Request an application account Click on the “Graduate Admissions” button on the bottom left hand side of the screen and follow the directions to create an online account.
Once you have submitted your request for an application account, you will receive an email from the Ontario University’s Application Centre (OUAC) with your account login information. It is important that you save this email for future reference.


Log in to complete your application and pay your application fee Once you receive your ID and password you will have access to this account. You will then need to login to complete the application form and make the online payment.
After you submit your online application you will be asked to pay the non-refundable application fee ($100.00). This fee is payable to the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) and can be paid by credit card, online banking (through Canadian banks only) or Western Union Business Solutions – GlobalPay for Students (bank-to-bank transfer for international payments only). Once your fee payment has been processed, you will receive an email within 1 – 3 business days with further instructions on how to complete your application package via Carleton Central.


Collect and submit your supplementary documents Ensure that your name and Carleton student ID number are at the top right-hand corner of all supporting documents. You will then upload the following supplementary documents in Carleton Central:

  • 1 page statement of intent, saved as a PDF (should be a clear description of your research interests including the research question you wish to pursue. There is no required format, but do not exceed one page).
  • preference form (potential supervisors) with ranked preference of up to three potential advisors. Please Note: If you are working with a MAC computer, you should open, complete and save fillable forms in Adobe Acrobat or Reader. If you fill the form out in “preview” the application form we receive will be blank.
  • CV/resume saved as a PDF
  • PDF copies of your academic transcript(s) and degree certificate(s) from each post-secondary institution that you attended (past and/or current) showing all courses and marks. Transcript(s) must be in the original language and include a certified translation if the transcript is not in English. Transcript(s) must display your full name, academic program and the university’s name along with transcript legends/keys/grading scales. Official academic transcript(s) and language proficiency test scores (if applicable) are only required if you are offered admission. You will be notified at that time, if this is the case.
Two (2) academic references are also required. Ensure that the referee information provided on your application is correct and that referees have been informed of their role. Once your online application is submitted, indicated refereees will be emailed automatically with the required forms for their completion.


Review of applications The graduate committee will review your application, which may not occur until after the application deadline has passed. To find out the status of your application, you will need to contact the Graduate Assistant in the Psychology Department (gradpsychology@carleton.ca).


Admission decision Once the graduate committee has selected the applicants it would like to admit, recommendations are made to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs for final approval. If approved, an email is sent to the applicant with their Offer of Admission and Funding and their Statement of Standing on Admission.


Accepting your offer If you receive an offer of admission and funding, you can accept the offer by logging into Carleton Central and accepting your offer online.

Application Deadlines

Only complete application packages will be reviewed if submitted by the following dates:

  • January 15 for fall term to be considered for funding and admission
  • August 31 for fall term to be considered for funding and admission if funds and space remain
  • November 1 for winter term to be considered for funding and admission