GradProspect, August 2023

Welcome to the August issue of GradProspect, the newsletter for prospective students on UBC’s graduate programs. 

This month as program applications open we encourage you to check the requirements for your program of interest and plan your application. We have faculty advice on finding and reaching out to a supervisor. We also welcome UBC's new president and invite you to join one of our upcoming applicant advice sessions. 

Applications are opening! Be sure to check the requirements

At the graduate level, the application requirements and process are different for each program. It's important to familiarize yourself with the requirements and process for your program or programs of interest early, and plan your time accordingly.

Access more than 300 graduate degree programs through our Graduate Degree Programs page. Once you are on a program's page navigate to the 'admissions information & requirements' section to check your eligibility, review application deadlines, see details on how to prepare your application and access the online application

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Upcoming applicant advice sessions

Connect with us online at one of our upcoming sessions taking place on Instagram, LinkedIn and Zoom. 

Applying to grad school at UBC

August 30 at 10 AM (LinkedIn and Zoom)
In this session, we’ll break down the graduate school application at UBC. Explain the process, key application elements and provide some tips on strengthening your application. Plus we'll answer your questions. 

AMA — Finding and reaching out to prospective supervisors

Sep 8 at 10 AM (Instagram)
For many research-focused graduate programs, you’ll need to find and secure a supervisor before submitting your application. In this AMA we'll explain how to search for a supervisor and reach out once you have found them. We'll also be answering your questions.

How to reach out to a prospective supervisor

For many research-focused programs at UBC, you will need to secure the support of a faculty member to supervise your research before applying. To check if your program of interest requires this step check the program's page on our graduate degree programs page. Look under 'admissions information & requirements' and 'prepare application' to see details of supervision.

If you need to find a supervisor a great place to start is our Research Supervisors page where you can search for faculty members whose research aligns with your interests. Be sure to do your research first and when you're ready to reach out the video below from UBC professor Christopher Rea has some excellent tips.


Ask an ambassador — One piece of advice for a strong application

Hear from successful applicants to UBC's graduate programs, as our ambassadors give advice for a strong graduate school application.


Dr. Benoit-Antoine Bacon named UBC president

Dr. Benoit-Antoine Bacon has been named the 17th President and Vice-Chancellor of The University of British Columbia. 

An accomplished researcher and teacher, Dr. Bacon has a remarkable track record as a senior administrative leader at major research universities in Canada. Currently President and Vice-Chancellor of Carleton University in Ottawa, a position he has held since 2018.

He holds a PhD in neuropsychology from the University of Montreal and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Glasgow in Scotland. Dr. Bacon’s research is in the field of neurophysiological and cognitive bases of visual and multisensory perception. Sharing his own lived experience, he also advocates nationally for open conversations about mental health and substance use. Read more


Latest graduate community news

This month we learn how researchers in UBC’s Faculty of Medicine are focusing on ways to protect our health and create a healthier, more equitable future for all. We hear how despite unprecedented LGBTQ2+ visibility, coming out in 2023 is complicated. Plus, we hear about research from UBC Sauder that says employers should allow workers to break the rules. Read more


Blog - Exploring Vancouver: Free things to do  

In our new community blog feature we'll be hearing voices from across campus, such as grad student Parker Li. In this first blog Parker explores Vancouver and provides some great tips on free things to do. Read the blog.