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Revised; Admission requirements for the University of Toronto for International students and Financial Support

Revised; Admission requirements for the University of Toronto for International students and Financial Support


Immigration regulations,


English Proficiency requirements,

Choose your program questions about Graduate programs

Find a supervisor

Offer of Admissions


Thinking of applying to the University of Toronto from outside Canada as International Student…

The process for applying to graduate school at the University of Toronto is the same for international and domestic students, but some admission requirements are different for international students.

Please review the information below to better understand what is required, and follow this three-step process. Be sure to save your Applicant Number so that you can use it in the future to access your application.


1. Choose Your Program

2. Learn about Admissions Requirements

Confirm your program’s admission requirements by consulting the SGS Calendar.

Visit your graduate unit’s website to confirm application procedures and deadlines. Some requirements you should consider: prerequisite degrees and courses, minimum GPA, application deadlines, and confirmation of supervision

3. Prepare Your Application

Review all the admission requirements for your chosen program. Plan enough time to submit your application and all supporting documents before the deadline. Note that referees will only receive reference requests when you pay the application fee, so give your referees plenty of time to submit their references.

4. Apply Online


You will create a personal profile and begin the submission. Set aside 30-60 minutes to create a personal profile on the university’s online application system, including your personal information and academic history. Please note that you will not be able to make changes to this information after paying the application fee.

Wondering how to apply from overseas? Looking for a supervisor? Search the FAQs and get the answers you need.

Financial Support

Do you have questions about your financial situation? Reach out to your Graduate Unit for more information about funding packages. For details about awards, scholarships, and emergency funding, explore the opportunities.

Doctoral-stream graduate programs at the University of Toronto offer a range of financial support to graduate students to offset the cost of their graduate education.

Please be advised that admission decisions at the University of Toronto are made on a competitive basis, and students who meet, and even exceed, our minimum requirements are not guaranteed to receive an admission offer.

Admission Awards

Awards for new domestic and international applicants to master’s and doctoral programs.
In-Course Awards

Awards for currently registered graduate students.
Completion Awards

Awards for students completing a doctoral or master’s program.
Postdoctoral Awards

Awards for potential or current postdoctoral fellows.
Government-Funded Awards

Awards funded by the federal and provincial governments, including CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC, and OGS and QEII-GSST.
International Student Awards   about $25,000 or more … More information soon

Awards for students on study permits.
Travel & Conference Awards

Awards for research involving travel.
Other Award Opportunities


Graduates of recognized academic institutions outside Canada should hold an appropriate bachelor’s degree or its equivalent as assessed by the University of Toronto. Use the International Degree Equivalencies Tool to see which international credentials are required for master’s and doctoral admissions at the  University of Toronto.

Immigration Regulations

A prospective student who is neither a Canadian citizen nor a permanent resident must obtain a study permit from a Canadian embassy, consulate, or high commission outside Canada, thus in your country.

Students from many countries will also need to obtain an entry visa, for which they would apply at the same time.

See the list of countries to find out if you need an entry visa to enter Canada. It is not possible to change from visitor to student status within Canada.

The SGS offer of admission letter will be required to obtain a study permit and to present to the Canadian immigration authorities upon arrival in Canada. For more information, visit the Citizen and Immigration Canada website.

Find out how to avoid delays in study permit processing and find additional resources.


Learn more about Admission and Application Requirements, Application Fees, and Application Deadlines for international students.

English Proficiency Requirements

As English is the primary language of instruction and communication at the University of Toronto, applicants must demonstrate an adequate level of proficiency in English, regardless of their citizenship status or country of origin.

Please check the School of Graduate Studies’ minimum requirements as well as the requirements for your specific program to ensure you have taken the required test and meet the minimum English proficiency requirements.

Choose Your Program

The training and experience you’ll acquire at the master’s or doctoral level will give you tools to drive change and excel in virtually any industry, whether you go on to teach and do research at a university, take a role in government, start a private enterprise, or embark on a professional career. The research-driven graduate programs will help guide you through a lifetime of intellectual study, opportunity, and challenge.

As graduate programs and degree requirements vary widely across the University of Toronto, if you have a program-specific question, your best point of contact will be the graduate administrator for the unit offering the program you wish to apply to. Search the Graduate Units Directory.

Postgraduate Courses at the University of Toronto and admission requirements

Find a Supervisor


If you’re enrolled in a thesis-based graduate program, you will conduct your research under the guidance of a supervisor. You are responsible for selecting your research topic and seeking out a potential supervisor. SGS has information to help you find a supervisor and establish a healthy supervisory relationship.

Offer of Admission

The Offer of Admission from the School of Graduate Studies is your official acceptance letter which outlines important information about your program (e.g., start date, graduate unit, program, and degree).



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