Demographics - Age

As would be expected, Masters students are younger than Doctoral students.  The average age for Masters students in 2016 was 29.7; for Doctoral students the average age was 31.8.

Since 1991 there has been a shift in the age of students.  In 1991 50.89% of Masters students were 20-29; in 2016 this had increased to 62.65% for the same age group.  At the Doctoral level 45.78% were 20-29 in 1991; in 2016 this had increased to 47.62%.

UBC Graduate Level Age Spread
Level Age 1991 2016 +/-
Masters 20-29 50.89% 62.65% 11.76%
  30-39 30.82% 26.22% -4.60%
  40-49 15.60% 8.06% -7.54%
  50-59 2.33% 2.59% 0.26%
Doctoral 20-29 45.78% 47.62% 1.85%
  30-39 39.89% 40.35% 0.46%
  40-49 12.35% 8.08% -4.28%
  50-59 1.60% 3.04% 1.44%

1991-2016 Age Distribution using November Snapshot Data (file - Excel 2013 format - 2,773KB)

Graph showing graduate level age distribution for 2016