How to Apply & Deadlines

**Applications for September 2017 (Winter 2017) are now closed. The next intake will be for Winter 2018. Applications are not yet open for Winter 2018. See the dates below to estimate dates for Winter 2018 intake. Official dates will be posted by August 31, 2017. Please continue to check back.**

Students in the Bachelor of Media Studies program are bright, enthusiastic individuals who have a keen interest in media studies theory, research, and application. As such, there is a rigorous selection process to find the right type of candidate that is best suited for the BMS program. The application to the Bachelor of Media Studies program is a two-step process. All applicants must submit:

  1. An online general application to UBC at
  2. A supplemental application to the Bachelor of Media Studies program (more details below)

**Supplemental applications to the Bachelor of Media Studies program for the 17/18 academic year are now closed.**

Step 1: Submit your online UBC undergraduate admissions application

Complete your application at, and select the Bachelor of Media Studies program as your first choice of program. The UBC application includes a personal profile. We encourage you to use the personal profile to show your interests, background, and readiness for study in media studies.

Due to the high volume of applications, prospective students interested in the Bachelor of Media Studies are encouraged to choose the BMS as their first choice of program in the UBC online application as second choice applicants are not assessed. As per UBC Admissions, you will be evaluated for your second choice only if you are not admitted into your first choice of program, or if you contact the UBC Admission Office requesting that UBC evaluate your second choice. Applicants who are not offered a seat in the BMS will be automatically assessed for the BA, as well as the student’s original second choice of program. See UBC Admissions for more online application tips.

The online UBC undergraduate application closes January 15, 2017.

Step 2: Complete the online Bachelor of Media Studies supplemental application

All applicants to the Bachelor of Media Studies program must submit a supplemental application in order to be considered for the program. The supplemental application includes a written response and an online digital portfolio. For full details on what is required for the supplemental application and what types of samples you can include in your portfolio, see the Supplemental Application Information page. The Bachelor of Media Studies supplemental application deadline is January 31, 2017.


Applicants who do not submit a supplemental application will not be considered for admission to the program.

Step 3: Submit your required documents to UBC Admissions

In order to complete the admission process, all UBC applicants must submit their required documents to UBC by the designated deadlines. Applicants to the BMS program must send required documents directly to UBC Admissions, and not to the Bachelor of Media Studies program. The Bachelor of Media Studies program does not accept reference letters.



Applicants are encouraged to begin working on their supplemental applications as early as possible. For complete details on the supplemental application, please visit the Supplemental Application Information page.

BMS supplemental application opensSeptember 16, 2016
UBC undergraduate application deadline for domestic students who wish to be considered for Major Entrance ScholarshipsDecember 1, 2016
UBC undergraduate online application deadline for international students, and domestic students (who do not wish to be considered for Major Entrance Scholarships)January 15, 2017
BMS supplemental application deadlineExtended to January 31, 2017
Accepting or declining your offer of admissionMay 1, 2017
Official start of programSeptember 2017

If you are successful in your application, you will receive a letter of admission from UBC. All offers of admission are conditional. You are required to send your final grades as soon as they are available. Through July and August, UBC Admissions reviews these to ensure you:

  • complete your high school diploma;
  • complete the program-specific course requirements; and
  • maintain the level of academic standing upon which your offer was made.

Changes to applicants’ level of academic standing are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Visit UBC Admissions for a full list of deadlines.