How do I apply?

Applications are made through an online system. Paper copies of application forms are not available.  Carefully read the application instructions and complete the online formsLog Out and upload supporting documents before the deadlines.  Click here for Application Instructions.

When must I apply?

On-line applications will be available mid-October 2018, and applications to degree programs in Public Health Sciences will be available until 11:59pm EST on the following dates:

PhD  and MHSc-Bioethics admission  November 26, 2018
MPH, MSc and MScCH-Fall admission  January 18, 2019

The online application system will no longer be available after the posted deadline.  Late applications can not be considered.

What are the minimum admission requirements?

Our minimum admission requirements, which are based on those of the School of Graduate Studies (SGS), can be found here.

What documents are required for an application?

  • Application form
  • Payment of $120 application fee (online payment, non-refundable and non-transferable)
  • Letter of Intent
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Statistics Requirement form – applicable to Epidemiology, Indigenous Health and Social & Behavioural Health Science (Health promotion) applicants
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores (for MPH Epidemiology applicants only). Official scores should be sent directly to the University of Toronto (institution code 0982) from the testing centre
  • 2 Letters of Reference (submitted online by the referees) ** 3 Letters of Reference for MHSc-Bioethics applicants**
  • Scanned transcript of all undergraduate and graduate programs
  • Un-official TOEFL/TWE scores – if applicable.  Official scores should be sent directly to University of Toronto (Enrolment Services) from the testing centre

See Application Instructions

I am applying to an MPH, what is the statistics requirement?

For most of the disciplines, at least one undergraduate statistics course is required before you can enter the program.  For more information, please see admission criteria for the specific program.

Do I need to take the GRE?

Currently, the Department of Public Health Sciences requires a GRE test score as part of the admission requirements for applicants in the MPH degree program in field of Epidemiology.
GRE scores are not required for any other MPH field of study, or any other degree program.

How are GRE scores used in MPH Epidemiology admission decisions?

GRE General Test scores are only one of many criteria considered by the admissions committee for the MPH Epidemiology.  No minimum score values have been established for the GRE General Test scores, however applicants may be eliminated on the basis of any GRE General Test scores below the population median (value below 50 in the “% below” column of the score report).

Can I apply to more than one degree specialization in Public Health Sciences?

No. Please review the program descriptions carefully and/or consult the appropriate Program Leader for advice before you make your final decision.

Can I transfer my application from one Program or Field to another?

No. Each program has different admission criteria and you should be sure as to the degree and program in which you are interested and eligible.  If you select the wrong Program or Degree Program (see instructions) by mistake, you may create a new application, and make an additional application fee payment.  However, if you select the wrong Field of Study (eg, Epidemiology instead of Occupational & Environmental Health) and have proceeded to the application payment, you will not be able to go back to make changes.  In addition, you will not be allowed to create a second application for a new Field of Study in the same Degree Program.  Before you make your application payment, please make sure you have selected the correct Field of Study.

Do I need a supervisor before I can apply for a PhD?

No, you do not need a supervisor. However, you should have a clear idea of the potential area of research, so that we can be sure to match your research interests with our faculty. You might want to look up some of the faculty publication and research interests in the Faculty Database.

What if I haven’t completed my degree?

Applicants who are in a degree program at the time of application, should upload current transcripts reflecting work in progress.  If possible, wait until your Fall grades are available before uploading your current transcript to your application profile. Final Official Transcripts, with a notation indicating “Degree Conferred”, will only be requested of successful applicants.

Can I complete the program as a Part-time student?

The full-time program is the standard. In order to make our programs more accessible to students, we have introduced a range of program formats. However, most classes are held between 9:00-5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday.

Master’s program applicants must state their intentions at the start of the program. MPH students may transfer from full-time and part-time status once, within the first year of study. Students in MSc and MScCH programs may only transfer from full- to part-time status within the first academic session in which they begin their program.  MHSc-Bioethics students may complete the program as full-time students only.

The maximum time limit to complete the program as a part-time student is 6 years.

PhD students who wish to study part-time must register as flex-time. They are required to pay full-time fees for the first four years of the program, after which a transfer to part-time studies can be made.

Must I write a test of English Language Proficiency (ELP)?

Proficiency in the English language is required and must be established by all applicants from universities outside of Canada where the language of instruction is not English.  However, a university education in English may not be considered sufficient (e.g. ELP is still required for graduates from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia).  If you studied in a country where English is not the native language, you must take a test of English language proficiency  which includes a test of written English.

ELP scores from an approved test of must be no more than 2 years old and must be submitted at the time of application. Click here for more info.

How do I check the status of my application?

Log on to the SGS applicant website with your applicant number and password.  Once all documents have been received, included both of your references, your status will be changed to Under Review. This may take some time for internal document screening.  Be patient.

I have completed my online application, but my status still shows that I have documents pending.

Due to high volume and processing time, it may be several weeks before we can indicate that a document has been received and/or that the application is complete and Under Review. Please check your online application regularly. You may need to follow-up with your referees to ensure timely submission of reference letters.

We will not confirm receipt of documents by phone, fax, email or mail.

Please Note: The University will be closed for the winter holidays from 5:00 pm December 24, 2018 to January 4, 2019 inclusive and will reopen at 8:45 am January 7, 2019. Online documents may be submitted during this time; however, technical assistance will be unavailable and application statuses will not be updated.

When will I be notified of my acceptance/rejection by the programs?

For applicants who submitted completed applications by the November 2018 deadline, letters of acceptance or rejection will begin to be mailed out in mid-February 2019.

For applicants who submitted completed applications by the January 2019 deadline, letters of acceptance or rejection will begin to be mailed out in April 2019.

Every effort will be made to ensure that all applicants will have received an answer by June 30.

What are the tuition fees?

The U of T schedule of fees can be viewed at the Student Accounts website.

Can I still apply if I don’t meet all the admission requirements?

If you have recently graduated, but do not meet the admission criteria, you will not be considered for admission to our programs.