Prospective graduate students
Graduate degrees in chemistry at UVic
Consider an advanced degree in chemistry at UVic and take your talents and skills in chemistry to a new level. You'll build on your undergraduate experience to develop the skills to be competitive in today's scientific and teaching job markets.
Your graduate program will develop your ability to think critically and analytically. You'll learn in-depth and creative problem-solving independently and within a group setting. You'll learn to effectively communicate your ideas and scientific results.
UVic chemistry offers:
- world-class research in a dynamic and interactive atmosphere
- state-of-the-art equipment and excellent technical support
- an innovative graduate curriculum based on non-traditional groupings of research expertise, providing graduates with an unusually broad knowledge base
Fall 2016: New Scholarship for Exceptional Incoming Students
As of October 2016, we are pleased to introduce a new scholarship for incoming students - the GRACE, Graduate Research Award for Chemistry Excellence.
All applicants for each term will be considered for these awards. We will contact you to arrange for a visit if you are on the shortlist.
Graduate studies at UVic
The University of Victoria has established a reputation across Canada and around the world as a centre of interdisciplinary research and innovation that is making major contributions to the advancement of knowledge and its application to societal issues. You'll learn from internationally-recognized researchers and have the resources to actively pursue your own ideas and position yourself for a future of great promise.
When all required documents, including English proficiency score and GRE (if required), as well as referee reports are in, your application will be checked againt the University's minimum requirements, and if those are met, passed on to the Department of Chemistry for review. You do not need to send in official documents for these initial review processes.
You can start our MSc and PhD programs at the beginning of any term (September, January, and May).
In order to be considered for a particular term we strongly encourage you to complete your application (apply and be sure UVic receives any necessary external materials, such as referee reports, GRE, and English competency) as soon as possible.
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If you are an international applicant, you should apply considerably earlier to allow time to obtain a study permit or student visa (if required) after your application is complete, has been reviewed, and you have been offered admission. The University advises these suggested dates . The dates shown in the table here are the actual deadlines - you cannot start an application after these posted dates.
If you decide you need less time than suggested, the Department of Chemistry will accept your application up to four months prior to the desired start date, but it is up to you to ensure you have allowed enough time to get any required permits or visas.
Any student whose application requires information from an international institution is considered international. In short, to be accepted in the Department of Chemistry, international applicants also need to provide proof of English proficiency and a GRE general score.
For details on the process for international students, please see the International applicant info on the admission website.
Please check the language proficiency requirement if you are an international student. Note the minimum required test scores on that page, and the second tab that list the designated English speaking countries. The minimum scores are an application requirement and cannot be waived. The Department of Chemistry does not offer conditional admission or a concurrent English upgrading program.
Except as noted below, international students are required to submit a GRE general score. The Department of Chemistry does not require the GRE Chemistry Subject test.
In general, competitive applicants have a GRE general score meeting or exceeding:
- verbal reasoning 145,
- quantitative reasoning 155,
- analytical writing 3.0.
If you meet one of the following criteria, you do not need a GRE test for your initial review:
- Students with a BSc or MSc from a Canadian University.
- Students with Chemistry degrees from European Union or European Free Trade Association countries.
- Students with a BSc or MSc from Australia, New Zealand, and the United States of America.
- Students with Chemistry degrees from a top 500 university as defined by one of: Times Higher Education ranking, QS world university ranking, Shanghai Jiao Tong university ranking.
Note that the department does reserve the right to ask for a GRE score during their review, even if a standard exemption applies.
A refund of the application fee is available for accepted Canadian applicants who have only attended Canadian schools, upon accepting our offer of admission.
If this is you, you still need to apply and pay the fee as usual. If after the review proces you are made an offer of admission and you accept the offer, please mention this refund to the graduate secretary, and your fee will be refunded.
If you have questions not answered above, please email the graduate secretary, Sandra BaskettSandra Baskett
Department of Chemistry