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

The next entry point for this program will be May 2021. The application deadline is October 31, 2020.

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 is October 31, 2020. 

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, which is applied to your tuition. Instructions for submitting this deposit, including timelines, are contained in the offer letter.

Dispute Resolution

Admissions for the DR program are permanently suspended.

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

For September 2020, we are not admitting students directly into the Graduate Diploma in Evaluation. All students interested in this program should first apply for admission to the Graduate Certificate.

Admission requirements

To be eligible for admission, applicants must have:

  • a baccalaureate 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 baccalaureate degree.
  • a course in research design or research methods.
Contact Dr. Lynne Siemens () for more information. Please include an unofficial transcript in your email.

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

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission, you must have:

  • a grade point average of 7.0 on the UVic 9.0 scale or equivalent in a Master's degree from a discipline or professional school either in or related to the field of Public Administration; and
  • the proposed topic of their dissertation research;
  • a commitment to study full-time: normally, at least 75% of regular work time dedicated to studies;
  • demonstrated research potential.
  • Identified supervisor

Candidates are also strongly encouraged to apply for external funding and should indicate on their application where they have applied for such funding.

Application Deadlines

  • December 15 for International Applicants
  • February 15 for applicants who wish to be considered for University Graduate Awards. All applicants with a first class (7.0 on the UVic 9.0 scale or equivalent) average over th e last two years of their undergraduate and graduate course work, as applicable, and whose applications are COMPLETE BY FEBRUARY 15 are automatically considered for these awards.
  • March 15 for Domestic Applicants

Submitting an Application

To apply for the program, applicants must:

  • follow the instructions provided through the page <www.uvic.ca/grad/apply>.
  • provide two Assessment Reports from academic referees. If it has been more than five years since you last attended a post-secondary institution, we recommend that you include three Assessment Reports from current or former employers in place of academic referees. To strengthen your application, we recommend that your referees attach a Letter of Reference in addition to the Assessment Report.
  • submit official copies of transcripts.

Applicants must assemble all of the required application elements, as well as other relevant evidence of suitability for admission (e.g., academic records from non-degree courses), and submit them to the Graduate Admissions Office as a complete package.

In addition to the documentation required by the Faculty of Graduate Studies, the School of Public Administration requires that applicants submit a professional resumé, as well as a letter of intent which provides an overview (up to a total of five single-spaced pages) of:

  • a proposed area for dissertation research illustrating the problem to be studied, possible literature and the general approach;
  • the names of faculty identified as research supervisors; and
  • a list of applications submitted for external funding.

Please contact Dr. Jill Chouinard () for more information on the program and identification of potential supervisors.

The Admissions Committee assesses an applicant's ability to successfully complete the PhD program. Admission decisions are based on an evaluation of the applicant's academic record, the Academic Assessment forms (included within the application package), applicable test scores, the overview, and the availability of appropriate faculty expertise to match the applicant's chosen research area.

All short-listed candidates will be interviewed (by teleconference or in person) by a faculty admissions committee.

International Applicants

The office of Graduate Admissions and Records provides a step by step application guide including application forms for International Students.

Submit official results for the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT).

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.