Applying to UBC

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Undergraduate Admissions (Vancouver)

UBC may consider Aboriginal applicants who do not meet the current competitive admission cut-off set by the individual faculties and schools, but who meet the University-wide academic minimum of 70% for first-year programs or 2.0 AGPA on a 4.0 scale for applicants applying from a recognized post-secondary institution. Applicants must also satisfy program prerequisites set by the individual faculties and schools. Applicants who wish to be considered under this admission category must self-identify as Aboriginal upon application for admission to the University.

Undergraduate Admissions (Okanagan)

The UBC Okanagan campus may consider applicants who do not meet the current competitive admission cut-off set by the individual faculties and schools, but who meet the UBC Okanagan campus academic minimum of 67% for direct-entry degree programs or a grade point average of 2.0 (calculated on a 4.0-point scale) for applicants applying from a recognized post-secondary institution. Applicants must also satisfy program prerequisites set by the individual faculties and schools.

To be considered under this admission category, applicants must self-identify as an Aboriginal applicant on their application for admission to UBC. Applicants will be the considered on an individual basis by the applicable faculty or school in consultation with a representative of the UBC Okanagan campus’ Aboriginal Programs and Services.

Graduate Admissions (Vancouver)

UBC does not have a specific Aboriginal graduate admissions policy. However, many graduate programs make a point of taking into consideration the full range of academic, cultural, personal and professional knowledge that Aboriginal applicants bring to their preparation for graduate study.  If you are unsure whether you meet minimum admission requirements, please contact the Aboriginal Coordinator in the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, Dr. Brianne Howard (brianne.howard@ubc.ca).

Graduate Admissions (Okanagan)

UBC’s Okanagan campus is committed to ensuring Aboriginal students receive the benefits of a great graduate education. However, UBC’s Okanagan campus does not have a specific Aboriginal graduate admissions policy. At any time during this process, you are welcome to contact the College of Graduate Studies, gradadmissions.ok@ubc.ca

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Prospective Students

Before applying to UBC, make sure you meet the University’s general admission requirements and program-specific requirements. You also must meet the English Language Admission standard. Create a UBC account to begin preparing your online application. Students are required to submit a Personal Profile as part of the Undergraduate application process. The following section outlines important information about the admissions process.

Application Fees

Admission to UBC requires successful completion of both general admission requirements that apply to all applicants, as well as program-specific requirements that depend on where you are applying from and what program(s) you are applying to.

Undergraduate and Post-baccalaureate Programs (Vancouver)

The following application fees are effective for applications to be received for 2016W and 2017S sessions.

Undergraduate Admissions application processing fees (Enrolment Services) Fee
Applicants who are Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents of Canada $65.50
Applicants who are Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents of Canada who are jointly applying for student housing $115.50
UBC students who are applying for re-admission and/or change of faculty $65.50
Dental Medicine
Dental Hygiene Degree Completion $216.00
Dental Hygiene Supplemental Application $110.00
Dental Medicine
Dental Medicine (DMD) Application Fee $220.25
International Dental Degree Completion (DMD IDDCP) $441.00
Education
Applicants who are Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents of Canada $65.50
Applicants who are applying for readmission $37.50
Land and Food Systems
Integrated Dietetics Program Application Fee $55.00
Commerce and Business Administration
B.Com. Personal Profile $81.00
Law
Application fee $88.00
Medicine
Medicine
Application fee for BC Residents $115.25
Application fee for Out of Province Applicants $170.50
Evaluation for transcripts from outside of BC $33.00
Medical Laboratory Science
Application fee for current and former UBC students $65.50
Application fee for non-UBC students $98.25
Application fee for applicants who will be studying on a Study Permit (e.g., non-Canadian citizens and non-Permanent Residents) and presenting transcripts from institutions within or outside of BC $143.00
Midwifery
Supplemental Application Fee $115.25
Music
Supplemental application fee $65.50
Nursing
Supplemental Application Fee $117.50
Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) Administration Fee $55.00
Pharmaceutical Sciences
Application fee for Bachelor of Pharmacy (B.Sc. (Pharm.)) $137.50
Supplemental Application Fee for Entry-to-Practice Doctor of Pharmacy $137.50
Application fee for Doctor of Pharmacy Flexible Program $200.00

Graduate Programs (Vancouver)

