Admissions

Admission statistics and reports cover the application process from the preliminary entry of a students application, to the offer, and finally registration (acceptance of an offer, often referred to as the yield). Data is grouped into registration periods that span May through the following April. This includes the Summer session (May - August) and the following Winter session (September - April). Note, that the registration period is not the same as the UBC Academic year which runs September through August.

We currently have data from 1995 onwards. Finalized data for registration years 1995 - 2004 were extracted on Feb-14-2006, and finalized data for registration years 2005 onwards are extracted each March 1st. Each of the following reports includes data on Applications, Offers, and Registration numbers for the specified registration periods. The March extract is the final report completed for each registration period.

Table showing UBC-Vancouver Overall Masters and Doctoral Applications with Links to Excel Files for More Details

Registration Period (Extract Date) ApplicaTIONS Offers Accepts (Came)
1995 (March-01-1996) 7,277 2,665 1,640
1996 (March-01-1997) 7,155 2,759 1,708
1997 (March-01-1998) 7,459 2,763 1,685
1998 (March-01-1999) 6,716 2,744 1,732
1999 (March-01-2000) 7,383 3,120 1,950
2000 (March-01-2001) 7,294 3,089 1,972
2001 (March-01-2002) 7,767 3,187 2,047
2002 (March-01-2003) 9,986 3,698 2,426
2003 (March-01-2004) 11,637 3,854 2,604
2004 (March-01-2005) 10,175 3,941 2,670
2005 (March-01-2006) 9,551 3,769 2,538
2006 (March-01-2007) 9,763 3,909 2,548
2007 (March-01-2008) 9,559 3,907 2,552
2008 (March-01-2009) 9,658 4,213 2,769
2009 (March-01-2010) 11,530 4,619 3,196
2010 (March-01-2011) 13,182 4,635 3,212
2011 (March-01-2012) 13,963 4,622 3,191
2012 (March-01-2013) 13,858 4,566 3,142
2013 (March-01-2014) 13,751 4,500 3,066
2014 (March-01-2015) 14,085 4,488 3,025
 2015 (March-01-2016) 14,396 4,453 3,044
2016 (March-01-2017) 15,635 4,101 3,024
2017 (March-01-2018) 19,029 4,680 3,310
2018 (March-01-2019) 19,626 4,952 3,373
2019 (March-01-2020) 21,435 5,219 3,552
2020 (March-01-2021) 23,253 5,521 3,723
2021 (August-01-2021) interim 28,739 5,357 3,478

1995 to 2020 Admission Data by Registration Year (Excel 2019 format - 4,740 KB)

Over a 26 year cycle - 1995 to 2020 - Graduate Studies has had a 219.5% increase in applications. In 1995 there were 7,277 applications. By 2020 these numbers had increased to 23,253 applications. That represents a 5.2% average increase each year.

From an Offers perspective, there was a 107.2% increase in those same 26 years (a yearly average of 3.1%), going from 2,665 Offers made in 1995 to 5,521 Offers made in 2020.

The final piece, Registrations, saw an 127.0% increase in 26 years (a yearly average of 3.5%). There were 1,640 Registrations in 1995 and 3,723 Registrations in 2020.

UBC Graduate Studies - Masters and Doctoral Admission Numbers from 1995 to 2020

International growth has seen three periods of significant growth - from 2002 to 2003, 2009 to 2011, and from 2016 onwards.  International applications have exceeded domestic applications for the last ten years: 

  • 2011 - 52.5%
  • 2012 - 53.5%
  • 2013 - 54.0%
  • 2014 - 54.9%
  • 2015 - 55.0%
  • 2016 - 57.7%
  • 2017 - 65.5%
  • 2018 - 67.6%
  • 2019 - 71.7%
  • 2020 - 70.55%

UBC Graduate Studies - Masters and Doctoral International Application Numbers from 1995 to 2020