How Do I Apply?

Finding a supervisor is often the most challenging step when applying to any graduate program. While we encourage you to have a supervisor secured prior to formally applying, you may begin the formal application process (see below)  while you continue the search for your supervisor.

Application Steps

Step 1
Review the list of Active Researchers and their research areas on this website and identify potential supervisors that match your interests. If you have specific questions about your application please contact the Pathology Graduate Coordinator at and email your latest CV and Statement of Interest.   Also include any potential supervisors you have identified as wanting to work with.  This is for our records, and for any assistance you may need once you have applied to the program.  You may also email us copies of all your post secondary transcripts or other relevant documents (in one pdf file; do not send multiple documents) . You will still need to submit official transcripts as part of your application.

Step 2
It is important that you contact those supervisors who interest you directly as we will not contact the advisors for you. When contacting potential supervisors, please include your current CV, publication list (if applicable), copies of post-secondary transcripts, and your TOEFL/GRE scores – merged into one PDF document.   It is up to you to set up interviews with them to determine if they are able to take you on as a student.  If you have applied to the program and have contacted potential supervisors, but still require some assistance, please let the Graduate Program Coordinator know.

Step 3
You can continue onto the formal application process as outlined below upon confirmation of a supervisor, although applications are valid for one year, so you can choose to apply before formal acceptance by a supervisor.

Formal Application Process

The following is required:

  • A formal online application that you can access here. You will need a credit card to pay for the application fee.
  • TWO sets of official sealed and stamped transcripts from EVERY post secondary institution you have attended, translated into English (if applicable) and mailed/couriered directly to the Pathology Graduate Coordinator.
  • Three reference letters from three different academic referees. We only accept official letters in sealed and initialed envelopes through postal mail, or the online reference form available through the online application tool. Your application will be strengthened by references from senior academic faculty members who can attest to your research experience and potential.
  • An email from your identified Supervisor agreeing to take you on as a student.

If you are an International Student from outside North America we will also require:

  • The writing of the Graduate Record Examination, both the General Test and one of the chemistry, biology, molecular biology or physics Subject Tests. The UBC institution code is 0965 for provision of your official scores. Priority is given to students to place in the top third percentile.
    If you graduated from a non-English speaking university we will also require:
  • A test of the English language. Official scores need to be sent directly to the Pathology Graduate Coordinator.

We accept:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): minimum 577 (paper version); 233 (computer version); Overall minimum score 90 (internet-based version). Please visit TOEFL for information.
  • International English Language Testing Services (IELTS): minimum overall band score of 6.5 with no other component score less than 6.0. Please visit for information.
  • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): minimum overall score of 81. Please visit

Note: The Department of Pathology provides tentative acceptance/tentative conditional acceptance pending the official acceptance by the Faculty of Graduate Studies. All applications must be complete to be formally accepted.