GradProspect, October 2021

Welcome to the October issue of GradProspect, the newsletter for prospective students on UBC’s graduate programs. This month, with application season underway, we will be looking at how best to ask for letters of reference and learn what faculty look for in a statement of interest. We'll also hear from our Graduate Student Ambassadors on what has helped them to be successful in grad school. Be sure to read the latest news from around campus and don't forget to sign up to our upcoming online info sessions!

Top tip – how to obtain strong references

Recommendation letters are an integral part of every graduate school application. At UBC we require at least three letters of reference. Strong recommendation letters can really make a difference to your application. To help, we've compiled some advice on ensuring your references are as strong as possible. Read more

Faculty scoop – how do you evaluate a statement of interest? 

Last month we gave advice on how you can write a great statement of interest. This month we take a look from the other side and ask faculty at UBC how they evaluate statements. Read more. 


Faculty advice videos

This month we launch a new video series with application tips and advice directly from UBC Faculty. To start we hear from Professor Hadi Dowlatabadi on the statement of interest and Assistant Professor Jess McIver on finding and approaching referees. These videos are particularly relevant to applicants for research-based programs, but they include general advice that is applicable to all grad school applications.

What are some practical tips for writing a statement of interest?

What is the best approach to identifying and approaching referees? 

Latest graduate community news

This October we celebrate the 38 new doctoral students accepted into UBC’s Public Scholars Initiative, which supports UBC doctoral students whose research extends beyond traditional/academic disciplinary approaches. We hear about a new UBC study by PhD student Sara Cannon on the impact of climate change on coral reefs. As well as learn about how UBC researchers have launched a text messaging program for new parents.  Read more. 

We're here to help – upcoming online info sessions

With graduate applications opening up, you can connect with current students, program staff, and faculty online in our upcoming applicant advice sessions!

  • Great Grad School Applications – Tuesday, October 12. 10 - 11 am (PDT)
  • Q&A with Graduate Student Ambassadors – Thursday, October 14. 10 - 11 am (PDT)
  • Applying to Research-Based Programs – Tuesday, October 19. 10 - 11 am (PDT)
  • Applying to Course-Based and Professional Programs – Thursday, October 21. 10 - 11 am (PDT)
  • Finding and Reaching Out to Prospective Supervisors and Referees – Tuesday, October 26, 5 - 6 pm (PDT)

Sign up online

Ask an ambassador 

Hear advice from successful applicants to UBC's graduate programs. This month our ambassadors talk about making the transition into graduate studies and provide some tips that have helped them be successful in their program

Follow our step-by-step approach to application

If you are applying to graduate school at UBC, be sure to familiarize yourself with the process. Our website is packed with useful application information. A great place to start is our Application & Admission page, where you will find key steps to take before and during your application.