How To Apply

  1. Submit your application online.
  2. Upload scanned transcripts online.
  3. Upload supporting documents (e.g. evidence of English language proficiency) online.


The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies sets the minimum requirements for admission to any graduate program at UBC. International students should also check their country’s specific requirements (see the bottom of the page).

1. Apply Online

Complete the online application. To be considered for the September 2020 program entry date, submit your completed application including all supporting documents, reference letters and official, endorsed transcripts, by the deadlines noted below. Note: the online 2020/21 application process will be open on September 16, 2019.

  • The department deadline for receipt of completed, master program applications is December 15, 2019.  References are due January 1, 2020.
  • The department deadline for receipt of completed, doctoral program applications is January 1, 2020. References are due January 15, 2020.

Early submissions are encouraged.

2. Submit Supporting Documents

Statement of Intent

In the application portal, you will be given the opportunity to upload a Statement of Interest describing why you choose to pursue graduate studies at UBC and in which  area of research you want to concentrate your work.  This statement should not be longer than 500 words. For more information, click here.


The most important first steps in applying for admission to our graduate program is finding and approaching a potential supervisor in the department. This gives you an opportunity to discuss the research you are interested in completing as a graduate student. Every applicant to the graduate program should, in principle, contact a potential supervisor to confirm that they are interested in reviewing the application. This does not constitute a promise from the supervisor that the student will be admitted, since admissions decisions are made by the Graduate Committee; it only serves as an indication that the potential supervisor is willing to consider supervising a new, incoming student. If you have a look on the Geography website via the People page, you will find a comprehensive list of the current faculty and their research interests. You can also search based on research disciplines at or by doing a keyword search on the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studie’s website at Please note, “Instructors” do not supervise grad students.  There is a space in the application form for you to list your preferred supervisors.

Supporting Document Checklist

  1. Scanned copies of all official transcripts
  2. Three letters of recommendation
  3. Statement of Interest (maximum 500 words)
  4. CV (maximum 1-3 pages)
  5. Evidence of English language proficiency
  6. Permanent Resident Card (both sides), when applicable
  7. Additional information

For detailed application process and requirements, click here.

For answers to our Frequently Asked Questions, click here.

Please follow the instructions on the online application portal.

Applicants will be asked to upload transcripts with their grade key (usually located on the back of the transcript).  Even if the applicant does not yet have final marks on the transcript, we still require a copy as evidence of registration and academic progress.

References will be able to upload their letters once you have submitted your application, so please ensure that they are able to submit by the deadlines noted above and that you provide them with appropriate timelines.

Evidence of English language proficiency

Applicants from a university outside Canada in which English is not the primary language of instruction must present evidence of competency to pursue studies in the English language prior to the application deadline in January.

Test scores must have been taken within the last 24 months at the time of submission of your application, and official test scores ordered from the testing agency is required.
TOEFL minimum scores:

Test format Minimum score
Internet-based 100
Computer-based 250
Paper 600

TOEFL Institution Code: 0965, TOEFL Department Code: 70

Detailed language requirements and other acceptable English proficiency tests

Permanent Residents

Permanent Residents are required to provide proof of immigration status and date of landing by submitting a copy of the Record of Landing Form or a copy of both the front and back of their Permanent Resident card.

Additional Information

You are welcome to submit additional information (ex. resume or CV), regarding professional employment experiencepublications, or awards, which you feel should be taken into account in considering your application. These can be uploaded to your online application.