The following application fees are effective for applications to be received for 2016W and 2017S sessions.  Some programs have higher or additional fees for graduate applications. If not listed in the table above, contact the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Program Fee
All graduate programs except master's-level Business programs (E.M.B.A., M.B.A, M.M.): Domestic students (Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents)1 $98.25
Commerce and Business Administration  
Application fee for master's-level programs (E.M.B.A., M.B.A,, and M.M.) $135.00
Dentistry
Application fee for Combined Master of Science in Craniofacial Science and Diploma in Clinical Specialty Programs (Endodontics, Orthodontics, Pediatric Dentistry, Periodontics, Prosthodontics): Domestic $98.25
Application fee for Combined Doctor of Philosophy in Craniofacial Science and Diploma in Clinical Specialty Programs (Endodontics, Orthodontics, Pediatric Dentistry, Periodontics, Prosthodontics): Domestic $98.25
Education
Application fee for Master of Educational Technology (M.E.T.) $98.25
Application fee for Certificate in Technology-Based Distributed Learning (T.B.D.L.) $43.25
Application fee for Certificate in Technology-Based Learning for Schools (T.B.L.S.) $43.25
Landscape Architecture  
Supplemental application fee for Master of Landscape Architecture (M.L.A.) $65.50
Medicine
Application fee for Master of Health Administration (M.H.A.) $137.50
Supplemental application fee for Master of Occupational Therapy (M.O.T.) and Master of Physical Therapy (M.P.T.) programs $110.00
Pharmaceutical Sciences  
Application fee for Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) $137.50
Social Work  
Application Fee: Domestic $65.50
1 Per department.

Undergraduate and Graduate Program Fees (Okanagan)

Undergraduate Application Fees  
Applicants who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada $65.50
Applicants who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada who are jointly applying for housing $115.50
UBC students who are applying for re-admission and/or change of faculty $65.50
Graduate Application Fees  
Domestic students (Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada)1 $98.25
Students studying on a study permit1 $159.00
1 Per department.  

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Application Checklist

The following is a list of the most common items submitted for undergraduate and graduate applications. However, individual programs may require different components. Be sure to check the program website for specific requirements. While this list is geared towards graduate students, undergraduate students will find this resource useful if they are considering transferring to a professional undergraduate program or wish to pursue further post-graduate education. UBC Undergraduate Program and Admissions also provides a "How to Apply" guide for prospective students.

  1. Online application and application fee
  2. Transcripts from all past post-secondary study. (Domestic and international student requirements may differ)
  3. Letters of reference
  4. English proficiency exam scores (if required)
  5. GRE or other test scores (if required)
  6. Criminal Record Check (if required)
  7. Statement of interest (if required)
  8. Finding a research supervisor (if required)
  9. Permanent Residents of Canada must provide a clear photocopy of both sides of the Permanent Resident card.

Admission Requirements

Admission to UBC requires successful completion of both general admission requirements that apply to all applicants, as well as program-specific requirements that depend on where you are applying from and what program(s) you are applying to.

General Admission Requirements

The following are the general admission requirements for all Canadian high school students applying to UBC’s Vancouver campus.

  • English Language Admissions Standard
  • Final grade of 70% in Grade 11 or Grade 12 English (or equivalent course, including provincial examinations where applicable)
  • Graduation from high school with a minimum average of 70% (or higher for many programs)
  • Completion of specific high school courses depending on where you are applying from and what program(s) you are applying to. Each province or territory has different course requirements.

Science Program Specific Requirements (BC and Yukon)

Applicants from BC and Yukon high schools must satisfy the program-specific requirements, listed in the table below.

Program-specific requirements from other Canadian provinces can be found on the Canadian High Schools section of the Undergraduate and Program Admissions website.

