How to Apply


Admission to our program is competitive, and based on four factors:

  1. Meeting or exceeding our requirements (see step 1 below).

  2. The quality of all aspects of the complete application (including the C.V., written statement of research interests and letters of reference)

  3. Find a potential supervisor willing to supervise your program (see step 2 for more details)

  4. Having the minimum guaranteed funding, attained through one or a combination of:

    1. Scholarships - explore scholarships, funding and awards

    2. Teaching assistantship (TA) - Your application will be considered in the TA competition

    3. External funding (grant, industry, government, etc.)


Application Procedure & Deadlines:


The Department application deadline for January 2022 is September 1, 2021.


Use our step-by-step guide to apply for graduate programs.
NOTE: We no longer require a preliminary application from any applicant.


STEP 1: Check your eligibility

STEP 2: Contact the academic staff or Find A Supervisor

THIS IS CRITICAL. Contact one or more members of our academic staff about pursuing a graduate degree under their supervision. Include in your email:

  • a description of your research interests (why are you interested in their work? A personalized email is more likely to get a response than a generic request)
  • attach a C.V.
  • attach a scan of your transcripts
  • if applicable, attach a scan of proof of English proficiency (TOEFL, IELTS, etc.) See minimum English requirements.

NOTE: Only once you've received a positive response from at least one academic encouraging you to apply, should you complete the remaining steps. *Interest from an academic does not guarantee acceptance into the program.

STEP 3: Prepare the following:

  • Download and complete the Departmental Package (PDF, 809kb)
  • Collect scanned copies of your transcripts/marksheets (for uploading into the application system)
  • Before uploading the documents into your application please ensure you've read the requirements

STEP 4: Identify 3 Referees

Three letters of references are required for your application to graduate studies. Referees will use the new online system to submit their letters.

STEP 5: Apply Now through the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research