How to apply

There are different application procedures for graduate and undergraduate students, as well as particular requirements for each of the programs.

Please read the general information below, as well as the specific application requirements for each of the programs.

Submitting an application

Applicants to any of the graduate programs must submit application documents electronically. See instructions for submitting documents on  Graduate Admissions and Records.

Application steps include:

  • Consult the specific application requirements for the program of interest; this information can be found through the graduate program page.
  • Complete the online application form
  • Provide the names and email addresses of your chosen assessors as required when you submit your application. 
  • Upload to the application a professional résumé.
  • Upload to the application a Letter of Intent describing why you are seeking the degree and how it relates to your career plans, personal values, and goals.
  • Upload to the application other application elements required for the program of interest.
  • Upload to the application other evidence of suitability for admission that you feel is relevant (e.g., academic records from non-degree courses).

Application deadlines, documents, and requirements vary by program. Be sure to consult the information for your program of interest.

Please note that

  • admissions for the DR program are being suspended for the coming two years- that is, for Fall 2017 and Fall 2018. Students who have already commenced their studies in the DR program will continue with their program of studies, including completing required courses offered this Fall and in Summer 2017.
  • there will be no PhD intake for 2017-18; check back in Fall 2017 to find out when the next intake will be.

International applicants

The office of Graduate Admissions and Records provides an application guide for International Students.

International students whose first language is not English are required to provide test results for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The minimum TOEFL for the MPA program is 610 for the paper-based test or 102 for the internet-based test.

New applicants to UVic

  1. Apply to the University of Victoria Undergraduate Admissions. Complete the online application, upload your professional resume and cover letter outlining your interest in the Diploma or Specialization Certificate program (address your letter to Dr. Catherine Althaus, Director, School of Public Administration, University of Victoria). 

  2. Arrange for all official transcripts to be sent to Undergraduate Admissions

More information for new undergraduate students

Returning UVic students application procedures

  1. Returning UVic students must apply to reregister. You can either apply online or submit a PDF application. Along with your application for reregistration, upload your professional resume and cover letter outlining your interest in the Diploma or Specialization Certificate program (address your letter to Dr. Catherine Althaus, Director, School of Public Administration, University of Victoria). 

Returning students should review the information on the Office of the Registrar website.

Application Deadlines

Fall Term

  • May 31 for application to Undergraduate Admissions
  • July 15 for documents & transcripts

Spring Term

  • October 15 for application to Undergraduate Admissions
  • November 15 for documents & transcripts

Summer Term

  • February 15 for application to Undergraduate Admissions
  • April 1 for documents & transcripts

New to UVic?  Applying late?

We make every effort to accommodate late applications but applicants may find your selection of courses limited because you will not be able to register until your application is completed and processed. If you find that our deadline for online application has passed, you may choose to enroll in our courses through Thompson Rivers University (TRU) for the current term and submit your application to our diploma program in time for the next deadline. UVic ADMN Courses taken through TRU can be transferred towards your Diploma.