How to Apply
Application deadlines for the January 2025 intake
The online application portal for the January 2025 intake will open on January 1, 2024, with the last application deadline on June 25, 2024.
|Application Round||Application Deadline||Receive your admission decision on…|
|Round 1||March 25, 2024||May 1, 2024|
|Round 2||June 25, 2024||August 1, 2024|
The UBC MEL and MHLP degrees offer two application rounds for you to choose from. We strongly recommend you apply by the round one deadline on March 25, 2024.
Your application must be fully complete by the application deadline. A complete application includes your letter of intent, resume, transcripts, three references, proof of residency and video interview. Depending on your unique situation, we may also require proof of English language proficiency and your degree certificate(s).
Our rigorous admissions process enables us to build a diverse and accomplished cohort of students ready to take on new challenges. The application is time-intensive and will require your dedication. It is critical that you are well-prepared in advance of the application deadline.
You will need to submit your application well before the application deadline. We generally recommend you submit your application 2-4 weeks before the deadline. Once you submit your application and pay your application fee, we will automatically contact your referees and you will receive an email invitation to complete your mandatory video interview.
All three of your references and your video interview must be submitted by the application deadline.
Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Please use the application checklist to ensure you have included all necessary components of your application.
There are many benefits to applying early. You will have more time to plan your move to Vancouver if necessary, notify your employer and prepare your finances. For international students, applying early will give you more time to arrange for your study permits and immigration documents, plus time to relocate to Canada. To learn more, watch this helpful video:
Can I apply?
What do I need to apply?
To make sure you have everything you need, review the Application Checklist and gather your supporting documents, such as your letter of intent, resume, transcripts, contact information for three referees, proof of residency and your video interview. You may also be required to submit proof of English language proficiency and your degree certificate(s), depending on your situation.
How do I apply?
Watch the quick How to Apply Guide to become familiar with the five-stage application process and requirements.
Click Apply Now to begin your online application. If you have never applied to UBC before, you’ll be directed to create a Campus Wide Login (CWL) account first.
If you have ever applied to or studied at UBC, you will need to reset your password for your CWL. Do not create a new CWL – this will result in issues with your application.
You can save your application at any point in the process and sign in again to continue working on it later
Upload all documents as prompted by MyApplication. This will include your letter of intent, resume, transcripts, contact information for three referees and proof of residency. You may also be asked to submit proof of English language proficiency and your degree certificate(s).
How do I submit my application?
Once you have uploaded all documents and completed your online application, click submit and follow the prompts to pay your non-refundable application fee. The application fee is C$112.00 for domestic applicants and C$168.25 for international applicants.
You are welcome to apply to more than one specialization or program. However, you will have to prepare a unique application for each specialization and pay the application fee again. You may submit your application once per calendar year, per program.
Watch this video to find out what to expect after submitting your application and paying the application fee.
I’ve submitted my application, what’s next?
There are four important steps to complete once you’ve submitted your application and paid your application fee.
Add our contact information to your safe senders list
Add email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com to your contact list or safe senders list. You must make sure that you are receiving our emails and that they are not going to your junk or spam folders. Not only will this ensure you receive the invitation to complete your mandatory video interview, but it will also ensure we can reach you if we need any further information to complete your application.
Follow up with your references
We will automatically email your referees within 24 hours after you have submitted your application and paid your non-refundable application fee. Check back on MyApplication often to see if your three referees have submitted their references. You may want to send them a personalised reminder to complete your reference by the application deadline.
Prepare for and record your video interview
We will automatically email you within 24 hours after you have submitted your application and paid your non-refundable application fee. You will generally have one week to complete your mandatory video interview. Please note, that it must be completed before the application deadline. This means if you submit your application 4 days before the application deadline, you will only have 3 days to complete your video interview. Our email invitation will include detailed advice on how to prepare for your video interview.
Apply for housing
If you wish to live in UBC Student Housing, apply now! Graduate student housing works exclusively on a waitlist system, so the sooner you apply to housing the more likely you are to receive a space by the start of your program. Even if you plan to live on campus, we encourage you to apply for housing as a backup option. Living on campus can often be more cost-effective than renting in the surrounding neighbourhoods. It is never too early to apply for the waitlist. In fact, you can apply for housing before you even submit your application as long as you have a Campus Wide Login (CWL) account. Learn more about graduate student housing and apply now.
I need to make changes to my application
If you need to make any changes to your application, watch this helpful video, which will guide you through the necessary steps.
When will I receive an admission decision?
You will be notified by email approximately five weeks after the application deadline to learn whether or not you have been admitted.
If you apply by the round one application deadline on March 25, 2024, you will receive an admission decision on May 1, 2024.
If you apply by the round two application deadline on June 25, 2024, you will receive an admission decision on August 1, 2024.
What happens if I am admitted?
If you are admitted into the UBC MEL or MHLP degree, you will need to meet the conditions of your admission within 30 days. Don’t worry – we will walk you through this process, too.
In the meantime, watch your email inbox. If you are admitted, we will send you a series of emails that take you through everything you need to know, from meeting the conditions of your admission to registering in courses to relocating to Vancouver. Newly admitted students will also be offered an initial advising appointment with one of our expert Student Recruiter Advisors where we will help to answer all your questions and support you in your next steps.