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English Language Proficiency Standards and GRE Requirements

Minimum acceptable English language proficiency scores for applicants to programs in the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies are:

  • CAE (Certificate in Advanced English): B
  • CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language Assessment): overall 70, with 60 on the speaking sub-test
  • CEL (UBC Certificate in English Language): 600
  • CELPIP (Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program)
          CELPIT-A (Academic Reading and Writing): 4L
          CELL (Listening): 4L
          CELTOP (Speaking): 4L
  • CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English): C
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System - Academic): 6.5 with no part less than 6.0
  • MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery): 85 final score, with 3 in the speaking test
  • PTE (Pearson Test of English - Academic): 65 overall score, with 60 reading, 60 writing, 60 listening, and 60 speaking
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
          either the paper based test: 55 each for reading, listening, and writing, with 4.0 on the
          Test of Written English (TWE);
          or the internet-based test: 90 overall score, with 22 reading, 21 writing, 22 listening, and
          21 speaking

Individual graduate programs may require higher English language proficiency scores, and may require minimum scores on individual components of the test. Translations between the TOEFL scores shown below and results from other tests will be made by the graduate programs concerned, taking guidance from the tables provided by the respective testing agencies: CAEL, CELPIP, IELTS, MELAB and PTE.

Note: The table below receives regular updates throughout the year and outlines the minimum component score.

TOEFL and GRE Requirements

Program Reading/Writing/Listening/Speaking - Component Scores for Internet-based TOEFL Internet-based TOEFL Overall   GRE
Accounting 100
Adult Learning and Education 100
Adult Learning and Global Change 100
Ancient Culture, Religion, and Ethnicity 100
Anthropology 25/25/22/22 100
Architecture (M.A.S.A) 100 Yes1
Architecture (M.Arch.) 100 Yes1
Archival Studies (M.A.S. and M.A.S./M.L.I.S.) 100
Art Education 22/22/22/22 92
Art History 100
Art History (Critical and Curatorial Studies) 100
Atmospheric Science 22/21/22/24 100 Yes1
Audiology and Speech Sciences 100
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 106 Yes
Bioinformatics 100
Cell and Developmental Biology 100
Chemistry 92 Yes
Children's Literature 100
Civil Engineering6 100
Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology 100
Classics 100
Commerce and Business Admin. (M.Sc.B., Ph.D.) 100 Yes2
Composition (D.M.A.) 93
Computer Science 100
Counselling Psychology Yes
Craniofacial Science 93 Yes
Curriculum and Leadership 22/22/22/22 92
Curriculum Studies 22/22/22/22 92
Economics Yes
Educational Administration and Leadership 100
Educational Leadership and Policy 100
Educational Studies 100
Electrical and Computer Engineering 100
Endodontics 93
English 104
Ethnomusicology 93
European Studies 92
Experimental Medicine 22/22/22/22 96
Film Production (M.F.A.) 100
Film Studies (M.A. and Ph.D.) 100
Finance 100
Forestry (M.Sc., M.A.Sc., M.F., Ph.D.) 100
Forestry (M.I.F., M.S.F.M.) 100
Genetic Counselling 100
Genome Science and Technology 100
Geography 100
Geological Engineering 22/21/22/24 100
Geological Sciences 22/21/22/24 100
Geophysics 22/21/22/24 100
Higher Education 100
Home Economics Education 22/22/22/22 92
Interdisciplinary Oncology 22/24/22/22 100
Journalism 104
Kinesiology 23/23/23/21 90
Landscape Architecture 100
Language and Literacy Education 22/22/22/22 92
Law4 100
Library and Information Studies 100
Library, Archival and Information Studies 100 Yes3
Management Information Systems 100 Yes2
Management Science 100 Yes2
Marketing 100 Yes2
Mathematics 100
Mathematics Education 22/22/22/22 92
Measurement, Evaluation, and Research Methodology Yes3
Mechanical Engineering5 93 Yes1
Media and Technology Studies Education 22/22/22/22 92
Medical Genetics 100
Microbiology and Immunology 100 Yes7
Music (M.A., Ph.D., D.M.A.) 93 Yes9
Music Education 22/22/22/22 92
Musicology 93
Music Theory 93
Neuroscience 100 Yes7
Nursing 100 Yes
Nurse Practitioner 100
Occupational and Environmental Hygiene 100 Yes
Occupational Therapy 100
Oceanography 100
Orchestral Instrument (D.M.A.) 93 Yes
Organizational Behaviour 100 Yes
Orthodontics 92
Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Yes7
Pediatric Dentistry 93
Periodontics 93
Pharmaceutical Sciences 22/22/22/22 100
Pharmacology 100
Philosophy 100
Physical Education 22/22/22/22 92
Physical Therapy 100
Piano (D.M.A.) 93
Piano (M.Mus.) 100
Planning 100 600 Yes1
Policy 22/22/22/22 100
Political Science6 22/25/22/23 92 Yes8
Population and Public Health 107 Yes2
Psychology Yes
Rehabilitation Sciences (M.Sc., Ph.D.) 100 Yes7
Rehabilitation Sciences (M.R.Sc.) 108
Religious Studies 100
Resource Management and Environmental Studies 100
School Psychology Yes
Science Education 22/22/22/22 92
Social Studies Education 22/22/22/22 92
Social Work 93 580
Society, Culture, and Politics in Education 100 600
Sociology 25/25/22/22 100 Yes10
Software Systems 100
Special Education Yes3
Statistics 100
Strategy and Business Economics 100 Yes2
Teaching English as a Second Language 22/22/22/22 92
Technology Studies Education 22/22/22/22 92
Theatre (M.A. and Ph.D.) 100
Theory 93
Transportation and Logistics 100
Urban Land Economics 100
Visual Art 100 600
Voice (D.M.A.) 93
1 Not mandatory, but strongly recommended.
2 Or GMAT.
3 Ph.D. program only.
4 TWE: 5.5
5 TSE: 40; TWE: 4.0
6 TSE: 55; TWE: 5.0
7 Applicants from outside North America only.
8 General and subject tests required.
9 Ph.D. programs in Musicology, Music Theory, and Ethnomusicology; M.A. programs in Musicology and Music Theory.
10 For applicants with a degree from a university outside of Canada; results must be from the past 24 months.

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