The MSc program generally requires a minimum of two years of full-time study with the first eight months devoted primarily to course work.

Masters students may choose to complete their degree requirements through part-time study. You will need to declare whether you have chosen part-time or full-time studies. Part-time students should be aware that they are not eligible for UBC scholarships or awards.

UBC policy establishes a five year time limit for the completion of a Masters program, for both full-time and part-time students. If you have questions about extensions or leaves, please click here (Extensions) or here (Leaves of Absence).

The following is a sample two-year timeline for a full-time student.  Please note it is not necessary to complete your program in two years – you have up to five years in which to complete your degree. The time points for applying for funding will vary depending on the nature of funding needed (operating funds vs. fellowship assistance) and funding agency deadlines. The important message is that funding should be sought as early as possible.

Prior to Admission

(recommended, not mandatory)

After Admission

Year 1
Term 1
  • coursework
  • meet with faculty supervisor
  • submit applications for scholarship funding
Term 2
  • coursework
  • finalize choice of supervisory committee, research topic
  • develop thesis proposal
  • apply for research funding
  • if possible, present thesis proposal in SPPH 507
  • complete thesis proposal
  • ethics application
  • get started on thesis research
Year 2
Term 1
  • continue thesis research
Term 2 and summer
  • complete thesis research and write thesis
  • defend thesis
  • submit thesis to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies