Trent University Oshawa Admissions Essay

Applying to university is an exciting time for you. Below you will find information and pathways as you navigate your university application to Trent.

Check our Admission Requirements and Application Deadlines

All students are required to have the following for admission to all programs:


Undergraduate studies*

Fall: September

Winter: January

Summer: May


June 1

November 15

March 1

TRENT-ESL: English for University

Fall: September

Winter: January

Spring: April

Summer: June


June 1

November 15

February 15

May 1

*Please note the following important information:

Fall (September) intake: while the general application deadline is June 1, some programs have earlier application deadline and we recommend that you apply by February 15.

Winter (January) intake: Biomedical Science, Forensic Science single major, Journalism single major, Law/Arts dual degree, Medical Professional Stream, Nursing, Teacher Education Stream are not available.

Summer (May) intake: limited course offerings. Visit for information.

Check specific program requirements

In addition to the requirements noted above, each academic program has specific required and/or recommended courses.  Check these carefully to make sure that you are prepared for a successful start.

For programs with additional requirements see this chart on the International Requirements page.

Apply Online

You are encouraged to apply to Trent as early as possible as some programs have limited enrolment. There are two ways to apply to Trent:  

Apply directly to Trent (if Trent is the only university in Ontario you are applying to):

  • Create an account and apply directly to Trent (the email address you will use to create your account will be the email that we will use to communicate with you as an applicant)
  • Submit application fee ($90 for high school students; $140 for transfer students)

Apply through the OUAC (if you are applying to several universities in Ontario):

The OUAC website has many helpful resources such as Frequently Asked Questions, Video Tutorials and step-by-step guides.

Personal Identification Number (P.I.N.)

If you are currently enrolled in an Ontario secondary school, guidance counsellors will provide you with a P.I.N. (personal identification number) to access the OUAC site and application process.

All other applicants will create user profiles on the OUAC site, which will then automatically assign a P.I.N

Email "Safe Sender" List

Once you apply, you will begin to receive emails from the International Admissions Office outlining next steps and other important information concerning your application.

Please ensure you add "" to your 'Safe Senders' list in your email.

You may want to check your Junk Mail if you feel you have missed a communication from Trent.

Review Your Next Steps

Congratulations! You've made a great choice applying to Trent. Check the "Already Applied" page for your next steps.

Admissions Process

Thank you for choosing to apply to the School of Graduate Studies at Trent University. Interested students should review all graduate programs offered at Trent and select a program. Visit the department website and review the degree requirements, faculty members and active areas of research. Review Trent University’s general admission requirements page. International students who are applying from outside Canada should apply at least 8 months in advance of the term to which they wish to apply.

Students applying to Trent University graduate programs are required to apply online. The application fee is $100 and applicants can select up to 2 program choices. The fee is non-refundable and payable to OUAC (Ontario University Application Centre). Applications will be sent an email with a Trent student number and access to myTrent. An application checklist will be available for monitoring your application documents. Please allow for up to 5 working days for a document status to change in myTrent before contacting

All applications will be initially examined and evaluated by the appropriate graduate programs. All supporting documents must be received before any application can receive formal consideration. A program's recommendation for admission will be forwarded to the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants will be officially notified by email of the action taken on the application.  All admission decisions are final; there is no appeal of admission decisions.

Official letters of acceptance are only for the academic year indicated. Successful applicants must reply in writing indicating whether or not they accept the offer of admission. Acceptance of an offer of admission will normally be required within four weeks of the date of the offer letter. If the applicant is unable to commence studies in the term agreed upon, the programs reserve the right to reconsider their acceptance.

Required documents

Applicants are responsible for collecting and submitting all required documents to the School of Graduate Studies by the application deadline.

  • Official transcripts - submit one official copy for all post secondary education institutions, including incomplete studies/programs, transfer courses, letter of permission and exchanges. In order to be considered official, transcripts must be received by Trent University in envelopes sealed by the issuing institution, or received from the Ontario Universities' Application Centre. Trent students do not need to order Trent University transcripts. The School of Graduate Studies will obtain your Trent University transcripts for your application free of charge.
  • Two letters of reference - academic references are preferred; however, professional references will be accepted. Links for your referees to submit an online reference will be sent directly to the referees you have provided on your application. We recommend you contact your referees prior to submitting an application to confirm their availability and contact information. If your referee does not receive the link, you can suggest that your referee check their junk email folder and email setting.  The email may have unintentionally been blocked by their email server.
  • A plan of study - typically 1-2 pages, outlining applicant's objectives in a graduate program.  Any specific research interests (if known), relevant experiences, and/or career aspirations can be included.  If a potential supervisor has been discussed, please identify this in your plan of study. Plan of Study (PDF)Plan of Study (Word) or a personal statement (required for Forensic Science M.Sc.F.S. and Graduate Diploma programs) - typically 1-2 pages, detailing the applicant's interest and experience in the subject area.   Personal Statement (Word)
  • A writing sample - submit a sample of your writing of about 20 pages or less. Writing samples Preferred format is PDF. Please indicate in the subject line of your email: student name and program choice. Hard copies will not be accepted.
  • Writing Samples are required for all programs except Applied Modelling and Quantitative Methods M.Sc./M.A. , Materials Science M.Sc./Ph.D. programs Forensic Science M.Sc.F.S., and Graduate Diploma programs. For these programs, a detailed plan of study or personal statement is sufficient.
  • Note about Writing Samples: Good choices for writing samples include:  an undergraduate essay, lab report, research report, journal article, a chapter from a masters thesis, or a published article. For M.Ed. applicants: writing samples should be 6-15 pages if possible and could include reports, essays, articles or documents written by you and related to your working environment. They will be used to assess writing ability. The topic does not necessarily need to relate to the program.
  • Proof of Citizenship (ie. copy of passport or birth certificate)
  • Official proof of English Language proficiency for those applicants whose first language is not English. Please arrange for an official copy of your test score to be sent directly to Trent University. You may submit the student version of your test for assessment purposes.

Required application documents can be submitted electronically by emailing


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