Applying to the MA Program

MA Application Process

Application site:
Application opening date: Sept. 20, 2021
Application deadline: Dec. 1, 2021
Deadline for supporting documents: Dec. 8, 2021
Deadline for reference letters: Dec. 17, 2021

The program has one start date per year, in September.

Required Application Documents

  1. The online application form and fee;
  2. Statement of Academic and Professional Goals/Statement of Intent:  This is a section embedded in the online application.  You may use this section or upload a separate Statement of Intent.  If you choose to upload a separate statement, enter “See attached statement” as your response in this section.  The suggested length for the Statement is 500 words plus citations if applicable, but a word-limit has not been set.  Be sure to include a description of your proposed research. Be as specific and precise as possible. The Statement is of particular importance and provides an opportunity to show the committee how you think, your writing style, and that you are well prepared for the specific research you would like to undertake.
  3. Sample of academic writing: Upload via the application site. Most applicants submit an essay, or portion of one, written for a previous course. The writing can be on any topic. A length of approximately 10 double-spaced pages is recommended.
  4. Three letters of reference from academic sources. The on-line application includes a place for you to enter your referees’ institutional e-mail addresses. When you submit the application they will automatically be sent a secure link through which they can upload a reference letter.
  5. Transcripts: You will be asked to upload scans of your official transcripts with your application – please be sure to include the grading scale for your institution (often on the reverse side of the transcript). Do not upload an unofficial printout of grades.  It is not necessary to send official, paper documents until you are offered admission;
  6. Test of English Proficiency (if applicable). The Institute uses minimum scores set by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. You need not write if you have completed a degree at an institution where the primary language of instruction was English;
  7. For Canadian Permanent Residents only: a scan or photocopy of your PR card (may be uploaded with your application).

After submitting the application, you (and your referees) may continue to upload supporting documents until the Dec. 8th document deadline. You will not be able to make changes to the application itself after submitting it.

For further information about application components and required documents, visit the Faculty of Graduate and Post-Doctoral Studies. An online checklist at the application site will provide you with information about which of your documents have been received and which are still outstanding.

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