Student admissions, outcomes and other data

Past Admissions

Of the students currently enrolled in the program, 30% are male, and we encourage more men to apply. Current students range in age from 23 to 46 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, 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 50% report other ethnic backgrounds, most commonly Asian. Students represent diversity in sexual orientation, nationality, family status, and disabilities. Finally, 55% of the students in the program speak a language in addition to English, including French, Cantonese, Mandarin, and Spanish.

Academic Year2010-112011-122012-132013-142014-152015-162016-17
Positions/Training Capacity8577466
Applications - at BA level168137161130114111126
Applications - at MA level813
Offered Admission8577466
Offers as % Applications (Automatically Calculated)5%4%4%5%4%5%4%
Accepted Offer/Enrolled8366446
Self-Identify as Diverse (i.e., minority, disability, LGBTQ)304313
From Outside of Province5343132
From Outside of Canada1000020
External Scholarship/Fellowship6143002
Internal Scholarship/Fellowship7364433
First Year Tuition & Fees$5,452$5,540$5,562$5,786

Program Costs

The Psychology Department commits to providing a base of $17,500 per year of financial support for MA students for two years ($18,000 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 2014-2015, clinical graduate students received $29,198 (sd=$8.838) in support. Recruitment fellowships, the most common type of support offered to incoming graduate students, are $17,500 for one year. Teaching assistantships pay $11,578 for MA students and $12,032 for PhD students for 12 hours/week over the course of two semesters; partial TA positions are available. First year tuition costs are $5,787.
Detailed information about costs of attending UBC as a graduate student can be found on the Faculty of Graduate and Post Doctoral Studies website. Estimated costs of graduate studies at the MA level include tuition and student fees (includes a transit pass) and basic medical/dental insurance. 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.

Program Graduates

Academic Year2010-112011-122012-132013-142014-152015-162016-17
Graduated - Fall3233366
Graduated - Spring0000110
Self-Identify as Aboriginal0000000
Average Time to Completion in
Years - Post BA-entry
Average Time to Completion in
Years - Post MA-entry (or N/A)
Total Number of Graduates in
Preceding 7 Years
Licensed as % Graduates
(Automatically Calculated)

Among 15 clinical students who have received their PhD from our department from September 2010 to April 2015, the mean time to completion including the internship year, was 7.71 years (SD=1.15). 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 4.93 publications, and they have authored or co-authored 12 papers presented at professional conferences. Excluding students who are on internship, 11 (33%) currently hold competitive external research fellowships, and an additional 45 of students are current recipients of competitive university fellowships. At the time of graduation, 100% of our graduates in the past five years have had at least one publication (mean = 5.95 publications), and 100% had presented their research at a professional conference at least once (mean = 11.33 conference presentations).

Academic Year2010-112011-122012-132013-142014-152015-162016-17
Total Full-Time Students28363336363334
Total Part-Time Students0000000
Age Range24-4422-4523-4623-3123-32
Self-Identify as Diverse (ie,
minority, disability, LGBTQ)
Co/Authors of Papers at
Professional/Scientific Meetings
Co/Authors of Articles in
Referred Journals
Members/Affiliates in
Professional/Scientific Societies
Teaching Assistantship24212424272725
Research Assistantship678781418
External Scholarship/Fellowship148816111819
Internal Scholarship/Fellowship17182013161712
Worked more than 20 Hours/week0000000
Withdrew from Programme1020000


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.

Academic Year2010-112011-122012-132013-142014-152015-162016-17
Total Applicants1545456
Applicants for 2nd (or +) Time0012010
Withdrew from APPIC Match
(if applicable)
Matched to Half-Time Internship
Matched to Full-Time Internship1425356
CPA or APA Accredited Internship1425346
Accredited Match as % Applicants
(Automatically Calculated)
APPIC, Non-Accredited Internship0
Non-APPIC, Non-Accredited10
Internship Outside of Province1223246
Internship Outside of Canada11222
Mean Practicum Hours (on AAPI)1,3139181,1051,1831,0831,293910
Mean Internship Stipend$35,518$31,197$27,375$31,893


Over the past five years, no students have left the program before obtaining the Ph.D. for any reason, including personal situations as well as academic reasons.


Of 18 recent graduates from our program, 14 are already registered as psychologists and the remainder are in process or will not pursue registration as it is not required for their employment. None has been unsuccessful in seeking registration.


Seven of 17 recent graduates from our program are employed in settings that involved at least some research activity, along with clinical service provision. Ten are employed in clinical positions or have opened a private practice, and one works for government. Graduates from our program hold faculty positions at Concordia University, Dalhousie University, Simon Fraser University, University of British Columbia, York University, and University of Toronto. In addition, other 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 such as 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 3.70 publications since graduating.