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Minimum vs. Program Requirements

Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies establishes the minimum admission requirements common to all applicants. The graduate program that you are applying to may have additional requirements. Please refer to specific Graduate Degree Programs for detailed information regarding the program to which you intend to apply, including deadlines and specific admission requirements. Please note that the number of applications to UBC graduate programs always exceed the number of seats available, and meeting the minimum requirements is not a guarantee of admission.

 

Minimum Academic Requirements

Please review the minimum requirements by country. The requirements are not based on your citizenship, but where you received your academic credentials that will most likely form the basis for admission to a UBC graduate program. Applicants should have academic backgrounds within the general requirements listed by country below.

 

Important note to students with three-year bachelor's degrees from European institutions (except UK): Most three-year, Bologna-compliant degrees from research-intensive universities are acceptable as a basis for admission to master's programs at UBC. Contact the UBC program of interest and see individual country listings below for further information.

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English Language Test

Applicants from a university outside Canada in which English is not the primary language of instruction must provide results of an English language proficiency examination as part of their application. Tests must have been taken within the last 24 months at the time of submission of your application.

The value of strong English skills

English is one of the two official languages of Canada, and the primary language of instruction at UBC. Strong English skills mean new students can settle quickly into their academic environment, and get to know their fellow students and faculty members who will be their colleagues during their time at UBC. Students with good English skills are far more likely to succeed; they experience far less stress and get greater enjoyment and fulfillment from their studies.

Applicants are advised to focus on learning how to speak, listen, read, and write in English, independent of studying for the TOEFL (or other tests), as this will best prepare them for communicating in all types of situations. Students with strong English skills are more likely to do well on the TOEFL.

Individual graduate programs may require higher English language proficiency scores, and may require minimum scores on individual components of any of the tests. Please check individual program websites to verify English language score requirements.

Acceptable Tests

English Language Tests

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

The minimum TOEFL score required for all applicants to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies is

  • 90 for the internet-based exam (with minimum component scores of 22 [reading, listening] and 21 [writing, speaking]) or
  • 55 each for reading, listening, and writing in the paper-based test, with 4.0 on the Test of Written English (TWE).

Some programs require a higher score. TOEFL scores must be issued to UBC directly from the Educational Testing Centre. Please ensure that you include the following on your TOEFL sheet:

  • use the University of British Columbia's institution code 0965
  • give the reason for taking TOEFL "to enter a college or university as a graduate student"

Important: TOEFL MyBest composite scores are not accepted for applications to UBC-Vancouver. Minimum scores must be achieved in a single sitting of the test (i.e. scores from multiple test-taking instances may not be used to satisfy minimum component requirements.)

Score submission

TOEFL and IELTS test takers can request electronic submission of scores to universities. We accept electronic delivery directly from the test centre to UBC only. For all other tests, an official paper test score report ordered from the testing agency is required. Photocopies of test scores are not acceptable.

IELTS (International English Language Testing Service)

A minimum overall band score of 6.5 is required with a minimum score of 6.0 in each component of the academic (NOT general) IELTS test.*

Individual graduate programs may require higher English language proficiency scores, and may require minimum scores on individual components of the test. Please check individual program websites to verify English language score requirements.

Score submission

UBC requires an official score to be sent to us electronically from the test centre.

On the IELTS application form you will be asked to specify institutions where you would like the results being sent to. To ensure UBC receives your results correctly, you have to use the following details on the application:

  • Name and address of college / institution / university: The University of British Columbia - Graduate School Admissions
  • Address: 170-6371 Crescent Road, Vancouver BC V6T 1Z2, Canada
CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language Assessment)

A minimum overall score of 70 is required with 60 on the speaking sub-test.

Individual graduate programs may require higher English language proficiency scores. Please check individual program websites to verify English language score requirements.

Score submission

UBC requires an official paper record of this test score.

 

UBC English Language Institute

English for Academic Purposes (EAP): Applicant must achieve a 75% in each component of the 600 level.

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PTE (Pearson Test of English - Academic)

A minimum overall score of 65 on the academic (NOT general) test is required with minimums of 60 reading, 60 writing, 60 listening, and 60 speaking.

Individual graduate programs may require higher English language proficiency scores. Please check individual program websites to verify English language score requirements.

Score submission

UBC requires an official paper record.

 

Alternative Tests

Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB)

A minimum overall MELAB final score of 85 (with 3 in the speaking test) is required by the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Alternative English Language Proficiency Test

CAE (Certificate in Advanced English): B

CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English): C

Submission of Test Results

TOEFL and IELTS test takers can request electronic submission of scores to universities. We accept electronic delivery directly from the test centre to UBC only. For all other tests an official paper test score report ordered from the testing agency is required. Photocopies of test scores are not acceptable.

