Application Components & Required Documents

Application & Supporting Documents Deadline:        December 15
(for September 2015 / January 2016)

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. 

If you are interested in January 2016, please select September 2015 on the application and send an email to that you are interested in January 2016.  We will make a note.  However, your start date will remain September 2015 on your application form.

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.  When you submit your application, you will need to pay the application fee by either Visa or Master Card.

2.  You'll need to have PDF copies of your official transcripts and statement of intent/interests as these documents are mandatory.  If applicable, you can also upload your resume (PDF).  Please refer to our web page for detail information.

3. Ensure that the department receives the following by December 15:
Mailing address:

Dept. of Computer Science
University of British Columbia
2366 Main Mall, Rm 201
Vancouver, BC
Canada  V6T 1Z4

Attention:  Graduate Program

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 (TOEFL, Transcripts or Degree Certificates) after December 15?
    Can my referee submit the reference after December 15?
    Can I postpone the deadline?
    Applications submitted by December 15 will be considered in the first round of decision making. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed until the supporting documents have been received. Submit all of the required documents early to avoid delays.

    If you submit your application by the deadline but unable to submit the rest of the documents,  your application will be reviewed once we have the required documents.  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 activities.

  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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