Check If You’re Eligible for Admission (Admission Requirements)

We consider many factors when assessing requests for admission.

Some of these factors include letters of recommendation, research areas, work experience (including lab experience), supervisor availability (if applicable) and funding availability.

Find out about admission requirements

To learn about the admission requirements for the program you’re interested in, see our program information page.

Degree equivalency for international applicants

For admission to graduate studies, you must have an honours bachelor’s or other degree equivalent to a four-year Canadian bachelor’s.

Verify the equivalent degree from your country required for admission with our search tool to find out the degree equivalent you will need in order to do a master’s or doctorate degree with us.

Note that this tool is intended as a general reference and does not replace the admission process to graduate studies. As this tool serves as a guideline, it could occur that the admission requirements may be higher for some graduate program

Check the language requirements

Most courses at the University of Ottawa are taught in English, French or both. Mastering the language of instruction of the program for which you have applied is therefore an admission condition.

Research activities can be conducted in English, French or both, depending on the language used by the professor and the members of his or her research group.

If your first language is neither English nor French

If your first language is neither English nor French, you must provide one of the following:

  • a diploma confirming your postsecondary studies at an English or French-language university
  • your results in a recognized language test

See if you meet our language requirements.


Here are the steps to follow to prepare your application and not miss anything:

Application deadlines | Letters of reference | Find a thesis supervisor

Documents required for admission | Potential sources of funding

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