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Application Procedure

Applications to the Graduate Department of Physics must be submitted to the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) using an online application (link below) which is housed on a secure server at the University of Toronto. The online application allows applicants to manage and submit biographical and educational information as well as specific documents immediately to the University.

Applications are considered complete and can be reviewed only after all documentation is received by the Graduate Office, Department of Physics. All documentation must be received by the document deadline of December 15th. We recommend that applicants complete the online application well ahead of deadline to allow time for reference letter submission.

We are now accepting applications from students affected by current situation in Ukraine. Please contact Graduate office for additional information.

Step 1 is for applicants to fill out the online application form. During this step, you have the option of uploading your transcripts and CV, but it is not required at this point. You can submit the online application form without these documents. The "Review" page of the application form will alert you if you are missing any required fields. If there are no issues, you will click "Continue".

Once you click Continue, you can no longer edit the application form. It will be officially submitted, and from there you are taken to your applicant status portal (Step 2). This is where you will pay your fee, see you checklist of all required materials, and upload those items.


If you are a first-time applicant, click the link to Create an Account to begin your application. You will receive a verification code via email as part of the account creation process. After entering your verification code, you will create a password for your account.

You may save and return to the application at any point in the process.

To view the status of your application, including outstanding requirements, please log in to your account to view your applicant status portal. 

You can upload application materials, including unofficial transcripts, Letter of Intent, through your applicant status portal after submitting your application. 

  1. Provide the biographical and educational information requested. When selecting program of study choose the one you are most interested in. Our Admissions Committee will automatically consider all M.Sc. program applicants for direct entry into the Ph.D. program so there is no need to submit more than one application for a Physics graduate program. Field of Study/Concentration and Proposed Area of Study can be left blank you can discuss this in your Letter of Intent.
  2. You will be required to enter information for two referees (professors or scientists familiar with your work who can give opinions on your background and suitability for graduate studies and research). Your referees will automatically receive a notification email that they have been requested to complete a reference for your application, along with instructions to submit their reference letter in the application system.  Be sure to inform your referees that you are doing this and that the University will be contacting them by email. If you need to send a reminder email to your existing referees, you can do so through your applicant portal after submitting your application. If you need to change a referee contact
  3. Submit your payment. Payment of your application fee must be received by the School of Graduate Studies before we will consider your application.  This fee cannot be waived.
  4. Upload transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended as pdf documents. Transcripts should not be password protected. Only admitted students will be asked to provide official paper transcripts.
  5. Submit your Letter of Intent (one page free form letter) and a curriculum vitae (CV). The Letter of Intent is an opportunity for the applicant to write about any activities or experience that may be relevant to their graduate studies and to discuss areas of research interest. Applicants are also encouraged to mention faculty members whose research interests them. Faculty research profiles can be found here: The letter of intent can be uploaded in the application status page after the student submits their application form.
  6. Arrange for Official Proof of English facility, if applicable. Please see the minimum requirements and exemptions here.  We will inform applicants if their English Proficiency Test (EPT) score is missing. Submission of an acceptable EPT score is NOT mandatory for applicants who have completed or expect to complete a program of study at a university where English is the language of instruction. An official letter from the university stating this fact will be required unless there is a notation on the transcript.
  7. GRE scores are not required.
  8. There is no requirement to secure supervision prior to applying.

To proceed to the SGS online admissions application, please visit:

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