Conditional Admission Program

The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies may extend a conditional offer of admission to a highly-qualified graduate applicant who does not quite meet the minimum English language proficiency requirement set by the graduate program to which the student has applied.

For more information, see Conditional Admission Program.

Conditional Admission Program Details

A conditional admission allows a student to obtain a study permit (if necessary) and begin their studies in the UBC English Language Institute (ELI) or an equivalent institution approved by the Provost. Upon successful completion of the prescribed terms of study in the ELI English for Academic Purposes Program (or pre-approved, equivalent alternative), the student will proceed directly into the graduate degree program. 

Normally, a student must achieve a 75% overall assessment at the 600 level of the UBC ELI English for Academic Purposes Program (or equivalent assessment level in another approved program) to meet the terms of the Conditional Admission Program. A student who completes an approved English Language training program, but does not achieve the required assessment level has the option of taking an approved English Language Proficiency examination (e.g. TOEFL). If the student achieves the minimum score required by the admitting graduate program, they may proceed directly into the graduate program.

To be eligible for the Conditional Admission Program, the applicant must:

  • Possess a “first-class average” (or established equivalent) in a degree deemed as an eligible basis for admission, OR have academic qualifications that would have ranked them in the top 33% of students admitted to the graduate program to which they are applying, for the year prior to the date of their application.
  • Have English language proficiency, demonstrated via an accepted test, that can reasonably be expected to be brought up to the standard required by the graduate program to which the student has applied by completing ELI (or accepted equivalent) training in no more than one year.
  • Be recommended for the Conditional Admission Program by a UBC graduate program.

In recommending conditional admission, graduate programs guarantee a student admission at the date specified in the admission letter, assuming the student’s successful completion of the terms of the ELI program (or approved equivalent). Students admitted via the Conditional Admission Program are not allowed to make academic progress toward their graduate degrees before they successfully complete the English language training program and are admitted without condition to the graduate program.

Note to graduate programs: Students cannot be admitted to the Conditional Admission Program through eVision. They must be admitted through the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies via a manual letter. Please contact G+PS for information.

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Other Test Scores

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

The Graduate Record Examination has two components: a General Test measuring verbal, quantitative, and analytical reasoning skills, and a Subject Test measuring achievement in particular  fields of study. The table GRE Requirements by Program lists which graduate program at UBC requires a GRE test.

The UBC institution code is 0965.

