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 2023 is September 1, 2022.


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. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that references and all required documents are received by the application deadline or the application will not be considered for admission.

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