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Psychology: Bachelor of Arts Degree - Major or Honours

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  • Fall
  • Spring

Study Options
  • Co-Op
  • Location
    Point Grey Campus - Vancouver BC
  • Campuses


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    City of Vancouver
  • Length
    Four Years
  • Tuition Estimate
    $6004 per year
  • Book & Supplies Cost Estimates
    $2120 per year
  • Credential Granted
    Bachelor's Degree

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Application Deadline Advice

Applications must be submitted by January 15 for September entry. Early application is recommended. Confirm dates with UBC.

Application Fee: $68

Admission for BC High School Graduates:


1. Meet UBC's English Language Requirement

2A. Admission is competitive. Courses used to calculate the grade point average (GPA) are:

  • English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
  • Principles of Math 12 or Pre-Calculus 12 (with at least a 67% grade)
  • two other approved Grade 12 courses including at least one of: Biology 12, Chemistry 12, Geology 12, or Physics 12

2B. Additional courses required for admission, but not used in the calculation of the GPA are:

  • English 11
  • Language 11 or waiver
  • Chemistry 11
  • Physics 11
  • Pre-Calculus 11 or Foundations of Math 12
  • Civic Studies 11 or Social Studies 11 or First Nations Studies 12


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Admission Advice

1. UBC's Admission's web page offers outstanding information for navigating the admissions process. It includes easy-to-follow advice for potential students in all admission categories.

2. You can apply to enter the Major program after completing at least 27 credits (about 9 courses).

3. The following courses are approved Grade 12 courses:

  • All Advanced Placement courses (AP Calculus cannot be used instead of Pre-Calculus 12)
  • All International Baccalaureate courses (excluding Math Studies and Ab Initio language courses)
  • American Sign Language 12
  • BC First Nations Studies 12 (if not used to meet the Social Studies 11 requirement)
  • Biology 12
  • Calculus 12
  • Chemistry 12
  • Economics 12
  • English Literature 12
  • English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
  • Français Langue 12 or French 12
  • Geography 12
  • Geology 12
  • German 12
  • Halq'eméylem 12
  • Heiltsuk 12
  • History 12
  • Hul'q'umi'num' 12
  • Japanese 12
  • Kwak'wala 12
  • Law 12
  • Liqwala/Kwak'wala 12
  • Mandarin 12
  • nsíylxcen 12
  • Nte?kepmxcin 12
  • Nuu-chah-nulth 12
  • Pre-Calculus 12
  • Physics 12
  • Punjabi 12
  • Secwepemctsin (Shuswap Language) 12
  • Shashishalhem (Sechelt Language) 12
  • Sim'algaxhl Nisga'a 12
  • Sm'algyax 12
  • Spanish 12
  • Tsek'ene 12
  • Upper St'at'imcets 12

English Language Requirements


One of the following (minimum scores):

  • Three consecutive years of full time education in English in Canada immediately prior to attending UBC
  • Four consecutive years of full time education in English in a country other than English where English is the primary language immediately prior to attending UBC
  • A 70% grade or better on the provincial examination portion of BC English 12 or the equivalent
  • A grade of 4 on Advanced Placement (AP) English Language and Composition or AP Literature and Composition
  • A grade of 5 on International Baccalaureate English A (higher or standard level)
  • A CAE score of a B
  • A CAEL score of 70 with a speaking subtest score of 60
  • A CPE score of a C
  • An IELTS score of 6.5 with no part less than a 6
  • A MELAB score of 85 with 3 in the speaking test
  • A PTE score of 65 with a 60 in Reading, Listening, Writing and Speaking
  • An internet based TOEFL score of 90 with a:
    • 22 in reading
    • 22 in listening
    • 21 in writing
    • 21 in speaking
  • A paper based TOEFL score of 55 in Reading, Listening and Writing and a 4.0 TWE score
  • Six credits of post-secondary first-year English studies at a recognized university in an English speaking country
  • Graduation from a recognized degree program at an accredited university where English is the primary language of instruction in a country where English is the principal language
  • Four or more years at an eligible international secondary school that uses English as the language of instruction in a country where the primary language is not English
  • Achieve a UBC Certificate in English Language or CEL by completing Level 600 of the UBC Continuing Studies English for Academic Purposes program on UBC’s Vancouver campus.
  •  If you are proficient in English, but do not meet the above requirements, you can request a waiver of the English language requirement
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General Admission Requirements (All Students)

All students must meet UBC's English Language Admission Standard. If you have completed three years of full-time education in English in Canada, you will have met this standard. It's also possible to meet this English language requirement in several other ways. For complete details check the English Language Competency webpage

BC Secondary School (or equivalent)

Admissions details for BC & Yukon high school students can be found on the BC High School Requirements page and the Yukon High School Requirements page.



Admission details for all high school students in Canada can be found on the Canadian High School web-page

BC Transfer Student

Canadian post-secondary students wishing to transfer to UBC should read the eligibility criteria for transfer students and visit the  Post-secondary studies web page.

Out-of-Province Transfer Student

For details on transfer for college students outside of BC check here.

For details on transfer for university students outside of BC check here.

Mature Student

Visit the Mature students web page  for admissions information.

International Student

For details on International Student admission check here.

Other Student (including Special Consideration)

Details on admission requirements for Canadian Aboriginal Students are found here.

Details for studying at UBC as a Visiting Student are found here.


How to Apply

To apply to UBC please visit the My Application web page 

Also visit University of British Columbia's web site.