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Important Information for Prospective Applicants


Please review this important information before submitting your application.

In order to respond to the needs for flexibility of our unique population of learners, BGSC submitted a proposal to UBC Senate to approve a move to a Pass/Fail grading system starting in September 2023 which was unanimously approved in January 2023.

The minimum percentage to pass in all courses will be 74%. All new students beginning in September 2023 will be graded on this new system. You will receive either a Pass or Fail on your transcript and not a grade or percentage for any SURG courses taken in the GCGSC or MGSC (SURG 510, SURG 512, SURG 514, SURG 516, SURG 517, SURG 518, SURG 542, SURG 560). Students who were admitted before September 2023 will remain on the current percentage system and will not be able to change to the Pass/Fail system.

If you have questions about this please email global.surgery@ubc.ca


To ensure you are eligible for the program, please review the Admission Requirements and the Application Checklist.

Application Deadlines

We will accept applications on a year-round basis. However, the following deadlines need to be adhered to in order to complete both our internal review process and UBC’s registration process.

Note that there will be only one intake for 2023/24 academic year in September 2023.

Master of Global Surgical Care (MGSC) for the September 2023 intake:

 Domestic StudentsInternational Students
Application DeadlineJune 21, 2023
11:59 PM PST
June 14, 2023
11:59 PM PST
Document Deadline
(last day to upload documents
to application portal)
June 28, 2023
11:59 PM PST
June 21, 2023
11:59 PM PST
Referee Deadline
(last day for referees to
submit Reference Form)
June 28, 2023
11:59 PM PST
June 21, 2023
11:59 PM PST

For the most current MGSC application deadlines, please visit UBC Graduate School.

Applications to the Master of Global Surgical Care must be submitted online via the UBC Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies application system.

All applicants are encouraged to read the Overview of the Admissions Process on the Faculty of Graduate and Post-Doctoral Studies for detailed information. If you have not done so already, review the section Admission Requirements to ensure you are eligible for the program.

After submitting your application, it is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all supporting materials are submitted by the application deadline. The Admissions Committee will only review complete applications.

You can check the status of your application and supporting materials through the online application system.


Graduate Certificate in Global Surgical Care (GCGSC) for the September 2023 intake:

 Domestic StudentsInternational Students
Application Package DeadlineJune 21, 2023 11:59 PM PSTJune 14, 2023 11:59 PM PST

Applications to UBC Graduate Certificate in Global Surgical Care must be emailed to global.surgery@ubc.ca.

Please send us the following:

  • A copy of your official transcripts (not required for stand-alone course applications).

These records must be received in official university envelopes, sealed and endorsed by the issuing institution. Please submit copies from each college and/or university you attended (or are currently enrolled). If these are not in English or French, please provide an official translation. If this requires opening a transcript, please order an extra one for yourself for this purpose. The transcripts received at UBC must be sealed by the issuing institution.

  • Completed application form.

Download the form by clicking the link:

Graduate certificate (GCGSC): DOC / PDF

  • Resume.

Your resume should show (i) relevant experience and (ii) formal and/or continuing education not shown on your transcript(s).

  • Cover letter with a Statement of Intent.

Should be no longer than 500 words. Include your reasons for pursuing the program and highlight any of your experiences related to global surgical care.

  • English Language test results (if required).

Students must meet UBC Graduate Studies’ English proficiency requirements. Ask the testing center to send your results directly to us.

Transcripts must be mailed directly to the Branch office at the address below. Application form, resume, and cover letter may be mailed or emailed.

Mailing Address:
Graduate Certificate in Global Surgical Care
Branch for Global Surgical Care
Room 11135, 2775 Laurel Street
Vancouver, B.C. Canada
V5Z 1M9


Independent Graduate Course (SURG 510 and SURG 517)

 Domestic StudentsInternational Students
Application Package DeadlineJune 21, 2023 11:59 PM PST 11:59 PM PSTJune 14, 2023 11:59 PM PST

Applications for an independent course must be emailed to global.surgery@ubc.ca.

Please send us the following:

  • Completed application form.

Download the form by clicking the link:

Graduate course: DOC / PDF

  • Resume.

Your resume should show (i) relevant experience and (ii) formal and/or continuing education.

  • Cover letter with a Statement of Intent.

Should be no longer than 500 words. Include your reasons for applying for this course and highlight any of your experiences related to global surgical care.

Help with Your Application

Please contact the Branch for Global Surgical Care at global.surgery@ubc.ca if you require assistance with your application.