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Students crossing the Faryon bridge during convocation ceremony in the early afternoon


Application Instructions

Applying to Trent UniversityApplication Instructions and Required Documentation for all Graduate programs

All applicants are responsible for collecting and submitting all required documents to The School of Graduate Studies by the application deadline. Applications remain open for September 2017 admission for select programs. Applications are closed for September 2017 for the Anthropology M.A. program, the Indigenous Studies Ph.D. program, the Cultural Studies Ph.D. program and the Applied Modelling and Quantitative Methods M. Sc.- Big Data Analytics stream only. International applications for all programs are closed for September 2017.

The School of Graduate Studies' website is in the process of being upgraded.  This includes making accessibility improvements to the site, including available PDFs.  In the meantime, if you require content in alternative accessible formats please contact graduate@trentu.ca.

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Required documents include:

1.    Official transcripts - submit one certified copy for all post secondary institutions you have attended. In order to be considered official, transcripts must be received in envelopes sealed by the issuing institution, or received from the Ontario Universities' Application Centre. Trent students do not need to order Trent University transcripts. The School of Graduate Studies will obtain your Trent University transcripts for your application free of charge.

2.    Two letters of reference - academic references are preferred; however, professional references will be accepted. Upon receipt of your application, the School of Graduate Studies will forward an online referee form to the referees listed on your application.  You may choose to forward the referee template to your referees yourself.  Paper references must be received directly from the referee in a signed and sealed envelope.  Referee Template

3.    A plan of study - typically 1-2 pages, outlining applicant's objectives in a graduate program.  Any specific research interests (if known), relevant experiences, and/or career aspirations can be included.  If a potential supervisor has been discussed, please identify this in your plan of study.  

Plan of Study Template (PDF)       Plan of Study Template (Word) 

4.    A writing sample - submit a sample of your writing of about 20 pages or less. Writing samples must be submitted electronically by emailing graduate@trentu.ca. Preferred format is PDF. Please indicate in the subject line of your email: student name and program choice. Hard copies will not be accepted.

Choose your best writing sample, but also something that you think will interest the program to which you are applying.  Writing Samples are required for all programs except  the Applied Modelling and Quantitative Methods M.Sc./M.A. and the Materials Science M.Sc./Ph.D. programs. For these programs, a detailed plan of study including research interests is sufficient.

Note about Writing Samples: Good choices for writing samples include:  an undergraduate essay, lab report, research report, journal article, a chapter from a masters thesis, or a published article.

For M.Ed. applicants: writing samples should be 6-15 pages if possible and could include reports, essays, articles or documents written by you and related to your working environment. They will be used to assess writing ability. The topic does not necessarily need to relate to the program.

5.    Proof of Citizenship (ie. copy of passport or birth certificate)

6.    Official proof of English Language proficiency for those applicants whose first language is not English.