Admission Process & Deadlines

ADMISSION DEADLINES

Programs Fall (September) Winter (January) Spring/Summer (May)
Diploma - Prog. Evaluation April 15 closed closed
Diploma - Health Prof. Educ. April 15 September 15 closed
Master of Education (MEd) March 1 September 15 closed
Master of Arts (MA) February 1 September 15 February 1
Doctorate (PhD) February 1 September 15 February 1
Counselling Psychology November 1
2019-2020 admission cycle
closed closed
International Candidate December 1 closed closed
Late applications accepted for Fall and Spring/Summer terms (except for counselling)
InformationWe can not guarantee that an application received less than two months prior to the beginning of a term will be processed in time for admission to that term.

International candidate: we are still accepting your application, we strongly recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible, if you wish to be considered for the fall 2018.

Other useful information


ADMISSION APPEALS

Each application for admission is evaluated very carefully and several times. For this reason, admission decisions are rarely overturned. According to the regulation II-1, a denial of admission by the faculty is final. Admission appeals are only considered on procedural grounds. Your appeal will be refused if you fail to clearly outline your rationale and provide supporting documents.

The following reasons are not acceptable for an appeal:

  • You think that the Faculty should review your application one more time.
  • A colleague or a friend of yours, with similar grades, was given an offer of admission.
  • Other universities have offered you admission, so you feel that the Faculty should also offer you admission.

ADMISSION PROCESSES

Warning: Information contained below has been obtained from internal practices and other university guidelines. Every care has been taken by the staff to verify its accuracy when published, however the content is subject to change without notice.

Competitive Programs (Counselling Psychology)

Admission to the Master of Education (MEd) and to the Master of Arts (MA) in Counselling Psychology is highly competitive. We receive several hundred applications for a small number of available spots, making it hard to gain admission if you only meet the minimum requirements.

Once your application file is complete and the pre-evaluation process is over, your file is verified by the Admission Committee that considers the criteria below when ranking your application:

  • Your Grades: This is one of the most important components, counting for 50% towards admission. Your admission average is calculated using your last 20 courses (60 credits or equivalent), for which you have received a numerical or alpha grade. Courses with a Satisfactory / Unsatisfactory grade will not be counted among your last 20 courses.
  • Your background in Psychology: Because the admission to this concentration is highly competitive, we invite you to consult the detailed admission requirements, before applying at the following links: for the MA and MEd programs.
  • Your letter of Intent (2-4 pages): this is the opportunity for you to show a clear understanding of the counselling psychology program and demonstrate that the program is well aligned with your career goals. More information can be found here.
  • Your Curriculum Vitae (2 pages): Your CV must provide information on your working and volunteering experience related to counselling. Substantial work and volunteer experience is usually required. If you have received awards, you may indicate them. More information can be found here.
  • Your letters of reference: Make sure you provide referees who know your academic work well. Professional references are also appropriate, but they must come from a referee who works in a field related to counselling and who understands the demands of graduate school.

APPLICATION TIMELINE

DEADLINES

REVIEW: the specific requirements, check the MEd / MA admission requirements and prepare your application December 1*
FIND: a thesis supervisor (MA applicants only) we recommend you select and meet one or two potential thesis supervisors December 1*
APPLY: check your acknowledgment e-mail and activate uoZone account, which contains important information
December 1*
SUBMIT: all the required official documents** as indicated in uoZone. They must be submitted before the evaluation of your application January 15
EVALUATION: an admission officer verifies that your application is complete, calculates your average and sends your application to the Admissions Committee February
MEETINGS: the Admissions Committee meets to decide on admissibility. It is also responsible to match you with a thesis supervisor. February, March
DECISIONS:
  • final decisions are communicated to MA applicants
  • final decisions are communicated to MEd applicants
mid-March***
ACCEPT: review and download your offer of admission on uoZone June 1
ENROL: register to your courses after satisfying all the conditions in you offer, by submitting all official documents** end of June
* Deadline to submit your application and pay your application fee. Applications started but not submitted by this deadline will be deleted.
 
** To be considered official, your transcripts must be received in official university envelopes, sealed and endorsed by the issuing institution. International students may submit notarised documents, which must be received in official envelopes, sealed and endorsed by a legal counsellor. We welcome your documents during the holiday break, acknowledgements by e-mail will resume in January.
 
*** Highly qualified applicants may receive a response before this date. If you were not successful in obtaining admission to the MA program, we might consider your application for the course-based Master of Education (MEd) in Counselling Psychology and, you will also be considered for admission to other concentrations. 
Course Based Programs (MEd, Diploma)

This admission process is used for the course-based programs: the Master of Education (MEd) and the Graduate Diploma (Dipl).

It is a first come, first qualified and first admitted type of process (except for Program Evaluation and Counselling Psychology). You may APPLY at any time and you will be considered for the MEd and diploma programs.

Please read the following information to help you prepare for submitting your application.

