How to Apply

Applications open: December 1, 2017.

Deadline for September start: February 1, 2018.

There is only one intake in September each year (i.e., no January intake). Applications are accepted between December 1 and February 1. Fellows and residents who are advised after this deadline that they require admission to the MHSc to fulfill academic requirements, should contact the School for additional information.

Please see the application procedures for the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and their on-line application form.

The minimum complete application consists of the following:

  1. The application for admission to a graduate program at the University of British Columbia (completed online).
  2. Transcripts: All applicants must upload scans of official transcripts (in PDF format) from all colleges and universities attended, including all front and back pages, in the online application system. Please note that you do not need to submit official copies of UBC transcripts. If the official transcript does not indicate the degree name and the degree conferral date, then official copies of the degree certificate must be uploaded as well: Domestic and InternationalPlease do not mail us copies of you transcripts. 
  3. Three confidential references: You can use this reference form, a letter from your referee, or both. We strongly encourage applicants to provide at least two academic references. Professional references may be acceptable in the event of unavailability of academic references; however, you should make every effort to obtain referees who can provide an assessment of your potential for success in an academic graduate program. Your referees will be required to submit their reference letters digitally to the application form. In the online application system, you will be asked to provide an email address for each referee. A unique link will be emailed to each referee, allowing them to log in and submit their reference letter. Referees with an institutional email will be allowed to submit their reference online. If a referee does not have n institutional email, they can send a hard copy reference to the program office by mail. Paper letters of reference should be on the referee’s official letterhead and must be mailed directly to the program by the referee in a sealed and endorsed envelope. Please note that referees will only be notified about submitting references once the application has been submitted.
  4. An up-to-date curriculum vitae or resume detailing your academic and work history, and noting any relevant research or related experience (in courses, employment, volunteer work), and publications.
  5. letter of intent describing your career objectives, your research interests and how the MHSc program will meet your career goals. The letter should be 700 words or less.
  6. Proof of quantitative ability via a mark of 76% or higher in a mathematics or statistics course at the undergraduate or higher level, OR via the Graduate Record Exam (Institution Code for UBC is R0965, Department code is 0616) or a similar standardized test (GMAT, MCAT) written within the past two years.
  7. Proof of competency in English, TOEFL or IELTS is required of all applicants from a university outside Canada in which English is not the primary language of instruction. The test must have been taken within the last 24 months at the time of submission of your application. You may upload your copy of your test report or self-report the scores. These scores are considered unofficial until the official scores are received by Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies at UBC directly from the testing agency. Acceptable English language tests and submission of these results are detailed online. The minimum TOEFL score is 100 and the minimum IELTS score is 7.0 (no component score lower than 6.5). If you received a degree from a university where the language of instruction is English you DO NOT require a TOEFL or IELTS score. You can prove this by having your official transcript indicate that the primary language of instruction was in English or having the institution send an official letter stating that the primary instruction was in English.
  8. Non-refundable application fee payable by credit card at the time of application.
  9. Permanent residents of Canada must upload a scan of both sides of their Permanent Resident Card as part of their online application.

Your application will be not be considered by the Admissions Committee unless all documents have been received by our deadline.