LL.M. in Taxation - Admission Requirements

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Program Start Date 

Applications Open

Deadline of Submission for ALL Documents (Excluding References)

Deadline of Submission of References

 Sept 2019

  September 1, 2018

  December 15, 2018

  January 4, 2019


  • Please note: all deadlines are firm deadlines. The Graduate Committee will not consider applications that are not complete at that time.


Successful applicants are often well clear of the minimum requirements, demonstrating strong academic and professional experience with strong letters of reference and a detailed personal statement. We receive a high number of applications each year to this program. The Graduate Committee only offer admission to a small proportion of applicants each year.


Educational Requirements:

Applicants generally will be required to hold a J.D. or LL.B., but may also include other candidates with a relevant undergraduate degree, a superior academic record, and significant work experience in the field of tax.

In addition, all applicants must meet the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies' minimum admission requirements.

Alternatively, applicants who do not meet the requirements stated above, but who have had other significant formal training, relevant professional experience, and/or otherwise possess demonstrable knowledge or expertise that would prepare them adequately for successful study in a specific graduate program, may be granted admission on the recommendation of the appropriate graduate program and approval of the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

International Credentials

Applicants with international credentials, including degrees from non-Canadian universities, must consult Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies for information about admission requirements for applicants with international credentials.

English Language Requirements

Applicants with a post-secondary degree (equivalent to a bachelor's or higher) from a university where English is not the primary language of instruction in the entire universy must demonstrate sufficient English language proficiency through one of the approved English language proficiency examinations. The examining body must send results directly to the Graduate Program at Allard Hall.

The Graduate Program in Law requires:

TOEFL: minimum score of 100, of which the reading, listening and writing component minimum is 75.

IELTS (Academic): minimum overall band of 7.0 with a reading and writing band minimum of 7.0.

GCE: A level English examination with a standing of at least "B".

Please note that while UBC's English Language Institute offers an Intensive English Program designed to prepare students for graduate study in English, the Faculty still requires students who complete the program or other English language training courses to demonstrate proficiency through one of the approved English language proficiency examinations.