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) 7277 2665 1640
1996 (March-01-1997) 7155 2759 1708
1997 (March-01-1998) 7459 2763 1685
1998 (March-01-1999) 6716 2744 1732
1999 (March-01-2000) 7383 3120 1950
2000 (March-01-2001) 7294 3089 1972
2001 (March-01-2002) 7767 3187 2047
2002 (March-01-2003) 9986 3698 2426
2003 (March-01-2004) 11637 3854 2604
2004 (March-01-2005) 10175 3941 2670
2005 (March-01-2006) 9551 3769 2538
2006 (March-01-2007) 9763 3909 2548
2007 (March-01-2008) 9559 3907 2552
2008 (March-01-2009) 9658 4213 2769
2009 (March-01-2010) 11530 4619 3196
2010 (March-01-2011) 13182 4635 3212
2011 (March-01-2012) 13963 4622 3191
2012 (March-01-2013) 13858 4566 3142
2013 (March-01-2014) 13751 4500 3066
2014 (March-01-2015) 14085 4488 3025
 2015 (March-01-2016) 14396 4453 3044
2016 (March-01-2017) 15635 4101 3024
2017 (March-01-2018) 19029 4680 3310
2018 (March-01-2019) 19626 4952 3373
2019 (March-01-2020) 21435 5219 3552

1995 to 2019 Admission Data by Registration Year (Excel 2019 format - 4,512 KB)

Over a 25 year cycle - 1995 to 2019 - Graduate Studies has had a 194.6% increase in applications. In 1995 there were 7,277 applications. By 2019 these numbers had increased to 21,435 applications. The average increase for applications was 5.0% per year.

From an Offers perspective, there was a 95.8% increase in those same 25 years (a yearly average of 3.0%), going from 2,665 Offers made in 1995 to 5,219 Offers made in 2019.

The final piece, Registrations, saw an 116.6% increase in 25 years (a yearly average of 3.4%). There were 1,640 Registrations in 1995 and 3,552 Registrations in 2019.

UBC Graduate Studies - Masters and Doctoral Admission Numbers from 1995 to 2019

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 nine 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%

UBC Graduate Studies - Masters and Doctoral International Application Numbers from 1995 to 2019