Frequently Asked Questions
Below you will find the most commonly asked questions regarding applications and the admissions process for The School of Graduate Studies. Applicants are encouraged to read through our FAQ before sending any inquires or questions.
Q: I have just applied and I have not yet received my student ID and email of acknowledgement from Trent University. When will I receive this?
Trent University School of Graduate Studies processes all applications through the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) and we do not receive applications immediately upon submission. Once the OUAC application fee has been processed, please allow up to 5 business days for the university to receive your application and for applicants to receive their student ID credentials and instructions on document submission.
Q: Can my application fee be waived?
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.
Q: Can I send The School of Graduate Studies my documents to be pre-assessed for eligibility before I apply?
To be fair to other applicants and due to the high volume of applications we receive, we do not pre-assess documents for eligibility. Any document submissions without an official application will not be processed or assessed until a full application is received.
Q: Can I still apply after the deadline?
Yes, we may still accept applications after the deadline. However, applications will be contingent depending on program availability and seats open for consideration. Please refer to the list of programs for information on deadlines as they vary for each program.
Q: Can I still apply if I don’t meet one or all of the admission requirements?
All are welcome to apply. All applications will be thoroughly reviewed and all factors of an application are taken into consideration. However, preference will be given to applicants who exceed the minimum requirements for admission into their chosen program.
Q: Can I apply for more than one program? If so, do I have to pay for each application?
Yes, applicants can apply to multiple graduate programs. You are required to pay the application fee for each application submitted.
Q: Where do I upload my required documents?
Documents must be uploaded to the applicant's myTrent portal > Academics tab > Admissions > Graduate Applications Documents Upload. Refer to your application acknowledgement email for instructions on submitting documents.
Q: Do I need to submit my official transcripts?
Transcripts are NOT required to be official and final when applying to the School of Graduate Studies. Official transcripts are ONLY required to be submitted if an applicant receives an offer of admission.
Previous or current Trent University students do not need to submit a transcript for degree and course work completed at Trent University. Transcripts must be submitted for any course work completed at another institution – i.e.) study abroad, letter of permission, transfer credit.
Q: Can I submit a WES Application?
Yes. Trent University will accept documents verified by WES (World Education Services). Once received from WES, authenticated transcripts will be assessed by the Trent University School of Graduate Studies for eligibility. We must receive the official document directly from WES. Please ensure that you have selected the ICAP Package (International Credential Advantage Package) and that WES provides a course by course evaluation.
Q: How long do documents take to be added to my application?
Please allow up to 10 working business days for documents to be processed and uploaded to your application. Please do not email The School of Graduate Studies for request on document status or receipt of delivery. Due to volume, we will not respond to individual requests.
Q: How do I check the status of my application?
Applicants can track the status of documents and their application through myTrent. It is the applicant’s responsibility to monitor the status of all their documents to ensure all required documents and materials are received before the program deadline. You can review the required documents needed for your application under the academic’s tab on your MyTrent account to see what documents we have received and which ones are still pending.
Q: Can I apply for a conditional admission into a graduate program based on completing an ESL program at Trent University?
Some graduate programs may choose to offer admission that is conditional on the successful completion of ESL for applicants who do not meet the minimum English proficiency requirements. This is a case by case basis only. Applicants should be aware that preference will be given to applicants who meet or exceed the minimum requirements. Applicants who are interested in applying to ESL directly can contact the Trent International office for further information (email@example.com).
Q: I am an international student who speaks good English. Do I still need to submit an English proficiency test?
Proficiency in English usage, both written and oral, is essential to pursue graduate studies at Trent University. It Is required for applicants to demonstrate an adequate level of English proficiency, regardless of their citizenship status or country of origin. We must receive a test score to complete an application.
*Please note that tests must have been taken within the last 24 months at the time of application submission to be considered. Trent University reserves the right to request English language proficiency results from any applicant.
Q: I am an international student who has attended an English speaking institution previously. Do I qualify for a waiver for the English proficiency test requirement?
