Online Learning and COVID-19 Resources

Undergraduate program COVID-19 updates

The Department of Psychology is offering all of its BA and BSc courses online for the 2020/21 Winter Session (Sept 2020 – April 2021), for the health and safety of everyone. Most of our courses (except for “distance education” courses) will have both synchronous (live, real-time) and asynchronous (flexible time-frame) components. Our goal is to offer an asynchronous alternative (e.g., an alternate assessment, extended contribution deadline, lecture recording) for any synchronous component.

When registering, please build your course schedule as normal (i.e., choose courses that do not create a conflict in your schedule), as you can expect your fall courses to combine both synchronous and asynchronous activities. For those of you who may be far remote from campus or have daytime responsibilities, we have evening sections; we also have fully asynchronous online sections (i.e., distance education; section numbers with 99A or 99C).

We look forward to seeing you in our online classes!

Graduate program COVID-19 updates

For the 2020-2021 Admissions cycle, please note the following changes to our admissions requirements.

Note: The application portal will be open from September 1 to December 1, 2020. Once the deadline has passed, updated or additional documents will not be accepted. It is important for applicants to ensure that all documents are properly uploaded and submitted by the application deadline. View admissions requirements and program information.

Official Transcripts
Due to COVID-related disruptions, please ensure you follow the transcript requirements and instructions on uploading transcripts as posted on the G+PS website.  Please do not mail transcripts to us as most units are working remotely and there will be a long delay in mail processing.

Pass/Fail grades
We will take into account the significant disruptions caused by COVID-19 and pass/fail grades will not be used in GPA calculation. Please refer to the Program Requirements section for information on admissions requirements and GPA calculations.

We are aware that COVID-19 has created challenges for some students in taking the GREs. As such, we are not requiring GREs as part of the admissions application. However, if you are able to or have already taken the tests, you may submit the test scores. For questions about our policy, please contact your potential supervisors or the Associate Head of Graduate Affairs (

Proof of English Language Proficiency
TOEFL iBT Take Home test will be accepted for applicants who are unable to take the test at a testing centre. Please refer to the G+PS English Proficiency Requirements page for up-to-date information related to COVID-19 disruptions.

Reference Letters
For referees with a non-institutional email address, they may email the paper reference form to us directly at Reference letters must be signed and completed on letterhead and sent directly by the referee. The letter will be considered unacceptable if the applicant was copied on the email. Due to the COVID disruptions, please do not mail reference letters to our office. Reference letters are due on December 15, 2020

COVID-19 and UBC’s response

View UBC’s latest updates and resources for students, faculty, and staff. More.

UBC’s COVID-19 campus rules

As restrictions are lifted and UBC operations return to a “new normal” we can all protect our campus community by doing our part to reduce the risk of infection. More.

Keep in touch

Contact us if you have any questions or need support. More.


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