Admissions Process & Deadlines

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Before You Apply

We strongly recommended that you attend an admissions event for PhD candidates in order to make an informed decision.

  1. Academic Eligibility
    Check the admission academic requirements to determine if you can be considered.
  2. English Language Proficiency
    If your first language is not English, then check if you are required to take a proficiency test (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS).
  3. International Students
  • For information on the process of coming to study at the University of Toronto, consult the Centre for International Experience’s guide.
  • Use the International Degree Equivalencies tool to determine the minimum international credentials required for graduate study at the University of Toronto.
  • Check the requirements for obtaining a Study Permit (visa) with the Citizenship & Immigration Canada (CIC) office for your geographic region. The office may require proof of English language proficiency, a medical examination, proof of funding, police certificates and immigration interviews. The university has no jurisdiction over the requirements set forth by the CIC.

Your Application

  1. Entry Point
    Entry into the program occurs once a year, in September - the program is delivered on-campus
  2. Application Form & Fee
  3. Application Deadlines for Admission
    • October 01 - online application is available
    • January 15 - online application payment and submission AND receipt of all Supporting Documents at the university

The standard admission process closes on January 15th for the upcoming academic  year. 

Supporting Documents

Please read carefully and thoroughly about the preparation and submission of academic and non-academic Supporting Documents

Download PhD 2017-18 Application Essentials

After You Apply

  1. Application Status Check
    Log in to your profile at the application website to:
    • Confirm the receipt of your supporting documents at the university
    • Verify and amend your current contact information
    • Know when your application file is complete - indicated as 'Under Review' 
  2. How Admission Decisions Are Made
    Meeting the minimum requirements of the Faculty of Information and the School of Graduate Studies does not guarantee admission. Candidates must be competitive among fellow applicants.
    When your file is complete at the iSchool an Admissions Committee will review these criteria:
    • Your academic record
    • The strength of your references
    • The strength and quality of your research statement and CV
    • The feasibility of at least one faculty member to act as an advisor for the first year of studies - short-listed PhD applicants may be contacted for an interview and/or writing sample
    • If required, English language proficiency test scores
  3. Notification Of Admission Decisions 
    Decisions are made as soon as it is possible to do so, rather than by a specific date. By the end of the current admission cycle (typically in May) the outcomes of all applications should be communicated.
    Successful candidates will be notified shortly after their files are reviewed and will receive :
    • A congratulatory email from the iSchool
    • An official Offer of Admission package with instructions on how and by when to accept the offer
    • If applicable, specifications on any conditions of the offer
  4. Registration: Enrolment & Fee Payment
    Information on registration procedures and events for new students will be communicated throughout the months preceding the start of the academic year.


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