GradProspect, September 2021

Welcome to the September issue of GradProspect, the newsletter for prospective students on UBC’s graduate programs. This month, we learn how to write a strong statement of interest, hear from faculty on how best to ask for a letter of reference, and get advice from our Graduate Student Ambassadors on the differences between their previous degree and graduate studies at UBC.

Plus, with applications opening up, don't forget to sign up for one or more of our admissions advice webinars

Top tip – how to write a strong statement of interest

An important component of most graduate school applications is the statement of interest. Also known as a statement of intent, it is an overview of your academic and/or professional goals and a description of how these align with the graduate program. This is your opportunity to show your understanding of the field of study, your motivation, and illustrate why you'll be a great addition to the program to which you've applied. We'll be covering the statement of interest in several of our upcoming info sessions.

Read our breakdown of how to write a good statement of interest, including some tips on what to do if you get writer's block.

Faculty scoop – what are the best strategies for asking for a letter of reference?

Another very important part of the graduate application are references. A minimum of three references are required for application to graduate programs at UBC. We’ve reached out to faculty members across disciplines to get their take on how prospective students can best reach out to referees. Read more.

Ask an ambassador 

Hear advice from successful applicants to UBC's graduate programs. This month our ambassadors talk about the differences between their previous degree and their current degree at UBC.


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 – Thursday, September 9. 5 - 6 pm (PDT)
  • Applying to Research-Based Programs – Tuesday, September 14. 10 - 11 am (PDT) 
  • Applying to Course-Based and Professional Programs – Thursday, September 16. 10 - 11 am (PDT)
  • Compelling Statements of Interest – Tuesday, September 21. 10 - 11 am (PDT)
  • Finding and Reaching Out to Prospective Supervisors and Referees – Thursday, September 23, 5 - 6 pm (PDT)

Sign up online.

Latest graduate community news

This month we celebrate UBC’s Department of Physics and Astronomy, who received $6.8 million in BC government investment. We hear how UBC PhD student Katie Florko is using infrared cameras to detect narwhals, and learn from UBC researchers how people with disabilities still face numerous barriers to doing physical activity, despite the popularity of the Paralympics

Read more