Demographics - Age

As would be expected, Masters students are younger than Doctoral students.  The average age for Masters students in 2021 is 28.9; for Doctoral students the average age is 31.4.

Since 1991 there has been a shift in the age of students.  In 1991 51.27% of Masters students were 20-29; in 2021 this has increased to 67.13% for the same age group.  This is a 15.86% increase for this age group.  At the Doctoral level a more subtle shift has occurred - in 1991 46.02% were 20-29; in 2021 this has increased to 49.34%.  This is a 3.33% increase.

UBC Graduate Level Age Spread
Level Age 1991 2021 +/-
Masters 20-29 51.27% 67.13% 15.86%
  30-39 30.56% 23.32% -7.24%
  40-49 15.49% 7.22% -8.27%
  50-59 2.30% 1.96% -0.34%
Doctoral 20-29 46.02% 49.34% 3.33%
  30-39 39.96% 39.43% -0.52%
  40-49 12.01% 7.76% -4.25%
  50-59 1.64% 2.75% 1.12%

1991-2021 Age Distribution Review using November Snapshot Data (File - Excel 2019 format - 3,156 KB)

Graph showing graduate level age distribution for 2021