Applications for admission for the 2024/25 academic year are due on January 15, 2024; including the BCS program supplemental application. Visit the UBC admissions webpage for updated information: https://account.you.ubc.ca/s/apply-ubc
To apply to UBC, you'll use the EducationPlannerBC website. Sign up for an EducationPlannerBC account to get started, or log in to your existing account if you already have one.
If you are you a current UBC student graduating in May, or are returning to UBC, you can apply through the UBC Applicant Service Centre (this will not affect graduation from your current program).
When completing the online application to UBC, select the Vancouver campus and the Bachelor of Computer Science.
Please visit https://it.ubc.ca/services/accounts-passwords/campus-wide-login-cwl/how-create-account for instructions on how to create a CWL account under the Student Accounts (CWL Account Upgrader) section.
Once a CWL account is created, the BCS supplemental application can be accessed. The deadline to submit the supplemental application is January 15, 2024 and you should meet the following criteria:
- You must have applied and paid UBC's application fee, or your application to the CS department will not be processed and the fee will not be refunded
- Provide your resume
- Contact information provided (name, email and phone number for two (2) references. Referees will be contacted to submit references online and references must be received by January 15, 2024.
- Pay a $100, non-refundable application fee (Interac, Visa or Mastercard only)
- Provide evidence of completion of BC Principles of Mathematics 12 (e.g. BC high school, Pre-calculus Math 12, or equivalent)
- Communication requirement, 3 credits (any eligible course from the Faculty of Science’s B.Sc. Communication Requirement) or a degree from a university in which English is the primary language of instruction
Admissions has two phases:
Phase I. The BCS program reviews applications. You may be contacted for a face-to-face or remote interview (particularly strong candidates may not need to interview). We will then forward a list of successful applicants to UBC Admissions.
Phase 2. UBC Admissions verifies that candidates hold a recognized Bachelor's degree and that they have met all program prerequisites including Math, English, and an appropriate GPA. If you successfully meet all requirements and judgements, you will be admitted to both UBC and the BCS (ICS) program by UBC Admissions.
UBC's official admissions, promotion and program information is available in the BCS Calendar Entry. You must meet the requirements listed there.
BCS Interpretation of Admissions Criteria
UBC evaluates your application to BCS for completion of the minimum requirements listed in the BCS Calendar Entry (e.g., a recognized prior Bachelor's degree or the mathematics and English requirements). UBC also calculates a "30-credit GPA" (effective, UBC-equivalent GPA in the most recent 30 credits of undergraduate coursework) used by BCS admissions. The BCS leadership may also impose additional minima on applications based on recent history of competitiveness and applicant success in the program. If so, these will be listed on the BCS application page.
Beyond that, the BCS program reviews each complete application (including essays, resume, reference letters, and transcripts) according to four broad criteria that are roughly equally weighted:
- Suitability of academic background: relative to the needs of the BCS program. By default, this is your 30-credit GPA. We may adjust this on the basis of factors including: grades in highly relevant coursework (especially any introductory computing courses taken); graduate coursework (not normally counted in the 30-credit GPA); excessive computing background (where we generally consider strong work in the equivalent of UBC CPSC 110, 121, and 210 a positive; CPSC 213, 221, and 310 neutral; and additional coursework increasingly negative, because it is too close to a computing degree); and unusually challenging or easy coursework (e.g., we might classify an applicant with a Biological Engineering degree who retakes introductory biology as part of their last 30 credit GPA as unusually easy coursework).
- Realistic plan for success: How well you have set yourself up for success in the program. Your grades and coursework (particularly in areas related to computing) also impact this criterion. We consider factors like if you have explored computing on the job or via online coursework. Additionally, we look for evidence you can manage heavy workloads or are transitioning into a new discipline. Here, and in the subsequent criterion, your application will be stronger where you build on a realistic understanding of the program.
- Motivation for program: How prepared you are to enthusiastically engage with computing and keep doing so for the duration of a challenging 2-3 year program. You should explain to us why BCS is a good choice for you and why you're a good choice for BCS. We want to understand your excitement for, and commitment to computing, BCS, and UBC, founded through your background. Ideally, your application should back up your enthusiasm with evidence.
- Contribution to community: We want to hear how you plan to contribute to your community, the UBC community and computing community through your actions upon attaining your BCS. We also want to hear how you will help create a diverse and vibrant community of students in BCS. Of particular interest is if you have previously contributed strongly and positively to your colleagues and community. We will also consider how you fit into a program that draws ideas and perspectives from a diverse range of backgrounds across many dimensions.
Your GPA has a significant impact on our evaluation of your application, but is far from the only deciding factor.
- Qualifications for UBC's English language requirement: https://you.ubc.ca/applying-ubc/requirements/english-language-competency/
- Information about Advanced Placement (AP) high school credit: https://you.ubc.ca/applying-ubc/requirements/advanced-placement/
- The BC Transfer Guide (for fulfilling prerequisites to the program such as English, although be aware that for other coursework BCS exempts but does not transfer i.e., "transferred" courses generally require replacement during the degree). For English in particular, online options are available from Athabasca University (AU) and Thompson Rivers University (TRU). (To list all options, search by receiver for UBC ENGL 1*, selecting the most recent academic year.)
- January 15, 2024 - deadline to submit UBC online application for admission and online: CS Department's BCS application
- January 15, 2024 - deadline for referees to submit references online: CS Department's BCS application
- April 2024 - interviews (for some applicants), either in person or remote
- April 30, 2024 - deadline for admission requirements to be completed. Don't miss this date as you may miss your course registration date and then fail to register for the courses you need
If you require more information about the application process, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.