Is it possible to complete a master’s program in 1.5 years? If so, how?
Potentially, yes it is possible; it would depend on the number of courses taken each term, as well as how quickly you complete your research project. However, the average time to completion is two years.
What is the advantage of working in a CO-OP placement rather than completing a thesis or non-thesis project?
A CO-OP placement will give you the advantage of practical work experience in the field prior to graduation. It will also allow you to make contacts and potentially increase your chances of finding employment quickly after graduation. Please check the CO-OP website for the top five reasons to join CO-OP.
How long does it usually take to complete a master’s program?
Master's candidates have up to four years to complete their degree. Depending on the program, it can be completed from one to four years.
Is the maximum number of applications equal to three per term (session) or three per year? If an application is rejected in a given term, can an applicant reapply for another term? Is there any other way to apply for more than three programs?
You can apply for a maximum of three programs per online application. Please note that the admission is per program selection. If you wish to apply for more than three, you can create a second account.
I am looking for a specific program, can you help me find it?
The University of Ottawa offers more than 200 programs of Graduate Certificates, Master’s and Doctorates. You can find the full list of all the programs at the page of Programs of Study.
How long do graduate studies take?
Master's: one year minimum full-time; in general, four years maximum.
Doctorate: On average, four years; six years maximum.
There is considerable variation among disciplines and individuals.
May I register for an undergraduate course during my graduate program?
If an undergraduate course is relevant to your graduate program, you may add it to your registration as a graduate student. Remember that any course taken on that basis counts in your program. If you fail it, it counts as a failure in your program. If the undergraduate course is unrelated to your graduate program, you can take it with "out-of-program" status.
Why consider graduate studies at the University of Ottawa?
We offer excellent programs, in a highly stimulating intellectual milieu, within the capital of Canada where you will have access to a host of resources. Consider that the main campus is within walking distance of the National Library and Archives of Canada, of the National Research Council, of the National Gallery and numerous other museums, of the Canadian Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (CISTI), and the Supreme Court of Canada. The Health Sciences campus is located in a complex that includes three of Ottawa's major hospitals. The region is one of North America's major high-technology centres, and includes the entire range of municipal and federal government departments.
Where can I get further information about being a graduate student at the University of Ottawa?
Go to the website of the academic unit offering your program and the Graduate Students' Association (GSAED), or get in touch with the Director of Graduate Studies in your academic unit. Also, seek opportunities to speak to graduate students currently registered, and come and visit our campus if possible. You may also fill out our Information Request Form, which will re-direct your query to the appropriate department.
How do I find accommodation?
Some residence spaces are available on campus, and there is a wide range of apartments in Ottawa and across the Ottawa River in Gatineau. Please consult Housing Services.
Do you have a course to prepare me for university teaching?
The Office of the Vice-Provost, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies in cooperation with the Centre for University Teaching, provides graduate students and postdoctoral fellows with an opportunity for formal training in university teaching through a course and practicum (ESG 5300 and ESG 8300). These activities are recorded on the official transcript. Further information is available from the Centre for Innovative Pedagogies and Digital Learning (CIPDL). The centre also provides other (non unit (credit)) instructional development workshops and seminars.
Is there an office on campus that defends students’ rights?
Yes, since September 2010, the Office of the Ombudsperson is available on site to serve the entire university community. Visit the Office of the Ombudsperson's website for more information or contact the office by email.
Submitting an application to the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC)
How to make the payment?
Payment is made through OUAC. Once you have pressed the submit complete application tab you will be redirected to the payment options page.
How to select program
You must select your program from the Select Programs tab in the menu on the left side of the page (Account, Main, Select programs).
Professional background: None to add, but cannot submit without completing this section
Since this is a required field for some of our graduate programs you will be required to enter something within that section. We can suggest that you enter TA, RA or Volunteer positions. If none apply to you, you can enter not applicable (N/A).
Professional background: Defaults to January – year
The system indicates the month as 01(January) by default. If the admissions committee needs additional details concerning the specific dates they will be able to refer to your resume.
Are you able to submit your application without completing Language proficiency section?
Yes, you can. If you left the test scores section blank, you will receive a Warning message advising you to go back to that section in case you would have forgotten to fill it in. You can still proceed to submit your complete application without these details.
Is it necessary to use the transcript request section in online application, or can you submit transcripts yourself?
The transcript request section is optional. You can choose to use the online transcript request if you completed your studies at an institution within Ontario.
For all other provinces or countries you must request them from each institution directly.
How/where to upload documents?
We do not have an uploading option as part of our admissions process. You must submit all additional documents to your academic unit by mail. Please consult the specific requirements page for a complete list of required documents and the mailing address.
What are the methods of payment?
The payment options are credit card, online banking and Western Union Business Solutions.
Error messages vs warning messages
Error messages: You must go back to the section mentioned to add the missing information.
Warning messages: You will receive a warning message if you left a section blank that might need to be completed. This acts as a reminder but a warning message will not block you from submitting your complete application. You can still proceed without filling out these sections.
I get an error message when I try to create a new account (‘An account exists with the email address you have provided….)
This message acts as a notification but can be bypassed. You can simply proceed to enter a password and press on create account. The system will then allow you to create a new account with the same email address.
I created an account before October 5th (OUAC shutdown) and can’t access it anymore.
All accounts created but not submitted prior to the OUAC shutdown are automatically deleted from the OUAC database. You will need to create a new account, if you wish to apply to a graduate program after that date.
When I log into my account on the UO webpage, I am taken to my application to different university’s (Carleton, or other Ontario University)
You must make sure to login using a password created on the Univ. of Ottawa website. If you use an account that was created from another university’s webpage you will be redirected there automatically. In addition, you must make sure to close all browsers previously opened under other universities before accessing the application form on our website.
I graduated a long time ago, and I cannot provide any academic references because my professors do not remember me.
We recommend submitting academic references but in the case where you are no longer in contact with previous professors, we can suggest that you submit professional references. Please note that professional references must be submitted by an immediate supervisor not a work colleague.
I cannot see anything under the following tabs: Program selection….
You must make sure to select your program from the Select Programs tab in the menu on the left side of the page (Account, Main, Select programs). Once you have done so you will be able to access all other tabs.
Once you have submitted your application online, you can no longer access it. You can, however, include a note in your application package or contact your academic unit by email to advise them of the required changes.
How do I indicate my overall average in % if I do not know it?
If you do not have access to your overall average in % you can simply select the option not available from the drop down menu. This will not affect your application since your average will be calculated manually once we receive your complete application.
How do I submit a new application if I already submitted one previously?
Once you’ve submitted an application the IT number is no longer valid. You will be required to create a new account to submit a new application.