Steps to apply

Select the program and determine your eligibility

Admission Equivalencies

An honour degree or the equivalent of a canadian bachelor degree is generally a prerequisite for admission to graduate studies. Find the admission equivalencies for your previous college degree. 

Graduate Programs

View the graduate programs offered by diploma type:

Specific Requirements

Please verify if you meet the specific requirements of the chosen program, including the language requirements prior to sending your application. 

Deadlines for submitting an application

To know the deadlines for submitting an application, verify the specific requirements of the selected program.

Gather all required documents before sending your application

Make sure to gather all required documents before sending your application. Each program of study requires specific documents for admission. The complete list of the documents required for admission to your program of studies is available on the Specific requirements page. 

  • All documents and transcripts submitted to the University of Ottawa become the property of the University and will not be returned.
  • We are unable to process incomplete applications. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all required documentation is submitted correctly and promptly.

Most courses at the University of Ottawa are given in English, French or both languages. Therefore, you must master one of the two official languages to be admitted. Verify the language requirements to the chosen program prior to sending your application.

Once you have identified the language tests required for admission to the selected program, refer to the table "Proof of language proficiency" to access online tests and the minimal marks required.

Proof of language proficiency: English-language tests
Proof of language proficiency: French-language tests

In your application, you must submit an academic transcript from each establishment of higher education that you have attended.

If the transcript and degree certificate are not in English or French, a certified translation (signed and stamped) must be submitted.

  • All transcripts will be verified for authenticity.
  • Transcripts must show all courses, all marks and the awarding of degree(s).
  • Previous or current University of Ottawa students do not need to submit a transcript of their studies at the University of Ottawa. Professional programs in rehabilitation require all transcripts, including those from uOttawa.
  • All documents and transcripts submitted to the University of Ottawa become the property of the University and will not be returned.
Letters of reference

Please refer to the specific program you are applying to for details on the number of reference letters required, if any.

Referees should be from qualified academic scholars attesting to and documenting an applicant’s potential for graduate level study/research unless the graduate program identifies that professional references are acceptable and/or required.

We are currently converting to a new and improved system for the online submission of reference letters. The old system is shut down and unavailable.

Find a thesis supervisor

Students admitted to a master's program with thesis or research paper, or to a doctoral program must choose a supervisor who will guide them throughout the writing of their thesis or dissertation.

Students can refer to their academic unit website to learn more about professors allowed to supervise theses in their field of study. 

Apply now

Did you follow every step described above?

Now you have all the information required to start the application process by creating a profile on the OUAC Web portal*.


*University of Ottawa has contracted with the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) to provide application processing services. When you begin the application process, you will be transferred to the OUAC website where you will complete and submit your application. You will be required to create an OUAC Account (if you do not already have one). You may have only one OUAC Account. Direct any application process questions to the OUAC.

Check your application status
  • The University of Ottawa will acknowledge receipt of the student's application by email. Students are encouraged to save this message, as it contains the username and password that students will need to track your application in uoZone and find out if additional documents need to be submitted.
  • The student will receive an email indicating that they need to connect to uoZone for the admission decision. Students who receive an offer must accept it before the indicated deadline, by following the instructions provided.


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