English Language Requirements

Who is Required to Provide an English Language Proficiency Test?

Applicants with a university degree from an institution in which English is not the primary language of instruction must provide results of an English language proficiency examination as part of their application. Applicants who have received a university degree from an institution within Canada, United States, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Kenya and English-speaking countries of the West Indies are exempted from this requirement as are applicants who have passed the GCE A-level English examination with a standing of at least a “B.”

Normally, students are only admitted to the EPSE graduate program if they receive a score of at least 590 on the TOEFL, although requirements may vary across areas of specialization. (For example, applicants to programs in SCPS and SPED are required to provide additional evidence of fluency in spoken English.)

Tests must have been taken within the last 24 months at the time of submission of your application, and an official test score report ordered from the testing agency is required. Photocopies of test scores are not acceptable.
Note:  test scores are usually received by the University about eight (8) weeks after the test date.

For information on the TOEFL is available on the Educational Testing Service (ETS) Canada website.

Acceptable English Proficiency Tests

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

The minimum TOEFL score required of applicants to ECPS graduate programs is at least 553 (paper based) or 82 (internet-based exam).

Reading Writing Listening Speaking Internet-Based Paper-Based
21 20 21 20 82 553

TOEFL scores must be issued to the department directly from the Educational Testing Centre. Please ensure that you include the following on your TOEFL sheet:

  • University of British Columbia’s institution code: 0965
  • Department code: 85 (Education)
  • The reason for taking TOEFL: “to enter a college or university as a graduate student”

International English Language Testing Service (IELTS)

A minimum overall band score of 6.5 is required with a minimum score of 6.0 in each component of the academic (NOT general) IELTS test.

Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB)

A minimum overall MELAB score of 81 is required.


Test Scores Must Be Sent Directly To:

Graduate Program Assistant
Attention: Karen Yan (CNPS, MERM) OR Alex Allen (SPED, SCPS, HDLC)
Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia
2125 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC   V6T 1Z4   Canada



Further UBC graduate studies English language proficiency resources are available via Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website.