We are now accepting applications for September 2017 and January 2018.

We are excited to announce that for the September 2017 and January 2018 admissions, incoming graduate students to the Department of Biochemistry will participate in rotations during the first term of their studies.  Students will undertake 3 rotations, each lasting 5 weeks. At the end of the third rotation, students will decide in which lab (in agreement with the PI) they will conduct their studies.

The rotation system will improve the fit of the incoming student, with their prospective PI and the laboratory.

International applicants who are accepted will need to secure a sponsor as a condition of admission.  A sponsor is a Faculty member who provides a commitment of placement in the event that you are not able to secure a placement in a different lab after the rotation process. The deadline for securing your sponsor for September admissions is May 31st (for applicants in the first review), and July 31st (for applicants in the final review). January applicants will have until December 1st.


Applicants should ensure they have read all of the instructions and admission requirements below before submitting an online application.

Requirements for Admission

Applicants from Canadian Universities

We consider applications from students who have achieved at least a B+ average in their last two years of study in an honours or specialist B.Sc. program in biochemistry, molecular biology, or cell biology, as well as students with strong academic credentials in honours/specialist programs in related disciplines, including physics, chemistry, and computer science. Applications from students with M.Sc. degrees in these areas will also be considered for admission. Applications from outstanding students in other programs or subject areas will also be considered. Applications that do not meet the minimum requirements will not be considered.

Applicants from Universities Outside Canada

Applicants educated outside of Canada require a degree equivalent to that of a Canadian Honours/Specialist degree (i.e. a four-year degree) as described above. In some cases this may be an M.Sc. degree. It should be in biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology, or in a related subject area before being considered for entry into our graduate program.

A GRE General Test score is also required. A minimum score of 80% is required in BOTH Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning.   GRE scores are valid for 5 years after the testing year in which you tested (July 1 – June 30).

 English Language Proficiency (TOEFL Test)

If the language of instruction at your university is not English*, we require an English language test. Minimum acceptable scores for TOEFL or an equivalent English-language facility test are as follows:

  • Minimum paper-based score: Overall score 580 / TWE 5
  • Minimum computer-based score: Overall score 237 / Essay rating 5
  • Internet-based test and writing and speaking sections: Overall score 93 / Writing score 22 / Speaking score 22

If the language of instruction at your university outside of Canada is English, you do not need to take an English test. *Applicants who are Canadian citizens who study at a Canadian university where the language of instruction is French are not required to complete an English language test.

Application Process

  1. Online application (submitted electronically)
  2. Letter of Intent (submitted electronically) 1 – 2 pages
  3. Curriculum Vitae (submitted electronically) 1 – 3 pages
  4. Three letters of reference (submitted electronically)
  5. Official transcripts from ALL university programs attended (submitted electronically)

 Additionally, applicants from Universities outside Canada must submit:

  1. TOEFL exam (University of Toronto code: 0982)
  2. GRE General Test (University of Toronto code: 0982)

Direct Entry into the Ph.D. Program

Applicants with exceptionally strong undergraduate records may request direct entry into the Ph.D. program.

Applicants with a M.Sc. degree are not eligible for Direct-entry PhD.

For additional information, please contact:

Carrie Harber
Graduate Program Administrator

carrie.harber@utoronto.ca
416-978-2702

Online Application

All applications to graduate school at the University of Toronto are made online through the School of Graduate Studies (SGS). Get Application: SGS Online Application

Letter of Intent

What drives your passion for research? Please submit a 1 to 2 page Letter of Intent. In the letter of intent, please indicate specific areas of research that are of interest to you, and if possible, specify PIs whose research aligns well with your interests.

Curriculum Vitae (CV)

1 to 3 pages.

Letters of Reference

We require three letters of reference from people familiar with the applicant’s academic/research capabilities. To do this, you must submit an email address for each reference at the time of filling out the online application form. Applicants should use institutional email addresses for their referees (gmail, Yahoo, hotmail etc. will be prohibited). It is also very important that the applicant enters the correct referee email addresses as revisions cannot be made once the application has been submitted. After the method of payment has been selected, an email will be automatically sent to each of the referees with a link to the reference form and instructions on how to submit it online.

 **Important Notes:
Applicants applying for the February 1st deadline must advise their references the correct document deadline as the system will automatically indicate the May 15th deadline in the instructions they receive.

Official Transcripts

All applicants are required to upload a scanned copy of their Official transcripts (including transcript legends) from ALL post-secondary institutions attended.  Accepted applicants will be required to send official paper copies of your transcript(s) as a condition of admission.