Demographics - Age

As would be expected, Masters students are younger than Doctoral students.  The average age for Masters students in 2017 was 29.4; for Doctoral students the average age was 31.8.

Since 1991 there has been a shift in the age of students.  In 1991 51.27% of Masters students were 20-29; in 2017 this had increased to 64.40% for the same age group.  At the Doctoral level 46.02% were 20-29 in 1991; in 2017 this had increased to 48.30%.

UBC Graduate Level Age Spread
Level Age 1991 2017 +/-
Masters 20-29 51.27% 64.40% 13.13%
  30-39 30.56% 25.04% -5.52%
  40-49 15.49% 7.82% -7.67%
  50-59 2.30% 2.19% -0.11%
Doctoral 20-29 46.02% 48.30% 2.28%
  30-39 39.96% 39.53% -0.43%
  40-49 12.01% 8.16% -3.85%
  50-59 1.64% 3.10% 1.46%

1991-2017 Age Distribution Review using November Snapshot Data (file - Excel 2013 format - 2,916 KB)

Graph showing graduate level age distribution for 2017