Frequently asked questions

Q. When is the application deadline?

A. The application deadline for the Fall/Winter 2016/2017 academic year has now passed. Some late applications may be considered and evaluated by the Admissions Committee(s) in the order in which they are received. Please email gradstudies@ocadu.ca if you would like more information.

Please note the Master of Design in Inclusive Design starts one semester earlier (in the Spring/Summer semester).

Q. How do I apply?

A. All applications must be submitted through the Graduate Application Portal and all supplemental items must uploaded through SlideRoom.

Q. I have a degree in an unrelated field. Can I still apply?

A. Yes. Each program has specific admission requirements. Most indicate they will accept a “comparable honours degree/certification” when an applicant does not have the degree type indicated. However, it is important to remember that the application process can be highly competitive and you may be competing with other applicants who more closely meet the admission requirements for that program. For program-specific requirements, we encourage you to review the Admissions Requirements section of the website.

Q. Whom should I ask for a reference?

A. In most cases, we are looking for academic references, such as a current or former professor or academic advisor who is familiar with your work and can speak to your academic potential to pursue graduate education. However, we will also accept reference letters from employers and other individuals who can speak to your work ethic and practice, particularly in more professionally-oriented programs and for applicants who have been out of school for a long period of time.

Q. How do I submit my transcripts to OCAD U?

A. Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions you have attended are required and must be scanned and uploaded as part of the SlideRoom (supplemental item) portion of your application. Applicants currently enrolled in courses must scan and upload an official interim report of their grades. If you are offered admission in one of our programs, this offer will be conditional upon receiving final official and confidential transcripts. Transcripts must be sent by August 1, 2016 to Graduate Admissions c/o The Office of Graduate Studies as indicated in the Admissions Requirements section of the website.  

Q. I attended several post-secondary institutions. Do I need to request transcripts from all of them?

A. Yes. Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions you have attended are required (whether you have completed a full degree or just one class). We recommend that you request transcripts as early as possible to avoid delays and ensure that you will have time to receive, scan and upload them into SlideRoom by the application deadline.

Q. Do you offer entrance scholarships? How can I apply?

A. A limited number of entrance scholarships may be available to full-time students. All applicants are automatically considered for any available entrance scholarships; you do not need to apply. Scholarships are subject to available funds. Visit our Funding page for more information.

Q. I have submitted my application through the Graduate Application Portal and all my supplemental items through the SlideRoom Portal. What happens next?

A. Once your application has been successfully submitted through the Graduate Application Portal and all of your supplemental items uploaded through SlideRoom you will receive official emails acknowledging that it has been received and outlining any required next steps. Only complete applications will be reviewed by our Admissions Committees. You will be able to log into the Graduate Application Portal and verify if your application is missing any items. If your application is deemed complete, no items will be listed.

Q. How will I be informed of any decisions made regarding my application?

A. Once a decision is made regarding your application an official letter of offer will be sent to you via email from the Office of Graduate Studies. This will happen normally by April 1. Late applicants will be notified within six to eight weeks of their application being received. Please inform us of any contact information changes during the application process. 

Q. Whom do I contact if I have questions about my application?

Only complete applications will be reviewed by our Admissions Committees. You will be able to log into the Graduate Application Portal and verify if your application is missing any items. If your application is deemed to be complete, no items will be listed. - See more at: http://www.ocadu.ca/admissions/graduate/application-process.htm#sthash.9X29S5yT.dpuf

Only complete applications will be reviewed by our Admissions Committees. You will be able to log into the Graduate Application Portal and verify if your application is missing any items. If your application is deemed to be complete, no items will be listed. - See more at: http://www.ocadu.ca/admissions/graduate/application-process.htm#sthash.9X29S5yT.dpuf

A. If you have any questions about your application, please email gradstudies@ocadu.ca and allow two business days for a reply. We appreciate your patience. You may also reach us by phone at 416-977-6000 ext 423.