Admission Requirements

MSc: Biology

  • 4-year (honours) Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with thesis work or equivalent
  • B+ (77%) average in the last 10 credits of the honours subject

PhD: Biology

  • Master of Science degree or equivalent
  • B+ (77%) average in graduate courses only

Master of Biotechnology

  • 4-year (honours) Bachelor of Science degree or equivalent in Life Science
  • B+ (77%) average in the last 10 credits of the honours subject

International students should review the Graduate International Student Admissions website which provides detailed information on admission requirements, study permits, language requirements, expenses, employment conditions, immigration, and student services.

Application Deadlines

Students are encouraged to submit their applications on or before the following dates to be considered for full funding packages.

MSc & PhD: Biology

Admission Term Domestic Student Deadline International Student Deadline
Fall Term (September) March 1 March 1
Winter Term (January) November 1 August 1
Summer Term (May) March 15 December 1

Master of Biotechnology

Admission Term Domestic Student Deadline International Student Deadline
Fall Term (September, next year) March 1 March 1
Winter Term (January 2025 only) November 1 August 1


MSc: How to Apply

The application process to graduate studies at Carleton for all prospective students is the same and must be completed online.

All applicants for the MSc & PhD programs must have a supervisor for their graduate research program secured prior to applying. To find a supervisor, applicants should review the Research Areas page and directly contact the Faculty or Adjunct Professors whose research area is of interest.

International MSc students are admitted only in very rare exceptions. Email the Graduate Administrator before applying.


A student already registered for the MSc may be permitted to transfer to the PhD program following a recommendation by the departmental graduate committee and successful completion of the Qualifying Examination required of PhD candidates. Contact the Graduate Administrator for more information.


MSc: Financial Support

When you submit your application for admission to Carleton, you are automatically considered for funding and if you are eligible, you will be notified in your Offer of Admission and Funding.

Prospective students are encouraged to apply for Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS), which are awarded annually to outstanding students by the federal and provincial governments.

International student funding from Carleton (including teaching and research assistantships) is limited and is only available to a few outstanding international applicants.

Please note that the Master of Biotechnology program is not eligible for internal admissions funding.


Required Documents

After you have submitted your online application and application fee has been processed, Carleton will email you instructions on how to access Carleton Central where you can upload the required documents not uploaded within the application.

Document/Forms Details
Transcript(s)* All post-secondary transcripts are required
Letters of Reference Two (2) are required and should be submitted by former professors (preferably your project/thesis supervisors), or qualified persons at your place of employment.
Statement of Intent One (1) is required. This should outline your background and experience in biology in one page.
Preference Form One (1) is required. This form is available in the online application under “Supplementary Forms”
CV/Resumé One (1) is required. Your CV/Resumé should include a list of publications, if applicable.
Language Proficiency (ESL Test Scores) Required, if applicable. For Carleton’s ESL requirements and policies, please visit the ESL Requirements website.

*Applicants with International Transcripts (except from USA) need to carefully review your Country specific document requirements for the WES ICAP prior to starting your application. Additional details can be found under Transcripts: International Applicants.