Graduate application requirements

There are both general and specific application requirements for the graduate programs; be sure to include all required elements by the deadline to ensure that your application can be considered.

Community Development

Any questions or inquiries regarding entry into the Master of Arts in Community Development (MACD) should be addressed to the program's Administrative Assistant.

Email:
Phone: 250-721-8074

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission the minimum requirements are:

  • a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent from another country) from an accredited and recognized institution in a relevant field of study
  • a grade point average of 5.0 (B) in the work of the last two years (30 units) leading to this baccalaureate degree
  • a minimum of four years of professional experience, paid or volunteer, in one of the four streams of the broader community development sector (community economic development, cooperative, non-profit, and international )
  • admission as a mature student - four years after completion of a baccalaureate degree, applicants whose grade point average is below 5.0 (B) may be admitted as mature students, provided they have four years relevant professional experience since completion of their degree. Submission of a résumé is required to determine eligibility as a mature student. Such recommendations must be approved by the Dean of Graduate Studies.

Application Deadlines

Application deadline for the May 2018 Cohort has been extended to October 31, 2017.

Applicants to the MACD program must submit application documents electronically. Instructions for submitting documents are provided via the Graduate Admissions and Records page.

To submit an application:

  • Complete the online application form.
  • Assessment reports are required from a minimum of two referees. If you have graduated within the last five years two academic references are required. If it has been more than five years since you last attended a post-secondary institution, we recommend that you include the email addresses from three current or former employers or professional references who are familiar with your work in place of academic referees. The names and email addresses of your chosen assessors are required when you submit your application. To strengthen your application, we recommend that your referees attach a Letter of Reference in addition to the Assessment Report.
  • Submit official academic transcripts from all post secondary institutions attended. Official transcripts are those which are received directly from the post secondary institution OR are received in the institution's sealed, stamped envelope.
  • Submit a detailed résumé/CV of background information, professional or other relevant experience.
  • Submit a 750-1000 word statement of intent outlining why you are seeking an MA in Community Development and how the degree relates to your career plans, personal values and goals.
  • Submit other evidence of suitability for admission that you feel is relevant (e.g., academic records from non-degree courses).

International Applicants Application Deadline September 30

In addition to the information provided above, to submit an application:

  • Review and follow the Graduate Admissions and Records Office Information for International Applicants
  • Applicants for admission whose first language is not English and who have not resided in Canada or any country where English is an official language of the country (as determined by the Graduate Admissions and Records Office) for at least three consecutive years immediately prior to the beginning of the session applied for must demonstrate competency in English. Most applicants qualify by providing results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The minimum score for the TOEFL is 610 on the paper-based test and 102 on the Internet-based test. Applicants who do not possess a Canadian undergraduate degree will be required to write and submit official results of the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT).

Accepting an Offer of Admission

Upon receiving a written offer of admission from the School of Public Administration, applicants accepted to the MACD program are required to pay a non-refundable confirmation deposit of CAD $400; instructions for submitting this deposit, including timelines, are contained in the offer letter.

Dispute Resolution

Admissions for the DR program are being suspended 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 2016 and in Summer 2017.

MPA On Campus

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission, you must have an undergraduate degree with a minimum B+ average (77-79%) in the last two years (30 units) leading to the undergraduate degree.

Admission to the MPA program is very competitive. Please note that because of the number of applications received, possession of minimum admission requirements does not guarantee your admission to the program.

Application Deadlines

  • December 15 for International Applicants
  • January 31 for Domestic Applicants

Submitting an Application

Applicants to the MPA program must submit application documents electronically. Instructions for submitting documents are provided via the Graduate Admissions and Records page.

For the MPA program, applicants must:

  • Complete the online application form.
  • Assessment reports are required from a minimum of two referees. If you have graduated within the last five years two academic references are required. If it has been more than five years since you last attended a post-secondary institution, we recommend that you include the email addresses from three current or former employers or professional references who are familiar with your work in place of academic referees. The names and email addresses of your chosen assessors are required when you submit your application. To strengthen your application, we recommend that your referees attach a Letter of Reference in addition to the Assessment Report.
  • Submit a professional résumé.
  • Submit a 750-1000 word statement of intent outlining why you are seeking an MPA and how the degree relates to your career plans, personal values, and goals. Be sure to clearly indicate that you are applying for admission to the MPA On Campus program.
  • Submit other evidence of suitability for admission that you feel is relevant (e.g., academic records from non-degree courses).

If you do not have a Canadian undergraduate degree, you are required to write and submit official results for the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT).

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.

Accepting an Offer of Admission

Upon receiving a written offer of admission from the School of Public Administration, applicants accepted to the MPA On Campus program are required to pay a non-refundable confirmation deposit of CAD $400; instructions for submitting this deposit, including timelines, are contained in the offer letter.

MPA Online

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the MPA Online program must be currently employed with and have a minimum of three years of full-time public sector or non-profit work experience. Additionally, you must have an undergraduate degree with a minimum B+ average (77-79%) in the last two years (30 units) leading to the undergraduate degree. Applicants to the Master of Public Administration (MPA) Online program with four or more years of relevant professional experience whose grade point average is below B+ may be considered, please see the UVic calendar for more details.

