Admission process for the Master of Education - course option, online option and for the Diploma

Admission to the M.Ed. programs are highly competitive with limited spots available. It is a first come, first qualified, and first admitted type of process (except for Counselling Psychology).

This admission process is used for the following programs:

1. Decide on a program

Explore our graduate programs to find the one that is right for you.

2. Confirm you meet the admission requirements

Use the program-specific requirements online tool and the prepare your application webpage from the Graduate and postdoctoral studies site to review the specific requirements of your program.

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.

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 do not accept transcripts from a third-party (ex. WES - World Education Services). Also, college transcripts are not required. 


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.

4. 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.

5. 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 ($110 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.

6. 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 Menu" 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 of the How to apply page on the Graduate and postdoctoral studies website.

Note : Please contact the Service Desk if you experience any difficulties accessing your uoZone account.


Please do not upload all your supporting documents as one file. Each checklist item must have one matching document. If not, your application will be considered incomplete. Any documents received other than those required will be disregarded and deleted.

7. Evaluation

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

8. Decisions

Final decisions are communicated via your uoZone account 6 to 8 weeks before the start of the registration period.

9. 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.