APPLICATION STEPS

1. Decide on a program: Explore our programs to find the one that is right for you.

2. Confirm you meet the admission requirements: Use the program-specific requirements online tool to review the specific requirements and prepare your application.

3. Gather the required documents: Supporting documents required can vary depending on the program. Use the program-specific requirements online tool to check the documents required for your program and gather them. The earlier you submit your documents, the earlier you might begin your studies, if you meet our admission requirements. If you have previously applied and were not successful and in obtaining admission, you may complete a new application and be reconsidered. In most cases, documents do not need to be resubmitted if not older than 24 months.

Please note that we are not accepting transcripts from a third party (ex. WES - World Education Services). Also, college transcripts are not required.

See step 4 for more information regarding transcripts.

4. Gather any necessary letters of recommendation: This step is only required if you are applying to the Graduate Diploma.

See step 5 for additional information regarding letters of recommendation.

Information Once you have submitted your application and it has been transferred to uOttawa’s servers, you will receive an email with instructions on how to access uoZone, where you will be able to enter the name of your referees.

5. Find out about any language proficiency requirements: If your first language is neither English nor French, you must meet one of the following criteria. If you do not meet the criteria, we strongly recommend that you first obtain the scores requested before submitting your application.

6. Apply now: The application process is done entirely online. Create your OUAC Account/Profile and complete the online application.

You will be required to pay a non-refundable application fee ($100 for most of the programs) when submitting your application.

Once you have submitted your application, payed the application fee and it has been transferred to uOttawa’s servers, you will receive an acknowledgement email from the University with instructions on how to access uoZone, where you will be able to upload the required documents. This process can take up to ten business days.

InformationYou do not need to submit official copies of the documents required at the time you submit your application. If you receive an offer of admission, you will need to request an official copy of all your transcripts. These transcripts will have to be sent to the Faculty directly from your previous institutions. International students may submit notarised documents, which must be received in official envelopes, sealed and endorsed by a legal counselor.

7. Upload your documents: Once you have submitted your application and it has been transferred to uOttawa’s servers, you will receive an email with instructions on how to access uoZone. Once you have logged in, you must go in the "Applications" section to have access to the uoDoc: Upload Admissions Documents application where you will be able to upload your documents.

Regarding filenames and file format, please see step 7.

8. Evaluation: An admission officer verifies that your application is complete (all required documents are received), calculates your average using your last 20 courses (60 credits or equivalent), for which you have received a numerical or alpha grade and sends your application to the Admission Committee for final decision.

Admission to the Graduate Diploma in Program Evaluation is only available for the fall term. Applications are reviewed by a different committee during the months of June, July and August.

You can consult your uoZone account at any time to see the progress of the evaluation.

9. Decisions: Final decisions are communicated via your uoZone account 4 to 6 weeks after your application is considered complete.

10. Admission offer: If you are admitted to the program of your choice, you will receive an offer of admission via your uoZone account. To accept your offer, you must log into your uoZone account and accept it before the deadline indicated on your offer of admission. Any conditions of admission specified on your offer must be met before enrolment.

Research Programs (MA, PhD)

The Master of Arts in Education (MA) and the Doctor of Philosophy in Education (PhD) are in high demand: we typically receive twice the number of applications than spaces available.

The PhD admission requirements and MA requirements set the minimum standards but, because of the high demand of these programs, we consider additional selection criteria, including publications, work/volunteer experience and the availability of a thesis supervisor.

APPLICATION TIMELINE

REVIEW: the specific requirements and prepare your application. Make sure you meet the minimum language requirements for the program
APPLY: check your acknowledgment e-mail and activate uoZone account
SUBMIT: all the required official documents* as indicated in uoZone. Evaluation of your application starts after all your documents are received. Submit your CV and letter of intention by email to educplus@uottawa.ca. 
EVALUATION: an admission officer verifies that your application is complete, calculates your average** and prepares your application for the Admissions Committee
MEETINGS: the Admissions Committee meets weekly to decide on admissibility and is responsible for matching you with a thesis supervisor.***
DECISIONS: final decisions are communicated to applicants 4 to 6 weeks, after your application is reviewed by the committee
ACCEPT: review and download your offer of admission on uoZone.
ENROL: register to your courses after satisfying all the conditions, by submitting your official documents*
* To be considered official, your transcripts must be received in official university envelopes, sealed and endorsed by the issuing institution. International students may submit notarised documents, which must be received in official envelopes, sealed and endorsed by a legal counselor.
 
** For MA programs, the admission average is calculated using your last 20 courses (60 credits or equivalent), for which you have received a numerical or alpha grade.
For PhD programs, the admission average is calculated using your last 10 courses (30 credits or equivalent), for which you have received a numerical or alpha grade. Courses with a Satisfactory / Unsatisfactory (S/NS) grade will not be counted.
 

*** Admission to the program is conditional to finding a thesis supervisor. If we could not match you with one, your file will be circulated to our list of professors for a possible match.

 

 

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