Application Information

Thank you for your interest in our graduate programs.

How to Apply

Application instructions, fee information, and procedures are available on the Faculty of Graduate Studies web site.  Program-specific information is available through the Admission Requirements and Deadlines page.

Your application for admission cannot be processed until your application fee is received. You will be prompted to pay this fee by credit card as part of the online application process. Cash will not be accepted.

Application fees for graduate students are published in the UVic Graduate Calendar.

Application fees are non-refundable and cannot be applied to tuition fees. Fees are subject to change without notice.

Document requirements

In your application, please include transcripts from all the institutions you have attended, two assessment reports, your current CV, and Statement of Purpose. International applicants only: Please include TOEFL, IELTS, or MET results. Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page if you have any questions about whether you need to send TOEFL, IELTS, MET, or GRE results.

Application deadlines

For the September entry point, the deadline for full consideration for the first round of fellowships is December 1.  Students who have applied for an NSERC or CIHR scholarship must apply for admission by December 1. Applications received after December 1 will still be considered for admission. 

Applications will be considered for graduate programs beginning September 1, January 1 or May 1. However, the majority of new students are expected to be admitted for the September entry point.  Applications are strongly encouraged to be submitted at least 2 months before the proposed date of entry. International students should apply even earlier, keeping in mind the time needed to obtain a visa.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the MSc Program
The normal prerequisite for all programs is a (UVic equivalent) Honours degree in Physics, Astronomy or related subjects. Students admitted to the MSc program, but with backgrounds judged to be less than that of a UVic Honours degree (e.g. a Major degree), are normally required to take additional undergraduate courses in Physics, Astronomy and Mathematics to satisfy the stated prerequisite.

Admission to the PhD Program
The normal prerequisite for all programs is a (UVic equivalent) MSc degree in Physics, Astronomy or related subjects. Students already registered in the UVic MSc program may have the opportunity to enter the PhD program directly via the MSc-to-PhD transfer process.

Admission to the Certificate Program in medical physics
Minimum requirements include a PhD in physics (non-medical) or closely related discipline. Additionally, the applicant must have taken at least three upper division physics courses. Examples include Quantum Mechanics, Thermal Physics, Electromagnetism, and Statistical Mechanics.

International applicants
The Graduate Record Examination (GRE), General and Subject exams, are not required. However, they are recommended for applicants who completed their undergraduate degree at a university outside of North America. Applicants whose native language is not English must also satisfy the English Competency Requirement for the Faculty of Graduate Studies (see the “Faculty Admissions” section for details). Students with this qualification may still be required to complete English language courses along with their program-related course work.

Financial Support

Please visit the Financial Support page for details on Financial Aid available through the duration of your program in the Physics and Astronomy Department.


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