Admissions Information

The MPH at UBC paves the way to diverse career paths. Students come to the program from diverse undergraduate backgrounds, including biology, chemistry, engineering, geography, kinesiology, laboratory science, microbiology, nursing, medicine, physics, sociology, psychology, and resource management.
SPPH values and seeks to recruit indigenous students as well as students with diverse racial, ethnic, gender, socioeconomic, sexual orientation, ability/disability, and religious contexts.  Our admissions processes and committees take into account equity, diversity and inclusion in criteria development, the assessment of merit relative to these criteria and the student community across our graduate programs. Please visit to learn more.
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Applications open: October 10, 2022
Application deadline*: December 15, 2022 

*All applications are due by December 15, 2022. There is only one admission per academic year. Supporting documents (i.e., transcripts, CV, letter of intent) are due by the December 31st, 2022.  The Admissions Committee will not consider your application unless all documents have been received by this date. We are unable to accommodate late applications. We do not accept hard copies of application documents. Please follow the instructions on the application site.

The program is not intended for students who are working full-time. There are also program requirements such as professional development and related seminars which first year students are expected to attend.

Minimum Academic Requirements*

Applicants must meet the minimum academic requirements and professional experience requirements set out by the Master of Public Health Program and the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Undergraduate degrees from Canada or U.S.A.  Degree and GPA:

  • A degree equivalent to a UBC 4-year Bachelor’s degree.
  • A GPA of B+ or higher, calculated from all third and fourth year-level coursework.
  • Find more information about degrees and GPAs for Canadian and US institutions from Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Quantitative Skills – click here for more information

English Proficiency:

  • Applicants do not need to submit an English Language Test.
International Undergraduate degrees 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. Please note that we do not accept transcript evaluations from World Education Services (WES) or similar agencies.

Quantitative Skills – click here for more information

English Proficiency:

An English Language test is required for all applicants with an undergraduate degree from a university where English is not the primary language of instruction.

  • A score of 100 or higher on the TOEFL OR an overall score of 7.0 or higher (and component scores of 6.5 or higher) on the IELTS Academic Test. The test must have been taken within the last 24 months at the time of submission of your application.

*Due to the limited seats we are able to offer, and with the highly competitive applications received each year, meeting the minimum criteria does not ensure acceptance into the program. 

Professional Experience for All Applicants

Applicants are encouraged to have prior public health experience before applying to the MPH Program. Such experience will be advantageous and valued by the Admissions Committee. This information can be detailed in the following required documents:

Curriculum Vitae (CV)  A detailed and up-to-date CV that highlights academic awards, achievements, honours 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.

Find more resources to assist in preparing your CV from UBC Student Services or G+PS.

Letter of intent (LOI) Applicants are encouraged to be specific in their letters of intent and clearly articulate your interests in pursuing the MPH, 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 you 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 500 words.

You can find tips on writing your LOI from G+PS.

Reference Letters Applicants are required to have three reference letters as part of their application. The letters should directly address the your 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. All references must come directly from the referee through the UBC application system.

Instructions for manual admission reference (we highly recommend referees through the online application portal as mailing a hard copy is at the applicant’s risk in regards to timing and receipt) :

Referees must submit the letter on professional letterhead enclosed in an envelope with signature and contact details. The deadline for receipt of the reference is December 31, 2022. Late submissions will not be accepted.


Additional Policy

Indigenous, First Nation, Inuit, Métis, Musqueam Applicants The MPH program considers applications that are not successful through the Admissions Committee evaluation. Although most applications are successful through the standard process, when necessary there will be an additional review conducted by the Indigenous Admissions Subcommittee. Based on the review, the Indigenous Admissions Subcommittee may recommend applicants for admission. Please click here to find additional resources. Applicants must identify as an Indigenous person in the application in order to be considered under this policy.

Indigenous applicants are encouraged to contact the program before applying for more information about supports for students at UBC.