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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 Forestry (MSc) May 2023 15 November 2022 15 November 2022
Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy (EdD) July 2023 15 November 2022 15 November 2022
Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Studies (PhD) September 2023 15 November 2022 15 November 2022
Doctor of Philosophy in Asian Studies (PhD) September 2023 30 November 2022 30 November 2022
Master of Arts in Asian Studies (MA) September 2023 30 November 2022 30 November 2022
Master of Science in Cell and Developmental Biology (MSc) May 2023 30 November 2022 30 November 2022
Master of Music in Conducting (Emphasis Orchestral Conducting) (MMUS) September 2023 01 December 2022 01 December 2022
Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition (DMA) September 2023 01 December 2022 01 December 2022
Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano (DMA) September 2023 01 December 2022 01 December 2022
Doctor of Musical Arts in Orchestral Instrument (DMA) September 2023 01 December 2022 01 December 2022
Doctor of Musical Arts in Voice (DMA) September 2023 01 December 2022 01 December 2022
LLM - Master of Laws (LLM) September 2023 01 December 2022 01 December 2022
Master of Music in Conducting (Emphasis Choral Conducting) (MMUS) September 2023 01 December 2022 01 December 2022
Master of Music in Composition (MMUS) July 2023 01 December 2022 01 December 2022
Master of Music in Guitar (MMUS) September 2023 01 December 2022 01 December 2022
Master of Music in Harpsichord (MMUS) September 2023 01 December 2022 01 December 2022
Master of Music in Opera (MMUS) September 2023 01 December 2022 01 December 2022
Master of Music in Piano (MMUS) September 2023 01 December 2022 01 December 2022
Master of Arts in Cinema and Media Studies (MA) September 2023 01 December 2022 01 December 2022
Master of Music in Organ (MMUS) September 2023 01 December 2022 01 December 2022
Doctor of Philosophy in Cinema and Media Studies (PhD) September 2023 01 December 2022 01 December 2022
Master of Music in Orchestral Instrument (MMUS) September 2023 01 December 2022 01 December 2022
Master of Music in Voice (MMUS) September 2023 01 December 2022 01 December 2022
Master of Science in Neuroscience (MSc) September 2023 01 December 2022 01 December 2022
Master of Arts in Music, Emphasis Ethnomusicology (MA) September 2023 01 December 2022 01 December 2022
Master of Arts in Music, Emphasis Musicology (MA) September 2023 01 December 2022 01 December 2022
Master of Arts in Music, Emphasis Theory (MA) September 2023 01 December 2022 01 December 2022
Doctor of Philosophy in Music, Emphasis Ethnomusicology (PhD) September 2023 01 December 2022 01 December 2022
Doctor of Philosophy in Neuroscience (PhD) September 2023 01 December 2022 01 December 2022
Doctor of Philosophy in Music, Emphasis Musicology (PhD) September 2023 01 December 2022 01 December 2022
Doctor of Philosophy in Music, Emphasis Theory (PhD) September 2023 01 December 2022 01 December 2022
Master of Music in Conducting (Emphasis Wind Conducting) (MMUS) September 2023 01 December 2022 01 December 2022
Doctor of Philosophy in Law (PhD) September 2023 01 December 2022 01 December 2022
Master of Urban Design (MUD) May 2023 01 December 2022 01 December 2022
Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work (PhD) September 2023 01 December 2022 01 December 2022
Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology (PhD) September 2023 01 December 2022 01 December 2022
Master of Arts in Psychology (MA) September 2023 01 December 2022 01 December 2022
Master of Arts in Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice (MA) September 2023 01 December 2022 01 December 2022
Doctor of Philosophy in Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice (PhD) September 2023 01 December 2022 01 December 2022
Doctor of Philosophy in Anthropology (PhD) September 2023 15 December 2022 15 December 2022
Master of Arts in Geography (MA) September 2023 15 December 2022 15 December 2022
Master of Science in Geography (MSc) September 2023 15 December 2022 15 December 2022
Doctor of Philosophy in Economics (PhD) September 2023 15 December 2022 15 December 2022
Doctor of Philosophy in History (PhD) September 2023 15 December 2022 15 December 2022
Master of Arts in Economics (MA) September 2023 31 December 2022 31 December 2022
Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration in Accounting (PhD) September 2023 31 December 2022 31 December 2022
Doctor of Philosophy in Geography (PhD) September 2023 01 January 2023 01 January 2023
Master of Food and Resource Economics (MFRE) September 2023 01 January 2023 01 January 2023
Master of Food Science (MFS) September 2023 01 January 2023 01 January 2023
Master of Land and Water Systems (MLWS) September 2023 01 January 2023 01 January 2023

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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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