How to Apply: Graduate Certificate Programs

Please Note Application Deadlines

Please note the application deadlines outlined on this web page. You must submit your application and all relevant documents (transcripts, references, etc.) by this date. If your application is not complete by the application deadline, it cannot be considered.

How to Submit Your Application

Applications to UBC Graduate Certificate Programs must be submitted online using the Graduate Certificate Online Application System.

In addition to applying online, you must ALSO submit copies of your documents directly to the MET administrative office.

The following hard copy documents must be received by the MET office  by mail:

  • Original copies of your transcripts.
  • Letters of reference must be submitted either by mail, or through the online application system (see details below).

MET Program
UBC Faculty of Education
1304 – 2125 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z4

The following documents can be accepted by email to, or by post:

  • Cover letter with statement of intent
  • Current résumé/ Curriculum vitae

Required Documents

Your graduate certificate program application should include the documents listed below.

Cover Letter with Statement of Intent

You must submit a written statement of up to 500 words outlining your professional and scholarly goals and how these align with the graduate certificate program.


Transcripts are required from each post-secondary institution you have attended. This requirement includes any institution where you took a course for a grade, even if the course(s) were transferred to another institution. If scanned, you must scan both front and back of each document. These documents will be used for the initial evaluation of your application.

NOTE: Grade sheets are not transcripts and will not be accepted in lieu of copies of official transcripts.

International transcripts must include a notation of the degree earned. If this is not on the transcript, you must provide an official degree certificate from the university as well as your transcript. Applicants should submit both official English translations (by the university) as well as original language transcripts and degree certificates. These transcripts should must been issued within two years of your application.

Letters of Reference

Applicants must submit three letters from individuals able to report on your academic abilities and qualifications. While at least one academic reference is preferred, it is not absolutely required. Work references that can speak to your initiative, intellectual capacity and work ethic are welcome. For a reference document to be considered official, the document and the envelope’s seal must be signed by the referee.

Alternatively, references can now be submitted electronically in the following manner: When you submit your application, include the referee’s email address. This will generate an automatic email which contains a link to a site where your reference can enter his/her reference, and then submit it. They can type as much as they want, despite the apparent size of the text box. This link will only be available when your application is submitted. If you plan on having your reference(s) submit their reference by mail, please leave the email address blank on the application.

Résumé / Curriculum vitae

Please include a current résumé / curriculum vitae with your application.

English Proficiency Test Results

If you are applying from outside Canada and from a country in which English is not the primary language of instruction, you must provide results of an English language proficiency examination as part of your application. Tests must have been taken within the last 24 months at the time of submission of your application. See English Proficiency Requirements on the UBC Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website for further details.

Help with Your Application

Please contact MET Support at if you require assistance with your application.