1 SEE WHAT YOUR MIND CAN DO Graduate Book Victoria, BC Canada
2 AT THE EDGE OF OCEAN AND OPPORTUNITY ABOUT UVIC This is a place where the curious come together to learn, to imagine and to transform. Where Canada s brightest minds and innovative scholarship meet an engaged, altruistic student body on the stunning west coast of Canada. Our campus is full of green spaces, modern buildings, thoughtfully-designed lecture and lab facilities and state-of-the-art libraries. We re proud to be a community of ambitious individuals who study, live and work in one of the most unique and stimulating campus environments in the world. UVic is a community of leaders who are inspired and motivated by their imaginations. We ve nurtured forward-thinking minds from all over the world for more than 50 years and our graduate students and faculty have a diverse legacy of achievement, working on original research that contributes to the world around them. ABOUT VICTORIA Perched at the southern tip of Vancouver Island, Victoria, British Columbia is a modern capital of nearly 400,000 and one of the most liveable cities on the planet. Renowned for its cultural heritage, outdoors lifestyle and community-driven neighbourhoods, it s easy to find your place here. With unparalleled access to mountains, forests and ocean and one of the mildest climates in Canada, ours is the perfect home for year-round hiking, cycling and kayaking. If it s urban living you re after, there s a robust arts and music scene and a coffee and culinary culture fed by local farms and outdoor markets. When you need your big-city fix, Victoria is a gateway to nearby Vancouver, BC and Seattle, WA. If it s contemplation and nature you re seeking, head for the beaches of Tofino or the spectacular West Coast Trail. #1 ranking first in Canada and 20th in the world among universities 50 years old or younger, according to the Times Higher Education 200+ student clubs and course unions to help you exercise your passions at UVic. We offer a range of health and athletic classes, a competitive and social intramurals program and one of the largest fitness and weight centres in Western Canada. 6 C average winter temperature. We re the second sunniest city in British Columbia and our average annual rainfall is only 24 inches. Annette Alber Germany Joint PhD Studies in Biology Centre for Forest Biology University of Victoria, Canada Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Strasbourg, France Annette Alber s research focuses on the genetic and biochemical make up of poplar trees, specifically the characterization of the CYP98A gene family. She s interested in the evolution of plant natural products and and how humans can benefit from them. I love UVic and the cultural diversity here. It s a smaller university but the opportunity to work closely with your supervisors is amazing - it s personalized learning at its best. The quality of the lectures and course material is exceptional, the process very clear and the people are typically Canadian; warm, friendly and always willing to help you out.
3 A UNIQUE VANTAGE POINT INNOVATIVE PROGRAMS Our natural setting informs programs that speak to our strengths including environmental studies, earth and ocean sciences and sustainable approaches to business and law. Newer graduate offerings reflect areas of emerging interest in health informatics, community development, neuroscience and performing arts. We have also deepened our commitment to professional programs designed to launch and advance careers. To see if we have what you are looking for, visit HANDS-ON LEARNING UVic is the largest provider of graduate co-operative education in Canada. Alternating academic terms with paid work experience in your field can help you to finance your studies while giving you a career advantage. Coop can also be a great way to make progress on your research and connect with future employers. Participation may be optional or integrated into your program check the calendar at WORLD-CLASS RESEARCH UVic leads the world when it comes to original research in oceans and climate, Indigenous and cultural studies and global development with a conscience. We are out in front in the fields of matter, alternative energy systems, fine arts, genomics and proteomics and advanced computing technologies. Right now, we re exploring ways to build healthier societies, to foster cultural knowledge and traditions and to put our values into practice at home and abroad. The 2013 QS World University Rankings by Subject, identified UVic in the top 200 institutions globally for research in five QS subject areas: earth and marine sciences, geography, law, philosophy and English language and literature. 3,272 Graduate students called UVic home last year, including 720 international students. 36 of our instructors have been awarded Canada Research Chairs. We have some of the brightest minds in the nation in fields as diverse as neuroscience, energy systems design, oceanography and Indigenous and cultural studies $122m in outside research grants and contracts were awarded to UVic researchers in We acknowledge with respect the history, customs and culture of the Coast Salish and Straits Salish peoples on whose traditional lands our university resides. 1
