Information for Prospective Students
News: I plan to admit 1-2 graduate students for the 2024-2025 academic year. I will consider both Master's and PhD applicants. The Master's is a 2-year research Master's; I generally do not take on essay (course-based) Masters's students. If ultimately you want to do a PhD, but are not sure you want to commit to the full 5 years, the PhD Track is a good choice.
Links to extra information about: financial support, application fee waivers, minimum requirements for admission into graduate studies, and minimum English proficiency requirements.
The UBC Thesis Master's program is research-focused. That means that while you will take some classes, the main focus is in writing a thesis, which could become an academic publication. The Master's is a good option for students who want to do research if they want to spend the next 5+ years doing research (as for a PhD). The Master's program, if advised by me, is not as good an option for students who are mostly looking to gain additional professional skills for a software engineering role.
The most important parts of your application are your Statement of Intent and Reference Letters.
You do not have control over the reference letters beyond choosing your reference writers. try to choose reference writers who know you personally, e.g. your undergraduate research supervisor. A professor whose class you took can be a good option if the professor knows you well (because it was a small class, or you went to office hours), and you did well in the class.
You do have control over your Statement of Intent (SoI), however. I am looking for 3 main things in a statement of intent:
Additionally, your SoI is a place where you can briefly mention the existence of any hardships that might affect your application: e.g., if you had one semester where you failed your courses due to medical or family emergency.
You are welcome to contact me if you have additional clarification questions. However, as mentioned above, I cannot process applications or make guarantees about supervision by email.
If you are contacting me via email, put "[prospective-student]" as the first part of your subject line. I get many emails from prospective students and cannot answer them all; this helps me spot emails with specific queries.You can also email me to let me know you have applied, if you are particularly interested in working with me---if so, briefly mention in your email why you are particularly interested in UBC and my research group.
Additional InformationThomas Pasquier's information for potential students ("Joining my Lab") is very helpful in outlining a good Statement of Intent, and the importance of research fit with your supervisor. William Bowman explains one perspective on the application process in more detail.