How to Apply

Please review the following steps to assist you in preparing and submitting your application.

  1. Explore Your Options

  2. Review admission requirements

  3. Prepare documents for your application

  4. Apply online here

  5. Check your application status

1. Explore Your Options

2. Review the Requirements

3. Prepare Your Documents

Applicants should submit supporting documents electronically through the online application system. We recommend that you prepare your documents in advance.

Official Transcripts All applicants must upload scans of official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended, including front and back pages. If the official transcript does not indicate the degree name and the degree conferral date, official copies of the degree certificate must be uploaded as well. If the official transcript is in a language other than English, certified translations are required. We prefer that uploaded copies be in PDF format. Please note there are different requirements for Canadian & US transcripts and international transcripts. Copies of transcripts from UBC are not required, they will be added to your application when it is received. Paper transcripts are not required at this stage of the application, they are only required if offered admission.
Curriculum Vitae (CV)  Review the CV requirements here. Please upload your CV in PDF format.
Letter of Intent (LOI) Review the LOI requirements here. Please upload your LOI in PDF format.
Reference Letters

We encourage applicants to communicate with potential references early, and recommend sharing your CV and LOI with them. We require applicants to enter the contact information, including an email address, for each of their references in the online application. Referees can submit a reference form, reference letter, or both.

We accept two basic types of references:

  1. Electronic references submitted via the online application system. References will be asked to either fill out a reference form in the online system, or upload their document (letter or previously completed form). In order to use the online system, referees must have an institutional email account (university, organization, professional business, etc). Referees cannot use the system if they have a have a personal email account (Hotmail, Yahoo, Gmail, MSN, etc). The online system automatically verifies all email addresses. We prefer electronic references.
  2. Paper letters of reference or paper reference forms mailed directly to the MSc OEH program office. Paper reference letters should be on the referee’s official letterhead and must be mailed directly to the office in a sealed and endorsed envelope.

Instructions will be provided to referees once the online application has been submitted. Please note that referees will only be notified about submitting references once the application has been submitted. We encourage you to submit your application early to allow plenty of time for your references to submit their documents.

Your referees will receive automatic reminders 10 days prior to the earliest referee deadline. You will also receive automatically generated emails about the status of your references, (e.g. when the reference is submitted, a referee declines, or the referee address has failed). You also have the option to change a referee in your online application after you’ve submitted your application and before the deadline. We cannot accept reference letters emailed directly to the program.

GRE Scores
(if required)
GRE scores (or equivalent test) must be submitted electronically through the testing agency. The UBC institution code is 0965 and SPPH department codie is 0616. Scores from GMAT, MCAT, VCAT, PCAT, and DATS will be considered as alternatives to the GRE score. We must receive the score by the application deadline. We encourage applicants to book a date early if you need to take the GRE.
(if required)

TOEFL or IELTS test scores must be submitted electronically through the testing agency. The UBC institution code is 0965. We must receive the scores by the application deadline. We encourage applicants to book a date early if you need to take the TOEFL or IELTS.

Please note that the online application asks you to self-report your TOEFL or IELTS scores, and allows you to upload a copy of your test report form. We encourage you to self-report scores, but we are not able to accept either of these as official scores. We require that the scores be submitted directly to UBC via the testing agency.

4. Apply online

Complete the online application. Application fees for domestic applicants is $104.00 CAD and for international applicants is $168.25 CAD. It takes about 45-60 minutes to complete the online application and a credit card is required. If you experience any technical issues with your online application, please email

5. Check your application status

Applicants can check their application status through the online application system by logging into My Applications and reviewing their Submitted Applications. You can also upload updated documents and/or change referees up until the deadline when you view your submitted applications. Please note that we do not contact students directly regarding the status of their documents.