Admissions

Come join our research community! 

Start dates: The graduate program starts each year in September, though it is possible to start the program in January or May in some circumstances.  

Finding a potential supervisor:
To be admitted to the graduate program, a professor in the program must be willing to supervise you and provide the program’s required financial support.  Before beginning an official application, we strongly advise prospective students to contact potential supervisors by email. In those emails, it is a good idea to: (1) briefly describe a bit about yourself (e.g., any relevant interests, background, experience) and (2) explain why you are interested in working in that professor’s research group.


Requirements for entry to EEB's MSc program
Applicants who have found a potential supervisor are accepted under the general regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Normally, a four-year University of Toronto BSc degree or its equivalent from a recognized university is required. Applicants must have an average grade equivalent to a University of Toronto B+ or better in the last year of the bachelor's degree as well as an average grade of at least a mid-B in the previous year. Students are expected to have an adequate background in ecology and/or evolution based on coursework and/or research experience.
**Unfortunately, because of the funding situation, we are unable to accept International MSc students**

Requirements for the entry to EEB's PhD program
Applicants, who have found a potential supervisor, are accepted under the general regulations of the School of Graduate Studies.

There are three routes of entry to the PhD program:
  • Entry with an MSc degree: Applicants already holding an MSc degree or its equivalent from a recognized university with an average grade equivalent to at least a University of Toronto A- during the MSc and an average of at least B+ in the last year of the bachelor's program may be accepted.
  • Transfer from our MSc program: Applicants may be accepted first into the EEB MSc program from a bachelor's program and, conditional upon evidence of research excellence as judged by the supervisor and the rest of their thesis supervisory committee, may transfer into the PhD program within the first 11.5 months of being in the MSc program. 
  • Direct entry with a BSc degree: Exceptional applicants may be accepted for direct entry into the PhD with a BSc degree or equivalent if they have an average grade equivalent to a University of Toronto A- or better in courses in ecology and evolutionary biology and if they show evidence of excellent research potential. 

Application process

When to submit an official application:  To have the best chance of being admitted to the program, completed applications (including reference letters) should be received by January 7 (for program start dates in the following 12 months). Applications received after this time will be considered but with reduced priority.

Offers of admission: For domestic students, the majority of admission offers occur between February and May (with many at the beginning of this period). For international students, offers of admission also typically occur during this period but take longer on average. If, at any time during the application process your situation requires that you need an update on the status of your application or an expedited admissions decision, please email the EEB Grad Office (gradadmin.eeb@utoronto.ca) and your prospective supervisor(s) describing your situation.

Application materials:
  1. A one-page statement describing your interest in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, your goals, and your reasons for choosing our department for graduate studies. Include a list of names of potential supervisors and areas of research in which you are interested. 
  2. A current copy of your résumé or CV. If you have published papers, please provide a URL for the web location of each paper on your CV.
  3. Two letters of reference. These letters should be submitted electronically by the referees, who will automatically be emailed instructions when you fill their names in, in your online application. 
  4. One electronic or scanned transcript from each post-secondary institution attended. Scanned copies of transcripts must be up to date and must include the transcript "legend", which is usually printed on the back of the paper transcript. The admissions committee will make its decision about your application based on scanned transcript(s). Please ensure that the file(s) is/are complete and readable before submitting. If you are admitted to a graduate program on the basis of scanned transcript(s), presentation and verification of the official paper transcript will be a condition that must be met prior to registration (for tips for ordering transcripts, click here). Current or former University of Toronto students do NOT have to provide an official transcript from the University of Toronto; however they must still upload a scanned copy. 
Additional requirements for international applicants:
  • 5. International applicants whose language of instruction at their previous university was not English must submit an official English Language Facility Test (e.g. TOEFL, MELAB, IELTS, COPE).
  • Please review the instructions on the School of Graduate Studies' website for electronic submission of official scores. 
  • 6. If you completed a program in a country whose official language is not English, but attended an institution whose language of instruction was English, you should make arrangements for an official statement to be sent from that institution confirming the use of English as the language of instruction and examination to the EEB Graduate Office. 
  • 7. GRE scores are not required. 

How to apply: Official applications must be completed through the School of Graduate Studies
Online Admissions Application website. The Department will consider your application only after:
  • You have entered your personal and academic information in the online application; 
  • You have submitted the application fee; 
  • You have uploaded all required supporting documents; and
  • The reference letters from the two people providing them for you have been uploaded to the SGS admissions website (see below). 

Once you access the SGS online admissions application and enter your contact information, an applicant identification number and a password will be emailed to you. You can save and return to your application at any point until you move to the payment stage. At that point, you can upload supporting documents and return to check on the status of the application, including whether we have received your letters of reference. It is your responsibility to check the system frequently to verify that the documents have been received.


Useful downloadable information, check list & forms 
Letter of Recommendation  (note: this is the information that will be emailed to your letter writers when you enter their names as part of our application).

Also see the FAQs and other advice and information on the Prospective Graduate Student page. 

To proceed to the SGS online admissions application, please click: SGS Online Admissions Application (https://apply.sgs.utoronto.ca/)

For further information, please contact the Graduate Office, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology by emailing grad.eeb@utoronto.ca