What is the application deadline?The application deadline for admission to the M.Sc. and Ph.D. research programs for September 2017 is December 15. Subscribe to our prospective student emails to receive up to date information on important dates and deadlines.
Is there a January admission round?
We do not hold a January admission round. Students are only admitted for the September 2017 program start date.
Do I need to send GRE scores?
Unless you have (or about to get) a degree from a Canadian university, then we would like to see your GRE scores, and even though it is not mandatory to do so, we strongly encourage you to send them. Good scores will strengthen your application. We assume that any serious applicant from outside Canada will have taken the GREs anyway and hence will have scores to submit. The average scores based on percentile are about 80%- Verbal, 95%- Quantitative.
If you submit scores and we make you an offer, then we will need official verification of those scores. However (unlike the case of English test scores), if we haven't received the official verification, we may still make you an offer of admission, but it will be conditional on us receiving that verification.
GRE Institution code - 0982 Department code - 0402
How is my application processed?Your application will be read by one or more members of our Admissions Committee. The best applications are then sent to faculty members in each applicant's research areas for additional comments. Some applicants are contacted for additional information or for a telephone interview.
*Note that the addition of late information to your application does not cause it to be reread. The decision is based on the information that is in the application at the time it happens to be read.
When will a decision be made on my application?We receive nearly1400 applications each year, so it takes us quite a while to read them all. We begin sending decisions out by mid-February, and we aim to be finished by the end of March. Your decision, and all communication during the application process, will be sent to the email address that you specified when you registered in the application system, so please make sure that it remains valid and that you check it regularly.
Do I need to send English test scores?
If you completed a degree (or will have completed a degree by summer of 2017) in which the primary language of instruction and examination was in English, then you are not required to take an English language proficiency exam. If you are admitted to our graduate program, we may ask you to provide an official statement from your university/college that the language of instruction and examination was in English.
Otherwise, you are required to provide proof of English proficiency through a exam such as IELTS or TOEFL. Scores may be added to your application even after the deadline (we'll process your application on the assumption that you can show satisfactory scores), but the University will not allow us to make you an offer, not even a conditional one, until we have the official notice of your scores.
Please note that scores are valid for two years from the test date. Scores must be valid at the time of application for admission to graduate studies. Scores more than two years old cannot be verified and the applicant will be required to re-take an English language proficiency test.
- Paper-based Test and TWE: Overall Score 580 TWE 4
- Internet-based ( IBT ): Overall Score 93 with a minimum of 22 on both the Writing + Speaking sections
TOEFL Institution code - 0982 Department code - 78
Do I need to send official paper transcripts of my previous university records?Our DCS online application form asks for you to upload unofficial electronic scans or summaries of your transcripts, and that's what we base our decisions on. Of course, if we make you an offer, then we will need official paper copies of the transcripts, and we may make you an offer of admission that is conditional on us receiving and authenticating your transcripts.
How important are letters from referees?Credible assessments of your work from credible referees are essential to your application. Missing or late referee reports will put your application at a disadvantage. Choose referees who know your work well and upon whom you can rely, and earnestly request that they submit their report by the referee deadlines listed above.
Why do you prefer institutional email addresses for referees?So that we can authenticate the report if necessary.
How important is the statement of purpose?We admit only superior students who are meaningfully committed to the study of computer science. Your statement of purpose is your opportunity to tell us who you are and why you stand out from the crowd. Your goal is to convince us that you understand what graduate school is about, that you understand the opportunities that we offer, and that you are a good fit for us. It is also your opportunity to show us your commitment to quality and your skills in English. Poorly written, messy, error-filled statements are not successful.
Do I have to find my own supervisor?No, during the process of application review, supervisors select prospective students they feel will make a good fit based on your statement of purpose. Feel free to name drop here if you are eager to work with one of our faculty.
Why do I have to "Submit" my application?So that we know that it's complete and that you are a genuine applicant. If you do not use the "Submit" button on the application form, once your application is ready, we will regard it as incomplete and we won't even begin to process it. You'll hear nothing from us, not even a rejection. Note that the "Save this application" button only saves and verifies your (possibly incomplete) work; it does not submit the application for consideration.
How do I apply for funding?
All of our admitted students for the full-time MSc and PhD programs receive funding in the form research and teaching assistantships during their guaranteed funding period provided that they are making satisfactory progress in their degree program. As well, international students receive tuition assistance equal to the differential in the domestic and international tuition rate. Please refer to the UofT tuition fee schedule for current tuition rates.
Canadian citizens and permanent residents who meet the eligibility requirements for NSERC and/or OGS are expected to apply for these scholarships. If you are admitted to our program and you receive one of these scholarships, the award stipend will replace the standard research assistantship support. We will provide supplemental "top-up" support to bring your total funding above the standard rate.
The guaranteed funding period corresponds to the prescribed program length:
Guaranteed Funding Period
PhD ( with master’s from elsewhere)
PhD ( transition from our MSc program)
I'd like to take graduate level courses for professional or personal reasons. Can I do that?
Non-degree/Special Students are welcome to take courses in our department for professional and / or personal reasons. Interested students must contact the Grad Office prior to submitting an application to the SGS application portal. Prospective Non-Degree students must meet the minimum School of Graduate Studies standards of admission for full time study, specifically, an appropriate bachelor's degree, or its equivalent, with a final year average of at least mid-B from a recognized university is required. Additionally, one (1) Letter of Reference is required (Academic or Professional).
Currently, the cost per course is approximately $1,900.00. Non-degree students do not hold priority for enrolling in courses and are not assigned a Faculty Supervisor.
Are there any Student Exchange or Visiting Student options in your department?
Yes! there are many such opportunities - please visit the SGS website to determine which category of Special Student status you qualify for.
I've completed a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering, but I'd like to apply for a second PhD in Computer Science. Is that OK?
The next academic step after completing a PhD would be Post-Doctoral Studies. Please visit the University of Toronto's Post-Doc website for details.
How many applicants get an offer each year?
It varies, but on average, the department receives 1400 applications for graduate studies and we make about 160 offers for seats in all three programs (MScAC, MSc, and PhD)