Frequently Asked Questions

Interested in graduate school? We understand that there are many factors that play a role in your decision to apply. If you have reviewed our program pages and still have questions, you should find the answer here.

If you are still unsure after reviewing these FAQs, please submit an inquiry here and we will get back to you soon.

Graduate Diploma and Master's Programs
Our minimum requirements for admission include a bachelor's degree with second-class standing from a recognized university. This would be the equivalent of a four-year Canadian undergraduate degree with a a minimum B average or CGPA of 2.75 out of 4.0 grade point average.

Ph.D. and Psy.D. Programs
To be considered for admission to a Ph.D. program, the minimum requirements will normally be a Master's degree from a university of recognized standing, in an appropriate area of study.

To be considered for admission to the Psy.D. program, the minimum requirements will normally be an undergraduate honours degree in Psychology that includes senior courses as indicated under the Regulations Governing the Degree of Doctor of Psychology.

English Proficiency
Since English is the primary language of instruction at Memorial University, all applicants seeking admission to the School of Graduate Studies must possess an adequate knowledge of written and spoken English as a prerequisite to admission.

A minimum B average or CGPA of 2.75 out of 4.0 grade point average is required. The CGPA takes into account course weightings, so it is difficult to convert this to a percentage mark, but it is roughly equivalent to a percentage grade of 70%.

Please note that certain programs require higher test scores than those indicated below. Where this is the case, it will be indicated on the relevant page of the Graduate Programs section of our website. Unless otherwise indicated, the minimum English proficiency test scores are as follows:

    • TOEFL: An aggregate score of 80 (92 for graduate programs with higher English proficiency requirements)
    • IELTS Academic: An aggregate score of 6.5 (7 for graduate programs with higher English proficiency requirements)
    • Duolingo English Test: An aggregate score of 115 (125 for graduate programs with higher English proficiency requirements)
    • CAEL: A score between 50 and 60 in each of four bands, with at least 2 band scores of 60
    • CanTEST: Band Level 4.5 in the listening comprehension and reading comprehension sub-tests and a score of 4 in writing
    • MET: A score of 59%
    • PTE Academic: Minimum scores of 58 in each of reading, writing, listening, and speaking
    • MUN Test of English Language: Minimum scores of 60 in reading and listening, 60 in writing, and 60 in speaking

No. If the medium of instruction of your previous degree was exclusively English, you will not be required to submit the results of an English language proficiency test. If this is the case and your transcript does not state that the language of instruction was exclusively English, an official letter from the Registrar’s Office of your University should be provided. This letter must explicitly state the degree awarded and that the medium of instruction was exclusively English. If it was not exclusively English, then scores from a recognized English proficiency test will be required.

We have a searchable awards and scholarships database. You can use it to search for scholarships and funding that may be available to you.

Admission to our graduate programs (both graduate diploma and Master's) requires a Bachelor’s degree. Unfortunately, a Higher National Diploma does not meet this requirement.

Memorial offers a diverse range of Bachelor’s degree programs, for which it may be possible to obtain transfer credit. For more information, please contact

For research/thesis based programs, students are required to have a supervisor. The number of applicants admitted into research based programs each semester depends on the number of available supervisors and space they have available. Prospective students are encouraged to contact potential supervisors prior to, or at the time of your application. However, for most programs you are not required to secure a supervisor prior to applying for admission. Check your department's website for more information.

Advice on how to secure a supervisor is available here.

Please click here for a list of required documents. Please note that some programs may require additional documents as part of your application.

If you are currently completing a degree program, you can apply for admission with an official interim transcript. When your official final transcript becomes available, it should be submitted as soon as possible. Please review our application instructions for more details.

Decide when you'd like to start your studies and check the relevant deadlines. Some academic units only admit students for the Fall semester and do not review applications until after the application deadline, while others offer admission for multiple semesters on a rolling basis.

You can apply to more than one program. You will need to submit a separate application for each program and pay the associated application processing fee for each.

All applications and required documents must be received by the School of Graduate Studies by the application deadline. Late applications and documents are only processed as time and resources permit.

For step-by-step instructions on how to create an account and begin your application, check out our application video here.

  • The application fee of $60 for Canadian applicants or $120 for international applicants is payable by credit card (Visa or Mastercard) only.
  • All graduate applicants to the School of Music are required to pay a supplementary application fee of $40.

You can track the status of your application and supporting documents by logging in here. Please note that it usually takes a few business days after documents are delivered for your application checklist to be updated. We will process your documents once received – this normally requires 3-5 business days. If you have confirmed delivery recently, there is no need to be concerned.

Admission decisions are normally issued 2-3 months after the program’s application deadline date. A letter will be sent to you by email after a decision has been made. 

Two letters of appraisal are required. Referees should be able to accurately comment on your ability to conduct graduate-level work. Please ensure you contact your referees before applying to confirm their availability and willingness to write a reference letter on your behalf.

  • Within 1-2 business days after you submit your application online (and after your application is processed), your referees will receive an email with a unique link inviting them to complete and submit an online reference letter form.

We recommend that at least one letter of appraisal should be made by an academic referee. However, if you decide to provide two professional referees, please justify your decision in the special circumstances in the online application. Please note that all referees should be able to accurately comment on your ability to conduct graduate-level work.

Congratulations! We are happy to welcome you to Memorial. Please visit our website for new students by clicking here.

If you have been admitted to a graduate program but are not able to commence in the semester reflected on your admission letter, you may wish to defer your admission to a later semester. Please note that such requests are considered on an individual basis. If you wish to defer your admission, please send a formal request to Be sure to include your full name, student number and reasons for deferral in the email. If your request is approved, you will receive a new admission letter and revised Program of Study form.

Tuition and related fees for each semester are due to be paid in full by the first day of classes in that semester. More details are provided here.