Requirements & Eligibility

Housed within the Faculty of Arts, the Bachelor of Media Studies is a direct entry to first-year degree program, open to domestic and international applicants. This 4-year multidisciplinary program combines study from eight Arts disciplines and Computer Science to create a unique and exciting professional program at the undergraduate level. The Bachelor of Media Studies program is limited to 40 seats per year.

Who should apply?

The Bachelor of Media Studies program attracts top students from around the world who are ambitious and curious about media studies, and looking to thrive in a cohort environment designed to further enhance their studies at UBC. Students who meet the entry requirements and display an outstanding combination of academic achievement, interest in media studies, and portfolio of work are encouraged to apply.


All prospective Canadian, international high school, and International Baccalaureate diploma students are eligible to apply for the Bachelor of Media Studies program at UBC.

For students currently attending other post-secondary institutions, please see the Transfer to BMS page for more information.

Program-Specific Requirements

Due to the limited number of available seats, admission to the Bachelor of Media Studies degree is highly competitive and does not have a ‘minimum’ GPA average. Each student will be assessed on a combination of their academic transcripts, personal profile, supplemental application, and their portfolio of work. Prospective high school students wishing to apply for the program must meet general admission requirements for the Faculty of Arts, and the Bachelor of Media Studies program.

Program-specific requirements differ based on your region or type of secondary school program. To find out what your specific program requirements are, see the pages below under “Media Studies”:

All applicants must meet UBC’s general admission requirements, Bachelor of Media Studies program-specific requirements, and the English Language Admission Standard.

Supplemental Application

All applicants to the Bachelor of Media Studies program are required to submit a supplemental application. We encourage you to use the supplemental application as a way of expressing your current interests and involvement in all areas of media studies. For full details on the supplemental application and what you will have to submit, see the Supplemental Application Information page.

Admissions Committee

Acceptance to the program will be determined by the Bachelor of Media Studies Admissions Committee. The committee will evaluate applications and portfolios based on evidence of academic achievement, intellectual readiness, and the applicants’ own representation of their experience, ideas, and aspirations. The student’s online general application, personal portfolio, supplemental application, and portfolio will be assessed together.