Past Admissions

Of the students currently enrolled in the program, 18% are male, and we encourage more men to apply. Current students range in age from 23 to 44 years, with an average of 29 years. Students in the program have a range of backgrounds. Although most were accepted shortly following undergraduate degrees in psychology (67% were Honours degrees), other students have entered the program with backgrounds and professional degrees in areas such as political science, economics, and biology. Most students in the program describe themselves as Canadians of European descent, but about 40% report other ethnic backgrounds, most commonly Asian. Students represent diversity in sexual orientation, nationality, family status, and disabilities. Finally, 64% of the students in the program speak a language in addition to English, including French, Cantonese, Mandarin and Spanish.

  2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Applicants to program            
# of applicants 135 110 168 137 161 130
# offered admission 6 7 8 5 7 7
# of incoming students 2 5 8 3 6 6
# receiving financial support 2 5 8 3 6 6
Incoming Class            
GRE Verbal mean percentile 96 87 87 94 94 94
GRE Verbal median percentile 96 90 93 95 97 93
GRE Quantitative mean percentile 58 76 84 68 84 75
GRE Quantitative median percentile 58 81 88 72 85 73
GRE Analytic mean percentile 79 76 82 90 80 90
GRE Analytic median percentile 79 77 81 95 87 92
Average undergrad GPA 88% 90% 88% 89% 91% 86%

Program Costs

The Psychology Department commits to providing a base of $16,000 per year of financial support for MA students for two years ($17,000 for PhD students for four years) through a combination of fellowships (internal or external), teaching assistantships and research assistantships.  This support, plus attendance at a funded internship, covers the typical student's graduate education.On average during 2012-2013, clinical graduate students received $25,515 (sd=$11,205) in support. Recruitment fellowships, the most common type of support offered to incoming graduate students, are $17,500 for one year. Teaching assistantships pay $11,132 for MA students and $11,570 for PhD students for 12 hours/week over the course of two semesters; partial TA positions are available.

Detailed information about costs of attending UBC as a graduate student can be found on the Faculty of Graduate Studies website.  Estimated annual costs of graduate studies at the MA level include tuition of approximately $4,436 and student fees (includes a transit pass) of $797, and basic medical/dental insurance of $219 (plus an additional $120 for international students).   Books and supplies total about $1,500 in the first year and may be less later.  Graduate students will also require a personal laptop, which must be purchased at their own expense.  In addition, of course, students incur personal living expenses, which vary by lifestyle choices.

Time of Completion

Among 24 clinical students who have received their PhD from our department from September 2006 to August 2013, the mean time to completion was 7.1 years (median = 6.85 years). Of those 24 graduates, no student completed the program in less than six years. Six students (24%) completed in six years; 13 completed within seven years (55%); five students required more than seven years to complete the program (21%). These figures do not include time students were on leave from the program for medical or parental reasons.

Research Productivity

Reflecting our emphasis on clinical science, graduate students in the clinical program are successful in research. On average, our current graduate students in clinical psychology have four publications, and they have authored or co-authored ten papers presented at professional conferences. Eight (24%) currently hold competitive external research fellowships, and an additional 56% of students are current recipients of competitive university fellowships. At the time of graduation, 95% of our graduates in the past seven years have had at least one publication (range = 0-13, mean = 4.69 publications), and 100% had presented their research at a professional conference at least once (range = 2-34, mean = 7.1 conference presentations).


The table below shows data on our students’ success in obtaining internships.  Data are listed with reference to the year students matched for internship and began attendance.  Note that our students are required to attend an APA- or CPA-accredited internship in order to meet degree requirements.

  Match Year
  2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
# students who applied 2 5 4 1 5 4 5
# obtaining an internship* 2 4 4 1 4 2 5
% of applicants obtaining internship* 100% 80% 100% 100% 80%  50% 100%

*Note: All of these internships are CPA- or APA-accredited, and all are funded.


The following table shows the number and percentage of students who enrolled in our program for each year, along with the number who received their Ph.D., the number of students who are still enrolled, and the number who left the program without receiving a PhD.  These attrition rates include students who have left the program before obtaining the Ph.D. for any reason, including personal situations as well as academic reasons.

Year of enrolment # students enrolled #(%) received PhD #(%) currently enrolled #(%) no longer enrolled for any reason other than completion of PhD
2006 4 0 2(50%) 2(50%)
2007 4 0 3(75%) 1(25%)
2008 2 0 2(100%) 0
2009 5 0 5(100%) 0
2010 8 0 7(88%) 1(12%)
2011 3 0 3(100%) 0
2012 6 0 6(100%) 0


In the past 10 years (September 2003 to August 2013), 43 students graduated from our program. Of those 41 who graduated at least two years ago (before September 2010), 38 (93%) are currently registered (licensed) as psychologists, and two (5%) are in the process of becoming registered. The remaining one student is preparing for a fulltime academic position and has not sought registration.


Among graduates from our clinical science program in the past 10 years, approximately 24% are employed in settings that primarily involve scholarly activities such as research or teaching. Our recent graduates hold faculty positions at Concordia University, Dalhousie University, Simon Fraser University, University of British Columbia, York University, and University of Toronto. In addition, another 37% of recent graduates hold positions outside of universities that nevertheless involve a significant amount of scholarly activity. These positions include hospital-based jobs on mental health units that have a dual mission of research and clinical service. Some of these settings in which recent graduates from our program are employed include BC Women’s and Children’s Hospital, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, and London Health Sciences Centre. On average, our recent graduates have authored or co-authored 5.09 (sd = 7.63, median = 2) publications since graduating.

Approximately 30% of our graduates are engaged primarily in clinical practice, either in private solo or group practice or within a regional health authority.

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