How to apply

Please refer to the Graduate Admissions and Records website for complete information on how to apply for admission. Incomplete applications will not be evaluated by the Department until all outstanding unofficial documents have been submitted.

By the application deadline, applicants should submit an on-line application to Graduate Admissions and Records, upload all required unofficial supporting documents, and pay the application fee by credit card. Applicants who are unable to apply on-line or pay the application fee by credit card should contact ). Outstanding documents not uploaded as part of the application should be submitted as PDFs to .

The following documents must be uploaded at the time of application:

  1. Completed application form, specifying the program (M.A., Ph.D.) and, if applicable, concentration (CSPT, MEMS, NCS).
  2. Non-refundable application fee of $126.50 (or $162.25 if any post-secondary transcripts come from institutions outside of Canada) (The University reserves the right to increase fees at any time. Please consult the University Calendar for any changes in the current fee schedules.).
  3. Unofficial transcripts from every post-secondary institution attended (If you are offered admission, and once all of your course work is complete and your degree is conferred, you will be required to submit official transcripts in envelopes sealed and endorsed by the home University, with a signature, seal, or chop over the closure. Submission of official University of Victoria transcripts is not necessary.).
  4. Two letters of reference (Contact each referee to confirm their willingness to complete an assessment on your behalf, and include their names and e-mails on the application. Upon receipt of your application, Graduate Admissions and Records will send assessment forms directly to the referees for electronic submission to Graduate Admissions and Records.).
  5. Statement of intent, not to exceed 1 single-spaced typed page for M.A. applicants or 2 single-spaced typed pages for Ph.D. applicants (Ph.D. applicants should indicate their field of study, specific area of interest (e.g., CSPT concentration), and proposed research, commenting in particular on what contribution they hope to make to existing knowledge, how they will prepare to undertake the dissertation, and why they feel UVic is suited to their ambitions. M.A. applicants should indicate their area of academic interest, why they feel UVic is suited to their ambitions, and what program of study they anticipate following (e.g., courses; concentrations such as CSPT, MEMS, or NCS; extra-curricular research; language study; etc.). CSPT applicants should include previous studies within the CSPT field, including political or sociological theory; feminist theory; other theoretical work in the social sciences; moral, social, or political philosophy; intellectual history; and cultural or literary analysis.).
  6. 10-15 page double-spaced typed essay demonstrating advanced literary and/or critical studies ability.
  7. Curriculum vitae (including training and/or educational background, employment experience (academic or otherwise), awards or nominations for awards (academic or otherwise), publications (academic or otherwise)).
  8. Proof of English language proficiency, if applicable (Applicants whose first language is not English and who have not resided in Canada or any exempted country for at least three consecutive years immediately prior to the beginning of the session applied for must demonstrate competency in English. Applicants holding a recognized degree from recognized countries and territories are exempted from the English Competency Requirement. For a list of exempted countries, go to Graduate Admissions & Records.
 Most applicants qualify by providing results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL (this test is administered by Educational Testing Service). Such applicants will not be considered unless they score a minimum of 630 on the paper-based test or a minimum of 101 on the internet-based test (IBT), with the following minimum section requirements: Listening 20; Speaking 20; Reading 20; Writing 20. An overall score of at least Band 7 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is also accepted. Official test score reports must be sent directly to the Graduate Admissions and Records Office by the testing agency. Scores from tests taken more than two years prior to application will not be reported by the testing agency. Upon the recommendation of the Graduate Adviser, completion of the University Admission Preparation (UAP) course offered by the UVic English Language Centre may be accepted in lieu of the above standardized English proficiency tests.

GRE scores are not specifically required, though students who have taken the exam are advised to submit the results since a high score can only strengthen their application.

Please note that information on these pages is not official and may be subject to error. To validate any important information, please contact the Department office, or check the UVic Calendar.