How To Complete Your Graduate Program Application

Your application will not be reviewed for admission until you have completed and submitted all of the following supporting documentation. Read all the instructions carefully before completing and submitting the forms.

How to Apply

Applications are made online through Graduate Admissions.

Application deadline is February 1st. Late applications may be considered after this date but may not be considered for funding or scholarships.


Payment of online application fee is made directly to the Ontario Universities Application Centre

Referee Letter of Reference (2)

Once you have inserted the email addresses of your two referees, an email will be automatically generated and sent to them with a ranking form and space to write a letter of reference. Once completed, this form is emailed directly back to Carleton University by the referee.

Statement of Interest

Prepare a statement indicating why you have chosen to study neuroscience at the graduate level and any plans you have for your future. This statement should not exceed one page and is to be uploaded electronically in PDF format.

Curriculum Vitae

To be uploaded electronically by the applicant in PDF format.

Potential Supervisor(s) Form

To be downloaded from the application and uploaded electronically as a PDF document. As stated on the form, please rank your preference up to three potential supervisors. You are required to contact potential supervisors as you will not be offered admission, even if you meet all other entrance qualifications, unless you have contacted a potential supervisor for your program. You can obtain Faculty information here.


Upload all previous undergraduate and graduate transcripts (including Carleton) in PDF format. Transcripts in languages other than English must be accompanied by a PDF copy of certified literal translation.

Offer of Admission

The Department of Neuroscience makes recommendations for admission to the Dean of Graduate Studies. All offers of admission are made by the Dean in the form of a “Statement of Standing on Admission”. Communication from the faculty or staff of the Department of Neuroscience does not constitute a formal offer of admission.

Notices of admission decisions are sent to your email address. To ensure that correspondence reaches you, please ensure your email address is up to date.

Contact Information

Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs
Carleton University
512 Tory Building
1125 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, ON K1S 5B6

Heather Martel, Graduate Administrator (Acting)
Department of Neuroscience
2302 Health Sciences Building
Carleton University
1125 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, ON
K1S 5B6
613 520-2600 x 5043

Dr. Shawn Hayley, Graduate Chair
Department of Neuroscience
5301 Health Sciences Building
Carleton University
1125 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, ON
K1S 5B6
613 520-2600 x 6314