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MSc Timeline

The MSc program generally requires a minimum of two years of full-time study with the first eight months devoted primarily to coursework. Masters students may choose to complete their degree requirements through part-time study. You will need to declare whether you have chosen part-time or full-time studies. Part-time students should be aware that they are not eligible for UBC scholarships or awards.

UBC policy establishes a five year time limit for the completion of a Masters program, for both full-time and part-time students. If you have questions about extensions or leaves, please click here (Extensions) or here (Leaves of Absence).

The following is a sample two-year timeline for a full-time student. Please note it is not necessary to complete your program in two years – you have up to five years in which to complete your degree. The time points for applying for funding will vary depending on the nature of funding needed (operating funds vs. fellowship assistance) and funding agency deadlines. The important message is that funding should be sought as early as possible.


Sample Msc Timeline:

Prior to Admission

Year 1 Term 1
(Sept to Dec)

  • Complete Coursework:
    • Electives
  • Meet with Supervisor
  • Apply for Awards

Year 1 Term 2
(Jan to Apr)

  • Complete Coursework:
    • One of the following:
    • Electives
  • Define Thesis Topic
  • Prepare Thesis Proposal
  • Begin to seek additional committee members

Year 1, Summer Term
(May to Aug)

  • Complete Coursework
    • Electives (if needed)
  • Finalize Thesis Proposal
  • Present to Thesis Screening Panel (if space is available)
  • Begin work for thesis (ethics applications, data gatherings)

Year 2, Term 1
(Sept to Apr)

  • Complete Coursework (if needed)
  • Continue Thesis Research

Year 2, Term 1
(Jan to Apr)

  • Complete Coursework (if needed)
  • Complete Thesis Research
  • Begin Writing Thesis

Year 2, Summer Term
(May to Aug)