Academic Progress

Graduation

Upon successful completion of their studies masters and doctoral students apply to graduate.  This process is split into two distinct points - conferral of the degree (approval by Senate) and the optional convocation (ceremony).  Conferral happens twice a year - May, and November.  Convocation also occurs twice a year - May and November - with May being the much larger session lasting over a week.

We currently have data from 1990 onwards, with data last retrieved January 14, 2021.  The information provided here is presented using the conferral dates.

Conferral Year Masters Doctoral Total
1990 931 196 1,127
1991 985 216 1,201
1992 993 217 1,210
1993 1,114 260 1,374
1994 1,167 276 1,443
1995 1,159 336 1,495
1996 1,143 309 1,452
1997 1,110 331 1,441
1998 1,130 324 1,454
1999 1,201 338 1,539
2000 1,294 342 1,636
2001 1,268 329 1,597
2002 1,431 312 1,743
2003 1,577 328 1,905
2004 1,622 336 1,958
2005 1,639 328 1,967
2006 1,860 343 2,203
2007 1,689 376 2,065
2008 1,745 434 2,179
2009 1,934 461 2,395
2010 2,020 517 2,537
2011 2,103 482 2,585
2012 2,344 527 2,871
2013 2,336 508 2,844
2014 2,284 533 2,817
2015 2,438 570 3,008
2016 2,317 554 2,871
2017 2,436 542 2,978
2018 2,625 529 3,154
2019 2,701 497 3,198
2020 2,685 525 3,210
2021 2,975 479 3,454

Data for Degrees Awarded 1990 - 2021 (File - Excel 2019 format - 2,218 KB)

Between 1990 and 2021 the number of conferred degrees has risen from 1,127 in 1990 to 3,454 in 2021 which translates to more than a 206% increase in 32 years of conferring graduate level degrees at UBC Vancouver.  Within that time span 56,256 master's and 12,655 doctoral degrees have been conferred - that's 68,911 degrees in total. The numbers for both master's and doctoral conferred degrees have risen over the years, with 2,044 more master's degrees conferred in 2021 than in 1990 (a 220% increase) and 283 more doctoral degrees conferred during the same period (a 144% increase).

Graph showing graduate degrees awarded from 1990 to 2021