Application and Admission

The Department of Microbiology and Immunology is a competitive graduate program with application numbers that go above spots we have available to offer. Before applying to the graduate program in Microbiology and Immunology, please carefully consider the admission requirements


Program Start Date - Sept 1
Application Deadlines (International) - Feb 1 
Application Deadlines (Domestic) - Feb 14

Program Start Date - Jan 1
Application Deadlines (International) opened by supervisor request - July 30
Application Deadlines (Domestic) opened by supervisor request - Aug 30 

Program Start Date - May 1
Application Deadlines (International) - Oct 30
Application Deadlines (Domestic) - Nov 30

Admission Procedures

Admission to the Department of Microbiology and Immunology is dependent on securing a research supervisor and meeting the academic minimum requirements.

If you are an International student, please visit the Graduate Studies website to see the minimum academic requirements by country


  1. Review the application checklist and prepare all required documents and references: 

  2. In order to be accepted into the Graduate program in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, you must secure a supervisor that agrees to have you work in their lab. To find a supervisor, please visit our list of Research Faculty. You are encouraged to contact the faculty members you are interested in working with (via email). It is important to review faculty profiles and research prior to emailing to ensure you are interested in their research projects. Please DO NOT mass email all faculty members in the Department. Applicants are not required to have found a supervisor prior to applying; however, admission to a program is based on supervisor availability.

  3. Email our Microbiology and Immunology Graduate Program Office if you have any questions about the application process: 



Q: Can my references email you directly with their reference letter attached to the email?

A: Reference letters must be confidential. We currently require all references to be submitted via the online application system or your Referee needs to post a letter in a sealed envelope with his or her signature across the seal.

Q: How will I know if I will be accepted into the Faculty of Graduate Studies (G+PS)?

A: Once a Faulty member has agreed to supervise you as a Graduate student, your file is reviewed by the Graduate advisory committee and conditionally offered admission. Final admission is confirmed by (G+PS) email.

Q: Can I drop off my documents and references to the Graduate Program Office (GPO)?

A: Yes you can. Please make sure they are unopened and sealed in their original envelopes.


Q: I am not sure all my references can submit by the deadline? If necessary can the deadline be extended?

A: In some instances a deadline extension is possible. Please send an email to the Graduate Program Office.


Q: Can I apply to the Department of Microbiology and Immunology without finding a supervisor first?

A: Yes, you can apply! However, acceptance to the program requires a commitment from a Research Supervisor.

Q: Does the department participate in the Conditional Admission Program for English Language School.

A: The Department of Microbiology and Immunology does not participate in the Conditional Admission Program for English Language School.

Q: Is it true that PhD students do not have to pay tuition?

A: PhD students will receive a tuition award for the first four years of their PhD program. The tuition award covers the value of your tuition and is provided by the Faculty of Science and UBC's Graduate Student Initiative. The PhD tuition rebate is equivalent to the regular tuition fee assessment. PhD students in their 5th year receive tuition support from their supervisors. The PhD tuition rebate does not cover student fees.

For “MSc → PhD” student transfer, you will also receive this rebate starting on the term that your transfer becomes effective on.

Q: Do Master’s students receive an equivalent tuition break?

A: Master’s students must pay their tuition. However, they receive a supplement on each paycheque up to the value of their tuition and fees to compensate for the cost of tuition.