Application Information


Deadline for application and all supporting documents is December 1, 2015 for TESL and MLED programs for Sept 2016 start date.

Please note that incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Admission start date is every September only for Phd and International Applicants.

For domestic MA/M.Ed. LITR applicants, please contact the graduate assistant for available start dates.

Please complete your online application first before mailing your supporting documents. All applications are done through the Faculty of Graduate Studies Online Application. Please note that your online application will not be processed until you have completed payment online and electronic reference notification will not be sent to your referees unless you have completed the application.

After completing your online application, please send the following documents to the department:

See the Faculty of Graduate Studies Application and Admission

Please note that all courier costs are to be borne by the applicant. The department is unable to accept application documents unless the delivery cost is prepaid. Until your supporting documents are received by the department, you are responsible for the delivery of your supporting documents. If you have questions with regards to your couriered documents, check with the courier company. All documents MUST be received by the deadline.

The following documents are specifically required by the Department for all applicants:

  • Two copies of official transcripts and degree certificates from all colleges and universities previously or currently attended in official, sealed envelopes of the issuing institution (photocopies are not acceptable), to be sent directly to the Department from the issuing university. Applicants who previously attended UBC may request the Department to obtain a copy of their transcripts from Student Services and these will be forwarded to the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Transcripts from other institutions already on file in the Registrar’s Office are the property of the Registrar’s Office; therefore, new transcripts must be ordered for the use of the Department.
  • Three letters of reference must be received by the Department. There are three possible formats: electronic references, paper letters of reference, or paper reference forms (see Letters of Reference). We strongly encourage electronic references through the online application system, in which case a paper version is not required. If sending paper references, the reference letters must be received in a sealed envelope, signed and endorsed by the referee. Photocopies of reference letters, or those received without the sealed, endorsed signature of their referee are not acceptable.
  • A brief statement of intent (about 300 words for MA/MEd; 500 words for PhD) that outlines the applicant’s academic strengths and the specific interests he or she would like to pursue within Language and Literacy Education. See specific requirement for PhD. The statement of intent can be uploaded in the online application,  or emailed directly to:
  • Resumé/Curriculum Vitae,  a short summary of relevant professional and academic background. The CV/resume can be uploaded in the online application, or emailed directly to: See the following suggested items with a CV_Sample.


The following is required for all Ph.D. and M.A. applicants:

  • Writing Sample – An example of scholarly writing, such as a copy of the applicant’s master’s thesis or a substantial scholarly paper, which will be returned to the applicant on request (Unbound copies only, maximum 30 pages; please do not send books or hardbound copies). If at all possible, please upload your writing sample as an electronic file (doc or pdf) in the Online Application, or email the document to

Applicants who completed degrees from a university outside North America in which English is not the primary language of instruction must provide results of an English language proficiency examination as part of their application. Tests must have been taken within the last 24 months at the time of submission of the application, and an official test score report ordered from the testing agency is required. Photocopies of test scores are not acceptable. The official score report must be sent directly by the testing organization to this department: Institution Code 0965, Department Code 85. Applicants who have received a degree from a North American university are not required to submit TOEFL, TWE, IELTS or MELAB scores. Acceptable English language proficiency tests for applicants to graduate studies are:

TOEFL – Test of English as a Foreign Language, minimum score 580 (paper-based) or 237 (computer based), or new minimum TOEFL score of 92 (with a minimum of 22 for each component).
TWE – Test of Written English. For those who take either the paper-based or computer-based TOEFL should also take TWE (Test of Written English) and have a minimum score of 5.
IELTS – International English Language Testing System. Minimum overall band score 7, with no component less than 6.5.

MELAB – Michigan English Language Assessment Battery. Minimum overall score 85.

For more information regarding English Requirements please here.

For all supporting documents listed, please send to the mailing address below:

Graduate Department Address:

Department of Language & Literacy Education
Graduate Program Assistant
University of British Columbia
2125 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC
V6T 1Z4

If sending by courier (Expedited Mail, Fedex, or DHL):

Department of Language & Literacy Education
Graduate Program Assistant
Room 100 – 2034 Lower Mall
Ponderosa Annex “E”
Vancouver, BC
Canada V6T 1Z2