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Application Instructions

Important information about the application process

  • If you require technical support with the online application or eReference system, email technical support.
  • Save your application frequently. The application system will allow you to partially complete the process (if necessary) and return to it later.
  • If you have successfully paid your application fee but are unable to submit the application, clear your browsing history and/or login to your application using a different browser.
  • Have a valid credit card or Interac card (domestic applicants) ready for the application fee ($110 CAD/ $150 CAD for MBA). Interac card payments will be accepted through Google Pay only.
  • It takes approximately 30-45 minutes to complete an application. For security reasons, you will be logged out of the online application if you take more than 45 minutes on any one page.
  • Applications from outside Canada should be completed at least five months before the desired date of entry, to allow sufficient time for processing.

This guide will lead you through the online application process:

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  • Review all admission requirements for your programs of interest
  • If you’re ready to apply immediately, visit the application page.

Select full-time or part-time status.

Select the Admit Term (start date).

Click the “Search” button to identify a full list of all programs with an open application.

If your search results in “No applications are available based on the search criteria…” then review the program website to ensure the application deadline has not passed and contact the program for additional information.

Provide your name, date of birth, citizenship details and other identification details. Please ensure that all information is accurate and matches your official supporting documents.

You may specify a mailing address different from your permanent address.

The email address you provide will be the one we use to communicate with you throughout the admissions process.

You can change this information at a later date through Mosaic.

Mosaic is the university’s main site for students to carry out key tasks related to their academic life, like checking course schedules and paying tuition. For future students, it’s also the place where you can check on the status of your application for admission. You will be able to log into Mosaic once you’ve submitted your application and received your application confirmation email containing login information.

Create a list of all the post-secondary academic institutions you have attended, including college, and/or university.

Begin by selecting the Country and Province of the school and this will populate a current listing of institutions for you to select from. If you cannot find your school in the drop down menu, you may manually type the institution name.

Please include the time period when you studied there (approximate dates are acceptable), and the degree or level that you have completed. Failure to disclose all previous post-secondary education may affect your application, evaluation, acceptance or registration.

Indicate any languages that you speak, read or write including English.

You may indicate unofficial English Language Proficiency test scores (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, etc.) if applicable.

You may be requested to indicate your area of research interest by identifying a proposed topic. You also may be requested to identify potential supervisor(s).

Use the FORWARD/BACK ARROWS (< or >) to view and respond to each question.

Be sure to click “Save” after you have entered your responses.

Responses may contain a maximum of 4000 characters including spaces.

Please ensure that you have PDF copies of your documents ready to upload. PDF documents should be unlocked and not password protected.

Individual file size should NOT exceed 5MB and the total file size of all uploaded documents should NOT exceed a maximum of 10MB.

Indicate the name and contact information for at least two references from instructors most familiar with your academic work. It is important to note that some programs require three (3) references. Review program requirements.

You will be required to indicate an email address for each referee.  Your referees will receive an email message asking them to complete an eReference after your application has been submitted. If you need to change your reference or referee email address after submitting your application, you may do so through the Mosaic Applicant Portal.

Required Information in the Online Application:

Name: Enter the referee name

Institution: Enter the referee’s affiliated institution in the box provided. Abbreviations are strongly discouraged

Email: By providing the email address of your referee(s), the system will automatically send an electronic reference request to that email address once your application is complete and has been submitted

Please ensure that you have read and accepted the Collection of Personal Information notice and Application Declaration terms.

Generate a report of your application details and review for accuracy. You may wish to save a copy of this report for your future reference.

Application Fee: To finalize your application, you need to agree to our terms and conditions, and pay a non-refundable application fee. Be sure to have a valid credit card or Interac card (domestic applicants) ready for the application fee ($100 CAD/ $150 CAD for MBA). Please note application fees will be increased to $110 CAD starting for the September 2018 application cycle (MBA $150 CAD)

The Student Accounts website indicates acceptable methods of payment.

If you are paying the application fee by credit or debit card, please remember to return to the online application to click “Submit”

Your application will not be considered for admission until your application fee has been paid.