Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why do students pursue an IGS Program in the Faculty of Management?

2. What else can you tell me about the Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies program at UBC’s Okanagan campus?

3. What are the criteria for admission to the IGS MA and PhD programs?

4. Are IGS MA and PhD degrees awarded in Management or in Interdisciplinary Studies?

5. Where can I find information on the application and supplemental information to the IGS program?

6. I currently don't have funds for financing my graduate studies at UBC. What possibilities are there for me to get a scholarship, teaching/research assistantship and/or other financial support?

7. Should I contact a faculty member directly for potential supervision?

8. Can students complete part of their required course work at UBC’s Vancouver campus?



1. Why do students pursue an IGS program in the Faculty of Management?

Students in the Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies (IGS) program pursue research into complex interconnected questions by integrating concepts, theory, insights and analysis from two or more traditional disciplines and/or sub-fields of study.The IGS program allows for combined perspectives and early collaborative research opportunities with faculty. Courses in the IGS program  are individually tailored to suit student needs and interests. Graduate students choose the program to gain the necessary qualifications, skills, and academic fundamentals needed to reach their academic and career goals.

2. What else can you tell me about the Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies program at UBC's Okanagan campus?

UBC is a research-oriented institution. The Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies (IGS) program is structured as a four-year program (for PhD) or a two-year program (for MA). Usually students would spend the early part of the program taking courses. Subsequently, they focus on proposal and dissertation writing. As a part of the learning process, graduate students are expected to work with their supervisor and other faculty members on several research projects.

Interdisciplinary graduate programs at UBC’s Okanagan campus are successful due to their small size, direct involvement with faculty researchers, and the opportunity to pursue graduate work across faculties, departments, and disciplines.

3. What are the criteria for admission to the IGS MA and PhD programs?

Please refer to the College of Graduate Studies website for application and admission deadlines.  Applications received before the deadline will be considered for admission on a competitive basis. Applications received after the deadline will be considered if resources permit. 

Applicants will not be considered for admission until commitment is obtained from a supervisor. Final applications for the IGS program must include the name of the proposed supervisor, the proposed supervisor’s department or unit, and a proposal indicating the study and research to be done with that proposed supervisor.

The supporting supervisor must provide written confirmation of support for the program of study and research, the availability of facilities required to conduct the research, and the level of funding from research grants and contracts that will be made available for the support of the applicant.

Admission to this program is competitive and limited. Students who meet the minimum admission requirements may not be accepted to the program.  Students will be admitted on the basis of:

  • the student's record of academic and professional achievements;
  • letters of recommendation;
  • quality and feasibility of the proposed study and research proposal;
  • supervisor's ability to support the program of study, and;
  • availability of financial and operational support.

4. Are IGS MA and PhD degrees awarded in Interdisciplinary Studies or in Management?

The degrees awarded are a MA or PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies.

5. Where can I find information on the application and supplemental information to the IGS program?

The College of Graduate Studies manages the IGS program, including the application process. The Faculty of Management only receives completed application files, questions regarding the application process/dates/deadlines/transcripts should be directed to the College of Graduate Studies.

6. I currently do not have funds for financing my graduate studies at UBC. What possibilities are there for me to get a scholarship, teaching/research assistant-ship and/or other financial support?

A complete list of scholarships and awards for which graduate students can apply is available on the College of Graduate Studies website. In addition, there may be opportunities to work as a teaching and/or research assistant. Doctoral students who have achieved candidacy may also be eligible for appointment as course instructors.

7. Should I contact a faculty member directly for potential supervision?

Yes; however, applicants are strongly encouraged to do background research in terms of examining the research interests of faculty members prior to contacting them for potential supervision. The list of potential supervisors and their area of interest is available here.

Applicants will not be considered for admission until commitment is obtained from a supervisor. Final applications for the IGS program must include the name of the proposed supervisor, the proposed supervisor’s department or unit, and a proposal indicating the study and research to be done with that proposed supervisor.

8. Can students complete part of their required course work at UBC's Vancouver campus?

There are options available to complete course work at the Vancouver campus; students are required to make arrangements with their supervisory committee in advance. Normally, IGS students enrolled at UBC's Okanagan campus will complete their course work at the Okanagan campus.

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