Yes. Referees have the option to complete an electronic reference in the online application system, or write and upload a letter. If applicants list the referee’s email address on their application, an email will be sent to the referee after the applicant has submitted the application. Emails must come from a business email account (eg. @ubc.ca). The reference will come to us instantaneously, avoiding the hassle and delay of mailing. Referees with web-based email addresses (Yahoo, Gmail, Hotmail) can not complete the electronic reference in the online application; they must send a paper copy of the reference to the Program Office. Please note that applicants must submit their application online well in advance of the deadline so their referees have enough time to complete the reference.
If a referee is going to send a letter or the reference form by mail, here are some rules and guidelines: First, it should be typed on official letterhead. Secondly, the document should arrive in an envelope with the reference’s signature over the seal. If an applicant collects the letters from their referees, please ensure that the signature is unbroken. We cannot accept references that don’t have a signature over the seal. This is Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies policy.