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Qualifications and Programs

Graduate Admissions to the Department of Physics are made to the M.Sc. program and to the Ph.D. program.

Minimum Qualifications for Admission to Programs

M.Sc. Program

  • A B+ or better average in an honours physics program or a program of comparable rigour in a closely related field.

Ph.D. Program

  • An M.Sc. degree in physics or closely related field with a first class standing.
  • Exceptional students with a B.Sc. degree may be accepted for direct entry into the Ph.D. program.  Such students must have an A or better average in an honours physics program or a program of comparable rigour in a closely related field. Our Admissions Committee will automatically consider all applicants for the M.Sc. program for direct entry into the Ph.D. program.

Repeat Applications

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

All Programs

We receive a large number of applications from non-Canadian students and we are only able to accept a small number of those.  For International Degree Equivalencies, please see the SGS database.

If you are an international student whose primary language is not English, you must obtain one of:

Minimum English Language Score Requirements

TOEFL Paper-Based Test and TWE Internet-Based Test and Writing and Speaking Sections - the institution code for U of T is 0982
Overall score 580 and TWE 4 Overall score 93 and Writing score 22 and Speaking score 22
IELTS 7.0, with at least 6.5 for each component.  Students must arrange for their score to be reported electronically to the University of Toronto (Enrolment Services) by the testing agency.
MELAB 85.  Applicants should arrange with MELAB to have their scores sent to the following address: University of Toronto, Enrolment Services, 172 St. George Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5R 0A3.  MELAB does not send scores to institutions electronically; therefore you must consider the time it takes for mail to be sent by post.
COPE 76 (at least 22 in each component and 32 in the writing component).  After applicants have taken the test, they should arrange with COPE to send their score electronically to the University of Toronto, Enrolment Services.
COURSE Academic Preparation Course, School of Continuing Studies, University of Toronto.  Required score:  a final grade of B in Level 60.  The Academic English Course is a certified, full-time intensive program focusing on the development of strategies for academic writing, reading, speaking and listening. Learning involves strategies for writing accurate, organized and well-developed reports, responses and essays. Students’ reading comprehension, oral communication skills, listening facility and note-taking skills are developed to be commensurate with the academic standards for which the University of Toronto is known.

 HOWEVER, 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.