Graduate Blockchain Training Pathway

Blockchain@UBC is Canada’s first -Blockchain and Decentralized Trust Technologies -training pathway for graduate students. The training path is multidisciplinary and is supported by industry partners from a wide range of sectors. The Graduate Pathway is a 12-credit non-degree training program that augments existing Masters and PhD programs at UBC.

The initiative will provide a capacity for Master’s and PhD students interested in this area and desire to contribute to scaling Canada’s Blockchain industry while also engaging in some of the world’s most complex socio-technical issues.

The Blockchain and Decentralized Trust Technologies graduate training pathway is open to incoming or current graduate students from participating units across UBC, including MAS, MLIS, Dual and PhD students at the School of Information.

Students should express their interest in pursuing this pathway to the pathway’s educational director, Dr. Victoria Lemieux. To be considered for participation in the pathway, students are encouraged to apply by the end of April for admission the following academic year.



  1. 12 credits of coursework comprised of:
    • Blockchain Foundations (ECE 571B)
    • Grad Pro-seminar (ECE 575G)
    • A discipline-specific course for iSchool students (ARST 575M / LIBR 559T – Blockchain for Info Professionals)
    • An elective suited for students’ research and professional objectives (some choose to take ARST 575N / LIBR 559U – Issues and Perspectives on Blockchain Tech)
  2. A Mitacs internship
  3. A Directed research or thesis

Students who are admitted to the pathway are eligible to receive up to $25,000 in scholarship funds.



“I first heard of the Blockchain @ UBC program in the iSchool newsletter. Having had no prior understating of Blockchain beyond knowing it had something to do with Bitcoin, I was interested in knowing more. The program provided me with an interdisciplinary knowledge of Blockchain technology and the countless industries and use cases it can be applied to. Through the course work, the Summer Institute and an internship with the Land Title and Survey Authority of British Columbia, I was able to apply theoretical concepts in the real world. While I currently do not work within the Blockchain space, the transferable skills I gained through the program allowed me to become an information specialist at a technology company a few months prior to graduation. I highly recommend this program to anyone who is curious about how trustless systems can reshape the way we think of record keeping and is interested in solving challenging problems using an interdisciplinary perspective.”

Hassan Pakir, MLIS Student,
2019 Blockchain and DLT cohort 2019



For more information on this graduate training pathway, please kindly contact Dr. Victoria Lemieux. ( or visit the Blockchain@UBC website