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Notes on Eligibility

Eligibility for the Master's degree at UBC requires an Honours or Bachelor's degree requiring four years of study with a B+ average in third and fourth year-level course work. *From Quebec's French universities, a three-year Bachelor's degree is acceptable provided the Diplome d'Etudes Collegiales (DEC) has been previously awarded. Theological degrees (i.e., degrees in theology or degrees offered by a bible college, seminary or theological school) may not be acceptable as a basis for admission to graduate studies at the University of British Columbia. Applicants will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

UBC Master's Program Requirements

Normally, applicants for a master's degree program must hold the academic equivalent of a four-year bachelor's degree from UBC including one of the following:

  • A minimum overall average in the B+ range (76% at UBC) in third- and fourth-year courses.
  • Academic standing with at least 12 credits of third- or fourth-year courses in the A grade range (80% or higher at UBC) in the field of study.

Alternatively, applicants who do not meet the requirements stated above, but who have had other significant formal training, relevant professional experience, and/or otherwise possess demonstrable knowledge or expertise that would prepare them adequately for successful study in a specific graduate program, may be granted admission on the recommendation of the appropriate graduate program and approval of the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Individuals of Indigenous ancestry are particularly encouraged to apply. Please read the additional information for Indigenous applicants to graduate programs.

Note: Additional coursework outside the bachelor's degree to improve a low GPA or to meet the 12 credit requirement, for example as unclassified student at UBC, can be taken into consideration based on a rationale from a specific program, but does not guarantee eligibility for admission.

Years of Study required

at least four years of study

Overall Grade Required

A minimum overall average in the B+ range (76% at UBC) in third- and fourth-year level courses.

Credentials or Degrees Required

Bachelor's Degree

UBC Doctoral Program Requirements

Applicants for the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.) and Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) must have completed one of the following requirements prior to admission:

  1. In the case of the Ph.D., a master's degree (or equivalent) from an approved institution with clear evidence of research ability or potential; in the case of the D.M.A., a master's degree (or equivalent) from an approved institution with outstanding ability in musical performance or composition; in the case of the Ed.D., a master's degree from an approved institution.
  2. A bachelor’s degree with one year of study in a master's program with 9 credits at the 500-level or above and of first class standing. Students entering the doctoral program after partial completion of the master’s degree must, during the first two years of study at the graduate level, complete a total of 12 credits with a first-class average (of which at least 9 credits must be at the 500-level or above and at least 9 credits must be of first-class standing) to maintain registration as a doctoral student. Also:
  • (for Ph.D.) clear evidence of research ability or potential;
  • (for Ph.D., Elementary Education) first class standing in Teacher Training or a B.Ed.;
  • (for Ed.D.) first class standing and first class standing in any required prerequisite work, and five years professional experience; or
  • (for D.M.A.) outstanding ability in performance or composition.

Transfer directly into a doctoral program is normally accomplished after completion of the first year of study at the master's level and will not be permitted after completion of the second year.

  1. In exceptional cases, applicants who hold a bachelor's degree with an overall average in the A grade range and who demonstrate advanced research ability may be granted direct admission to a doctoral degree program on recommendation of the admitting graduate program and approval of the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Students entering directly from a bachelor's degree must, during the first two years of study, complete a total of 12 credits with a first class average, of which at least 9 credits must be at the 500-level or above and at least 9 credits must be of first class standing, to maintain registration as a doctoral student.

Individuals of Indigenous ancestry are particularly encouraged to apply. Please read the additional information for Indigenous applicants to graduate programs.

Overall Grade Required

overall average of B+ standing.

Credentials or Degrees Required

Master's degree

Financial Awards

This is a list of selected awards that you may be able to apply / be considered for if you meet the eligibility criteria. Please review the database of financial awards for other award opportunities.

 
 

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