GRE Requirements by Program

Specializationsort descending Program Name GRE required?
Accounting Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration in Accounting (PhD) The GRE or a comparable test is required. Please check the program website.
Architecture Master of Architecture (MARCH) The GRE is optional.
Architecture Master of Advanced Studies in Architecture (MASA) The GRE is optional.
Atmospheric Science Master of Science in Atmospheric Science (MSc) The GRE is optional.
Atmospheric Science Doctor of Philosophy in Atmospheric Science (PhD) The GRE is optional.
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Master of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (MSc) The GRE is required by some applicants. Please check the program website.
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Doctor of Philosophy in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (PhD) The GRE is required by some applicants. Please check the program website.
Business Administration Master of Business Analytics (MBAN) The GRE or a comparable test is required. Please check the program website.
Business Administration Master of Business Administration (MBA) The GRE or a comparable test is required. Please check the program website.
Business Administration Master of Management (MM) The GRE or a comparable test is required. Please check the program website.
Chemistry Master of Science in Chemistry (MSc) The GRE is required by some applicants. Please check the program website.
Chemistry Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry (PhD) The GRE is required by some applicants. Please check the program website.
Civil Engineering Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering (PhD) The GRE is optional.
Counselling Psychology Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology (MA) The GRE is required by all applicants.
Counselling Psychology Doctor of Philosophy in Counselling Psychology (PhD) The GRE is required by all applicants.
Economics Master of Arts in Economics (MA) The GRE is required by some applicants. Please check the program website.
Economics Doctor of Philosophy in Economics (PhD) The GRE is required by some applicants. Please check the program website.
Finance Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration in Finance (PhD) The GRE or a comparable test is required. Please check the program website.
Finance Master of Science in Business Administration in Finance (MSCB) The GRE or a comparable test is required. Please check the program website.
Health Administration Master of Health Administration (MHA) The GRE or a comparable test is required. Please check the program website.
Linguistics Master of Arts in Linguistics (MA) The GRE is optional.
Linguistics Doctor of Philosophy in Linguistics (PhD) The GRE is optional.
Management Information Systems Master of Science in Business Administration in Management Information Systems (MSCB) The GRE or a comparable test is required. Please check the program website.
Management Information Systems Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration in Management Information Systems (PhD) The GRE or a comparable test is required. Please check the program website.
Management Science Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration in Management Science (PhD) The GRE or a comparable test is required. Please check the program website.
Marketing Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration in Marketing (PhD) The GRE or a comparable test is required. Please check the program website.
Measurement, Evaluation and Research Methodology Doctor of Philosophy in Measurement, Evaluation and Research Methodology (PhD) The GRE is required by some applicants. Please check the program website.
Mechanical Engineering Master of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering (MASc) The GRE is optional.
Mechanical Engineering Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering (PhD) The GRE is optional.
Microbiology and Immunology Master of Science in Microbiology and Immunology (MSc) The GRE is required by some applicants. Please check the program website.
Microbiology and Immunology Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology and Immunology (PhD) The GRE is required by some applicants. Please check the program website.
Neuroscience Master of Science in Neuroscience (MSc) The GRE is required by some applicants. Please check the program website.
Neuroscience Doctor of Philosophy in Neuroscience (PhD) The GRE is required by some applicants. Please check the program website.
Nursing Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) The GRE is required by some applicants. Please check the program website.
Nursing Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD) The GRE is required by some applicants. Please check the program website.
Occupational and Environmental Hygiene Master of Science in Occupational and Environmental Hygiene (MSc) The GRE is required by some applicants. Please check the program website.
Orchestral Instrument Doctor of Musical Arts in Orchestral Instrument (DMA) The GRE is required by all applicants.
Organizational Behavior Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration in Organizational Behaviour (PhD) The GRE or a comparable test is required. Please check the program website.
Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Master of Science in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (MSc) The GRE is required by some applicants. Please check the program website.
Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Doctor of Philosophy in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (PhD) The GRE is required by some applicants. Please check the program website.
Planning Master of Arts in Planning (MAP) The GRE is optional.
Planning Master of Science in Planning (MSCP) The GRE is optional.
Planning Doctor of Philosophy in Planning (PhD) The GRE is optional.
Political Science Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science (PhD) The GRE is required by some applicants. Please check the program website.
Political Science Master of Arts in Political Science (MA) The GRE is required by some applicants. Please check the program website.
Population and Public Health Master of Science in Population and Public Health (MSc) The GRE is required by some applicants. Please check the program website.
Population and Public Health Doctor of Philosophy in Population and Public Health (PhD) The GRE is required by some applicants. Please check the program website.
Population and Public Health Master of Public Health (MPH) The GRE is required by some applicants. Please check the program website.
Psychology Master of Arts in Psychology (MA) The GRE is required by all applicants.
Psychology Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology (PhD) The GRE is required by all applicants.
Rehabilitation Sciences Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabilitation Sciences (PhD) The GRE is required by some applicants. Please check the program website.
Rehabilitation Sciences Master of Science in Rehabilitation Sciences (MSc) The GRE is required by some applicants. Please check the program website.
School and Applied Child Psychology Master of Arts in School and Applied Child Psychology (MA) The GRE is required by all applicants.
School and Applied Child Psychology Master of Education in School and Applied Child Psychology (MEd) The GRE is required by all applicants.
School and Applied Child Psychology Doctor of Philosophy in School and Applied Child Psychology (PhD) The GRE is required by all applicants.
Sociology Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology (PhD) The GRE is required by some applicants. Please check the program website.
Sociology Master of Arts in Sociology (MA) The GRE is required by some applicants. Please check the program website.
Special Education Doctor of Philosophy in Special Education (PhD) The GRE is required by some applicants. Please check the program website.
Strategy & Business Economics Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration in Strategy and Business Economics (PhD) The GRE or a comparable test is required. Please check the program website.
Transportation & Logistics Master of Science in Business Administration in Transportation and Logistics (MSCB) The GRE or a comparable test is required. Please check the program website.
Transportation & Logistics Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration in Transportation and Logistics (PhD) The GRE or a comparable test is required. Please check the program website.
Urban Land Economics Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration in Urban Land Economics (PhD) The GRE or a comparable test is required. Please check the program website.

Graduate Management Test (GMAT)

Applicants to the MBA and MScB programs in the Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration are required to submit GMAT results (applicants to the MScB in Transportation may submit the GRE or the GMAT). Applicants to the PhD program in the Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration must submit either GMAT or GRE results.