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PhD and MASc applications for January 2018 will open on May 1, 2017.
For January 2018 applications, although we will try to notify all MASc and PhD applicants of the results by the end of July 2017, final decisions could take as long as until the end of August 2017.
NOTE : We receive a very high volume of applications and are unable to acknowledge receipt of applications and supporting materials. We will contact you only if further information is required.
Early submissions of application packages are strongly encouraged. Please ensure that you prepare your online documents in PDF format using the specified naming convention. Please do NOT submit documents other than those requested in our instructions.
EXPLORE OUR PROGRAMS
The Graduate Degree Programs offered by the Department are:
Prospective students should be familiar with the requirements and advantages of the various programs BEFORE selecting a program of study on their applications.
EXPLORE OUR RESEARCH GROUPS
The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department is loosely structured around the following five research areas:
EXPLORE OUR FACULTY MEMBERS
Please explore the personal web pages of the faculty members listed in the Professors and Instructors section of our Faculty Listing.
Applicants to the MASc and PhD programs must have a faculty member who is willing to supervise their graduate program before they will be admitted to graduate studies in the department. It is not necessary to contact a supervisor before applying. All applications which are complete and approved for circulation by department admissions staff are made available to all faculty members.
Applicants are not expected to find a supervisor(s) prior to the application submission. However, you are encouraged to indicate any preferred supervisor or research group you are interested in working with on the online application. MEng applicants do not require a supervisor to be admitted - MEng admission decisions and advising is conducted by the ECE MEng Program Advisor (MPA) and the ECE Graduate Advisor.
UNDERSTAND THE ADMISSIONS PROCESS
There are two adjudication stages in the Admissions Process: one at the Departmental level and another at the University level.
At the Departmental level, individual faculty members will consider your overall eligibility based on your application documents, while comparing and contrasting your stated research interests with their research programme’s objectives. If a faculty member wishes to extend an offer of admission, he or she will inform the Department and we will submit a Recommendation For Admission for approval to the Senior Graduate Advisor. The recommendation may be sent to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies if needed. Admissions are on-going and students applying for September admission, will be notified by the end of April. Students applying for January admission, will be notified by the end of August.
Additionally, please review ECE's supplementary Admission Requirements.
At the University level, the admission requirements are set by Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Recommendations for Admission may be sent from the department to Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies on a case by case basis for approval.
Review Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies' Admission Procedures. In particular, note the section detailing the Admission Requirements and the section detailing the Application Components and Required Documents.
GATHER SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS
An Official Transcript (OT) from each post-secondary institution (college, university, etc.) that you have attended. You are required to upload a PDF version to your application, showing both sides of your transcripts (to include the grading scale) . All evaluations of your application will be based on these uploaded versions of your transcripts. The same applies to your Degree certificates/diplomas and official translations if required.
A recent Curriculum Vitae (CV). You are required to submit a PDF version of your CV to your application. Your CV should outline professional employment experience, education, publications, and awards which you feel should be taken into account in considering your application for admission and/or scholarships. Please ensure that you list the titles of research projects / graduation theses. If your thesis or other writing is available online, please consider including links to your work.
A UBC-specific Statement of Purpose (SP). You are required to submit a PDF version of a succinct (two pages maximum) Statement of Purpose outlining your goals for your degree program. Specifically, you should detail why you would like to attend UBC to engage in studies leading to a degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Please describe your aptitude and motivation for graduate study in your area of research interest, including your preparation for this field of study, your academic plans or research goals, and your future career goals. Additionally, please indicate whether you have been awarded or have applied for any scholarships (e.g.: NSERC PGSM/PGSD, CIHR PGSM/PGSD, China Scholarship Council, etc.) and include amount of funding, duration of funding, etc.
An English proficiency exam (if required). If you are an applicant from outside Canada in which English is not the primary language of the country, you are required to submit official results of an English proficiency examination. Due to their electronic results submission, we only accept TOEFL or IELTS (academic test, NOT general) scores.
Please ensure that you include the following on your TOEFL sheet:
For submission by the IELTS electronic test centre, please indicate on the IELTS application form:
A GRE score.All applicants are welcome to submit a GRE score, and while GRE scores are not mandatory, international students are strongly recommended to submit them. Please ask GRE to submit their examination report to UBC using the institution code 0965 (UBC).
A GPA calculation (if required). Please upload a pdf version of your GPA calculation.
A scan of your Permanent Residency card (PR) (if applicable). If you are a Permanent Resident of Canada, you are required to submit a PDF scan of both sides of your Permanent Residency card or, if you have not yet obtained a card, of your Record of Landing in Canada.
A scan of your Canadian Citizenship Card (CC) (if applicable). If you were born outside of Canada and have become a Canadian Citizen, you are required to submit a PDF scan of both sides of your Canadian Citizenship card.
Three reference letters
Please note: All reference letters are due by the deadline.
Your application requires three letters of support from referees. At least one of your references should detail your academic achievement and how you would perform in a graduate level degree program. Please be sure to contact prospective individuals in advance of your application so that you have their contact information prior to accessing the online application system. Specifically, for each referee, you will need to provide:
Please let your prospective referees know that the online application system will email them asking for a reference to be entered. We strongly prefer that referees submit their references via the online application system.
If an offer of admission has been extended, you will be required to mail a physical copy (endorsed by the issuing institution and in a sealed envelope) to Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. You will only need to submit physical documents if you are admitted. Please do not send any physical documents, until you have been admitted.
SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION
PREPARE YOUR ANSWERS
The online application system will ask several ECE-specific questions. Please prepare your answers to the following questions in advance of beginning the online application.
|COSE||Computer and Software Systems|
|MINA||Micro and Nano Technologies|
Please submit your current GPA for all of your degrees/transcripts. For domestic students, calculate the GPA using only senior level (300 and 400-level) courses. For international students, calculate the GPA using all grades listed on the transcript. Some transcripts already have a GPA. Please make sure it includes all grades (for international) or only senior courses (for domestic). If your transcript does not give a GPA please use the GPA calculator here. If your transcript already has a GPA associated with your transcript, you do not need to submit a GPA calculator.
UBC students do not need to complete these GPA questions for UBC degrees only.
For example, if your GPA is numerical (76%, 3.3, 8, 16, B+ (3.3)) then you are required to calculate your GPA. If your GPA is non-numerical (Good, A, B), and there is no number associated, we will review your transcript to identify your eligibility. Some transcripts do have a mix of both numerical and non-numerical. If this is the case, please do not include the non-numerical grades in your GPA calculation.
OPEN AN ONLINE APPLICATION
Follow the step-by- step instructions and enter your contact information, academic information and the program to which you are applying.
SUBMIT YOUR DOCUMENTS ELECTRONICALLY
Save your documents / scans in PDF format. Only PDF format will be accepted. Name the files as detailed below. Please do NOT send documents other than those requested below.
Upload these files when you are submitting your online application.
After you have submitted your application, if you have any questions, please send us an email to help [at] ece [dot] ubc [dot] ca. This will cause your question to be directed to the staff member responsible for your application and your question will be answered more quickly.
Many answers to your questions about the application process can be found in these webpages. Our deadlines are listed on the Dates tab above and a list of documents you need to submit can be found on the Docs tab. If you can not find the answers to your questions here please direct admission questions to help [at] ece [dot] ubc [dot] ca.