Answers to your most-asked questions about graduate studies at uOttawa.


We know that with the current situation, processing times for study permit applications will be lengthy. However, we want to reassure you that Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has confirmed that international students can begin their programs online without an approved study permit. Furthermore, students with an approved or valid study permit, will not have their eligibility for a Post Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWP)affected. Students in this situation who cannot travel to Canada sooner may begin their classes while outside Canada and complete up to 50% of their program via distance learning. In addition, they will not have time deducted from the length of a future PGWP for studies completed outside of Canada, up to December 31, 2020.

If you do not have an approved study permit, you can still begin your courses online. The time spent studying online outside of Canada will not count towards your eligibility or length for the PGWP. Please know that IRCC is working tirelessly on processing study permit applications and understands how important it is for students to be able to begin their studies on time. We therefore encourage you to submit your study permit application online as soon as possible if you have not already done so.

IRCC has confirmed that it will not refuse study permit applications that are missing documents due to disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Three key areas of the applications that some students have been unable to complete include a) biometrics, b) medical examinations, and c) the submission of original travel documents.

IRCC has indicated on their website that due to the closures of several Visa Application Centres (VACs), it is recommended to apply for a study permit online at this time. If you have all the documents required to submit your application, we encourage you to submit your application now. If you are not able to include a specific document because of measures in place due to the COVID-19 (e.g. digital photo, IELTS results, etc.), we still encourage you to submit your application. However, for every document you are not able to provide you should instead provide a letter of explanation detailing the reasons you are unable to provide it and mentioning that you will provide the document as soon as you are able to using the IRCC web form. Please note that this policy applies to all post-secondary institutions in Canada.

As a reminder, the Student Direct Stream (SDS) is available for residents of China, India, Vietnam, the Philippines, Pakistan, Senegal and Morocco. IRCC has confirmed that international students who do not have the required documents for the SDS upon submitting their application should be directed to apply through regular study permit channels or apply through the SDS once services resume and they are able to submit the required documents.

There is no guarantee that IRCC will approve your study permit application. This will depend on the strength of your application. You can find more information about how officers assess a study permit application on IRCC’s website. If you begin your studies through distance learning and receive a refusal from IRCC on your study permit application, you will have three scenarios:

Reapply for a study permit: If you feel that the reasons for the refusal can be overcome, reapply for a study permit. Remember that a study permit is required for in person classes in Canada and to be eligible for a PGWP.

Finish the term and receive uOttawa credits: Since IRCC has confirmed that a study permit is not required for online courses, you can finish your Fall 2020 courses. Even if your study permit is refused and you choose not to reapply for a study permit, you can receive the credits if you successfully pass the courses.

Drop courses before the reimbursement deadline: If you receive a refusal of your study permit application before the deadline to withdraw from a course or an activity and receive a financial credit (less administrative fees), which is October 2nd 2020 for the Fall 2020 term, you are able to drop your courses and request a refund. If you withdraw from your courses after this deadline, you will not be able to request a reimbursement.


Need help setting up your uoAccess account or downloading the key software you’ll need to study from home? Visit the Student Zone to find out how to reset your password, download important software, or browse their list of frequently asked questions.

Visit the Working remotely page to make sure you have the right hardware and software installed to access your uOttawa accounts.


We have extended deadlines for when graduate students should submit their thesis for evaluation. See details under Reports, Major Research Papers and Theses (Graduate Students).


Academic performance is based only on your cumulative grade point average (CGPA) and according to the CGPA required for your program, unless exception approved by the Senate (see academic regulations I - 11.3). The GPA is calculated only with alphanumeric scores. Grades with no numeric value, such as S / NS, are not part of your MPC or MPT calculation.

If you are on probation and your CGPA is above 3.0, courses with S / NS scores will not count towards the 24 credits of your probation period.


For undergraduate Canadian students, nothing has changed, the deadline to submit their documents for evaluation purposes is still July 1st.

For international undergraduate students, the deadline to submit documents for evaluation purposes has been pushed to June 1, 2020.

Once you are admitted, we have pushed the deadline to submit all final documents to confirm your admissions conditions to July 30, 2020, for Canadian and international students.

Consult the website for the 1st cycle program deadlines and the specific requirements for the 2nd and 3rd cycle programs.

The Admissions Office is monitoring the situation with COVID-19 and is aware that some schools have cancelled final examinations. Please communicate with us after in July if your school has cancelled all examinations. We encourage you to submit all final documents as soon as they become available in order for your conditions to be verified.


Documents should be sent to:

Graduate Academic Secretariat
Faculty of Social Sciences
University of Ottawa
120 University, Room 3021
Ottawa, Ontario
K1N 6N5


Since courses continue to be offered, there will be no reimbursement of tuition fees.


We have pushed the deadlines back by a couple of weeks to give you some breathing space. Please check the Important Academic Dates and Deadlines page to see adjusted deadlines for Spring-Summer 2020 tuition fees, under Tuition Fee Payment.


No. Spring-Summer term will be offered via distance learning. Tuition fees remain the same.

As you know, we quickly adapted to online courses for the Spring-Summer term as a way to keep moving forward during this unprecedented situation. We also fully appreciate that the current context could have financial implications for you and your family.

In consultation with uOttawa student associations (UOSU and GSAÉD), we have made some changes to ancillary fees and payment deadlines.:

Deadline changes:


  • Tuition payment deadlines have been pushed back. See new dates for Spring-Summer 2020 tuition fees, under Tuition Fee Payment for more information.
  • Thesis evaluations for graduate students have also been pushed back. See new dates, under Reports, Major Research Papers and Theses (Graduate Students).

Fee Changes:

  • The fees for Sports Services and the University Centre (UCU) are waived as these facilities are closed and cannot be used.
  • The uPass program has been suspended for the Spring-Summer term. Please keep your uPass for top up when the program resumes. Please note: DO NOT throw out the uPass that you have. It will be easier to top it up once things return to normal.
  • Many services provided by UOSU or GSAÉD are being maintained and as such we will continue. to collect appropriate fees.
  • Health Services related fees will continue to apply as these services remain active.
  • Some faculty specific fees, including the Telfer Career Service and for Faculty associations, will continue to be collected.


Admission Scholarship: The admission scholarship for fall 2020 and winter 2021 will be given automatically to Canadian and permanent residents students whose admission average is 8.0 / 10 or more and who register full-time without interruption for the duration of the scholarship.

Other scholarships and financial support


You must apply online.


The application fee is $110.00 in Canadian Funds.


Yes, the 110$ fees are for each program applied to.


Ontario Universities Application Centre
170 Research Lane
Guelph, Ontario
N1G 5E2


The application deadline is different for each program. You should visit the specific requirements website for the deadline.


offers of admission are valid for only one session. 


Master's with major paper: one to two years

Master’s with thesis: two years

Doctorate: On average, four years; six years maximum.

For further details, please visit the programs of study page.


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