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Frequently asked questions

What are the basic requirements for entrance into the program? 

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. You must satisfy the requirements required by the Faculty of Graduate Studies at the University of British Columbia and must have a good command of the English language. 

How do I Gain Admission into the Program? 

Students must secure a written commitment from a Program Faculty member to become the students research supervisor. This commitment must include both the provision of an appropriate training program and a student stipend. It is strongly recommended that students contact prospective supervisors prior to submitting an online application. 

Where Can I Find a Research Supervisor? 

A list of Research Supervisors is on the IOP website under the topic Supervisors. If you have found a supervisor who is not on the list, please e-mail the graduate administrator ( to find out if that individual is eligible to supervise for the Interdisciplinary Oncology Program. 

How do I Know if I Need to Take an English Test? 

Students whose degrees are from Australia, Botswana, Canada, Ireland, Kenya, New Zealand, South Africa, United Kingdom, United States, or the English speaking countries of the West Indies do not need to take the TOEFL test. All other applicants must take the test. The Interdisciplinary Oncology Program TOEFL minimum component requirements are: Reading 22; Listening 22; Writing 24; Speaking 22; Overall; 100. Please note that in order for the score to be valid the test must have been taken within the last two years.


Where can I find information about applying as an International student?

Where do I Send my Transcripts and Letters of Reference? 

Do not send official transcripts to the program coordinator. Official transcripts are uploaded to the on-line application site. Reference letters are uploaded to the on-line application site by the referee. If they cannot upload their letter here, they can send it by postal mail to: Sharon Ruschkowski Interdisciplinary Oncology Program BC Cancer Research Centre 100-570 west 7th Avenue, Vancouver, BC, V5Z 4S6 CANADA

Where I Can I Find More Information about Faculty of Graduate Studies Admission Requirements? 

Information regarding Faculty of Graduate Studies admission requirements, financial aid, housing, etc. can be found on the Graduate Studies UBC website 

Where can I find general tips for being a successful graduate student?


The IOP caucus has compiled a list of tips and tricks for incoming graduate students at BC Cancer. Click here to learn more.

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