How to Apply

Application Procedure for both the M.Sc. and Ph.D. programs

Identify a potential supervisor

While a prospective student is able to apply to the program independently, it is best to identify a potential supervisor or supervisors from our faculty.

Although the minimum requirements for admission are set by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (G+PS), students will not be admitted to the OCF graduate program unless a faculty member has agreed to accept the student into their laboratory group/research unit.

Applicants should contact potential supervisor(s), discuss their backgrounds and their future research plans, and provide them with draft versions of the items that are part of the online application (i.e., transcripts, letters from referees, etc.).

It is therefore highly recommended that the potential supervisor(s) supports and encourages an application before proceeding to the next step.

Complete the application form and pay application fee

Required Application Materials

  • Statement of Intent: This outlines your research experience, your proposed research project (or ideas), and explains your interest in working with the particular faculty member(s). As indicated above, it helps if you mention that you have been in contact with your potential supervisor(s) and that they are aware of, and supportive of, your application.
  • Your Curriculum Vitae
  • Three (3) Letters of Reference: Ideally, the referees should be faculty members who have supervised your studies and/or research directly
  • Transcripts: Transcripts from all past post-secondary study. (Domestic and international student requirements may differ)
  • English proficiency exam scores (if required). Level of scores

September 2021 Intake


September 2021 intake will begin on October 1, 2020



Application deadline for students applying for a NSERC CGSM (Masters) Fellowship December 1, 2020
Application deadline for students applying for a NSERC CGSD (Doctorate) Fellowship October 17, 2020
Application deadline
Deadline to submit online application. No changes can be made to the application after submission.
January 15, 2021 January 15, 2021
Transcript deadline
Deadline to upload scans of official transcripts through the applicant portal in support of a submitted application. Information for accessing the applicant portal will be provided after submitting an online application for admission.
January 31, 2021 January 31, 2021
Referee deadline
Deadline for the letters of reference identified in the application for admission to be submitted. See Letters of Reference for more information.
January 31, 2021 January 31, 2021


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