Applying to the Graduate Program
What are the minimum admission requirements for applying for graduate studies?
Currently the minimum admission requirement is 3.3 on a 4-point grading system or B+ on most letter grading systems, based on your most recent two years of full-time study (or equivalent).
Do I need to have an MD degree to apply?
No, applicants are not required to have an MD degree to apply.
Can I submit my reference letters by email?
The department accepts letters of reference sent by email as long as the letters are sent directly from the referee to the graduate studies coordinator and not the applicant.
How long does it take the department to review my application?
Reviewing an application can take 1-2 weeks depending on the volume of applications and the time of year. September and January have the highest volume of applications.
Why does my application status say “pending” in BearTracks?
All applicants will receive this status in BearTracks. Your status will be updated as documents are received. Final admission decisions are also updated in BearTracks.
My application for graduate studies was accepted. When will I receive my admission letter?
Once the Department of Pediatrics has reviewed your application, it is then forwarded to Medical Science and then to the Faculty of Graduate Studies to process the admission letters. Applicants will receive their official letter of admission by email. This process can take 1 to 2 weeks, again, dependent on the volume of applications.
What happens to my admission if I have problems obtaining official documents?
If official transcripts cannot be obtained due to time constraints, the student’s application may still be processed and the condition indicated on the applicant’s official letter. Applicants are required to clear the condition by the deadline indicated by FGSR in order to continue in the program. Conditions on an official admission letter will not affect study permit or visa applications.
If an applicant is having difficulties obtaining a study permit the applicant can request an admission deferral to the start of the next academic term. Please note you are only allowed to defer the start date once.