department Code: 85

Detailed language requirements and other acceptable English proficiency tests

Permanent Residents
Permanent Residents are required to provide proof of immigration status and date of landing by submitting a copy of the Record of Landing Form or a copy of both the front and back of their Permanent Resident card.

Additional Information
Please submit your resume/CV. As well any additional information regarding professional employment experience, publications, or awards, which you feel should be taken into account in considering your application. These can be uploaded to your online application.

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