Once you have all your documents prepare and you’re ready to apply, please visit the Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs page for help on the application process.
Students who meet these deadlines and are eligible, will be considered for any major awards and scholarships (OGS, Tri-Agency Scholarships and internal UW awards) to which they have applied.
Domestic students (Canadians and Permanent Residents) applications will be considered after these deadlines, although this may impact your eligibility for major awards and scholarships in your first year.
- All post-secondary transcripts
- Supplementary information form
- English language profieciency*
Before you apply
Make sure you have completed the following before you apply:
Research which program you wish to apply to.
Take a look at our programs page, which provides you an overview of all the programs offered by the Faculty of Science.
Check the admission requirements
Once you have decided which program(s) you are interested in, visit the website of the academic department who hosts the program. They will outline what requirements you need for the program.
Connect with a potential supervisor
Some programs require students to connect with a supervisor before applying, while others will accept an application without a supervisor. Students are strongly encouraged to contact potential supervisors before applying to the program of choice. This will provide you with a higher chance of getting an offer.
Contact your references
Generally, programs within the Faculty of Science require 3 references as a part of the application. Make sure to contact your references early, to provide them with ample time to complete your reference.
Gather your supporting documents
Students will require the following documentation for their application:
- Transcript: You will need to provide transcripts from all post-secondary institutions you have attended. For additional details on what needs to be included on your transcript, please visit the Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs page on transcripts.
- Supplementary Information Form (SIF): The Supplementary Information Form is used to ask program specific questions as part of your application. The Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs site has tips for completing your SIF.
- Resume: If you are interesting in applying to the Department of Biology, Earth and Environmental Science, School of Pharmacy or Optometry will be required to submit a resume.
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE): Students interested in applying to the Department of Biology or Physics and Astronomy who did not complete their schooling in Canada are required to submit a GRE. For more information about the GRE and please visit the Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs page.
- English Language Proficiency (ELP): If you completed your schooling outside of Canada, you may be required to submit an ELP. For more details on the process of submitting and ELP and if you might be exempted, please check the Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs page on ELP examinations.
After you apply
Once you have sent in your application via OUAC and uploaded all your supporting documents on Quest, correctly your application will be complete. Your status will be listed as “Application” while it is in the process of being reviewed.
What is the timeline for a decision notice?
We understand that you are eager to obtain an admission decision. Our goal is to issue a decision within approximately 10 - 12 weeks of the admit term's application deadline. However, the time required for us to complete our review process and make decisions may vary depending on the circumstance or volume of applications at that time. We ask that you refrain from contacting us for an update on your application status until at least 12 weeks after the application deadline for the term for which you have applied for admission.
If, upon review of your application, we discover that information is missing, unclear, or incomplete, a member of the admissions team will contact you.
If you have applied to a research program (MSc or PhD program), then a faculty member must be willing to act as your supervisor in order for you to receive an offer of admission. Your application file will be made available to all faculty members who are affiliated with the program to which you have applied. They can access and review all of your application documentation and can contact you to interview you or to speak to you about their research group (note this is not something that all faculty members do before deciding to make an offer to an applicant).
How will I be notified of the decision?
Once an admission decision has been made, applicants will receive a decision e-mail to the account provided in their application. Successful applicants will receive an electronic offer of admission letter. Applicants are able to review, make a decision and print the letter using Quest. A paper offer of admission will not be sent. Visit the Quest Graduate Applicants page for links to some helpful step-by-step instructions on how to navigate through Quest.