Minimum Requirements

Minimum Academic Requirements

Please ensure that you meet the minimum GPA requirement. UBC’s minimum GPA requirements can be found on UBC’s Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Admission Requirements page. To check your country’s minimum requirements, please visit Graduate Studies’ International Requirements Page.

In our program-specific questions section of the online application, we have asked you to self-report your GPA for all post-secondary institutions attended. Please carefully follow the instructions below to calculate your GPA.

GPA = sum of credits multiplied by grades, divided by sum of credits. 

1) For North American credentials

Bachelor degree:

Include all 3rd and 4th year courses (no matter when they were taken) within the Engineering degree.

Note: If no 4th year grades were issued by the time of admission, report GPA based on 3rd year grades only.

Master degree: Overall GPA (include all grades earned in the program).

2) For International credentials

Bachelor degree: Overall GPA.

Master degree: Overall GPA.

State your original grade scale (do NOT convert it into a different scale). If your institution uses the grading system 0-100, your maximum attainable GPA should be 100.

If your transcript doesn’t list the course credits, calculate GPA as (Total Marks Obtained / Maximum Marks) * 100.

Applicants from Related Fields

Applicants to the BME program should normally hold an engineering degree or a closely-related degree with significant technical, analytical and mathematical components (e.g., physics, biophysics, chemistry, computer science). Students with degrees in other fields (e.g., life sciences, kinesiology, physical therapy) may be considered for the program if they have adequate technical preparation; for such students, we would normally recommend taking at least 30 credits of 300 or 400 level undergraduate courses in a relevant field of engineering (possibly as an unclassified student), and we would look for an average above 80% in order to consider such an application. We encourage students from non-engineering fields to consult with the graduate advisor prior to applying. Please contact for further details.

English Language Requirement

Applicants who have recently (within 5 years) completed a degree in one of the following countries do not need to submit a language score: Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, United Kingdom, United States and the English-speaking countries of the West Indies. Other applicants who have completed their most recent degree in other countries must submit a current, official TOEFL score of at least 580 (PBT) or 93 (iBT), or an IELTS score of at least 6.5/9.  The test must have been taken within the 24 months preceding your date of application. When writing the exam you may have your exam coded for UBC. The UBC institution code  for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is 0965. If you code your exam at the time of your exam sitting, we will receive an electronic TOEFL Score Report. If the exam was not coded for UBC, an official test score report ordered from the testing agency is required. Photocopies of test scores are not acceptable.

Biomedical Engineering Program 93 580 6.5


The most common question we are asked is whether a TOEFL score is necessary if a degree has been completed in a program where the medium of instruction is English. Unless you completed a degree from one of the countries mentioned above, we require an official, current language score and will not waive this requirement for you. Your file will not be processed until we receive the score, nor will you be considered for conditional admission, pending further English language training.

An applicant must meet both BME program and Graduate Studies minimum language requirements.  Moreover, faculty members in the participating engineering departments may choose not to consider BME program applicants who do not meet their home department’s requirements. Please refer to the table below for the minimum language requirements of the various home departments.

Specialization TOEFL(iBT) TOEFL(pBT) IELTS
Chemical & Biological Engineering 90 577 6.5
Electrical & Computer Engineering 100 600 7
Mechanical Engineering 93 580 6.5
Materials Engineering 90 560 6.5