Admission Process and 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 December 1 closed closed
International Candidate December 1 closed closed
 
Late applications

We accept late applications for the majority of our programs, but there is no guarantee that you may register to courses in a specific term if your application and the required documents have been received after the deadline indicated in the table above.

If you would like to take graduate courses before applying, we encourage you to take a look at the special student option

 

Disclaimer: 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. The information on this page should, therefore, be used as a guide only. 

 


ADMISSION PROCESSES

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 (3-4 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. Please submit this by email to educplus@uottawa.ca 
  • 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. Please submit this by email to educplus@uottawa.ca.  
  • 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. Reference letters are confidential and must be sent directly to educplus@uottawa.ca by your referees. Your referees must make sure to:
  1. Use a letterhead page
  2. Include your full name and the program of study
  3. Attest to your ability to pursue graduate studies.

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 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.*

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.

APPLICATION TIMELINE

REVIEW: the specific requirements and prepare your application, make sure that you also meet the 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. Send your CV by email to educplus@uottawa.ca.
EVALUATION: an admission officer verifies that your application is complete, calculates your average*** and sends your application for final decision
DECISIONS: final decisions are communicated to applicants 4 to 6 weeks, after your application is complete
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**
* Program Evaluation applications are reviewed by a different committee during the months of June, July and August. For Counselling Psychology, see "Competitive Programs". We only take applications for the fall and winter terms in the English programs. Admission to Counselling Psychology and Program Evaluation is only available for the fall term. 
 
** 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.
 
*** 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.
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.
 

*** Reference letters are confidential and must be sent directly to educplus@uottawa.ca, by your referees. Your referees must make sure to:

  1. Use a letterhead page

  2. Include your full name and the program of study

  3. Attest to your ability to pursue graduate studies.

 
**** 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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