FAQ

In addition to the information provided below you will find lots of useful information at www.civil.ubc.ca and www.grad.ubc.ca.

 

Do I need to contact a research supervisor before I apply for MASc/PhD?

It is fine if you do, but it is not necessary to contact a supervisor before submitting an application. Supervisors are typically determined after an offer of admission is made.

 

How do I apply for funding?

Please see the funding page here. Funding is circumstantial and depends on your degree program and specialization. Once admitted into the program you will have the opportunity to apply for teaching assistantships, marker positions, graduate research assistantships, and other scholarships.

 

Can I apply directly to the Ph.D from my bachelor degree?

No, if you do not already have a master’s degree we require that you apply for the MASc program. Once you are admitted to this program it is possible to switch to the PhD program with the support of your supervisor.

 

My undergraduate degree is not in Civil Engineering, can I still apply?

Applicants with a degree that is not in Civil Engineering should be aware that, at the time that a recommendation for admission is made, the Speciality Advisor / Research Supervisor will be requested to provide a justification regarding the suitability of the applicant for pursuing a graduate degree in civil engineering.    Affected students should not communicate with the relevant Specialty Advisor / Research Supervisor regarding this justification, unless invited to do so; instead, they may write to grad-applications@civil.ubc.ca, providing whatever justification is considered to be relevant.

 

My previous degree has not yet been conferred because I am still attending university, but I plan on finishing soon. Can I still apply?

Yes, you are welcome to apply. Please upload your most up-to-date transcript. If you are successful in your application and recommended for admission you will receive a conditional offer letter; you must then submit two copies of the official completed transcripts.

 

I applied to UBC  Okanagan, can I use the same application for UBC Vancouver?

No, UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan are two different applications. If you wish to apply to both then you need to submit two applications and pay two application fees.

 

When will I hear a decision on my application?

This varies by area of specialization and is affected by the volume of applications we receive. We generally advise applicants to expect a response by April, although decisions continue to be made after this date.


For more FAQ's please visit the graduate and postdoctoral website here