Admission to Carleton’s graduate programs is competitive. It’s important to familiarize yourself with the specific requirements of the program to which you wish to apply. Although each program may vary slightly, the overall admission process is the same for all graduate programs. When you are ready to submit your application, you can request an application account.

How to Apply




Step 1 Review and compare programs of interest Carleton offers more than 100 graduate programs to choose from. You can find more information about the program, research areas, and specific admission requirements by visiting the departmental website.
Step 2 Choose a program It’s important that you find a program that fits your own research and study interests by looking at the fields of specialization of the program in which you are interested.
Step 3 Request an application account After you have decided on the program(s) to which you would like to apply, you will need to request an application account. Once you have submitted your request for an application account, you will receive an email from the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) with your account login information. It is important that you save this email for future reference.
Step 4 Log in to complete your application After your request an application account, an email will be sent to you with your user ID and Password. You will need these to log in and complete your application. Please note that some programs require a pre-screen which will allow Carleton to determine your suitability for the program before issuing your application account information.
Step 5 Complete the online application Once you log in to your online application account, you will need to enter details about your academic history, referee information, English-language test score, etc. It is not necessary to complete the online application in a single session. You may return to your partially completed application as many times as needed to complete and submit it. Once the application has been submitted, it cannot be modified.
Step 6 Pay your application fee After you submit your online application you will be asked to pay the non-refundable application fee of $100.00 ($150.00 for the MBA program). This fee is payable to the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) and can be paid by credit card, online banking (through Canadian banks only) or Western Union Business Solutions – GlobalPay for Students (bank-to-bank transfer for international payments only). Once your fee payment has been processed, you will receive an email within 1 – 3 business days with further instructions on how to complete your application package via Carleton Central.
Step 7 Collect and submit your required documents You will need to upload your required documents obtained from your online application into Carleton Central. When you access Carleton Central, you will be advised of all of the documents that you are required to upload for your particular program. Failure to upload your require documents as described may delay the processing of your application.
Step 8 Review of applications The academic unit will review your application, which may not occur until after the application deadline has passed. To find out the status of your application, you can log into Carleton Central and follow the “Graduate Admissions” link.
Step 9 Admission decision Once the academic unit has selected the applicants it would like to admit, recommendations are made to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs for final approval. If approved, an email is sent to the applicant informing them to log into Carleton Central to view their Offer of Admission and Funding as well as their Statement of Standing on Admission.
Step 10 Accepting your Offer If you receive an offer of admission and funding, you can accept the offer by logging into Carleton Central and accepting it online.

Pre-screening Process

Some programs require you to submit a pre-screen application which includes basic information about your educational background. Pre-screening saves you time and money by allowing the program administrator to determine if an applicant is suitable for the program from the onset. It may take up to 2 business days for program administrators to review your pre-screen application. If you are eligible to submit a full application, you will receive notification via email from both Carleton and the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) with your application account information.

If you are not eligible, your pre-screen application will be denied and you will receive an email notification from the academic unit to which you are applying.

Applying to More Than One Program

A separate online application account must be requested for each program to which you are interested in applying. Each application will cost an additional application fee of $100.00 CDN ($150 CDN for the MBA program). You must complete each application as per the instructions for that program. You must also submit separate required documents for each application you submit.


Complete applications (including requires documents and supplementary forms) for admission to graduate programs may be submitted at any time before the appropriate application deadline. However, applicants who apply early may increase their chances of securing financial support for their graduate studies. For information on application deadlines, please visit our Deadlines website.

Required Documents

Applications to graduate programs at Carleton University require various documents such as aptitude test results, transcripts, letters of reference, a statement of intent, a writing sample, CV/Resumé, etc. This additional information is required to provide more background to assess an applicant’s suitability for entrance into a graduate program.

Required documents will vary depending on the program. Specific forms are available as Supplementary Forms in your online application as .PDF documents and for which will require you to use Adobe Acrobat Reader to view. Please note that you must first save any Supplementary Forms to your computer before completing them electronically. Forms which are opened within your browser will not save data.

After you have submitted your online application and paid the non-refundable application fee through the Ontario University Application Centre (OUAC), Carleton will email you instructions on how to access Carleton Central and upload your required documents.

Review of Applications

After you have submitted your application, the application fee, and the required documents, the academic unit can begin to review your application. The time frame for processing applications can be different for each program. Decisions may be made on a rolling basis and may be made after the application deadline. You can review the status of your application in Carleton Central or contact the Graduate Administrator in the appropriate academic unit.

Other Important Information

Carleton is unable to process incomplete applications. It is your responsibility to ensure that your online application is submitted with payment and that all required documentation is received by Carleton before the application deadline. All information, documents, and transcripts supplied during the application process become the property of Carleton University and will not be returned.

If evidence of misrepresentation or fraudulent or falsified documentation is found, the penalty is severe. Carleton University reserves the right to revoke any offer of admission and/or financial support. Carleton University may also disclose evidence of any misrepresentation or fraudulent or falsified documentation to all Canadian universities, to Citizenship and Immigration Canada and to law enforcement personnel where appropriate.

If you have any program specific questions or wish to inquire about your application status, you can visit Carleton Central or contact the Graduate Administrator in the academic unit of the program to which you have applied.