Admission Requirements

Academic Background

  • Applicants must have an academic background in a relevant forest, natural or environmental science field.

Minimum Credentials and GPA

  • For applicants with Canadian or USA credentials: The academic equivalent of a four-year bachelor’s degree with a minimum overall average in the B+ range in third- and fourth-year courses (at UBC, these are courses numbered 300-499).
  • For applicants with International credentials, requirements vary by country. The minimum standards as outlined on the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website will apply; see the full list of general requirements for international credentials.

English Language Proficiency

Applicants whose prior degree is from a university outside Canada in which English is not the primary language of instruction must provide official results of an English language proficiency examination as part of their application. Tests must be taken within the last 24 months at the time of submission of your program application.

  • Acceptable tests TOEFL and IELTS
  • Score Submission: TOEFL and IELTS test takers can request electronic submission of scores to universities. We accept electronic delivery directly from the test centre to UBC only.
  • The minimum TOEFL internet-based score required for a Forestry graduate program application is 90, with a minimum score in each component: Reading – 22; Writing – 21; Listening – 22; Speaking – 21. Use UBC institution code 0965. TOEFL MyBest composite scores are not accepted. 
  • For IELTS, a minimum overall band score of 6.5 is required, with a minimum score of 6.0 in each component of the academic (NOT general) test.
  • If you completed your degree credential in a non-English speaking country but your university’s primary language of instruction is English, we require an official letter from the University Registrar to confirm this. In such cases, you may be exempted from language testing.

Other Considerations

  • We welcome applications from both domestic and international students. 
  • Individuals of Indigenous ancestry are particularly encouraged to apply. More information about Indigenous engagement at UBC can be found in the UBC-V Indigenous Portal.
  • Admission standards for our graduate certificate program align with the standards set by UBC’s Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Given that the number of applicants may exceed the number of positions available, a record that satisfies basic entrance requirements does not guarantee admission.