Eligibility and requirements

The Graduate Program in Neuroscience accepts for admission to the Masters' program candidates with undergraduate majors in a variety of disciplines, including but not restricted to Biology, Biochemistry, Mathematics, Pharmacology, Physics, Physiology, Psychology and Zoology.  We do not have specific course requirements, but recommend a good foundation in neuroscience-based courses which could include biology, biochemistry, psychology molecular biology and statistics.

  • A candidate with a First Class Honours degree in any of these disciplines, or with an M.D. degree, may apply for the doctoral program.
  • All applicants must receive favorable evaluations from three previous instructors or research supervisors. Students should choose referees who are most familiar with their abilities and research experience.
  • Applicants should provide a statement of their interests. An important factor in admissibility is the extent to which an applicant's research interests are compatible with those of a Neuroscience faculty member. 

It is possible that a qualified student may not be admitted because necessary supervisory and/or financial resources are not available.

Students who are successful at obtaining a fellowship for graduate studies from agencies such as NSERC or CIHR greatly enhance their chances of admission to the Neuroscience Program. All qualified applicants are strongly encouraged to apply to one of these agencies.

Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s Program

International Student Academic and language requirements

Graduate Record Exam

Applicants who are not graduates of a Canadian or American university are required to take the General and/or the Subject components of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).

Please note: The GRE requirement is being waived for applications for September 2021 due to delays caused by covid-19.

English Language Proficiency Test

In order to be considered for admission, international students whose first language is not English must submit original proof of either TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System).

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Entering Canada

Please note that in order to enter Canada, a "Student Authorization" issued by a Canadian Consular or Immigration Office is required, and that in order to apply for a Student Authorization you will require not only a UBC letter of acceptance and a valid passport, but also evidence of adequate funds for your tuition, family maintenance, and travel to and from Canada. Any student qualified to register for a program will be required, in addition, to have approved medical and hospital insurance.

Additional eligibility and admission information

For additional information on eligibility and requirements for admission to the Graduate Program in Neuroscience (MSc program), including language requirements and sample theses, visit Master of Science in Neuroscience on the Faculty of Graduate Studies website. 

For additional information on eligibility and requirements for admission to the Graduate Program in Neuroscience (PhD program), including language requirements and sample theses, visit Doctor of Philosophy in Neuroscience on the Faculty of Graduate Studies website. 

Admission requirements are detailed in the UBC Vancouver Academic Calendar, and may change to reflect changes in admission requirements to the University of British Columbia more broadly. 

The Graduate Program in Neuroscience offers MSc and PhD degrees. To find out about the criteria for admission to and program requirements for each of these degree programs, visit calendar.ubc.ca/vancouver.