Admission Requirements

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Applications for the Doctor of Philosophy open on December 1st. The deadline for receipt of all application materials, including references and transcripts, is January 15th. The Admissions Committee will not consider your application unless all documents have been received by this date. There is only one admission cycle per year, and all new students begin the program in September.

Degree and GPA

Applicants must hold a Masters degree or equivalent from an accredited university-level institution in:

  1. epidemiology, biostatistics, public health, environmental health, occupational hygiene, or other health discipline, OR
  2. in another field with evidence of research experience relevant to the proposed field of doctoral study.

Applicants should have achieved a minimum B+ average in all of their Master’s degree courses, as per the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Canadian or US credential requirements.

Please note that transcripts from evaluation services such as WES will not be accepted.

Current and former UBC students do not need to submit official copies of UBC transcripts as a part of their graduate application package. However, please be aware that you are still responsible for submitting transcripts from all other post-secondary institutions that you have attended (e.g., exchange year, transfer year, etc.).

English Proficiency

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

Quantitative Skills

Applicants should have proof of quantitative ability, either through:

  1. achieving a grade of 76% or higher in a mathematics or statistics undergraduate or higher level course, taken within the last 10 years, OR
  2. a score of 153 or higher on both the verbal and quantitative components of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), taken within the last five years. We will also accept comparable scores on a similar standardized test such as GMAT or MCAT, taken within the last two years.

Curriculum Vitae (CV)

An up-to-date curriculum vitae or resume detailing academic and work history; relevant research or related experience (in courses, employment, volunteer work, etc); and any publications.

Letter of Intent (LOI)

The letter of intent should describe your career objectives, your research interests, and how the PhD program will meet your career goals.

Reference Letters

Applicants are required to ensure that three confidential references are submitted in support of their application. At least two references should be submitted by former professors. Professional references may be acceptable in the event of unavailability of academic references, however, you should make every effort to obtain referees who can provide an assessment of your potential for success in an academic graduate program.

Supervisor Support

A confirmation from your potential faculty supervisor indicating their willingness to serve in this role. Please ensure this form is completed and sent directly to the PhD Program Office via email or hard copy. Please see Looking for a supervisor? for more information regarding contacting a potential supervisor.

Degree and GPA

Applicants must hold a Masters degree or equivalent from an accredited university-level institution in:

  1. epidemiology, biostatistics, public health, environmental health, occupational hygiene, or other health discipline, OR
  2. in another field with evidence of research experience relevant to the proposed field of doctoral study.

Applicants should have achieved a minimum B+ average or equivalent in all of their Master’s degree courses, as per the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies International credential requirements.

Please note that transcripts from evaluation services such as WES will not be accepted.
Current and former UBC students: You do not need to submit official copies of your UBC transcripts as a part of your graduate application package. However, please be aware that you are still responsible for submitting transcripts from all other post-secondary institutions that you have attended attended (e.g., exchange year, transfer year, etc.).

English Proficiency

Proof of competency in English is required of all applicants from a university outside Canada in which English is not the primary language of instruction. The minimum TOEFL score is 100 and the minimum IELTS score is 7.0 (no component score lower than 6.5). If you received a degree from a university where the language of instruction is English you DO NOT require a TOEFL or IELTS score. You can prove this by having your 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.The test must have been taken within the last 24 months at the time of submission of your application. Please see English Proficiency Requirements for more information.

Quantitative Skills

Applicants should have proof of quantitative ability, either through:

  1. achieving a grade of 76% or higher in a mathematics or statistics undergraduate or higher level course, taken within the last 10 years, OR
  2. a score of 153 or higher on both the verbal and quantitative components of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), taken within the last five years. We will also accept comparable scores on a similar standardized test such as GMAT or MCAT, taken within the last two years.

Curriculum Vitae (CV)

An up-to-date curriculum vitae or resume detailing academic and work history; relevant research or related experience (in courses, employment, volunteer work, etc); and any publications.

Letter of Intent (LOI)

The letter of intent should describe your career objectives, your research interests, and how the PhD program will meet your career goals.

Reference Letters

Applicants are required to ensure that three confidential references are submitted in support of their application. At least two references should be submitted by former professors. Professional references may be acceptable in the event of unavailability of academic references, however, you should make every effort to obtain referees who can provide an assessment of your potential for success in an academic graduate program.

Supervisor Support

A confirmation from your potential faculty supervisor indicating their willingness to serve in this role. Please ensure this form is completed and sent directly to the PhD Program Office via email or hard copy. Please see Looking for a supervisor? for more information regarding contacting a potential supervisor.

For more information, please see How to apply.