Grading systems differ widely between countries. We recommend that applicants have academic backgrounds within the general requirements listed below to ensure a reasonable chance of gaining admission to graduate studies at the Master's level.
Canada and USA: A four year Bachelor's degree with an overall B+ standing in third and fourth year level courses prescribed by the department concerned as prerequisite to the Master's program. From Quebec, a three year Bachelor's degree is acceptable provided the Diplome d'Etudes Collegiales has been previously awarded.
Denmark, Norway, and Sweden: The minimum qualification is the Candidatus, Sivilingenor or Hogskolexmen or equivalent.
France (and other schools modeled after the French system):Diplome or Maitrise; or title Ingenieur with at least overall "Bien" standing. Applicants should arrange for the submission of official releve de notes showing all courses and grades/mentions for each year of study to be sent directly by the home university to UBC.
Germany: Hauptdiplom, Magister Artium or Staatsexamen with at least overall "Gut" standing. Applicants should arrange for the submission of all examination records, Seminarscheine, and diplom certificates to be sent directly by the home university to UBC.
India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh: BEng., BSc (Eng), BTech, BSc (Nurs), BArch, or a Master's degree in a non-engineering field is required for eligibility to UBC's Masters' programs. All degrees must be awarded with First Class/Division standing. Applicants must arrange for the submission of certified copies of detailed mark sheets and degree certificates to be sent to UBC in envelopes sealed and endorsed by the issuing institution.
Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan: A four year Bachelor's degree with an overall B+ average.
Mexico: Licenciado/Licenciatura or Titulo (professional title) requiring at least four years of study with an overall 8/10 or "Bien" standing. Applicants must arrange for the submission of original language transcripts and degree certificates, and English translations of these, to be sent directly from the home university.
New Zealand and Australia: Honours or Bachelor's degree requiring four years of study with an overall minimum standing of Second Class, Upper Division.
People's Republic of China: A four year Bachelor's degree with an overall "B+" average (85% or better). Applicants must arrange for the submission of official transcripts in Chinese and certified (literal) translations to be sent directly from the home university to UBC. Official proof of degree conferral is required in the form of Chinese and certified English degree certificates.
Philippines: Must complete both Bachelor's and Master's degrees in all disciplines with First Class standing or 1.50 (reversed scale).
United Kingdom (and other Commonwealth countries whose system follow that of the UK): Honours Bachelor's degree with at least Upper Class standing. Official statements from the University Registrar indicating program of study, courses taken, and grades achieved are required. An attested copy of the degree certificate showing class and division of degree awarded must also be submitted.