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 an M.A. in School and Applied Child 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 as education, cognitive psychology, and neuroscience.

Individual differences and cultural diversity are respected and encouraged in student recruitment. Social responsibility, equity, inclusivity, and respect for cultural and individual differences are the 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; Over 1/2 report being bilingual and several speak three or more languages. Of the students currently enrolled in the program, 15% are male. We strongly encourage students who self-identify as diverse and/or male as well as those with a strong interest in diversity issues and social justice to apply.

 

Academic Year

2013 – 2014 2014 – 2015 2015 – 2016 2016 – 2017 2017 – 2018 2018 – 2019 2019 – 2020 2020- 2021
Positions/Training Capacity 6 6-8 6-8 6-8 4-6 4-6 3-43 3-43
Applicants – Post BA Level 49 46 36 41 49 52 05 50
Applicants – Post MA Level 4 4 3 10 8 5 10 6
Interviewed/Short Listed (of Post MA) 2 26 2 9 5 2 5 5
Offered Admission 2 2 2 9 3 2 5 5
Offers as % of MA Applicants 100% 50% 67% 90% 38% 40% 50% 83%
Accepted Offer/Enrolled 2 01 1 71,2 2 2 5 34

Of Those Enrolled

Males 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0
Self Identified as Diverse (i.e. minority, disability, LGBTQ) 1 0 0 5 1 1 1 2
From Outside of Province 1 0 1 3 2 2 5 1
From Outside of Canada 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
External Scholarship/Fellowship 0 0 0 3 0 0 2 0
Internal Scholarship/Fellowship 2 0 1 4 1 2 3 3
First-Year Tuition and Fees $5725 $5725

1 deferred admissions a year

2 three students started in January

3 These are program goals and capacity, however, we are dependent on department funding effect 2019-2020 which we do not know what is available until March-April each year.

4 We had two students withdraw in August before beginning the program for personal reasons related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

5 We began alternating MA and MEd admission years in 2019-2020 so no MA applicants this year.

 

Program Costs

In recent years most Ph.D. students have received funding through internal funding packages, external scholarships/fellowships, and teaching/academic/research assistantships but those amounts have varied.  As of September 2018, any student commencing their PhD studies is guaranteed a minimum funding package of $18,000 for the first four years of their program. Our students have also been very successful in competitions for internal UBC fellowship awards (Four Year Funding Packages -4YF) and federal awards (SSHRC and CIHR).

As of May 1, 2020, yearly tuition is $5,095.68 for Canadians and $8,952.27 for International students.  International students receive an International Tuition Scholarship of $3,200 so they end up paying $5,752.27 per year. Additional detailed information about the 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

2012 – 2013 2013 –
2014
2014 –
2015
2015 –
2016
2016 –
2017
2017 –
2018
2018 – 2019 2019 – 2020 2020 –
2021
Graduated – Fall 0 1 0 0 0 0
Graduated – Spring 1 0 2 2 2 2
Self Identified as Aboriginal 1 0 0 0 0 0
Average Time to Completion in Years – Post-BA-Entry (or N/A) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Average Time to Completion in Years – Post-MA-Entry 6.7 4.9 4.4 4.3 4.8 4.7 5.4 6.8 6.4

In the Preceding 7 Years

Total Number of Graduates 13 14 16 16 14 15 12 11 13
Males 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Registered/Licensed 10 11 13 14 12 13 11 10 10
Licensed as % of Graduates 77% 79% 81% 88% 86% 87% 92% 91% 77%

1 As of December 2020

 

Current Students, Research Productivity, And Professional Activities

Academic Year

2012 – 2013 2013 – 2014 2014 – 2015 2015 – 2016 2016 – 2017 2017 – 2018 2018 – 2019 2019 – 2020 2020 – 2021
Total Full-Time Students 12 12 11 9 15 14  16  21  20
Total Part-Time Students 0 0 0 0 0 0  0  0  0
Total Number of Students 0 1 11 9 15 14 16 21 20
Males 0 0 1 1 2 2 3
Age Range 26-36 27-35 25-35 26-36 24-39 25-40  26-41  25-42  26-43
Self Identified as Diverse (i.e. minority, disability, LBGTQ) 2 1 1 0 6 6 9
Co-Authors of Papers at Professional/Scientific Meetings 5 8 9 7 8 8 10 12 1
Co/Authors of Articles in Refereed Journals 10 9 6 7 8 8 7 8 1
Members/Affiliates in Professional/Scientific Societies 12 12 11 9 15 14 16 21 1
Teaching Assistantship 6 3 4 4 4 5 5 5 42
Research Assistantship 7 8 5 6 6 10 7 7 52
External Scholarship/Fellowship 6 4 5 4 8 9 9 13 11
Internal Scholarship/Fellowship 10 10 5 6 8 3 2 4 8
Worked more than 20 hours a week outside of the program 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Withdrew from Program 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

1 Not reported yet for 2020-21 as surveys are done in May for the year

2 As of December 2020

 

Male F-T Female F-T Male P-T Female P-T Total Male Total Female Total Male & Female
1st Year
0 3 0 0 0 3 3
2nd Year
0 6 0 0 0 6 6
3rd Year
1 1 0 0 1 1 2
4th Year
0 5 0 0 0 5 5
5th Year
1 2 0 0 1 2 3
6th Year and beyond
1 0 0 0 1 0 1
Total All Years
3 17 0 0 3 17 20

 

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

2012 – 2013 2013 – 2014 2014 – 2015 2015 – 2016 2016 – 2017 2017 – 2018 2018 – 2019 2019 – 2020 2020 – 2021
Total Applicants 0 1 3 3 3 2 1 5 2
Applicants for 2nd (or More) Time 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0
Withdrew from APPIC Match if Applicable 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0
Matched to Half-time Internship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Matched to Full-time Internship 0 0 3 2 3 2 n/a2 5 2
CPA or APA Accredited Internship 0 0 2 1 2 1 n/a 1 2
Accredited Match as % of Applicants 0 0 67 33 67 50 n/a 20 100
APPIC, Non-Accredited Internship 0 1 1 1 1 1 n/a 4 0
Non-APPIC, Non-Accredited 0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a 0 0
Internship Outside of Province 0 0 1 0 2 1 n/a 2 2
Internship Outside of Canada 0 2 0 1 0 1 n/a 1 0
Assessment & Intervention 3 3 688 975 1046 1216.5 1485.5
Supervision 3 3 178 251.22 328.55 398.68 292.00
Support 3 3 1002 113.24 1489 1738.00 1424.50
Mean Total Hours  0 1899 990 2118 830.2 1132.24 1374.55 1615.18 1777.25
Stipend 0 $25,000  $35,000 $20,000 1 $37,267

$25,0001

$39,000

n/a

$29,0781

$33,750

$32,00

1 US Dollars

2 Withdrew before completing match for family reasons

3 We only collected total beginning in 2016-2017; this data is not available.

Attrition

Over the past 10 years, no students have left the program before obtaining the Ph.D. for any reason, personal or academic.

Licensure/Registration

Of the most recent graduates from our program, 18 are registered as psychologists and the remainder are in process or will not pursue registration as it is not required for their employment. All graduates of our program in the last 10 years who have pursued registration, have been successful in attaining registration.

Employment

All of our graduates in the past 10 years are employed in settings related to professional psychology, including universities/colleges, research, mental health centres, hospitals, development clinics, private practice, and/or consulting.