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Domestic Applicants

Academic Requirements
Application Procedures and Materials
Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
English Facility Requirement
Domestic applicants are Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents. If you are neither, please refer to International Applicants.

Admission for September 2019 and January 2020
Early deadline:  February 1, 2019
Final deadline:  April 30, 2019

NOTICE:   The system will close from February 4 to February 8 (inclusive) to review the applications by domestic applicants who submitted by the early deadline.  The system will be accessible again on February 11. 

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. It is strongly recommended that you apply well before the deadline. The Department's graduate program has limited space in each field of interest.

Academic Requirements
For entry to the Master's and Doctoral programs, applicants must have completed or be in their final year of an appropriate Bachelor's degree from a recognized university.  For International Degree Equivalencies, please visit the Schoolof Graduate Studies database.
Please note that applicants should meet the following minimum grade point average requirements: 

Country of StudyFor admission into MSc program
For admission into PhD program
CanadaB+ (3.30)A- (3.70)
First Class (B+) or 65-70% or 3.25 Grade Point
First Class (A-) or 70-75% or 3.50 Grade Point
India, Kenya, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan70%80%
Egypt, Iraq, Saudi Arabia85%90%
Sri Lanka78%85%
Korea89/100; 3.7/4.5; 3.3/4.393/100; 4.0/4.5; 3.7/4.3
PakistanFirst Class or First Division
First Class or First Division
Turkey3.62/4 (3.32/4 for Middle East Technical U), 8/103.74/4 (3.44/4 for METU), 8.5/10
United States of AmericaB+A-

Application Procedures and Materials
Applicants apply through the School of Graduate Studies Online Admission Application.

The Department pays for the application fee of domestic students. After completing the SGS on-line application, select the "Offline" payment option to proceed. Payment will be processed by the Department when your application is complete and you have notified the department of the completion of your application.  An application is considered complete once ALL required supporting documents have been uploaded (including: transcripts, letters of reference, letter of intent, and C.V.).  Alerting the Graduate Office when your application is complete is necessary to start the process (ie all documents uploaded, all letters of reference received).  Otherwise, your application will not be reviewed.

Only one program application per person will be reviewed by the Graduate Studies Committee

Application Checklist:

  • Completed SGS online admissions application
  • At least 2 letters of reference uploaded to application directly by referee
  • Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions
  • Statement of intent
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • GRE Scores directly to SGS (if applicable)
  • English Second Language Scores directly to SGS (if applicable)

Upload to the SGS online system:

1. Curriculum Vitae

  •  include all post-secondary education, professional and/or research experience as well awards held, distinctions, conference presentations, volunteer work and publications (if any)

2. Statement of Intent (1 page free form letter) to include:

  • Field(s) of research interest
  • Past research experience (ex: summer or undergraduate thesis research projects, industry or co-op work)
  • Career and academic goals
  • If known, indicate specific faculty members whose research interests you.  Access research profiles here.
3. At least two official letters of recommendation
  • Acceptable referees are professors or scientists familiar with your academic AND research background. They must be able to provide assessment on your suitability for graduate studies and research. 
  • At least one letter of recommendation from your most recent thesis advisor, if applicable.
  • The SGS admissions application online system will send an automated e-mail to your referees using the institutional email address that you have provided in your application which includes the ReferenceForm(PDF). Inadditiontotheform,your referees may add a supplemental (free form) letter. These documents are uploaded by the referees directly to the application on-line system. It is recommended that you confirm your referees' availability prior to submitting their contact details. A reminder to inform your referee to check the junk mail folder or set "utoronto.ca" or "sgs.utoronto.ca" as a safe sender.
  • If your referees encounter any difficulties in uploading their documents, the Reference Form and letter may be email directly to the Graduate Office.

4. Transcripts for all post-secondary studies

  • Upload one electronic or scanned transcript from each post-secondary institution attended.  Scanned copies of transcripts must be up-to-date and must include the transcript "legend" which is usually printed on the back of the paper transcript.  If you attended a Canadian university, you may upload a PDF copy of your academic history from your university's student web service.  Non-English language documents must include the English translation.
  • An applicant may be asked to submit a paper copy before an admissions decision is finalized if the admissions committee deems the file incomplete.  Please wait for further instructions before submitting official paper transcripts. 
  • If asked to submit official copies of the transcript(s), please arrange to have the official copies (issued directly to University of Toronto) mailed to the Chemistry Graduate Office. Documents must be sealed in an envelope by the issuing institution. Previously opened envelopes, photocopied and faxed documents are not considered official.  All non-English language documents must be officially translated into English and submitted to the University of Toronto together with the originals.

Documents that cannot be submitted electronically to the SGS admissions application online system can be submitted via email to the Chemistry Graduate Office.

Arrange for testing agency to forward to SGS:

Graduate Record Examination

The general test is mandatory for domestic applicants (Canadian citizens and permanent residents) who earned their degree(s) outside of Canada and US.  An official GRE score report must be sent directly to the School of Graduate Studies by the Educational Testing Service, at the time of application.  More information can be found here including the minimum score requirements.

English-Language Proficiency Testing

It is mandatory for domestic applicants (Canadian citizens and permanent residents) who completed their most recent degree outside of Canada where English is not the primary language of instruction to provide results of an English language proficiency examination as part of their application.  Tests must have been taken within the last 24 months at the time of submission of their application.  Electronically reported scores should be sent directly by the testing agency to the University of Toronto (Enrolment Services).  More information can be found here including the minimum score requirements.

  • A Canadian citizen who studied at a Canadian university where the language of instruction is French
  • Completed a degree in one of the following countries:  Australia,Ireland,  New Zealand, United Kingdom and United States of America
  • Has obtained an undergraduate or graduate degree from an institution recognized by the University of Toronto and where the language of instruction and examination is uniformly English*
*Applicants should make arrangements for an official statement to be sent from their institution directly to the Chemistry Graduate Office confirming the use of English as the language of instruction and examination.  This official document should be sent through regular mail.  Note that the admissions committee may request for ELP testing if an applicant is deemed not to have the adequate English qualifications for entry into the program.

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