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School of Graduate Studies

Admissions Process & Required Documents

Admissions Process

Thank you for choosing to apply to the School of Graduate Studies at Trent University. Interested students should review all graduate programs offered at Trent and select a program. Visit the department website and review the degree requirements, faculty members and active areas of research. Review Trent University’s general admission requirements page. International students who are applying from outside Canada should apply at least four to six months in advance of the term to which they wish to apply.

Students applying to Trent University graduate programs are required to apply online. Applicants will be sent an email with a Trent student number and access to myTrent. An application checklist will be available online for monitoring your application documents. Please allow for up to 10 working days for a document status to change in myTrent before contacting graduate@trentu.ca.

All applications will be initially examined and evaluated by the appropriate graduate programs. All supporting documents must be received before any application can receive formal consideration. A program's recommendation for admission will be forwarded to the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants will be officially notified by email of the action taken on the 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.

Application Fee

The application fee is $100.00 CDN for research programs and $125.00 CDN for professional programs. The application fee is non-refundable and will not be counted towards tuition fees. Applications will not be processed unless the application fee is received. This requirement cannot be waived or deferred. Payment is made at the time of application online using a credit card or payable by cheque or money order to the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (do not make cheques payable to Trent University).

Please read the complete application instructions before completing the on-line application.

Required Documents

Applicants are responsible for collecting and submitting all required documents to the School of Graduate Studies by the application deadline.​

Please review the individual program page to confirm specific documents required:

Master of Arts - Anthropology
Master of Arts - Applied Modelling & Quantitative Methods
Master of Arts - Canadian Studies & Indigenous Studies 
Master of Arts - Cultural Studies
Master of Arts - English (Public Texts)
Master of Arts - History
Master of Arts - Sustainability Studies
Master of Education - Educational Studies
Master of Science - Applied Modelling & Quantitative Methods
Master of Science - Environmental & Life Sciences
Master of Science - Materials Science
Master of Science - Psychology
Master of Bioenvironmental Monitoring & Assessment
Master of Instrumental Chemical Analysis
Master of Management
Master of Science - Applied Modelling & Quantitative Methods: Big Data Analytics
Master of Science - Applied Modelling & Quantitative Methods: Financial Analytics
Master of Science - Forensic Science
Doctor of Philosophy - Canadian Studies
Doctor of Philosophy - Cultural Studies
Doctor of Philosophy - Environmental & Life Sciences
Doctor of Philosophy - Indigenous Studies
Doctor of Philosophy - Materials Science
Graduate Diploma - Bioenvironmental Monitoring & Assessment
Graduate Diploma - Instrumental Chemical Analysis
Graduate Diploma - Mental Health & Addictions Nursing

Acceptance Deposit

Graduate students are required to pay a $500.00 CDN non-refundable deposit to accept an offer of admission to any of Trent's professional graduate programs. The deposit will remain on the student's account and used towards tuition fees upon registration. If a student does not attend or withdraws within the first year of study, the university keeps the deposit.