GradProspect, December 2023

Welcome to the December issue of GradProspect, the newsletter for prospective students on UBC’s graduate programs. This month we talk about application deadlines, get some advice from faculty on making the most of the graduate school experience and our Ambassadors provide insight on finding a place to call home. Plus, we catch up on the latest news from across UBC.

Don't be late!

A majority of our graduate programs have application deadlines in December and January, so be sure to check and meet your program's deadline. Graduate programs can also set other deadlines for references and transcripts to be received – these may be the same as the application deadline or provide slightly more time. The most important deadline is the application deadline, but be aware of other deadlines for your application to be considered. Check deadlines on the program page: find your program in degree program listings.

You can read more about deadlines including referee and transcript deadlines, on our application and admission page under "meet deadlines."

Faculty advice 

This month we hear from and Assistant Professor Jess McIver and Senior Associate Dean Michael Hunt on how to make the most of the grad school experience.


Upcoming info sessions

We have a range of great info sessions coming up featuring faculty, staff and students from across UBC. Below is just a selection, see the full list of upcoming info sessions on our info sessions page


AMA on applying to grad school at UBC 
December 15 at 9.30 AM (Instagram)

Join us on Instagram for this shorter 45-minute session which will include:

  • Crafting a compelling statement of interest
  • Finding the right supervisor
  • References – What we look for and who you should ask

Plus, we’ll be answering your questions!


Applying to grad school at UBC  
January 19 at 10 AM (LinkedIn and Zoom)

In this session, we’ll break down the graduate school application at UBC. Explaining the process, key application elements and we provide some tips on strengthening your application.



Blog — Bizarre to best places to study, a grad student's tier list

In this overview, current graduate student Phoebe Lee shares her insights on the best, worst and most unusual study places across campus. Through a series of visual snapshots, you'll be guided on a tour of various study spots, including more peaceful areas ideal for a mindful break when you need to recharge your mental batteries.  Read the blog.


Ask an ambassador — Housing 

There is a lot to consider when deciding where to live during your graduate studies. Below our Ambassadors tell us what they looked for when finding a place to live in Vancouver.

UBC is located in one of the most livable cities in the world which affects living costs — a challenge that many major metropolitan centres face. We recommend planning ahead and creating a budget. A great place to begin your financial planning is our Cost of Living estimator.

For on-campus housing be sure to check out our graduate student housing options. However, keep in mind that residence housing on-campus is in high demand; the key is to apply early. You can apply for on-campus housing before receiving an admissions offer. UBC Housing also provides guidance on off-campus housing.



Latest graduate community news

This month, we celebrate the 1,474 graduate students who walked across the stage during November graduation. We also hear from one of them, who has transitioned from a career in hockey to pioneering research on youth concussion care. Additionally, we delve into the achievements of three UBC scientists who have been named Canada Excellence Research Chairs. Read more


Research projects, programs, and supervisors recruiting students 

Visit our research projects page to review open research projects and faculty recruiting students. Below is a selection of projects and programs actively recruiting.