Applying to the PhD Program

PhD Application Process

Application sitehttps://www.grad.ubc.ca/prospective-students/application-admission
Application opening date: Sept. 15, 2017
Application deadline: Dec. 1, 2017
Deadline for uploaded documents: Dec. 8, 2017

The program has one start date per year, in September.

Required Application Documents

  1. The online application form and fee;
  2. Research Statement: Upload via the application site a research statement which articulates your research interests and goals (750 – 1000 words). Include a description of your envisaged doctoral dissertation research project that outlines (a) links between your own previous and current research and scholarly interests, (b) links with academic research and scholars in your area of research, and (c) links to professional experience and expertise. Note: embedded in the application form is a request for a brief statement of academic and professional goals (statement of intent) which is separate from the research statement.
  3. Sample of academic writing: Upload via the application site. An essay, or portion of one, written for a previous course is recommended;
  4. Curriculum Vita (CV): Upload via the application site.
  5. Three letters of reference from academic sources: The on-line application includes space for you to enter your referees’ institutional e-mail addresses. When you submit the application they will automatically be sent a secure link through which they can upload a reference letter. Reference letters may be uploaded until Dec. 8th.
  6. Transcripts: You will be asked to upload scans of your official transcripts with your application – please be sure to include the grading scale for your institution (often on the reverse side of the transcript). It is not necessary to send official, paper transcripts until you receive an offer of admission;
  7. Test of English Proficiency (if applicable). The Institute uses minimum scores set by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. You need not write if you have completed a degree at an institution where the primary language of instruction was English;
  8. For Canadian Permanent Residents only: a scan or photocopy of your PR card (may be uploaded with your application).

After submitting the application, you (and your referees) may continue to upload supporting documents until the Dec. 8th document deadline. You will not be able to make changes to the application itself after submitting it.

For further information about application components and required documents, visit the Faculty of Graduate and Post-Doctoral Studies. An online checklist at the application site will provide you with information about which of your documents have been received and which are still outstanding.


Application FAQ

Wynn Archibald
Programs Assistant
wynn.archibald@ubc.ca
604-822-9171