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Application Deadlines


  • There are no changes to domestic student application deadlines for September admission
  • There are minor changes to international student application deadlines for September admission – for more information, please visit the International Students page
Domestic Students International Students
September Admission Online Application February1*/June 1 Documentation June 15 Online Application March 1 Documentation March 15
January Admission Online Application October 1 Documentation October 15 Online Application September 1 Documentation September 15

Early Consideration Deadline – February 1

*The early consideration admission deadline for Fall registration is February 1.   Prospective applicants applying to the February 1st application deadline must submit a complete application by this date.   The complete application consists of: Updated CV, Statement of intent, 3 reference letters and your academic transcript(s) (both electronic and official copies).

The benefits to submitting an early application for consideration are:

  • consideration for internal awards
  • more time to secure research supervision
  • advantage of departmental initiatives

Application Forms

Application to the Institute of Medical Science graduate program is available online via the School of Graduate Studies Admissions Application website.  Your application will be considered after payment of the application fee is received by the School of Graduate Studies and the complete application is received by the department. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to make sure that all required documents are submitted by the application documentation due date. You can check the status of your application at the online application website. References are submitted by referees via the online application website.  Applicants must upload to the online application website their updated CV, Letter of Intent and copies of all academic transcripts from institutions attended.  Have your academic institution(s) mail to the IMS office official copies of your academic transcript(s) to the address listed on the transcript request form.  Domestic applicants applying for entry into the PhD program must upload a letter from the potential supervisor indicating acceptance of supervision and funding commitment.

English language testing results must be sent directly to the IMS office. However if you take the TOEFL test, the code for forwarding your results directly to the University of Toronto, School of Graduate Studies is 0982. For international applicants, and for domestic students applying for entry into the PhD program, it is mandatory that you upload a letter from your potential supervisor indicating acceptance of supervision and funding commitment.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Letter of Intent

A letter of intent, once completed, should be uploaded to your application profile on the SGS Online Application System. It should briefly describe your previous research experience, outline your future goals, and research interests and other pertinent information:

  • Research background – Summer / Undergraduate research
  • Potential research Area – with identified / approached supervisors if applicable
  • Other information – {e.g. accessibility services, medical issues, extenuating circumstances, low grades, gap in educational history (i.e. medical reasons, employment) etc.}
  • PhD students are required to include an outline of their project

Please use this Letter of Intent template to prepare your letter.  Once completed upload the letter of intent to your application profile on the SGS Online Application System.

Interview with the IMS Graduate Coordinator

Applicants may be invited to attend an interview with a graduate coordinator or IMS graduate faculty to discuss their application (either in person or by telephone), prior to receiving a decision on their application.

Admissions Committee Review

The Committee meets once a month to review applications. All completed applications will be sent to the admissions committee for review. The admission decision is based on the overall evaluation of the application, including transcripts, letters of reference, Letter of Intent, assessment of the applicant’s qualifications according to the standards set by the Institute of Medical Science and the School of Graduate Studies, and assessment of the potential for success in the graduate program. The Committee’s decision is not based on any single factor but on the overall evaluation of the application.


You will be notified in writing after your application has been reviewed by the Admissions Committee. At this time you are welcome to schedule a meeting with one of the Graduate Coordinators if you have any questions about the program. Decisions on admission suitability by the Admissions Committee are final and appeals will not be considered.

After Acceptance

Conditional offer of admission must be cleared by the deadline allowing students to pay their fees and register in the graduate program. It is mandatory that all incoming students attend the orientation session. Routine communication is conducted throughout the year via email and the website.