Entrance Requirements for Graduate Students

Entrance Requirements

Outlined below are the minimum requirements for admission into our M.Sc. and Ph.D. graduate programs in Chemistry.  Canadian and International studies have different entrance requirements.  If you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada, you fall into the category of a Canadian student even if you obtained your first degrees outside of Canada.

Canadian Students


Admission requires a B.Sc. Honours degree in Chemistry or a related discipline with an overall average of B or higher (minimum 6.0 on the uOttawa 10.0 grade-point scheme) in the last 3 or 4 years, whichever is higher. Under exceptional circumstances, students with averages below a B may be considered. Applicants who have not yet completed a B.Sc. must fulfill those program requirements prior to admission to M.Sc. studies.


Admission requires a Master’s degree in Chemistry or a related discipline, with an average of B+ or higher (7.0 on the uOttawa 10.0 grade-point scheme). Applicants who have not yet completed an M.Sc. must fulfill those requirements prior to admission to Ph.D. studies, unless they are eligible for direct transfer.

Direct Admission into the Ph.D. program

We support admission to the Ph.D. program from the B.Sc. through initial admission into the M.Sc. program. Students who demonstrate appropriate research and academic strengths after their first year are eligible to transfer into the Ph.D. program without writing up an M.Sc. thesis.

If you obtained your B.Sc. or M.Sc. from a University outside of North America, an average equivalent to a Canadian ‘B’ is required and in some situations, a test of language proficiency is also required.

International Students

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If you are not a Canadian citizen, or a permanent resident of Canada, then you are classified as an ‘International student’ even if you obtained your B.Sc. in Canada.  We currently accept International Students into our M.Sc. program, and allow transfer into the Ph.D. program after one year under the terms outlined above. However, because International Students are subject to double the tuition fees of Canadian students, our standard graduate stipend is not enough to cover living expenses. Thus, we normally only accept international students who obtain an “international fee scholarship” from the uOttawa Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. This scholarship brings the cost of tuition down to that of a Canadian student. International Fee Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis, and typically only obtained by candidates with at least an ‘A’ average (9.0/10) or its equivalent.

For International Students with B.Sc. degrees from countries in which the official language is neither English nor French, a test of language proficiency is required.   The most common English language test is the TOEFL, for which the minimum scores are:  550 (Paper-based), 213 (Computer-based), 79-80 (Internet-based).

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