Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data

Ph.D. Program Data

Past Admissions

Students in the program have a range of backgrounds. Our typical Ph.D. applicant completed a M.A. in School Psychology at UBC, with most of these M.A. students admitted within the first few years of completing an undergraduate degree in psychology. Other students have entered the program with backgrounds in areas such education, cognitive psychology, and neuroscience.

Individual differences and cultural diversity are respected and encouraged in student recruitment. Social responsibility and respect for cultural and individual differences are primary values of the Program, the Faculty, and UBC. With students representing over 110 countries, the diverse demographics of the University are an indicator that it supports and fosters diversity. Recent graduates and current students have families of origin from across Canada and the world (i.e., Brazil, China, India, Iran, Israel, Korea, Russia, Singapore, and South Africa), and two current students identify as Indigenous. The majority of our current doctoral students speak both English and French; 10 of 15 report being bilingual and several speak three or more languages. Of the students currently enrolled in the program, 2% are male. We strongly encourage students who self-identify as diverse and/or male to apply.

 

Academic Year

2011 – 2012 2012 – 2013 2013 – 2014 2014 – 2015 2015 – 2016 2016 – 2017 2017 – 2018
Positions/Training Capacity 6 6 6 6 6-8 6-8
Applicants – Post BA Level 40 26 49 46 50 48
Applicants – Post MA Level 5 4 4 4 10 8
Interviewed/Short Listed (of Post MA) 3 3 2 1 8 6
Offered Admission 3 3 2 1 8 3
Offers as % of Applicants 7% 10% 4% 2% 13% 6%
Accepted Offer/Enrolled 3 3 2 1 8 3

Of Those Enrolled

Males 0 1 0 0 1 1 1
Self Identified as Diverse (i.e. minority, disability, LBGTQ) 1 1 0 1 0 6 1
From Outside of Province 2 2 2 1 3 3 1
From Outside of Canada 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
External Scholarship/Fellowship 1 0 0 0 1 3 0
Internal Scholarship/Fellowship 1 3 2 2 6 7 1
First Year Tuition and Fees 3 3 2 1 6 7 1

Program Costs

In recent years all Ph.D. students have received funding through internal funding packages, external scholarships/fellowships, and teaching/academic/research assistantships but those amounts have varied. A Minimum Funding Policy for PhD Students was recently approved by the UBC Senate. Any student commencing their PhD studies at UBC’s Vancouver campus as of September 2018 will be guaranteed a minimum funding package of $18,000 for the first four years of their program. The specifics of these packages for students in our Department are currently under review and should be determined before January 2018.

As of May 1, 2017, yearly tuition is $4,801.80 for Canadians and $8,435.94 for International students.  International students receive an International Tuition Scholarship of $3,200 so they end up paying $5,235.94 per year. Additional detailed information about costs of attending UBC as a graduate student can be found on the Faculty of Graduate and Post Doctoral Studies website.

Program Graduates

Academic Year

2011 –
2012
2012 –
2013
2013 –
2014
2014 –
2015
2015 –
2016
2016 –
2017
Graduated – Fall 0 0 0 1 0 0
Graduated – Spring 2 1 2 2 1 0
Total Graduates for the Year 2 1 2 3 1 0
Self Identified as Aboriginal 0 0 0 0 0 0
Average time to Completion post BA-Entry
Average time to Completion post MA-Entry 5.8 6.7 4.9 4.4 4.25

In the Preceding 7 Years

Total Number of Graduates 13 13 14 16 16 16
Males 0 0 0 0 0 0
Registered/Licensed 10 10 11 13 14 14
Licensed as % of Graduates 72 77 79 81 88 88

Among the 16 School Psychology students who received their Ph.D. from our department from September 2011 to April 2017, the mean time to completion including the internship year, was 5.21 years. These figures do not include time students were on leave from the program for medical or parental reasons.

Current Students, Research Productivity, And Professional Activities

Academic Year

2011 – 2012 2012 – 2013 2013 – 2014 2014 – 2015 2015 – 2016 2016 – 2017 2017 – 2018
Total Full-Time Students 11 12 12 11 9 15 16
Total Part-Time Students 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Males 0 0 1 1 1 2 3
Age Range 27-35 26-36 27-35 26-36 28-36 24-39 25-40
Self Identified as Diverse (i.e. minority, disability, LBGTQ) 2 2 1 1 0 6 7
Co-Authors of Papers at Professional/Scientific Meetings 10 10 9 9 7 14
Co/Authors of Articles in Refereed Journals 4 5 8 6 7 12 0
Members/Affiliates in Professional/Scientific Societies 11 12 12 11 9 15
Teaching Assistantship 1 6 3 4 4 9
Research Assistantship 3 7 8 5 6 9
External Scholarship/Fellowship 4 6 4 5 4 9
Internal Scholarship/Fellowship 4 10 10 5 6 6
Worked more than 20 hours a week outside of the program 0 0 1 0 0 0
Withdrew from Program 0 0 0 0 0 0

Pre-Doctoral Internship

Our students’ have experienced strong success in obtaining APA/CPA accredited and/or APPIC internships.  Data are listed with reference to the year students matched for internship and began attendance.  Note that our students are required to apply for an internship through APPIC.  If students do not match, they must complete an internship placement that meets APPIC/CPA requirements in order to meet degree requirements.

Academic Year

2011 – 2012 2012 – 2013 2013 – 2014 2014 – 2015 2015 – 2016 2016 – 2017 2017 – 2018
Total Applicants 1 0 1 3 3 3 2
Applicants for 2nd (or More) Time 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Withdrew from APPIC Match if Applicable 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Matched to Half-time Internship 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Matched to Full-time Internship 0 0 0 3 2 3 2
CPA or APA Accredited Internship 0 0 0 2 1 2 1
Accredited Match as % of Applicants 0 0 0 67 50 67 50
APPIC, Non-Accredited Internship 0 0 1 1 1 1 1
Non-APPIC, Non-Accredited 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Internship Outside of Province 0 0 0 1 0 2 1
Internship Outside of Canada 0 0 2 0 1 0 1
Mean Practicum Hours (on AAPI) 0 0 1899 990 2118 830.2
Mean Internship Stipend $20,000 2 0 $25,000 1 $35,000 $20,000 1 $37,267

1 US Dollars

2 This student did a ½ internship over 2 years 2010-2012; We did not collect AAPI hours at that time, the stipend was $20,000 per year, the information is reported in the 2011-2012 column.

Attrition

Over the past seven years, no students have left the program before obtaining the Ph.D. for any reason, personal or academic.

Licensure/Registration

Of the 16 most recent graduates from our program, 14 are registered as psychologists and the remainder are in process or will not pursue registration as it is not required for their employment. None has been unsuccessful in seeking registration.

Employment

All of our graduates in the recent years are employed in settings related to professional psychology, including clinical practice, research, and/or teaching.