How to Apply for Graduate Studies
Application opens October 15, 2017
Application deadline is January 15, 2018
Please note: We are currently accepting late applications from domestic applicants only. If you wish to submit a late application, please contact the Graduate Administrator.
We are not currently accepting applications for the coursework-only MSc.
The Department of Earth Sciences will consider your application only after you have completed your online application, paid the application fee through the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) and mailed or emailed a complete package of supporting documentation to the Department of Earth Sciences.
An Admissions Committee, chaired by the Associate Chair for Graduate Affairs, Admissions and Awards Committee evaluates applications for admission to graduate studies in the Department of Earth Sciences. It is strongly advised that you contact your professor(s) of choice well before you apply to discuss their interest in taking on new students and potential projects. Prospective students must be both: 1) deemed admissible by the Graduate Affairs, Admissions and Awards Committee; and 2) accepted by a faculty supervisor, who is responsible for contributing part of the student’s funding.
Everything you need to know is in the instructions that follow, but please contact the Graduate Administrator with any questions:
Department of Earth Sciences
22 Russell Street, ES1066
Toronto, Ontario, Canada,
Begin by creating your application file here:
Once you access the online admissions application and enter your contact information, an applicant identification number and a password will be emailed to you. You can leave and return to your application at any point until you move to the payment stage. You can return to this site to check on the status of your application, including whether we have received your supporting documents. It is your responsibility to ensure your application is complete, including receipt of all transcripts and recommendation letters, by the January 15 deadline. Please note that it can take up to several weeks for official transcripts to reach us once they are ordered; please do not wait until close to the deadline to request transcripts and letters of recommendation.
Payment of your application fee must be received by the School of Graduate Studies before we will consider your application. You may pay online by VISA or Mastercard. Please note that the process requires that popup blockers on your web browser be disabled. If you are unable to pay by credit card you may print an invoice from the application and mail it with a certified cheque to the School of Graduate Studies.
As part of your application you are required to choose a “Proposed Area of Study.” Please click the link to see the five Proposed Areas of Study. Only list the area, not the detailed title or subject matter of your proposed area of study. Please follow this link to find an alphabetical list of our professors and their areas of study.
You must submit the following documents on-line in PDF FORMAT: transcripts, a CV, a research statement, and a personal statement. Please place your applicant ID and name at the top of each page. It is your responsibility to check the system frequently to verify that the documents have been received. In the case of transcripts they must be uploaded to the on-line application system. Official transcripts are not required at the time of application. If you receive an offer of admission, you must then arrange for official transcripts to be sent directly to the Department of Earth Sciences c/o Scott Moore by the originating educational institution in an official, sealed envelope. We cannot accept transcripts that are submitted loose in the envelope of documents sent by the applicant. Documents that do not follow the guidelines, including page length listed below, will not be accepted.
Documents submitted in hard copy should be mailed to:
Department of Earth Sciences
22 Russell Street, ES1066
Toronto, Ontario, Canada,
Please submit the following documents on-line:
- A PDF CV up to two pages in length.
- A PDF one page personal statement. The statement should indicate your reasons for wishing to do graduate work in the field you have chosen, including a discussion of your motivations, objectives and career goals. The font size should be no smaller than 12 point.
- A PDF one page research statement. The research statement should be a statement of research interest or a proposed plan of study. In your statement, indicate possible advisors. Applicants are encouraged to look through the current research of and/or contact faculty members in Earth Sciences doing research in their area of interest. This may help direct the written statement/plan and help gauge the ability of a potential supervisor to fund/supervise a graduate research project. The font size should be no smaller than 12 point.
- One PDF set of official transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended must be uploaded to the on-line application system.
- Two letters of recommendation. Please request referees to submit these letters directly using the on-line system – you must enter the name and contact information of the referees during the on-line application process.
- Proof of English Proficiency (see below).
Applying for Awards
Please note that domestic applicants (Canadian citizens and permanent residents) who are eligible are expected to apply for the Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) and the Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology (QEII). The deadline to apply is May 1, 2018. Students who do not apply for these scholarships will forfeit the top-up portion of their funding package.
Applicants to the MSc who are currently completing their bachelor’s degree should apply for the NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA) if they want to start their research earlier in the summer and their supervisor approves.
International applicants are encouraged to apply for international awards if they eligible.
- A four-year BSc or BASc or its equivalent from a recognized university.
- High academic standing, equivalent to a B or higher (equivalent to a 3.0 on a 4 point scale) at the University of Toronto, normally demonstrated by the average grade in the final two years.
- An appropriate, research oriented MSc degree or its equivalent from a recognized university.
- High academic standing equivalent to a University of Toronto B+ or higher (equivalent to a 3.3 on a 4 point scale) in previous degrees.
- International applicants can check equivalency from your country by clicking on this link: http://www.sgs.utoronto.ca/prospectivestudents/Pages/International-Degree-Equivalencies-Tool.aspx
If your primary language is not English and you graduated from a non-Canadian university where the language of instruction and examination was not English, then you must demonstrate your facility in English by completing either the TOEFL, MELAB, IELTS, or COPE tests, achieving the minimum scores prescribed by the School of Graduate Studies. For internet-based TOEFL, the minimum acceptable score is 22/30 for both the Writing and Speaking sections with an overall score of 93/120. This is equivalent to 580 on the paper-based TOEFL and a score of 5.0 on the Test of Written English (TWE). However, the Department of Earth Sciences requires a TOEFL score of 100 to ensure that the successful applicant can be a Teaching Assistant. A score of 85 is required on the MELAB, 7.0 on the IELTS, and 76 (with at least 22 in each component and 32 in the writing component) on the COPE. The proficiency requirement should be met at the time you submit your application.
You are not required to complete an English-language facility test if you are a Canadian citizen who studied at a Canadian university where the language of instruction is French.
If you are an international applicant whose primary language is not English, you may not be required to complete an English-language facility test if you have completed a program of study at a university where the language of instruction and examination has been in English. Please consult the Administrator, Graduate/Undergraduate Programs in the Department of Earth Sciences to determine if the test will be necessary. An official statement from your institution will be required, confirming the use of English as the language of instruction and examination.