The following admission requirements are applicable to all graduate programs at the University of Windsor.
Applicants must also review any additional admission requirements listed by program in each program's profile in the Graduate Programs Directory
Minimum admission average for all graduate programs:
Masters programs: minimum 70% - More details on Masters Admission Requirements on the Graduate Calendar
Ph.D. programs: minimum 77% - More details on Ph.D Admission Requirements on the Graduate Calendar
Possession of the minimum requirements does not ensure admission. The actual admitting average varies and can be competitive depending on the program.
Review specific program details on the Graduate Programs Directory
Deadlines vary by program and are noted in each profile on the Graduate Programs Directory
Application deadlines are for the receipt of complete applications. Please allow yourself enough time to complete the application.
International candidates should attempt to apply at least six months in advance of their planned enrolment date.
To be considered for an entrance scholarship, applicants must submit the full application package for admission into the academic program by the entrance scholarship deadline.
Application Fee: $125
Methods of Payment
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Important: CVD is required. (What is a CVD?)
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References are required for all programs except for the following:
You will be required to seek two to three individuals, depending on your program, to provide a reference on your behalf. The number of referees varies by program so make sure you check the individual program requirements. When completing the online application you will be required to enter the full name and contact information for each of your referees. Based on the information that you have provided in the online application your referees will be contacted via email to complete a confidential assessment.
Note: Referees are contacted as soon as we receive your graduate application.
Once you have submitted your online application you will be emailed with instructions on how to upload your documents.
At that point, you are only required to upload unofficial transcripts of all postsecondary schools attended and the transcript legends.
Only those applicants who receive an offer of admission will be required to submit official paper copies of their transcripts.
Information on how to do so will be included if you have received an offer of acceptance.
Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
Applicants whose academic credentials are difficult to assess may be required to write the GRE, administered by the Educational Testing Service, Princeton, New Jersey, USA. 08540.
Visit the website at www.gre.org.
Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)
M.B.A. applicants are required to take the GMAT prior to admission.
Visit the website at www.mba.com.
The University of Windsor English Language Improvement Progam (ELIP) (Level III) with a minimum final grade of 75%.
Visit the website at www.uwindsor.ca/elip
English Proficiency Tests
For applicants whose native language is not English, a satisfactory score on an English proficiency test administered by one of the following institutions is required:
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
Visit the website at www.toefl.org.
Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB)
Offered through the English Language Institute of the University of Michigan. Visit the website at lsa.umich.edu/eli.
Carleton Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL)
Visit the website at www.cael.ca.
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - Academic
Visit the website at www.ielts.org.
Pearson– Minimum score 65 for IELTS of 6.5, and a minimum score of 68 for IELTS of 7.0.
Visit website at www.pearsonpte.com
If you are accepted, all test results should be sent directly to the:
University of Windsor
Office of the Registrar-Graduate Studies Division
401 Sunset Avenue
For applicants whose native language is not English, a satisfactory score on an English proficiency test is required.
Applicants are exempt from submitting an English language proficiency examination score if any one of the following conditions is true:
- Within the past two years you have completed a university degree at a Canadian institution.
- Within the past two years you have completed a university degree at an institution where English was the primary language of instruction, as indicated on our exemption list*
*List of exempt countries:
- Antigua & Barbuda
- British Virgin Islands
- Cameroon (if medium of instruction was English)
- Cayman Islands
- Ireland (Republic of)
- Malta (if medium of instruction was English)
- Mauritius (if medium of instruction was English)
- New Zealand
- Papua New Guinea
- St. Kitt’s & Nevis
- St. Lucia
- St. Vincent & the Grenadines
- Sierra Leone
- Solomon Islands
- South Africa (if medium of instruction was English)
- Trinidad & Tobago
- Turks & Caicos
- United Kingdom
- Vanuatu (if medium of instruction was English)
Writing samples, personal profiles, resumes, letters of intent, etc.
All supporting documents and supplemental forms required for an application will need to be uploaded into the electronic application system (eGAS).
You will be prompted once you have submitted your online application and paid the application fee.
Refer to each profile on the Graduate Programs Directory for details about any additional documents that are required.
Possession of the minimum requirements does not ensure admission. The actual admitting average varies and can be competitive depending on the program. Especially for research-based programs, it is important to note that lack of Faculty resources due to program over-capacity or similar reasons could also result in rejection and is not related to the merit of the student applying. Students interested in applying to a graduate program should contact the department that offers the degree to learn about faculty research specializations and connect with possible research supervisors before applying to see what resources are available to them.
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After reviewing the application requirements, review the Stepwise Application Instructions