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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. Applicants can edit an in-progress application and check the status of all documents submitted using a secure password and Userid. 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 3rd. We recommend that applicants complete the online application and pay the application fee of $120 (Canadian) prior to the document deadline to allow time for reference letter submission.


1. Log on to the application system.

2. 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.

3. Be prepared to submit contact 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). Be sure to inform your referees that you are doing this and that the University will be contacting them by email. This email which will contain a link to the website where the letter should be uploaded will be sent out only after an application fee has been paid. Thus it is very strongly recommended that the application fee be paid by November 15th at the latest to allow sufficient time for the referees to upload their reference letters. If a referee reports that s/he has not received the email invitation to submit a letter, remind the referee that it is coming and to check the junk mail folder or set “” or “” as a safe sender.

4. 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.

5. Upload transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended as pdf documents. Transcripts should not be password protected.

6. Submit your Letter of Intent (one page free form letter). A curriculum vitae (CV) may be attached to the letter. 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:    Note: Letter of intent and CV (if submitted) must be uploaded as a single file.

7. Arrange for Official Proof of English facility, if applicable. Please see the minimum requirements and exemptions here.  Submission of an acceptable English Proficiency Test 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.

8. GRE scores are not required.

9. There is no requirement to secure supervision prior to applying.


  • It is your responsibility to monitor the status of your documents in the online application and to follow up with your referees if references are not received in advance of deadlines.
  • Please be patient - when all your documents are submitted it will take a few days for your application status to be changed to "Under Review".
  • Only admitted students will be asked to provide official paper transcripts.
  • Once uploaded, documents cannot be deleted by an applicant, so please preview files before submission.

To proceed to the SGS online admissions application, please click HERE.