Admissions requirements

Students who apply for entrance into the Interdisciplinary Oncology Program must have completed a BA, BSc, MA, MSc, MD or hold an equivalent degree from a recognized institution. 

To be accepted into the Program, prospective students must satisfy both the general requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies of UBC and the specific requirements of the Interdisciplinary Oncology Program Advisory Committee. Those requirements generally include a first class standing in 3rd and 4th year courses, a good command of the English language (see TOEFL score requirements) and an academic background which has adequately prepared the student for required oncology courses. Please click here to apply online


Finally, to gain full admission to the Program, students must secure a written commitment from an IOP faculty member to become the student's research supervisor. This commitment must include both the provision of an appropriate training program and a student stipend.  In May of 2011, the minimum stipend for an IOP student was set to $24,300 CDN per year.


It is strongly recommended that students contact prospective supervisors prior to submitting an on-line application to the Faculty of Graduate Studies. If you have found a supervisor who is not on the list, please email the IOP Program Coordinator to find out if that individual is eligible to supervise for the Interdisciplinary Oncology Program. 

When considering a student's application

  • the Faculty of Graduate Studies ensures the student meets the minimum academic requirements of the University,

  • the Advisory Committee ensures that the student has the appropriate background for the graduate program and 

  • the research supervisor ensures that the student's research interests and background match well with those of his/her lab.

If these three levels of requirements are not met, the student cannot be admitted into the program. 

STUDENT STIPENDS: (Effective since Jan 2019) 


$24,300 is the minimum stipend to be provided to each IOP student by his or her graduate supervisor. IOP awards cannot be counted toward that $24,300 stipend 


If an outside award or equivalent is received, the supervisor should top up by 25% of the value of the outside award to a max of $5,500K in addition to the $24,300 minimum stipend. For example, if a student receives an award worth 18K, the supervisor would continue to provide the 6.3K to bring the student up to the minimum stipend, and would also provide the student with an additional 18K x 25% = $4500. 

The max amount of funds a student can receive is $50K from any source. 

Information regarding Faculty of Graduate Studies admission requirements, financial aid, housing, etc. can be found on the Grad Studies web site. If you require additional information regarding the Interdisciplinary Oncology Program please contact Program Coordinator, Interdisciplinary Oncology Program, Genome Sciences Centre, 100-570 west 7th Avenue, Vancouver, BC, V5Z 4S6 CANADA Tel: 604-707-5803; Email: