Considering Applying to Graduate Studies in Geography? 

How to Apply

  1 Initiate your on-line application 
  2  Pay the application fee
  3  Upload all supporting documents
  4  Submit your application

Application deadlines: The online application for September 2019 admission opens mid-October. The application (online form and fee) is due January 21, 2019, and all supporting documents must be submitted no later than January 31, 2019.

On-Line Application

All applications are made on-line through the School of Graduate Studies. The deadline to for September admission is mid to late January. By the mid-January deadline all applicants must have initiated the application (completed background and program information) and paid the fee. The full application (all supporting documents) must be submitted no later than the late-January deadline.

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.

Explore each component of the application to familiarize yourself with the requirements. You can save your application and continue working on it later. After payment of the application fee, however, you cannot alter the background or program details.

  • Personal and contact information
  • Academic background (schools and degrees)
  • English proficiency requirement (international students)
  • Program selection
  • Referee (identification and contact information)
  • Application preview
  • Payment ($120 CAN)
  • 3 letters of reference (submitted by your referee, invitation sent after receipt of application fee)
  • Transcript (x2 from all relevant institutions)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Intent

See below for details on the requirements of each supporting document. 

Supporting Documents

You will be asked to provide contact information for three referees (references). Letters from university instructors are preferred. However, one of three references can be from an employer IF they can evaluate your academic abilities and suitability for graduate studies. Prior to identifying your referees on your application, we strongly recommend that you contact them to confirm they are willing to write a letter of reference on your behalf and to confirm their contact information.

The School of Graduate Studies sends an automated message to the referees identified in your application. The message will NOT be sent until AFTER the application fee is paid. Be sure to complete this well in advance of the application deadline to give your referees adequate time to complete the required letters of reference. If your referees need a reminder, you will have the option to “resend” the request through the SGS application as the deadline approaches.

Your referees will be asked for the following information:

  • Their relationship to you (i.e. thesis supervisor, professor, etc.)
  • How long they have known you
  • Descriptive comments that will assist in evaluating your abilities as a graduate student (i.e. research experience, capabilities and/or potential)

You must upload an electronic copy of your transcript to your on-line application (scanned copy or digital version) and you must submit an official transcript, sealed and mailed directly to the graduate unit to which you are applying at the University. If you are a student at the University of Toronto already, you need only submit the electronic copy.

Submit a CV or resume outlining your education, relevant personal and work experience (paid and unpaid), professional activities, any publications, awards/honours/grants/fellowships, or additional details that reflect your suitability for graduate studies.

You will fill out a form on the on-line application outlining your research interests in addition to a one-page statement of intent. This statement should outline the nature of the research you propose to conduct in your graduate studies and should identify prospective supervisors with which you hope to work. In addition, you should demonstrate your previous research experience or any experiences that make you suited to conducting graduate research.