Your Guide to Getting into Graduate School in Canada

Maximize your chances of being accepted into your top-choice master’s programs in Canada that best match your goals, skills, interests and academic achievements.

By the end of this course, you will have:

  • a personalized plan for applying to the universities of your choice
  • a list of best-fit university graduate programs based on your goals, skills, interests and academic achievements
  • a blueprint for creating convincing and memorable graduate school applications, CVs and personal statements that catch the eye of admissions officers.
  • advanced writing and communication skills and techniques important to your success in grad school and beyond.

What to expect

This course offers an entertaining, interactive and dynamic experience, with modules that include reading, podcasts, videos and quizzes. Throughout the course, you receive detailed, individualized feedback on your writing assignments.

You’re encouraged to ask your instructors questions, and connect with other students through online discussion boards and informally in a virtual coffee shop.

Your instructors

Mitchell Gray, MA, MJ, is a long-time popular instructor at UBC where he has been designing and teaching graduate studies preparation and writing courses for more than a decade.

Kate Black, MFA Candidate, is an award-winning freelance writer based in Vancouver with extensive experience in persuasive, non-fiction and creative writing.

Denise Lauritano, MEd, has held leadership positions at institutions large and small in both Canada and the USA for more than 30 years. For much of her career, she has overseen undergraduate and graduate admissions, including reviewing multiple kinds of applications using a variety of rubrics.

Course outline

Week 1

  • Examine the parts that make up a master’s program or graduate school application, and learn how to manage application timelines.
  • Explore the things you can do now while still in your undergraduate degree to enhance your chance of graduate degree acceptance.
  • Find out what admissions committees look for in prospective students.
  • Learn advanced communication strategies to help you create applications that stand out, including a powerful vocabulary of skills and accomplishments.
  • Use self-reflection to clarify your academic path.

Week 2: 

  • Research programs that interest you and complement your skills.
  • Explore the factors that influence your decisions about where to apply.
  • Research potential supervisors and develop strategies for attracting them to your study goals.
  • Create a draft CV/resume for your applications.

Week 3: 

  • Continue developing your skills in communicating about yourself.
  • Analyze a personal statement example, and practise proofreading and polishing strategies.
  • Complete personal statement writing assignments and receive detailed feedback from the instructional team.

Course Format

This course is three weeks long and is 100% online. Expect to spend nine to 11 hours per week learning online, communicating with your instructors and classmates, completing assignments and reflecting and journalling.

The course is asynchronous, meaning you do not need to log in at specific times. You complete modules weekly on your own time before moving on to the next module.

Available Sessions

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Jan 11-Jan 31, 2021 | Online | $850.00

Format: Online
Code: MI301W21O
Jan 11-Jan 31, 2021

1nstructor: Mitchell Gray, Denise Lauritano-Saplywy, Kate Black


Fees / Tuition

Type Fee Tax Total
$850.00 $42.50 $892.50