Reference Letters

Selecting Your Referees

Selecting your referees is a big decision. You will want to choose referees who are able to accurately do an assessment on your strengths and weaknesses pertaining to your ability to conduct graduate studies. Referees required may be "academic" or "professional" and will be noted in the Program Checklist.

Academic Referee Examples:

  • A faculty member who taught you in a course(s);
  • Observed you in a classroom/laboratory setting;
  • Supervised you doing an undergraduate thesis.

Professional Referee Examples:

  • Supervised you in a practicum/placement setting;
  • Supervised you in a work setting;
  • A co-worker who has observed your work ethic.

Submitting Reference Letters

Reference letters can be submitted by the following methods:

  • A paper reference letter and/or assessment report can be emailed to graduate-admissions@unbc.ca from an institutional or professional email address (public email addresses will not be accepted such as Yahoo, Gmail, Hotmail)
  • A paper reference letter and/or assessment report can be mailed or couriered to:

University of Northern British Columbia
Office of the Registrar Attn: Graduate Admissions
3333? University Way
Prince George, BC? V2N 4Z9? CANADA

  • A paper reference letter and/or assessment report can be faxed from a verifiable fax number (i.e.? institutional or professional) to 250-960-6330 Attn Graduate Admissions.

Reference Letter Troubleshooting

Referee Did Not Receive Online Reference Request

  • Have the referee check to see if the email is in their spam/junk folders
  • Ensure that you have provided your referee's correct email address and that there are no typos in it

Paper Submissions of Reference Letters/Assessment Reports

If your referee does not wish to submit an online reference, then a hard copy reference letter/assessment report can be mailed or couriered to:

University of Northern British Columbia
Office of the Registrar - Graduate Admissions
3333 University Way
Prince George, British Columbia?? V2N 4Z9
Canada