For all Admissions related questions, please contact the Admissions Officer at

Given the current COVID-19 pandemic, we understand that applicants may be concerned about their inability to provide us documentation for the application by the posted deadline. We wish to inform you that all applications will continue to be processed without delay, provided the only missing document(s) is/are your official transcript(s). However, if your institution is providing official electronic transcripts, it is best that you request your institution to send a copy of your transcript directly to us via email to while we wait for the receipt of the copy that was mailed to us.  As soon as the official transcript(s) is/are received, the online application site will be updated with the information.

Current University of Toronto students do not need to provide an official transcript for the application.  Please upload a copy of your academic record from ROSI/ACORN as the electronic transcript.


Application Deadlines

September admission


  • June 15


January Admission


  • October 15


Early Consideration

All applications received and marked as complete as of February 1 will be given early consideration for Fall the registration. The complete application consists of your:

  1. Updated CV
  2. Statement of Interest
  3. Three reference letters
  4. Academic transcript(s) - both electronic and official copies

The benefits of submitting an early application for consideration are:

  • More time to secure research supervision
  • Advantage of departmental initiatives (if any)


Find an updated list of recruiting supervisors for January 2022, below:


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 (including all applicable documentations) is received by the department. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

It is your responsibility to make sure that all required documents are submitted to the application by the application deadline date. The following checklist items are to be completed via the online application website:

  • Upload your updated CV, Letter of Intent, and copies of your academic transcript(s) from previous institution(s) attended.
  • Reference submissions by research referees.
  • All applicants to the PhD/PhD Direct Entry program must upload a letter from a potential supervisor indicating acceptance of supervision and funding.
  • All international applicants to the MSc or PhD/PhD Direct Entry program must upload a letter from a potential supervisor indicating acceptace of supervision and funding.   

Additionally, you must request your academic institution(s) to mail official copies of your academic transcript(s) to the IMS office address listed on the transcript request form. 

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.

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, 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), lack of research/opportunity, etc.}
  • PhD students are required to include an outline of their project


You may be invited to attend an interview with a member of the Admissions Committee to discuss your application (either by telephone or Zoom), prior to receiving a decision on your application.

Admissions Committee Review

The Committee meets once per month to review applications during the application review period from February to July. Only completed applications will be sent to the admissions committee for review.

The decision of the admission committee 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 via email after your application has been reviewed by the Admissions Committee.   You are welcome to schedule a meeting with one of the Graduate Coordinators if you have any questions at the end of the admissions cycle.

Decisions on admission suitability by the Admissions Committee are final and appeals will not be considered.

After Acceptance

Conditional offers of admission must be cleared by the set deadline. This allows you to pay your fees and register in the graduate program in a timely fashion.

It is mandatory for all incoming students attend the "New Student Orientation" session. Routine communication from Institute of Medical Science is sent out throughout the year via email and through the website.

Residency Policy

5.4 Period of Residence

Many programs specify a period of residence whereby students must be on campus full-time and consequently in geographical proximity to be able to participate fully in the University activities associated with the program. Residence provides the student with an opportunity to become immersed in the intellectual environment of the University.

IMS requires that students must be in a geographical location in proximity to the University's campus to fully participate and benefit from the graduate program.  International students and students who will be moving to Toronto must be in a geographical location at the time of registration and remain there until thesis defense.