Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. What are your academic admissions requirements?

Master of Engineering (MEng) – a Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc) in Engineering or Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) with a minimum of B (73%+) over the last two (2) years of an undergraduate program from an accredited institution

Master of Applied Science (MASc) – a Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc) in Engineering or Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) with a minimum average of B+ (78%+) over the final two (2) years of an undergraduate program from an accredited institution

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) – successful completion of a research master’s degree in engineering, with an overall average of at least B+ (78%+), from an accredited institution. Current MASc students within our department can apply to fast-track into the PhD program before completing the MASc degree requirements.

2. I am a prospective student from a non-Canadian institution; how do I know if my education background is applicable for application to graduate studies at U of T?

Applicants educated at non-Canadian institutions should note that their educational background will be assessed for equivalency with a University of Toronto degree. Please use the link below provided by the School of Graduate Studies, University of Toronto, to see which international credentials are required for master’s and doctoral admissions at the University of Toronto:

U of T International Degree Equivalency Tool: http://portal.sgs.utoronto.ca/current/admission/intdegequiv.asp

3. Do you have any English Language Facility requirements?

All applicants holding degrees from universities outside Canada, in which the official language of instruction/evaluation is not English, must demonstrate facility in English. Please visit the Admission Requirements section for more information.

If submitting TOEFL scores, use the following required codes:

    • Institution Code for the University of Toronto – 0982
    • Department Code for the Department of Materials Science & Engineering – 73

4. How do I apply?

All applications for graduate studies at the University of Toronto are submitted online; no paper applications are available. Please visit our How-to-Apply section for additional information.

5. Do I need to submit GRE scores?

No. GRE scores are not required for application to graduate studies in Materials Science & Engineering at the University of Toronto. Note that while the online application provides a field for GRE scores, do not submit GRE scores.

6. What is the tuition for graduate studies in Materials Science & Engineering (MSE) at U of T?

Please visit our Money Matters section for additional information.

7. Is there funding for graduate studies in MSE at U of T?

Yes. All admitted graduate students are automatically provided with guaranteed funding for the first two (2) years of the MASc program, and the first four (4) years of the PhD program. Funding is not guaranteed beyond Year 2 of the MASc program nor beyond Year 4 of the PhD program. MEng students are not eligible for the guaranteed funding package. Please visit our Money Matters section for additional information.

8. Do I need to acquire a supervisor before applying?

You are encouraged to contact professors within the MSE Department prior to application to determine whether or not they have the resources, interest or relevant research focus to accept you as a graduate student.

** Please note: expression of interest from a professor does NOT constitute an offer of admission. You must follow the official online application procedure so that your application will be reviewed by our graduate admissions committee. Official offers of admission are issued by the MSE Department.

9. Do I need to submit official transcripts from all the universities I have attended ?

You will need to upload official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended. While the application review process begins with scanned transcripts from ALL the universities you attended, we will require original, hardcopy, sealed transcripts only if we offer you admission. Please note that photocopies will NOT be accepted. Please visit the How-to-Apply section for more information. Do NOT submit original, hardcopy transcripts unless the MSE Department requests you to do so.

10. Does my undergraduate degree (for MASc/MEng application) or master’s degree (for PhD application) need to be an engineering, or specifically, an MSE degree?

No. Applicants with a background in pure and/or applied sciences are encouraged to consider MSE. However, your previous degree(s) must demonstrate applicable and transferable knowledge relevant to graduate studies in our Department. Furthermore, the extent to which your background aligns with the research interests of our professor(s) will also influence your application. All applications are assessed on a case-by-case basis by the MSE Graduate Admissions Committee.

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