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

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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

Applications are currently being accepted for 2018 admissions. 

All applicants are responsible for collecting and submitting all required documents to The School of Graduate Studies by the application deadline.

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.

Required documents include:

1.            Official transcripts - submit one official copy for all post secondary education institutions, including incomplete studies/programs, transfer courses, letter of permission and exchanges. In order to be considered official, transcripts must be received by Trent University 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. Links for your referees to submit an online reference will be sent directly to the referees you have provided on your application. We recommend you contact your referees prior to submitting an application to confirm their availability and contact information. If your referee does not receive the link, you can suggest that your referee check their junk email folder and email setting.  The email may have unintentionally been blocked by their email server.

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) or a personal statement (required for Forensic Science M.Sc.F.S and Graduate Diploma programs) - typically 1-2 pages, detailing the applicant's interest and experience in the subject area.  Personal Statement (Word)  The plan of study or personal statement can be submitted electronically by emailing graduate@trentu.ca

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

Writing Samples are required for all programs except Applied Modelling and Quantitative Methods M.Sc./M.A. , Materials Science M.Sc./Ph.D. programs, Forensic Science M.Sc.F.S. and Graduate Diploma programs. For these programs, a detailed plan of study or personal statement 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. Please arrange for an official copy of your test score to be sent directly to Trent University. You may submit the student version of your test for assessment purposes.