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

All applications and supporting documents are due by the February 1, 2020 deadline. All reference letters must be received by February 8, 2020.  The MSc OEH program will consider late applications on a case-by-case basis.   Please contact the Professional Programs Manager directly:

All application materials are reviewed by the School Admissions Committee shortly after the application deadline. The Committee may decide that an interview with the applicant is necessary prior to an admission decision being made. Interviews may be in person for those living in the Metro Vancouver area or by telephone for those living elsewhere.

Students are generally contacted in February with the status of their application. The MSc OEH degree admits 8-12 students to the program each year.

Below you will find information pertaining to the requirements of our applicants, and detailed list of documents to be submitted as part of your online application. Please read through carefully as incomplete applications are not processed for admission.

  • Prospective 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.  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.
  • All applicants must satisfy the general regulations and academic standing requirements (at least a B+ average) of the Faculty of Graduate Studies of UBC. 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.
  • 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.

Further to this, the next section describes the items that you are required to submit with your application

To apply to the MSc program, all applicants will need to complete the following and ensure the documentation is received by the deadline.

  1. A Letter of Intent. 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. Note that text from this letter can be used to answer similar questions on the on-line application form.
  2. Curriculum vitae.
  3. 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 still required).
  4. Three reference letters. Academic and professional referees are allowed, but at least two academic references are preferred. We now accept e-reference letters, which can be accessed as part of the online application process. Should your referee prefer to submit a paper reference, please download and print the reference letter form, and complete the top portion before submitting to your referee. If the referee prefers to submit a reference on letterhead, the referee form must still be submitted as a cover sheet. Reference letters are confidential and the envelope must be signed and sealed by the referee. Applicants are not permitted to see their reference letters.
  5. The UBC On-line Application Form
  6. Application fee
  7. Graduate Record Examination The GRE is recommended but not required. It is strongly recommended that international applicants submit official GRE scores. Scores from GMAT, MCAT, VCAT, PCAT, and DATS will be considered as alternatives to the GRE score. For the GRE, please ensure that you include the following on your GRE forms:
    • List institution code: 0965 (University of British Columbia)
    • Department code: 0616 (Public Health)

In addition to the general requirements listed above, international and foreign language applicants must also submit:

9. If your official transcripts are not in English, then you must provide certificated translated copies as well. Please upload the official transcripts and the translated copy to your application.

10. Proof of English language proficiency:

a.) The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), including

  • the Test of Spoken English (TSE) and
  • the Test of Written English (TWE)
  • Please ensure that you include the following on your TOEFL forms:
    • Institution Code: 0965 (University of British Columbia)
    • Name of department: School of Population and Public Health
    • Department Code: 0616 (Public Health)
    • Reason for taking TOEFL: "to enter a college or university as a graduate student"

The minimum TOEFL score is 100 for TOEFL internet test. Tests must have been taken within the 24 months prior to the date of submission of your application. Official test scores can be ordered from the testing agency or submitted online. Photocopies of test scores are not accepted.

b.) Student may also take the IELTS (International English Language Testing Service)

A minimum overall band score of 7.0 is required with a minimum score of 6.5 in each component of the academic (NOT general) IELTS test. To submit results online: on the IELTS application form please use the following details :

  • Name of institution: The University of British Columbia
  • Name of person/department: Graduate School Admissions
  • Address: 170-6371 Crescent Road, Vancouver BC V6T 1Z2, Canada

*Note: International students may find it useful to check the minimum academic requirements by country as listed on the graduate studies website.
*Note: 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.

More information on Admissions requirements and documents can be found at the Faculty of Graduate Studies website and in our Admission FAQs.

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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