FAQ

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Before Applying

Application occurs through the Faculty of Graduate Studies website. Before applying, please read carefully through our Applications and Admission section on how to apply and minimum requirements.

We require that Doctoral applicants have a course and thesis-based Master's degree, similar to our MASc, as well as a Bachelor's degree. Applicants who have completed a course-based Master's program similar to our MEng are not generally eligible for the PhD program and will normally be considered for the MASc.

We do not require the GRE for admission. 

Once the deadline has closed for applications, we cannot accept late applications. Instead we encourage you to apply for the next intake. 

You are always welcome to apply if your grades/GPA fall below the minimum requirements. If a supervisor feels that you would make a good contribution to the UBC community and would be able to pursue full time studies in a graduate program, s/he would have to submit a Low GPA rationale to the Advisory Committee and to the Faculty of Graduate Studies. 

For the initial stages of application, you will scan and upload digital files (.pdfs) through the online application system. Do NOT send any documents to UBC during the first stage of your application. Paper applications and paper copies of supporting documents will not be accepted by our program. 

The transcript you upload to your application as your "unofficial copy" must be the scanned copied of an official paper transcript. We do not accept self-reported grades. Transcripts must be scanned front and back, with all pages of each transcript uploaded as a single file. 

You do not need to specify a research supervisor if you are applying to the MEng program, as the MEng program does not involve a thesis.

More information about tuition fees can be found here.

After Applying

The admission process varies for each student and program. Faculty members evaluate applications on an ongoing basis, and as such we cannot provide a specific date for a decision.

For MASc/PhD: Generally admission recommendations will be made by supervisors starting in January and will be ongoing until available spaces are filled. Offers of admission begin Early February and continue throughout the spring and summer.

For MEng: Normally first round of decisions will be made in mid-late March and the second round will be made in mid-late April. Admission offers continue into the summer as offers are declined and additional spaces open up.

For September admission, recommendations continue into the spring and summer as funding becomes available or other admission offers are declined. If you have not heard anything regarding the status of your application, it means that you have not yet been made an offer of admission, not that you have been declined admission. For MASc and PhD applications, we suggest you get in contact with faculty members you'd be particularly interested in working with to see if they are still accepting any students and to draw attention to your application.

All decisions will be communicated to applicants via email.

Each year, many good applicants are declined admission to the University of British Columbia. Common reasons for declining applicants include unavailability of appropriate faculty advisors and/or funding for the applicant, an applicant’s less competitive academic record, and simply the limited number of spots available in graduate programs.Due to the high volume of applications we receive, we are unable to provide applicants with specific explanations for being declined.

All faculty members have access to your application through our online system. If you want to bring attention to your application, we suggest you contact the faculty member yourself and invite them to view your application.