Admission Requirements

All individuals who apply to the Midwifery Program must first submit an application to UBC and meet the basic UBC entrance requirements as well as meet UBC’s minimum grade point average as defined by the UBC Calendar. The Midwifery program will not consider any applications from those who do not meet the UBC entrance requirements.

  • The UBC Midwifery Program reserves selected seats for qualifying aboriginal students each year. Students may self-identify as Aboriginal on their university application or by separate contact. UBC Midwifery has established a committee for Aboriginal, Rural and Remote Education with a mandate of developing core curricula, clinical placement opportunities, mentors, and a database of university resources to support Aboriginal midwifery students at UBC and externally.

All UBC applications are assessed by Enrolment Services based on the applicant’s educational history. It is strongly recommended that all applicants have a minimum of 24 or more transferable, post secondary credits completed by the end of the application deadline term (December) so their GPA can be calculated at a post secondary level. For those who have completed more than 24 credits, Enrolment Services will be looking at the most recently completed 30 credits from a person’s undergraduate education. Applicants who have started or completed a Masters degree will still be assessed by their most recent 30 credits from their undergraduate work.

Applicants with fewer than 24 transferable post-secondary credits will have their GPA determined using a combination of any post-secondary work, as well as their high school performance, and applicants will need to submit these transcripts for review by Admissions Services when applying.

  UBC does not recognize a GED (General Education Development) as equivalent to a provincially recognized high school diploma. Please refer to UBC’s Admissions Guide for Canadian High Schools.

Prerequisite Requirements for the Midwifery Program

Every applicant is required to complete the following post-secondary courses before they begin year one of the program. The courses must be confirmed complete by official transcripts received to Enrolment Services at UBC  no later than June 30th of the intake year:

  • UBC’s BIOL 153 – Anatomy and Physiology or an approved equivalent (7 Credits) (*This course is offered in two parts and both parts must be completed in order to meet this requirement. Applicants must have completed this course within 5 years of their entrance to year 1 of the program).
  • UBC’s ENGL 112 – Strategies for University Writing or an approved equivalent (3 Credits)

To locate an equivalent course, applicants can search the BC Transfer Guide by Receiving Institution (UBC-Vancouver Campus). Please refer to the attached lists for suggested equivalent courses at other BC institutions for both the BIOL 153 and ENGL 112 pre-requisite requirement.  For approved courses for the biology prerequisite offered outside of BC, please review the following link to see what courses have been approved –  BIOL 153

Applicants from outside British Columbia who wish to have courses assessed for equivalency should contact the Student Services Manager for further instruction.

Transfer Credit

Enrolment Services will determine the amount of transfer credits awarded at the time of admission. Applicants should consult the BC Transfer Guide before applying to the Program to determine which courses are recognized by UBC. If applicants have any questions regarding courses that transfer to UBC, they should consult the BC Transfer Guide, or UBC Enrolment Services for more information.

For answers to commonly asked admissions questions, please visit FAQs.