International Applicants

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

Admission for September 2024 and January 2025

Deadline: December 5, 2023

The School of Graduate Studies Application System will open in mid September. SGS will be running a series of information session on "How to Apply for Graduate Studies", both online and in-person. Details and the links to join those sessions are posted on the SGS website.

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 must apply to 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 Graduate Admissions Application system for application for status and decision updates. Please refer to Domestic Applicants webpage for the required documents. Your application is not considered complete until all components (including letters of reference) have been received before the deadline.  


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. Applicants whose first language is not English whose admitting degree was earned at a university where the language of instruction and examination is not English, must pass an acceptable English Language Proficiency Test. Applicants must achieve satisfactory results on a single sitting of the test. Applicants cannot use multiple tests to meet the admission requirement (e.g. TOEFL’s MyBest scores).

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: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, British Virgin Islands, Cameroon, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Fiji, The Gambia, Ghana, Gibraltar, Grenada, Guyana, Hong Kong**, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Malta, Montserrat, Namibia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Saint Kitts & Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines, Seychelles, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa**, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States of America, Vanuatu, 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 and uploaded to the departmental folder. 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.


**Verify through the School of Graduate Studies website for exceptions.

Acceptable English Language Tests

i) Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

ii) International English Language Testing Systems (IELTS) 

iii) Certificate of English Proficiency (COPE)

iv) Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL)

v) School of Continuing Studies, University of Toronto “International ESL – Academic Preparation” course Required score: a final grade of B in Level 60 (Advanced)

vi) Cambridge English Qualifications *note the scores do not expire


Minimum Score Requirement
IELTS 7.0, with at least 6.5 in each component (academic version)
CAEL 70 overall with at least 60 in each component
COPE 76 (with at least 22 in each component and 32 in the writing component)
TOEFL and TWE Paper-based test: 580 and 4.0


Internet-based test: 93 overall and 22 (in both writing and speaking)


Cambridge English Qualification C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency: 185 with at least 176 for each component


NOTE: English facility scores are valid for only two years from the date of testing., with the exception of Cambridge English Qualification scores which do not expire.

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