New Online application
UBC has introduced a new online application system for prospective graduate students applying for programs with start dates in January 2016 or later. This new technology offers applicants a clear and intuitive path through the application process and greater flexibility for applicants and referees to provide required information and documentation.
The new application system is available for applicants for Master’s or Doctoral programs with January 2016 start date, and can be accessed here at apply.grad.ubc.ca
The M.Sc. and Doctoral programs require a supervisor and a detailed funding plan in order to be admitted. Before submitting the on-line application, get in contact with potential supervisors in the program of your interest and check their availability to accept you.
Your complete application must include the following documents:
- Application: Available online through the Faculty of Graduate Studies website
- Application Fee: Online via the application system
- Report on Applicant: A minimum of three references are required for application to graduate programs at UBC. References should be requested from individuals who are prepared to provide a report on your academic ability and qualifications (available online)
There are three possible formats for references: Electronic references: many graduate programs utilize an electronic reference ("e-ref") system. In the online application system, applicants are asked to provide an email address for each referee. (Please note, that we are unable to accept e-mails from Hotmail, Yahoo, GMail, MSN or other free e-mail accounts for referees.) A unique link will be emailed to each referee, allowing them to log in to a secure site and submit an online reference or upload a reference document as an attachment. Paper letters of reference: your referee may wish to send a paper letter. Paper letters of reference should be on referee's official letterhead and must be mailed directly to the relevant program in a sealed and endorsed envelope. Paper reference forms: UBC provides an academic reference form and a professional reference form.
- The academic reference form is used in situations where the referee is someone who you have interacted with in an academic setting (e.g. referee was the professor of a course in which you were enrolled).
- The professional reference form is used in situations where the reference is someone who you have interacted with in a professional setting (e.g. referee was your supervisor at work).
Your referee will fill out the applicable reference form and either upload into the application system, or mail it directly to the relevant program in a sealed and endorsed envelope.
- Transcripts: Calendar: http://www.calendar.ubc.ca/vancouver/index.cfm?tree=12,204,340,182
UBC changed its application document requirements.
If you are applying to begin study in 2016 or beyond, you will normally scan and upload digital copies (.pdfs) of official required documents in the application system. These are considered "unofficial documents". The uploaded copies of your official documents will be used for initial evaluation of the applicant.
Conditional admission offers may be made based on documents uploaded to the application system. However, admission offers will not be finalized and applicants will not be allowed to register in a graduate program until all required official academic records are received and validated by the University.
For more details please visit: https://www.grad.ubc.ca/prospective-students/application-admission/canadian-transcripts
- Document Translations: Where academic records are produced in a language other than English, the applicant must arrange for the submission of the official literal translations of all records along with the transcripts.
- Degree Certificates: In cases where the transcript does not clearly state that a degree has been conferred, a degree certificate is required to accompany the academic record.
- English Language Proficiency (TOEFL or IELTS): Applicants from a university outside Canada in which English is not the primary language of instruction must provide results of an English language proficiency examination as part of their application. Tests must have been taken within the last 24 months at the time of submission of your application. Review the English Language Proficiency section for details.
- Field of Interest: Available online and to be submitted to the Faculty of Land and Food Systems. (Note, this is NOT required for MFS, MFRE or MLWS applicants)
- Statement of intent - required for MFS, MFRE and MLWS applicants
- CV/Resume - required for all applicants
- Writing sample - required for research-based applicants
- Finding a Supervisor – applicable to the research-based programs only
A supervisor is a faculty member who mentors graduate students in their research. You may consider identifying a prospective supervisor prior to applying for admission. Contact the potential supervisor directly to check their availability/interest in accepting you.
All applicants should complete the online application form and application fee payment ** available from the Graduate Studies website. A copy of your online application form and notification of application fee payment will be provided to the Faculty you are applying to.
Online Application and Fee - A non-refundable application fee is required for each graduate program to which you apply. Application fees cannot be deferred and are valid for only one application year.
Graduate Application Fees (for September 2017 and later):
- Canadians (and Permanent Residents, Refugees, Diplomats): (CDN) $100.00
- International Applicants: (CDN) $162.00
Graduate Application Fees (current):
Canadians (and Permanent Residents, Refugees, Diplomats): (CDN) $98.25
International Applicants: (CDN) $159.00
Application fees are based on your citizenship at the time of application. You may be required to provide proof of Canadian citizenship, and must provide proof of Permanent Residency.
For further details on the application fee, including payment options and eligibility for waiver, please see the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website
Applicants to UBC Graduate programs should have academic backgrounds within the minimum academic requirements listed by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.
For details concerning international admission requirements, international Graduate applicants should visit Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Admissions for a detailed listing of general requirements by country.
Please note that international students requiring Student Authorization to enter Canada should submit their applications at least six months before the proposed date of admission to avoid delays in visa processing.
Students are encouraged to apply early as most positions for new Graduate students are filled before the advertised Faculty deadlines.
Faculty of Land and Food Systems Application Deadlines: MSc/PhD
|Application deadlines for:||Domestic and International|
|September program start date||January 1 of the same year|
|January program start date||June 1 of the previous year|
|May program start date||September 1 of the previous year|
For the Master of Food Science (MFS) , Master of Food and Resource Economics (MFRE) and Master of Land and Water Systems (MLWS) degrees, intake of students is September only. The application deadline for September intake is January 1st of the same calendar year.
Students are responsible for ensuring that the Graduate Programs Coordination office receives their application and supporting documents well before the application deadlines, as considerable time may be required to complete the evaluation process.
Where academic records are produced in a language other than English, the applicant must arrange for the submission of official literal translations of all records.
In cases where the transcript does not clearly state that a degree has been conferred, an official degree certificate is required to accompany the academic record.
a) Applicants from a university outside Canada in which English is not the primary language of instruction must provide results of an English language proficiency examination as part of their application. Tests must have been taken within the last 24 months at the time of submission of your application.
TOEFL: the minimum TOEFL score required by all Graduate Programs in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems is 577 (paper-based test), 233 (computer-based test) or 90 (internet-based). TOEFL scores must be issued to the Faculty of Land and Food Systems directly from the Educational Testing Centre. Please ensure that you correctly identify The University of British Columbia's institution numerical code as 0965, the department code as 99, and the "reason for taking TOEFL" as "2" (to enter a college or university as a graduate student) on the TOEFL test sheet.
Information concerning the TOEFL exam may be obtained by contacting:
Educational Testing Centre - TOEFL,
P.O. Box 6151
Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6151, USA
Submission of Test Results
TOEFL test takers can request electronic submission of scores to universities. The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies only accepts electronic delivery directly from the test centre to UBC only. For all other tests an official paper test score report ordered from the testing agency is required. Photocopies of test scores are not acceptable.
b) IELTS - International English Language Testing Service
A minimum overall band score of 6.5 is required with a minimum score of 6.0 in each component of the ACADEMIC ( not general) test. For information on taking the IELTS, please contact:
c) MELAB - Michigan English Language Assessment Battery
A minimum overall score of 82 is required by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Some Programs require higher scores. For information on taking the MELAB, please contact:
For more information regarding TOEFL refer to the Graduate Studies Language requirements section.