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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 Deadline International Applicant Deadlinesort descending
Master of Science in Audiology and Speech Sciences (MSc) September 2022 01 February 2022
Master of Science in Audiology and Speech Sciences (MSc) September 2023 01 February 2023
Doctor of Philosophy in Bioinformatics (PhD) January 2022 17 September 2021 06 August 2021
Doctor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Oncology (PhD) January 2022 30 August 2021 30 August 2021
Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Oncology (MSc) January 2022 30 August 2021 30 August 2021
Master of Science in Genome Science and Technology (MSc) January 2022 30 August 2021 30 August 2021
Doctor of Philosophy in Genome Science and Technology (PhD) January 2022 30 August 2021 30 August 2021
Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Philosophy (MDPhD) May 2022 04 January 2022 01 October 2021
Master of Science in Bioinformatics (MSc) January 2022 17 September 2021 05 October 2021
Master of Science in Experimental Medicine (MSc) May 2022 15 January 2022 15 October 2021
Doctor of Philosophy in Experimental Medicine (PhD) May 2022 15 January 2022 15 October 2021
Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology and Immunology (PhD) May 2022 30 November 2021 30 October 2021
Master of Science in Microbiology and Immunology (MSc) May 2022 30 November 2021 30 October 2021
Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmacology (PhD) May 2022 30 November 2021 31 October 2021
Master of Science in Pharmacology (MSc) May 2022 30 November 2021 31 October 2021
LLM in Taxation (LLMT) July 2022 01 February 2022 01 November 2021
Master of Arts in Asian Studies (MA) September 2022 30 November 2021 30 November 2021
Doctor of Philosophy in Asian Studies (PhD) September 2022 30 November 2021 30 November 2021
Master of Science in Cell and Developmental Biology (MSc) May 2022 30 November 2021 30 November 2021
Doctor of Philosophy in Cell and Developmental Biology (PhD) May 2022 30 November 2021 30 November 2021
Master of Science in Genome Science and Technology (MSc) May 2022 30 November 2021 30 November 2021
Doctor of Philosophy in Genome Science and Technology (PhD) May 2022 30 November 2021 30 November 2021
Master of Arts in Social Studies Education (MA) September 2022 01 December 2021 01 December 2021
Master of Education in Social Studies Education (MEd) September 2022 01 December 2021 01 December 2021
Master of Music in Conducting (Emphasis Choral Conducting) (MMUS) September 2022 01 December 2021 01 December 2021
Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language (MA) September 2022 01 December 2021 01 December 2021
Master of Education in Teaching English as a Second Language (MEd) September 2022 01 December 2021 01 December 2021
Master of Arts in Art Education (MA) September 2022 01 December 2021 01 December 2021
Master of Education in Art Education (MEd) September 2022 01 December 2021 01 December 2021
Master of Music in Composition (MMUS) September 2022 01 December 2021 01 December 2021
Master of Music in Conducting (Emphasis Orchestral Conducting) (MMUS) September 2022 01 December 2021 01 December 2021
Master of Science in Astronomy (MSc) September 2022 01 December 2021 01 December 2021
Master of Music in Guitar (MMUS) September 2022 01 December 2021 01 December 2021
Doctor of Philosophy in Astronomy (PhD) September 2022 01 December 2021 01 December 2021
Master of Arts in Media and Technology Studies Education (MA) September 2022 01 December 2021 01 December 2021
Master of Education in Media and Technology Studies Education (MEd) September 2022 01 December 2021 01 December 2021
LLM - Master of Laws (LLM) September 2022 01 December 2021 01 December 2021
Master of Music in Harpsichord (MMUS) September 2022 01 December 2021 01 December 2021
Master of Science in Bioinformatics (MSc) May 2022 31 December 2021 01 December 2021
Master of Music in Opera (MMUS) September 2022 01 December 2021 01 December 2021
Doctor of Philosophy in Bioinformatics (PhD) May 2022 31 December 2021 01 December 2021
Master of Applied Science in Chemical and Biological Engineering (MASc) May 2022 01 December 2021 01 December 2021
Master of Arts in Cinema and Media Studies (MA) September 2022 01 December 2021 01 December 2021
Master of Science in Chemical and Biological Engineering (MSc) May 2022 01 December 2021 01 December 2021
Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical and Biological Engineering (PhD) May 2022 01 December 2021 01 December 2021
Master of Music in Piano (MMUS) September 2022 01 December 2021 01 December 2021
Doctor of Philosophy in Cinema and Media Studies (PhD) September 2022 01 December 2021 01 December 2021
Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology (MA) September 2022 01 December 2021 01 December 2021
Doctor of Philosophy in Counselling Psychology (PhD) September 2022 01 December 2021 01 December 2021
Master of Science in Neuroscience (MSc) September 2022 01 December 2021 01 December 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.

Admitted Student Checklist