Frequently Asked Questions

You must maintain active registration in your program (regardless of course work) by registering in Thesis section (Master’s: INDS 549; PhD: INDS 649). The Thesis section is only a “placeholder”, rather than an actual course. Please make a habit of doing this twice a year (Fall/Winter: September; Summer: May).
For correct section numbers, please go to:

You must subscribe to the ISGP email list, as we communicate important announcements and deadlines to you. You may subscribe or manage your subscription here.
Please also ensure that your supervisors are subscribed to the ISGP Supervisors email list by managing their subscriptions here.

At UBC, you may have up to 50% of your supervisors/committee members outside of UBC, upon approval.
Please submit recommendation package to the ISGP for approval:
Detailed descriptions of supervisors and committee members roles and responsibilities can be found on the Grad Studies web site:

If you ever feel that your academic progress is impacted either by health or personal circumstances, please talk to us and discuss the possibility of a leave of absence:
Retroactive leaves are unlikely to be approved, so please let the ISGP office know as soon as you feel that you might need one.

You may take up to 6 credits of Directed Studies at the ISGP. Please submit a course proposal to the ISGP office for approval:
Once approved, you will be registered into a course section. At the end of the course, please ask your instructor to email us a % grade to be entered.

You can manage all your records at UBC through the Student Service Centre (SSC):
You can find out the break-down of your fees, register for courses, change your contact information, accept awards, order UBC transcripts, download Proof of Enrollment letter, and more!

Please email the ISGP Program Chair directly for appointments.

Almost all UBC forms require the signature of one of your UBC co-supervisors and then the ISGP Program Chair’s for approval. Please submit all forms to the ISGP office for processing.