Applying to the PhD Program

PhD Application Process

Application site
Application opening date: Sept. 20, 2021
Application deadline: Dec. 1, 2021
Deadline for uploaded documents: Dec. 8, 2021
Deadline for reference letters: Dec. 17, 2020

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

Required Application Documents

  1. The online application form and fee;
  2. Research Statement: Upload via the application site a research statement which articulates your research interests, background and goals (750 – 1000 words suggested length, with footnotes and citations extra). Include a description of your envisaged doctoral dissertation research project that outlines (a) links between your proposed research project and own previous and current research and scholarly interests, (b) links with academic research in your area of research, and (c) links to your professional experience and expertise. Please Note: embedded in the application form is a request for a brief statement of academic and professional goals (statement of intent) which is separate from the research statement.
  3. Sample of academic writing:
  4. Upload via the application site. An essay, or portion of one, written for a previous course, a thesis (chapter) or a publication based on previous research are recommended;
  5. Curriculum Vita (CV): Upload via the application site.
  6. Three letters of reference from academic sources: The on-line application includes space 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.
  7. 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). It is not necessary to send official, paper transcripts until you receive an offer of admission;
  8. 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;
  9. 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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