Application & Admission
Explore UBC's Graduate Programs
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.
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.
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
|Program Name||Intake||Canadian Applicant Deadline||International Applicant Deadline|
|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 Pharmacology (MSc)||May 2022||30 November 2021||31 October 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 Science in Bioinformatics (MSc)||January 2022||17 September 2021||05 October 2021|
|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|
Prepare Your Application
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.
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.
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.
Congratulations! Please go to the newly admitted student checklist to see your next steps.