LL.M. in Taxation - Required Application Documents

This page describes the material that all applicants must submit with their applications. All applications are made through Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, and supporting documents must be uploaded directly to the online application. Consult Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies' Applications and Admissions for additional application information.

The application deadline is December 15th.  All supporting documentation must be received by this date.

The application process opens on September 1st. Applications early in the cycle are encouraged, particularly for international students needing student visas.

Application Form

Please go to Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies' Online Application Instructions. The application form may be completed on-line and payment made by credit card, or the application form may be printed and submitted with a cheque.

Application fees:

Canadian and Permanent Resident applicants: $93 CDN
International applicants: $153 CDN

If paying by cheque, bank draft or money order, please direct payment to "UBC Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies."

The application fee may be waived for:

  • International applicants whose citizenship and correspondence address is located in one of the world's 50 least developed countries, as declared by the United Nations. These countries include but are not limited to Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Nepal, and Uganda. A complete list of countries is available here; and
  • BC residents who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents aged 65 years or over at the time of application.

If you are eligible for an application fee waiver, you do not need to apply for it. You will not be asked for a fee when you complete the online application.

Supporting Documents

In order to have your application considered for the 2019/20 intake, all applicants must submit an application through the on-line application system and at the time of application are required to upload to their application: all transcripts (including English language translations), proof of degree conferral, TOEFL/IELTS test results (if required), CV and personal statement.  Email addresses for all referees must be included in the on-line application and all referees will be required to submit their letters through the on-line application system by no later than December 15th. 

Please note that if the documents are not uploaded to the application form by the December 15th deadline, your application will not be considered for admission.  The Graduate Program office is no longer accepting hard copy documents by mail.  All documents such as transcripts, proof of degree conferral, TOEFL/IELTS, etc. must be scanned and uploaded to your application.  Photographs or screenshots taken using a cellular or device or camera or documents forwarded by email or fax to our office will not be accepted.

1. Curriculum Vitae

Provide details of education, academic awards, relevant work experience, relevant volunteer experience, publications, conference presentations, etc.

2. University transcripts

The LLM in Taxation Program requires official copies of all university transcripts. If the transcripts are not in English, then you must provide two official English language translations. For degrees from China, official original and English language translations of degree certificates are required in addition to transcripts. Your transcripts and degree certificates, including translated copies if needed, must be uploaded directly to the online application. 

3. English Language Proficiency Test Results

Applicants with undergraduate training at a university where English is not the primary language of instruction, must demonstrate sufficient English language proficiency through one of the approved English language proficiency examinations. Please consult Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies for further information about English proficiency requirements including department requirements.
The Graduate Program at Allard Hall requires:

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

The examining body must send results directly to the LL.M. in Taxation program at Allard Hall. For TOEFL examinations, our institution code is 0965 and the department code is 03.

4. Personal Statement

Applicants are requested to submit a personal statement. Generally, the personal statement is an applicant's opportunity to outline those features of the application that distinguish the candidate. The Admissions Committee is particularly interested in knowing why you want to pursue an LL.M. in Taxation and what makes you well-suited to the program including your particular skills, interests and/or relevant professional experience.

This document should be approximately 500 words in length.

5. Letters of reference

The LL.M. in Taxation Program requires three letters of reference, at least one of which should be from an academic referee who is able to speak to your abilities as a student.

If you add the email addresses of your referees to your online application, an email will be sent to your referees giving them several options for submitting letters of reference. If your referees prefer to provide you with hard copies of the letters, then the letters must be in sealed envelope with the seal signed by the referee. You may then forward the unopened letters of reference to the Allard School of Law, Attention: LLM Tax Program.

6. Immigration Documents

Permanent residents must provide a clear copy of their Permanent Resident Card (front and back) or other documentation.

Please upload all supporting documents to your online application.  If you are offered admission, additional instructions will be provided at that time, regarding documentation required by post. 


If you require assistance, please contact the program by email at professionalprograms@allard.ubc.ca.