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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 Namesort ascending Intake Canadian Applicant Deadline International Applicant Deadline
Doctor of Philosophy in Mining Engineering (PhD) September 2022 31 May 2022 30 April 2022
Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology and Immunology (PhD) January 2022 30 August 2021 30 July 2021
Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology and Immunology (PhD) May 2022 30 November 2021 30 October 2021
Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology and Immunology (PhD) September 2021 14 February 2021 01 February 2021
Doctor of Philosophy in Medical Genetics (PhD) September 2021 15 February 2021 15 February 2021
Doctor of Philosophy in Medical Genetics (PhD) January 2022 15 May 2021 15 May 2021
Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering (PhD) September 2021 01 March 2021 01 March 2021
Doctor of Philosophy in Materials Engineering (PhD) September 2021 01 February 2021 01 February 2021
Doctor of Philosophy in Linguistics (PhD) September 2021 22 January 2021 22 January 2021
Doctor of Philosophy in Law (PhD) September 2022 01 December 2021 01 December 2021
Doctor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Studies (PhD) September 2022 15 January 2022 15 January 2022
Doctor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Oncology (PhD) May 2021 11 January 2021 22 December 2020
Doctor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Oncology (PhD) September 2021 23 April 2021 26 March 2021
Doctor of Philosophy in Human Development, Learning, and Culture (PhD) September 2022 01 December 2021 01 December 2021
Doctor of Philosophy in History (PhD) September 2022 15 December 2021 15 December 2021
Doctor of Philosophy in Hispanic Studies (PhD) September 2021 31 January 2021 31 January 2021
Doctor of Philosophy in Hispanic Studies (PhD) January 2022 31 January 2021 31 January 2021
Doctor of Philosophy in Germanic Studies (PhD) September 2021 31 January 2021 31 January 2021
Doctor of Philosophy in Germanic Studies (PhD) September 2022 31 January 2022 31 January 2022
Doctor of Philosophy in Geography (PhD) September 2022 01 January 2022 01 January 2022
Doctor of Philosophy in Genome Science and Technology (PhD) May 2021 16 January 2021 16 January 2021
Doctor of Philosophy in Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice (PhD) September 2022 01 December 2021 01 December 2021
Doctor of Philosophy in French (PhD) January 2022 31 January 2021 31 January 2021
Doctor of Philosophy in French (PhD) September 2021 31 January 2021 31 January 2021
Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD) May 2022 15 November 2021 15 November 2021
Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD) September 2021 15 March 2021 15 March 2021
Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD) January 2022 15 July 2021 15 July 2021
Doctor of Philosophy in Experimental Medicine (PhD) May 2022 15 January 2022 15 October 2021
Doctor of Philosophy in Experimental Medicine (PhD) January 2022 15 October 2021 15 August 2021
Doctor of Philosophy in Experimental Medicine (PhD) September 2021 15 May 2021 15 February 2021
Doctor of Philosophy in English (PhD) September 2022 05 January 2022 05 January 2022
Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical and Computer Engineering (PhD) January 2022 01 June 2021 01 June 2021
Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical and Computer Engineering (PhD) September 2022 15 January 2022 15 January 2022
Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Studies (PhD) September 2022 15 November 2021 15 November 2021
Doctor of Philosophy in Craniofacial Science (PhD) September 2021 28 February 2021 28 February 2021
Doctor of Philosophy in Classics (PhD) September 2022 05 January 2022 05 January 2022
Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering (PhD) September 2021 31 January 2021 31 January 2021
Doctor of Philosophy in Cinema and Media Studies (PhD) September 2022 01 December 2021 01 December 2021
Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry (PhD) September 2021 01 April 2021 01 March 2021
Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry (PhD) September 2022 01 April 2022 01 March 2022
Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry (PhD) January 2023 01 August 2022 01 August 2022
Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry (PhD) January 2022 01 August 2021 01 August 2021
Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical and Biological Engineering (PhD) September 2021 01 February 2021 01 February 2021
Doctor of Philosophy in Cell and Developmental Biology (PhD) January 2022 31 October 2021 31 August 2021
Doctor of Philosophy in Cell and Developmental Biology (PhD) September 2021 30 April 2021 30 April 2021
Doctor of Philosophy in Botany (PhD) January 2022 01 July 2021 01 July 2021
Doctor of Philosophy in Botany (PhD) September 2021 01 February 2021 01 February 2021
Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Engineering (PhD) January 2022 01 June 2021 01 June 2021
Doctor of Philosophy in Bioinformatics (PhD) September 2021 12 March 2021 12 February 2021
Doctor of Philosophy in Bioinformatics (PhD) May 2021 22 January 2021 18 December 2020

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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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