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Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies offers a wide range of options for course-based or research-based master's and doctoral students. We offer students an intellectually challenging education through programs that are international in scope, interactive in process and interdisciplinary in content and approach.

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Check Your EligibilityMinimum Academic Requirements | English Language Requirements | Other Tests

Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies establishes the minimum admission requirements common to all applicants. Check first if you can meet those absolute minimums. Keep in mind that

  • each graduate program that you are applying to may have additional requirements that you will find in the Graduate Degree Program listing and on the program website
  • entry to UBC is competitive, i.e. each year we receive way more applicants who meet all our requirements than we can accept. Meeting minimum and program requirements is not a guarantee that you will be admitted.

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.

Some of our programs require additional components, such as GRE or GMAT scores, as well as certain course or degree requirements.

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Meet Deadlines

All deadlines are program specific and can range from November of the previous year to April of a year for a September intake. The most important deadline is the application deadline. Without meeting the application deadline, a file may not be considered for evaluation. No changes can be made to the application after submission. Graduate programs can set two other deadlines - which may be the same as the application deadline or provide slightly more time to complete specific actions:

  • Transcript deadline: Deadline to upload scans of official transcripts through the applicant portal in support of a submitted application. Information for accessing the applicant portal will be provided after submitting an online application for admission.
  • Referee deadline: Deadline for the referees identified in the application for admission to submit references. See Letters of Reference for more information.

You have full access to all deadlines in the degree program listing or review an overview of application deadlines below.

Review program application deadlines

See the graduate degree program listing for additional deadline details.
Program Name Intake Canadian Applicant Deadlinesort descending International Applicant Deadline
Master of Science in Food Science (MSc) September 2021 01 January 2021 01 January 2021
Master of Science in Human Nutrition (MSc) September 2021 01 January 2021 01 January 2021
Master of Science in Integrated Studies in Land and Food Systems (MSc) September 2021 01 January 2021 01 January 2021
Master of Food and Resource Economics (MFRE) September 2021 01 January 2021 01 January 2021
Master of Food Science (MFS) September 2021 01 January 2021 01 January 2021
Master of Science in Plant Science (MSc) September 2021 01 January 2021 01 January 2021
Master of Science in Soil Science (MSc) January 2022 01 January 2021 01 January 2021
Doctor of Philosophy in Food Science (PhD) September 2021 01 January 2021 01 January 2021
Doctor of Philosophy in Human Nutrition (PhD) September 2021 01 January 2021 01 January 2021
Doctor of Philosophy in Integrated Studies in Land and Food Systems (PhD) September 2021 01 January 2021 01 January 2021
Doctor of Philosophy in Plant Science (PhD) September 2021 01 January 2021 01 January 2021
Doctor of Philosophy in Soil Science (PhD) September 2021 01 January 2021 01 January 2021
Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Animal Biology (PhD) September 2021 01 January 2021 01 January 2021
Master of Land and Water Systems (MLWS) September 2021 01 January 2021 01 January 2021
Master of Science in Applied Animal Biology (MSc) September 2021 01 January 2021 01 January 2021
Doctor of Philosophy in Geography (PhD) September 2021 01 January 2021 01 January 2021
Master of Fine Arts in Visual Art (MFA) September 2021 02 January 2021 02 January 2021
Master of Arts in Art History (MA) September 2021 02 January 2021 02 January 2021
Master of Arts in Art History (Critical Curatorial Studies) (MA) September 2021 02 January 2021 02 January 2021
Doctor of Philosophy in Art History (PhD) September 2021 02 January 2021 02 January 2021
Master of Arts in Ancient Culture, Religion and Ethnicity (MA) September 2021 04 January 2021 04 January 2021
Doctor of Philosophy in Classics (PhD) September 2021 04 January 2021 04 January 2021
Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Philosophy (MDPhD) May 2021 04 January 2021 01 October 2020
Doctor of Philosophy in Religious Studies (PhD) September 2021 04 January 2021 04 January 2021
Master of Arts in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology (MA) September 2021 04 January 2021 04 January 2021
Master of Arts in Religious Studies (MA) September 2021 04 January 2021 04 January 2021
Master of Arts in Classics (MA) September 2021 04 January 2021 04 January 2021
Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) September 2021 05 January 2021 15 December 2020
Master of Arts in English (MA) September 2021 07 January 2021 07 January 2021
Doctor of Philosophy in English (PhD) September 2021 07 January 2021 07 January 2021
Master of Arts in Political Science (MA) September 2021 07 January 2021 07 January 2021
Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (Distance) (MFA) July 2021 08 January 2021 08 January 2021
Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and Theatre (MFA) September 2021 08 January 2021 08 January 2021
Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (MFA) September 2021 08 January 2021 08 January 2021
Doctor of Philosophy in Philosophy (PhD) September 2021 08 January 2021 08 January 2021
Master of Arts in Philosophy (MA) September 2021 08 January 2021 08 January 2021
Master of Science in Genetic Counselling (MSc) September 2021 09 January 2021 09 January 2021
Master of Arts in Kinesiology (MA) September 2021 10 January 2021 10 January 2021
Master of Kinesiology (MKin) September 2021 10 January 2021 10 January 2021
Master of Science in Kinesiology (MSc) September 2021 10 January 2021 10 January 2021
Doctor of Philosophy in Kinesiology (PhD) September 2021 10 January 2021 10 January 2021
Master of Arts in History (MA) September 2021 10 January 2021 10 January 2021
Doctor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Oncology (PhD) May 2021 11 January 2021 22 December 2020
Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Oncology (MSc) May 2021 11 January 2021 22 December 2020
Master of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (MSc) September 2021 15 January 2021 15 January 2021
Master of Applied Science in Geological Engineering (MASc) September 2021 15 January 2021 15 January 2021
Master of Architecture and Master of Landscape Architecture (MARCLA) September 2021 15 January 2021 15 January 2021
Doctor of Philosophy in Geological Sciences (PhD) September 2021 15 January 2021 15 January 2021
Master of Engineering in Geological Engineering (MEng) September 2021 15 January 2021 15 January 2021
Doctor of Philosophy in Geophysics (PhD) September 2021 15 January 2021 15 January 2021

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Once you have collected all your documents and are ready to apply, find out how to best move through the online application, what questions to expect, tips and tricks for your application and how to pay the application fee.

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Next Steps

Keep checking your online application portal for references and communication from the program. Please remember that incomplete applications cannot be considered for admission.

All fully completed applications are carefully reviewed by faculty and staff in the program(s) you have applied to. They will make offers to those that are accepted by supervisors or are competitive for course based programs.

Timelines for admission decisions vary widely across programs. Please check directly with the program for further information.

Unsuccessful applicants

Given that the number of applicants exceeds the number of positions available, a record that satisfies basic entrance requirements does not guarantee admission to graduate studies.

Successful Applicants

Congratulations! Please go to the newly admitted student checklist to see your next steps.

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