Admissions

The 2018 admissions deadline has now passed. Please contact poli.advising@ubc.ca for advice on submitting a late application.

Faculty of Arts students who have completed at least 54 credits of coursework may apply to our Major and Honours programs, typically after their second year. Admission to our programs is not automatic. Due to a limited number of spaces, some applicants who satisfy the minimum requirements below may not be admitted.

Applying to the Major

Admission to the Major program in Political Science requires that a student:

  • is enrolled in the Faculty of Arts;
  • has completed at least 54 credits of course work. The following 100 and 200-level courses are required as part of the 54 credit: POLI 100, 101, POLI 110, and POLI 240
  • has attained the minimum grade-point average established by the Department (varies annually, but is typically around 65%).
  • Selection for admission to the major will be based on the average grade for all post-secondary work attempted to date, excluding IB / AP grades.
  • 12 credits may be excluded from the calculation and will be calculated on at least 48 attempted credits, including all courses taken in POLI. This means that any failed courses will be factored into the calculation.

In order for a student to be admitted to the Major program for the Winter session following their application, these requirements must be met by August 31.

Please note:

  • POLI 100 is a prerequisite for all second-year Political Science courses
  • students are encouraged to take POLI 220 and POLI 260, which will prepare them for upper division POLI courses

Applying to the Honours Program:

Students with an average of 80% or higher are encouraged to discuss the Honours program with our Undergraduate Advisor and consider applying. Although only a limited number of students can be accepted into the Honours program, all applicants will be given serious consideration. In exceptional cases, Majors students may be allowed to transfer to the Honours Program at the end of their third year.

The required courses in the 54 Credits are the same as the Political Science Major (see above).

Applying to the Minor Program

A Minor consists of at least 30 credits, but not more than 42 credits of Political Science courses, of which at least 18 must be numbered 300 or above. POLI 101 must be included among the courses taken. Departmental permission is not required to undertake a Minor in Political Science.

Applying to the Combined Major in Economics and Political Science

Admission is subject to the admission restrictions and application process for both the Major in Economics and the Major in Political Science. In addition to faculty degree requirements, the program has economics and political science requirements. To enroll in the Combined Major, students must apply and be admitted to both programs.

Applying to the Combined Major in Philosophy and Political Science

Admission is subject to the admission restrictions and application process for the Major in Political Science. In addition to faculty degree requirements, the program has philosophy and political science requirements. To enroll in the Combined Major, students must apply and be admitted to both programs.


Annually, applications may be submitted online after February 1. The formal deadline for completed applications is May 15, prior to a student registering for his/her third year.

Students who are considering applying to our Major or Honours programs are encouraged to meet with the Undergraduate Advisor, prior to applying and/or prior to completing 30 credits at UBC. Students in the process of transferring to UBC must arrange to have official transcripts from each post-secondary institution they have attended sent directly by the institution to:

Department of Political Science
The University of British Columbia
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Vancouver, B.C. V6T 1Z1