Master of Science (MSc), Master of Veterinary Science (MVSc), Postgraduate Diploma in Pathology or Microbiology (PGDip), PhD

NOTE: Admission to the Post Graduate Diploma in Pathology or Microbiology has been suspended. 

In the following it must be understood that the standard of reference is the typical Canadian university curriculum and university system.

Admission to a graduate degree program as a regular student is granted, on recommendation of the Department concerned, to:

  • the holder of a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree, or a 4-year honours or majors baccalaureate or its equivalent, as set out below.
  • a student who has satisfied the requirements for transfer from provisional student category as described below.

The minimum requirement for admission to graduate studies in the Faculties of Science and Veterinary Medicine is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree, or equivalent; or a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree, or Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) degree, or equivalent, normally of four years' duration, in an honours or majors program or equivalent from a recognized university or college, the applicant having achieved an average of at least second class ('B', i.e. 70% to 79.9%) standing in the work of the last four semesters or the last two undergraduate years.

Admission to the doctoral program normally requires at least second class standing as well as a recognized Master's degree. Admission to the PGD and MVSc programs is normally limited to holders of a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, or equivalent.

Admission to a graduate course is normally based upon the same requirements as for admission to a graduate program, with exceptions needing the approval both of the Program Administrator and of the Chair of the Department within which the student is registered. Admission, whether as a regular, a provisional, or a special student, is in all cases based upon the recommendation of the department concerned and is subject to the approval of the Program Administrator.

Admission to advanced courses of instruction or to the privileges of research does not imply admission to candidacy for a higher degree.

Application for admission

All documents pertaining to application for admission are to be sent to the Office of the Registrar.

Application fee

Applications to Graduate programs must include these fees for the first and any subsequent applications. 


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Official transcripts or certified copies in duplicate of the applicant's complete undergraduate and graduate (if any) record to date are to be sent to the Office of the Registrar. Applicants from outside North America are strongly urged to attach official statements of the grades obtained and the subject matter included.

Confirmed Supervisor

A confirmed supervisor must be established before completing an application to this program.

Reference letters

Letters of reference from two professors, under at least one of whom the applicant has taken a significant proportion of work, are to be sent by the professor directly to the Office of the Registrar. An acceptable alternative to one such letter is a letter from the department Chair on behalf of the department in which the applicant has studied, or from the employer where the applicant has recently been employed.

English proficiency 

Students are expected to be proficient in the use of English, both written and oral, when they begin their studies at the University of Prince Edward Island. The University requires that certification of such proficiency be presented by applicants whose mother tongue is not English or whose normal language of instruction throughout their education (as recognized by UPEI) was not English. Tests of proficiency acceptable to the University, and the minimum scores that must be obtained, are listed on the English Language Proficiency Requirements page under the Application and Admissions section of the Programs and Courses website. Such students should make arrangements to take the test at least three months before the semester opening date.

Graduate record examinations

In some departments, the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores may be used as a basis of determining acceptability of an applicant. Applicants should be careful to note the times and places where the GRE and the tests named above may be taken. Ample time should be allowed for the results to reach the University of Prince Edward Island.

Refusal of admission

Limitations of funds, space, facilities or personnel may make it necessary for the University, at its discretion, to refuse admission to an otherwise acceptable applicant.

Admission of faculty members

Members of the faculties of the rank of Associate Professor or Professor are not eligible for admission to graduate studies. Faculty members who are eligible to undertake graduate studies must obtain permission of the President.

Tentative admission

Tentative admission may be granted to an applicant whose record to date is acceptable but whose application is incomplete. If the documents are satisfactory when received, the student's admission is confirmed. If unsatisfactory, admission is denied.

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