Eligibility and Requirements

Master’s Program Requirements (MSc)
Candidates for entry into the MSc program must:
    • Possess a Bachelor’s or MD degree with high academic achievements in the necessary background course (e.g. Chemistry, Biology, Physiology, Mathematics etc)
    • Achieve at least a B+ average in third and fourth year-level course work, or at least 12 credits of third- or fourth-year courses in the A- grade range (at UBC 80% or higher) in the field of intended graduate study.


Doctoral Program Requirements (PhD)

There are three different PhD entrance options:

Option 1

An Honour’s Bachelor degree (or equivalent) with an overall average in ‘A’ grade range (80% or 3.7 or higher on a scale of 4) and who demonstrate advanced research ability.

Option 2

Transfer from a Master’s degree after the first year but before the end of the second year. Student must have 12 credits completed, of which normally 9 credits must be at the 500 level and of first class standing. Clear evidence of research ability or potential must have been provided. Permission from the Graduate Advisor and the student’s committee is also required.

Option 3

A Master’s degree or equivalent, with clear evidence of research ability or potential.

BOTH Program Requirements:
        • Have a firm commitment from a supervisor.
        • If you are an international student from a non-English speaking country we require EITHER an online TOEFL test of English with a minimum score of 100 overall, and 21-22+ in each category OR an IELTS test with a minimum overall band score of 7.0, and a minimum score of 6.5 in each component of the academic (NOT general) IELTS test.
        • If you are an international student we normally require a Graduate Record Examination with a score in all three categories in the top third percentile (>67%).
        • As of January 1, 2024 a single international study permit applicant will need to show they have $20,635, in addition to their first year of tuition and travel costs.
        • Regular study permit applicants can use various options to show proof of funds to meet the $20,635 + tuition + travel costs, such as bank account statements, award letters issued by UBC, receipts from deposit payments etc. to ensure visa officers understand they meet the minimum financial requirement (if that is the case).