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

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

No pre-evaluation service is available, you must submit an application for admission with the necessary documents in order to process the evaluation. The admission decision may vary depending on the strength of your file and the program you are applying to.

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 and offered on a full-time basis only. 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. The faculty reserves the right to close at any time the admission to this concentration if the quota is reached. It is therefore important to submit your application and supporting documents as soon as possible.

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 MEd and MA programs.
  • Your letter of Intent (2-4 pages): This is the opportunity for you to show a clear understanding of the counselling psychology program. You must also demonstrate your research interests (for the MEd, major-research option and the MA), your professional goals and how your previous academic and work experiences have prepared you for this program.
  • 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.
  • 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 STEPS

DEADLINES

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

November 1

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

November 1

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 submission of all official transcripts of universities attended including the grading scale is mandatory. This applies to all courses and programs at any university you have attended, including regular programs (completed or not), exchange programs, letters of permission, online or correspondence courses, courses taken as a special student or visiting student, etc. If the transcript and degree certificate are not in English or French, a certified translation (signed and stamped/sealed) must be submitted.

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.

Information Note that documents submitted at the time of admission are the property of the University of Ottawa and can not be returned to applicants. Unnecessary documents will not be consulted, retained, or returned to applicants. These documents will be destroyed according to our administrative procedures.
November 1

4. Gather any necessary letters of recommendation: 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.

See step 5 for additional information regarding letters of recommendation.

November 1

5. Elaborate a narrative statement (2-4 pages): Your written work should state your research interests (for the MEd, major-research option and the MA), your professional goals and how your previous academic and work experiences have prepared you for this program.

November 1

6. 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.

November 1

7. Select an supervisor: If you are applying to the MEd, major-research option ou the MA, it is strongly recommended to choose a research supervisor. We encourage you to start contacting some professors right away to talk about the program and your interests.

November 1

8. 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 10 business days.

You 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.

November 1

9. 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.

November 1

10. 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.

Applications are all reviewed by the Committee, which ultimately decides on your admissibility into the program.

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

February, March

11. Decisions: Final decisions are communicated via your uoZone account.

Highly qualified applicants may receive a response before this date. If you were not successful in obtaining admission to the MA or MEd (major-research paper), we might consider your application for the course-based Master of Education (MEd) and, you will also be considered for admission to other concentrations.

end-March

12. Admission offer: If you are admitted to the program of your choice, you will receive an offer of admission via your uoZone account.

No deposit is required to confirm your decision. However, we strongly recommend that you accept your offer to reserve a place in the program.

To accept your offer, you must log into your uoZone account. Any conditions of admission specified on your offer must be met before enrolment in your classes.

June 1
Course Based Programs (MEd, Diploma)

This admission process is used for the course-based programs: the Master of Education (MEd), coursework option or major-research option (MRP), 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. For the MRP option, we consider additional selection criteria, including research experience and the availability of an MRP supervisor.

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 submission of all official transcripts of universities attended including the grading scale is mandatory. This applies to all courses and programs at any university you have attended, including regular programs (completed or not), exchange programs, letters of permission, online or correspondence courses, courses taken as a special student or visiting student, etc. If the transcript and degree certificate are not in English or French, a certified translation (signed and stamped/sealed) must be submitted.

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.

InformationNote that documents submitted at the time of admission are the property of the University of Ottawa and can not be returned to applicants. Unnecessary documents will not be consulted, retained, or returned to applicants. These documents will be destroyed according to our administrative procedures.

4. Gather any necessary letters of recommendation: This step is only required if you are applying to the MEd (MRP option) or the Graduate Diploma. 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.

See step 5 for additional information regarding letters of recommendation.

5. Elaborate a narrative statement (2 pages): This step is only required if you are applying to the MEd (MRP option). Your written work should state your research interests, professional goals and expectations.

6. 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.

7. Select an MRP supervisor: If you are applying to the MEd (MRP option), it is strongly recommended to choose a research supervisor. We encourage you to start contacting some professors right away to talk about the program and your interests.

8. 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 10 business days.

You 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.

9. 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.

10. 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.

Applications are all reviewed by the Committee, which ultimately decides on your admissibility into the program. Admission to the Graduate Diploma in Program Evaluation is only available for the fall term. Applications are reviewed during the months of June, July and August.

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

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

Admission to the MEd (MRP option) program is conditional to finding an MRP supervisor. If we could not match you with one, your file will be circulated to our list of professors for a possible match and we strongly recommend that you also contact professors.

12. Admission offer: If you are admitted to the program of your choice, you will receive an offer of admission via your uoZone account.

No deposit is required to confirm your decision. However, we strongly recommend that you accept your offer to reserve a place in the program.

To accept your offer, you must log into your uoZone account. Any conditions of admission specified on your offer must be met before enrolment in your classes.

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.

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 submission of all official transcripts of universities attended including the grading scale is mandatory. This applies to all courses and programs at any university you have attended, including regular programs (completed or not), exchange programs, letters of permission, online or correspondence courses, courses taken as a special student or visiting student, etc. If the transcript and degree certificate are not in English or French, a certified translation (signed and stamped/sealed) must be submitted.

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.

InformationNote that documents submitted at the time of admission are the property of the University of Ottawa and can not be returned to applicants. Unnecessary documents will not be consulted, retained, or returned to applicants. These documents will be destroyed according to our administrative procedures.

4. Gather any necessary letters of recommendation: 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.

See step 5 for additional information regarding letters of recommendation.

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. Select a thesis supervisor: If you are applying to the MA or PhD, it is strongly recommended to choose a research supervisor. We encourage you to start contacting some professors right away to talk about the program and your interests.

For information about thesis supervision, visit the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website.

7. 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 10 business days.

You 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.

8. 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.

9. Evaluation: After your file is complete, an admission officer calculates your average.

For the MA program, 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 the PhD program, the admission average is calculated using your last 10 courses (30 credits or equivalent).

The officer will then send your application to the Admission Committee for final decision. Applications are all reviewed by the Committee, which ultimately decides on your admissibility into the program.

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

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

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 and we strongly recommend that you also contact professors.

11. Admission offer: If you are admitted to the program of your choice, you will receive an offer of admission via your uoZone account.

No deposit is required to confirm your decision. However, we strongly recommend that you accept your offer to reserve a place in the program.

To accept your offer, you must log into your uoZone account. Any conditions of admission specified on your offer must be met before enrolment in your classes.

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