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Admission Requirements and Qualifications

Before commencing an application for admission to the MSc or PhD program in Physics, please review the following requirements and qualifications carefully.
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    Program Descriptions

    Minimum Qualifications for Admission to Programs

    MSc Program

    • Academic average of "B+" or higher in an honours Physics program or a program of comparable rigour in a closely related field

    PhD Program

    • MSc degree in Physics or closely related field with first class standing
    • Exceptional students with a BSc degree may be admitted to the direct-entry PhD program.  Such students must have an academic average of "A" or higher in an honours Physics program or a program of comparable rigour in a closely related field. All applicants to the MSc program will automatically be considered for admission to the direct-entry PhD program. MSc. applicants interested in direct-entry PhD are not required to submit a separate application for PhD.

    Repeat Applications

    • Students who have been rejected twice by the Graduate Admission Committee will receive no further consideration.

    Degree equivalencies

    Each year, we receive a large number of applications from highly qualified international students; however, we are able to admit only a small number of them. Please consult the International Credentials Equivalency table from the School of Graduate Studies to determine whether your academic record satisfies the minimum admission threshold. Please note that the admission process is highly competitive and satisfying the minimum threshold does not guarantee admission.

    English Language Proficiency Score Requirements

    International applicants whose primary language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency and satisfy the School of Graduate Studies English language proficiency requirements prior to admission. The most common English language proficiency tests, with their minimum score requirements, are summarized here:

    Note: Submission of an EFT score is NOT required for applicants who have completed or expect to complete a program of study at a university where the language of instruction and examination is English. An official letter from the university confirming English instruction and examination will be required, unless there is an appropriate notation on the transcript.