Steps to apply

Admission Requirements

To be eligible to apply you must:

  1. Undergraduate degree in any discipline from a recognized university
  2. Have an undergraduate degree with a minimum B+ (6.0) average (77-79%) in the last two years (30 units) leading to the undergraduate degree.
  3. An undergraduate statistics course with a minimum of B. The applicant may be admitted provisionally with the condition that they will complete an undergraduate statistics course (minimum grade of B). There is no specific Statistics course to be taken to satisfy admission requirements. The Statistics course required for admission must focus entirely on statistical analysis.
  4. Minimum GPA from other countries information can be viewed here. Grade Point Averages are converted at the time of application.
  5. Language Proficiency: 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. Language Proficiency information can be viewed here.

NOTE: you may be provisionally accepted into the program with the condition that you complete an undergraduate statistics course (minimum grade of B achieved) by August 31st of the year of admission.

Need a statistics course?

The following courses offered at the University of Victoria or online satisfy the statistics requirement.

Applications are evaluated on the following criteria

  1. Grade Point Average
  2. Assessment reports / references
  3. Letter of Intent
  4. Professional Experience and Community Service

NOTE: No GRE examination is required for application to graduate programs in public health and social policy.

Applicants are encouraged to submit whatever other evidence of suitability for admission they feel is relevant (e.g., academic records from non-degree courses).

Required Documents

The documents required to start the evaluation of your application must be uploaded at the time of application. Applicants are encouraged to submit whatever other evidence of suitability for admission they feel is relevant (e.g., academic records from non-degree courses).

1. Two assessment reports are required from a minimum of two academic or professional references who are familiar with your work. The names and email addresses of your chosen assessors are required when you submit your 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.

2. Copies of unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended will be required for upload, at the time of application. If you are offered admission, you will be required to submit official documents confirming your information. At this point, if we receive unofficial documents they will be requested again, as we require all documents be official for final offers of admission. Unofficial transcripts include:

  • non-official photocopies
  • transcripts which have been opened or arrive without a sealed envelope
  • transcripts not endorsed by the issuing institution (signature, seal or chop over the closure)
  • transcripts received electronically
  • transcripts which arrive without the official seal of the university

If you have incomplete courses not listed on your official transcript, please provide a list of courses in progress and their credit weight with your application.

4. Letter of Intent including the items below, and not exceed two pages in length double-spaced (standard fonts and margins are required).

  • Program choice
  • Preferred area of focus and second choice of area of focus
  • Purpose in seeking degree
  • Describe how it would relate experience, goals and career plans
  • Full or part time study

4. Resume/curriculum vitae must not exceed four pages in length double-spaced (standard fonts and margins are required).

Note:Please ensure that any outstanding documents are submitted by the appropriate deadline by e-mail as a PDF attachment to for all documents (except transcripts). Do not resubmit uploaded documents to graddocs, only documents in addition to those uploaded should be sent by email. Upon receiving a provisional offer of admission, final official copies of transcripts should be sent following the instructions for official transcript submission.

Apply Online

1) Before applying, make sure to follow the steps in the application wizard to determine your application type, as well as check out requirements and deadlines that apply to you, how to submit your supporting documents, and if you will be required to provide proof of English proficiency.

2) Complete the online application. Fill out the application including information for all post-secondary institutions at which you registered for courses, and upload all required documents. You will be required to upload an unofficial transcript from every post-secondary institution attended. Failure to disclose previous studies may result in your admission and registration being cancelled.

3) Pay the application fee within your application - you must pay online with a credit card.

4) Contact each of your referees to confirm their willingness to complete an assessment on your behalf. You will need to supply their names and e-mails as part of your application.

5) If you have already received your degree (and it is indicated on your transcripts), you can request official copies of your transcripts from each institution you have attended. These official transcripts

Follow the status of your applicaton (MyStatus)

Follow the status of your application online, using the MyStatus tool. After the initial input, you will be able to track the progress of your application through all stages of the application process, and eventually see when a decision has been made.

Tuition Fees and Funding Opportunities

For tuition fees information visit Graduate Studies Tuition Fees

Make sure you apply early. As the deadline for application to a program approaches, the processing times slow due to increased application volume. Early application will also allow you to be eligible for UVic fellowships and awards.

Having trouble applying?

If you have any trouble with the online application process, please contact Graduate Admissions and Records directly at 250-472-4657.