Admissions Information

Deadline:

Online applications for the MPH program will be accepted from November 15, 2018 to January 15, 2019 for a September 2019 start date.

Information Sessions:

The MPH program holds info sessions from October to December each year. For more information, please click here.

Admissions Requirements:

Applicants must meet both the minimum requirements set out by Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and by the Master of Public Health program. Meeting the minimum criteria does not ensure acceptance into the program – most successful applicants have more/higher than the minimum.

Aboriginal Admissions Policy:

The MPH program reserves 2 seats each year for Aboriginal students. If an Aboriginal applicant is offered admission as part of the standard review by the Admissions Committee, it will not count towards the 2 reserved seats. Aboriginal applications that are not successful at the Admissions Committee will be sent to the Aboriginal Admissions Subcommittee for review. Based on the review, the Aboriginal Admissions Subcommittee may then recommend up to two applicants for admission to fill the 2 reserved seats. Applicants must identify as an Aboriginal person in the application in order to be considered under this policy.

Degree and GPA

Applicants must have a degree that is academically equivalent to a UBC 4-year Bachelor’s degree or a designation of equivalent status approved by Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. The GPA is calculated based on all third and fourth-year level coursework and must be at least a B+ average based on the institution’s grading scale.

English Proficiency

No English proficiency is required if the academic credential originates from Canada or the United States.

Quantitative Skills

All applicants must meet our quantitative admission requirements. This can be provided in two ways:

  1. Taking an approved undergraduate statistics or mathematics course within the past ten years with at least a B+ grade. This must appear on the official transcripts.
  2. Take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and obtain a minimum score of 153 on the verbal component and 153 on the quantitative component. The test must be taken within the last five years to be accepted. An equivalent, standardized test may be also be accepted, but applicants must contact us for approval.

Please note that international applicants with credentials from outside North America must take the GRE as we do not evaluate international courses for the quantitative admission requirement.

Public Health Experience

Applicants are encouraged to have prior public health experience before applying to the UBC MPH Program. Such experience will be advantageous and valued by the Admissions Committee.

Curriculum Vitae (CV)

A detailed and up-to-date CV that highlights academic awards, achievements, honors or other distinctions, publications, memberships in scholarly or professional organizations, educational experience, volunteer work, professional employment, and other relevant skills and experiences. Please include the approximate number of hours per month spent for each experience listed.

Letter of Intent (LOI)

Applicants are encouraged to be specific in their letters of intent and clearly articulate applicants’ interests in pursuing the MPH at UBC, and describe how the program fits within their overall personal and professional goals.

Please avoid duplicating the information in the LOI with the details on the CV. An effective LOI should identify how applicants will use the skills and knowledge from their experiences towards achieving identified goals in the MPH program. Further, the LOI should demonstrate an understanding of the public health field. The LOI must not exceed 700 words.

Reference Letters

Applicants are required to have three reference letters as part of their application. The letters should directly address the applicant’s ability to excel in a fast-paced, learner-focused graduate program. We prefer that at least one reference letter be academic and at least one reference letter be professional. The MPH program accepts electronic references from referees who have institutional email addresses. If a referee wishes to send their reference via mail, it should be typed on official letterhead and sent directly to the MPH Program Office from the referee, in sealed envelopes counter-signed on the envelope flap. Referees who are unable to access the online application system and/or complete the online reference form can download these reference instructions and submit a hard copy of the letter directly to the MPH office. Instructions will be provided to the referees once an application has been submitted.

Degree and GPA

Applicants with international credentials must have academic backgrounds that meet the minimum requirements outlined by Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies for the country of origin of the credential(s). The GPA is calculated on all courses taken for the degree.

English Proficiency

TOEFL or IELTS is required of all applicants from a university outside Canada in which English is not the primary language of instruction. The test must have been taken within the last 24 months at the time of submission of your application. Applicants may upload your copy of your test report or self-report the scores. These scores are considered unofficial until the official scores are received by Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies at UBC directly from the testing agency. Acceptable English language tests and submission of these results are detailed onlineThe minimum TOEFL score is 100 and the minimum IELTS score is 7.0 (no component score lower than 6.5). If the degree from the university used English as the primary language of instruction, applicants DO NOT require a TOEFL or IELTS score. Applicants must prove this by having the official transcript indicate that the primary language of instruction was in English or having the institution send an official letter stating that the primary instruction was in English.

Quantitative Skills

All applicants must meet our All applicants must meet our quantitative admission requirements. This can be provided in two ways:

  1. Taking an approved undergraduate statistics or mathematics course within the past ten years with at least a B+ grade. This must appear on your official transcripts.
  2. Take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and obtain a minimum score of 153 on the verbal component and 153 on the quantitative component. The test must be taken within the last five years to be accepted. An equivalent, standardized test may be also be accepted, but applicants must contact us for approval.

Public Health Experience

Applicants are encouraged to have prior public health experience before applying to the UBC MPH Program. Such experience will be advantageous and valued by the Admissions Committee.

Curriculum Vitae (CV)

A detailed and up-to-date CV that highlights academic awards, achievements, honors or other distinctions, publications, memberships in scholarly or professional organizations, educational experience, volunteer work, professional employment, and other relevant skills and experiences. Please include the approximate number of hours per month spent for each experience listed.

Letter of Intent (LOI)

Applicants are encouraged to be specific in their letters of intent and clearly articulate applicants’ interests in pursuing the MPH at UBC, and describe how the program fits within their overall personal and professional goals.

Please avoid duplicating the information in the LOI with the details on the CV. An effective LOI should identify how applicants will use the skills and knowledge from their experiences towards achieving identified goals in the MPH program. Further, the LOI should demonstrate an understanding of the public health field. The LOI must not exceed 700 words.

Reference Letters

Applicants are required to have three reference letters as part of their application. The letters should directly address the applicant’s ability to excel in a fast-paced, learner-focused graduate program. We prefer that at least one reference letter be academic and at least one reference letter be professional. The MPH program accepts electronic references from referees who have institutional email addresses. If a referee wishes to send their reference via mail, it should be typed on official letterhead and sent directly to the MPH Program Office from the referee, in sealed envelopes counter-signed on the envelope flap. Referees who are unable to access the online application system and/or complete the online reference form can download these reference instructions and submit a hard copy of the letter directly to the MPH office. Instructions will be provided to the referees once an application has been submitted.