INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: Due to the high number of applications received, and the competitiveness of our program, spaces are limited. Selection and acceptance of these students will be based on academic potential, availability of summer funding, a well-defined and funded project, and language skills. Therefore, before you apply, you should identify a thesis supervisor and discuss with them potential projects and funding.
If English is not your first language, or you have not conducted studies in English (verification needed), then a valid TOEFL or IELTS is mandatory. Our TOEFL standard is 88 and our IELTS standard is 7- click any of the degree links for further details about sub-scores requirements.
We will be accepting applications each year, commencing October.
While we technically receive applications year round, the Graduate Affairs Committee begins review of applicant files for Fall admission as early as December. You are advised to begin preparing your application and contacting potential Advisors/Supervisors and referees in the Fall prior to submitting your application. To be considered for the first-round of graduate offers, your application, and all supporting documents, should be submitted at the latest by February 1. Applications received after February may have a lower chance of success for admission and funding.
Applications are reviewed by the faculty member(s) you have identified as a potential Supervisor(s) and by the faculty members of the Graduate Affairs Committee. The admission focuses on three points:
The quality of the applicant,
The extent of shared interest and support from a potential Advisor/Supervisor,
Our ability to admit, and adequately fund and supervise in the stated research area.
The review process usually begins in mid December and continues as long as applications are received. Applications received prior to the beginning of the review period will have the greatest chance of success. Following departmental review, applications are sent to the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies for final approval. The process often takes one to two months. We send a response to each applicant as soon as an application has been assessed. It is imperative that applicants inform us of any changes that may affect their application. For example, a final graduation transcript may permit us to make a firm, rather than conditional, offer. If you receive an offer from another institution, you may request a response from us prior to responding to their offer.