International Baccalaureate requirements

The International Baccalaureate Organization and UBC share a common vision – that global perspectives are key to education. That’s why so many IB diploma and certificate holders find success at UBC. In fact, of all the universities in the world, UBC is one of the top destinations for IB diploma graduates.

At UBC, we understand the IB program and we value the experience you’ve had as an IB student. Here, you can build on that experience through our impressive variety of academic programs where cross-discipline learning is celebrated. Join the many IB students who have already made UBC – one of the most beautiful and respected universities in the world – their academic home.

I am completing the IB Diploma

Applicants who are pursuing the IB Diploma must satisfy the following general admission requirements as well as the program-specific requirements listed below.

General admission requirements

  • English Language Admission Standard
  • Successful completion of the Diploma with a minimum score of 24 points including at least three Higher Level courses and additional points for Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge
  • Where English is the primary language of instruction, Standard Level or Higher Level English A is required with a minimum score of 3
  • Program-specific requirements listed below

Program-specific admission requirements

In addition to the general admission requirements above, each UBC program has a set of specific requirements you must meet in order to study in that program.

Program Requirements
Applied Biology
  • Math (Standard or Higher Level) [1]
  • One of IB Biology, IB Chemistry, or IB Physics
  • Two of Biology, Chemistry, or Physics at the Grade 11 level
Arts
Commerce (Sauder School of Business)
  • Math (Standard or Higher Level) [1]
Dental Hygiene
  • IB Biology
  • IB Chemistry
Engineering
  • Math (Standard or Higher Level) [1]
  • IB Chemistry (Standard or Higher Level) [3]
  • IB Physics (Standard or Higher Level) [3]
Food, Nutrition, and Health
  • Math (Standard or Higher Level) [1]
  • One of IB Biology, IB Chemistry, or IB Physics
  • Two of Biology, Chemistry, or Physics at the Grade 11 level
Forest Operations (BSF); Forest Resources Management (BSF); or Forest Sciences (BSFS)
  • Math (Standard or Higher Level) [1]
  • One of IB Biology, IB Chemistry or IB Physics
  • Two of Biology, Chemistry, or Physics at the Grade 11 level
International Economics
  • Math (Standard or Higher Level) [1]
Kinesiology
  • One of Math (Standard or Higher Level) [1], IB Biology, IB Chemistry, or IB Physics
Media Studies
  • No additional courses beyond the general admission requirements
  • Portfolio submission
Music
  • Audition, music theory entrance exam, portfolio (students in composition), and letters of reference
Natural Resources Conservation
  • Math (Standard or Higher Level) [1]
  • One of IB Biology, IB Chemistry, or IB Physics
  • Chemistry at the Grade 11 level
  • One of Biology or Physics at the Grade 11 level
Science
  • Math (Standard or Higher Level) (minimum grade of 3) [1]
  • One of IB Biology, IB Chemistry, or IB Physics
  • Chemistry and Physics at the Grade 11 level [2]
Teacher Education
Urban Forestry (BUF)
  • Math (Standard or Higher Level) [1]
  • One of IB Biology, IB Chemistry, or IB Physics
  • Chemistry at the Grade 11 level
  • Biology or Physics at the Grade 11 level
Wood Products Processing
  • Math (Standard or Higher Level) [1]
  • One of IB Biology, IB Chemistry, or IB Physics
  • Chemistry and Physics at the Grade 11 level

[1] Requires the level indicated for individual faculties and schools. Math Studies does not meet the requirement.
[2] The Physics requirement may be waived with scores of 5 or higher in IB Mathematics and Chemistry.
[3] Outstanding candidates missing either Physics 12 or Chemistry 12 (or their equivalents) are encouraged to apply and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

I am taking IB Certificate courses

To be eligible for admission to UBC, you must successfully complete an academic high school curriculum, including both general admission and program-specific requirements. IB certificate courses (both Standard and Higher Level) can be used for admission in conjunction with another high school curriculum.

Initial admission decisions are based on interim grades as reported by your high school. Once your final IB results are available, we will use them to confirm your admission decision and any first-year credit you may be eligible for.

I want to know more about first-year credit

UBC recognizes the IB enriched secondary school program. See how how first-year credit is granted for IB courses.

How we calculate IB admission scores

Your admission score will be your overall IB Diploma score, including the individual scores for all required courses as well as additional points earned for Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge.

How to apply

If you have met the requirements, you’re now ready to apply to UBC.

Submitting your grades

Since we’ll be making admission decisions in the spring before your final IB results are available, we’ll be asking you to arrange for your IB Anticipated Grades to be sent from your school to UBC prior to March 15.

We will also require your official final IB results so it is important that you provide the IB Organization with your consent to release your results to UBC once they are available. Do this right away after you’ve applied to UBC so you don’t forget. Your IB Diploma Coordinator can assist you with these steps.

Please note: If you are a B.C. student following the IBDP, you do not need to fill out the “IB Anticipated Grades” form. Your grades will be relayed to the Admissions Office directly from your student’s IB coordinator.

Anticipated IB Grades for UBC
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