4 OUR GRADUATE PROGRAMS PROGRAM WEBSITE DEGREES OFFERED ENTRY TERM SEPT JAN MAY DISTANCE OPTION Education Curriculum and Instruction uvic.ca/education/curriculum MA, MEd, PhD Educational Psychology & Leadership Studies uvic.ca/education/psychology MA, MEd, PhD Exercise Science, Physical & Health Education uvic.ca/education/exercise MA, MEd, MSc, PhD Indigenous Education uvic.ca/education/indigenous MA, MEd, Certificate Engineering Computer Science csc.uvic.ca MSc, MBA +MSc, PhD Electrical and Computer Engineering ece.uvic.ca MASc, MEng, MBA+MEng, PhD Mechanical Engineering uvic.ca/engineering/mechanical MASc, MEng, MBA+MEng Fine Arts History in Art finearts.uvic.ca/historyinart MA, PhD School of Music finearts.uvic.ca/music MA, MMus, PhD Theatre finearts.uvic.ca/theatre MA, MFA Visual Arts finearts.uvic.ca/visualarts MFA Writing finearts.uvic.ca/writing MFA Humanities English english.uvic.ca/graduate MA, PhD French uvic.ca/humanities/french MA Germanic and Slavic Studies uvic.ca/humanities/germanicslavic MA Greek and Roman studies web.uvic.ca/grs MA Hispanic and Italian Studies uvic.ca/humanities/hispanicitalian MA History uvic.ca/humanities/history MA, PhD Linguistics MA, PhD Pacific and Asian Studies uvic.ca/humanities/pacificasia MA Philosophy uvic.ca/philosophy MA Human and Social Development Child and Youth Care uvic.ca/hsd/cyc MA, PhD Community Development publicadmin.uvic.ca/macd MA Dispute Resolution publicadmin.uvic.ca/madr MA ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS The minimum requirements are presented here, but specific programs may have higher cut-offs or supplemental requirements. Visit for full details. Master s degree Admission to any master s degree requires that you have completed an acceptable bachelor s degree or equivalent from an academic institution recognized by the University of Victoria. You must have earned the equivalent of a B average over the last two years (or equivalent of 30 UVic units) of your degree, in addition to any requirements specific to your program of study, to be considered. 2
5 For complete application and admission details, please consult your program website and the University of Victoria Graduate Calendar. In the event of a discrepancy between this chart and the calendar, the calendar shall take precedence. PROGRAM WEBSITE DEGREES OFFERED ENTRY TERM SEPT JAN MAY DISTANCE OPTION Human and Social Development Health Information Science uvic.ca/hsd/hinf MSc, MN+MSc Indigenous Governance uvic.ca/igov MA Nursing uvic.ca/hsd/nursing MN, PhD, MN+MSc Public Administration publicadmin.uvic.ca MPA, MPA+JD Public Health and Social Policy uvic.ca/publichealth MPH Studies in Policy and Practice uvic.ca/spp MA Social Dimensions of Health web.uvic.ca/sdhealth MA, MSc, PhD Social Work uvic.ca/hsd/socialwork MSW Law Law law.uvic.ca/grad LLM, PhD, MPA+JD, MBA+JD Science Biochemistry and Microbiology uvic.ca/science/biochem MSc, PhD Biology uvic.ca/science/biology MSc, PhD Chemistry uvic.ca/science/chemistry MSc, PhD Earth and Ocean Sciences uvic.ca/science/seos MSc, PhD Mathematics and Statistics uvic.ca/science/math-statistics MA, MSc, PhD Neuroscience MSc, PhD Physics and Astronomy uvic.ca/science/physics MSc, PhD Social Sciences Anthropology anthropology.uvic.ca/graduate MA, PhD Economics web.uvic.ca/econ/graduate MA, PhD Environmental Studies web.uvic.ca/enweb/graduate MA, MSc Geography geography.uvic.ca/graduate MA, MSc, PhD Political Science web.uvic.ca/polisci/graduate MA, PhD Psychology MSC, PhD Sociology MA, PhD BUSINESS Business MBA, MGB, PhD Distance options, delivery method and timing will vary by program. Consult the appropriate website for details. Doctoral degree Admission to a doctoral program requires that you have completed an acceptable master s degree or equivalent to those offered in Canada. If you have a first-class average in the last two years of a bachelor s degree, in addition to any requirements specific to your program of study, you may be considered. Non-degree course work You can apply as a non-degree student if you plan to take courses at the graduate level but do not wish to count these courses for credit towards a UVic degree. Non-degree applicants must meet the same entrance requirements and follow the same application procedures as degree-seeking applicants. 3
