Admissions Process & Required Documents
All applications will be initially examined and evaluated by the appropriate programs. All supporting documents (transcripts, letters of reference, etc.) must be received before any application can receive formal consideration. A program's recommendations for admission will be forwarded to The School of Graduate Studies. The School of Graduate Studies will officially notify each applicant of the action taken on his or her application. All admission decisions are final; there is no appeal of admission decisions.
Official letters of acceptance are only for the academic year indicated. Successful applicants must reply in writing indicating whether or not they accept the offer of admission. Acceptance of an offer of admission will normally be required within four weeks of the date of the offer letter. If the applicant is unable to commence studies in the term agreed upon, the programs reserve the right to reconsider their acceptance.
All applicants are responsible for collecting and submitting all required documents to The School of Graduate Studies by the The School of Graduate Studies application deadline.
- 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.
- 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 For an alternate accessible format, please contact email@example.com.
- 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. For accessible word documents, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Plan of Study Template (PDF) Plan of Study Template (Word)
- A writing sample - submit a sample of your writing of about 20 pages or less. Writing samples must be submitted electronically by emailing email@example.com. 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.
- Proof of Citizenship (ie. copy of passport or birth certificate)
- Official proof of English Language proficiency for those applicants whose first language is not English.
Detailed information can be found on the Trent University Graduate Studies webpage.