Admission to the MPA program is very competitive. Please note that because of the number of applications received, possession of minimum admission requirements does not guarantee your admission to the program.

Application Deadlines

  • December 15 for International Applicants
  • January 31 for Domestic Applicants

Submitting an Application

Applicants to the MPA program must apply electronically. Instructions for submitting documents are provided via the Graduate Admissions and Records page.

For the MPA program, applicants must:

  • Complete the online application form.
  • Assessment reports are required from a minimum of two referees. If you have graduated within the last five years two academic references are required. If it has been more than five years since you last attended a post-secondary institution, we recommend that you include the email addresses from three current or former employers or professional references who are familiar with your work in place of academic referees. The names and email addresses of your chosen assessors are required when you submit your application. To strengthen your application, we recommend that your referees attach a Letter of Reference in addition to the Assessment Report.
  • Submit a professional résumé.
  • Submit a 750-1000 word statement of intent outlining why you are seeking an MPA and how the degree relates to your career plans, personal values, and goals. Be sure to clearly indicate that you are applying for admission to the MPA Online program.
  • Submit other evidence of suitability for admission that you feel is relevant (e.g., academic records from non-degree courses).

If you do not have a Canadian undergraduate degree, you are required to write and submit official results for the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT).

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 valid test results for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The minimum TOEFL score for the MPA programs is 610 for the paper-based test or 102 for the internet-based test; the minimum overall score is Band 7.0, with no score of less than 6.5 on each academic component.

Accepting an Offer of Admission

Upon receiving a written offer of admission from the School of Public Administration, applicants accepted to the MPA Online program are required to pay a non-refundable confirmation deposit of CAD $400; instructions for submitting this deposit, including timelines, are contained in the offer letter.

Evaluation Certificate or Diploma

Admission requirements

To be eligible for admission, applicants must have:

  • an undergraduate degree (or equivalent from another country) from an accredited and recognized institution.
  • a grade point average of 5.0 (B) in the last two years (30 units) leading to the undergraduate degree.
  • completed the equivalents of the following courses:
    • Introduction to Research Methods
    • Introduction to Descriptive and Inferential Statistics
    • Introduction to Microeconomics

Application deadlines

  • March 31 for Domestic and International Applicants

Submitting an application

Applicants to the Evaluation program must submit application documents electronically. Instructions for submitting documents are provided via the Graduate Admissions and Records page.

To submit an application:

  • Complete the online application form. For the Evaluation program, In the Program of Study screen of your application, choose "Public Administration" as your department and then select "Evaluation Prof Spec Certificate" or "Evaluation Diploma".
  • Assessment reports are required from a minimum of two referees. If you have graduated within the last five years two academic references are required. If it has been more than five years since you last attended a post-secondary institution, we recommend that you include the email addresses from three current or former employers or professional references who are familiar with your work in place of academic referees. The names and email addresses of your chosen assessors are required when you submit your application. To strengthen your application, we recommend that your referees attach a Letter of Reference in addition to the Assessment Report.
  • Submit official academic transcripts from all post secondary institutions attended. Official transcripts are those which are received directly from the post secondary institution OR are received in the institution's sealed, stamped envelope.
  • Submit a professional résumé.
  • Submit a Letter of Intent describing why you are seeking a graduate certificate and how the credential relates to your career plans, personal values and goals.
  • Submit other evidence of suitability for admission that you feel is relevant (e.g., academic records from non-degree courses).

For further information please contact the Graduate Administrative Assistant at

PhD in Public Administration

Please note admission to the PhD program has been suspended while program resources are evaluated. Once this review is complete, an update to the admissions status will be posted here.

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission, you must have:

  • A master's degree in a related discipline with a minimum grade point average of A- (80-84) in the last two years (30 units) of academic work; and
  • demonstrated research potential.

Application Deadlines

  • December 15 for International Applicants
  • March 15 for Domestic Applicants

Submitting an Application

Applicants to the PhD program must submit application documents electronically. Instructions for submitting documents are provided via the Graduate Admissions and Records page.

For the PhD program, applicants must:

  • Fill out an application form online.
  • Assessment reports are required from a minimum of two referees. If you have graduated within the last five years two academic references are required. If it has been more than five years since you last attended a post-secondary institution, we recommend that you include the email addresses from three current or former employers or professional references who are familiar with your work in place of academic referees. The names and email addresses of your chosen assessors are required when you submit your application. To strengthen your application, we recommend that your referees attach a Letter of Reference in addition to the Assessment Report.
  • Submit official transcripts.
  • Submit a professional résumé.
  • Submit a Statement of Intent of Proposed Dissertation. This document, up to five single-spaced pages in length, should include:
    • a proposed area for dissertation research illustrating the problem to be studied, possible literature, and the general approach; and
    • the names of faculty identified as possible research supervisors, and a list of applications submitted for external funding.
  • Submit official results for the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT).

International Applicants

The office of Graduate Admissions and Records provides a step by step application guide including application forms 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 is 610/255/102.