Prospective Students

Thank you for your interest in graduate programs in Education. The Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia (UBC) offers masters and doctoral programs in more than 30 areas of specialisation. We invite you to explore our graduate programs, to read about our Faculty and research specialisations to consider how our academic community can advance your careers goals.

Faculty-Wide Programs Program PhD MA MEd MET
Cross-Faculty Inquiry in Education  
Early Childhood Education  
Educational Technology

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Master of Arts (MA), Master of Education (MEd), Master of Educational Technology (MET)

Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy Program PhD MA MEd MMEd
Art Education  
Curriculum Studies  
Curriculum and Leadership  
Home Economics Education  
Mathematics Education  
Museum Education
Music Education  
Physical Education  
Science Education  
Social Studies Education  
Media and Technology Studies Education  

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Master of Arts (MA), Master of Education (MEd), Master of Museum Education (MMEd)

Department of Educational Studies Program PhD EdD MA MEd
Adult Learning and Education
Adult Learning and Global Change
Curriculum and Leadership
Educational Administration and Leadership
Educational Leadership and Policy  
Educational Studies    
Higher Education
Society, Culture and Politics in Education

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Doctor of Education (EdD), Master of Arts (MA), Master of Education (MEd)

Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education Program PhD MA MEd
Counselling Psychology
Human Development, Learning, and Culture
Measurement, Evaluation and Research Methodology
School Psychology
Special Education
Vocational Rehabilitation Counselling

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Master of Arts (MA), Master of Education (MEd)

Department of Language and Literacy Program PhD MA MEd
Language and Literacy Education  
Literacy Education
Modern Languages Education
Teaching English as a Second Language

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Master of Arts (MA), Master of Education (MEd)

School of Kinesiology Program PhD MA MSc MKin
Kinesiology

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Master of Arts (MA), Master of Kinesiology (MKin), Master of Science (MSc)

Application deadlines and requirements vary from program to program. The application package also varies from degree to degree. A full application typically includes: an online application, a statement of intent, 3 reference letters, all undergraduate and graduate transcripts, additional documents such as a sample of academic writing and résumé. International students may be required to submit the results of a recognized English Language test. For more detailed information please click on the department/school names and review the information available on their websites:

International students may need to provide additional information for application and admission. International students will also need to acquire a student visa for studying in Canada.

Please visit the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies for document requirements and language requirements for international students.

Visit the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website for information on student visas.

For details on pre-arrival information, hints and tips on how to get involved and to download a copy of the international student handbook, please visit UBC Student Services' International Students website.

Professional Development and Community Engagement (PDCE) International Student website may also be found at: http://pdce.educ.ubc.ca/international/

At the graduate level at UBC, tuition fees are based on fee payment schedules (Schedule A for Full-time or Schedule B for Part-time), rather than on the number of credits in which a student registers.

Full-time tuition fees (Schedule A)

Graduate students on the Full-time Fee (Schedule A) are required to pay a minimum of 1 year's tuition, at 3 installments per year (3 installments in total). Research your specific program costs and the installment schedule to learn about tuition and other student fees. Students must pay the same tuition installment amount irrespective of how many courses they take in any given term.
The fact that, generally, credit load does not affect tuition fees is an important point to keep in mind. Students must pay the same tuition installment amount (whether Schedule A or Schedule B), irrespective of how many courses they take in any given term. Also, if students finish their program requirements prior to making their minimum number of fee installments, they will not be permitted to graduate until the minimum number of installments are paid in full.

Part-time tuition fees (Schedule B)

Graduate students on the Part-time Fee (Schedule B) are required to pay a minimum of three year's tuition, at 3 installments per year (9 installments in total). Research your specific program costs and the installment schedule to learn about tuition and other student fees. Students must pay the same tuition installment amount irrespective of how many courses they take in any given term.

Student Fees

In addition to tuition fees, graduate students are also required to pay standard student fees (irrespective of credit load) and graduation fees. Students on program extension and leaves-of-absence will also be required to pay additional fees. For an overview of graduate tuition and student fees, please visit the Calendar's Graduate Student Fees web page.

All newly admitted graduate students are automatically assessed the Schedule A (full-time) fee payment schedule.

Switching to part-time status (Master's students)

Students who are planning to take a Master's degree on a part-time basis must obtain approval from their unit's Graduate Advisor and the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies prior to the beginning of the first term of the program (i.e. prior to the commencement of the degree program) in which fees are first assessed. The form for switching from Schedule A (full-time) to Schedule B (part-time) status is located on the Faculty of and Postdoctoral Graduate Studies' Faculty of and Postdoctoral Graduate Studies' Forms for Students web page. In addition, students who pay tuition fees according to Schedule B (part-time) are not permitted to revert back to Schedule A (full-time) after the initial payment of the tuition fees in the first term of the program.

Doctoral Students' Status

While Master's students have the option of switching from the full-time to the part-time tuition fee payment schedule, there is no part-time option for doctoral students. Doctoral students are only assessed the full-time fee payment schedule.

Doctoral students at UBC are required to finish their program within six years. Doctoral students taking longer than six years to finish their degrees are required to withdraw from their programs, unless they apply in advance for a 1-year program extension (extension fees apply).

Master's students at UBC are required to finish their degree within five years from their program start date.