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International Applicants

Academic Requirements Application Procedures and Materials
Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
English Facility Requirement

If you are a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident, please refer to Domestic Applicants.

December 5, 2018 for admission in September 2019 and January 2020

NOTICE:   We are no longer accepting applications from prospective international  students.   We encourage you to apply next year, December 5, 2019.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. It is strongly recommended that you apply well before the deadline due to the limited space for international students.  There is a high level of competition and meeting the minimum GPA requirements does not guarantee admission.  Entry to the Master's program is considered for applicants who completed their undergraduate degree in Canada. Otherwise, study permit holders are normally admitted into the doctoral program.

Academic Requirements
For entry to the Doctoral program, applicants must have completed or be in their final year of at least a Bachelor's degree or equivalent with high academic standing from a recognized university. For International Degree Equivalencies, please visit the SchoolofGraduate Studies database. Please note that applicants should meet the following minimum Grade Point Average requirements: 

Country of StudyFor admission into PhD program
First Class (A-) or 70-75% or 3.50 Grade Point
India, Kenya, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan80%
Egypt, Iraq, Saudi Arabia90%
Sri Lanka85%
Korea93/100; 4.0/4.5; 3.7/4.3
PakistanFirst Class or First Division
Turkey3.74/4 (3.44/4 for METU), 8.5/10
United States of AmericaA-

Application Procedures and Materials
International applicants apply through the School of Graduate Studies Online Admission Application that requires the payment of an application fee. Applicants will be able to check the SGS online system for application status updates.  Please refer to Domestic Applicants webpage for the required documents.  Track the progress of your application and contact the Graduate Office when your application is complete (ie all documents uploaded, all letters of reference received).  Otherwise, your application will not be reviewed.  Your application is not considered complete until all components have been received. 

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

Arrange for testing agency to forward to SGS:

Graduate Record Examination

The general test is mandatory for applicants who earned their degree(s) outside of Canada and USA.  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. While it is advantageous to submit the subject test scores (Chemistry or another applicable subject), it is not necessary. Visit ETS for more information. The Institution code is 0982.There is no need to specify a department code. 

Although the Department has not instituted minimum score requirements with respect to the General GRE, the scores will be used to evaluate an applicant relative to other applicants applying for admission. Applicants should expect to provide scores in the component parts of the test as follows:

Verbalat least 153
Analytical Writing
at least 4.5/6.0
Quantitativeat least 155

GRE scores are valid for only five years from the date of testing.

English-Language Proficiency Testing
It is mandatory by the School of Graduate Studies for applicants from universities outside 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).  The only test for which UofT will accept paper scores is MELAB.

  • 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.

The scores below reflect the School of Graduate Studies minimum requirements.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is one of the methods acceptable to School of Graduate Studies in demonstrating one's facility in English. The Institution code is 0982. There is no need to specify a department code. 

Minimum Score Requirement (TOEFL and TWE)

Paper-based test: 580 and 4.0
Internet-based test: 93 and 22 (both writing and speaking)

Applicants may also submit scores from IELTS, MELAB, or COP to satisfy the ELP requirements.

at least 7.0, with at least 6.5 in each component (academic version)
MELABat least 85
COP76 (with at least 22 in each component and 32 in the writing component

English facility scores are valid for only two years from the date of testing.

You are also welcome to submit any other information to the Graduate Office that may assist our Graduate Studies Committee in assessing your qualifications.

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