Program Admissions

The Admissions Process

Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications for admission as mandated by the School of Graduate Studies, and should identify and contact prospective supervisors prior to completing their application. It is best to begin the application well before the deadline.

Admission decisions are made by a tri-campus faculty Committee, composed of both physical and human geographers. When considering the application, the status will change to “under review,” at which point it will be made to all graduate faculty members in addition to the Committee. All faculty, especially those you identify as desired supervisors, will be invited to provide feedback.

The Committee considers the following aspects of the application:

1   Transcripts

            Grades (CGPA of the last 24 months)

            Relevant courses/experience

3   Quality of Research Statement

            Quality of writing and coherence

            Demonstration of ability and experience

2   Letters of Reference 

            Recommendations evaluating your ability

            3 References

4   Curriculum Vitae



Eligibility & Minimum Requirements

Master’s Program (MA and MSc)

  • An appropriate bachelor’s degree from a recognized university*
  • A minimum standing equivalent to a UofT B+ in the final 2 years of study
  • At least 4.0 full-course equivalents (FCE) in Geography or related field
  • Acceptable English Facility Test scores (only for applicants whose first language is not English)

Doctoral Program (PhD)

  • An appropriate master’s degree from a recognized university *
  • A minimum standing equivalent to a UofT A-
  • Acceptable English Facility Test scores (only for applicants whose first language is not English)

English Language Requirements

If English is not your primary language and you graduated from a non-Canadian university where English was not the language of instruction and examination, you must submit an English language facility test score. Applicants must achieve a minimum score on their test in order to be considered for admission. The score must be achieved by the application deadline.

The most commonly used tests are TOEFL internet based test and and IELTS. The School of Graduate Studies maintains a listing of other acceptable English Facility Tests and minimum required scores.

Minimum Acceptable Scores for English Language Tests
TOEFL Internet Based Test IELTS (Academic)
Overall: 93

Writing, Reading, Speaking & Listening: 22 

Overall: 7.0

Writing/Structure, Reading, Speaking, Listening: 6.5 


Final decisions are typically made throughout February and March.

All decisions are typically made available in mid-late April.


Students must register at the beginning of each session they wish to attend, until completion of their studies.You are considered registered as soon as you have paid tuition and incidental fees or have requested to register without payment (i.e. fee deferral) through ACORN. For information on registering without payment (i.e. fee deferral), visit the Graduate Fees section of the SGS website. The fee schedule associated with registration varies according to enrolment status (i.e. part-time vs. full-time).