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How to apply

Admission to UVic Graduate Studies is competitive. It’s never too early to contact potential supervisors and start planning your application.

1. Choose a program

There are several different masters, doctorates, graduate certificates and diplomas so you’re sure to find the right fit at UVic.

Just make sure you meet the minimum admission and language requirements for the program you’ve selected.

2. Find a supervisor

In most cases, you need to find a supervisor before you apply.

Find information on potential supervisors, areas of research and contact information on our program overviews. You can send an email directly to faculty members that match your research interests. Be sure to describe your background and areas of interest. They will let you know about possible projects and funding.

3. Apply for admission

When you apply online you will need to provide:

  • information for all post-secondary institutions where you registered for courses, and upload all required documents
  • unofficial transcripts from every post-secondary institution you've attended.

Application fee

When you apply you will be charged an application fee (payable online by credit card). Your application will not be processed until this payment has been received.

  • Application fee if all documents originate within Canada: $137.00
  • Application fee if any documents originate outside Canada: $175.00

4. Check application status

Shortly after you apply, we’ll send you an email with your UVic student number, followed by instructions on how to check your application status online.

We’ll contact you by email once an admission decision has been made and you’ll be notified if anything further is required. Make sure to add to your safe-senders list.

5. Accept your offer

When you decide to accept your offer of admission, you’ll need to contact Graduate Admissions and Records by email to secure your place. Your admission letter will tell you who to contact. You must submit any outstanding documents to finalize your offer.

Need to change your start date?

If you’re admitted to a graduate program and need to change your start date, you can ask for an entry point change. You can do this by contacting your program’s graduate secretary.

Entry point changes:

  • must have the support of the graduate advisor of your program
  • are only available to applicants with a provisional, conditional or full offer of admission
  • are only granted once per student. If you need to change a second time, you will have to pay the application fee again.

If you do not have an admission offer and want to change your entry point, you need to submit a new application.

Resources for newly accepted students

Congratulations on being accepted as a new graduate student at UVic! We’ve put together some new graduate student resources that will help you get started at UVic.

Need help?

If you have a general question about the application process or studying at UVic, get in touch with your UVic graduate student recruiter.

If you have a specific question about your program or application to UVic, contact your program’s graduate secretary.