Admission Requirements

Students who apply for entrance into the Interdisciplinary Oncology Program must have completed a BA, BSc, MA, MSc, MD or hold an equivalent degree from a recognized institution.

To be accepted into the Program, prospective students must satisfy both the general requirements of the
Faculty of Graduate Studies of UBC and the specific requirements of the Interdisciplinary Oncology Program Advisory Committee. Those requirements generally include a first class standing in 3rd and 4th year courses, a good command of the English language (see TOEFL score requirements) and an academic background which has adequately prepared the student for required oncology courses. Please click here to apply online
Finally, to gain full admission to the Program, students must secure a written commitment from an IOP faculty member to become the student's research supervisor. This commitment must include both the provision of an appropriate training program and a student stipend.  In May of 2011, the minimum stipend for an IOP student was set to $22, 000CDN per year.
It is strongly recommended that students contact prospective supervisors prior to submitting an on-line application to the Faculty of Graduate Studies. If a student wishes to rotate through two or more laboratories before deciding on a supervisor, this may be arranged through the Director of the Program.A list of research supervisors is given at the end of the web site. Personal pages indicating research interests and contact information for many supervisors can be found on the BC Cancer Research Centre web site as well as the University of British Columbia web site. Please note that this list is not updated on a regular basis and may not include all researchers who are eligible to supervise IOP students. If you have found a supervisor who is not on the list, please email the graduate secretary to find out if that individual is eligible to supervise for the Interdisciplinary Oncology Program.

When considering a student's application
  • the Faculty of Graduate Studies ensures the student meets the minimum academic requirements of the University,

  • the Advisory Committee ensures that the student has the appropriate background for the graduate program and

  • the research supervisor ensures that the student's research interests and background match well with those of his/her lab.
If these three levels of requirements are not met, the student cannot be admitted into the program.

STUDENT STIPENDS: (Effective since Sept, 2011)


$22,000 is the minimum stipend to be provided to each IOP student by his or her graduate supervisor. IOP awards cannot be counted toward that $22,000 stipend


If an outside award or equivalent is received, the supervisor should top up by 25% of the value of the outside award to a max of $5K in addition to the $22,000 minimum stipend. For example, if a student receives an award worth 18K, the supervisor would continue to provide the 4K to bring the student up to the minimum stipend, and would also provide the student with an additional 18K x 25% = $4500.

The max amount of funds a student can receive is $50K from any source.

Information regarding Faculty of Graduate Studies admission requirements, financial aid, housing, etc. can be found on the
Grad Studies web site. If you require additional information regarding the Interdisciplinary Oncology Program please contact Program Coordinator, Interdisciplinary Oncology Program, Genome Sciences Centre, 100-570 west 7th Avenue, Vancouver, BC, V5Z 4S6 CANADA Tel: 604-707-5803; Email: