Admission Requirements


Applications open: October 15, 2019
Application deadline: February 1, 2020

 

All applications and supporting documents are due by the February 1, 2020 deadline for one admission cycle per year.  All reference letters must be received by February 8, 2020.  The Admissions Committee will not consider your application unless all documents have been received by this date.

Admission requirements

This Occupational and Environmental program leads to professional or research careers that make a difference to community and work environments and to people’s health.

Students come to the program from diverse undergraduate backgrounds, including biology, chemistry, engineering, geography, kinesiology, laboratory science, microbiology, nursing, medicine, physics, psychology, and resource management.

Applicants must meet the minimum academic requirements set out by both Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and the MSc Occupational Environment Hygiene Program. The program also considers relevant experience.

Minimum Academic Requirements

Undergraduate degree from Canadian or U.S. 
  • Degree: A degree that is academically equivalent to a UBC 4-year Bachelor’s degree or a designation of equivalent status by the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.  Applicants should have a Bachelor’s degree in such areas as the physical or health sciences or engineering. Since this is an interdisciplinary program there are no specific prerequisite courses.
  • GPA: 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.
  • Quantitative skills: All students must provide demonstration of proficiency in quantitative skills as evidenced by either a score of at least 76% or B+ on an undergraduate course such as mathematics, statistics, physics OR Completion of the  Graduate Record Exam 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.
  • Language: Applicants do not need to submit an English Language test.
International Undergraduate degree
  • Degree: Applicants with international credentials should have academic backgrounds that meet the minimum general requirements outlined by for the country of origin. Applicants should have a Bachelor’s degree in such areas as the physical or health sciences or engineering. Since this is an interdisciplinary program there are no specific prerequisite courses.
  • GPA: Applicants with international credentials should consult the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Policy to determine country-specific equivalency of the minimum academic requirements. Your admission average is calculated on all courses taken for your degree.
  • Quantitative skills:  All students must provide demonstration of proficiency in quantitative skills as evidenced by either a score of at least 76% or B+ on an undergraduate course such as mathematics, statistics, physics OR Completion of the  Graduate Record Exam 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.
  • Language: Applicants from a university outside Canada in which English is not the primary language of instruction must provide results of an English language proficiency examination as part of their application. Tests must have been taken within the last 24 months at the time of submission of your application.
    • Acceptable English language tests and submission of these results are detailed online with the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. The minimum TOEFL score is 100 and the minimum IELTS score is 7.0, with a minimum score of 6.5 in each component of the ACADEMIC IELTS test.
    • For other test scores, visit the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website.
    • Students who have completed a degree from an English speaking and teaching university are exempt from taking an English proficiency test. Proof of university teaching in English will be required, either stated on the official transcript or an official letter sent from the institution.
      The Faculty of Graduate Studies reviews all international applications and does not consider such applications until a satisfactory English comprehension score has been received.

Relevant Experiences

Relevant Experience is not required. Any experience can be expressed in the following required documents.

Letter of intent (LOI) This letter should explain your reasons for interest in the program, your future career plans, and your research interests (if you are planning a thesis-based masters). The letter is usually 1-2 pages in length.
Curriculum Vitae (CV) / Professional Resume A detailed and up-to-date CV/resume that highlights your professional work experience and relevant skills. We recommend using the most suitable format that best supports your application.
Transcripts Applicants must upload scans of official transcripts of all post-secondary institutions attended, both front and back. Please do not mail official transcripts to our office. See here for Domestic and International transcript policies. **UBC students do not need to provide their current or former UBC transcripts.  Transcripts from other post-secondary institutions are required.Program-Specific Admissions Policies
Three letters of reference

We require three references letters from individuals who can comment on your work experience and professional character. These can be provided by former instructors, supervisors, employers etc. (Program-specific for use of academic references, ie. the inclusion of one academic reference is recommended where possible to report on your ability to perform in an academic environment. We require 2 references from your academic background and 1 reference from the professional experiences).

Electronic submission of references is managed through the Graduate Studies online application site. Your referees will be sent an automated reference request  when you list their information in the “References” section of your application (only upon submission of your application).Please carefully review the steps under How to Apply to ensure the timely receipt of your references by the deadline.

 

Meeting the minimum criteria does not ensure acceptance into the program – most successful applicants present requirements that are more than the minimum.

We examine each applicant’s record in the context of their career goals, and may advise some individuals to supplement their undergraduate coursework to maximize their chance of success.

In exceptional circumstances, candidates with other backgrounds or mature students whose work experience makes up for deficiencies in standing may be admitted with the permission of the Program Director and the Dean of Graduate Studies.

It is recommended to read through the Faculty of Graduate Studies website carefully, as all graduate programs are required to adhere to their policies and guidelines.

 

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