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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 Archival Studies and Master of Library and Information Studies (MASLIS) September 2022 15 January 2022 15 January 2022
Master of Archival Studies (MAS) September 2022 15 January 2022 15 January 2022
Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) September 2022 15 January 2022 15 January 2022
Master of Community and Regional Planning (MCRP) September 2022 15 January 2022 15 January 2022
Master of Science in Atmospheric Science (MSc) September 2022 15 January 2022 15 January 2022
Master of Architecture and Master of Landscape Architecture (MARCLA) September 2022 15 January 2022 15 January 2022
Master of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (MSc) September 2022 15 January 2022 15 January 2022
Doctor of Philosophy in Atmospheric Science (PhD) September 2022 15 January 2022 15 January 2022
Master of Science in Bioinformatics (MSc) September 2022 15 January 2022 15 January 2022
Doctor of Philosophy in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (PhD) September 2022 15 January 2022 15 January 2022
Doctor of Philosophy in Bioinformatics (PhD) September 2022 15 January 2022 15 January 2022
Master of Arts in Children's Literature (MA) September 2022 15 January 2022 15 January 2022
Master of Architecture (MARCH) September 2022 15 January 2022 15 January 2022
Master of Fine Arts in Film Production and Creative Writing (MFA) September 2022 15 January 2022 15 January 2022
Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical and Computer Engineering (PhD) September 2022 15 January 2022 15 January 2022
Master of Advanced Studies in Architecture (MASA) September 2022 15 January 2022 15 January 2022
Master of Applied Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering (MASc) September 2022 15 January 2022 15 January 2022
Doctor of Philosophy in Theatre (PhD) September 2022 15 January 2022 15 January 2022
Doctor of Philosophy in Geological Engineering (PhD) September 2022 15 January 2022 15 January 2022
Doctor of Philosophy in Geological Sciences (PhD) September 2022 15 January 2022 15 January 2022
Doctor of Philosophy in Geophysics (PhD) September 2022 15 January 2022 15 January 2022
Master of Applied Science in Geological Engineering (MASc) September 2022 15 January 2022 15 January 2022
Master of Science in Geological Sciences (MSc) September 2022 15 January 2022 15 January 2022
Master of Science in Oceans and Fisheries (MSc) September 2022 15 January 2022 15 January 2022
Doctor of Philosophy in Oceans and Fisheries (PhD) September 2022 15 January 2022 15 January 2022
Master of Applied Science in Geophysics (MASc) September 2022 15 January 2022 15 January 2022
Doctor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Studies (PhD) September 2022 15 January 2022 15 January 2022
Master of Science in Geophysics (MSc) September 2022 15 January 2022 15 January 2022
Master of Science in Experimental Medicine (MSc) May 2022 15 January 2022 15 October 2021
Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (MA) September 2022 15 January 2022 15 January 2022
Doctor of Philosophy in Oceanography (PhD) September 2022 15 January 2022 15 January 2022
Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies (MSc) September 2022 15 January 2022 15 January 2022
Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmaceutical Sciences (PhD) September 2022 15 January 2022 15 January 2022
Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences (MSc) September 2022 15 January 2022 15 January 2022
Master of Fine Arts in Film Production (MFA) September 2022 15 January 2022 15 January 2022
Master of Arts in Theatre (MA) September 2022 15 January 2022 15 January 2022
Master of Applied Science in Biomedical Engineering (MASc) September 2022 15 January 2022 15 January 2022
Master of Fine Arts in Theatre (MFA) September 2022 15 January 2022 15 January 2022
Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Engineering (PhD) September 2022 15 January 2022 15 January 2022
Master of Science in Oceanography (MSc) September 2022 15 January 2022 15 January 2022
Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) September 2022 15 January 2022 15 January 2022
Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) September 2022 15 January 2022 15 January 2022
Doctor of Philosophy in Experimental Medicine (PhD) May 2022 15 January 2022 15 October 2021
Master of Engineering in Geological Engineering (MEng) September 2022 15 January 2022 15 January 2022
Master of Engineering in Biomedical Engineering (MEng) September 2022 15 January 2022 15 January 2022
Master of Advanced Studies in Landscape Architecture (MASLA) September 2022 15 January 2022 15 January 2022
Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs (MPPGA) September 2022 20 January 2022 20 January 2022
Doctor of Philosophy in Linguistics (PhD) September 2022 21 January 2022 21 January 2022
Master of Arts in Linguistics (MA) September 2022 21 January 2022 21 January 2022
Master of Nutrition and Dietetics (MND) September 2022 28 January 2022 28 January 2022

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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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