Program Grade 12 courses and requirements Grade 11 courses and requirements
Applied Biology
  • English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
  • Pre-calculus 12
  • One of Biology 12, Chemistry 12, Geology 12, or Physics 12
  • One other approved Grade 12 course
  • English 11 plus a language 11
  • Mathematics 112
  • Two of Biology 11, Chemistry 11, or Physics 11 3
  • An approved Social Studies course
 Arts1
  • English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
  • Three other approved Grade 12 courses
  •  English 11 plus a language 11
  • Mathematics 11 2
  • An approved Social Studies courseAn approved Science 11 course
  • Students intending to major in Economics must complete Pre-calculus 12
 Dental Hygiene
  • English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
  • Biology 12
  • Chemistry 12
  • One other approved Grade 12 course
  •  English 11 plus a language 11
  • Biology 11
  • Chemistry 11
  • Mathematics 11 2
  • An approved Social Studies course
 Engineering
  • English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
  • Chemistry 12 4
  • Pre-calculus 12
  • Physics 12 4
  •  English 11 plus a language 11
  •  Mathematics 11 2
  • Chemistry 11 and Physics 11
  • An approved Social Studies course
 Food, Nutrition and Health
  • English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
  • Pre-calculus 12
  • One of Biology 12, Chemistry 12, Geology 12, or Physics 12
  • One other approved Grade 12 course
  •  English 11 plus a language 11
  • Mathematics 112
  • Two of Biology 11, Chemistry 11, or Physics 113
  • An approved Social Studies course
 Kinesiology
  • English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
  • One of Pre-calculus 12, Biology 12, Geology 12, Chemistry 12, or Physics 12
  • Two other approved Grade 12 courses
  •  English 11 plus a language 11
  • Mathematics 112
  • An approved Science 11 course
  • An approved Social Studies course
 Science
  • English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
  • Pre-calculus 12 (minimum 67%)
  • Two other approved Grade 12 courses, including at least one of Biology 12, Chemistry 12, Geology 12, or Physics 12
  •  English 11 plus a language 11
  • Mathematics 112
  • Physics 11 and Chemistry 11
  • An approved Social Studies course
A language other than English at the Grade 12 level is recommended for all students planning to complete a Bachelor of Arts degree. Students without an additional Grade 12 language must take a language as part of their university studies.
What is the equivalent of mathematics 11? One of the following: Pre-calculus 11 or Foundations of Mathematics 12.
3 The Faculty of Land and Food Systems recommends Physics 11 as it is required for some majors for the Applied Biology degree and the Food, Nutrition, and Health degree.
4 The Faculty of Land and Food Systems recommends Physics 11 as it is required for some majors for the Applied Biology degree and the Food, Nutrition, and Health degree.

Admission to UBC requires successful completion of both general admission requirements that apply to all applicants, as well as program-specific requirements that depend on where you are applying from and what program(s) you are applying to.General admission requirementsThe following are the general admission requirements for all Canadian high school students applying to UBC’s Okanagan campus.

  • English Language Admissions Standard
  • Graduation from high school with a minimum average of 67% (or higher for many programs)
  • Completion of specific high school courses depending on where you’re applying from and what program(s) you’re applying to. Select your province or territory to find out more.

Science Program Specific Requirements (BC and Yukon)

Applicants from BC and Yukon high schools must satisfy the program-specific requirements, listed in the table below.

Undergraduate Program Specific Requirements for UBC Okanagan

Program Grade 12 courses and requirements Grade 11 courses and requirements
Arts
  • English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
  • Three other approved Grade 12 courses
Engineering
  • English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
  • Chemistry 12
  • Pre-calculus 12
  • Physics 12
Human Kinetics
  • English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
  • Biology 12
  • Pre-calculus 12
  • One other approved Grade 12 course
  • Chemistry 11 or Physics 11
Nursing (BSN)
  • English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
  • Biology 12
  • Chemistry 12
  • One other approved Grade 12 course
  • Pre-calculus 11 or Foundations of Mathematics 12
  • Chemistry 11
  • Biology 11
Science
  • English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
  • Pre-calculus 12 (minimum 67%)
  • Two other approved Grade 12 courses, including at least one Biology 12, Chemistry 12, Geography 12, Geology 12, or Physics 12
  • Chemistry 11

Entrance into UBC Vancouver Graduate programs is overseen by Graduate and Post-Doctoral Studies. At UBC Okanagan, this process is overseen by the College of Graduate Studies. All students must meet the minimum requirements of the respective graduate department in order to be admitted into any Graduate program. Additional coursework outside the bachelor's degree (as an unclassified student) can be used to improve a low GPA. Taking courses as an unclassified student however does not guarantee eligibility for admission. Specific graduate programs may have additional requirements, please visit each program website for more information.

MASTER PROGRAMS

Normally, applicants for a master's degree program must hold the academic equivalent of a four-year bachelor's degree from UBC including one of the following:

  • A minimum overall average in the B+ range (76% at UBC) in third- and fourth-year courses.
  • Academic standing with at least 12 credits of third- or fourth-year courses in the A grade range (80% or higher at UBC) in the field of study.
  • Alternatively, applicants who do not meet the requirements stated above, but who have had other significant formal training, relevant professional experience, and/or otherwise possess demonstrable knowledge or expertise that would prepare them adequately for successful study in a specific graduate program, may be granted admission on the recommendation of the appropriate graduate program and approval of the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies (UBC-V) or the College of Graduate Studies (UBC-O).

