Application deadlines vary by program/concentration. Please note below the program or concentration you are interested in, the possible start dates and the corresponding application deadline.

The dates listed are final deadlines for receiving all components of the application (application form, application fee, letters of reference, official transcripts, statement of intent, writing sample, etc.). It is your responsibility to ensure that all materials reach the graduate program assistant in the Department of Educational Studies in time to be considered for your desired beginning date. Application materials will be accepted after these deadlines only in very exceptional circumstances.

2020/2021 Academic Year

All application documents are required to be received by the application deadline date.
Program/Concentration Program Start Date Application Deadline
PhD in Educational Studies September 2020 November 15, 2019
EdD in Educational Leadership and Policy July 2020 December 1, 2019
MA in Educational Studies September 2020 November 15, 2019
MEd in Adult Learning & Education (ALE) May or July 2020
September 2020
October 17, 2019
February 1, 2020
MEd only in Adult Learning and Global Change (ALGC) September 2020 February 28, 2020
MEd in Educational Administration and Leadership (EDAL) September 2020 February 1, 2020
MEd only collaborative program: Curriculum Leadership (CULE) September 2020 December 1, 2019
MEd in Higher Education (HIED) May or July 2020
September 2020
October 17, 2019
February 1, 2020
MEd Society, Culture and Politics in Education (SCPE) September 2020 February 1, 2020
Visiting Students September 2020 February 1, 2020
ALE Graduate Certificate Program September 2019 May 15, 2019
EDAL Graduate Certificate Program N/A* N/A*
HIED Graduate Certificate Program September 2019 May 15, 2019

* TBA – The next intake for this program will be the 2020/2021 Academic Year


Number of students

The number of graduate students who can be accommodated is limited and only the best qualified applicants can hope to secure places. To ensure that all applicants are treated equitably, your application will go through several stages before a decision is made on acceptance or rejection.


Once your transcripts have been reviewed to determine if you are eligible for admission to graduate study at UBC, several faculty members in scholarly areas related to your area of interest will read your application and individually assess your suitability for admission.

Academic Interests

As well as evaluating all components of your application, we must be convinced by the statement of intent that your academic interests are congruent with those of the department, that your background is adequate for graduate work in your area of interest, and that the department and university possess the necessary resources for you to complete the degree.

An Educational Studies faculty member in your area of interest must be willing to become your adviser.

You will be informed of the department’s decision as soon as possible. If you are admitted conditionally, subject to completing a degree in progress or courses, these conditions will be included in the offer of admission. Successful applicants are asked to inform the department as soon as possible whether or not they are accepting a place in the Department of Educational Studies. If you decide to accept our offer, you should contact your adviser and together plan out a program of study.