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Admission Process

Graduate Programs 

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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. Candidates are encouraged to apply before March 31st for the fall session and July 31st for the winter session.

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.


If you are applying as an International Graduate Student, click here.


Application Process at DUC

Please consider the following information before applying to a DUC program in Philosophy or Theology. Application conditions include, but are not limited to:

Language Requirements
Candidates whose first language is not English or French must have a minimum grade of 70% on their high school or post-secondary transcript. If IETLS or the equivalent language test has been completed, it can be included with the admission request.

IF applying as a Mature Student
- Minimum required age of 25 years.
- Candidates must demonstrate an appropriate knowledge base.
- Candidates must have acquired relevant work experience (resumé or CV required).

Waiting Lists
If program quotas are met, admission may be conditional even if the candidate meets all admission requirements.

Meeting with the Faculty Dean
All candidates’ applications will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee. A meeting with the Dean of the relevant Faculty may be required to determine final admission status. 

*For Students applying to a Program in Theology
A letter of intent explaining your interest in studying theology and in attending Dominican University College is required when applying for a program offered by the Faculty of Theology. In this letter, you must explain how the program fits in your academic background and what preparation (courses, parish volunteering, etc.) you have to start your studies in theology.


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 a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident. 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. Upload the required supporting documents in PDF format: 1) Writing Sample (1500 words); 2) Letter of Intent - intended area of specialisation for your thesis; 3) Curriculum Vitae; 4) Passport Sized Photo.

Step 2 - Original Transcripts

We require ORIGINAL TRANSCRIPTS. Contact all prior educational institutions (high school/college/university) to request your original transcript. Mail the sealed transcript to The Registrar’s Office. Dominican University College. 96 Empress Ave. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. K1R 7G3. *Note: your application will not be assessed until we receive official documentation. 

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 $50 processing fee online, by mail, or in person. See our different payment options here. Once the payment is received, we will begin assessing your application. 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. *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, we will begin to assess your application. A decision is normally made within 2-4 weeks and 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. 





It is still possible to apply using a printed application form. Please contact the assistant registrar to complete the request at


Specific guidelines for: