Thank you for your interest in our graduate programs.
How to Apply
Application instructions, fee information, and procedures are available on the Faculty of Graduate Studies web site. Program-specific information is available through the Admission Requirements and Deadlines page.
Your application for admission cannot be processed until your application fee is received. You will be prompted to pay this fee by credit card or Interac Online as part of the online application process. Cash will not be accepted.
Application fees for graduate students:
- $119.00 CAD - all transcripts arriving from institutions within Canada
- $147.00 CAD - any transcripts arriving from institutions outside of Canada
This fee will be refunded during the first semester of study to applicants who accept an offer of admission for an MSc or Phd program.
In your application, please include transcripts from all the institutions you have attended, two assessment reports, your current CV, and Statement of Purpose. International applicants only: Please include TOEFL or IELTS results, and GRE results. Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page if you have any questions about whether you need to send TOEFL, IELTS, or GRE results.
The official application deadlines may be found in the prospective students page. However, we usually can accommodate applications which are complete after these deadlines. The first round of fellowships is assessed based on applications received by January 15th, so early application is encouraged.
Applicants who have applied for an NSERC or CIHR graduate scholarship must apply for admission by January 15th in order to be considered for an NSERC/CIHR award.
Although we can consider applications which are complete after these deadlines, international students must keep in mind the time needed to obtain a visa.
Admission to the MSc Program
The normal prerequisite for all programs is a (UVic equivalent) Honours degree in Physics, Astronomy or related subjects. Students admitted to the MSc program, but with backgrounds judged to be less than that of a UVic Honours degree (e.g. a Major degree), are normally required to take additional undergraduate courses in Physics, Astronomy and Mathematics to satisfy the stated prerequisite.
Admission to the PhD Program
The normal prerequisite for all programs is a (UVic equivalent) MSc degree in Physics, Astronomy or related subjects. Students already registered in the UVic MSc program may have the opportunity to enter the PhD program directly via the MSc-to-PhD transfer process.
Admission to the Certificate Program in medical physics
Minimum requirements include a PhD in physics (non-medical) or closely related discipline.
Applicants who completed their undergraduate degree at a non-Canadian university are normally expected to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), General and Subject exams, and submit the results to the Graduate Admissions and Records Office. Applicants whose native language is not English must also satisfy the English Competency Requirement for the Faculty of Graduate Studies (see the “Faculty Admissions” section for details). Students with this qualification may still be required to complete English language courses along with their program-related course work.
Please visit the Financial Support page for details on Financial Aid available through the duration of your program in the Physics and Astronomy Department.
Please visit the Frequently Asked Questions page.