Apply to Memorial

Please carefully review and follow the application instructions below and you are on your way to becoming a graduate student. Need help? Contact us at any time. If you are interested in a research program, we would encourage you to contact potential supervisors in your area of interest after you apply.

The School of Graduate Studies acknowledges the importance of equity, diversity, and inclusion in graduate education. This is reflected in our diversity statement and the work of the SGS committee on diversity. We are mindful of the need and our role to increase access to graduate education for all students, but particularly those who contribute to the diversity in our graduate programs. If you are an Indigenous student or a Black Canadian student applying for admission to a doctoral program, we can offer additional supports. Please contact akim@mun.ca for more information.

Choose your semester and check the deadlines

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.
  • Deadlines and entry semesters are also listed on the relevant page of the Graduate Programs section of our website.
  • We encourage you to apply early. You may upload your supporting documents to your online application after your application is submitted (under “Supplemental Items & Documents”).
  • All applications and required documents must be received by the School of Graduate Studies by the application deadline. Late applications and documents are processed as time and resources permit.

Identify and collect all required application materials

The graduate application will include the required documents below. Click on each link for more information. Supporting documents (e.g., transcripts, confirmation of degree, resume, etc.) should be uploaded to the online application (under “Supplemental Items & Documents”). The submission status of successfully uploaded documents will appear as "received". Please note that documents cannot be deleted once uploaded, so ensure the file selected is accurate before uploading. The online application will reflect a file is complete after one transcript is uploaded, but it is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure all documents required for their program of interest are uploaded by the appropriate deadline. If you are submitting more than one application, please note that additional applications will show the submission status of supporting documents as “received” but you will have to upload the documents again for each additional application.

  • The application must be fully and accurately completed. Please note the online application only supports the English language.
  • Ensure your full legal name (including previous last name if applicable) is listed in the correct order, as it appears on your passport or other government-issued ID. Please ensure your date of birth is entered accurately in the format listed.
  • Under “Personal Information” and “Canadian Immigration Status”, select "Student Visa" if your citizenship is not Canadian and you require a study permit to legally study in Canada. Select "Permanent Resident" if your citizenship is not Canadian and you have immigrated to Canada.
  • Please carefully review the definitions of full-time and part-time status before selecting this under “Student Status”. Graduate student status is not determined by the number of courses one registers for.
  • If you have previously applied to or enrolled in Memorial University, please ensure you enter your MUN student number under “Program Information”. You can find this in Self-Service (if you were previously a student) or on a decision letter emailed to you (if you previously applied). This will ensure your application is processed quickly and accurately.
  • Please ensure you choose the right graduate program under “Program Information”. This normally cannot be changed after you submit your application online.
  • Please note the correct route (e.g., thesis, course, internship) for your program of interest under “Program Information”. Refer to the Graduate Programs and Routes document for details. Incorrect routes may lead to delays in the admission process. You can only be considered for a route available for your graduate program of interest.
  • If you are applying for a research program (e.g., one that requires a thesis), under “Program Information” please note the names of up to two faculty members you may be interested in working with. Please visit our website for more information on how to find potential supervisors.
  • If you are applying for a research program (e.g., one that requires a thesis), please note the research area or focus you are interested in for your graduate thesis (or instrument for Master of Music applicants).
  • Under “Program Information” and “Self-declared Average”, please enter in number form your overall average from your most recent undergraduate (bachelor’s) program as it appears on your university transcript (e.g., 80%, 3.0, 16, etc.). In the following field, please select the country in which your most recent undergraduate (bachelor’s) program was completed.
  • Ensure you provide names and email addresses for all referees. Please ensure you contact your referees before applying to confirm their availability and willingness to write a reference letter on your behalf. Please also ensure the email address you enter is correct and one actively used by your referee.
  • Ensure that the “Statement of Interest” section is properly completed, as most academic units place considerable emphasis on this section. You’ll find a video tutorial on this at the bottom of this page.
  • Please complete the “Special Circumstances” section if there are any exceptional circumstances that may have had an impact on your past academic records.

  • Transcripts must be uploaded to the online application after your application is submitted.
  • Memorial University transcripts are not normally required. If your only transcript is a Memorial University transcript, however, please upload an unofficial transcript. You can download this at no cost from Memorial Self-Service (under “Academic Information Menu”, then “Generate Unofficial Transcript PDF”).
  • If you are currently a Memorial University undergraduate student, please advise us when your degree requirements have been met or a degree has been conferred by contacting gradapply@mun.ca.
  • If degree completion is not reflected on the transcript, we will require a document (e.g., letter from the university attended) acknowledging that all degree requirements have been met. Please upload this as “Grad Confirmation of Degree Awarded”. If you are current enrolled in a degree program, please upload this document when ready.
  • Notarized English translations are required if transcripts are not issued in English or French.