6 SUPPORTING YOUR EDUCATION FELLOWSHIPS & SCHOLARSHIPS High academic standing students will be considered for a UVic Fellowship, with a maximum annual value of $15,000 for master s students and $18,000 for PhD students. Master s fellowships may be renewed once and PhD fellowships may be renewed up to three times. You ll also be eligible for a wide range of needs-based bursaries, merit-based fellowships and internally- and externally-funded awards. Consult your range of options at and be sure to identify any additional funding opportunities available from your academic unit. TEACHING & RESEARCH ASSISTANTSHIPS Many graduate students work as teaching and research assistants while they pursue their studies. It s a great way to share your knowledge with the next generation and to put your academic skills into action. Teaching Assistantships (TA): TA arrangements are made directly between you and your academic unit. AVERAGE COSTS As a planning guide, we ve provided a sample of academic and ancillary expenses for a typical full-time student over a single term (four months) of study: Tuition (Canadian students) $1,751 Tuition (International students) $2,084 Graduate Students Society fee $57 Athletics and recreation $79 Bus pass $81 Extended health plan (full year) $328 Dental plan (full year) $214 TOTAL (Canadian students) $2,510 TOTAL (International students) $2,843 Tuition and program fees may vary for specialized programs. See for details Research Assistantships (RA): Research assistantship arrangements are made directly between you and your academic unit or supervisor. 4
7 APPLYING TO UVIC 1 Review admission requirements 3 Complete an application Review your program admission requirements including entry points, documentation requirements and deadlines. You must also meet the general admission requirements for the Faculty of Graduate Studies. International degrees If you have completed a degree at a postsecondary institution outside of Canada or the US and are using that degree to apply for graduate studies, please visit beforeapplying/international for a list of minimum requirements for degree programs from other countries. Language proficiency If your first language is not English you must demonstrate English proficiency before being admitted to UVic. See beforeapplying/language for details. For complete application and admission details, consult the Graduate Calendar at 4 Apply online at You will be asked to pay your application fee by credit card; applications can only be processed after receipt of this fee. The application fee is non-refundable and does not count for credit toward your tuition. After completing an application, you can return to to see if any additional documentation is required. Any outstanding documents must be submitted by the appropriate deadline by as a PDF attachment to Once you ve applied Once all of your required documents have been received, your application is considered complete and ready for review. 2 Prepare supporting materials The documents required to start the evaluation of your application must be uploaded at the time of application. These include unofficial transcripts from all institutions you have attended (including UVic), a copy of your CV/resume, and any other documents or materials required by your program. You will receive your UVic student number by within a few days of submitting your application, followed by instructions for checking your application status online. You will be contacted by once an admission decision has been made and notified if anything further is required. 5
8 CONNECT WITH US Daily campus tours: Facebook: Twitter: Flickr: The Graduate Student Viewbook was printed in September 2013, one year before the winter session. If there are any discrepancies between this publication and the University of Victoria Graduate Calendar, the calendar will take precedence. UNIVERSITY OF VICTORIA Graduate Admissions and Records University of Victoria PO Box 3025 STN CSC Victoria, BC V8W 3P2, Canada Phone: Fax: Web: Faculty of Graduate Studies Phone: Fax: Web: Produced by: Student Marketing and Communications Photography: UVic Photo Services, Brian Van Wyk, Mark Cacovic, kaldor.com and University of Victoria students and staff.