Acceptance Process

Selection Process (MASc/PhD)

Once you have submitted your application, it is evaluated to determine if minimum admission standards are met. Individual faculty members have immediate access to your completed file and can recommend admission at any time until the program is full.

Selection is based on many factors including grades, reference letters, publications (if any), work experience, available space in the area of research interest, and finally and importantly, acceptance by potential supervisors. The number of applicants and the number of available spaces vary from year to year. We regret that we are unable to accept many excellent, qualified applicants due to space and funding considerations.

Items to note:

  • Admission is on a competitive basis and is not automatic even if all requirements are met.
  • Admission in the MASc and PhD programs are based on a recommendation by a potential research supervisor.
  • Please be sure to submit all your supporting documents as soon as possible once you apply. Any delays in receiving your documents will also delay the processing of your application.

*NEW* The School of Biomedical Engineering now offers a rotation program. More information can be found on the graduate programs page under “Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Biomedical Engineering”.

Selection Process (MEng)

Once you have submitted your application, it is evaluated to determine if minimum admission standards are met. After the referee deadline, all completed applications are forwarded to an admissions committee who normally make decisions by mid-late March regarding admission offers.

Offers of Admission

If you are recommended for admission by a faculty member, the Biomedical Engineering Program office must refer your acceptance to the UBC Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (G+PS). G+PS will verify your qualifications and review your supporting documents. In some cases, G+PS may request further information to satisfy application requirements. If there are no unforeseen issues with your qualifications, G+PS will email you the official acceptance along with instructions on how to download your acceptance letter.

The Biomedical Engineering Program office will send you a welcome letter as well as a letter outlining the amount of funding provided by your supervisor, if applicable.

Application Status

As we receive a high volume of applications, our priority is ensuring your application is processed into the system. We may be unable to provide individual confirmations as to whether or not we have received your documents. We will contact you only if further information is required. We apologize that we are also unable to respond to individual inquiries concerning application status. Please note that we are unable to provide information over the phone.

Planning your Arrival


Some on-campus housing is available but most students live off campus. See the UBC Housing Office for information about both types of housing.

International Students

For further information specific to international students visit the UBC International website.