DOCTORAL PROGRAMS

Applicants for the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) must have completed one of the following requirements prior to admission:

  • In the case of the Ph.D., a master's degree (or equivalent) from an approved institution with clear evidence of research ability or potential. At UBC-O, the applicant must also have a minimum overall average in the B+ grade range (76-79% at UBC) in all graduate courses.
  • A bachelor’s degree with one year of study in a master's program with 12 credits of first class average, of which 9 credits must be at the 500-level or above and at least 9 credits must be of first class standing. Also:
    • (for Ph.D.) clear evidence of research ability or potential;
  • In exceptional cases, applicants who hold a bachelor's degree with an overall average in the A grade range and who demonstrate advanced research ability may be granted direct admission to a doctoral degree program on recommendation of the admitting graduate program and approval of the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Students entering directly from a bachelor's degree must, during the first year of study, complete 12 credits with a first class average, of which at least 9 credits must be at the 500-level or above and at least 9 credits must be of first class standing, to maintain registration as a doctoral student.

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Undergraduate Application Deadlines (Vancouver and Okanagan)

As a UBC applicant, there are a number of important deadlines to meet. The following is a general guideline for key dates in the application process. For the most up-to-date information, please visit the Undergraduate Programs and Admissions Deadline page (Note: Please be aware of the tabs for both the Vancouver and Okanagan deadlines).

Month Important Deadline:
August
  •  Application opens: Online application opens for Summer Session (May to August) and Winter Session (September to April)
December
  • Scholarships and awards: Be aware that applicants must apply before the mid-December deadline in order to be considered for the Major Entrance Scholarship.
Mid to Late January
  • Summer Session application deadline: Deadline to apply for 2016 Summer Session (May to August). However, the application will remain open for visiting, unclassified, and Access Studies applicants.
  • Application Deadline: Deadline to apply for 2016 Winter Session (September to April) and to apply for UBC Entrance Awards (open to Canadian students and permanent residents).

February

to April

  • Canadian post-secondary document deadline for official interim transcripts.
  • Submit Grades: BC applicants must self-report grades via the Student Service Centre; Ontario applicants must submit OUAC number to receive grades electronically; Out-of-Province applicants must upload high school transcripts via the Student Service Centre
February to May
  • Admissions decisions: Admissions decisions are made for most applicants.
Early May
  • Housing Application: Deadline to submit your housing application
June
  • Accepting Offers: Deadline to accept offer of admission from most programs (refer to your letter of admission to confirm deadline).

Graduate Application Deadlines (Vancouver)

Application deadlines are set by individual programs, not by the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Some programs may have multiple start dates based upon program structure.

Please contact the program you wish to apply to for more information about individual deadlines. The Faculty of Graduate and Post-doctoral studies provides a list of Application Deadlines for graduate programs based upon upcoming intake cycle.

Graduate Application Deadlines (Okanagan)

Application deadlines are set by the College of Graduate Studies (online application, application fee, & all supporting documents).

Please contact the program you wish to apply to for more information about individual deadlines. The College of Graduate Studies also provides a list of Application & Admission Deadlines.

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Pathways to UBC

If you choose to begin your studies at another college of university, you can transfer to UBC to complete your degree.

A transfer student is defined by any one of the following criteria:

  • Students currently (or previously) enrolled at a different post-secondary institution.
  • Current UBC students enrolled on a different campus of UBC or in a different program on the Vancouver campus.
  • Students who left the UBC, went elsewhere to study, and now seek re-admission.

Are you eligible to transfer?

To apply to UBC as a transfer student, you are strongly encouraged to have completed 24 transferable credits – with at least a C average (60% where 50% is a passing grade), or a grade point of 2.0. If you have fewer than 24 credits, you will be assessed on both post-secondary and high school grades.

In order to find out if previous credits can be transferred to a UBC degree, please use the BC Transfer Guide, which provides comprehensive information about transfer credit for courses taken in BC.

Aboriginal Specific Transfer

UBC Langara Aboriginal Transfer Program

The UBC-Langara Aboriginal Transfer Program sets out a pathway you can follow to finish your university degree. It also guarantees admission to certain programs on UBC’s Vancouver campus. Students who complete the program requirements at Langara are guaranteed admission to certain degree programs on UBC’s Vancouver campus, and are eligible to earn scholarships and awards along the way.

Aboriginal Access Studies Program (Okanagan)

The Aboriginal Access Studies Program is an entrance program that prepares and transitions Aboriginal learners into degree programs. If you do not qualify for entry into your program of choice and you are a recent high school graduate, a mature student or someone whose grades do not reflect your academic potential, the program can help you transfer into a UBC degree program. Available exclusively on UBC’s Okanagan campus, the program includes a full-time schedule of university courses and non-academic activates and support to prepare you to transfer into a degree program. Applications are accepted year-round and courses completed through the program can be applied towards a UBC degree.