International Applicants

If you are a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident, please refer to Domestic Applicants.

Admission for September 2022 and January 2023

Deadline: December 5, 2021

The School of Graduate Studies Application System will open in mid September.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. It is strongly recommended that you apply well before the deadline due to the limited space for international students.  There is a high level of competition and meeting the minimum GPA requirements does not guarantee admission.  Entry to the Master's program is considered for applicants who completed their undergraduate degree in Canada. Otherwise, study permit holders with a BSc are normally admitted into the PhD Direct-Entry program.

Entry to the Master's program is considered for applicants who completed their undergraduate degree in Canada. Otherwise, study permit holders with a BSc are normally admitted into the PhD Direct-Entry program. For entry to the Doctoral program, applicants must have completed or be in their final year of at least a Bachelor's degree or equivalent with high academic standing from a recognized university. For International Degree Equivalencies, please visit the School of Graduate Studies database. Please note that applicants should meet the following minimum Grade Point Average requirements:


Country of Study
For admission into the PhD program
First Class (A-) or 70-75% or 3.50 Grade Point
India, Kenya, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan
Egypt, Iraq, Saudi Arabia
Sri Lanka
93/100; 4.0/4.5; 3.7/4.3
First Class or First Division
3.74/4 (3.44/4 for METU), 8.5/10
United States of America



Application Procedures and Materials

International applicants apply through the School of Graduate Studies Online Admission Application that requires the payment of an application fee. Applicants will be able to check the SGS online system for application status updates.  Please refer to Domestic Applicants webpage for the required documents.  Track the progress of your application and contact the Graduate Office at when your application is complete (ie all documents uploaded, all letters of reference received).  Otherwise, your application will not be reviewed.  Your application is not considered complete until all components have been received.  


GRE scores are not required for admission to the MSc or PhD programs.

It is mandatory by the School of Graduate Studies for applicants from universities outside Canada where English is not the primary language of instruction to provide results of an English language proficiency examination as part of their application.  

Tests must have been taken within the last 24 months at the time of submission of their application.  Electronically reported scores should be sent directly by the testing agency to the University of Toronto (Enrolment Services).  The only test for which UofT will accept paper scores is MELAB.


  • Completed a degree in one of the following countries: Australia, the Bahamas, Barbados, Botswana, Ghana, Guyana, Hong Kong, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Malta, Namibia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Sierra Leone, Singapore, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States of America, Zambia, and Zimbabwe
  • Has obtained an undergraduate or graduate degree from an institution recognized by the University of Toronto and where the language of instruction and examination is uniformly English*

*Applicants should make arrangements for an official statement to be sent from their institution directly to the Chemistry Graduate Office confirming the use of English as the language of instruction and examination.  This official document should be sent via e-mail directly from the applicant's Registrars Office to the Graduate Coordinator.  Note that the admissions committee may request for ELP testing if an applicant is deemed not to have the adequate English qualifications for entry into the program. 
The scores below reflect the School of Graduate Studies minimum requirements. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is one of the methods acceptable to School of Graduate Studies in demonstrating one's facility in English. The Institution code is 0982. There is no need to specify a department code.



Minimum Score Requirement
Paper-based test 580 and 4.0
Internet-based test 93 and 22 (both writing and speaking


Applicants may also submit scores from IELTS, MELAB, or COP to satisfy the ELP requirements. 


Minimum Score Requirement
IELTS 7.0, with at least 6.5 in each component (academic version)
COP 76 (with at least 22 in each component and 32 in the writing component


NOTE: English facility scores are valid for only two years from the date of testing.

You are also welcome to submit any other information to that may assist our Graduate Studies Committee in assessing your qualifications.