If you have successfully completed two or more years of post-secondary education at a university where the primary language of instruction is English, the School of Graduate Studies is prepared to consider alternate proof of English language proficiency.
Your official transcript should specify that your program was taught primarily in the English language. If it is not clearly indicated on your transcript, you are required to provide an official letter from your previous institutions indicating the language of instruction is English.
Q: I am a Permanent Resident; do I need to complete the English proficiency test?
The requirement to complete the English proficiency test will be decided on a case-by-case basis for applicants who are Permanent Residents.
*Please note that Trent University reserves the right to request English language proficiency results from any applicant. If this is required, The School of Graduate Studies will notify the applicant accordingly.
Q: I would like to authorize a third party to communicate on my behalf about my application. What should I do?
Applicants can authorize a third party to speak on their application on their behalf. The applicant must fill out the release of information form on their portal under the academics tab. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that this form is filled out.This form must be filled through the myTrent portal.
Q: My referee has not received their link for my reference form. When will they get it?
Emails containing a link to the electronic reference form are sent out automatically to each of your referees once Trent University has received your application (please allow up to 5 business days). If your referee does not receive the link, you can suggest that your referee check their junk email folder and email settings. The email may have been unintentionally blocked by their email server.
Q: Can you remind my references about sending my reference form?
Reminder emails will not be sent by the School of Graduate Studies. It is the student’s responsibility to monitor the submission of their reference forms on myTrent. References must be received by the application deadline to ensure applications are complete.
Q: Can I change my reference after submitting my application?
Applicants may modify or change your referee information through myTrent > Academics > Admissions > Graduate Reference Self Service
Q: My application is now marked as 'pending decision'. When will I find out if I am admitted?
The status of your application will change from 'applied' to 'pending decision' once the School of Graduate Studies confirms the application is complete. Complete applications are examined and evaluated for admission by the appropriate graduate programs. The timeline for this process will vary by program and will be dependent on the number of complete applications received. All 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.
Q: Can I get a hard copy of my offer letter to obtain my student visa or for other purposes?
Please be advised that The School of Graduate Studies no longer provide hard copies of offer letters by means of postal service. Your letter of offer is sent to you by email; you are able to print this document and use it for obtaining your student VISA or other purposes.
Q: Do I have to pay a deposit upon acceptance?
A $500 non-refundable deposit is required for professional graduate programs at Trent University. Research programs do not require an advanced deposit. Refer to your letter of offer to confirm.
This is a condition of admission. If a deposit is not paid, The School of Graduate Studies reserves the right to revoke the admission and offer the spot to another accepted applicant.
Q: Can I ask for a deferral on my offer of admission or change my intake date?
This may be possible but it is not guaranteed. Check with your program for support and then submit an official request to The School of Graduate Studies. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with a request.
Q: How much is the tuition and fees for my program?
Applicants can find current tuition and fees for graduate programs here.
Financial Aid and Scholarship Questions
Q: Where can I find information on scholarship opportunities at Trent University?
In the case of major scholarship competitions, students currently registered at Trent must meet an earlier deadline set by the University. Application forms and information regarding external scholarships may be obtained from the School of Graduate Studies.
Full-time students entering a second year of graduate study at Trent, or those planning further study at another university, should demonstrate that they have applied for external funding. External scholarships are awarded on academic merit, not financial need. Please visit our graduate scholarships page for more information.
Q: As an International student, can I get a scholarship to cover all my tuition and living costs while attending Trent University?
At Trent, all eligible graduate students may be offered competitive funding for support in their studies. However, funding offered is not intended to cover living costs and all fees.
Finances are an important part of an international student's journey in Canada. This often includes learning how to budget, and maneuvering systems for transferring money outside of your home country. Students are expected to be aware of tuition fees, and have sufficient funds to cover their living costs while attending Trent University. Students are encouraged to review the expected costs associated with living abroad.
Non-Canadian students should note that the university is required to charge a differential tuition fee for all International students. Please visit our international page for more information.