Admission information

Application deadline

February 1st, 2022 for September 2022 entry


Application process overview

For an overview of the application process and program information we recommend you download the Educational Psychology Admissions Guide (PDF)

Bachelor's degree in (a) Psychology (b) Educational Psychology (c) Education

We require that you have completed an acceptable bachelor's degree in (a) Psychology (b) Educational Psychology (c) Education* from an academic institution recognized by the University of Victoria. All applicants normally must have earned the equivalent of a B+ average over the last two years (or equivalent of 30.0 UVic units) of their degree to be considered. Practicum, non-graded (pass-fail) courses, credit granted on the basis of life or work experience, or credit earned at institutions not recognized by the University will not be used in determining an applicant's grade point average or units completed.  

*Applicants without a Bachelor’s degree in (a) Psychology, (b) Educational Psychology, or (c) Education must satisfy the following pre-requisite course requirements to apply:

  • Two senior undergraduate courses covering content in educational psychology, learning, cognition and/or human development.
  • For the Special Education focus area: at least one of the courses must be in special education, developmental psychopathology or related course. Applicants with 2-years of related field experience providing services to people with special needs in school or community contexts can use their experience in lieu of the Special Education course prerequisite.

Statement of Purpose

All applicants must fill out the provided statement of purpose form provided here.

All applicants must fill out the first page and Part A: Program purpose. In addition, all MA applicants must fill out the 3rd page, Part B: Research purpose.


Previous relevant field experience is valued in all our programs, particularly in the M.Ed degree programs. Experience may be in more than one setting, paid or voluntary, and does not need to be continuous.

Please include:

  • Date of the résumé.
  • Past degrees, awards and distinctions.
  • All relevant field experience should be clearly documented. Each applicant has an opportunity to document in what way they believe their experience is relevant and successful. Whether the candidate has been working or not, all gaps in the history should be included and explained.

Two Assessment Reports

Assessment reports are required from at least one academic reference and the second maybe a professional reference or another academic reference who is familiar with your work. The names and email addresses of your chosen assessors are required when you submit your online application. It is important that you contact your referees prior to providing them here in order to confirm their willingness to provide you with an assessment. A letter of reference may also be supplied as part of the assessment report. UVic will send the assessment form information directly to your referees upon submission of your application.

English Language Requirement

Applicants whose first language is not English, and who have not resided in a designated English-speaking country for three years immediately prior to the entry-point applied for, must provide proof of English language proficiency.

Please upload your unofficial scores with your online application. However, official test score reports must also be sent directly to the University of Victoria by the testing agency. Scores older than two years are not acceptable. Normally, results are directly sent to the university from a TOEFLIELTS or MELAB test. 

Applicants holding a recognized degree from a designated English-speaking country are exempted from the language proficiency requirements.

No application will be adjudicated until scores have been received.

PLEASE NOTE: The EPLS department requires higher language proficiency scores than those required by Graduate Admissions and Records. See the EPLS English language proficiency requirement for more information.

How to apply

All prospective students should download the Educational Psychology Admissions Guide for a complete guide on program requirements and admissions procedures.

Applicants are encouraged to begin the application process early. The online application system is available starting Sept. 1 each year.

Ensure the following are ready to upload with your online application:

  • All unofficial post-secondary transcripts 
  • Statement of Purpose (Fillable PDF)
  • Resume
  • Names and email addresses for the people filling out your assessment reports
  • Unoffiical English language proficiency scores

Submit your online application by the deadline.

Criminal records check

Successful applicants must undergo a Criminal Record Check (Solicitor General CRC only) in compliance with the BC Criminal Records Review Act and submit it to the Department of Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies for review before full acceptance is given. Await department instructions before proceeding.