Admission Requirements

The Midwifery Program application process is competitive. It is strongly recommended that all applicants complete a minimum of 24 transferable post-secondary credits by the end of the application deadline term (December), so their GPA can be calculated at a post-secondary level.

For applicants who have completed more than 24 credits, UBC Admissions will look at the most recently completed 30 credits from the individual’s undergraduate education. Applicants who have started or completed a Master’s degree will still be assessed by their 30 most recent undergraduate credits. Applicants with fewer than 24 transferable post-secondary credits will have their GPA determined using a combination of their high school performance and any post-secondary studies.

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Transfer Credit

UBC Admissions will determine the amount of transfer credits awarded to a student at the time of admission. Students should consult the BC Transfer Guide before applying to the Midwifery Program to determine which courses are recognized by UBC.

If students are unable to find the course or are from another province, they may have an assessment completed on the course to determine transferability. For more information regarding transfer credit, consult the BC Transfer Guide or UBC Undergraduate Admissions.


All individuals who apply to the Midwifery Program must first submit an application to UBC and meet the general admission requirements including minimum grade point average as defined by the UBC Calendar. The Midwifery Program will not consider applications from individuals who do not meet the UBC entrance requirements.

UBC does not recognize a GED (General Education Development) as equivalent to a provincially recognized high school diploma. Please refer to UBC Admissions for high school requirements from across Canada.

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 by Undergraduate Admissions no later than June 30th of the intake year:

  • BIOL 153 (Human Biology) 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.  *Due to the restrictions on lab classes, BIOL 153 will not be offered in the 2020 academic year.  Applicants who wish to do this pre-requisite course through UBC,  BIOL 155 will be accepted as a prerequisite approval for the 2020/21 application cycle.  
  • 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 BIOL 153 equivalent courses and ENGL 112 course equivalents from within BC lists for suggested equivalent courses.

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

The Midwifery Program reserves selected seats for qualifying Indigenous students each year. Students may self-identify as Indigenous on their university application or by separate contact.

The Midwifery Program has established a committee for Indigenous, Rural and Remote Education with a mandate of developing core curricula, clinical placement opportunities, mentors, and a database of university resources to support Indigenous midwifery students at UBC and externally.