Admission Process International Student Graduate | Dominican University College


Admission Process

International Students - Graduate


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DUC is proud of its diverse student body. We enjoy meeting and discussing educational options with students from a variety of faiths, backgrounds, and cultures. Our application process, like our education, is personalized. We consider the entire dossier of our applications - not just their grades.

Prospective DUC graduate students should have an average of B+ or the equivalent. Though academic performance is an important consideration, the prospective student’s entire profile will be taken into consideration when evaluating the application. Those with undergraduate degrees in a related field may still be admitted, but supplementary conditions or a qualifying year may be required. Additional requirements for specific graduate programs are outlined in program descriptions.

The Admissions Committee uses a rolling application system. Applications are evaluated in the order they are received. It is advisable (given that obtaining immigration documents and/or student permits for international students vary significantly from country to country) to apply before April 30th for the fall semester and August 31st for the winter semester in order to increase your chances of admission. You can expect a response in 3 (three) weeks from the date of your application submission.


How To Apply

Thank you for your interest in Dominican University College. The information provided below will help you better understand the application process as an International Gradute Student. We encourage you to learn about our requirements before you begin an application. If you have additional questions about how to apply, please do not hesitate to contact us.


Step 1 - Apply Online

Complete and submit the online application form through our portal, Dominicus. Begin by selecting the option to apply as an international student. Upload the required supporting documents in PDF format: 1) Writing Sample (1500 words); 2) Letter of Intent - intended area of specialization for your thesis; 3) Curriculum Vitae; 4) Copy of your passport5) Copy of your birth certificate6) Passport sized photo.

Step 2 - Original Transcripts

We require ORIGINAL TRANSCRIPTS. Contact all prior educational institutions (high school, college, university) to request your original transcripts. Mail the sealed transcript directly to The Registrar’s Office. Dominican University College. 96 Empress Ave. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. K1R 7G3. If your transcripts are written in any other language except French or English, you must have them translated by an official translator. *In the case of international institutions that only grant one original transcript, you must have the copy version signed by an official notary (include the contact information for notary).  

Step 3 - Reference Letters

Additionally, we require Two Letters of Recommendation. Please have your referees send a Letter of Recommendation directly to the Registrar by mail or email.

Step 4 - Pay Processing Fee

Pay the $120 CND processing fee online by wire transfer. To complete your application, see our different payment options here. Your application will not be assessed until we have received the payment. Please note that the processing fee is non-refundable.

Step 5 - Track Your Application

Once you submit your online application, you will be redirected to a payment page, ensure to pay the processing fee. *Notice and save your admission number. You will receive an email confirming your application, be sure to check your Junk Mail. You will be able to track the status of your application using this code.  

Step 6 - Assessment of Your Application

Once we have received all required documents and processing fee payment, we will begin to assess your application. A decision is normally made within 2 - 4 weeks and a notice will be sent to you by email and to your postal address.

Step 7 - Accept Your Offer of Admission

Last but not least, you must accept your offer of admission. An Acceptance Form will accompany your Offer of Admission. Please sign and return this to DUC by email ( or by mail: The Registrar's Office. Dominican University College. 96 Empress Ave. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. K1R 7G3. 






What Happens After You Are Accepted?


Apply for a study permit

Once you receive your offer of acceptance to DUC, you then need to apply to the Government of Canada for a study permit (online or from your local Visa Application Center). Please carefully review the expected processing time for your country of origin. It is best to begin the study permit application process well in advance of when you expect to start your studies. You need to leave enough time for your study permit to be processed (given expected processing times from your country) before your expected start date at DUC.


Depending on the country/region of origin, students may be required to obtain a temporary resident visa

Depending on your country of origin, you may be required to apply for a Temporary Resident Visa .You can verify whether you need a visa by clicking here. If it is required for residents from your country, you can click here to apply for a visa.



International Students at DUC are required to make their own arrangements for health insurance coverage. The following is a link to DUC's healthcare insurance provider for international students. It is very important to make arrangements before your arrival in Canada in order that your entire stay is covered.


Border crossing information

Please click here to be directed to important information that will help you when arriving at a point of entry (airport, etc) in Canada.