  • When completing your application online, you will be required to enter information about your referees. Please ensure you contact your referees before applying to confirm their availability and willingness to write a reference letter on your behalf. You’ll find a video tutorial on how to ask for reference letters on this at the bottom of this page.
  • 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.
  • To ensure your referee receives our email, please ensure their email address is entered correctly in the “References” section of the online application (this is a common reason why referees do not receive a request to submit a reference letter). Whenever possible, the referee’s institutional or professional email address should be used.
  • Reference letters should be received by the appropriate application deadline. To ensure this happens, please submit your application before the application deadline (1-2 weeks recommended) so your referees have sufficient time to submit their forms.
  • You will be able to confirm your referees submission of their letter to us through the online application.
  • At least one letter of appraisal must be by an academic referee and at least one must be by a professional referee for the following graduate programs:
    • Master of Business Administration
    • Master of Education
    • Master of Employment Relations
    • Master of Science in Nursing
    • Master of Social Work
  • Academic referees selected to write letters of appraisal on your behalf should have taught or supervised you at a university level, and be able to accurately comment on your ability to succeed in a graduate program. Professional referees can be individuals who supervised or worked with you in an employment setting. Referees should not be family members, friends, students, or employees who report to you.
  • In cases where a new or alternate referee is required, please email gradapply@mun.ca.
  • Note: Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) applicants only are required to submit a third letter of appraisal from a referee who can comment on their suitability for clinical practice. The third referee should email their letter to gradapply@mun.ca.

Please submit an updated resume. For advice, you may use Student Life’s Resume Writing Guide as a resource.


  • Students who have completed secondary schooling, an undergraduate program, or a graduate program at a recognized institution where the language of instruction is English are not required to take an English proficiency test.
  • If the institution is located outside of Canada / United States, applicants are advised to provide a document (e.g., transcript or letter) from their university stating the language of instruction as English (as “Grad Proof of English Proficiency”). Please upload this document to the online application.
  • All other applicants will be required to provide minimum scores from acceptable English proficiency tests listed in the University Calendar. Please upload your test score report to the online application.
  • 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
    • IELTS Academic: An aggregate score of 6.5
    • 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

  • The following graduate programs require minimum scores on a standardized test (please refer the relevant page of the Graduate Programs section of our website for more information, and upload your test score report to the online application):
    • Master of Business Administration: GMAT score of 550
    • Master of Business Administration in SEE: GMAT score of 550, or GRE score of 302
    • Master of Science in Management: GMAT score of 600, or GRE score of 302
    • Master of Science (Psychology): GRE General Test (except behavioural neuroscience)
    • Master of Applied Psychological Science: GRE General Test
    • PhD (Management): GMAT score of 600, or GRE score of 302
    • PhD (Psychology): GRE General Test (except behavioural neuroscience)

  • Additional requirements (click on link): Certain graduate programs will require you to meet additional requirements or submit an additional form or writing sample. Please upload any required forms or documents to the online application.
  • Authorization for use of representative: To authorize a representative to have access to your application file, please email gradapply@mun.ca from the email address noted on your application. The email should state your full name and Memorial University student number, and the full name of your representative.
  • Financial guarantee: If you are being sponsored by a government agency, university, or employer to pursue a graduate program at Memorial, please email a financial guarantee document with your full name and Memorial University student number to gradapply@mun.ca.

Prerequisites may be necessary for your program of interest. Please check the University Calendar or the Graduate Programs section of our website for more information.


  • 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.
  • If you are employed as a permanent or contractual employee at Memorial at the time of application, please email sgs@mun.ca for information on application fee reimbursement.
  • If you are an Indigenous student or a Black Canadian student applying for admission to a doctoral program, please email sgs@mun.ca for information on application fee reimbursement.

Submit your application
  • All applications must be submitted online (credit card required).

  • Please note that credit card payments on the application are only available from 5:01 a.m. to 12 a.m. (Newfoundland time; UTC -3:30), Sunday through Friday. It is unavailable on Saturday. You can continue to complete your application during this time.

  • You must upload any required documents (e.g., transcripts, confirmation of degree completion, test score reports, writing samples, and additional forms) directly to the online application after you submit your application online (under “Supplemental Items & Documents”). Please note that documents cannot be deleted once uploaded, so ensure the file selected is accurate before uploading. Please ensure your application and all required documents are submitted by the appropriate application deadline date for your program of interest. Please do not mail supporting documents or drop off supporting documents in person.

  • You can track the status of your application online after you have submitted your application and uploaded your supporting documents. For more information on the application review process, please visit the after-you-apply page.

  • Within 1-2 business days after submitting an online application, you will find the MUN student number assigned for you in the online application (under “My Account” and “My Profile”). Please reference your MUN student number when contacting us about your graduate application.

  • Graduate applications for the Fall 2022 semester will open in the first week of September 2021, Winter 2023 semester in the first week of January 2022, and Spring 2023 semester in the first week of May 2022. 

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Important Note: Memorial University will verify documents submitted in support of a graduate application, including reference letters, transcripts, and degree certificates. Submission of falsified documents is considered a serious academic offense.

Watch application tutorials (optional) 

Applying to graduate school for the first time? We’ve prepared four video tutorials to help make the process easier for you. Still have questions? Don’t hesitate to contact us at any time.

  • Applying to graduate school: key points, tips and suggestions 
  • Statement of interest for graduate school: How to write an effective statement of interest
  • Reference letter for graduate school: Who do you ask?
  • Finding a research supervisor: Tips for contacting and securing a graduate supervisor