M.A. Admission Information

The Graduate Program in Science and Technology Studies offers two distinct paths toward the M.A degree.  PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING CAREFULLY IN ORDER TO DIRECT YOUR APPLICATION TO THE APPROPRIATE DEPARTMENT OR UNIT.

For those students with a background in English, History, Sociology or Philosophy:

Please apply directly to one of the participating departments. See below for deadlines and links to those Graduate Programs and follow their instructions.

Admission Information for the Department of English is here.

Admission Information for the Department of History is here.

Admission Information for the Department of Geography is here.

Admission Information for the Department of Philosophy is here.

When submitting your application, please clearly indicate in your proposal as well as on the application form that you would like to be considered for the Masters Research Stream in STS. 

For students with a background in the sciences or other areas:

Please apply directly to the MA in STS program. The application is fully online.

***Canadian students intending to apply for federal graduate funding (normally from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada – SSHRC) should note that the deadlines for these funding programs may be considerably earlier than department-administered deadlines. MA applicants should apply directly via the SSHRC Research Net portal. If there is no STS department on the CGSM application, please list Philosophy as the department so your application will be received by the Graduate Program Assistant.

Applicants must submit an online application along with ALL supporting documents by the application deadline. Required supporting documents that must be uploaded to the online application include:

  • Electronic copies of official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions. UBC graduates are not required to provide UBC transcripts. Please visit this page for more information on transcript requirements.
  • Three confidential letters of reference on your academic ability and qualifications.
  • Brief statement of your interests in Science & Technology Studies (max 500 words).
  • Writing Sample: electronic copy of a recent paper (15-20 pages) preferably in the area in which you wish to specialize.
  • Evidence of English Language proficiency is required for applicants from a University outside of Canada where English is not the primary language of instruction. These applicants must meet program minimums: TOEFL or IELTS.

M.A. Admission FAQ