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Master's Admission Requirements


Application for admission to a graduate program must be made to the Office of Graduate Studies, Lakehead University by February 1. Late applications may be considered for admission, but may not be considered for funding. As an exception, applications for the MA Clinical Psychology program must be made by December 15.

Applicants for admission must be graduates of a recognized university, college or institute, and show evidence of scholarly achievement. Except where otherwise stated in the Admission Requirements of a particular program, applicants must have a four year bachelor's degree or its equivalent with at least second class standing (B) based on their last 20 half courses or equivalent.

An applicant holding a degree other than one in the discipline area to which admission is sought will be considered on the basis of courses taken and academic standing. A Qualifying Year at the undergraduate level may be required to meet the admission standards. Courses taken as part of a Qualifying Year cannot be used as credit towards a graduate degree.

Applicants applying from a university other than Lakehead University must forward official transcripts of their university record and may be required to take an examination, such as the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. No candidate will be admitted unless the academic unit/program recommends admission. All applicants will be advised in writing by the Office of Graduate Studies of their admission status by the Faculty of Graduate Studies.


With the consent of the academic unit/program, applicants may be granted Advanced Standing for up to one graduate level full course equivalent at another institution. No advanced credit from previous study will be given for undergraduate courses. Courses credited towards a previous degree or Qualifying Year cannot be considered for Advanced Standing.

Requests for Advanced Standing must be submitted and approved at the time of admission to the program. To be considered for Advanced Standing, students must submit a formal request to the Faculty of Graduate Studies, along with the official transcript and institutionally prepared course description(s).


Students applying to re-enter a graduate program, who have previously withdrawn or have been removed from the same graduate program or have exceeded their period of study, must apply for re-admission to the program and pay the application fee.  

A student removed from their program for not meeting the Minimum Academic Standing requirement may apply once for readmission consideration. Readmission will be at the discretion of the academic unit.

Credit for previously completed courses and work undertaken towards completion of program requirements will be at the discretion of the academic unit/program.

The academic unit/program may decline to allow previously completed courses to be credited towards the graduate program applied for and/or may require a previous thesis or project topic to be changed in whole or in part.


If a student has previously exercised the option to repeat or replace one full course equivalent in their program, the student cannot repeat or replace a course after readmission.

The academic regulations and program requirements in effect at the time of re-admission shall apply.

If the student is returning to their previous program, and had not exceeded the period of study, the remaining terms will be available upon readmission, plus a maximum of three consecutive terms. The allowable time-to-completion will include all previous terms in the program. Students who have reached their time limit in the program at the point of re-admission must complete the program within three consecutive terms and will not be eligible for Time Extensions or Leaves of Absence, nor for further readmissions.

Graduate Assistantship (GA) is attached to a student rather than the program being studied. Students may only hold a Master's GA position to a maximum of four terms in total. GA eligibility does not reset with the completion of or withdrawal from a master's program. Students who completed a master's degree at Lakehead University and are applying to a new master's program, students who withdraw from a master's program and subsequently are readmitted to the same program, or students who partially complete a master's program and are admitted to a new master's program are only eligible to hold GA positions up to four terms regardless of the number of admissions (or readmissions) to master's programs.