Applying to UBC Graduate Studies as an Aboriginal Student

Applying to UBC Graduate Studies as an Aboriginal Student

UBC is a research-intensive university with much to offer to Aboriginal graduate students. We are committed to expanding our engagement with Aboriginal scholarship.

UBC does not have a specific Aboriginal graduate admissions policy. However, many graduate programs make a point of taking into consideration the full range of academic, cultural, personal and professional knowledge that Aboriginal applicants bring to their preparation for graduate study.  If you are unsure whether you meet minimum admission requirements, please contact the Aboriginal Coordinator in the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, Brianne Howard (brianne.howard@ubc.ca). 
 

 The Application Process:

  1. Determine which program you would like to apply to and visit their web site to learn more.
  2. Collect the required transcripts and reference letters.
  3. Investigate faculty members in the graduate program you are interested in. Many graduate programs (especially those that require a master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation) recommend that before applying, you make contact with a faculty member in your chosen area of study. This person may be able to support your application in the selection process.
  4. Apply online and arrange to have your transcripts and letters sent to the graduate program you are applying to.
  5. Although it is not required, you are strongly encouraged to self-identify as an Aboriginal applicant in the online application. You are also encouraged to provide information in your application regarding the academic, cultural, personal and professional knowledge that has strengthened your preparation for graduate study.
  6. At any time during this process, you are welcome to contact the Aboriginal Coordinator in the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, Brianne Howard (brianne.howard@ubc.ca). Dr. Howard can help you with any questions or concerns you might have about the application and admission process.