Graduate Studies

How to apply

Application Procedure

  1. Identify a potential supervisor or supervisors. Although the minimum requirements for admission are set by Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, no student will be admitted unless a faculty member in the Zoology program agrees to accept a student into their laboratory group. Applicants should contact the potential supervisor(s) and provide them with unofficial or draft versions of the elements that will go into the online application (i.e., transcripts and letters from referees; see below). It is highly recommended, but not essential, that a potential supervisor encourages an application before proceeding to the next step.

  2. Complete an online application form and pay application fee (collected by Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies).

  3. During the online application process, identify three referees and provide their email address. Ideally, the referees should be faculty members who have supervised your studies and/or research directly. The referees will receive an email and upload link. If your referee is not able to submit the letter online, we will accept paper references mailed directly to the Zoology Graduate Program. In this case, the envelope should be sealed and endorsed by the referee.

  4. In addition, applicants must submit the following documents (in .pdf format) to the online application system:

    • curriculum vitae;

    • statement of intent outlining your research experience, proposed research project (or ideas), and explaining your interest in working with the particular faculty member(s);

    • scanned copies of up-to-date transcripts of marks from all post-secondary institutions attended. Note that if your application receives departmental approval, official hard copies of transcripts will be required.

    • These documents should be uploaded to the online application system prior to submission.

    • The GRE test is not a mandatory part of the application process, however your potential supervisor may request that you take it.

  5. Most international students must submit original TOEFL scores.

Application Deadline

Applications are reviewed as soon as they are complete, and applicants are encouraged to apply early. To be considered for various awards, all application materials must be received by January 15th. Late applications for admission will be considered if supported by a Zoology faculty member and funding is available.

Students applying for CIHR or NSERC CGS-M scholarships must complete their application for Admission to Zoology by December 1. Applications received after December 1 will still be considered for admission but may not be evaluated in time for a CGS-M scholarship.

Information on financial support can be found here.


For further information contact the zoology graduate coordinator:

Telephone: (604) 822-5807
Fax: (604) 822-2416

Zoology Graduate Program
Department of Zoology
University of British Columbia
Biological Sciences Building
6270 University Boulevard
Vancouver, BC
V6T 1Z4 Canada