Procedure & Required Documents

Application & Supporting Documents Deadline:        December 15
(for September 2014 / January 2015)

Application and all supporting documents are due by December 15. Apply early enough for all references and other materials to arrive at UBC by the deadline. 

Only applicants with a degree from Canada or US may apply after this deadline, but space in the graduate program will be more constrained.  Please refer to the FAQ below for more information.

How to Apply

1. Apply Online and ensure that you have three (3) Referees and their Contact Information ready.  You can pay the application fee by Visa or Master Card. Please refer to our web page for detail information.

2. Complete departmental supporting material online form after you've submitted the online application by uploading your Statement of Interest, Unofficial Transcripts and Resume (optional).  (You will be emailed a link within one business day of submitting the initial application.)

3. Mail hard copies of the following supporting material to:
University of British Columbia
Dept. of Computer Science
#201-2366 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC
V6T 1Z4

4. Ensure that your referees have submitted their references by the application deadline.

We do not provide information about your application over the phone.  You should send your questions to


  1. Can I apply / send my documents after December 15?
    Only applicants with a degree from Canada or US may submit an application after this deadline.

    Applications completed by December 15 will be considered in the first round of decision making. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed until ALL of the supporting documents have been received. Submit all of the supporting documents early to avoid delays.

    Applications completed passed the deadline will be reviewed but spaces may be constrained.

  2. Do I need to contact any faculty member or find a supervisor ahead of time?
    We admit Master's students directly to the department rather than to an individual supervisor.  For our PhD students, we will match them based on their area of interest.  You can contact our faculty members directly, but it is not a requirement.

  3. How do I find information about your various research areas/projects and the faculty in those areas?
    Please refer to our website on Research

  4. My GPA is below the requirement, should I still apply?
    Our review process involves ranking applicants against each other in different areas of the department's research. The letters of reference are probably the most important, with academic records second and statement of intent third.  Research ability/potential is extremely important for PhD applicants.  Meeting the minimum requirements may not be sufficient for admittance as top students from around the world compete for our limited number of positions. Students who don't meet the minimum requirement can submit an application at their own risk.

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