For master's programs and full-time special students:
an appropriate bachelor's degree, or its equivalent, with a final-year average of at least mid-B from a recognized university.
For doctoral programs:
an appropriate master's degree, or its equivalent, with an average of at least B+ or demonstrated comparable research competence
some departments admit directly to the doctoral program from a bachelor's degree for highly qualified candidates (minimum average A- required)
Many graduate units (departments, centres, and institutes) have higher minimum requirements than the minimum SGS requirements. As we receive many more applications each year from excellent candidates than we have placements available, meeting the minimum admissions requirement does not necessarily guarantee admission.
international degree equivalencies tool to see which international credentials are required for master's and doctoral admissions at U of T.
Non-Degree Special Students
Non-degree special students are those who choose to take coursework and are not registered in a program of study that leads to a degree. Non-degree special students must submit an application for admission for each academic year of study.
Full-time special students pay the full-time academic fee. Special students enrolling on a part-time basis will pay for each course or half-course. Fees paid as a special student cannot be applied to any subsequent degree program. Refund dates are different for part-time special students; check the
Student Accounts website for details.
Before applying, you should identify the courses you wish to take and obtain approval from the graduate unit offering the course.
Full-time special students must have completed an appropriate bachelor’s degree with good academic standing (mid B), from a recognized university. At least two letters of reference are required for full-time special students.
Part-time special students must hold an appropriate bachelor’s degree, or its equivalent, from a recognized university. Applicants who are accepted with less than mid-B standing are not normally considered admissible to a master's degree at a later day.
Other qualifications as specified by a graduate unit.
Some graduate units require a
Graduate Records Examination (GRE). Check with your graduate unit.
If English is not your primary language and you graduated from a non-Canadian university where the language of instruction and examination was not English, then you must demonstrate your proficiency in English. See more details on
English-language proficiency testing.