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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 8 months in advance of the term to which they wish to apply.

Students applying to Trent University graduate programs are required to apply online. The application fee is $100 and applicants can select up to 2 program choices. The fee is non-refundable and payable to OUAC (Ontario University Application Centre). Applications will be sent an email with a Trent student number and access to myTrent. An application checklist will be available for monitoring your application documents. Please allow for up to 5 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. 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).

A student will be able to make up to 2 program choices for the same application fee. Some programs require a student to indicate an area of specialization. A student may choose more than one area if their interests encompass more than one area of study (up to a maximum of three).

Please read the complete application instructions before completing the on-line application. Before mailing in the required documents, please use the application checklist to ensure a complete application. If you have any questions, please contact the program office before completing the application.

Required Documents

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

Required application documents can be submitted electronically by emailing graduate@trentu.ca.

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.

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.

A Plan of Study or Personal Statement

Plan of Study (Required for all research-based programs): 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.

Personal Statement (Required for all course-based programs and graduate diploma programs): Typically 1-2 pages, detailing the applicant's interest and experience in the subject area.

A Writing Sample

Submit a sample of your writing of about 20 pages or less. Writing samples preferred format is PDF. Please 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.
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)

Proof of English Language Proficiency

Proficiency in English usage, both written and oral, is essential to pursue graduate studies at Trent University. Applicants whose primary language is not English and who completed their previous university education in a language other than English, must provide proof of proficiency in English before admission using one of the tests listed below.

Where the language of instruction in the previous university education has been English, the Committee on Graduate Studies is prepared to consider alternate proof of English language proficiency. Applicants who studied at a university in Bangladesh, India, Nigeria or Pakistan are not eligible for this exception and must provide proof of English language proficiency using one of the tests listed below.

The following tests are acceptable forms of proof of English language proficiency:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) A minimum score of 580 PBT, 237 CBT with a minimum TWE score of 4.5 or 93 iBT with a minimum score of 22 in both speaking and writing is required.; (Educational Testing Service, Princeton, New Jersey 08540, U.S.A.)
  • CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language Test) – alternate test only for applicants who do not have access to TOEFL (Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1S 5B6). The minimum acceptable score is 60, with at least 60 in Writing Proficiency.
  • MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery). The minimum acceptable score is 85, with no part below 80.
  • IELTS Academic (International English language Testing Services). The minimum acceptance score is 6.5, with no band below 6.0.

Applicants must make their own arrangements for taking language tests and having the official results sent to the University in time to meet its application deadline by contacting the centre in their locale or by writing to one of the above.

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.