Academic Progress

Graduation

Upon successful completion of their studies graduate 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 four times a year - September, November, February, and May.  Convocation at UBC occurs twice a year - May and November - with May being the much larger session lasting several days.

We currently have data from 1990 onwards, with data last retrieved January 13, 2017.  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 1,575 328 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 2,275 533 2,808
2015 2,422 570 2,992
2016 2,304 554 2,858

Data for Degrees Awarded 1990 - 2016 (File - Excel 2013 format - 1,770KB)

Between 1990 and 2016 the number of conferred degrees has risen from 1,127 in 1990 to 2,858 in 2016 which translates to a 154% increase in 27 years of conferring graduate level degrees at UBC.  Within that time span 42,796 master's and 10,083 doctoral degrees have been conferred - that's 52,879 degrees in total. The numbers for both master's and doctoral conferred degrees have risen over the years, with 1,585 more master's degrees conferred in 2016 than in 1990 (a 147% increase) and 373 more doctoral degrees conferred during the same period (a 183% increase).