UBC welcomes excellent students from around the world. This page describes our selection criteria and procedures.
Applicants for graduate study should have completed a four-year bachelor's degree (preferably with honours) in mathematics or a closely related field, with a strong grade-point average (GPA). The required GPA depends on the applicant's previous institution: students from Canadian universities should have a GPA of 76% or higher in third- and fourth-year courses; students from universities in the USA need 3.3/4.0 or more in third- and fourth-year courses. Most applicants we admit surpass these levels by a large margin.
Applicants from a university in which English is not the primary language of instruction must present evidence of competency to pursue studies in the English language. Students may present their choice of:
In order to obtain a graduate degree in Mathematics, a student must have completed courses in the following topics at the senior undergraduate level or above:
Priority for admission is given to students who have completed each of the four requirements above. Students admitted in spite of a gap in their background will be required to address it during their first year at UBC.
Admission to a doctoral program normally requires the applicant to hold a Master's degree in Mathematics or an equivalent qualification. Thus most recent Bachelor's graduates, including those who seek a doctorate, are admitted to a Master's program at first.
University regulations allow students without a Master's degree (or equivalent) to enter the Ph.D. program directly only if they are nominated by a Department and
Students who earn a Master's degree at UBC are not guaranteed a place in our PhD program. A formal application for PhD studies is required. Students with a satisfied Master's supervisor, a source of financial support, and a willing doctoral supervisor (all of whom may be the same faculty member) have a high probability of success.
How to Apply
Each year we welcome 30 - 40 new students from over 200 applications. Thus, although the official application deadline is February 1, 2017, we strongly encourage interested students to apply as early as possible in the new year. For full consideration for scholarships administered by UBC, including NSERC, please apply by January 4th.
Students seeking admission to graduate studies in Mathematics should apply using the online application form.
All supporting documents (see the document checklist below) can be uploaded as electronic files into the online application. Applicants will not be expected to submit official hard-copy transcripts for verification unless they receive an admission offer.
If an admission offer is made, applicants will then be required to forward their official transcripts directly to The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, #170 – 6371 Crescent Road, Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z2.
Complete online applications must include the following:
Note: The minimum requirements for admission are set by Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. We receive many more applications from students meeting those requirements than we can possibly admit. An important factor in many admissions decisions is an enthusiastic recommendation from a potential faculty supervisor. Therefore, it is highly recommended that students seeking admission to graduate studies in Mathematics identify one or more potential supervisor(s) within their areas of research interest, and indicate this in the online application.
Please refer to the various research groups and the faculty associated with each of them here.
For more information about Graduate Studies in the Department of Mathematics, please contact the Mathematics Graduate Chair, Dr. Dan Coombs [gradchair(at)math.ubc.ca], or the Mathematics Graduate Program Coordinator [admiss(at)math.ubc.ca], or the UBC Faculty of Graduate Studies.