PhD Admissions

Admission Requirements

Admission to the PhD Program in Language & Literacy Education requires:

  • a Master’s degree with high standing in a relevant educational discipline,
  • a sample of work demonstrating an ability to undertake research and scholarly writing (unbound copies only, max. 30 pages). If at all possible, please send your written work as an electronic file (doc or pdf) to
  • CV or resume outlining work experience and academic history
  • a letter of intent describing the proposed focus and how it fits with the research programs of two or three faculty members as well as benefits to the applicant of the program and
  • the support of three referees including an assessment by at least two university instructors, preferably one of whom is the supervisor of the masters thesis.

Admission to the doctoral program is highly competitive and we have the capacity to admit only a few of the many qualified applicants each year. We strongly advise you to become familiar with the information posted on the department web page including policy and procedures and the research programs of faculty members. Admissions decisions are made by a committee and, unfortunately, individual professors are unable to assess applications in advance of the committee’s adjudication.

Decisions to recommend offers of admission are based on the following criteria:

  1. very high grades, especially in the last two years of study; awards; fellowships; scholarships; and distinctions
  2. relevant professional and academic experience including conference presentations, professional workshops, and publications
  3. outstanding letters of recommendation
  4. a coherent, well-written statement of intent
  5. at least two years of successful teaching experience or equivalent
  6. English Proficiency Tests: Applicants from a university outside Canada in which English is not the primary language of instruction must provide results of an English language proficiency examination as part of their application. For acceptable tests and scores, see Application Information.
  7. the availability of a faculty member with similar research interests and appropriate background to supervise the proposed research

The PhD program has only one start date for international and domestic students which is September each year. The deadline for submitting the online application and supporting documents is December 1, 2014 for the September 2015 start date.

Read the information about how to apply and do it on-line.

Please forward supporting documents to:
Graduate Program Assistant
Department of Language & Literacy Education
University of British Columbia
2125 Main Mall
Vancouver, B.C.
Canada V6T 1Z4
Telephone: (604) 822-8259
Facsimile: (604) 822-3154

The department Graduate Academic Advisor, Ling Shi is available to answer any questions.