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School of Graduate Studies

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School of Graduate Studies

How To Apply

Applications for January 2020 are open for select graduate programs.
Please consult the individual program pages for more information.

**Applications for Fall 2020 intake will open in late October. 

Applications for the following programs remain open for Fall 2019


Status for Fall 2019
Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental & Life Sciences, Ph.D.

Closed to International Applicants

Master of Arts in Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies, M.A.

Closed to International Applicants
Master of Arts in History, M.A. 

Closed to International Applicants

Master of Science in Bioenvironmental​ Monitoring & Assessment, MS.BEMA

Closed to International Applicants

Master of Instrumental Chemical Analysis, M.ICA Closed to International Applicants
Master of Science in Environmental & Life Sciences, M.Sc.

Closed to International Applicants 

Graduate Diploma in Bioenvironmental​ Monitoring & Assessment, G.Dip 

Closed to International Applicants 

Graduate Diploma in Instrumental Chemical Analysis, G.Dip

Closed to International Applicants


Applying to The School of Graduate Studies

Apply to the Trent University School of Graduate Studies online. A secure application system ensures that your submission will reach admissions and your proposed program of study as quickly as possible.

Trent University School of Graduate Studies processes all applications through the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC).

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Please take the time to read our application process carefully. 
All information needed is provided below. To ensure applications are fully completed and received by The School of Graduate Studies, please follow these steps. 


Our Application Process:

STEP 1: Review specific program requirements 

We request applicants to carefully review admission requirements for our programs before applying. 

Some research programs require a supervisor to be confirmed prior to applying. Please ensure this requirement is met prior to submitting your final application.   



STEP 2: Prepare your application

Submit your OUAC application and pay your application fee.

A non-refundable application fee of $100 CDN for research programs or $125 CDN for professional programs must be submitted for each program to which you are applying. This fee is payable to OUAC only and cannot be waived or deferred for any applicant (domestic and international). There are no exceptions to this policy. Please note that applications will not be processed or sent to The School of Graduate Studies unless payment is received by OUAC.  

* Once you have completed Step 2 of the application process and the application fee has been paid and processed by OUAC, you will receive an application acknowledgement email from Trent University with your student ID number. Note that it may take up to 5 business days to receive this email. We appreciate your patience during this important process.


STEP 3: Receive acknowledgement email and claim your myTrent Account 

You will receive your student ID and instructions to access your myTrent account in your acknowledgement email. 

Claim your myTrent Account. 

Once you complete Step 3 of the application process, your references will then receive their unique link for recommendation. This cannot be done until this step is completed. A change of referee can be made by the student through their myTrent portal. 

* Please do not submit any documents or send requests about references until you complete Steps 1-3 as you must have your Trent student ID number (not your OUAC Reference Number). 



STEP 4: Submit your official transcripts 

In order for an application to be considered complete, an applicant must have their official transcripts sent to The School of Graduate Studies. There are no exceptions to this policy. Refer to your acknowledgment email for the specific and confirmed campus address to send your transcripts.

Please note that transcripts are only considered official when they are sealed directly by the issuing institution. As a standard of practice, we do not accept scanned or unofficial copies from students. 

If you are a undergraduate student from an Ontario institution, you may order and pay for your transcript through your OUAC application. We will receive your official transcript directly from your institution. 

*Current Trent students do not need to order transcripts. This will be obtained by The School of Graduate Studies free of charge. 


STEP 5: Submit your required documents

Please refer to your acknowledgment email for detailed instructions on submitting your documents.

You will see a complete list of the documents you are required to submit for admission to your program through your myTrent portal. Please also refer to program pages.

Please allow for up to 5-10 working business days from the date of receipt for document status to change in myTrent. 

Track your application and documents through myTrent. Applicants are responsible to ensure that all requirements have been met. The School of Graduate Studies will not send reminders to applicants of outstanding documents. 

*As The School of Graduate Studies experiences high volumes of email, we are unable to provide status updates or confirm receipt of documents. For all other inquiries, please allow sufficient time for a response; please do not send multiple emails as this may cause delay in processing of your application and delays other applicants. 


STEP 6: Application will be submitted for review

Once you have submitted all of your required documents, and your references have completed their reference forms, your application is complete and ready for review.

All applications will be initially examined and evaluated by the appropriate graduate programs. The timeline for this process will vary by program and will be dependent on the number of applications received. 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. 

*Please note that all admission decisions are final; there is no appeal of admission decisions.   


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Still Have Questions About Your Application, Graduate Admissions or Financial Aid? 

We encourage all applicants to visit our FAQ page for commonly asked questions relating to the application and admissions process.