Demographics - Age

As would be expected, Masters students are younger than Doctoral students.  The average age for Masters students in 2020 was 29.2; for Doctoral students the average age was 31.5.

Since 1991 there has been a shift in the age of students.  In 1991 51.27% of Masters students were 20-29; in 2020 this had increased to 65.41% for the same age group.  At the Doctoral level 46.02% were 20-29 in 1991; in 2020 this had increased to 49.59%.

UBC Graduate Level Age Spread
Level Age 1991 2020 +/-
Masters 20-29 51.27% 65.41% 14.14%
  30-39 30.56% 24.08% -6.48%
  40-49 15.49% 7.38% -8.12%
  50-59 2.30% 2.66% 0.36%
Doctoral 20-29 46.02% 49.59% 3.58%
  30-39 39.96% 39.10% -0.85%
  40-49 12.01% 7.78% -4.23%
  50-59 1.64% 3.09% 1.45%

1991-2020 Age Distribution Review using November Snapshot Data (File - Excel 2019 format - 3,275 KB)

Graph showing graduate level age distribution for 2020