Prospective Graduate Students

Updated: May 1, 2017

For Canadians and Canadian Permanent Residents: we will continue to accept and evaluate applications for our graduate program until July. However you should contact potential supervisors BEFORE you submit an application.

For International students: Currently, we do not have any spots available for international PhD applicants. If you wish to know if your application would be competitive, if a spot opens up this year, or for next year's competition, please send your CV to Helen Rodd. For international MSc applicants, the tuition fees are extremely high and most professors will be unable to support an international MSc student. Please contact potential supervisors before you apply.

Applications for admission to our graduate program, with start dates of May and September 2017 and January 2018, will be considered on a continuous basis beginning November 1, 2016, until our departmental admissions targets are met. The first major review will consider all applications complete by January 13, 2017. To be considered for some scholarships, your applications must be complete by January 13. After that date, we will consider all applications until all open positions have been filled, however, we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible so that you will receive full consideration for as many scholarships as possible.  If you need your application to be considered before Nov. 1, 2016, as part of a non-University of Toronto scholarship application, please contact Helen Rodd (

Note: we realize that the SGS website says that supporting documents can be submitted by April 15, however, some professors will be making their decisions about who to take on as graduate students as early as early February (after the Graduate Admissions Committee has considered the applications).  Therefore, we recommend that you submit all of your documents and that you ask your references to submit their letters by Jan. 13 or as soon as possible after that

All the relevant application information can be found under Admissions. However, as a first step in the application process, applicants should contact professors at one or more of the three campuses of the graduate department, to discuss possible projects and financial support. Only students who have a committed research supervisor can be admitted to our graduate program. 

To do this, you can look at a list of all faculty on the EEB Graduate Departmental Faculty Page. You can also look at the list of all faculty by Areas of Interest. From the 'areas of interest' list, you can follow the links to find a list of faculty by sub-specialty. 

Further information for students interested in pursuing graduate work in EEB and FAQ for EEB Grad Applicants